AKB48 is a Japanese idol girl group named after the Akihabara area in Tokyo, where the groups theater is located. The group has expanded since then to include over 130 members as of December 2015, aged from their early teens to their mid-20s. AKB48s producer, Yasushi Akimoto, wanted to form a group with its own theater. This idols you can meet concept includes teams which can rotate performances and perform simultaneously at several events and handshake events, Akimoto has expanded the AKB48 concept to several sister groups in China, Japan and Indonesia, with upcoming groups announced for the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. The group is one of the musical performers in Japan, with 2013 sales of over $128 million. As of December 2015 the group has sold over 41 million records, including over 36 million singles, as of September 2016, the group has sold over 40 million singles. AKB48 is the highest selling act in Japan in terms of singles sold. AKB48s thirty-two latest singles have topped the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart and their highest selling single, Tsubasa wa Iranai, sold over 2.5 million in 2016 according to Billboard / Soundscan. In 2010, Beginner and Heavy Rotation placed first and second, respectively, from 2011 to 2016, AKB48s singles have occupied the top four or five spots of the Oricon Yearly Singles Chart. AKB48 was founded as idols you can meet, the AKB48 Theater is in the Don Quijote store in Akihabara, Tokyo. The group is split into teams, reducing its members workload. According to member Misaki Iwasa, each team has its own theme, Team A represents freedom, Team B is idol-like, with cute costumes, and Team K has a strong, powerful image. New members are called trainees who are understudies for the group, in addition to their performances with the group, members are promoted by the Japanese mass media. AKB48 regularly hosts events, where fans can interact with the members, the group members ages range from their early teens to over 20, and they are selected from regular auditions. Members are not allowed to date, and must be well-behaved, any violation of these used to be punished. AKB48 has a system allows members to graduate from the group when they are older and are replaced by trainees who are promoted. Monica Hesse of The Washington Post described the AKB48 audition process as rolling American Idol-esque, in July 2005, Yasushi Akimoto held an audition for a new theater-based idol girl group. Of the 7,924 who auditioned,24 were chosen as first-generation group members, on December 8,20 members debuted as Team A in the AKB48 Theater performing PARTY ga Hajimaru yo to an audience of seven, attendance quickly increased
J-pop, natively also known simply as pops, is a musical genre that entered the musical mainstream of Japan in the 1990s. J-pop was further defined by new groups in the late 1970s, particularly electronic synthpop band Yellow Magic Orchestra. Eventually, J-pop replaced kayōkyoku in the Japanese music scene, the term was coined by the Japanese media to distinguish Japanese music from foreign music, and now refers to most Japanese popular music. The origin of modern J-pop is said to be Japanese-language rock music inspired by the likes of The Beatles, unlike the Japanese music genre called kayōkyoku, J-pop uses a special kind of pronunciation, which is similar to that of English. One notable singer to do so is Keisuke Kuwata, who pronounced the Japanese word karada as kyerada, additionally, unlike Western music, the major second was usually not used in Japanese music, except art music, before rock music became popular in Japan. At first, the term J-pop was used only for Western-style musicians in Japan, such as Pizzicato Five and Flippers Guitar, on the other hand, Mitsuhiro Hidaka of AAA from Avex Trax said that J-pop was originally derived from the Eurobeat genre. However, the became a blanket term, covering other music genres—such as the majority of Japanese rock music of the 1990s. O. A. Because the band did not want to perform J-pop music, their album featured the 1980s Pop of MTV, according to his fellow band member Toru Hidaka, the 1990s music that influenced him was not listened to by fans of other music in Japan at that time. Hide of Greeeen openly described their genre as J-pop. He said, I also love rock, hip hop and breakbeats, 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 very much. Those professional people may say What are you doing, but I think that our musical style is cool after all. By the Taishō period, Western musical techniques and instruments, which had introduced to Japan in the Meiji period, were widely used. Influenced by Western genres such as jazz and blues, ryūkōka incorporated Western instruments such as the violin, harmonica, however, the melodies were often written according to the traditional Japanese pentatonic scale. In the 1930s, Ichiro Fujiyama released popular songs with his tenor voice, Fujiyama sang songs with a lower volume than opera through the microphone. Jazz musician Ryoichi Hattori attempted to produce Japanese native music which had a flavor of blues and he composed Noriko Awayas hit song Wakare no Blues. Awaya became a popular singer and was called Queen of Blues in Japan. Due to pressure from the Imperial Army during the war, the performance of music was temporarily halted in Japan
King Records (Japan)
