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Gen Hoshino is a Japanese singer-songwriter, actor, and author. He began his career in music as the lead in the instrumental band SAKEROCK and became solo in 2010. In the past ten years, he has released 12 singles, five albums, an EP, and six DVDs. His 2018 album POP VIRUS went to #1 and is certified double Platinum in Japan. Following its success, he sold out eight shows in five baseball stadiums during his 2019 “POP VIRUS Tour” of Japan and went on to sell out world tour with stops in Shanghai, New York, Yokohama, and Taipei. Gen performing alongside Mark Ronson in New York and Yokohama, playing together on each other’s stage, was a huge crowd-pleaser.
The music that Gen produces is influenced by a variety of genres from across the world. The 2019 EP Same Thing featured such international artists as Superorganism and Tom Misch while in 2020, Gen participated in Mark Ronson’s “LOVE LOCKDOWN: Video Mixtape”, a virtual COVID-19 benefit, performing “Week End” from his home. Most recently in 2021, Gen teamed up with Korean R&B artist Zion.T on “Nomad”, a track featured in Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings: The Album, a collection of music inspired by the Marvel Studios film curated by Sean Miyashiro and 88rising.
As an actor, he has starred in numerous films and popular TV dramas. In 2016, Gen took the leading role of TV drama Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu (“The Full-Time Wife Escapist”) and “Koi”, the show’s main theme song, has garnered over 130M streams since it first started streaming. The music video for “Koi” with over 230M views is one of the most played music videos in Japan.
Gen Hoshino is set to be one of Japan’s top era-defining artists and a star to watch for years to come.