New AKB48 sub-group announced

It was announced that AKB48 members Nakaya Sayaka and Tanabe Miku will be forming a new unit called Baby Gamba. The group is based off the children’s book Boukenshatachi: Gamba to 15 hiki no Nakama. Their debut single Ee Janai ka will be released on September 14th.

Since this is a unit for children I can’t really say that I’m too excited for this new group. However, you seem to make a pretty penny off of children’s songs, so more power to them.
The some itself seems pretty cute, so does the PV. It’s just obviously far too childish for me to overly care about this group.

Here’s a PV preview of their debut single.

DiVA holding auditions for new member

AKB48 sub-group DiVA, announced they will be holding auditions to add a new member to the group. The auditioners must be between the ages of 18 and 23 and have dance experience. Applications are due by August 20th. The winner or winners will be signed to Office48 and join DiVA.

I remember DiVA mentioning auditions a while ago, but I actualy haven’t given it much though since. It’s nice to see that we are finally getting some information about it. I still don’t really understand why DiVA is auditioning for new members. Couldn’t they have just added more girls from AKB48? It honestly seems a little unfair to them. And obviously the winners will only be added to DiVA and not AKB48 as well. Which also seems a little pointless to me. It reminds me of the whole Super Junior and Super Junior M situation. I’m just not to thrilled with the whole idea, it seems really unnecessary to me.

Itano Tomomi to release 3rd single

It was announced that AKB48 member Itano Tomomi will be releasing her 3rd solo single. The titled has yet to be announced and the single will be released on October 12th.

I’m half excited for this single. Half because Dear J was incredible, but Fui Ni was a disappointment. Other than that I’m getting a little tired of Tomomi constantly releasing solo songs. Her voice is lack luster, and she just released her 2nd single. But, what are you gonna do?

SUPER GiRLS announce 3rd single

It was announced that Avex idol group SUPER GiRLS will be releasing their 3rd single. The single is called Joshiryoku Paradise and will be released on October 5th.

I’ve been follwing SUPER GiRLS pretty much since day one, so I’m excited to see them release another single. Their last song and PV were upbeat and fun, so I’m curious what kind of song this will turn out to be. Also, since their last PV was a summer and bikini themed PV I wonder what direction this one will take. Hopefully this song will have a nice chunk of Ami like the last one did.

You can of course buy this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

SUPER GiRLS – Joshiryoku Paradise [CD+DVD / Type A / Jacket A]


SUPER GiRLS – Joshiryoku Paradise [Type B / Jacket B]

SUPER GiRLS – Joshiryoku Paradise [Type C / Jacket C]

Momusu to release one last album before Ai-chan leaves

It was recently announced that Morning Musume will be releasing a 12th album. The title is still unknown and it will be released on October 12th. Which is almost a month after Ai officially graduates. That seems like an odd date to me. Fantasy Juuichi was released 2 weeks before LinLin, JunJun, and Eri graduated. I don’t get why  this is getting released after the fact.

It makes sense to release one final album with Ai-chan. She’s the strongest vocalist in the current lineup and she’s a cash cow. It only makes sense to squeeze every last drop from heartbroken wota. Just like they did with their 11th album. But I really hope that this isn’t  a new thing Morning Musume is going to do. Release one final album before members graduate. Because you can say all the remaining girls (Minus Aika. :/ ) are popular enough to have their own last album. But I don’t really want that to happen. When you rush an album like this, the music suffers. Fantasy Juuichi did have it’s gems, but it was still, in my opinion, one of their weakest albums. And that’s because the album had to be rushed. Perhaps, this album will be a little better since Ai-chan’s graduation was announced months ago, maybe Tsunku has been writing songs for it ever since. But that seems like a long shot really.

You can order this album from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Morning Musume – TBA [w/ DVD, Limited Edition]


Morning Musume – TBA [Regular Edition]

S/mileage to release yet another single

It was announced a few days ago that S/mileage will be releasing their 7th single. The single wil be entitled Tachiagaaru and will be released on September 28th. One month and 25 days after the release of their 8th single, Uchouten Love. This will also be the first single to feature the new 2nd gen member or members.