King Record Co. Ltd. is a Japanese record company, founded in 1931 as a division of Japanese publisher Kodansha. It became and began operating as an independent entity in the 1950s, now one of Japans largest record companies not to be owned by a multinational entity, it is headquartered in Tokyo. Its Starchild label, managed by animation producer Toshimichi Ōtsuki, specialises in anime music, King Records also distributes the Up-Front Works–owned and –operated labels Piccolo Town and Rice Music, and also released video games for the PC-88, Famicom, and MSX2 computers. On February 1,2016, King Records restructured Starchild and renamed it King Amusement Creative, be Cool is the official sub-label for AKB48. Venus-B is the official urban music imprint. Evil Line Records is the new division, established on April 2014. Theatre Brook Ryoko Shiraishi Megumi Hayashibara angela Ai Nonaka Eri Kitamura Soichiro Hoshi Haruka Fukuhara Sound Horizon Sawa B. A
A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performers music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many roles during the recording process, the roles of a producer vary. The producer may perform these roles himself, or help select the engineer, the producer may also pay session musicians and engineers and ensure that the entire project is completed within the record companies budget. A record producer or music producer has a broad role in overseeing and managing the recording. Producers also often take on an entrepreneurial role, with responsibility for the budget, schedules, contracts. In the 2010s, the industry has two kinds of producers with different roles, executive producer and music producer. Executive producers oversee project finances while music producers oversee the process of recording songs or albums. In most cases the producer is also a competent arranger, composer. The producer will also liaise with the engineer who concentrates on the technical aspects of recording. Noted producer Phil Ek described his role as the person who creatively guides or directs the process of making a record, indeed, in Bollywood music, the designation actually is music director. The music producers job is to create, shape, and mold a piece of music, at the beginning of record industry, producer role was technically limited to record, in one shot, artists performing live. The role of producers changed progressively over the 1950s and 1960s due to technological developments, the development of multitrack recording caused a major change in the recording process. Before multitracking, all the elements of a song had to be performed simultaneously, all of these singers and musicians had to be assembled in a large studio and the performance had to be recorded. As well, for a song that used 20 instruments, it was no longer necessary to get all the players in the studio at the same time. Examples include the rock sound effects of the 1960s, e. g. playing back the sound of recorded instruments backwards or clanging the tape to produce unique sound effects. These new instruments were electric or electronic, and thus they used instrument amplifiers, new technologies like multitracking changed the goal of recording, A producer could blend together multiple takes and edit together different sections to create the desired sound. For example, in jazz fusion Bandleader-composer Miles Davis album Bitches Brew, producers like Phil Spector and George Martin were soon creating recordings that were, in practical terms, almost impossible to realise in live performance. Producers became creative figures in the studio, other examples of such engineers includes Joe Meek, Teo Macero, Brian Wilson, and Biddu
Yasushi Akimoto is a Japanese record producer, lyricist and television writer, best known for creating and producing some of Japans top idol groups, Onyanko Club and the AKB48 franchise. Total sales of the singles he has written exceed 100 million copies, Akimoto wrote horror novel Chakushin Ari, which brought to movie in 2003 before remade by Hollywood in 2008. Akimoto became a writer in high school, he has produced many television programs. Akimoto started as a lyricist with The Alfee in 1981, he has written lyrics for artists such as Kinki Kids, Tunnels, Onyanko Club. He also wrote Hibari Misoras last single during her lifetime, Kawa no Nagare no Yō ni and he debuted an Indonesian version of AKB48 called JKT48. Auditions were held on October 8 and 9,2011 and the members were announced early November. He became a professor and vice president at Kyoto University of Art, a petition against his appointment has been created due his representing the decline of the Japanese entertainment industry, with 11,000 signatures as of March 23. Akimoto married Onyanko Club member Mamiko Takai in 1988,2008, 41st Japan Lyricist Awards — Grand Prix 2012, 51st Japan Record Award Special Award AKB48 Nurse Angel Ririka SOS Fujipacific Music Inc Yasushi Akimoto profile on AKB48
Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe!
Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe. is the sixth studio album by Japanese idol girl group AKB48. The album was released on January 21,2015 under King Records in Japan, in editions, Type A limited, Type A regular, Type B. The albums consist of 2 CDs, the Type A limited contains a bonus DVD. The Theater edition is sold at the AKB48 theater and only contains the first CD. Theatre Edition Same as on the Regular Edition