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Dempagumi.inc about to break into stardom

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By Yoriko Takahashi

Dempagumi.inc is a female idol group born in Akihabara, Tokyo. "Dempa" means electronic signal and "gumi" means a group in Japanese. でんぱ組.inc - Electronic Group Incorporated.

The group consists of 6 girls and they are all hardcore "otaku" for things like anime, gaming, cosplay and so on. They heart Akihabara and they take great pride in saying that Akihabara is their home field!

They participated in JAPAN EXPO in Paris and had many concerts at home and overseas last year. This year, they already started their first national tour last January and they announced that they will perform in one of Tokyo's most well-known concert venues - 20,000-seat Budokan.

Before Dempagumi.inc becomes superstars, watch some of their performances below.

Source: AkihabaraNews

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Great. Just what J-land needs: another shite group, singing shite music. Start getting with the groove Japan. Where's that "global" outlook? http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-26626396

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"Global", you mean American , right ? Japan music has its own distinctive types of music, and thats Idol and Visual Kei, and beside that,that would destroy their uniqueness, I love Japan as they are, making them self same as Shakira, Rhiana, Madona, they got that, Koda Kumi , You need to check little better Japan music, there is lot of diferent things there, and again, this " global" way of thinking is what is destroying unique cultures all over the world , and also, as someone who live in Europe, I say I am sick of today western music, except some exemptions . Today "global" music is all in shaking, twerking, and similar things , I dont want that things in J-music . Music is important part of every culture in world, loosing music is also loosing part of identity that country has .

-7 ( +7 / -14 )

meh, next! We need more female groups like in Korea :D

1 ( +4 / -3 )

A visual, aural and musical train crash.

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@Nenad Jovanović

Your arguement is flawed for a number of reasons:

You compared Madonna to Koda Kumi.

The Japanese music industry is "staunchly local", as realteacher's provided article states. They basically choose what to "introduce" into the market - and thatisn't much. It's all about maximising local sales. You never see an international rock / electronic act at the top of the charts. Think about it.

J-pop is not "music". It's a commodity that's sold purely on it's visual appeal. A bunch of seishains slaving away at their desks writing (manufacturing) "songs" and collecting their paycheck is about as far from "music" as you can get.

If your idea of "cultural uniqueness" is a bunch of middle-aged balding men cheering to girls miming in questionable attire, then we've got a problem.
2 ( +7 / -6 )

Oh My GOD!! was that bad. Their voices all sound the same. Could only watch about 10 seconds.

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@sighclops

1.Yes, I compared Koda Kumi with Madona , Shakira and Rhiana, you got a problem with that ?

2.Local ? And thats problem ?This "global" music is actually also local, but got spreaded outside of America , and while you mention electronic, Japan has their genie behind it , its Yasutaka Nakata , who make music for Perfume and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu , but he is not the only one .

And what is pop anyway ?

4.First, they are 20-30 years old, that's not middle age , they are young adults , and for uniqueness part, I writed Visual Kei, it seams you didn see it , I hope you know what is it ? And also, not to forgot enka songs, they also manage to come into Oricon chart, and there is one more thing that is diferent than western music, and thats their videos are mostly clean from sexsual promotion , while west , its all sex ( twerking, shaking ass, and similar things )

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

This is hardly mainstream music in Japan, I don't know why some of you are talking as if it is.

Plenty of great music in Japan, if you haven't found it you aren't looking.

@sighclops

You never see an international rock / electronic act at the top of the charts.

Gee, you mean Japanese people might prefer listening to music in.... Japanese? When was the last time a non-English language artist hit the top of the charts in the US? A novelty act like PSY is about it.

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@sighclops

Your arguement is flawed for one reason:

There are very few balding men in Japan.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

In the near future, every junior high girl in Japan will belong to an idol group.

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every junior high girl in Japan will belong to an idol group.

Meanwhile, over at the Johnny's offices, a lightbulb mysteriously started glowing to everyone's amazement... Shudder!

5 ( +5 / -0 )

This bollocks sells in other Asian markets and it doesn't really matter if it has a global reach. I'm not trying to sound superior here as my country has to answer for atrocities such as The Spice Girls and Simon Cowell's Frankensteinian One Direction who are now popular here.

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The Spice Girls and Simon Cowell's Frankensteinian One Direction who are now popular here.

Compared to Dempagumi, these two groups' music sounds like Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Wow~ a brand-new, corporate-controlled, adolescent Akihabara amateur girl band, replete with "unique" colorful outfits, tone-deaf members and committee-chosen nicknames!

How truly original! Japan, you've done it again! It's uncanny how the Japanese can take a concept like "talent" and strip it bare of anything even remotely resembling....well...talent!

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Nenad Jovanović

By referring to the likes of Perfume & Kyary Pamyu Pamyu as "electronic" music, you've confirmed that we are no longer able to have a conversation on this issue

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Japan finds it hard to get off the production line of churning out the same groups over and over and over again. I hate to imagine what sort of entertainment the world will be forced to watch during the opening ceremony in 2020.

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This is not KPOP worthy... like candy cane music.. made by old men... who watch to much porn

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

By referring to the likes of Perfume & Kyary Pamyu Pamyu as "electronic" music, you've confirmed that we are no longer able to have a conversation on this issue

Sorry, but what exactly would you refer to Perfume as? Most people would call them electronic music.

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Back on topic please.

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"Middle aged men" hey... I used to know of a teenager guy that loved akb48. Its not about age. Im 30yo and since I was 13 I like the same things. U just have to learn how to digest all that.

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This is so like Japan...

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I really feel sorry for music listeners in japan when crap like this is "the next big thing"

watched the video... it was an attack on my ear drums

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

its so mainstream

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Can we start getting more people on Board with Perfume?!? It's so apparent that they stand out in a world full of jpop artists

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Ok, I accidentally found really good CM with Demangupi.inc for Norton antivirus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQXT9UU-4BI its so fun to watch

0 ( +0 / -0 )

They are sexy and talented......but more importantly sexy.

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