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KBG84, group of singing Okinawan grandmas, enjoys growing fame
AKB48 may want to step aside, because a new girl choral group has come on the scene: KBG84, whose initials stand for Kohama, the Okinawan island from which they hail; "Baachan," or grandma; "Gasshodan," or choral group; and -- wait for it -- the average.

NHK announces ‘Kohaku Uta Gassen’ lineup
NHK released the lineup Thursday for the 66th edition of its annual “Kohaku Uta Gassen” yearend song contest ... Pop stalwarts such as Arashi, Exile and AKB48 are set to appear, and making their “Kohaku” debut will be Superfly, Bump of Chicken.

NHK announces lineup for 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' on New Year's Eve
NHK on Thursday announced the lineup for its popular New Year’s Eve program “Kohaku Uta Gassen” (Red and White Song Contest). The contest is being held for the 66th year and the ... acts for the Red Team will be AKB48, Seiko Matsuda, Akiko Wada.

Oricon predicts SNSD and KARA to attend Kohaku?
For those that don't know what Kohaku is and why it's such a big deal, here's an excerpt from wikipedia which explains it pretty well: Kōhaku Uta Gassen more commonly known as simply Kohaku, is an annual music show on New Year's Eve produced by Japanese.

New Year's 66th Kōhaku Song Contest Is Lowest-Rated on Record
Annual New Year's Eve special garnered 34.8% & 39.2% in Kantō Viewer ratings from New Year Eve's Kōhaku Uta Gassen were released on Saturday. The second half of program, which ran from 9:00 pm to 11:45 pm, received a 39.2% rating in Tokyo's Kantō region.

‘Kohaku’ 2011: A Song for Japan?
On New Year’s Eve, families around Japan sit down together in front of their TV sets to watch ‘Kohaku Uta Gassen,’ a four-hour-plus marathon of songs by the cream of J-pop and enka performers that’s been the centerpiece of state broadcaster NHK’s.

K-pop acts dropped from Japan year-end music show
were among the headline acts last year on "Kohaku Uta Gassen" (The Red and White Song Contest). The live TV show lasts more than four hours, and features established acts like AKB48, as well as grandees of J-pop like aging boy band SMAP. Viewers are drawn.

J-pop stars celebrate the New Year with "Kohaku Uta Gassen" 2015
Every year, the who’s who of J-pop spend New Years Eve perform in annual song competition, Kohaku Uta Gassen. They’re divided into two ... The Red Team featured PERFUME, AKB48, AAA and Kana Nishino. Arashi’s 2015 Medley also included a Star Wars.