I am actually really surprised that S/mileage is releasing another single so soon after their last. And a single featured new and untrained members to boot! The new members will be announced on August 14th, giving them only a few weeks to train and prepare for their debut. Morning Musume’s 9th gen was announced in January and their debut single came out in April. That’s a good 3 months more time the 9th gen will get to prepare compared to the 2nd gen. I sure hope Tsunku knows what he’s doing. This all seems a little premature. I understand they have to be thrown into the new S/mileage concert, but a new single as well. Talk about pressure. I wish I could say I have high hopes for this single, but I don’t. I don’t think the new member or members will be anywhere near ready for this. Could you imagine what Zukki would have done if she only had weeks to learn the Maji Desu ka Ska dance?

Hey! Say! JUMP to release 8th single

It was recently announced that Hey! Say! JUMP will be releasing their 8th single. The single is titled Magic Power and will be released sometime in September. The song will be used as the Japanese theme for the Smurfs movie, since Ryosuke and Chinen are voice acting in it.

I’m actually really excited that Hey! Say! JUMP is releasing a new single so quickly after their last one.  However, I’m not really excited that it’s being used for the theme to the Smufs movie. It most likely means that the song will be pretty immature. Now, Hey! Say! JUMP usually releases pretty simple and slightly immature songs because they are the youngest Johnny’s group, and most likely have a lot of young fans. But having a theme for the Smurfs will probably make the song even more immature than usual. Probably extremely child like. Which I’m not 100% excited for. But I guess if I can listen to Berryz sing about a monkey dance and watch S/mileage dance around in pig ears, I can listen to HSJ sing about Magic Power. However, if it’s on the same level as Little Princess Pri, I might have to cut my ears off. XD

The song is apparently going to be motown. And the lyrics will be based on the Smurfs catchphrase “Even if we are small, if we work together we can do anything!” Which alone means the song is 100% going to be super childish. And forgive me if I’m wrong, but since when do the Smurfs have a catchphrase? Didn’t they mainly just say everything was smurf this and smurf that? I’m actually not a 100% sure on that. Growing up the Smurfs and Snorks annoyed me to no end.

This song also marks the first single with the new 9 member Hey! Say! JUMP. I wish I could say this will be the only 9 member single, they most likely have way more to come. Like all of their singles from now on. And since Ryosuke’s and Chinen’s involvement in the smurfs movie was announced a while ago they might have had to re-record this song without Ryutaro. Oh, who am I kidding? They probably only had to re-edit the song. They probably just deleted Ryutaro’s lines in the chorus, and his lines with 1-3 other members. Because there’s no way that Ryutaro would have had a solo line in this single anyway. Actually there’s probably not really a chance for any member to have a solo line, who’s name isn’t Ryosuke or Chinen. Since the song is for their movie, it probably gives them an excuse to turn this into a Ryosuke and Chinen centered single. (As if their other songs aren’t like that.) I mean this could possibly turn out to be another Hitomi no Screen, but with a little Chinen thrown in. I shudder to think that.

Kanjani8 to release yet another single

It was announced that Kanjani8 will be releasing yet another single. The single is entitled Tsubusa ni Koi and will be released on August 17th. The song will be used as the ending theme for Nishikido Ryo’s drama Zenkai Girl. This wil also be Kanjani8’s 4th single this year.

Geez 4 singles and it’s only July. At this rate they could squeeze out another single or 2 before the year ends. However, that would be extreme overkill. Since one of those 4 singles was a double A-side, ot already feels like this will be their 5th single this year. But more power to them I guess. But I guess this means there’s absolutely no hope for NEWS to release a single this year. Unless they pull another Fighting Man and release something in November again.

I’m not really the biggest Kanjani8 fan. I’m trying to get into them more. But as of right now, I’m not super interested in them. But my readers seem to like when I cover Kanjani8, so here we are.

