Saturday, January 21, 2006

This Week's Music Biz-tch: Where Are the Asians?

FIrst, a disclaimer... the word "Biz-tch" in the title of this series of blogs is simply a combination of two other words, namely the word "biz," which is slang for any part of the entertainment industry (in this case music), and the word "bitch," which is what I'm doing when I write these things. Although it looks like it belongs in the same family of slang as words like "fo-schizzle" and "bling," it is not meant to be taken as such.

Now then, onto this week's "biz-tch."

The world of popular music is an incredibly diverse one. People of all races, religions, sexes and orientations populate it. There are blacks, whites, latins, jews, arabs, indians, and even canadians, all over the pop charts. And this leads me to my question: where the hell are the Asians?

Ask somebody to name a white pop star, it'll take them less than a second. Black, latin, the same. But I dare anybody to name me an Asian music star off the top of their heads.

Sure, there are Asians making music. Cibo Matto, for instance. Or Shonen Knife. Or if you want to be really nerdy about it, the 1-2-3-4's. Hell, JapPop is a style of music all to itself. And anime composers have legions of fans all over the globe.

But pray tell, what has been the highest chart topper for any of these people? How many of these groups have performed on TRL, or had their new video premiered on Entertainment Tonight? When was the last time an Asian had a number one record in the United States? Has there ever been a time?

As far as I'm aware, the closest an Asian has gotten to superstardom was the guitarist from Smashing Pumpkins. And he only got there because of a lame-assed white boy.

There are Asian movie stars aplenty. Asian writers all over the place. There are many Asian sports stars... hell, there's even an Asian basketball player, something ten years ago no one ever would have thought possible! Yet there are no Asian pop stars.

Unless you count William Hung. And if he's the biggest star the asian music community has thus far, god help them...


Blogger Gabe said...

I'm not sure if american born asians count, but if they do I think Mike Shinoda and Joseph Hahn of Linkin Park fit as pretty popular right now.

9:42 PM  

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