It may be the beginning of the end for BILLIE IDLE fans; their upcoming album, entitled LAST ALBUM, is due November 22nd. Today (happy Halloween, by the way!) the group announced the first single from that album: Sayonara Romantic, to be released November 11th. Along with the announcement came the music video, which is embedded below.
The song is a fun combination of BILLIE IDLE's early punk influences and their retro pop side. It's worth noting that we still have yet to hear if LAST ALBUM is actually BILLIE IDLE's, well, last album. Shortly after the album announcement, de-facto group leader First Summer Uika took to Twitter to let fans know that the group had just heard the name of the album themselves and weren't told what it meant.
We'll have to wait and see what happens in the aftermath of the group's upcoming "LAST TOUR", which runs through early 2018. Until then, enjoy Sayonara Romantic and look forward to LAST ALBUM dropping on November 22nd.
J-POP Summit offers a variety of content at each of its booths every year and a regular favorite of the event is the Travel Pavilion which features several booths dedicated to promoting travel to various regions of Japan. J-POP Summit has featured music guests at the Travel Pavilion in the past, notably YANAKIKU, and this year was no different. Ayaka Ooba, Mayu Kishida, and Kokoro Araki of Fukuoka-based idol group, LinQ were the guests at this year's event and would appear at both their booth and perform on the Travel Pavilion Stage both days. Though the the three were technically graduated members by this point, they came representing the group and were officially titled "LinQ OG" in all official J-POP Summit materials. This interview was a fun one, and one of the few times we've interviewed only certain members from an idol group rather than the entire group as a whole. Note that we chose to credit the interview to "LinQ" as this is how they referred to themselves so we decided to honor that. So be sure to check it out and keep an eye out for more content like this in the future!
LinQ debuted in 2011 and being based in Fukuoka they serve as a cultural bridge between it and the rest of Japan. Their name stands for "Love in Qshu" a reference to the island of Kyushu where Fukuoka is located. They have a very large and varied lineup that is split into two groups titled "Lady" and "Qty". Besides releasing singles as LinQ, they have also collaborated with many other groups and have released many collaboration singles and unit releases. Also the songs "Furusato Japan" and "Treasure" have been used as ending theme songs for the popular Yo-Kai Watch series. J-POP Summit marks LinQ's first appearance in the US.
WACK is at it again. The management team who brought you BiS, BiSH, and GANG PARADE has debuted yet another group following the recent reveal of EMPiRE. This new promotional supergroup, SAiNT SEX, is made up of BiS, BiSH, and GANG PARADE members for a total of 7 idols.