One thing that was emphasized to me during my first week in Thailand was how big of a thing karaoke is. I haven’t experienced the same craziness with it as some others but I have noticed how often popular songs are reworked into “elevator music” versions. The songs are tamed down some and played all the time. In malls, restaurants, actual elevators, etc.
Well an obsession with karaoke may not be noticed an obsession with reworked music definitely is.