Japan (Jpop) Hot Top 50 Chart
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Jpop also known as Japanese pop music, “pops” in the natives, is a genre in music that started in Japan in the 1990s. Modern Jpop originally came from the Japanese traditional music. And in the 1960s, rock and pop music was significant in the country’s music background because it was the reason why Japanese rock bands like Happy End fused rock music with Japanese music (in the early 1970s). In the late 1970s, Jpop was further expanded by new-generation groups, specifically Southern All Stars, which is a pop rock band, and Yellow Magic Orchestra, which is an electronic synthpop band.
Jpop eventually replaced kayokyoku “lyric-singing music”, a Japanese term for pop music in the 1920s-1980s. The said term was tagged by the Japanese media people to differentiate Japanese music from foreign ones that is now referred to most of the Japanese popular music. Jpop has been an immense influence in many genres or music preference as well as in the neighboring countries, which has been imitated by other countries in Asia.
Originally, modern Jpop is known to be the Japanese-language rock music that is inspired by the famous band The Beatles. Jpop is using a different and special type of pronunciation, which is closer to the English language, in their lyrics, totally different from kayokyoku. One remarkable singer to sing this kind of style is Keisuke Kuwata. The major second, sol and la, is not used in Japanese music, before rock music was popular in the country, which is different from Western music. When the genre Group Sounds inspired by Western rock became famous, Jpop acquired the major second, which was present in the songs of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, that is, I Want to Hold Your Hand and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, respectively. Even though Jpop changed during the years from music based on Japanese pentatonic scale and traditional tetrachord to occidental music, music still influenced by the traditional Japanese style is still famous in the country.
Jpop at first was only termed by the Japanese musicians influenced by Western style like Flipper’s Guitar and Pizzicato Five, right after the radio station J-Wave was put up. Mitsuhiro Hidaka of AAA on the other hand stated that Jpop got its origin from Eurobeat genre of music. But the said term became a “blanket term” that covers other genres like the majority of rock music in Japan in the 1990s.