Pop and commercialism in Japan

Western popstars are taking over the Japanese record market without setting foot in Tokyo. Kim Wilde (sigh) has gotten her ‘Cambodia’ in the top 10 in the land of the rising sun. Rod Stewart has lent his voice and ‘Tonight’s the night’ to a whiskey ad. Something he can be trusted to do. Cliff Richard, who is now engaged to a tennis star, is singing about cosmetic products on Japanese tv screens. Whether [Dutch singer] Vanessa has been approached, we don’t know.