Karaoke is a Japanese compound word consisting of kara, a shortened form of karappo meaning “empty,” and oke a shortened form of okesutura, or “orchestra.” Prior to the rise of karaoke, Japanese custom at private parties was for guests to sing solo while the others kept time by clapping.

Karaoke started around 1970. Karaoke was then commercialized and became popular all over Japan. Now karaoke is not only present in Japan and Asia, but has a following in Europe and the United States.

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