Interesting J-Pop Trend: “Solo Angle” Concert DVDs

A clever way to get more revenue from J-pop concerts for music groups who consist of just singers (and no musicians who merely stand in one place and perform) — similar to America’s boybands like N*Sync or Backstreet Boys — is to make a DVD of a particular recording of the entire concert focused on one singer and nothing else. Many people have a certain preference of which singer they’re more there to see than just the entire group, and this is a great way to kindle that particular idol status even further, by having a concert experience centered foremostly on just the one. You can certainly get the entire concert DVD with multiple shots of everyone, also.

Kusumi Koharu Solo Angle DVD – Morning Musume 2007 Fall Concert Tour
Tanaka Reina Solo Angle DVD – Morning Musume 2007 Fall Concert Tour
Michishige Sayumi Solo Angle DVD – Morning Musume 2007 Fall Concert Tour
Kamei Eri Solo Angle DVD – Morning Musume 2007 Fall Concert Tour
Takahashi Ai Solo Angle DVD – Morning Musume 2007 Fall Concert Tour
Niigaki Risa Solo Angle DVD – Morning Musume 2007 Fall Concert Tour
Mitsui Aika Solo Angle DVD – Morning Musume 2007 Fall Concert Tour
… among others …

If a band had too many members to feasibly do this with, I could understand — but there’s not really a good comparison band in America to accurately describe the scope of AKB48… a group of around 46 members, divided up into three teams (teams A, K, and B) of roughly 15 members each.

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