Marty Friedman: japanese tv show appearance and j-pop is cool

Blabbermouth posted:
Marty Friedman will appear on "Kouhaku Uta Gassen", more commonly known as simply "Kouhaku", an annual music show on the New Year's Eve produced by Japanese public broadcaster NHK and broadcast on both television and radio, nationally and internationally by NHK's networks and some overseas (mainly cable) broadcasters which bought the program.

Literally "Red and White Song Battle," the program divides the most popular music artists of the year into competing teams of red and white. The "red" team, or akagumi, is composed of all female artists (or groups with female vocals), while the "white" team, or shirogumi, is all male (or groups with male vocals). The honor of performing on "Kouhaku" is strictly by invitation, so only the most successful J-Pop artists and enka singers can perform. In addition to the actual music performances, the costumes, hairstyles, makeup, dancing, and lighting are also important. Even today, a performance on "Kouhaku" is said to be a big highlight in a singer's career because of the show's large reach.

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