What Makes an Idol an Idol?

DEFINITION OF ‘IDOL’ (fly to high)

I remember not too long ago, I was talking with a friend who’s a JE fan. We were discussing the difference between idols and music artists, concerning Arashi and other JE artists. But while trying to describe the difference to her, I myself grew a bit confused. While yes, there are characteristics that differentiate an idol from someone who the music industry considers and artist, what are they exactly? Oroitsme writes about this and more, presenting a comparison between the top two idol producing countries.