Bubblegum pop: Toy-Box vs. W
Pop: Katy Perry vs. Girls' Generation
Dance pop: Rihanna vs. Morning Musume
Crazy music videos: Lady Gaga vs. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Rock music: Coldplay vs. Bump of Chicken
Guys in make-up and strange clothes: Twisted Sister vs. Yohio
Extensive make-up on guys: KISS vs. Karasu
Heavy metal music: Soilwork vs. Dir en Grey
Rockballads: Avenged Sevenfold vs. Kamiki Aya
Pop rock: Avril Lavigne vs. SCANDAL
Boybands: One Direction vs. Arashi
All-girl groups: Spice Girls vs. Morning Musume
I chose this song from Morning Musume cause it's from around the same time as the song by Spice Girls, and this song sold over 1 million copies. Otherwise I would've gone with AKB48.
So how is Western music different from Asian music? Except that it seems more publicly accepted that a guy dresses like a girl in Japan - it's even considered something nice! In the Western music stage make-up on guys and flamboyant clothes seems to be a way of rebellion, while in Japan it's part of some musical styles that not only focus on the music but on the whole package too. Now, I wasn't around in the 80's, but there seems to have been more of the same kind of movement going on in Western music back then, both on the pop scene (Madonna) and on the rock/metal scene (every goddamn rock band of the 80's). Where did that go? And why don't we have that today? Why is it such a fright when a pop/rock artist makes a flamboyant performance? Why are only rock and metal bands (Alice Cooper, Lordi, Slipknot, etc) and some special few pop artists (Lady Gaga) "allowed" to have flamboyant performances in the West? Why is cross-dressing wrong unless you're gay? I've heard a multitude of straight guys complaining about how there are no fun clothes at the mens' department, and that sometimes they'd want to be girls just for the clothes. I think it's interesting how Japan can be so advanced and yet so outdated when it comes to sex and sexuality.
So no, I don't see much of a difference really. So what is it with Asian bands that make people so reluctant to like it the way they like any Western band? One of the best moments for me last year was when I was on the bus to school and the driver had the radio on and Gangnam Style came on. Hearing Korean streaming out of the speakers and actually hearing an Asian song on Swedish radio made me very happy, and I thought that maybe, maybe we were actually evolving towards accepting Asian music.
Defending Asian music Gangnam Style: