Sprinkling a sugary coating of teen-idol pop on to the remorseless clamour of death metal sounds like a musical fusion best confined to the imagination of a record industry executive. But Babymetal, a trio of Japanese teenage girls, have paired rah-rah skirts and hair ribbons with infernal metallic riffs to produce what could be the most unlikely music phenomenon of the year. The band's eponymous debut album is No 3 on iTunes' US rock chart and has made the online top 10 in six other countries, including the UK.
Image is without a doubt one of the biggest differences between K-Pop and J-Pop. While for J-Pop the focus has always been on their local market, musically the genre has stayed more or less in a vacuum since its inception. K-Pop is definitely on the other end of the spectrum.
But let me introduce you to the hyper-sexual group of young women has hit the press for more reasons than just record sales in the last few years. The biggest name in J-pop, the teen sensation has gained cult-like status as the idol-band that is literally idolised by their adoring fans. As well as the official splinter bands, adolescents all of the country follow their fame and see their imperfect singing voices and unpolished routines as something attainable to aspire to.
Thank you! As is the case in many non-Western countries, Western artists tend to maintain a constant position in the popular music of Japan. A glimpse at any current Japanese top 40 music chart reveals a mix of Western and some European and native Japanese artists. However, this website deals exclusively with those genres of music that pertain to bands and artists with Japanese roots.
J-pop is probably the hardest genre of Japanese music to categorize or describe. As is the case for "pop music" in the United States, a great deal of different sounds tend to fall under this label. The love for these icons is so great that the death of certain Japanese pop and rock stars in recent years reportedly devestated some young fans so much that they took their own lives out of despair.
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The 70s and 80s heralded a new, game-changing era in Japanese pop music. Starting with a girl from Yokosuka, the "idol" times gradually grew throughout he 70s and then exploded in the mid to late 80s. It subsided once again in the 90s before making a comeback in the 21st century, albeit with a different feel and parameters for starlets.
Kids punched each other in the face, crowd-surfed, and kicked people in the shins with steel-toed boots. Everything from heavy metal to steampunk has an idol group associated with it. They frequently host meet-and-greets.
Beginning in the s, the face of J-pop was changing - gone were the days of the "girl next door" idol who was fed an image and songs with no interest to her. Instead, Japan's jaded tastes began to demand a new breed of idol, if it wanted idols at all. Female solo artists faced the challenge of appealing to a blossoming music industry if they wanted to stick out and find lasting success. The roads paved by their Golden Era predecessors were theirs to tread and expand on.