Of course you can order this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Kanjani8 – Tsubusa ni Koi [w/ DVD, Limited Edition]


Kanjani8 – Tsubusa ni Koi [Regular Edition]

Kikkawa Yuu announces new song

Kikkawa Yuu announced, via her Kikka Mail, the she will be releasing a new song. The new song is entitled Hapirapi~Sunrise~, but no other details about the song are known. Not even the release date, or whether this song is an upcoming single or just a B-side track to one.

Regardless of the information being pretty vauge as of now, I’m just really excited that we’re getting new info on her music. Which means it won’t be much longer until we get another single from Kikka. Which is great news because I absolutely love Kikka and I adored Kikkake wa You. She’s only released one single and I already like her 10 times more than ManoEri. Since Kikkake wa You was released in May we probably won’t get another single until September. But I honestly don’t mind waititng a bit.

SDN48 to release 3rd single

It was just announced that SDN48 will be releasing their 3rd single. The song is entitled Min.Min.Min. and will be released on August 17th.

I have a pretty love hate relationship with SDN48. It’s mostly hate though because I’m not into their overall theme. The only only really comes in because I absolutely loved GAGAGA. However, I wasn’t really impressed with Ai Juseyo. I do like Ai Juseyo more now than when it first came out, I’m still not all that enamored with it. Hopefully, SDN48 will mkae me incredibly happy and will release another song like GAGAGA. It seems to be a similar single already because both GAGAGA and Min.Min.Min. aren’t actual words. Now hire the same Korean composer from GAGAGA, and I’ll be happy.

Of course you can buy this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

SDN48 – Min.Min.Min.[CD+DVD / Type A]


SDN48 – Min.Min.Min.[CD+DVD / Type B]

KAT-TUN announces new single

KAT-TUN announced that they will be releasing their 16th single. The single is titled Run For You and will be released on August 3rd.

I’m trying to be excited for this single, and I am in a sense. I was just pretty dissapointed with their last single. White was a good song and all, but nothing will ever convince me that White worked better as an A-side than Perfect would have. I just think management made a terrible mistake with that.
I’m also hoping that this single will be more intense than White was. I mean Change UR World and Ultimate Wheels had pretty heavy and intense music. They completely had that original KAT-TUN feel that we hadn’t seen in a while. And honestly that’s what I would love KAT-TUN to sound like from now on. To me that type of music marked the new Jinless KAT-TUN. However, with Kisumai debuting they’ll probably take over that sound since they already have been making songs like that.

If you want to buy this single you can do so from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

KAT-TUN – Run For You [w/ DVD, Limited Edition]

KAT-TUN – Run For You [Regular Edition (First Press)]

KAT-TUN – Run For You [Regular Edition]

Berryz Koubou to release 27th single


It was just announced that Berryz Koubou will be releasing their 27th single. The single is entitled Aa, Yoru ga Akeru and will be released on August 10th. Which is just 2 months and 2 days after the release of Ai no Dangan. And this also makes Berryz the 3rd idol group to be releasing a single on August 10th. The other 2 being Kis-My-Ft2 and DiVA.

I’m really hoping that this single turns out to be good. Lately, every other single they release is awesome while the other single isn’t that great. Maji Bomber was great, Shining Power not so much. Heroine ni Narou ka was amazing, Ai no Dangan could have been better. I just hope they don’t release two duds in a row.
Also, I don’t understand why Berryz is releasing another single so soon after their last one. Usually Berryz releases a new single every 3 or 4 months. Two months later just seems excessive.

You can of course buy this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.


Berryz Koubou – Aa, Yoru ga Akeru [w/DVD, Limited Edition / Type A]

Berryz Koubou – Aa, Yoru ga Akeru [w/DVD, Limited Edition / Type B]

Berryz Koubou – Aa, Yoru ga Akeru [Limited Edition / Type C]


Berryz Koubou – Aa, Yoru ga Akeru [Regular Edition]

Kis-My-Ft2 debut single finally has a release date


After having their debut pushed back because of the earthquake, and having their debut rumored to be in July, we finally have an official announcment for their debut single. Kisumai’s debut single Everybody Go will be released on Nakajima Yuto’s birthday August 10th.

All I can say is OMG YES! Even since I heard Everybody Go on Shounen Club, I’ve been in love with the song. I’ve even been tweeting how much I want this to be their debut single.

