If you thought Korean Pop or K-Pop was cool and PSY Gangnam Style was funny check out whats next to sweet the world. Welcome in Japanese Pop or J-Pop girl group named AKB48.
AKB48 also known as A.K.B. Forty-eight is a Japanese Girl Group that has become an International Sensation. The group is made up of 64 members that range from early teens to mid 20’s. Furthermore AKB48 is a female Japanese idol group produced by Akimoto Yasushi and has become on of the highest paid musical acts in the world. In 2011 AKB48 reached record sales of over $200 million in Japan alone. The girl band has gone as far as becoming a Guiness World Record holder and to think that the pop group originally only had 20 members.
The group had originally began performing in a small theatre in Tokyo and today as they become the highest selling musical act in the world they travel all across performing constantly. They have a very energetic and pop style to themselves and their music as well so it works. feel free to check on YouTube for some videos to get an idea of what we mean.
More over regardless of the enormous success and recognition that a member of AKB48 can receive its rumored that the career of an individual member is very short. Sources say that whenever member of the girl group become too old they retire or graduate from the group. This is usually around age 25 and is done to allow newer and younger performers to audition for their spots. The group does this in order to constantly use new talent and outlast any other musical act in the world in terms of popularity and fame as the members are always changing and looking young and fresh. Who said sex doesn’t sell..
Check out this video below with 4 million views and growing on YouTube
AKB48 Baby! Baby! Baby!
However on a very cool not the group is definitely charity minded and loves to help as they showed us. In response to this most recent disaster in Japan the group donated around one billion yen to the Japanese relief fund which is equivalent to over 100 million US dollars. So not only is AKB48 the largest pop group in the scene let alone promoter of japanese pop music. Also the group really has a strong shell and likes to stick together.
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