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Pretty In Purple: Flower Returns With “Taiyou to Himawari”

Flower Taiyou to Himawari Casual J-pop listeners might recognize Flower as part of the popular 28-member group, E-Girls. Unlike otaku-targeted idol acts like AKB48, Morning Masume, and Momoiro Clover Z, Flower's a talented troupe of dancers that specialize in very pretty melodic pop songs. They're currently engaged in a girl group battle-to-the-death of sorts with fellow E-Girls, Happiness, which sees both groups competing against each other by releasing singles on the same day and then determining a winner based on criteria like record sales and concert attendance (can we please get one of these for Rihanna and Beyonce?). Flower's entry into the fight, "Taiyou to Himawari" (roughly translates to something about sunflowers), premiered online late last week, and it's frickin' gorgeous.

The Formula For Making BESTie’s “Pit-a-Pat”

Bestie Pitapat The three girls that were fired from EXID have teamed up to form a new group called BESTie. "Every Night" turned me into a bit of an EXID stan, but I'm thinking of switching my allegiance over to BESTie after experiencing their trashtastic debut single, "Pit-a-Pat."

It's a deeply rich and complex song that may not be understood by people who aren't true music fans, so I've broken this masterpiece down into teeny tiny pieces so you peasants will truly be able to comprehend its genius.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Star Trek Single, “Into Darkness,” Has Landed

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Into Darkness Has there even been a more appropriate collaboration in the history of music and cinema than Kyary Pamyu Pamyu recording a song for the latest Star Trek movie? I think not. The alien J-pop princess and her musical puppeteer, Yasutaka Nakata, have made a song for the Japanese release of the intergalactic blockbuster, which officially opens in Japan next month.