AKB48 member and solo artist Itano Tomomi announced at a handshake event, that in addition to her already announced 2nd single she will also be releasing two digital singles. Her first digitial single is titled Wanna be Now and is being released on May 11th. The second single is titled Ai Ai Pierce and will be released on June 1st. These digital singles will only be available through the moble phone downloading site Recochoku. Meanwhile, her still to be untitled 2nd single was supposed to be released on April 27th, but has been pushed back until July 13th.
Maybe it’s just me, but doesn’t this seem a bit like overkill? I understand that Dear J was pretty popular and sold over 200,000 copies, but to basically release 3 singles after another just seems like too much. And I am not being biased. I find it just as ridiculous when Arashi frequently does it, and find it ridiculous that Kanjnai8 is doing it now. I guess they are having so many single at once for 2 reasons. Obviously the first is it seems like the earthquake effected her releases quite a bit. Since her 2nd single was supposed to be released on April 27th, it seems like at least one of those song was intended to be used as her 3rd single. And the other reason being simply: she sells well, so why not get all the money they can out of her in her peak popularity.
Coming from someone who didn’t really want to see her release a 2nd single, I obviously am not to happy about basically 3 more. But there’s nothing I can do about that.
Also, it really sucks for foreign fans that these digital singles can only be purchsed through Recochoku.