May 18

What’s Up Dance R&B Hip-Hop The Greatest Hits 2013
Release Date: 1/1/13
Price: 3048 yen

Universal Japan’s What’s Up! series has always followed musical trends. When it debuted in 2003, it was simply “What’s Up? Hip-Hop Greatest Hits,” reflecting Hip-Hop’s domination in the world music scene. In 2006, a separate sub-series, “What’s Up? R&B Greatest Hits” was released as smoother R&B began to capture the attention of audiences. By 2010, the two series had merged to become a yearly “What’s Up! R&B Hip-Hop The Greatest Hits” series (and eagle-eyed readers may notice the “?” was inexplicably turned into a “!”).

2012 brought a sea change in musical tastes, as EDM and dance dominated the charts worldwide. It’s only fitting, then, that the 2013 edition of What’s Up! finally adds “Dance” to the sub-title and features a selection of dance tracks on disc 1 while R&B/Hip-Hop tracks are shuffled aside to disc 2 to wallow in their own self-pity, remembering the good old days when they were number one.

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