The Japanese Popstars are a Northern Irish electronic act consisting of Gary Curran and Gareth Donoghue. Originally a trio with former member Declan Mc Laughlin, they signed to indie label, in 2007 to Gung-Ho Recordings (Gus Gus, Zoo Brazil) in the UK, and Beatink in Japan (home of Underworld, Aphex Twin, and Cinematic Orchestra) but in 2010 then moved to Virgin Records. Each member has his own alias. The act was nominated for “Best House DJs” at the 2006 World Urban Music Awards, “Best Live Performance” at the 2007 Northern Ireland Music Awards and won “Best Live Act” at the 2008 Irish Music Awards and then every year since (four years in a row). They were also voted “Best Breakthrough Producers” at the DJ Mag Best Of British Awards 2008, awarded “No.1 Dance Album” by Hotpress magazine, and won ” Best Live Act” and “Best Album” at the 2009 Irish Music Awards.