The downfall of J-pop? How the AKBG's biz model & culture get adapted in China

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RebelOfDaNew

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That's similar to what industry veterans are thinking when they're presenting top awards to idol groups like AKB48 at annual musical award events year after year. lol
If that's sarcasm, that's hilarious.
 

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That's similar to what industry veterans are thinking when they're presenting top awards to idol groups like AKB48 at annual musical award events year after year. lol
If that's sarcasm, that's hilarious.
While it's kinda hilarious, it's not sarcasm - in one of those events a presenter of an annual grand award, an old man w/ a prestigious status in the industry, said something like "is this a really good thing for the industry?" while handing that award to the member-representatives of AKB48 (it wasn't a "mic accident" - he deliberately moved near to the mic to say that).
 

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A graduated 1st-generation member of SNH48, now a solo artist of SNHG & the leading member of 7SENSES (an elite subgroup of SNH48 ), in a nostalgically styled CM for this year's fall/winter lines of a fashion brand, of which she's the "fashion brand ambassador":


^ I like its classy, retro ambience. :cool:
 

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While it's kinda hilarious, it's not sarcasm - in one of those events a presenter of an annual grand award, an old man w/ a prestigious status in the industry, said something like "is this a really good thing for the industry?" while handing that award to the member-representatives of AKB48 (it wasn't a "mic accident" - he deliberately moved near to the mic to say that).
I do wonder how this happened it though. Are the styles changing? You said not as much but at all?
 

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I do wonder how this happened it though. Are the styles changing? You said not as much but at all?
To put it very, very simply, idol groups aren't all about their music, & it's those various other features/attributes of them that partly, largely, or mostly push up their sales &, hence, put them on the top in the industry - it's so much that even "orthodox" pop artists known for "honest" musical works have to collaborate w/ (or as seen by some, "flatter") them.
 

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Quick update: As of late, members of various SNHG groups around the country have been descending on a southern provincial capital, which's also the home city of GNZ48, for the coming final results announcement event of the current SNHG General Election & the SNHG concert preceding it, as well as a number of other related & unrelated events & performances (including various performances at the exclusive theater of GNZ48 ) - currently the only group not arriving yet is CKG48, which members will also fly there shortly, after their upcoming dispatching ceremony for that event.
Indoor & outdoor ads for that event/concert are currently everywhere around that provincial capital & the home cities of SNH48 & CKG48 - just picking three here to get the feel:

https://wx2.sinaimg.cn/large/002VZWIBly1h5bx1guawxj62ps1j0qv602.jpg

^ At a shopping street.

https://wx1.sinaimg.cn/large/002VZWIBly1h5bx1h7bvzj61r80zk12r02.jpg

^ Inside a metro station.

https://wx2.sinaimg.cn/large/002VZWIBly1h5bx1ybtqpj63402c01kz02.jpg

^ On a commercial building.

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A graduated 1st-generation member of SNH48, now a solo artist of SNHG & the leading member of 7SENSES (an elite subgroup of SNH48 ), in a nostalgically styled CM for this year's fall/winter lines of a fashion brand, of which she's the "fashion brand ambassador":


^ I like its classy, retro ambience. :cool:
A couple of offshots from that CM:

https://wx4.sinaimg.cn/large/008qInNTgy1h5axbq9eomj322o340u0y.jpg

https://wx4.sinaimg.cn/large/008qInNTgy1h5axcrh2kvj322o340e83.jpg
 
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RebelOfDaNew

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To put it very, very simply, idol groups aren't all about their music, & it's those various other features/attributes of them that partly, largely, or mostly push up their sales &, hence, put them on the top in the industry - it's so much that even "orthodox" pop artists known for "honest" musical works have to collaborate w/ (or as seen by some, "flatter") them.
Ok, that's unfortunate but makes sense. Black music had some similar portrayal in the mid-90s and now with trying to be "hard" so I can't say anything about one without the other. Sucks for the honest musicians though
 

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Quick update: As of late, members of various SNHG groups around the country have been descending on a southern provincial capital, which's also the home city of GNZ48, for the coming final results announcement event of the current SNHG General Election & the SNHG concert preceding it, as well as a number of other related & unrelated events & performances (including various performances at the exclusive theater of GNZ48 ) - currently the only group not arriving yet is CKG48, which members will also fly there shortly, after their upcoming dispatching ceremony for that event.
A pic of the entrance to the venue of that event/concert:

https://wx3.sinaimg.cn/large/002VZWIBly1h5d5xb7d0yj64162osx6s02.jpg

^ Note that the large board at the left shows on its middle row the logos/emblems of all those 11 SNHG groups/teams which have members running in that election.

