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Music of Japan

The music of Japan includes a wide array of performers in distinct styles, both traditional and modern. The word for "music" in Japanese is 音楽, combining the kanji 音 on with the kanji 楽 gaku. Japan is the largest physical music market in the world, worth US$2 billion in sales in physical formats in 2014, and the second-largest overall music market, worth a total retail value of 2.6 billion dollars in 2014 – dominated by Japanese artists, with 37 of the top 50 best-selling albums and 49 of the top 50 best-selling singles in 2014. Local music often appears at karaoke venues, which is on lease from the record labels. Traditional Japanese music differs markedly from Western music, as it is often based on the intervals of human breathing rather than on mathematical timing. Hikaru Utada Namie Amuro Ringo Sheena Misia Ayumi Hamasaki Kumi Koda Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Hibari Misora Toshinobu Kubota Yumi Matsutoya Kenshi Yonezu Nana Mizuki Akina Nakamori Miyuki Nakajima Kana Nishino Ai Otsuka Momoe Yamaguchi Yui Kokia Rimi Natsukawa Ken Hirai Hyde Seiko Matsuda Mariya Takeuchi Gackt Shizuka Kudo Aimer AIMYON Jun Matsumoto Kyôko Koizumi Jin Akanishi Hideki Saijo Koji Tamaki Tomomi Kahara Ayaka Miho Nakayama Shiho Ochi Maki Ohguro Mika Nakashima Mami Kawada Crystal Kay Atsushi Yujiro Ishihara Kenji Sawada Akiko Shikata Miki Imai Hachiro Kasuga Michiya Mihashi Aoi Teshima Masaharu Fukuyama Yuya Matsushita