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Are Japanese artists becoming too "Americanized"?
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Posted 12/21/07
well i think a little
but other culture (like mine) are rapping
as much as i love rap (and my culture)
i think it sounds really bad when its not from where it originated
like i totally hate remixes
but Kelly Clarkson remixed umbrella that was really good
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I think some Japanese artists are getting Americanized.
When I first listened to one of Ayumi Hmasaki's songs, It had that rap-western style to it. I thought maybe she just did that for some American fans but she has other songs like that too, And it's not just my imagination. A lot of other artists are doing this too.
I also see alot of J-pop/rock bands/artists dressing in the hip-hop style, They're allowed to but It seems like they got that from America.

Japan artists aren't entirely being Americanized, Japan still has Visual-Kei(Which I think will never happen here) and the traditional Japanese style.
Also not just my imagination but I sometimes hear a Japanese influence in some music on this side of the world.

America has its music, and Japan has it's music, but it doesn't mean they can never borrow the styles, as long as they don't keep it too long is what I think and I hope I didn't offend anyone with that.

In peace! ~Karon.

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I also agree with sourlemonade_14 down there. That was the sad truth. I still hope I'm not offending anyone.. Dx
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Posted 12/21/07
nope...i think japanese artists are still different..they have a unique aura for me
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Posted 12/21/07
I don't think so, because everybody draws inspiration from somewhere, and besides they have their own twist on things.
Posted 12/21/07
Hmm, this topic has brought up other situations that are indeed a great concern. No offense (because I do live in America) but the US seriously sucks. We have been taking slow steps to save this country from ruin, but it seems nothing good is really coming out of what we do.
I agree entirely with azrael910 (the comments are too long so I don't want to quote it).
Another few problems I see in society is that America has become known as a somewhat corrupt nation of gunmen and teenage pregnancies. And I thought Britney was bad. I was getting pissed of hearing about her when suddenly her sister gets pregnant. There's a girl in my neighborhood who's 16 and pregnant too.I mean good Lord what's with these kids these days?! They're just not intimidated by HIV, AIDS, or STD's anymore. There's so many sick perverts and sexual predators out there that I don't want to be married or in a relationship. And to think that the rest of world is inspired by this psychopathic nation. There's nowhere to run; I just pray that I get to be somewhat lucky and live a good and healthy. Oh what am I talking about? My life is a somewhat living hell right now with the economy down the drain...
Posted 12/21/07
But getting to what the subject's really about, I personally think that some Japanese artists have been somewhat Americanized.

Like Utada Hikari's "Easy Breezy". That is so America that I hate it. It's a horrible pop song, in my personal opinion. She tried almost rapping, and it didn't seem like her singing it. She's always had this soft voice, and this pop/hip hop song was so not her style.
Posted 12/21/07
popular culture dominates every culture it comes in contact with
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Posted 12/21/07
I agree with what


azrael910 wrote:

I don't think that's an issue exclusive to the japanese, it can be observed all over the world. I think things have gotten alot worse with hip hop. When it was rock, local artists would find a way to make it work for them, but with hip hop people seem terribley quick to conform to the style, fashion, and sound with little room given to express local culture (though some manage to pull it off).

I've always found it ironic how many people complain about america shoving our culutre down everyone's throat, but yet the locals are the ones purchasing and emulating it...”



I think hip-hop is really contaminating the global music world. I remembered how i used to listen to American music when backstreet boys, Sting, and Westlife were still popular in America. However now, Americans listen to only hip-hop, which techniquely is not even consider as music, there is not melody or pitch. I found this pathetic.

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Well, Japanese really idolize America, in a similar way America idolizes Japan. There are some things American that are starting to seem Japanese (like storylines) and some Japanese things (esp. the addition of English words into the Japanese language) that have become influenced by America. So yes, I'd say some Japanese artist have shifted toward america, but they are definatley NOT Americanized completely. They still have their own flavor and really as long as they have the support of their fans, they should be alright.
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Posted 1/7/08
not realy...they still have their music taste Japanese music
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Posted 1/7/08

rrfloresusmc wrote:

I've noticed a lot of similarities between many of today's Japanese musical artists and American artists. But, if you look further back in time, the Japanese used to have their own styles of music and looks. Do you think that America has influenced Japanese artists away rom their traditional styles into more American styles? Discuss.


u know how america is..always imposing their traditions lol..bastards
Posted 1/26/08
well, mayb, cuz sum songs i listen to, they're pop bands, n they rap in them n have a bit too much english. but i dont hate totally hate it
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Posted 1/26/08
ayumi hamasaki looks americanized in appearance to me...
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Posted 1/26/08
i dont think so. they still have their own style
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Posted 1/26/08
I'm sure the Japanese musicians have been inspired by American artists and I see no problem in that. What bothers me is when the Japanese musicians throw in English phrases into their songs randomly.
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