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Karaoke Annotated Bibliography

Historical Information

These resources include information about the definition and the origination of karaoke.


A wikipedia entry to define karaoke. Visitors can add their own

information on the topic.
Karaoke Scene is a magazine about karaoke. Includes information on locations, contests, popular songs, and technical facts.

General Information

These resources include information about karaoke in general. It also includes information on how karaoke came from Japan and has become popular in the United States.

Armstrong, L. “What’s that Noise in Aisle Number 5?” Business Week.

3269. ( 1992, June 8 ): 38.
Describes how the popularity of Japanese karaoke has moved into the

mainstream of American pop culture. Discussion of the role of

Pioneer Electronic Corporation in this movement.
Baig, Edward C. “Machines Help you Discover your True Inner Singer.”

USA Today. ( 2002, December 18 ): 6d.
Overview of karaoke in the U.S . Includes a list and description of

popular products related to the industry.

Baig, Edward C. “So You Think You Can Sing.” U.S. News & World

Report. 110. 8. ( 1991, March 4 ): 62.

Description of the Japanese karaoke fad, and how it is gaining popularity in American pop culture. Includes descriptions of basic equipment and where it can be purchased.

Bernstein, Amy. “Sing Along.” U.S. News & World Report, 113. 2.

( 1992, July 13 ): 10.

Report that karaoke is now a full – force hit in the United States.

Description of the television show, “Karaoke Showcase.”

Cave, Damien. “Sweet Caroline’ Never Seemed So Good.” New York

Times. 153. 52910. ( 2004, July 14 ): B1-B4.
Explanation of the resurgence of the karaoke trend in New York City.

Description of the financial impact of the karaoke business.

Drew, Bob. Karaoke Nights: An Ethnographic Rhapsody. New York:

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2001.

Observation on the external behaviors of karaoke performers and

audience. Description of the inner emotions of a karaoke singer.

Analysis of the role of karaoke in today’s pop culture.

Goldberg, R. “Singing Machines.” Popular Mechanics. 169. 7.

( 1992, July ): 45-48.
Basic overview of the karaoke phenomenon as it was new to the

United States. Describes how karaoke helps to make everyone a good

Lancaster, Kurt. “ When Spectators Become Performers: Contemporary

Performance Entertainments Meet the Needs of an ‘Unsettled” Audience.” Journal of Popular Culture. 30. 4. ( 1997, Spring ): 75-88.

Analysis of how the karaoke concept provides an outlet for the

audience in a show to become actively involved participants. A

comparison to the industry of theme parks.
Lum, Casey Man Kong. In Search of a Voice: Karaoke and the Construction

of Identity in Chinese America. Mahwah, New Jersey: 1996.

Description of how karaoke has helped Chinese Americans develop personal identities in the United States. Includes bibliography and index.

Mitsui, Toru. Karaoke Around the World. New York : Routledge. 2001.
Explanation of the popularity of karaoke as it has grown from Japan to around the entire world. Descriptions of karaoke as it appears in different parts of the world.

Novikov, Denis. Karaoke. St. Petersburg: Pushkinski Fond. 1997.

Collection of verses by the Russian poet from a poem set in London

1996. A normally modest English woman throws caution to the wind and breaks into song.

Plasketes, George. “Re-flections on the Cover Age: A Collage of

Continuous Coverage in Popular Music.” Popular Music & Society. 28. 2. ( 2005, May ): 137–161.

Description of how standardization, interpretation, incorporation, adaptation, and appropriation have been manifest in a variety of musical phenomenon.
“Their Way.” Economist. 323. 7753. ( 1992, April 4 ): 18.
Explanation of the significance of karaoke as a Japanese export and as

a cultural icon. Commentary on the contrast between the image of the Japanese work ethic and the concept of karaoke.

Thomas, Kasty. “Sing, Sing a Song.” Billboard. 107.12. ( 1995, March 25 ):

Description of the lighter side of singing karaoke. Explanation of the unwritten rules of karaoke and karaoke etiquette. The importance of song choice in providing an enjoyable karaoke experience.

Traiman, Steve. “Karaoke: Fun for the Whole Family.” Billboard. 108. 12.

( 1996, March 23 ): 64-67.

Focus on bringing karaoke home from the bar, and sharing it with the

whole family. Explanation of the karaoke market and industry


Wolpin, S. “High – Tech Hootenanny.” Video Magazine. 16. 1.

( 1992, April ): 30-35.

Examination of the technology behind karaoke singing. Description of karaoke’s Japanese origins. Listing of various companies that feature karaoke products.
Karaoke Scene is a magazine about karaoke. Includes information on locations, contests, popular songs, and technical facts.
Yano, Christine. “The Floating World of Karaoke in Japan.” Popular Music

& Society. 20. 2. ( 1996, Summer ): 1-17.
Describes the commercial development of karaoke in Japan. Contrasts karaoke performance versus karaoke participation.

