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Japanese are nostalgic for music of the past

The new wave in the Japanese music industry is actually re-producing old hits from the 1960ís and 1970ís. The Recording Industry Association of Japan found that CD this springís sales for middle-aged or older people are rising, and falling for youth. Perhaps, the youth have been opting for MP3ís and other digital audio media. It is thought that while lifestyles are diversifying, the contemporary pop music is generally becoming less and less popular.

Memorial tours are seeing packed venues, mostly by adults who are willing to pay for expensive tickets to see the pop idols from their youth. Commemoration CDs are also popular, with Sony Music Direct Co. ready to sell a set of 24 CDs by singer Momoe Yamaguchi in celebration of the 30th anniversary of her debut.

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