K & J-Pop Fans: Looking for Strong, Big-Voiced Female Pop Stars, Aretha & Janis Style

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_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 19 April 2012 04:56 (five years ago) Permalink

not a star, but the title reminded me of her

also there's always one singer per idol group who has a strong voice. they don't get to use it too much.

blah blah blah, Thursday, 19 April 2012 08:53 (five years ago) Permalink

try UA. she prob has a more cool & restrained approach to vocals in some breeezy sade/corinne drewery kinda way but can also rip the shit out of her chords sometimes

an earlier tune from mid 90s


and this one is a great collab w/ yamp kolt from last year


cock chirea, Thursday, 19 April 2012 09:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Yr welcome!

Insooni's father was African-American military personnel, like (recently eliminated) kpopstar Lee Michelle:


And rapper T(Tasha):


Whale from W and Whale grew up outside Korea, I believe. There are some 100% Korean idol group members who are US-influenced, though... the ones I'm thinking of at the moment are guys but I'm sure there are some girls are well... aside from the 2NE1 girls (CL/Bom/Minji), Taeyeon from SNSD can pull off RnB vocals:


hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 19 April 2012 21:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Wanna thanks everybody for contributing to this thread, despite the weird tone of the opening posts. Will check out these tubes this evening. <3<3<3 to all

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Thursday, 19 April 2012 21:24 (five years ago) Permalink

According to marxy at neojaponisme, African-American "soul" vocals are more familiar in Japan due to the influence of the Japanese version of <i>Hair</i>:


Here's a recording from Hair (African-American singers brought in for backing vocals on the chorus):


hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 19 April 2012 21:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Superfly? although singer Shiho Ochi is a bit more Joss Stone than Aretha


zappi, Thursday, 19 April 2012 21:52 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

the basic assumption you have is that liking japanese anime/manga = liking j-pop.

Yeah, this is maybe an easy mistake to make but very wrongheaded. I generally don't care much for the former but love the latter.

Yuki isn't exactly what contenderizer's talking about here, but she definitely has one of the more distinctive voices in j-pop.

Utada Hikaru is another good one.

I have a lot of other favorites, but I can't think of many that stray from that general high-pitched range.

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 20:21 (five years ago) Permalink

woah, timely revive. was thinking of this thread last night, sorry that i'd let it die. anyway, a bunch of great recommendations from two weeks ago. lee michelle is amazing, and i fucking LOVE that superfly track. it's exactly the kind of singing i was hoping to find when starting his thread, and i'm a sucker for 70s metal. also, been hearing about shiina ringo & tokyo jihen for years on ILM, but had never checked her/them out. great stuff. thanks again to all who responded.

10. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Tom Cruise (contenderizer), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 20:28 (five years ago) Permalink

the basic assumption you have is that liking japanese anime/manga = liking j-pop.

again, not to mutilate a dead horse, but hatsune miku was an example chosen for specific reasons and wasn't meant as a general exemplar of all j/k-pop. i do think she's an instructive example when talking about the way japanese & korean pop culture is often marketed and (mis-)understood in the US, but i don't wanna get distracted by an argument about that.

10. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Tom Cruise (contenderizer), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 20:34 (five years ago) Permalink

also like that yuki song a hell of a lot, and it does help answer my initial question, cuz she's got a bit of that joan jett, punk style, "fuck you" rasp and swagger (lol, despite the fact that she's basically offering herself to the listener, check the video)

10. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Tom Cruise (contenderizer), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 20:42 (five years ago) Permalink

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