Business Information

These resources include information about karaoke as a business opportunity.

Butler, Susan. “The Karaoke Blues.” Billboard. 117. 23. ( 2005, June 4 ):

Report on global issues in relation to karaoke and the music industry.

Focus on karaoke companies that are not securing licenses from music

Christman, Ed. “Piracy in Karaoke Biz?” Billboard. 117. 22. ( 2005, May

28 ): 17.

Description of lawsuit filed by record company producers against

karaoke manufacturing companies. Allegations of unfair competition.

Fishman, Steve. Karaoke Nation, Or How I Spent a Year in Search of

Glamour, Fulfillment, and a Million Dollars. New York: Free Press. 2003.

Description of the author spending a year in the development of a

karaoke company, including successes and failures.

Green, Penelope. “Renting for a (Karaoke) Song.” New York Times. 154.

53334. ( 2005, September 11 ): 1-4. Section 11.

Profile of two brothers who are karaoke musicians. Description of

the stage in their home and the production of their CD’s. Includes a list of their songs.

Gruley, Bryan. “Joe Senter’s Mission: Keeping Karaoke on the Up and Up.”

Wall Street Journal – Eastern Edition. 236. 18. ( 2000, July 27 ): A1.
Joe Senter investigates those who make, use, and sell counterfeit

copies of karaoke CD’s. Description of CDG bootlegging. Senter is

director of SPIN – Stop Pirating Internationally Now.
Jeffrey, Don. “Karaoke USA: Plummeting Hardware Prices, ‘Perceived

Value’ Spur Laser’s Home Invasion.” Billboard. 106. 9. ( 1994,

February 26 ): 66.
Description of current trends in the karaoke market. Prominent move toward the use of less expensive CDG’s instead of laserdiscs. Competition between companies in the business. Focus on song choice availability.
Kalis, Lisa. “Bad Singing, Good Business.” Wall Street Journal – Eastern

Edition. 240. 88. ( 2002, November 1): W1.
Discussion of karaoke products for use in the home. Describes the

increase in retail sales and the increase in availability of low-price starter machines.

Ridderstrale, Jonas. Karaoke Capitalism: Daring to be Different in a Copycat

World. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger. 2005.

Description of karaoke as a business in a capitalist economy. Describes factors that drive competition between companies. Focus on entrepreneurship.

Machines and Karaoke Equipment

These resources include information about karaoke machines and various songs and CD’s for karaoke.

“Cutting Edge Karaoke Plus.” Asia Week. 24. 13. (1998, April 4 ): 10.

Describes the development of a voice – morphing technology by

Kenneth Lomax to enhance the quality of karaoke systems. Explains the inspiration for the development and how it works.

Graham-Rowe, Duncan. . “Can’t Sing? Then Change Your Tune…” New

Scientist. 174. 2338. ( 2002, April 13 ): 19.
Description of karaoke machines that can make even a tone-deaf

singer sound like an angel. Automated machines that correct notes without altering the performance. Includes rating systems of the machines.

Hallett, Vicky and marc Silver. “You can tel Everybody this is Your Song.”

U.S. News & World Report. 133. 5. ( 2002, August 5 ): 54.
A comparison of several karaoke systems. Includes prices, specifications, how it works, and an evaluation.
Holloway, Andy. “The Perfect Pitch.” Canadian Business. 77. 3. ( 2004,

February 2 ): p.N.PAG.

Description of the development of a handheld karaoke player. Product began in 1983 by Phil Scott. Machine plugs into a regular television. The machine automatically corrects the singer’s pitch.
Setoodeh, Ramin. “It’s Music to their Ears.” Newsweek. 145. 5. ( 2005,

January 31 ): 54-55.

A consumer report on various karaoke machines available and where

they may be purchased. Data on the sales of machines between 2000

and 2004 is included.

Shao, Maria and Joan Warner. “Karaoke in the Rec Room.” Business Week.

3219. ( 1991, June 24 ): 145.

Presentation of the increasing number of American families that have

brought karaoke systems into their homes. Description of various machines in a wide range of prices.
“The Five Most Popular Karaoke Songs.” Working Woman. 17. 10. ( 1992,

October ): 67.

Presentation of the five most popular songs in karaoke. Includes “New

York, New York,” “Love Shack,” “The Rose.”

Traiman, Steve. “Wherever Music is Sold – And Beyond.” Billboard. 108.

12. ( 1996, March 23 ): 67.

Focus on the distribution methods of karaoke product manufacturers.

Description of various formats and display models used in larger stores.

Other Uses of Karaoke

These resources include information about how and where karaoke is used throughout society.

