Big in Japan: American Chris Hart finds J-pop home
TOKYO (AP) - Leaving San Francisco, singer Chris Hart has made himself at home in J-pop.
His album of cover versions of Japanese pop tunes is rising on the charts. And the crooner is scoring on this nation's equivalent of American Idol, being billed as a genius who understands the musical soul of Japan.
His success highlights a music industry that's still booming, and increasingly eager to internationalise. It's even ready to eclipse the United States (US) music world, where CD sales have plunged with the arrival of digital technology.
Hart, 29, says he is living his dream. And he doesn't mind a bit that his fame has come so far from home.