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Hoshino Gen’s ‘Pop Virus World Tour’ to kick off in Shanghai

SINGER-SONGWRITER and actor Hoshino Gen, who is viewed as “one of Japan’s era-defining artists and a star to watch for many years to come,” is to kick off his first world tour “Pop Virus World Tour” in Shanghai.

Well-known in China thanks to his drama series “We Married As A Job,” co-starring Japanese superstar Aragaki Yui, the 38-year-old artist started his music career with instrumental band Sakerock, where he played the guitar and marimba.

The band released over ten albums before disbanding in 2015.

As a solo artist, Hoshino debuted with his first album “Baka no Uta (A Fool’s Songs)” in 2010.

Later he released “Episode,” “Stranger,” platinum-certified “Yellow Dancer,” which debuted in the Oricon and Billboard Album charts, while his latest album “Pop Virus” went double platinum after only one month after release and topped the Oricon Album charts for four weeks in a row.

The “Koi” singer-songwriter also produced several other popular tracks such as “Drinking Dance,” “Continues,” “SUN,” “Week End” and “Family Song.” The versatile pop star incorporates influences unique to his Japanese upbringing, creating brand-new, cutting-edge sounds and music that continue to shake up the Japanese music scene.

A regular guest on the NHK Red & White Song Battle, Japan’s New Year’s Eve television special, Hoshino has scooped more than 40 honors, including Japan Gold Disc Awards, Japan Record Awards, JASRAC Awards MTC Video Music Awards Tokyo Drama Awards and the Booklog Grand Prix.

After Shanghai, Hoshino’s world tour will hit New York, Yokohama and Taipei.

“It’s possible to get to various countries and places so quickly now, and music travels even faster,” the talented star said. “I want to deliver my music to many different places.”



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