Love it or hate it, singers are gearing up for national karaoke week. It’s happening all next week so The List’s Teresa Strasser has five things you didn’t know about this sings along form of entertainment (or sometimes not so entertaining), called karaoke!
1. Karaoke started at a venue where a band didn’t show up. The Owner put some music on and had everyone sing. That was the beginning of the singing phenomenon.
2. Karaoke Definition: Singing without a live orchestra or band. Originally meaning "without orchestra," it is a combination of Japanese "kara" meaning "empty/bare-handed" as in "karate", and the "okee" sound from the first syllable of "orchestra" as pronounced by Japanese.
3. It's taken very seriously in Japan.
4. Think the most requested song is "Sweet Caroline" or "Don't Stop Believing?” Nope! It’s actually “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson.
5. A two minute song can be excruciating, but 101 hours, 59 minutes and 15 seconds? In 2011, Italy's Leonardo Polverelli shattered the record for the longest solo karaoke marathon, and probably some eardrums too, singing almost 13-hundred songs back to back.
One, and a two, and one two three four, that's five things you didn't know about karaoke.
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