Maybe you prefer a Monet painting to a Warhol ... the fact that between 30-70% of AKB48's fans are girls. So their fans mirror the gender demographic of Japan? Meaning that half of their fans are girls (a large number prepubescent) who want to be them.
So goes the opening cadenza of "RIVER," the late-2009 hit that catapulted AKB48 into the J-pop stratosphere ... pleaser with its catchy hooks and upbeat melody. Then comes "Iiwake Maybe," last year's rock-infused summer single. By this point, the Nokia.