"The concept of 'hit songs' has collapsed. People have too many choices now, and there aren't a lot of things in common anymore." He points out that it's harder to make "hit songs" these days due to the diversity of music.
* (This was after a Twitter user told him, "Komuro-san seems to have taken a step ahead of the times, and you can't make a hit song if the listeners can't follow you. I get the feeling that Komuro-san can't make any more hits".)
He continues: "There will be people who will think that the Tokyo Sky Tree is the best, and there will also be people who consider the Tokyo Tower as the symbol of Tokyo." He also used Uniqlo, GAP, H&M, and FOREVER21 as examples and said "The quality of commodities have gone up, even music, everything is of pretty good quality", as he suggests that we are now in the times where we can easily get things that have pretty good quality.
A follower asked him, "Even still, don't you think that there's still 'something ubiquitous' that will not change?." Komuro replies, "I think I know what that 'something ubiquitous' is. It'll be a lot of manual labor so please give me some time. It's all a mix of music, words, and interval", as he shows his desire to create new songs.
The era you're in also has to be considered.
Just because you come out with something of high quality doesn't necessarily mean that it will become a hit in that age.
We had too few choices back in the day.
It seems that we didn't even notice that the music was forced onto us.
(Semi-related post HERE)
Looks like TK has learned to speak his mind, huh
True, it seems that the amount of people who choose the option of
"not listening to music at all"
has increased these days.
But seeing how those '90s singers are still singing the songs back in the day probably means that the songs back then truly were on a high level.
It just sounds like an excuse to me.
People may have more choices, but Hanzawa still became a hit.
I think this guy should first return to being a composer and have all his creations turned down numerous times, or else he won't be able to make any more good songs. He should break that hard head and sense of his first （´・ω・｀）
I guess times are getting difficult for this guy as it's getting harder to make earnings with his single-minded approach
This is the sort of statement that someone who has made songs by using the greatest common factor of all those hit songs back in the day would make.
There's still a common factor.
That's if it will be a hit among the wotas or not.
Well, this person did mass-produce all those dull songs that sounded alike.
He just wasn't able to cope with the changing of the times.
How many years has it been since Komuro-san last came out with a hit?
Komuro isn't someone widely accepted and supported by the masses; he's more like a frog trapped in a well, thinking that he's the ruler of all. It's just that a portion of otakus were so passionate about him. Because of that, he was even regarded as the most popular keyboardist despite sucking at playing.
The TK boom didn't happen because Komuro was able to grasp the air that was flowing with the public; it's just that Komuro's been doing the same thing for his entire life, and the times have just synchronized with him.
Back then, all he had to do was get hold of the latest synthesizer and use the latest kind of sound to make songs. We're now in the age where these cheaper PC softwares can emulate all these synthesizer sounds, and that anything goes already.
It didn't necessarily have to be Komuro back then.
It's just that the industry placed a heavier emphasis on how fast songs were composed.
He just hasn't noticed it.
The concept of creating a hit song is more difficult to grasp than the concept of making a good song.
There are too many factors that will determine whether a song will become a hit or not.
He tried to cling onto Akimoto and was ignored.
He was also ignored by Hamada.
This is what it means to have fallen from grace.
But I think that his lake of talent hasn't dried up yet
I personally think that "TV" created the hit songs in the '90s.
The million-sellers were mostly the songs that were popular at karaokes, right?
If the popularity of JPOP is synonymous to the influence of TV, then true music fans wouldn't have been listening to JPOP ever since.
> He also used Uniqlo, GAP, H&M, and FOREVER21 as examples
I think this is precisely what Komuro's music is.
It's not about hits or ubiquitousness, but it's more like products that can easily be consumed.
All he did was come out with all these similar sounding songs one after another when there still wasn't this much variety in music, and he wasn't able to create these new sounds himself, so it's his loss.
The passing of the times sure is scary.
He sold 10s of millions a year in his peak, and hundreds of millions of yen were probably flowing back then.
Now, all he can sell is maybe a few thousands.
Come to think of it, I don't think there's a hit song this year which everyone knows of.
Who would've thought that "Memeshikute" would be the last one.
It's the end of the road for him if he thinks that way.
He will never stand a chance against the people who think that this kind of situation is normal, and against the people who think that this is actually their chance.
Compared to the times now, the standards were measured before by the influence of TV.
Though the total number of viewers may have decreased, I'm disgusted at how 10s of millions of people are still watching the same program that they've been watching since back in the day.
There are no geniuses who will never run dry
No matter how many CDs they sell, no one will still know of Arashi's and AKB's songs.
Not a lot of people bought Golden Bomber's "Memeshikute" but everyone knows it.
Which one can you consider a hit song?
Even still, Japan is the country that has the highest number of CD sales
Well, we're now in an age where you're just making the same people buy the same product over and over...www
The absolute number may have decreased, but I still think that there are good songs out there. There's just too many overhyped artists now, the chances of finding and being able to listen to the former has definitely decreased.
Komuro-san has always had talent.
He just chose to make one-patterned, badly-made songs and mass produce hits at that time instead of making a classic song that will only sell a few copies.
And this is exactly the time when he should remember the past and make a true classic.
These words will really make you ponder.
It's true that there's no guarantee that the music will sell well even if the musical quality is high, and there's no difference in the types that would have sold back in the '90s.
Even the people releasing the songs have no idea as to what would become hits.
I do think that the era where they were able to sell a lot due to brainwashing the consumers through tie-ups was pretty gross
In a sense, it means that the media used to "select" the songs back in the day.
And that's why the truly good songs and singers sold well.
It's true that the consumers have more choices now, but since everyone's going all these different directions, the only ones selling well are the idols w
Asakura and YSTK Nakata are still doing their music earnestly.
Even Denki Groove who used to ridicule Komuro are still touring now.
Why is it that Komuro's the only one who turned out like this?