J-pop is a music genre starting around 1990. It has come to be applied to any popular music sung in Japanese, using contemporary instrumentation and recording techniques, though sometimes only applied to more dance oriented music. The term was coined by record companies in order to describe the changing nature of the Japanese music business and to replace the older term Showa Kayou or kayoukyoku (歌謡曲). The Tokyo based radio station J-Wave popularized the term and help it become more widespread. The term spawned similar descriptors K-Pop (Korean pop) and C-Pop or Canto-Pop (Hong Kong and Chinese pop)
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