Pop music has a tendency to trickle back down to the underground in one way or another. Yet few styles are as strange or as storied as the 21st-century rebirth of Japanese city pop. A strain of lite, easy-listening J-pop that drew on a variety of American and Asian influences including funk, soul, disco, lounge, and even yacht rock, city pop defined the Japanese mainstream from the late 70s to the mids, even if at the time it was largely considered to be MOR muzak for yuppies. Yet beneath its plastic sheen lies a deeply sincere approach to production and songwriting that has captivated listeners around the world.
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Imagine walking down the streets of Tokyo in the late s. What hot new cassette is loaded in your Walkman as you traverse down Shibuya Crossing on your way to a tea shop? It tells the story about a girl who wants to merely have fun, rather than committing to real love hence plastic or fake love.
Spotify , a music streaming company, has attracted significant criticism since its launch,  mainly over artist compensation. Unlike physical sales or downloads , which pay artists a fixed price per song or album sold, Spotify pays royalties based on the artist's "market share"—the number of streams for their songs as a proportion of total songs streamed on the service. Multiple artists have criticised the policy, most notably Thom Yorke and Taylor Swift , who temporarily withdrew their music from the service. Spotify faces particular scrutiny due to its free service tier, which allows users to listen free with advertisements between tracks. The tier has led to a variety of major album releases being delayed or withdrawn from the service.