AOL Radio Brings What's Big in Japan Stateside with Hot New Japanese Pop Station


New York, NY – July 22, 2005 – With the growing popularity of Japanese pop culture in the U.S. in video games, animation (anime), sports, fashion, movies and music, the top-ranked AOL Radio Network today announced the launch of its exclusive Japanese Pop station. The station was added to the roster by popular demand after the successful May launch of AOL Radio's Video Game Scores station, which features original music scores from popular video games, many of which are Japanese.

“It's not surprising that the demand for popular Japanese music is so great,” said Mike Spinella, a music director for the AOL Radio Network. “The influence of Japanese culture is everywhere in U.S. as a result of popular video games and anime; and now we see it in everything from Gwen Stefani's Hirajuku Girl entourage to the popularity of baseball stars such as Ichiro Suzuki and Hideki Matsui. The AOL Radio audience is extremely music-savvy and always seeking out new genres of music to explore. We're excited to respond to the multiple weekly e-mails we've received by offering the Japanese Pop station.”

Bringing together Japan's most popular Hip-Hop, Rock and Dance music, the Japanese Pop station features a diverse playlist of hit “J-POP” artists including Hamasaki Ayumi, Utada, Puffy AmiYumi, Yuki, Orange Range, Crystal Kay and many more.

AOL Radio's Japanese Pop station is available 24/7 for fans, free on the web at and, as well as at AOL Keyword: Radio.

The AOL Radio Network is the #1 online radio network with over 16 million unique visitors per month,* and over 200 stations of music, news, sports and talk. The network has more than 175 originally programmed music stations, which also feature recordings from AOL Music's popular AOL Music Sessions, intimate in-studio performance series; AOL Music LIVE! weekly concert series; First Listens, worldwide debuts of the most eagerly anticipated songs before they are available anywhere else; All-Artist stations and Celebrity DJ stations. In addition, the network features third party stations from some of the most respected names in broadcasting.

* comScore Media Metrix, June 2005

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