The country’s legendary year-end music program is struggling to find its hit.
Every New Year’s Eve in Japan the Kohaku Song Battle (Kohaku Uta Gassen) is broadcast on public broadcaster NHK. Since the 1950s it’s featured an all-star lineup of musicians that spanned genres and generations in a single pseudo-competition to celebrate music.
With this year’s event only months away, speculation has begun on which Japanese artists will be invited to perform. Normally, each time one song has stood out above the rest and is generally agreed upon as the song of the year that seemed to permeate