The AKB48 Question

AKB48. I've blogged before about J-pop and girl bands, and whilst I am still in Japan it's hard to escape them. AKB48 was created many years ago now by record producer Yasushi Akimoto. The letters AKB represent Akihabara, a district in Tokyo, and '48' is supposed to (and originally did) represent the number of members. …

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Japanese Girl and Boy bands, and what’s the deal there?

So, you know today's pop music, perhaps more than ever before (let's be honest this is always an ongoing criticism) has become homogenised and samey? Well, here in Japan they have seriously taken that to another level, and quite frankly, it's a worry. Yep. AKB48.   Sure, I've talked about AKB48 before, and for those …

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