Have manufactured pop bands gone too far? Are you sick of listening to bland hits made by faceless musicians and sung by pretty teens? Well hold on to your headphones because it’s about to get a lot worse.
Moshi Monsters are set to become the next big thing in the world of popular music! These animated creatures from the computer game by the same name have signed a recording deal with music giants Sony.
It’s estimated that 60-million children between the ages of 6 and 16 currently play the online game, and it’s this popularity that has sparked the music deal.
So we suffered the Crazy Frog and Alvin and the Chipmunks and now it’s the turn of the Moshi Monsters. But what of other manufactured bands, such as AKB48?
Who? Well they are a teen girl band from Japan, comprising of a massive 57 members. They have four teams of singers and are one of the world’s highest paid bands.
Aspiring members can apply to join the group and the public gets to vote on which members will record the next single.
For the past two years the selection process has had a twist. The girls were required to take part in a rock-paper-scissors competition to determine who would sing on the latest track. So it all comes down to talent then?
Innovative producers of AKB48 took the idea of the manufactured pop band to the next level. One of their new arrivals last year was so manufactured she wasn’t even real!
Aimi Eguchi turned out to be a computer-generated mish-mash of the best bits of the band’s most attractive members. Why did the music producers do this? Well it was actually a gimmick that they used to promote a candy company that the “virtual” singer was advertising.
So back to Moshi Monsters… Why are they breaking into the music scene? World domination? Well that might not be so far from the truth.
Mind Candy, the company behind Moshi Monsters, wants to move away from just being a computer game and turn these funny little creatures into a children’s brand.
And we all know what monsters our kids can be if they don’t get their own way, so take my advice and prepare yourself for the onslaught of noise and invest in a good pair of earplugs.