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.
PiiiiiiiN, a rock style idol group, announced a couple of hours ago at their live that they are set to disband on 5/5/2017. They had make efforts to get the group popular enough to go to Nippon Budoukan and even held auditions for a new member late last year.
The MV for "Shuttoko Dokkoi" which is on Band Ja Naimon!'s 1st major album released on 3/8/2017, "Kanpeki Shugi na Sekai ni Fukanzen na Ongaku wo♡", was just released yesterday. The song itself is made and directed by Yuyoyuppe, a well known song composer mostly with Vocaloid songs.
On 3/12/2017, it was announced that Hina Aoi would be graduating from DOPING BERRY on 3/30/2017. DOPING BERRY is a group produced by RInahamu (also known as Rinahamu Ichigo) who is known for being in the group CY8ER (ex. BPM15Q) and Strawberry Syndrome. The group just debuted this past summer on 8/10/2016 with their "Yume Kawaii" style seen in many of the groups Rinahamu is involved in.
In Japan it is quite common to be able to talk to your idols 1 on 1 when you go to events like handshake events, cheki events or even just buying merchandise from their merch table. However, as an overseas fan, unless your favorite idols come over, the only way to personally talk to them is by booking that expensive flight to Japan to see them.
But what if you can’t go to Japan? Do you just have to accept your fate of never telling them how much you love them 1 on 1? Do you just type your messages through SNS and hope they’re reading it? Nowadays they have sites and phone apps that allow you to talk to these idols through video chat! In this article, I will introduce 2 sites that I researched for my own sake. (Just in case I’m in desperate need to express my love and get a response)
At A-to-J, our opinions on NECRONOMIDOL have been fairly controversial in the alt-idol fanbase. While they have a unique concept and style, their production quality up until now has been incredibly weak (defended under the guise of being "black metal", though I've never heard any black metal so lacking in punch or grit). With Necroma's latest release, however, they seem to have stepped it up a bit. Is it enough, though?
Here we go again. The recently revived BiS is back at it with their second comeback album, this time with a full lineup of brand-new songs straight out of the SCRAMBLES kitchen. Were Pour Lui & co able to pull out all the stops and top the mild disappointment that was Brand-new idol Society 2, or is Re:STUPiD just another exercise in trying to light a flame that has long been burned out?
・・・・・・・・・ (or Dots from here on out) are a new idol group who fuse soft idol pop with the sweet and soothing sounds of 90s-era shoegaze. Though the group popped up out of nowhere late last year with some performance videos, Shuwa Shuwa is their first actual release. It's comprised of only three songs, so this is gonna be a short one.
Last weekend, we at A-to-J Connections were lucky enough to conduct a short interview with the music guests at SacAnime Winter: Dancing Dolls and MIREI, before seeing them perform two nights in a row. Originally found through their popular dance covers on both Niconico and YouTube, Dancing Dolls are an ensemble that combine hard style dance with vocals inspired by genres such as R&B and Hip Hop. They made their US debut at Anime Expo 2016, performing their smash “Ring Dong” and a cover of “Jinsei Reset Button” dance track. Singer-songwriter MIREI is a solo artist who has been inspired by American Pop and R&B. She has won first place at the legendary Amateur Night at Apollo twice, and has scored #1 on iTunes R&B/Soul chart with her major debut release “Fallin’ Out/I Wanna No feat. SHUN” from Sony Music.
世界中に花を咲かせる – Flower Notes
Flower Notesは日本コロムビア株式会社のLabel The Gardenプロジェクトからメジャーデビューするグループの第一戦となります。上の写真はその第一戦に相応しいメンバーです。メンバーは左から千葉県出身の木村さあや（２１）、東京都出身の高橋みお（２０）、東京都出身の葉月ことみ（１７、サブリーダー）、神奈川県出身の藤井愛願（１５）、岩手県出身の長澤佳歩（１７）と北海道出身の湊帆洋（１８、リーダー）になります。2016年12月15日にインタビューをさせていただきました。残念ながら藤井さんは体調不良のため欠席いたしました。
Flower Notes is part of NIPPON Columbia’s Label The Garden project. The group consists of six standout members chosen to be the first to make their major debut under the project. Those members are the members pictured above: Saaya Kimura (21) from Chiba, Mio Takahashi (20) from Tokyo, Kotomi Hazuki (17) from Tokyo and the sub-leader, Aine Fujii (15) from Kanagawa, Yoshiho Nagasawa (17) from Iwate, and Honami Minato (18) from Hokkaido and the leader of the group. I got the chance to interview them on December 15, 2016. Unfortunately, Aine Fujii was not feeling well and could not attend the interview.
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