2017 is shaping up to be a very iconic year for Hello! Project, for better and worse. Among the many announcements and events that have happened already, the ones that stand out the most are: the recent disbandment of °C-ute, the announcement of Country Girls’ new shuffle style and slowdown, the announcement of Haruka Kudo’s graduation, Momoko Tsugunaga’s upcoming graduation. Now we have another huge set of announcements that were made in today’s Hello! Station (being mentioned in the same order they were made in the video).
HKT48 announced details for their 10th single on Showroom Live today. While the title and cover are still in the works, we do know the release date and the senbatsu lineup for their upcoming single!
On June 24, 2017, a man attending a Keyakizaka46 National Handshake Event in Makuhari Messe, Chiba City threw a burning road flare toward a popular member’s lane.
On June 23, 2017, Morning Musume ‘17 concluded their spring tour titled Morning Musume '17 Concert Tour Haru ~THE INSPIRATION!~ at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo.
After years of international fans struggling to support and attend AKB48 events, AKS announced they will be expanding their AKB48 Group services to international fans.
AKB48 49th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo (SSK) has come to a wild ending. While the weather outside in Okinawa may have almost cancelled the main event, it didn’t stop from the show going on. This year was filled with savage drops and boost in rankings, shocking announcements, and a win that will go down in AKB48 history. Let’s nutshell it all up and talk about the memorable highlights.
A-to-J Connections will be updating you all night with the latest news about AKB48 49th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo 〜Mazu wa Tatakaou! Hanashi wa Sorekara da〜. Please check back to this post with latest updates about Senbatsu Sousenkyo.
We learned earlier this evening that the AKB48 49th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo has been canceled according to the AKB48 official blog and Sousenkyo website news.
Yesterday, Toyosaki Seaside Park, Toyosaki Villa SUN Beach in Tomigusuku, Okinawa Prefecture, the venue for this years Sousenkyo, was flooded out due to torrential rainstorms hitting the area. For a while, it seems the weather would have been calm for the rest of the days to come. Now, weather has turned worse once again making it unsuitable for an outdoor event.
[We will update you below as this story develops.]
Do you remember that cute, young Japanese girl on YouTube that would upload covers of Hello!Project songs? Remember how she wanted to be an idol under H!P? Well, if you remember or this is your first time hearing of her, she is now living her dream of being an idol in, ironically, an AKB48 sister group! Despite the weird turnover from H!P to 48G, she is someone to look out for in the upcoming sister group taking over the waters of the Setouchi region and your life.
Meet Sakaki Miyu (榊美優), nicknamed CUCA (くーか). She is a trainee member under STU48, a new AKB sister group based in the Setouchi region in Japan.
Before joining STU48, Miyu was known for regularly uploaded dance covers of popular Hello!Project group and solo songs on her Youtube channel 3u10. This led to a high following by Japanese and foreign H!P fans. She began expanding her tastes in 2011, with a bigger rise in 2015, and began covering other groups like AKB48, Girls Generation (SNSD), BABYMETAL, Kara, and even boy groups like Arashi. She has also performed two solo sidewalk lives and has had actual wota attend those lives to cheer her on.
◆ Rin Rigoni