I think I mostly love this song because I’m not a Kisumai fan. I mean, Everybody Go and FIRE BEAT are the only songs I’ve ever heard by them. I say that because every devoted Kisumai fan seems to completly hate this song. Apparently it’s too happy and cutesy compared to what they usually sing. That doesn’t really make much sense. We’re talking about an idol group that dances on roller skates during their performances. I think this is tame compared to the absolute cheese they could be releasing. XD
But as a Kisumai newbie I absolutely adore this song. I think it’s super catchy. I’ve been listening to it pretty much nonestop.
I just hope the PV has been filmed already and I don’t have to have the PV ruined by Taisuke’s horrendous Ikemen desu ne hair. XD

You can of course buy this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Kis-My-Ft2 – Everybody Go [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type A / Jacket A]

Kis-My-Ft2 – Everybody Go [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type B / Jacket B]

Kis-My-Ft2 – Everybody Go [Regular Edition / Jacket C]

DiVA announces 2nd single


AKB48 sub-group DiVA, announced they will be releasing their 2nd single. The single is currently untitled and will be released on Nakajima Yuto’s birthday August 10th.

I was a little underwhelmed by DiVA’s first single. The lyrics were good, don’t get me wrong, but the song itself just fell flat to me. So, I’m really hoping that this song has the wow factor that I’m looking for. DiVA has some of the best singers in all of AKB48, and are supposed to be a dance and vocal group, so I really hope this time they use the girls to their full potential and really showcase their ranges. Much like with their debut single, I’m expecting something spectacular and I don’t want to be dissapointed.

You can purchase this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

DiVA – TBA [CD+DVD / Type A / Jacket A]


DiVA – TBA [CD+DVD / Type B / Jacket B]

DiVA – TBA [CD+DVD / Type C / Jacket C]

C-ute to release 17th single


C-ute announced that they will be releasing their 17th single. The single will be entitled Sekaiichi Happy na Onna no ko and will be released on September 7th.

I am really excited to see that C-ute is releasing another single. Lately C-ute has been releasing some of their best single. And each new single is completely different than the last. Anymore you don’t know what to expect from C-ute, which is always exciting. However, judging from the title this song seems like another happy upbeat song. Which might be a little boring for fans since they jsut released the fairly upbeat Momoiro Sparkling. But I actually love cuter idol songs, so I’m happy that it seems to be another C-ute song. But you know I do love when C-ute throws a random song in there like Shock or Kiss Me Aishiteru.

As always, you can buy this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

C-ute – Sekaiichi Happy na Onna no Ko [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type A]


C-ute – Sekaiichi Happy na Onna no Ko [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type B]


C-ute – Sekaiichi Happy na Onna no Ko [Regular Edition]

Momusu announces Ai-chan’s graduation single!


Morning Musume has just announced they will be releasing their 47th single, which will be the last single to feature Takahashi Ai. It will be a double A-side entitled Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai and will be released on September 14th. Takahashi Ai’s graduation version of the single also features a solo song by Ai-chan.

Everyone knew this day would come eventually, Takahashi Ai’s final single. But even though her graduation was announced months ago it didn’t really seem real to me until this moment. The moment when you say, “This is it. This is her last single.” And you know, I actually feel a lot sadder than I was expecting to feel. Ai-chan is hardly my favorite member but it feels really sad to see her go. For some strange reason I am actually choked up. It feels surreal for thre to be a Morning Musume without her.

But back on topic, I am actually extremely excited for his single to be a double A-side. Momusu hasn’t had a double A-side in a long time. The first song, which translates to, I’m really hoping for peace on Earth, seems like it is going to be a very powerful and meaningful song. The title immediately makes me think it’s going to be a mix of  Aozora ga Itsumademo Tsuzuki You na Mirai de Are and Ame no Furanai Hoshi de wa Aisenai Darou.
While the second song Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai, which translates to I want to shop with him, seems more like a fun upbeat song. I’m thinking lyrics wise it sounds like it’s going to be along the lines of Lemon Iro to Milk Tear, Nebou desu. Date na no ni, or Koi ING. Or at least that’s what I’m hoping for. XD

It really seems like H!P and UFA are really having Morning Musume’s longest leader go out with a bang. Double A-side graduation single, solo song, and concerts at the legendary Budokan. I really wish this single will get number 1 on the charts. Just because I think Ai-chan really deserves to go out on top.

