November 28, 2013

AKB48 is a massively successful conglomerate globally as Japanese music spreads to a world audience

"AKB48 is a massive and massively successful conglomerate, with many local franchises. Group members start off as awkward amateurs and end up skilled professional entertainers. Split off into small groups or large brigades, they tour the country and perform songs in mass patterns somewhat resembling cheerleading formations"

Japanese Idol 
June 14, 2013, 
New York Times

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