Other Styles in Foreign Language Rock
Popular styles of Japanese pop music included technopop during the s—s, city pop in the s, and Shibuya-kei in the s. The origin of modern J-pop is said to be Japanese-language rock music inspired by the likes of The Beatles. In , the Japanese subsidiary of Tower Records defined J-pop as all Japanese music belonging to the Recording Industry Association of Japan except Japanese independent music which they term "J-indie" ; their stores began to use additional classifications, such as J-club, J-punk, J-hip-hop , J-reggae , J-anime , and Visual kei by , after independent musicians started to release works via major labels. Hide of Greeeen openly described their music genre as J-pop. He said, "I also love rock, hip hop and breakbeats, but my field is consistently J-pop. For example, hip hop musicians learn 'the culture of hip hop' when they begin their career. We are not like those musicians and we love the music as sounds very much. Those professional people may say 'What are you doing? The good thing is good.
J-Pop Song Highlights
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. 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.
The final months of the Heisei Era made it feel like Japanese music would be all about looking back this year. Television programs, magazines and websites gave considerable time and space to celebrating the songs and artists of the past three decades. Yet, as the first year of the Reiwa Era comes to a close, that thick fog of nostalgia has mostly given way to reveal the path forward. The past 12 months established who would be the stars of the s, what they would sound like and why they were connecting with listeners, in particular younger ones who will only know the Heisei Era as a blip in their lives. First, the country had to shake off the previous era. Besides the retromania for all things J-pop from mainstream media, contemporary artists leaped on board as well. J-pop class clowns Golden Bomber rushed out a song that quickly went viral , with rappers and divisive YouTubers following in its wake. Among all that musical reflecting and pop detritus, however, a sign of what to come later in emerged in February.