In the Alt Idol world, eyes were on CY8ER this summer as they hit us with double releases- Kakushemu in June and Koi Natsu at the end of July. But what’s all the talk about? Who are these Cy8er kids and what makes them special?
CY8ER, born from the duo formally known as BPM15Q, was founded by ex-BiS member Ichigo Rinahamu after the departure of DJ Nicamoq. An entrepreneur in all things Harajuku, Rinahamu’s quirks fall not only in her many ventures-fashion, modeling, producing- but in her Yume Kawaii esthetic that shows in the groups she manages under her own company, Ichigo Style. Hailing from strawberry kingdom as she likes to say, its only appropriate she would have equally quirky members by her side. Enter CY8ER!
WACK, the idol management company headed by the infamous Junnosuke Watanabe, has just introduced a new group into their avex family. Made up of five hooded members, EMPiRE is thus far a mystery. With the alternative idol scene becoming as bloated as it is, is there room for another group in the WACK style? Will this be more of the same, or will EMPiRE break into some formerly-unexplored territory? We'll have to wait and see. Feel free to speculate in the comments! Relevant social media links are below.
Enigmatic dream pop idols ········· (or Dots) are one of the most experimental idol groups out there. Currently on the cusp of releasing a 70-minute song, they just dropped this MV which is probably the least absurd thing they've ever done.
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