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April 26, 1995 | JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joey Carbone buzzes around his home studio, his face screwed to the eyepiece of an 8-millimeter video camera. Bobbing and weaving to get a good angle, the record producer aims the lens at three nervous young singers on his couch. They think he can make them the Next Big Thing in Japan. Can they sing? Unimportant. Carbone needs only one quality to make money in today's pop music market in Japan: a look they call kawaii --cute.
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April 26, 1995 | JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joey Carbone buzzes around his home studio, his face screwed to the eyepiece of an 8-millimeter video camera. Bobbing and weaving to get a good angle, the record producer aims the lens at three nervous young singers on his couch. They think he can make them the Next Big Thing in Japan. Can they sing? Unimportant. Carbone needs only one quality to make money in today's pop music market in Japan: a look they call kawaii --cute.
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February 19, 2008 | Charlie Amter, Times Staff Writer
"So today I was thinking: 'Should I speak Japanese, or English tonight?' " Universal Japan recording artist Ai said from the El Rey Theatre stage recently. The near-sellout crowd, mostly Japanese expatriates and Asian Americans living in Los Angeles, screamed replies, some in English, some in Japanese. "I'll just speak music," she said with a laugh, before launching into an up-tempo R&B jam -- in Japanese with an English chorus.
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