But is the U.S ready for Jin? The pop singer is no rookie when it comes to the music industry; Jin has accomplished quite a lot back in his homeland of Japan when he was 1/6 of the Jpop group KAT-TUN. But now everyone is wondering if he can conquer the states with his honey like vocals and sex appeal. Most recently, Akanishi uploaded a video on YouTube depicting the journey of recording his first English language album. The interesting webseries titled “The Takeover“, will give fans a first hand view of Jin working with several internationally known artists and producers, including Stereotypes, Jason Derulo, Justin Bieber, and Sean Kingston. There’s no question that he has talent but I’m very skeptic when it comes to foreign singers, particularly asian singers, trying their hands at the U.S. market. I mean, let’s face it; few have tried but none have gotten that far.
Jin’s style is much different from that of KAT-TUN’s. As a member of the group, I felt like he was space filler. They didn’t quite give me the impression that everything jelled and in order to pursue his kind of music, Jin “knew he had to leave KAT-TUN.” I’ve always loved that group and Jpop in general, but I feel that Jin Akanishi is not a poppy, bubbly kind of singer. So I’m very much anticipating what he’s going to bring with his debut album. Do I believe he’ll gain the success that he would’ve in Japan? There’s certainly mixed feelings running around my stomach with that one.
Let’s break this down. This is, in my opinion, the main steps in being a successful entertainer in the U.S: must have sexually driven lyrics, you must conform and release europop/dance influenced songs, and you must become a media whore and have your promo team eat, s**t, sleep, breathe getting your work to the public in every outlet necessary. Utilizing social media is very important because only then will you establish a fan base around the globe. CDs aren’t selling like before so you have to get into the digital game. Touring will make you eat so it’s best to travel as much places as possible, but you can only sell out shows after successfully taking over the aforementioned steps. And finally, pray that Rihanna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and Chris Brown will take a break cause only then will you truly get an opportunity to shine because the reality is these people don’t sleep. And to be honest, they are the real reason why others can’t shine.
Now back to the topic at hand, Jin Akanishi. I’m not necessarily in love with him, but I respect the fact that he’s working hard to achieve his goal and I wish him all the best. The strategy to work with artists who are currently hot is a great move but whether or not it’ll work is really up to the fans and what they’re interested in spending their money on. You can work so hard on your music till blood flows from your eyes only to have ears tuned out from it in the end and that sucks, a lot. But if you’re hungry and you have the determination then you will succeed, eventually. By the way, his debut single “Test Drive” featuring Jason Derulo will be available November 8 on iTunes so support him and purchase.
This is just my opinion. What do you think? Will Jin make it in the U.S. and become the next international pop star?
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