The Japanese Popstars
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|The Japanese Popstars|
|Origin||Derry and Dungannon
|Website||The Japanese Popstars|
|Past members||Declan McLaughlin|
The Japanese Popstars are a Northern Irish electronic act consisting of Gary Curran and Gareth Donoghue. Originally a trio with former member Declan Mc Laughlin, they signed to indie label, in 2007 to Gung-Ho Recordings (Gus Gus, Zoo Brazil) in the UK, and Beatink in Japan (home of Underworld, Aphex Twin, and Cinematic Orchestra) but in 2010 then moved to Virgin Records. Each member has his own alias. The act was nominated for "Best House DJs" at the 2006 World Urban Music Awards, "Best Live Performance" at the 2007 Northern Ireland Music Awards and won "Best Live Act" at the 2008 Irish Music Awards and then every year since (four years in a row). They were also voted "Best Breakthrough Producers" at the DJ Mag Best Of British Awards 2008, awarded "No.1 Dance Album" by Hotpress magazine, and won " Best Live Act" and "Best Album" at the 2009 Irish Music Awards.
They have been referred to by people (particularly in [Derry]]) as The Jappy Pops, Jap Pops, Popstars, the popstars or The Japstars.
In 2011 they released their second studio album 'Controlling Your Allegiance' which featured guest vocals from Robert Smith (The Cure), James Vincent McMorrow, Green Velvet, Lisa Hannigan, Tom Smith (Editors), Dot JR, Morgan Kibby (M83) and Jon Spencer (Blues Explosion).
They have also remixed the likes of Beyoncé, Daft Punk, Depeche Mode, Ting Tings, Editors and many more, as well as playing the European MTV Music Awards Preparty live with Kasabian in 2011.
The band have a reputation for being a great live act and have played many festivals around the world including Fuji Rock, Japan, Oxegen, Ireland, Sea Sessions, Ireland, Glastonbury Festival, UK, Electric Picnic, Ireland, Rockness, Scotland, Trans Musicales, France, Benicassim, Spain, Dour Festival, Belgium, Dance.Here.Now, New York, Camp Bisco, NY, Bestival, UK, Les Transardentes, Belgium, Sea Of Love, Germany, Scopitone, France and many more.
Decky Hedrock has since split from the group to form Sirkus Sirkuz.
The band are managed by Three Six Zero Group.
- "Rodney Trotter" on Dozer Records
- "Dirty Popstars On Your Radio" on Dozer Records
- "EP1" which includes "Delboy's Revenge" & "Sample Whore" on Gung-Ho! Recordings
- Groove Armada Vs The Japanese Popstars "Get Down" on Strictly Rhythm
- "Rise Of Ulysses" on Gung-Ho! Recordings
- "Face Melter" on Gung-Ho! Recordings
- "We Just Are (Finalizer)" on Gung-Ho! Recordings
- "B.C.T.T." on Gung-Ho! Recordings
- "Destroy" feat. Jon Spencer on Virgin Recordings
- "Let Go" feat. Green Velvet on Virgin Recordings
- "Song For Lisa" feat. Lisa Hannigan on Virgin Recordings
- "Joshua" feat. Tom Smith on Virgin Recordings
- "Take Forever" feat. Robert Smith on Virgin Recordings
- "Shells Of Silver" feat. James Vincent McMorrow on Virgin Recordings
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2008||We Just Are||89|
|2011||Controlling Your Allegiance||—|
|2013||Disconnect / Reconnect||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart.|
|Year||Album details||Chart peaks||Certifications
|2009||We Just Are: Live
|"—" denotes a release that did not chart|
|2011||Controlling Your Allegiance
- Cagedbaby - "16 Lovers" on Southern Fried/KSR
- Rob Hawk & MySoul - "So Shockin'" on Gung-Ho! Recordings
- Streetlife DJs - "Yo Jay" on Dozer
- Groove Armada vs. The Japanese Popstars - "Get Down" Strictly Rhythm
- Shinichi Osawa - "Star Guitar" on Data Records
- The Music - "Drugs" on Yes Please! Recordings
- Tong & Spoon - "Gas Face" on Television
- Grand National - "Cut By The Brakes" on Sunday Best
- The Ting Tings - "Be the One" on Sony
- Beyoncé - "If I Were A Boy" on RCA
- Beyoncé - "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" on RCA
- Depeche Mode - "Peace" on EMI
- The New Devices - "Everything Good" on Sony
- Benny Benassi feat. Iggy Pop - "Electro Sixteen" on D:Vision
- Editors - "Papillon" on Columbia
- Autokratz - "Kick" on Kitsune
- Gorillaz - "On Melancholy Hill" on Parlophone
- Thirty Seconds to Mars - "Closer To The Edge" on EMI
- Kylie Minogue - "Better than Today" on Parlophone
- Daft Punk - Tron: Legacy Reconfigured - "Arena" on Disney
Controlling Your Allegiance was nominated for the Choice Music Prize in January 2012.
|2012||Controlling Your Allegiance||Irish Album of the Year 2011||Nominated|
- "Choice Prize Shortlist Announced". RTÉ Ten (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 11 January 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2012.