JPU Records and Yoshiki at London MCM Expo Comic Comic

JPU Records would like to thank everyone that visited their booth at last weekend’s MCM Expo Comic Con at Excel in London! Not only was it the biggest event in the Comic Con’s history, (we’re not sure of numbers, but must’ve been around the 100,000 mark!), with JPU’s biggest booth area so far, but…! We had the almighty honour of hosting the panel with music legend Yoshiki! Check out the digest below. He’ll be performing at the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank on Thursday 29 May.

X-Japan Star YOSHIKI to Perform Classical Set in London – 29 May 2014

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Yoshiki ClassicalOne of Asia’s most influential artists, Yoshiki, has not only launched Yoshiki Classical – an album of new compositions (which just so happen to be of the classical persuasion) – but he’s also announced that he’ll be touring the world with the said compositions! And us lucky lot in London shall be able to experience them live on 29 May at the Royal Festival Hall. Tickets are on sale now, ranging between £30-£75. We’d recommend you book them using the venue’s site (by clicking here), as it allows you to choose exactly where you’ll be situated.

Known as the founder of Japan’s biggest rock band, X Japan, and credited as the creator of the flamboyant visual kei rock sub-genre, Yoshiki is a world-renowned classically trained multi-instrumentalist, composer and musician.

The long awaited album Yoshiki Classical was released worldwide towards the end of 2013 and met with a tremendous response. It sees collaborations between Yoshiki and legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Quartet San Francisco. Yoshiki Classical debuted at #1 on the iTunes Classical Music chart in 10 countries around the world and also saw a Top 10 debut in four countries. You can grab a digital copy right now from Amazon.co.uk by clicking here. Alternatively, there are a few imported CDs knocking about too, while stocks last.

X Japan: ‘Best International Band’ at the Golden Gods Awards

X Japan took home the award for Best International Band Wednesday night at the Golden Gods Awards, becoming the first Asian band to ever be nominated for a Golden Gods Award.

The band beat out internationally acclaimed Rammstein (Germany), Lacuna Coil (Italy), Sepultura (Brazil), Behemoth (Poland), and Meshuggah (Sweden).

“Thank you Revolver. Thank you so much for recognizing us,” said Yoshiki, leader of X Japan, who was present at the ceremony to accept the award.

“Some people might have heard of us, we’re from Japan. Well, our band name is X Japan. We toured North America in 2010, and did our first world tour last year. Now we are finishing our first worldwide debut album. And we are planning on doing another world tour soon. And to our beloved fans: Thank you so much for your support, we are going to keep on rocking. And we fucking love you.”

Held at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles, the fourth annual Golden Gods awards handed out 11 awards Wednesday night. Other winners included Avenged Sevenfold, Slash, Korn, and Evanescence. The Black Carpet and Show was broadcasted on X Box Live and will be aired again this year on VH1.

The show coincided with the opening of the Grammy Museum’s new exhibit, Golden Gods: The History of Heavy Metal, which will run through February 2013.

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