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3rd Dec '16 8:38:21 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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A wildly popular trope in fiction about JapanesePopMusic is the "Idol Singer" -- a teenage or early twenty-something ([[ChristmasCake NEVER over 25]]) female performer, chosen for her [[{{Kawaisa}} cute and attractive image]] and [[NiceGirl sunny personality]] more than for her actual singing ability (though having ''actual'' talent underneath is not completely out of the rule). Idol Singers are recruited by multi-level audition processes, manufactured and managed by Japanese media companies, and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness ruthlessly discarded]] after a few years of cranking out formulaic hits. Sometimes, idol singers don't actually sing (like Milli Vanilli). Originally they were supposed to be [[PurityPersonified pure and innocent]], and her [[ContractualPurity contract could well include]] an article of her not being allowed to have a boyfriend. Although in modern times there's a lot more diversity in how idols are presented, several such aspects of the industry still remain.

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A wildly popular trope in fiction about JapanesePopMusic is the "Idol Singer" -- a teenage or early twenty-something ([[ChristmasCake NEVER over 25]]) female performer, chosen for her [[{{Kawaisa}} cute and attractive image]] and [[NiceGirl sunny personality]] more than for her actual singing ability (though having ''actual'' talent underneath is not completely out of the rule). Idol Singers are recruited by multi-level audition processes, manufactured and managed by Japanese media companies, and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness ruthlessly discarded]] after a few years of cranking out formulaic hits. Sometimes, idol singers don't actually sing (like Milli Vanilli).Music/MilliVanilli). Originally they were supposed to be [[PurityPersonified pure and innocent]], and her [[ContractualPurity contract could well include]] an article of her not being allowed to have a boyfriend. Although in modern times there's a lot more diversity in how idols are presented, several such aspects of the industry still remain.
13th Nov '16 1:34:46 PM lalaTKG
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* ''VisualNovel/UtaNoPrinceSama'' is probably one of the more triumphant examples of male idol singers, given that the series revolves around three different groups and is still going strong.
8th Nov '16 3:49:59 AM PerfumePreppy
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* The British version of the show is ''TheXFactor'' (and before that, ''Pop Idol''), which, unlike most examples, does allow auditionees over the age of 25, which are included in their own category. Its most successful alumni to date are Music/LeonaLewis and Music/LittleMix, and especially Music/OneDirection.

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* The British version of the show is ''TheXFactor'' (and before that, ''Pop Idol''), which, unlike most examples, does allow auditionees over the age of 25, which are included in their own category. Its most successful alumni winners to date are Music/LeonaLewis and Music/LittleMix, and especially though its biggest success story comes from Music/OneDirection.
8th Nov '16 3:47:40 AM PerfumePreppy
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8th Nov '16 3:47:20 AM PerfumePreppy
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* The British version of the show is ''TheXFactor'' (and before that, ''Pop Idol''), which, unlike most examples, does allow auditionees over the age of 25, which are included in their own category. Its most successful winners to date are Music/LeonaLewis and Music/LittleMix, and especially Music/OneDirection.

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* The British version of the show is ''TheXFactor'' (and before that, ''Pop Idol''), which, unlike most examples, does allow auditionees over the age of 25, which are included in their own category. Its most successful winners alumni to date are Music/LeonaLewis and Music/LittleMix, and especially Music/OneDirection.
8th Nov '16 3:43:26 AM PerfumePreppy
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* The British version of the show is ''TheXFactor'' (and before that, ''Pop Idol''), whose most successful winners to date are Music/LeonaLewis and Music/LittleMix.

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* The British version of the show is ''TheXFactor'' (and before that, ''Pop Idol''), whose which, unlike most examples, does allow auditionees over the age of 25, which are included in their own category. Its most successful winners to date are Music/LeonaLewis and Music/LittleMix.Music/LittleMix, and especially Music/OneDirection.
20th Oct '16 11:52:52 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** In ''VideoGame/Persona2: Innocent Sin'', [[GenkiGirl Lisa and a few friends]] unexpectedly got their "Wish" to be idol singers, with a dose of CharacterDevelopement (Lisa admitting she doesn't speak a word of English, and revealing how much she hated being the "odd one out"), and plot (the songs were to spread the Joker Rumors further). In a bonus bit of TakeThat to the exploitative nature of Idol Singing, the manager is a pedophile.

