...Since its formation as a girl group in 2005, AKB48 has become a phenomenal success and institution in Japan. Having originally recruited fans with photocopied fliers and daily performances in the Akihabara area of Tokyo, AKB48 now saturates...
Keisuke Yamada is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He is currently working on a long-term ethnographic project involving the shamisen (Japanese three-stringed instrument) in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and North America, especially focusing on the transnational circulation of the materials from which the instrument is made. His work has appeared in Asian Music, Ethnomusicology Review, and the Journal of World Popular Music, among others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
...The lead singer on Supercell’s eponymous first album is Hatsune Miku—a Vocaloid character created by Crypton Future Media with voice synthesizers. A virtual superstar, over 100,000 songs, uploaded mostly by fans, are attributed to her...
Patrick St. Michel is a writer in Tokyo focusing on Japanese music and pop culture. He has operated the Japanese music blog Make Believe Melodies since 2009, and his work has appeared in The Japan Times, Pitchfork, The Atlantic, The Fader, MTV, Vice, and The Sydney Morning Herald, among others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
...Released in 2008, J-pop trio Perfume’s GAME shot to the top of Japanese music charts and turned the Hiroshima trio into a household name across the country. It was also a high point for techno-pop, the genre’s biggest album since the heyday...
...Perfume is a j-pop (Japanese pop) and electro-pop all-girl trio, formed in Hiroshima, Japan. Perfume is considered to be one of the most influential girl groups in Japan. The group comprises the three members Yuka Kashino (stage name...
Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V: Locations: Asia and Oceania
...Population: 62.300,000 (2002).
The kingdom of Thailand, located in Southeast Asia on the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, shares boundaries with Myanmar (Burma) to the west and northwest, Laos to the east and northeast...
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