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Posted: May 13, 2005 8:30 pm Reply with quote
羽ありたまご 羽ありたまご
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
I've read that Kizz saw his first two PV, one of them being ayu's real me, which got him addicted to Jpop music. I bet that's probably the same to many of you who happen to listen to one Jpop song or a Jpop MTV, and then start to learn that Jpop is an interesting genre of music.

I'm just wondering, how you manage to find your first Jpop stuff, either music of MTV (PV), that gets you into this Jpop madness. For me, it's kinda hard to imagine people from say, Poland or France, to get exposed to Jpop. Me myself, I'm from Malaysia and it's not hard to see Jpop advertisement being shown on TV or Jpop music being played on radio, so that's nothing special if I happen to like them under such exposure.

Tell me your Jpop story if you wish. I bet internet plays a major role for spreading the seed of Jpop, but there gotta be something to trigger this Jpop monster inside you.

For me, ayu is the first Jpop artist I like, even till now. I believe I learn about her music from either TV or radio, which happen to play and show some Jpop CM and songs once in a while. What make Jpop special is that ayu is the first artist who show me that it is possible to love every single song from an album. In my previous experience (before listening to ayu), I always think it's stupid to buy an album just for a few good songs in it, but ayu totally changed my opinion, and I get addicted to her songs, every single one! I started to buy her LOVEppears album, then Duty, and so on. End of story.

That's how I get started. Wink Your turn.

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Posted: May 13, 2005 10:48 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 09 May 2005 Posts: 423 Location: 6 feet under
hmmm, as for me, i first took notice of japanese songs while i was watching anime
this was like, years ago ^^;
and then i read in a newspaper once, they wrote an article on namie amuro, coz her mom just passed away, and they were asking what next for the j-pop queen (yes, at that time, namie amuro kicked ass, she was the one who revolutionized j-pop to what it is today)
i noticed that she was real pretty in the pictures, so i started to look for her album, but couldnt find any Sad

then a few years after that, my friend gave me ayumi's LOVEppears CD, and i totally got hooked in ayumi. that's when i started to find some songs from namie amuro, and more of ayumi, and so on

so yea, thats how i started out Smile
Posted: May 14, 2005 2:12 am Reply with quote
上塩タン焼680円 上塩タン焼680円
Joined: 14 Apr 2005 Posts: 366 Location: Malaysia
haha, ys(aka eyn) no doubt is a pure hardcore fans of ayu, bcos the time i was hanging around with him, he only talked bout ayu when we came across with Jpop. When i stepped into his messy room, there was a only spot where never get mess up, guess where is it? Obviously, it was the place where he keep his ayu album n posters.

Well, as i said in the previous thread, i get attached with Jpop since i bought the first album of hikki. After that i found out ys love jpop too, i think that was one of the reasons that we keep hanging around. Besides, the tv would showed music-station every week, this literally make me fully attached with Jpop. Tongue
Posted: May 14, 2005 3:23 am Reply with quote
金魚花火 金魚花火
Joined: 22 Apr 2005 Posts: 148 Location: Poland
In Poland we don't get much of Japanese culture... recently (last 2 - 3 years) brought some more mangas (still not that much as in france or germany) some anime's (but very universal ones like dragon ball, sailor moon, naruto, pokemon, yu-gi-oh) but jpop is unknown here. without internet i would be unable to love jpop. internet is everything for me as i don't have that much money to buy 10 singles every month Wink its not hard though, life of jpop fan. as long as there's internet and other fans... we can make it ! jpop fans unite! Smile
Posted: May 14, 2005 12:06 pm Reply with quote
クムリウタ クムリウタ
Joined: 14 Apr 2005 Posts: 2039 Location: Europe
Hmm... here we have some anime thanks to Italy. And recently some manga licensed by Tokyopop has found its way here. I got into J-Pop mostly by listening to Anime opening theme songs and then a friend of mine started sending me Ayumi songs and I then started looking for them myself and so on.. I ended up being a J-Pop fan.
Posted: May 14, 2005 7:11 pm Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 14 May 2005 Posts: 113 Location: California, USA
as for me. I was into korean pop first. about 5 or so.