You can buy this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Morning Musume – Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type A]


Morning Musume – Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type B]


Morning Musume – Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type C]


Morning Musume – Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai [Regular Edition]

Morning Musume – Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / TBA Ai-chan Solo [Takahashi Ai Graduation Special Verison]

Watarirouka Hashiritai to release 8th single

AKB48 sub-group, Watarirouka Hashiritai announced that they will be releasing their 8th single. The single is currently untitled but is set to be released August 3rd. And this single will also include Watarirouka Hashiritai 7’s song Mama Grazie as one of its B-sides.

Even though there’s nothing know about this single, beyond Mayu saying it will give you energy, I am still really excited for this release. Watarirouka Hashiritai is my favorite AKB48 sub-group. And I’m always excited to see what kind of songs they will released. I absolutely loved Valentine Kiss, even if it was a cover. This group hardly ever dissapoints me. Even though 2 of their singles were duds in my opinion, they always have good B-sides.

You can buy this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Watarirouka Hashiritai – Untitled [w/ DVD, Limited Edition/Type A]

Watarirouka Hashiritai – Untitled [w/ DVD, Limited Edition/Type B]


Watarirouka Hashiritai – Untitled [w/ DVD, Limited Edition/Type C]


Watarirouka Hashiritai – Untitled [Regular Edition]

AKB48 adds 4th team

During Himawari H1 revival stage AKB48 announced the formation of a 4th team. The 4th team will be called Team 4 and will consist of 10 research students who were recently promoted. The team will consist of the following members:

Shimada Haruka

Shimazaki Haruka
Oba Mina
Takeuchi Miyu
Nakamura Mariko
Yamauchi Suzuran
Nagao Mariya
Mori Anna
Ichikawa Miori
Nakamata Shiori

Since a lot of research students have been added without a team, most fans have been speculating that there was going to be members graduationg. But that’s obviously not the case. I’m a little shocked to see AKB48 adding another team. Mostly because with the addition of this team, that bring AKB48 up to 58 members. Which kind of throws off their name now. I also wonder if this means the other groups will add Team 4. They would have to follow what SKE48 did with their Team E, and name then Team 4II, Team 4III, etc. And I also wonder if they will add a Team 8. If they do and each Team has a full Team, that will bring AKB48 up to 80 members. Which would be insanly huge and a little ridiculous.

I’m a little thrown off by all of this. I understand wanting to include Research Students to the mix because they have a lot of talent, but I’m not sure they had to add another Team to do so. They could have just put them in a completely new group, or have them release another single. I also don’t know if this is the best idea for AKB48. If they did add full Team 4 and Team 8 and were at 80 members and had the other 48 groups follow suit, I think a lot of fans would get tired of the whole franchise. It would absolutely be too much of a good thing. Because if every 48 group beacame that huge, there would be 320 official 48 group members plus Research Students. Which would make the 48 group franchise burn out quicker than intended.


But this is all speculation. And just because AKB48 adds a Team 4 doesn’t mean another group will and it doesn’t mean they will add a Team 8. This is obviously just a “what if” situation. But in responce to that, could you imagine if it really did happen? 320 members is astronomical. I sure hope management knows what they are doing with this Team 4.

S/mileage’s surprising 2nd generation auditions

In an absolutely shocking turn of events H!P’s youngest group, S/mileage announced they will be holding auditions for their 2nd generation. The audition is looking for girls between the ages of 13-18. The auditions will begin on June 4th and continue throughout the month. June 4th is just 9 days before the deadline of the Morning Musume 10th generation auditions. Since both auditions are in such close proximity to each other, girls are allowed to audition for both groups. However, if they pass both auditions they can only choose one group to join. You can click here for the website.

