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.
With their new look and lineup changes, it was only a matter of time before we got some more new music out of the reformed BiS (is it even fair to call them reformed anymore? They're almost three albums into this thing already). Titled SOCiALiSM, the group's latest single is a return to form for the classic punk idols, and stands as probably the best thing they've done post-reunion. Hear SOCiALiSM embedded via Dailymotion below (or click here if that doesn't work). You can also pre-purchase the single via CDJapan (basic or deluxe).
BiS has been relatively silent since the release of Re:STUPiD, but in the past couple days they've re-emerged in various ways, starting with that above photo. As you can see, BiS will be back with a dark new aesthetic for their upcoming single (maybe album?). The photo is complete with two new members, minus Aya Eight Prince, as well as some confirmation that Kamiya Saki is indeed back in the group (let's be honest, it's hard to trust any WACK news until we get some real proof).
We recently sat down with idol group callme to discuss their latest single "Bring you happiness". Seeing as we had interviewed them twice before we decided to do something different for this one. Rather than a standard interview, we settled on hosting this one live via our Facebook page and to bring the audience into the interview itself! It was a fun interview that saw the girls answering questions directly submitted by fans as well as asking fans questions of their own! There were lots of really fun, wacky questions towards the end as well and even an English corner! Be sure to check this one out and if you're curious to see the video of the interview itself, it is located at the end of this article. Be sure to follow us on social media for more interviews like this one!
calllme is a three-member idol group that is unique in the fact that they are completely self-produced. They formed early 2015 and have released two albums and four singles. The three members, RUUNA, MIMORI, and KOUMI were former members of the group Dorothy Little Happy. Their unique sound of upbeat pop music has won them many fans around the world. Their most recent single, "Bring you happiness", is the PR song for the Japanese Pallet Association.
BILLIE IDLE isn't the most active group out there, but every time we hear from them it's usually to blow every other group around them out of the water. Today is no different, as the group has released a new MV for a cover of Uchouten's BYE-BYE. BYE-BYE will be featured on BILLIE IDLE's upcoming best-of album, BILLIed IDLE. You can watch the MV below (and let me tell you, this song is WONDERFUL). BILLIE IDLE continues to hold their place as my favorite pop group, period.