I've been recently hooked to one male J-pop artist, Matsushita Yuya
. He debuted 3 years ago with his song "foolish foolish
" and actually came a long way since then. He has 8 singles and 1 album, and performs live a couple of times. Although he is not that popular yet, Matsushita Yuya really has the potential to be at par with other prominent J-pop artists and can match-up with K-pop boy bands that are conquering the J-pop scene. The guy has real talent -he has the voice, moves, and the looks to boot! Yuya is also an actor - does stage musicals and acts on TV dramas. To me, Matsushita Yuya is a performer than an idol, although he can be one.
Adoration aside (yes a slight crush, even he is way younger), the reason why I suddenly blogged is because of this particular song, Kowarekake no Radio (Broken Radio), included in his single track, "Naturally
". The song was done originally by Hideaki Tokunaga and was released in 1990. Watch the original version here
The song is a classic J-pop ballad and the lyrics are meaningful. It's not just your average love song and sort of a reflection on one's youth. Matsushita Yuya's version did justice to the song. He also did some cover of other classic J-pop songs, like Matsuda Seiko's "Himitsu no Hanazono" -also included in his "Naturally" single.
I hope this guy makes it really big in Japan. I think his fan base is increasing, plus Yuya is getting a lot of exposure with the media.