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City Pop Popularity In Japan

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

The 1980s were the height of the City Pop genre, resulting in some of the best albums to be released during this period.

Tatsuro Yamashita often referred to as the “King of City Pop”, had already had a huge commercial success when he released his album “For You” in 1982. The singer Tatsuro Yamashita Overseas reaction is always so great that made him a global star.

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Although it featured the common themes of youthful optimism and American-influenced Japanese Pop, it was the first time Tatsuro was able to produce with an unlimited budget to work with.

There are many genres of music, and new jargon appears each day. City Pop is one such genre that hails from Japan that gained prominence in the 1980s due to the introduction of automobile stereos.

Even though Caramel Mama had their albums, however, they are most famous for supporting other artists in the 1970s, including Sugar Babe alumni Yamashita Tatsuro and Onuki Taeko.

Together, they helped make an established City Pop genre across Japan.

After their breakup at the end of 1973, the group Sugar Babe emerged onto the scene as a duo comprising Tatsuro Yamashita, Taeko Ohnuki] and released their 1975 hit single “Down Town” being another Japanese version of American pop. The track was not viewed with much notice from the populace, while the group was infamously booed off stage during a live show, which was followed by Sugarbabe being disbanded in the year 1976. H

owever, this didn’t discourage Tatsuro Yamashita Tatsuro or Taeko Ohnuki as they became two of City Pop’s most influential and significant producers and artists.