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^ A pic of the heavily Chinese-styled exterior look of that venue:

https://wx4.sinaimg.cn/large/002VZWIBly1h5d0bwb5okj63402cax6s02.jpg

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^ The stage for the event/concert:

https://wx4.sinaimg.cn/large/002VZWIBgy1h5cff9udfij618z0u0qe702.jpg

^ Reminding me of the original stage design of SNH48's exclusive theater, the very 1st exclusive theater of SNHG. lol
 

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^ A lengthy & pic-packed official report of the event/concert yesterday (right-click the vertical pics to view them in their original larger sizes):

大型青春女团SNH48 GROUP官方网站

^ It comprehensively covers the red carpet, the concert, the event (including the various professional/technical awards & the final results of the election), the latest updates (announced at the event) on their metaverse development (including the setting up of domestic & overseas R&D centers), & their upcoming major concert later this year, among others.

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^ Detailed final results of the election (right-click the pics to view them in their original large size):

大型青春女团SNH48 GROUP官方网站

^ It lists the rankings & various rank titles (if applicable), the candidates' names & their group/team affiliations, the titles of the songs used in their election manifestos & those songs' origins, & the numbers of votes.
 
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The stage for the event/concert:

https://wx4.sinaimg.cn/large/002VZWIBgy1h5cff9udfij618z0u0qe702.jpg

^ Reminding me of the original stage design of SNH48's exclusive theater, the very 1st exclusive theater of SNHG. lol
A pic of that stage in action & occupied:

https://wx4.sinaimg.cn/large/002VZWIBly1h5dpcsug13j64tc37khdy02.jpg

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^ An English-subbed footage of the speech made by a former BEJ48 member in the 3rd team of SNH48 upon receiving her result of the election:

 

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^ Indoor & outdoor ads for the top three ranking members returned from the election:

https://wx1.sinaimg.cn/large/002VZWIBly1h5gpffre95j61o413y7n302.jpg

^ On a commercial building.

https://wx2.sinaimg.cn/large/002VZWIBly1h5gpfgu9gij62ys1z7e8202.jpg

^ At a shopping street.

https://wx2.sinaimg.cn/large/002VZWIBly1h5gpfnee5jj61pc0yi12102.jpg

^ Inside a metro station.

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^ The official poster for the #2-ranked member returned from the election:

https://wx2.sinaimg.cn/large/002VZWIBgy1h5evokosdfj60u01hcajf02.jpg
 

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^ The official poster for the #4-ranked member returned from the election:

https://wx3.sinaimg.cn/large/002VZWIBgy1h5ew14jtrsj60u01hcwnu02.jpg

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^ A newbie member of BEJ48 showing her election name plate set attached on a chained ribbon at the venue of the event:

https://wx2.sinaimg.cn/large/008qTEavgy1h5dwu7xh3ij30u0140wov.jpg

https://wx3.sinaimg.cn/large/008qTEavgy1h5dwuixl0xj33402c04qs.jpg

This' her very 1st time running in the election. :)

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^ Close-ups of that set shot by a trainee member of GNZ48:

https://wx4.sinaimg.cn/large/006NdNoMgy1h5dqhmu472j32c02c01kx.jpg

https://wx4.sinaimg.cn/large/006NdNoMgy1h5dqh64udrj32c02c0npd.jpg
 

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^ The official poster for the #6-ranked member returned from the election:

https://wx3.sinaimg.cn/large/002VZWIBgy1h5ewazd69nj60u01hc47b02.jpg

^ That also makes her the #1-ranked member of GNZ48, & it's the very 1st time a GNZ48 member ever enters the so-called "God 7" ranks.

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The official poster for the #2-ranked member returned from the election:

https://wx2.sinaimg.cn/large/002VZWIBgy1h5evokosdfj60u01hcajf02.jpg
Her posing w/ the huge message congratulating her being elected to that ranking position, shown on a building in the CBD of her group's home city:

https://wx3.sinaimg.cn/large/006csUHZly1h5k6gaqowjj30r214ngx0.jpg

Onstage after her election, complete w/ her crown, cloak, & trophy:

https://wx1.sinaimg.cn/large/006csUHZly1h5k6ilfrkvj335223ce81.jpg

https://wx1.sinaimg.cn/large/006csUHZly1h5k6gvivg9j322c1dkara.jpg

In a group shot w/ her teammates, many of whom have also been elected, after the event:

https://wx3.sinaimg.cn/large/006csUHZly1h5k71urq8fj335s23s1l0.jpg