This Week in Music 05.16.2012

We’re continuing the theme of AKS suctioning money out of our wallets this week here on “This Week in Music”, with yet another release heading our way. As if to further add to the pain, it was also recently revealed that Not yet’s new single will be coming out at the end of the month too. Guess it’s true what they say; “AKS releases are like buses; you wait around for one then a million come at the same time”.

All joking aside, just a quick mention of NMB48 before we get into the meat of things. It’s not looking like they’re going to get the number one spot (Arashi have that pretty much on lock) but they have managed to at least outsell their previous single “Junjou U-19”, something that was looking a little uncertain at the start of the week. Good thing they had that sudden sales spike of 91k copies thanks to all of the “theater versions” that they shipped. Final sales figures aren’t in at the time of me writing this post but I’d expect them to finish the week having sold around 370k copies. A very reasonable return considering the impending release of this year’s senbatsu election single.

Pointless rambling over and done with, let’s take a look at what’s on offer this week.

SKE48 – Aishiteraburu!

SKE48 provide us with the week’s only release of any real note. “Aishiteraburu” is the group’s 9th single and yes, just like NMB last week and AKB next week it is indeed a summer song. My personal objections to so many releases in such a short space of time aside, I really do like the song. That’s most likely due to the energy that SKE bring to the table with every single release that they put out. Something that you could potentially say a lot of other groups are lacking right now. Having said all of that however, I’m not really feeling any of the b-sides. Hopefully it’s just due to a lack of plays and not because I think they’re terrible but as for right now I guess you can color me unimpressed. I’m probably also still somewhat spoiled by how good the “Kataomoi Finally” b-sides were so take what I’m saying with a grain of salt (as you always should be doing anyway). Overall though, still a very solid release and easily my favorite out of this year’s summer offerings from AKS.


That about wraps it up for this week. Make sure you come back next week because AKB have a new single out and I suppose it’s kind of a big deal if you’re into that sort of thing. Tokyo Girl’s Style also have a new single coming out so look forward to that too. This has been “This Week in Music” brought to you as always by New School Kaidan.


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