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New PV Alert: PLIC PROCK – Yuuyake Cement

From the first guitar strains of “Yuuyake Cement”, one gets the impression that something special is about to happen. With PLIC ROCK (formerly Parallel Japan) gracefully dancing on the beach at sunrise, something definitely feels afoot. Then the guitars come like a face-plant on a summer scorched sidewalk. To call …

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New PV Alert: NMB48 – Masaka Singapore

There are a couple of things to watch out for here in this album track from NMB48’s “Namba Ai ~Ima, Omou Koto”. Firstly, a location shoot in Singapore feels particularly extravagant, especially with the girls missioning across the city. Next, the Golden Microphone from the “Boku Igai no Dareka” promotional …

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New PV Alert: PassCode – ONE STEP BEYOND (short version)

You know the PassCode sound: intense instrumentals that blend hard-rock sounds with electro-dance blips and idol vocals with idol screams. The “escape the asylum” style promotional video for “ONE STEP BEYOND” finds the girls in bondage, tied to a decadently overgrown institution left to go wild. PassCode search the halls …

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New PV Alert: ROSARIO+CROSS – Nijiiro Shout

Dressed in white to set them apart from their promotional video backing band, ROSARIO+CROSS deliver another solid release. This time, the girls serve up the lead track from their first album release “Shout”. Filled with enthusiasm, ROSARIO+CROSS shout it from a rooftop that looks the perfect setting for your seifuku …

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New PV Alert: Q’ulle – DRY AI

The second Q’ulle single brings us a promotional video that leans cinematically in its stylings. Slower in tempo than the group’s debut release, “Don’t Stop“, “DRY AI” is also more emotionally wound than that previous single. Stylized lighting flush reds and yellows over the scenes of Manaka waxing introspectively at …

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The Fujii Rio termination

  Through a statement made this morning on the Hello! Project Official Website, it was revealed that UP-FRONT Agency terminated the contract of Kobushi Factory founding member and sub-leader Fujii Rio (18). Effectively immediately, Rio is no longer a member of neither Kobushi Factory nor Hello! Project. The statement made …

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New PV Alert: GANG PARADE – Beyond the Mountain

The first GANG PARADE single of the post-Kayima Saki era just hit the airwaves this morning, and there’s a lot to unpack. Visually, “Beyond the Mountain” is an exercise in monochromatic and disembodiment. In inky process renders all but the facial features and forearms of the members visible against the …

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