Then i started to get into Anime. Always loved the openings and ending. I think early around 6th grade, i was playing dance dance revolution. I was like, wow these japanese songs are pretty good. I think it was the "luv me" song. It was all animish and stuff. So i went online to go download it.. couldn't find it at first. there was this recommendation section. I just clicked on some random name; it was Ayumi hamasaki's Evolution. After hearing that for the first time, i was blown away. Hardcore fast singing! haha..

OHH YEAH.. i saw some pixs of Hiroko Anzai. She was a model at first. So.. i assumed all j-pop singers were super cute haha
Posted: May 15, 2005 1:03 am Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 14 May 2005 Posts: 203 Location: Malaysia
It all started by my sister... The original ><. She got it from her Jap friends back in France { we went to an international school ^^ } and when we went to england she showed me Renai Revolution 21 { MM } and i was like waow.... I thought they were like 12 but they were in their teens.
Then my sister downloaded Ayumi's Real me and i was like o.o!!! That's also when i started dancing { i now know Ayu's Real Me dance moves >< } and so on and so forth...

Internet has been playing a major role in my exposure to J-Pop <3
Posted: May 15, 2005 1:38 am Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 123 Location: Alpharetta, Georgia
Ayu's M, it is the song that gets me into Jpop and it is also my first Ayu song and first Ayu video too..I actualyl watched the PV first..
Posted: May 15, 2005 3:46 pm Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 23 Apr 2005 Posts: 100
Like most people I know, it started with anime. Smile I was unknowingly listening to "J-Pop" while watching the anime opening and ending themes. At first I thought their music sounded a bit different then the usually type of music people in the US get exposed to, so it didn’t catch my interest. But then I talked to some of my friends about it and it turned out they were big fans of J-Pop. They suggested me to listen to “BoA” or “Utada Hikaru”.. I downloaded a few of their songs and was surprised by how good they were. After searching around for more, the name “Ayumi Hamasaki” popped up and I decided to try out some of her songs too (I remembered that she was the one that sang Dearest for Inuyasha <3). I’m really glad that I did because M and evolution made me addicted…

Its hard to get any J-Pop stuff here, especially if you’re unable to buy off the internet. The closest I got to was a BoA promotional poster. Crying
Posted: May 16, 2005 12:21 am Reply with quote
フレンジャー フレンジャー
Joined: 01 May 2005 Posts: 955
i get into jpop by japan culture and their street style... the 1st jpop artise i like was w-inds. Giggle their 1st debute forever memories...
Posted: May 31, 2005 12:08 pm Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 29 May 2005 Posts: 16
BoA brought mi into jpop.. tt time i was really addicted to her song called "waiting" then after "atlantis princess".. soon after i bought her albums and started searching for j/kpop forums.. and now ai is oso one of my favourite female artist besides boa.. they both are my "Number 1" Love
Posted: May 31, 2005 3:51 pm Reply with quote
上塩タン焼680円 上塩タン焼680円
Joined: 18 May 2005 Posts: 357 Location: Toronto, Canada
the first JPop songs i heard were anime songs, like just communication. then i heard utada's first love and i fell in luv with it, so i bought the album for that. then my friend told me about ayu and now, shes my fav artist. utada is my second fav artist and ai is third only cause i have only listened to her for a few months compared to years for ayu and utada

i am happy to have spread my luv for jpop to my group of friends, and them to their other friends so now, pretty much all my friends listen to jpop Boogie
Posted: Jun 01, 2005 2:28 am Reply with quote
ネコに風船 ネコに風船
Joined: 22 May 2005 Posts: 566 Location: Love Punch World!
Only one thing...It is Ai Otsuka...i enter the j-pop world after listening to her is real...
Posted: Jun 08, 2005 8:25 am Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 30 May 2005 Posts: 93
Let's see... I guess Anime, yeah... and also Mp3 rotation sites, how I got into the bigger stars like Gackt...
Posted: Jun 08, 2005 11:13 am Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 11 May 2005 Posts: 78 Location: Germany
The first song I ever heard of Japanese was Connected from Ayu in Germany you can buy many remixes from her... The next single was "M" (Above an Beyond Remix)
And I heard before from a girl with name Ayumi Hamasaki... because i was interested in Japan since I´m 12 an 1 1/2 year ago I understand that Ayu was Ayumi Hamasaki... I heard many songs i love her voice Love
Later I heard Kingyo Hanabi from Ai an sice that moment I hear her music.
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