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Are there any Asian super bands?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (21731 points ) 1 month ago

I was musing the other day while watching Youtube concerts, I never known any Asian bands, from China, Japan, etc. that was a stadium filler like Pink Floyd (British), Rush (Canadian), Duran Duran (German), ABBA (Australian), etc. I wondered if Japan was too busy churning out geniuses to expend time on being rock idols, and such. Do you know of any Asian music groups that equals to what the industry calls a super band?

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zenvelo's avatar

ABBA is Swedish.

Japanese entertainment is not a matter of individual creativity as it is in western culture. In Japan, entertainment is tightly controlled by corporations, and those who do not cooperate do not stand much chance of being heard.

There are bands throughout Asia with large followings, but they rarely if ever are heard in the US.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Duran Duran was an English band and not from Germany.

dxs's avatar

What about that guy who got 5 seconds of fame with that YouTube song? Psy. Not a band, but he was from South Korea.

Op! Op! Op! Op! Oppa Gangnum style. GAAAAAAAAAAAHH!!

filmfann's avatar

Um, Wu Tang sounds Chinese.

rojo's avatar

Super Junior M

you’ve heard of them, right?

I mean, like, everyone has! Right?

pleiades's avatar

That’s cool I was thinking along the same terms of a question sometime this week, then I realized U.S.A. is no longer the center of the world when it comes to entertainment and in this day and age pop rules and there are tons of Asian pop artists that dominate the world pop charts, tour, fill stadiums, etc.

But to answer your OP, I think it depends who you’re asking.

Some bands that come to mind that are currently active,

Smith Westerns

Morning Benders now called POP ETC

Craft Spells

James Iha former Smashing Pumpkins

Kikagaku Moyo from Japan

I don’t think any of them consistently sell out live shows let alone stadiums but there are Asian artists out there.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I know a handful of Korean bands out there. They are all considered super band in Asia:

- What @rojo said
SNSD
SHINEE
2NE1 (read “to anyone”)
Sistar
T-ara
Beast
4Minute
Kara
Rainbow

jca's avatar

@dxs: Last year, Gangnam Style was one of the most popular songs on the radio and I believe it got the all time greatest number of views on You Tube. DJ’s still love to play it, as it’s still popular and is still a song that gets everyone up on the dance floor.

filmfann's avatar

Oh, yes… And the 5, 6, 7, 8’s.

Smitha's avatar

Yes Gangnam style was by a Korean artist and it was a massive hit. Gazette is a very popular Japanese rock band.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@zenvelo There are bands throughout Asia with large followings, but they rarely if ever are heard in the US.
You telling me, I bet they are not heard anywhere in Europe or Africa either.

@pleiades I don’t think any of them consistently sell out live shows let alone stadiums but there are Asian artists out there.
I can roll with that, I can’t even find decent info on them bands trying to Google them.

Darth_Algar's avatar

@filmfann “Um, Wu Tang sounds Chinese.”

They’re a bunch of black dudes from Staten Island, New York.

jca's avatar

The lead singer of Journey is from Vietnam. This guy took the place of the original lead singer Steve Perry.

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