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Karaoke in Culture

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Asia   In Asia, a karaoke box is the most popular type of karaoke venue. A karaoke box is a small or medium-sized room containing karaoke equipment rented by the hour or half-hour, providing a more intimate atmosphere. Karaok
In Asia, a karaoke box is the most popular type of karaoke venue. A karaoke box is a small or medium-sized room containing karaoke equipment rented by the hour or half-hour, providing a more intimate atmosphere. Karaoke venues of this type are often dedicated businesses, some with multiple floors and a variety of amenities including food service, but hotels and business facilities sometimes provide karaoke boxes as well.
In some traditional Chinese restaurants, there are so-called "mahjong-karaoke rooms" where the elderly play mahjong while teenagers sing karaoke. The result is fewer complaints about boredom but more noise. Noise regulations can be an issue, especially when karaoke is brought into residential areas.
In the Philippines, karaoke machines are available for rent for use in occasions such as parties.
Violent reactions to karaoke singing have made headlines in Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines, with reports of killings by listeners disturbed by the singing. In the Philippines, at least a half dozen killings of people singing "My Way" caused newspapers there to label the phenomenon "My Way killings", and some bars refuse to allow the song, and some singers refrain from vocalizing it among strangers.
North America and Europe
A karaoke bar, restaurant, club or lounge is a bar or restaurant that provides karaoke equipment so that people can sing publicly, sometimes on a small stage. Most of these establishments allow patrons to sing for free, with the expectation that sufficient revenue will be made selling food and drink to the singers. Less commonly, the patron wishing to sing must pay a small fee for each song they sing. Both are financially beneficial for the establishment by not having to pay a professional singer or a cabaret tax which is usually applied to any entertainment of more than 1 person.
Many establishments offer karaoke on a weekly schedule, while some have shows every night. Such establishments commonly invest more in both equipment and song discs, and are often extremely popular, with an hour or more wait between a singer's opportunities to take the stage (called the rotation).
Private karaoke rooms, similar to Asia's "karaoke boxes", are commonplace in communities such as Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Karaoke in Korean culture
In July 2007, the nation of North Korea issued an edict banning, among other similar establishments, karaoke bars from operating in the country. The Ministry of Security officially stated that the ban was enacted to "crush enemy scheming and to squarely confront those who threaten the maintenance of the socialist system."
Although extremely popular in South Korea, there have been expressions of dissatisfaction with respect to the circulation of Japanese music and songs via Karaoke.
South Koreans generally use another term - "Norebang", which translates into "Song Room". Norebangs typically have a number of private rooms.
Karaoke in the Philippines
Filipinos are lovers of music and dance moves. Music and dancing have been popular among kids and teenagers and those young-at-heart since the Spanish era, when evening serenades were a common scene especially in the provinces well into the late 1970s. For decades, young people would gather in groups at night singing songs usually with a guitar for fun and pasttime or with 'minus-one' music on a cassette player unit. Nowadays, a karaoke microphone sold as an OEM product has gained popularity. This gadget contained a few hundred built-in songs and can be expanded with extra song chips installed. It is this love of music and dancing that makes Filipinos prone to singing, and in groups that they later on continued to engaged in evolving into what is now known as karaoke, one of the most loved activities there. On certain TV shows, especially variety shows, song lyrics are projected on screen while songs are sung by artists.
Many restaurants and bars in the Philippines have karaoke machines to allow customers to sing. In other words, karaoke is part of daily life in the Philippines.
Karaoke in Taiwan
In Taiwan, karaoke bars similar to those in Japan and Korea are called KTV, short for karaoke television. The biggest KTV chain in Taiwan is Cashbox KTV.
Karaoke in Australia
In Australia, karaoke was somewhat popularised in late 1980s but in a gradual fashion. A number of Filipino migrants brought with them their own 'minus-one' music from cassette music tapes and video tapes purchased mainly in the Philippines. A number of Philippine-imported karaoke units with two cassette drives featured with a multiplex button that was used to trigger vocal and minus-one music was used in family households. Video TV tapes, mainly consisted of popular and contemporary songs rendered by Filipino artists, and with mix of English and Tagalog songs were soon used. These projected lyrics on TV screens became very common as the main source of karaoke renditions. These tapes were soon replaced by CD+Gs, but a plug-n-play karaoke microphone that housed a factory built-in songchip loaded with hundreds of karaoke songs quickly became a favourite. This unit would usually be purchased in the Philippines and brought into Australia, becoming a common household item and is popularly used during gatherings.
In mid 2000s, a number of karaoke bars sprouted in Sydney with karaoke boxes frequented by a number of Japanese students and tourists and a few locals especially on Thursday nights and weekends. A number of clubs such as RSL, League Clubs and restaurants and bars mainly feature karaoke nights to entice more customers and to entertain guests.