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Italo disco was often referred to as Eurobeat, probably due to the negative connotations of the word “disco” in the minds of the United States’ population in the 1980s. Eastbound Expressway released their single “You’re a Beat” in recognition to the slower tempo of Hi-NRG music emerging from Europe. The majority of Hi-NRG songs tended to be from 124 to 138 BPM whereas the European releases tended to be from 108 to 120 BPM. Those “Eurobeat” hits had a European beat, topped the UK charts, and, in the USA, received radio airplay and contributed to the evolution of New York’s Freestyle genre.
MTV USA during summer 1987 to 1989, spreading the UK’s Eurobeat sound. Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan. Meanwhile, in Japan in 1985, the term “Eurobeat” was applied to all continental-European dance music imports. Italians created a new sound especially for Japan, but virtually unknown in the rest of the world. In Japan, this music is called “Eurobeat”, “Super Eurobeat”, and “Eurobeat Flash”.
Eurobeat during the 1990s and 2000s. Despite its European origins, the Eurobeat style’s main market has always been Japan, where its synthetic and emotionally upbeat stylings are popular. Eurobeat is largely unknown in Europe and only recently became somewhat popular in the Western world. It appeals to open-minded Italo disco fans and some Euro-house fans. Eurobeat music regularly in its episodes during racing scenes between the characters, and because of this it has come to the attention of some anime fans outside Japan. Over time, DDR has featured Eurobeat songs on-and-off in their songlists.
However, their number has dwindled due to efforts to make DDR more marketable to North American markets. Eurobeat evolved into different genres, while preserving its essence. Although disco music became unpopular in North America, it remained in the limelight in Europe for many more years. 80s and 90s in Japan.