Mar 27, 2016

All-girl AKB48 spawns Thai, Filipina sister acts

All-girl idol group AKB48 plans to add branches in two more Southeast Asian countries — Thailand and the Philippines, its management agency said. BNK48, to be based in Bangkok, and MNL48, in Manila, will join the AKB48 family as its newest sister groups, while ...

South Korea unveils pop band with infinite members

Jan 28, 2016

South Korea unveils pop band with infinite members

The company that pioneered South Korea’s all-conquering K-pop industry unveiled its new boy-band concept on Wednesday — a group with limitless members, singing in multiple languages and based in cities from Asia to Latin America. SM Entertainment, which handles some of the biggest names ...

North Korean bands rock China’s borderland

Jul 23, 2015

North Korean bands rock China’s borderland

Like many Chinese hotels, the Kunlun International hotel has rock bottom prices. It also boasts rooms with round beds and dance poles, and an all-female North Korean rock band who belt out “Anthem of the Worker’s Party” and other socialist classics every night. Young ...

New idol group The Margarines sing to pay off debts

Sep 27, 2014

New idol group The Margarines sing to pay off debts

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Japan’s entertainment industry has become so filled with idol groups that some call this the age of the “idol war.” Finding commercial success amid this fierce competition can be tough, but an idol group that debuted last week is making no secret about its ...

NHK drama dives into the 'idea' of idols in rural Japan

| Jul 27, 2013

NHK drama dives into the 'idea' of idols in rural Japan

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When it was announced last year that entertainment Renaissance man Kankuro Kudo would write the script for NHK’s spring-summer 2013 “TV novel,” a few people probably wondered how the iconoclastic writer-director-actor would respond to the broadcaster’s narrative strictures. In a recent interview with Aera, ...

The <em>aidoru</em> industry seeks big bucks in numbers

| Jul 7, 2013

The aidoru industry seeks big bucks in numbers

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They say that Japan is suffering from a major shōshika (少子化, plummeting birth rate) syndrome, but a cursory glance at the entertainment industry reveals a singular fact: The young people of this country are well and thriving, and huddled together in mass aidoru gurūpu ...