While preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are already beginning, one burning question on (maybe) everybody’s mind is, “Who will perform at the opening ceremonies seven years from now?” Okay, maybe not everyone is prioritizing that exactly, but the Japan Olympic Committee conducted a survey asking which Japanese acts people would like to see representing the nation’s culture and music during the ceremony, which serves as a major point for the world’s biggest sporting event.
Many were surprised at the results, especially at the fact that J-pop’s arguably best-selling group right now, AKB48, was only at number 7. Topping the list was Southern All Stars, a long-time pop rock band that started in the mid-70s. Some netizens’ reactions to that was surprise at the fact that they’re still around. J-pop group Arashi, 14-member boy band EXILE, 90s boy band SMAP (“Sports Music Assemble People”, which may be a bit more apt for the Olympics, name-wise) and folk duo Yuzu were ranked 2-5, with the aforementioned AKB48 at 7 and pop superstar Hikaru Utada at 8.
Some commenters were disappointed at the fact that so many J-pop acts were in there, which they say will make Japan an “international laughing-stock”. There were some who also jokingly (or maybe they were actually serious) said that maybe they should’ve also included vocaloids, or singing voice synthesizers, since Japan should showcase both the music and their technological capability. Still some said this was just the JOC testing the waters since it’s still too early to decide on things like that and the fact that the musical evolution might change by the time 2020 is upon us. Who knows, maybe by that time you’ll have a whole bunch of singing and dancing robots as your worldwide pop superstars, which isn’t really that far off.
[ via Rocket News ]