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AKB48 – Japan’s music sensation – msnbc.com

Japan’s music sensation: a band chosen by its fans – msnbc.com.

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This is a nice clear article explaining the background to the AKB48 phenomenon. It is one of the most successful pop groups in the world.

Manufactured groups are not new. There were the Monkees in the 1960s. By the way Davy Jones of the Monkees died on 29 February 2012. I didn’t even know he was British. And there were the Spice Girls in the 1990s.

In Japan before AKB48 there was Morning Musume. An all-girl group produced by Tsunku. Morning Musume also had a large and fluid number of members. Girls graduated from the group when they reached a certain age.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AKB48

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morning_musume

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