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08:48 pm: Black Music
Japanese teens love "Black Music." They are crazy over hip-hop, they enjoy rap, and I have at least one student working on a serious speech extolling the virtues of reggae.

The "gangster" style of clothing is also popular, particularly among teen boys. The truly "stylish" ones wear their pants so saggy, they're practically hanging around the poor boys' knees. I have previously had the urge to whip out my camera and get a shot of this fashion statement, but... <imagines headlines> "Gaijin woman arrested for photographing the rear ends of teenage boys"... Um, no thanks.

Anyway, one of the things I do is check and correct papers for English teachers of other classes. One of the papers handed to me today was a show-and-tell speech about Black Music. There is just something about correcting the English of a teenage Japanese girl raving about Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg...it's really special.

She concluded her speech with this statement, which I probably won't forget anytime soon: "Black Music is one of the necessaries of life."

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From:firesign10
Date:October 13th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC)
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That's right up there with the immortal "Peace and Meat" slogan!!!
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From:nitasee
Date:October 13th, 2005 12:18 pm (UTC)
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You know, it's funny, just today, I thought about asking you what kind of music Japanese teens were listening to. I'm still curious though: what are the popular performers for them, either Japanese or not.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 13th, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC)
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I'm still curious though: what are the popular performers for them, either Japanese or not.

I'm not an expert on the subject, because I don't pay much attention to popular music other than anime theme songs. I used to watch a weekly top 10 countdown, but they stopped showing it.

As for Japanese music, popular artists include Orange Range, Utada Hikaru, V6, Chemistry, Hamasaki Ayumi, B'z, Gackt, Do As Infinity, and Glay (among many others).

Regarding Western music, I'm even less sure, but there's a ranking posted on this page. Everyone knows Britney Spears. From looking at the rankings, it seems t.A.T.u. is popular, along with Bon Jovi and Franz Ferdinand...though, of course, overall rankings reflect the whole population and not just teens.

There's a female artist the students in my English club really like...unfortunately, I can't remember her name. ^_^;

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From:nitasee
Date:October 17th, 2005 10:42 am (UTC)
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Thanks. I'm always curious about what's popular amongst them "young people". I can't say much about their taste in Western music, but I like Gackt and Do As Infinity myself. Actually I like them a lot. Especially Gackt, hmmmm....Sorry, where was I? Orange Range doesn't do much for me. I'm not familiar with the others, so that makes me curious now.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 18th, 2005 01:40 pm (UTC)
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If you're interested in a more extensive listing, this site lists the current popularity of the top 100 artists.
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