Takahashi Minami “Aishitemo Iidesuka?” Album Covers Released

Takahashi Minami Aishitemo Iidesuka

The covers for ex-AKB48 member Takahashi Minami‘s 1st solo album titled Aishitemo Iidesuka? have been released.

Out October 12th, the album is her 1st solo album release and features work from several artists such as Carly Rae Jepsen, Josh Alexander, OKAMOTO’S, and more.

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AKB48’s Takahashi Minami To Release 1st Solo Album

AKB48 Takahashi Minami

AKB48’s Takahashi Minami has announced that she will be releasing a currently untitled solo album.

The album will be releasing Fall 2016, and will be the 1st solo release in 3 years. This was announced at the graduation concert she had at Yokohama Stadium.

While we might not have many details about the actual release yet, it seems like an amazing relief for fans who might have been worried that she would not continue her singing career.

Of course, we’ll find out more about this release as time goes by but we have more time until she graduates since her last performance is scheduled for April 8th.

Make sure to get a copy of the album once it’s officially announced!


Takahashi Minami To Hold Solo Concert

Takahashi Minami

Takahashi Minami has announced that she will be holding a solo concert.

This 1st concert after she leaves AKB48 will be limited only to FC members.

While many might have been worried that she would be leaving the public eye it seems like she has other plans with her schedule quickly filling up.

Apart from this concert she will also be the MV for a fashion event in April, so Minami fans are in for a treat!


Takahashi Minami’s Graduation Venue Announced, Date Postponed

Takahashi Minami

AKB48’s Takahashi Minami’s graduation venue has been revealed to be Yokohama Stadium.

Previously, we didn’t know what the venue would be but thankfully fans can finally start planning their trips. Yokohama Stadium, from what I recall, is quite a decent venue. Sure, it’s not Budokan, but it’s definitely a perfect place for her to perform alongside the group.

Alongside that, the actual date of graduation has also been changed to April 8, her 25th birthday, at the AKB48 Akihabara Theater. Of course, I imagine her activities will reduce until that date but it’s nice to see that we have a week more with her as part of the group.

Her graduation concert will be on March 26 – 27, and her final theater performance will be on April 8.

Source: Oricon.jp Site

Yokoyama Yui Named AKB48’s General Director

Yokoyama Yui Takahashi Minami

Yokoyama Yui has been named AKB48’s new general director, replacing Takahashi Minami due to her graduation from the group.

Complete with an actual contract that was signed by both of the members, it seems like it’s official now:

Yokoyama Yui General Director

It’s a nice ceremony that passes on the responsibilities and Yui seems quite capable of taking care of the group as General Director, especially as she declared that the only rival AKB48 had is AKB48 itself.

Congratulations Yokoyama Yui!

AKB48 “Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby” MV Previews Released

AKB48 Kuchibiru ni Be my Baby

The short MVs for the rest of AKB48’s Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby have been released.

Hold on to your bandwidth folks, this post is packed with MVs.

Obviously commenting on each would take quite a lot of time, but basically they can be summed up in a sentence each.

Kimi wo Kimi wo Kimi wo has a cute idol sound to it and it’s not surprising since this song features some of the newer members, but it’s a perfect song for the group. Yasashii Place has a slower and more ballad taste to it with a mature overtone. The dark theme is a nice contrast so it’s one of those videos for the fans of the adult side of the group.

Madonna no Sentaku has a nice beat combined with more laid back vocals alongside a line of commercial inspired shots of each of the members. Onee-san no Hitorigoto is one of those unique Japanese videos since it has a bright happy feel to it combined with weird but nice visuals while the members perform.

Kin no Kane wo Motsu Hito yo has a harder beat combined with vocals from guys in between the girls singing. With a set inspired straight out of a Rammstein video, we get to enjoy some fast paced music to some slow and dreary factory shots (factory idols?). Nanka, Chotto, Kyuu ni .. is a fantasy themed song with a calm feel to it if you’re a fan of mannequins then you’ll feel right at home.

Finally, Senaka Kotoba is the main track fans will be looking for, mainly due to it being Takahashi Minami’s graduation song and it’s perfect. The beat is slow, and we see shots of her from the past as well as several shots of her as she pulls ropes with the words that represent her history in the group.

This is the highlight of the single, and rightfully so. The shots of Minami as she grows with the group with shots of walking alongside her team is a nice touch. It’s hard to not feel nostalgic, especially if you’ve followed the group since it started.

Check out all of the songs after the break and get those pre-orders in since the single will be released on December 9!

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Takahashi Minami Graduation Concert Date Announced

Takahashi Minami Concert

Takahashi Minami’s final concert date has been revealed to be in March 2016.

The announcement was made at the final AKB48 handshake event for her, where it was also revealed that there will be a final AKB48 Theater performance after the final concert.

While it is sad to see that she will be leaving the group, it’s nice to see that we will be indeed enjoying a bit more from her despite the impending graduation.

Fans are sure to be on the lookout for tickets since it seems like this last performance will indeed be among the most impressive in the history of the group!

The final concerts will take place on March 26-27, and the final Theater performance is set for March 28.

AKB48’s 42nd Single Titled “Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby”

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It was announced during a handshake event in Hokkaido that the title for AKB48’s 42nd single will be Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby.

Alongside the release, there will be a special set list made by Takahashi at the AKB48 Theater, but there is no current info about that at the moment. Still, it’s a relief to find out more info about this single since it is one of the most important due to it being the last for Minami.

From the title alone it seems like we might be getting a ballad or a traditional idol song so it will be nice to find out what it sounds like. Of course, we should be getting a preview anytime soon since the release is around a month away.

The release date is set for December 9, so make sure to get that copy pre-ordered!

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