Google announced today that it is kicking off A-Pop Star Week on March 8. The event will include Google+ Hangouts with C-, J-, and K-Pop singers (if you haven’t guessed already, the letters stand for Chinese, Japanese and Korean) including Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, 2PM, flumpool, and Wang Leehom, all of whom are now taking questions on their linked YouTube promotional videos. An event calendar is up on YouTube’s new Asian Pop Channel, which collects top 20 music videos and new releases.
Questions can also be submitted on Google+ using hashtags that will be revealed closer to the event date. If there is a particular performer you are just dying to virtually meet, each participating star will be selecting five participants for their Hangout.
This is the latest in a roster of eventswith celebrities and public figures that Google is hosting as it seeks to promote Google+ Hangouts as an alternative to Skype and other online video chat services. Last week, President Obama participated in a 40-minute group interview with several bloggers on Google+ following the State of the Union, while Vice President Biden’s “Fireside Hangout” in January was laced with quotes that were almost as good, if not quite as juicy, as the bon mots delivered by The Onion’s ‘Diamond’ Joe Biden on Reddit. On the entertainment side, Hangout participants have included Steven Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as well as the arguably more influential duo of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.
Here is A-Pop Star Week’s roster:
3/8 Shinee (K-Pop)
3/9 Wang Lee Hom (C-Pop)
3/10 Super Junior (K-Pop)
3/11 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (J-Pop)
3/12 flumpool (J-Pop)
3/13 2PM (K-Pop)
3/14 Mayday (C-Pop)
Photo of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu from her official Google+ account