This week’s featured releases come from Billie Idle, C-ute, NMB48 and SKE48.
Life after Brand-new Idol Society has been going pretty well for a lot of its former members, with many going on to find success as part of other musical projects. Billie Idle is another such project that is just starting out but already becoming something of a talking point. Former BiS members First Summer Uika and Hirano Nozomi are joined by Momose Momo and Yasui Yuhi to form what they’re touting as a “NOT IDOL” group. Everything is still being produced by Watanabe Junnosuke and Nigo so if you were hoping for some kind of spiritual successor to BiS, this looks to be your best bet judging by their first single “Anarchy in the Music Scene”.
C-ute don’t have the best track record as far as music goes when it comes to the people that I usually interact with on social media or the like. Sure there’s the odd flash of brilliance but most of the time their efforts get passed over with little more than a shrug of the shoulders. This time though, they appear to have picked up some of that resurgent Hello! Project hype and thankfully it’s coupled with one of their strongest singles in a while. From top to bottom this single features some solid tunes with even the least popular in my circle (“Gamusha LIFE”) being well above average.
NMB48’s latest single “Don’t Look Back!” is rather bittersweet for me personally. It’s Yamada Nana’s last single before her graduation and it feels like a very big part of the group is being taken away. I should probably talk about the song but I think it’s more important to recognize Nana’s contribution to NMB48. She might not have been leader in an official capacity but her actions and prior industry experience made her one in all but name. Given all of her input to the group, I found it to be a very classy gesture to make her the center for her last single. It’s a great way to thank her for all of her hard work to help NMB48 get to where they are today.
SKE48 are also releasing a new single this week under some sort of guise of competing with NMB…officially or otherwise. The whole thing is a joke though because SKE aren’t even in the same league as NMB at this point. The group has been lurching from graduation to graduation for almost two years and is in a very sorry state right now. Sure they have a 7th generation coming in (only seven generations after all of these years?) and there’s a draft on the horizon too but adding a bunch of new faces isn’t going to do much if the group continues to be mismanaged on the scale that it has been in recent years. Oh yeah, this song isn’t all that great either. Meh.
ALSO THIS WEEK:
“Wonderful Smile” by Akamaru Dash
“Eikou Sunrise” by Babyraids Japan
“Heart Break” by Carat
“Kimi to Mirai Tsukuritai!” by Doll Elements
“The Best Of Dorothy Little Happy 2010-2015” by Dorothy Little Happy
“Shunkan Tourai Future” by Fudanjuku
“Shunkan Shoujo Houkai” by Tokyo Rockets
“Makenai Guts -Itsuka Sekai wo Tsuriagemasu-” by Tsuribit
Okay, this was a much better week after the disaster of the previous couple. If the featured stuff doesn’t grab you, Babyraids have a new name and a new look that might be worth checking out. For those of you who like your idol rock or metal, Tokyo Rockets should be right up your street. Other than that, I’ll leave you to make your own judgements. Until next time.
If you missed any of the last few weeks’ worth of new music you can check out past editions of This Week in Music here.
What new music are you looking forward to this week? Leave a comment and let us know!