I absolutely could not believe that S/mileage was going to add new members. I was not expecting that at all, I thought they would continue with this line up throughout their career. Much like Berryz Koubou and C-ute. Apparently at one point Tsunku said he wasn‘t finished with S/mileage, but I never heard him say that before, so this announcement was quite a shock to me. This will also mark the 2nd stabel group in H!P history to have revolving members like Morning Musume. So far only sub-groups (like Tanopopo, Mini Moni, and Pucchi Moni) as well as short lived groups (like Coconuts Musume and Country Musume) have had more than one generation. When S/mileage was formed I thought about what their future would be like. I thought they were no doubt going to have the same inevitable fate as Berryz and C-ute. To me new H!P acts are always bitter sweet. Yes, it’s awesome that we get great new music and more variety, but you know that they will eventually have to leave. (Debuting ManoEri at 18 and Kikka at 19, it’s almost like why even bother. :/) But having S/mileage have new member auditions gives hope that they could last as long as Morning Musume. Now, there is no guarantee that S/mileage will even have a 3rd generation. But coming from a business and investment point of view, it’s the smart thing to do.

There’s of course a lot of fans who are against this, or feel that S/mileage is perfect the way they are. And in a sense I can’t blame them. I don’t think anyone really saw this announcmente coming. But it seems that I always have an unpopular opinion when it comes to change, because I absolutely encourage change and I am absolutely excited for this audition. Of course, I love S/mileage the way they are. They are one of my favorite groups and I think the members fit perfectly together. They each have similar sounding voices that compliments each other’s perfectly and harmonize perfectly. But since I’m such a big fan of S/mileage I realize that this is the perfect move for them. This means the group could have longevity. And what would you rather do? Enjoy the currently line up for an undisclosed amount of time, which is most likely anywhere from 6-8 years before Ayaka starts to get too old, or enjoy them for 14 years like Momusu but just with a different line up. I think it’s pretty obvious which one is better.

Japan seems to be really interested in S/mileage. They have quite the growing following, and they won best new artist at the 52nd Japan Record Awards. It seems Tsunku and H!P wants their interest and popularity to continue to rise. And holding auditions is a great way to do that. Look at all the extra promoting and interest that has been in Morning Musume lately because of the audition and new members. I also really wonder how many members they will add. It says new member audition, but I’m actually hoping for 2 new members. I also don’t get why they are asking for such old girls to join. Momusu is asking for 10 the youngest and 17 the oldest, while S/mileage is asking for 13 the youngest and 18 the oldest. It makes no sense to me. I guess they are just trying to keep all S/mileage members the same age. Do you know who would have made a great S/mileage member? Saho Akari. Oh wait, she was just added to that dance group that doesn’t have a future. :/

This audition also really makes me wonder about what their future holds. S/mileage’s theme is youth and short skirts. They are adding new members to enchance the youth aspect. So, it seems to me that S/mileage is always going to go after that youth theme. Their singles don’t seem to be maturing and adding another young member won’t help them mature either. It seems like they will forever be a youthful and playful group. Which I’m ok with, and it would actually be a welcomed change. But it seems like because of that S/mileage members might graduate before the age Morning Musume graduate, to keep up with the theme. That would also be bitter sweet.

Here’s the audition announcement video.

Berryz Koubou announces new single

It was announced recently that Berryz Koubou will be releasing their 27th single. As for now, the single in untitled but it will be released on August 10th.

I wish I could say that this was announced really soon after their last single but it’s not really. Berryz usually releases a new single ever 3-4 months. Granted this is just a mere 2 months after the release of Ai no Dangan, but for Berryz that’s really nothing. As my 2nd favorite H!P group I’m always looking forward to their next single. Let’s hope it has a better  PV than Ai no Dangan.

You can purcahse this album from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Berryz Koubou – TBA [Limited Edition / Type A]



Berryz Koubou – TBA [Limited Edition / Type B]


Berryz Koubou – TBA [Limited Edition / Type C]


Berryz Koubou – TBA [Regular Edition]

Buono to release 12th single

It was announced that Buono will be relasing their 12th single. The single is entitled Natsu Dakara and will be released on July 20th.