Alford, Henry. “The Roads Are Alive With Sound of…” New York Times.

152, 52520. ( 2003, June 20 ): F2.
Describes the popularity of using karaoke CD’s in vehicle CD Players

and singing along the drive.

Batavia, A. I. “Karaoke for Quads: A New Application of an Old Recreation

With Potential Therapeutic Benefits for People with Disabilities.” Disability & Rehabilitation. 25. 6. ( 2003, March 18 ): 297-281.

Karaoke is explored as a way to build respiratory strength, endurance,

control and capacity. The emotional and physical release provided by

karaoke is also examined.

Davis, Grant. “In This Workout, The Fat Lady Always Sings.” Outside. 25.

2. ( 2000, February ): 28.

Deals with the practice of karaoke spinning as a fitness workout in the U.S. Procedures, development, and benefits are addressed.
Gibson, Jon M. “Karaoke Revolution.” Sound & Vision. 69. 2. ( 2004,

February/March ): 118.

This article is a product review for the video game Karaoke Revolution. This game is produced by Konami Computer Entertainment Studios, Inc.
Greenlees, John. “Language Staff Turn to Karaoke.” Times Educational

Supplement. 4086. ( 1994, October 21 ): 17.
Japanese students use karaoke songs to learn to speak English.

Features a cultural exchange program with English - speaking countries.

Hayden, Gary. “Performance Physics.” Times Educational Supplement.

4565. ( 2004, January 9 ): 6-8.

Description of how a teacher engages students in writing song lyrics for popular karaoke music in order to learn physics concepts. Teacher, Dominic Dickson from England reviews the effectiveness of this project.
“It’s Time to Maim That Tune.” Newsweek. 119. 26. ( 1992, June 29 ): 57.
This article discusses the television show, Karaoke Showcase. The author describes the opinion that the show features guests that have no talent and that make fools of themselves.
McMurray, Julia E. “For the Love of Karaoke.” Annals of Internal

Medicine. 129. 12. ( 1998, December 15 ): 1072-1074.
A personal story of a physician’s use of karaoke as a release from the

stress and rigors of her career position.

Newnham, David. “Outside In.” Nursing Standard. 19. 2. ( 2004, September

22 ): 31.

Suggestion for the use of karaoke therapy as a humorous technique for

helping patients deal with pain of medical conditions. Includes a list

of songs from Broadway Musicals that have been used.
Savoye, Craig. “Prom Parties with Raffles, Karaoke, and No Booze.”

Christian Science Montior. 94. 112. ( 2002, May 3 ): 4.
A description of the use of karaoke at after – prom parties as a way to

boost attendance and to reduce the amount of underage drinking

associated with prom.
“Stagestruck Soiree.” Family Life. ( 2001, May ): 54.
Presents ideas for a children’s party with a karaoke theme. Ideas

include using CD’s for the invitations and ice cream cones as


Teicholz, Nina. “Name That Tune Dept.” New Yorker. 75. 16. ( 1999, June

21-28 ): 68-70.
A karaoke machine was used at a refugee camp in Albania. The idea was developed by Ed Beason. Includes a list of songs used and the reactions of the people in the camp.
Wagner, Micheal J. and John S. Brick. “Using Karaoke in the Classroom.”

Music Educators Journal. 79. 7. ( 1993, March ): 44-47.
Includes various strategies for the use of karaoke in the classroom, in

particular, but not limited to the music classroom. Focus on the

potential benefits to the teacher, students, and the school.

Internet Information

These resources include information about website that have related karaoke information.


A wikipedia entry to define karaoke. Visitors can add their own

information on the topic.

Fischman, John. “Unchained Melodies” U.S. News & World Report.

130. 10. ( 2001, March 12 ): 83.

An annotated list of various websites related to karaoke.
Website of a company that offers a variety of karaoke equipment at a

professional level or for use in the home.

Directory of karaoke related sites. A discussion forum is included. Also contains a song list.
A retailer of karaoke machines, players, and music featuring a searchable song database.
Karaoke Scene is a magazine about karaoke. Includes information on locations, contests, popular songs, and technical facts.
Party tyme karaoke is a publishing company that offers karaoke CDG’s at low prices.

Negative Views of Karaoke

These resources include information about those who have a negative opinion of karaoke.

Watson, Shane. “Drink” New Statesman. 134. 4750. ( 2005, July 25 ): 56.

Describes karaoke as an activity suited only for drunk people in a bar. Contrasts a karaoke company that is attempting to market karaoke as a sophisticated after-dinner activity in a private club.

Wilson, Craig. “All the World is a Stage.” USA Today. (2003, April 24 ):

All the world is a stage, but should everyone be on it? This article addresses the popularity of karaoke, and discusses the talents of those who choose to participate and often hope to find stardom.

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