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Guardian Unlimited Arts | | We’re not listening until you sing in English April 22, 2006

Posted by ayasawada in Music.
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Guardian Unlimited Arts | | We’re not listening until you sing in English

It’s nice to see non-English music (J-Pop and Canto-Pop in particular) getting a bit of publicity in the British Press, especially since my listening habits have become 90% non-English. I don’t think it’ll ever take-off though and, as much as I would like to see my favourite artists live, I’m very glad of that. The whole attraction for me is that it is not English and as escapist as possible. And as the article points out, translation isn’t exactly a good thing. Remember Utada Hikaru’s English Exodus album? Shudder. With the right marketing, I’m sure some artists could do very well. Rie Fu, for example, does splendid stuff akin to Alanis Morissette, Jem or Dido, and mixing both English and Japanese lyrics to boot. But then again, she does live in London…

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