I’m really glad to see Buono releasing singles frequently again. Buono makes some of my favorite H!P songs, so I’m really excited to hear what kind of song this will be. Since it’s a summer themed song no doubt it’s going to extremely upbeat and energetic. It would also be absolutely amazing to have 2 PVs of tis single like they did with Zassou no Uta.

You can of courwse by this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Buono – Natsu Dakara [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type A]


Buono – Natsu Dakara [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type B]


Buono – Natsu Dakara [Regular Edition]

Momoclo’s first single as a 5 member group

Momoiro Clover Z is going to be releasing 2 singles on July 6th as well as their first album on July 27th. So far we only have information on one of the singles. And that single would be Z Densetsu ~Owarinaki Kakumei~. During  Momoclo’s free concert for the earthquake hit people of Sendai they preformed their new song. Which gives us fans a nice preview of the song.

It’s nice to know that even they they lost a member, their style and songs haven’t changed one bit. This song is still the super energetic Momoiro Clover that we are all used to. The song has a very heavy anime sounding instrumental. And is absolutely adorable and catchy, which is to be expected from Momoclo. This might be their most catchy and addicting single yet. I can’t stop listening to it, I’ve probably heard it about 20 times now. Momoiro Clover is a group that has yet to dissapoint me.
The lyrics of this song are also really adorable. It’s basically a song about Momoiro Clover Z asking fans to keep supporting them. So, in a sense it reminds me a lot of Wasshoi B by AKB48’s Team B. But there’s also some lines that are about not giving up. And despair and sadness won’t last forever. Which is no doubt a nod at the recent earthquake.

There’s English subs on the video which is of course an added bonus. There are some translation errors, but they are mostly correct.

You can support Momoclo by purchasing this single from CDJapan by clicking the link below.

Momoiro Clover Z – Z Densetsu ~Owarinaki Kakumei~

Not Yet to release 2nd single

AKB48’s newest sub-group, Not Yet, announced that they will be releasing a 2nd single. The single is called Naminoi Kakigori and will be released July 6th.

I’m actually pretty surprised that Not Yet is releasing a new single so quickly. It’s only been 4 month since their last single. But since their furst single was so successful I guess they wanted to rush the second one out while there’s still buzz around them. I am pretty excited for the new single, I was absolutely in love with Shuumatsu Not Yet since the moment I first heard it. It’s one my favorite 2011 release by the 48 groups so far. Only being second to SKE48’s Banzai Venus. I’m really excited to see what type of song this will be. I’m personally hoping for another equally as energetic single.

You can of course buy this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Not Yet – Naminori Kakigori [CD+DVD / Type A]


Not Yet – Naminori Kakigori [CD+DVD / Type B]


Not Yet – Naminori Kakigori [Regular Edition / Type C]

no3b announces new single

It was recently announced that AKB48 sub-group no3b will be releasing their 7th single. The single is titled Kuchibiru Furezu and will be released on June 29th. Which is the same day as Hey! Say! JUMP’s new single, so no3b has some stiff competition right there.

So, far nothing else about the single besides the name is known. But I have high  hopes for this single. No3b is my 2nd favorite AKB48 sub-group and their singles are usually amazing. But I was completely dissapointed with Answer. I hope this single isn’t a dud as well. I’m really hoping for a song along the lines of Relax or Kimi Shika because those are my favorite no3b singles.

As always, you can purchase this single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

no3b – Kuchibiru Furezu [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type A / Kojima Haruna Version]


no3b – Kuchibiru Furezu [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type B / Takahashi Minami Version]


no3b – Kuchibiru Furezu [w/ DVD, Limited Edition / Type C / Minegishi Minami Version]


no3b – Kuchibiru Furezu [Regular Edition]

Hey! Say! JUMP’s first single of 2011

It was announced recently that Hey! Say! JUMP will be releasing their first single of 2011. The single is titled Over and will be released on June 29th. What’s even more exciting is that Ai ING ~Aishiteru~ will be encluded as one of the B-sides. If that wasn’t exciting enough, the other B-sides will be Hey! Say! BEST’s new song Screw and Hey! Say! 7’s new song You Got More. Which marks the first time both Hey! Say! BEST and Hey! Say! 7 have their own B-side songs. We all know that Hey! Say! 7 had their own song, Kagayaki Days, featured on Hitomi no Screen, which was a little unfair if you ask me, because BEST didn’t get one.
And can I just say how nice it is to finally know what all the new songs from Hey! Say! JUMP are being used for. I’m a little sad that they aren’t for a new album, since it’s been nearly a year since their first album was released. But hopefully we’ll get a new Hey! Say! JUMP album in late 2011 or early 2012.

