J-pop group using South Korean savvy to pursue global fame


A Japanese boy band born from an audition show modeled on a South Korean forerunner is hoping to make its mark on the global stage using the hugely successful and popular K-pop model.

All 11 members of the boy band JO1 are Japanese, and sing their songs in Japanese, but their performances have a K-pop aesthetic, with the production of songs and highly choreographed, dance-heavy music videos primarily overseen by South Korean advisers.

Managed by Lapone Entertainment, a joint venture between Japan’s Yoshimoto Kogyo Holdings Co. and South Korea’s CJ ENM, JO1 was formed in 2019 through “Produce 1...

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