Japanese artists, some of them "Jpop
" superstars, have also looked overseas for new audiences, although the size of their own market, only just behind the United States in the world rankings, means they have less incentive.
COVER-UP J The sexy Barbadian shoots another scene for her video NICE J BODYWORK Rihanna gets into a Trans Am sports car during her video shoot in North Belfast yesterday BOUNCING J BABE Rihanna has a go on Patrick McCloskey's trampoline fENCy THAT JRihanna is thronged in North Belfast CAN U dIGIT JPop
princess flips the bird during the video shoot KIssJ The star greets a young fan sNAP HAPPy JThe diva smiles for the cameras KERB J APPEAL Two admirers for the R&B superstar NICE J BODYWORK Rihanna gets into a Trans Am sports car during her video shoot in North Belfast yesterday
And Mitsuko tracks down and infiltrates the backstage headquarters of a Jpop
girl band's odd pre-pubescent groupies, whose puzzling Sartrean phone calls to the police appear to implicate them in the suicides.
Still, there's something quirky and contagious about this music known as Jpop
. If you're into anime, you'll recognize Nami's vocals on "Believe" and "Realize," the themes to Mobilesuit Gundam Seed.
Rather than focusing on only anime, we decided to branch out and include other aspects of Japanese culture in our JPOP