Hey! Say! JUMP (Actually 5/10 of JUMP) preformed this song on last weeks’s episode of Yan Yan Jump so fans get to hear a nice preview of it. Instead of all those choppy concert rips. XD
When I heard that HSJ was releasing a new single I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like the song. Their last single, Arigatou ~Sekai no Doko ni Itemo~ was one of my least favorite JUMP singles, and I was a little under whelmed by Ai ING ~Aishiteru~. But after hearing Over I was pleasantly surprised. I absolutely love the song. The music has this sort of European dance music vibe to it. And reminds me of a far less intense version of Shinku. I’m a little sad that during the chorus the music doesn’t pick up at all. However, you can’t even notice that aspect because during the chorus the singing picks up signifigantly and is very powerful. I also really love the bridge of the song. That’s where a lot of nice high notes take place. What’s also surprising about this song is Hikaru raps in it and it actually doesn’t ruin the entire song. Usually when Hiakru raps it’s either insanely soft with singing over it so you can barely notice it like in Ultra Music Power. Or the lyrics are so bad that it throws the whole song off like in Score. Every once in a while Hikaru’s raps actaully enhance the song like in Ai Scream. I think Hikaru’s rapping actually compliments the song nicely. But that’s probably because he’s rapping very softly and not overdoing it. I also really love how the song is supposed to be sung like a phone call. At least that’s what I got from the lyrics and the random phone dance move they do in the begining. I also love the random speaking part in the begining. And of course I loved Ryosuke’s with you towards the end of the song. Just because I’m a sucker for Japanese accents.
The only real fault of this single is the lyrics. At first I thought the song was supposed to be about ending a relationship that’s not going well. But then the chorus basically says no matter what I’ll stand by you and support you. I don’t know, that contradiction makes me confused about the overall meaning of the song.

The performance itself was actually pretty good. The dance was a little simple and lame. But it’s not like HSJ is really known for having the best dances ever. I don’t think I’ve ever actually liked any of their dances. I think Deep Night was like the only one. Also, I wish the rest of JUMP was there just so I know who’s really getting the solo lines. But most likely these are the people getting them, since they usually are anyway. Maybe Takaki and Daiki will be thrown a line or two but that’s about it. Which is really sad. But hey, Yuto’s getting lines again so I can’t really complain.

If you like what you hear you can but this single from CDJapan by cliking the links below. If you want the Limited Edition I suggest you hurry. When I last checked they were down to 12 copies.

Hey! Say! JUMP – Over [w/ DVD, Limited Edition]


Hey! Say! JUMP – Over [Regular Edition]

Maeda Atsuko first solo single announced

During a recent AKB48 handshake event at Nagoya Dome, AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko she will be releasing her first solo single. The single is entitled Flower and will be released on June 22nd. The song will also be used in her movie Moshidora.

I’m sure most of the AKB48 fandom is absolutely thrilled by this announcement since Acchan is one of the most popular members. I gotta say I’m surprised that she hasn’t released a solo single before. She has the perfect mix of popularity and singing ability. I’m not really a fan of Acchan but I am excited for her debut. She has one of my favorite voices in AKB48 and I’m really excited to hear what her song is going to sound like. Apparently the song is going to be a ballad, which I’m not too happy with. But if the song sounds anything like 7ji 12fun no hatsukoi I’ll be happy.

You can of course purchase her solo single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.

Maeda Atsuko – Flower [Type A / CD+DVD]


Maeda Atsuko – Flower [Type B / CD+DVD]


Maeda Atsuko – Flower [Type C / CD+DVD]