Been wondering what the hell is up with Japan's mainstream music scene and the persistence of music trends that should be canned already(karaokeing pop 'idols' and pretty boybands with no musical talent).
Interestingly, I found this while looking for reviews on Takotsuboya's K-ON doujins. They tie real well eh? lol
You might wanna skip to part 4 though. Writer seems to know his shit real deep. Read the comments too.
The writer seems to suggest some very striking statements, like:
"The end result, however, is that these firms (1) promote “created” idols over self-motivated talent (2) emphasize pleasant looks and demeanor over artistic talent (3) invest most time and resources into lucrative advertising deals rather than creating “culture.”"
"But take the case of GLAY. They got into management company problems when they went independent. Then they completely disappeared despite being one of the best selling bands in Japan ever."
In the US, Warner and Sony seems to hold rights to anything that has some semblence of rhythm, but at least you guys have a relatively wide range of music for the mainstream(teen pop, attention whoring pop, sex-and-violence hip-hop, emo and maybe country).
In Japan, it feels like the mainstream crowd only knows 'plastic pop'...
I'm not going to judge you for liking shitty music(or maybe I just did... lol) but it makes me feel crazy to know that if one corporation holds 20% of the mass-media exposure(Johnny's), that 20% will be all plastic pop.
Any of you Japanese residents care to share your side of the story? Though I don't think you watch TV much, lol.