Where Did Karaoke Start?

In the late 1960s Japanese drummer Daisuke Inoue recorded a series of tracks for a friend who wanted to sing his music. This sparked the idea for a machine that he could lease to businesses that wanted to offer patrons the chance to perform live. However, Inoue failed to patent the machine. The karaoke trend eventually spread from Asia to other parts of the world as it became a global phenomenon.

What Is The Difference Between CDGs, VCDs, And DVDs?

CDG is the standard format for karaoke music discs. These discs contain karaoke music without background graphics and usually work in both karaoke machines and traditional compact disc players. VCDs have videos in addition to the music and only work with compatible karaoke machines. Like VCDs, DVDs contain video and music, but because the discs have more space, they produce higher resolution videos. Karaoke DVDs only work in compatible karaoke machines. 

Are Karaoke Songs Original Tracks?

According to music copyright laws, karaoke music publishers must buy rights to the original music. For this reason, they often have their own musicians record the tracks specifically for use in karaoke systems. In some situations, the publisher may extract the vocals from the original songs, but this is rare, especially if the original artist recorded in a key that the general public finds difficult to sing.

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