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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 a solo artist in 2010. In the past 12 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. 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.
The song "Comedy" ("Kigeki"), the ending theme song for the TV anime SPY x FAMILY was digitally made available in April 2022, ranked on the Spotify Global Viral Chart then further climbed up the charts in Asia and North and South Americas, including hitting #1 in Taiwan, Korea and Hong Kong, and #5 in the United States. Its remixed version which dropped in June, was created by DJ Jazzy Jeff who took a liking to the song, and UK producer Kaidi Tatham alongside Gen himself. Gen performed at “Soundwave Series” in the world-famous game Fortnite, in a series of musical shows featuring artists from around the world. The latest song from the artist "I Wanna Be Your Ghost (feat. Ghosts)" in July was featured as the theme song for the movie titled Ghost Book Obakezukan.
As an actor, Gen has starred in numerous films and popular TV dramas. In 2016, he 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 130 million streams since it first started streaming. The music video for “Koi” with over 230 million views is one of the most played music videos in Japan.
Gen Hoshino is one of Japan’s top era-defining artists and a star to watch for years to come.