Back with a second single from her solo career (yeah, we missed her first release, “Delicate ni sukishite”), Tokyo Girls’ Style’s Arai Hitomi continues her covers of Showa era idols with Nakamori Akina’s 1982 single “Shoujo A”. If you’ve never heard of the original, get yourself an education here. Updating the sound with some crunchy guitars (even more so than the original!), Hitomi stretches her vocals to their lower limit to imitate Nakamori’s infamous growling vocals. With recording studio footage intercut with a studio performance footage reels, the Tokyo Girls’ Style idol puts on the 80s wig and shows that she is not, nor has she ever been, a slouch at the microphone. With an ambition to become Reiwa’s number one idol, Hitomi is clearly using the mold of the Golden Age of idols to guide her into her second act. “Shoujo A” from Arai Hitomi goes on sale March 25, 2020.
Tokyo Girls’ Style (東京女子流 Tōkyō Joshi Ryū) (stylized as TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE) is a Japanese idol girl group created by Avex Trax. Originally consisting of five teenage members, Yamabe Miyu (山邊未夢), Nakae Yuri (中江友梨), Shyoji Mei (庄司芽生), Arai Hitomi (新井ひとみ), and Konishi Ayano (小西彩乃), the group was the first idol group created by Avex in seven years. Avex created the group Tokyo Girls’ Style in 2009 to capitalize on the rising demand for Japanese idol girl groups, a trend fueled by the success of the female idol group AKB48. Members of the group later said that they had previously worked with this record label before, and were reportedly encouraged to audition for the new group. On December 1, 2009 the Japanese media made reports about this new group, though Avex kept the identities of the group’s members a secret until January 1, 2010. From January 1 to January 5, 2010, Avex gradually released more information on the members of the group, and launched the group’s official website. On January 6, 2015, the group announced it would no longer be an idol group beginning April 2015.Konishi retired from the group in December 2015, and the remaining members continue as a four member unit. On August 5, 2017, the group made their first appearance at the Tokyo Idol Festival in over 3 years, despite their previous announcement that they would cease all idol activities. The girls relayed that they wanted to broaden the scope of their activities and wished to “be regarded as both an idol and an artist.”
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