J-pop is an abbreviation of Japanese pop. It refers to Western-influenced Japanese popular music. The term J-pop was coined by J-Wave, an FM radio station, to denote what was once called "New Music." The term is widely used in Japan to describe many different musical genres including pop, rock, dance, hip hop, and soul. Singers of J-pop include both popular musicians and seiyū.
Japanese stores typically divide their music into 4 sections: J-pop, Enka (a traditional form of ballad), classical, and English/International. Some songs, such as those by Miyuki Nakajima and Anzen Chitai, represent a fusion of Enka with J-pop.
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Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb ask viewers to share why they're thankful
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:45:30 GMT
This Thanksgiving, Kathie Lee and Hoda are asking viewers to set politics and news aside and head to Twitter to share #WhyImThankfulTODAY.
'A mother to me': Roma Downey mourns 'Touched by an Angel' co-star Della Reese
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:24:22 GMT
Singing legend and "Touched by an Angel" star Della Reese died Sunday at 86.
Billy Ray Cyrus secretly swiped an outfit from future son-in-law Liam Hemsworth
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:17:00 GMT
Billy Ray Cyrus is already close enough with future son-in-law Liam Hemsworth to be borrowing his clothes.
Selena Gomez shows off new blond hair on AMAs red carpet — see the pics
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:55:00 GMT
It's another new, edgy hairdo for the singer, and she pulls it off so well.
David Cassidy hospitalized for organ failure, surrounded by family
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 02:53:00 GMT
The "Partridge Family" star has been hospitalized for liver and kidney failure and is currently in critical condition, Cassidy's representative confirmed.
Ben Affleck on the 'special connection' he shares with Jennifer Garner
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:35:09 GMT
'We're the only two people in the world who care this much about these three kids'
Hoda Kotb takes Haley Joy on a fun weekend trip
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:47:02 GMT
Hoda showed off a photo of Haley Joy's bedhead and shared a sweet story about her little girl crawling in grass for the first time.
Tarek, Christina El Moussa mourn loss of 'Flip or Flop' contractor Frank Miller
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:00:44 GMT
Contractor Frank Miller, known as "The Tank," recently lost his battle with laryngeal cancer.
Pink denies cringing during Christina Aguilera's AMAs tribute to Whitney Houston
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:48:00 GMT
The two singers were onetime rivals, but that's all in the past, Pink explained.
Eddie Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, others mourn AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:14:00 GMT
Malcolm Young's bandmates and many other rock 'n' roll luminaries took to social media to honor the 64-year-old who died Saturday.
See Catherine Zeta-Jones' sweet anniversary message for Michael Douglas
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:02:19 GMT
The couple celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary on Saturday.
Serena Williams shares pics of daughter at her wedding — and they're the cutest
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:57:00 GMT
The tennis champ, who tied the knot with Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian last week, shared pics of her little girl with her grandmother at the ceremony.
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb share their Favorite Things
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:48:33 GMT
Kathie Lee is loving the Petey Boy workout pants, which are $98 from PeteyBoyProductions.com. Hoda shows off the Sophie Swing Top, $24, and Peyton Sleeper, $28, from Coloredorganics.com.
Pink and Kelly Clarkson sing 'Everybody Hurts' in honor of a wounded world at AMAs
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:32:00 GMT
A simple message of empathy and understanding proved to be a powerful one when the singers took the stage at the American Music Awards Sunday.
Christina Aguilera honors Whitney Houston with powerful 'Bodyguard' tribute at AMAs
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:47:00 GMT
It's been 25 years since "The Bodyguard" premiered, and the music is as incredible as ever.
Wowza! See the most extravagant looks from the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:43:00 GMT
Here are the most outrageously gorgeous styles from the annual lingerie show.
Memorable 'Project Runway' contestant Wendy Pepper dies at 53
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:48:00 GMT
Pepper, who took third place on Season 1 of "Project Runway," passed away peacefully on November 12.
When did Gal Gadot realize Wonder Woman role would be a big deal?
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:04:00 GMT
Before she became Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot had been landing auditions but facing so much rejection in Hollywood that she was considering changing careers. That is, until she was getting callbacks for a "secret project" from director Zack Snyder. Gadot tells Sunday TODAY's Willie Geist when she realized this would be a big deal for her.
'Downton Abbey' stars talk about possibility of movie spinoff
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:46:09 GMT
As "Downton Abbey: The Exhibition" gets set to open in New York, four stars of the iconic show visit Megyn Kelly TODAY: Joanne Froggatt, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera and Allen Leech. Leech addresses the rumor that he stole a small souvenir from the set ("I prefer 'permanently borrowed'") and says of the possibility of a "Downton" movie: "I think we'd all love to do it."
Listen to Willie Geist's 'Sunday TODAY' playlist here!
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:03:00 GMT
What better way to start off your week than with some great music!
Mark Feuerstein talks his new TV comedy series '9JKL'
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:44:27 GMT
Actor Mark Feuerstein, best known from USA's "Royal Pains," tells Megyn Kelly TODAY about his new TV series "9JKL," which is inspired by the actor's real-life experience of living next door to his parents and brother.
Gwen Stefani has faith in love and loss: 'My heartbreak was supposed to happen'
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:20:00 GMT
Gwen Stefani found love with her "best friend" — and People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive — Blake Shelton. But before their romance began, another one ended.
'Wonder Woman' star Gal Gadot feels responsibility of being a good role model
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:01:00 GMT
Gal Gadot may be one of Hollywood's newest stars, but she's already one of its biggest thanks to the record-breaking superhero movie "Wonder Woman." In this week's Sunday Sitdown, Gadot, who stars in the new "Justice League" film, talks to Willie Geist about how her career has taken many "random" turns to get to the limelight.
Jennifer Garner reveals she hasn't 'been on a date' since split with Ben Affleck
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:32:00 GMT
It's been two years since Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced their split, and now the actress says she has no desire to get back to the dating game.
See the gorgeous gowns Serena Williams wore for her fairy-tale wedding
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:10:00 GMT
Tennis champion Serena Williams married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian Thursday night in a star-studded New Orleans wedding with no less than three dress changes.
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