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** In ''VideoGame/Persona2: Innocent Sin'', [[GenkiGirl Lisa and a few friends]] unexpectedly got their "Wish" to be idol singers, with a dose of CharacterDevelopement CharacterDevelopment (Lisa admitting she doesn't speak a word of English, and revealing how much she hated being the "odd one out"), and plot (the songs were to spread the Joker Rumors further). In a bonus bit of TakeThat to the exploitative nature of Idol Singing, the manager is a pedophile.
20th Oct '16 11:52:29 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Misora Hibiki from ''Ryuusei no Rockman'' (named Sonia Strumm in the U.S. ''MegaManStarForce'' video games, and Sonia Sky in the anime).
* [[MissionControl Rise "Risette" Kujikawa]] of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. Having quit the business to try living a normal life, she's left to cope with everybody knowing and loving her manufactured media personality, while she struggles to figure out exactly who the "real" Rise is, or if there ever was one to begin with. [[ShadowArchetype En]][[AttentionWhore ter]] [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl her]] [[HeadsIWinTailsYouLose Sha]][[HopelessBossFight dow…]] [[spoiler: In the end Rise decides to come back to the industry, since she has realised that she ''does'' like singing and dancing and there's nothing ''inherently'' wrong with it.]]

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* Misora Hibiki from ''Ryuusei no Rockman'' ''VideoGame/MegamanStarForce'' (named Sonia Strumm in the U.S. ''MegaManStarForce'' video games, and Sonia Sky in the anime).
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** In ''VideoGame/Persona2: Innocent Sin'', [[GenkiGirl Lisa and a few friends]] unexpectedly got their "Wish" to be idol singers, with a dose of CharacterDevelopement (Lisa admitting she doesn't speak a word of English, and revealing how much she hated being the "odd one out"), and plot (the songs were to spread the Joker Rumors further). In a bonus bit of TakeThat to the exploitative nature of Idol Singing, the manager is a pedophile.
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[[MissionControl Rise "Risette" Kujikawa]] of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. Having quit the business to try living a normal life, she's left to cope with everybody knowing and loving her manufactured media personality, while she struggles to figure out exactly who the "real" Rise is, or if there ever was one to begin with. [[ShadowArchetype En]][[AttentionWhore ter]] [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl her]] [[HeadsIWinTailsYouLose Sha]][[HopelessBossFight dow…]] [[spoiler: In the end Rise decides to come back to the industry, since she has realised that she ''does'' like singing and dancing and there's nothing ''inherently'' wrong with it.]]]]
** ''VideoGame/Persona4DancingAllNight'' introduces GirlGroup Kanamin Kitchen, headlined by Rise's rival/friend Kanami "Kanamin" Mashita. Despite the game's RhythmGame premise, its story is a big TakeThat at the idol industry; the very first cutscene features an idol being DrivenToSuicide due to the stresses of her job.



* In ''{{Persona 2}}'' Innocent Sin, [[GenkiGirl Lisa and a few friends]] unexpectedly got their "Wish" to be idol singers, with a dose of Character Developement (Lisa admitting she doesn't speak a word of English, and revealing how much she hated being the "odd one out"), and plot (the songs were to spread the Joker Rumors further). In a bonus bit of TakeThat to the exploitative nature of Idol Singing, the manager is a pedophile.
8th Oct '16 3:07:44 PM KomodoClassic
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** Similar to that is "Anime/AKB0048" which hosts both fictional and real life idols, the former being the trainees, and the latter being the seniors.

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** * Similar to that the above is "Anime/AKB0048" ''Anime/AKB0048'' which hosts both is set in a sci-fi future where the main characters are AKB's 77th generation of trainees. The entire soundtrack is made up of Music/AKB48 songs, and the fictional and idols use the real life idols, the former being the trainees, and the latter being the seniors.dance moves that correspond to each song.
8th Oct '16 2:15:26 PM KomodoClassic
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* ''SERA00'' features a very large group of idol singers, based on Music/AKB48.

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* ''SERA00'' ''Blog/SERA00'' features a very large group of idol singers, based on Music/AKB48.
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