This Week in Music 08.21.2013

This week’s featured releases come from AKB48 and Party Rockets.


AKB48 – “Koisuru Fortune Cookie


Our first featured release of the week needs no introduction. That’s true of most AKB48 singles but this one more than most. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, the international idol fandom made a dance cover of “Koisuru Fortune Cookie. You can see it by clicking the link above. It kinda blew up in a big way you see. It’s on the official AKB48 Youtube channel, it made both Japanese newspapers and television and to top it all off they even showed it at the Nagoya Dome. If you don’t already love the song you should still pick up the single anyway, it’s a pretty big part of foreign wota history now.


Party Rockets – “Setsuna Sora


This week’s other featured release comes from a rather different looking Party Rockets than the one I remember. They started off with what? 7 members was it? Well now they’re down to 4 somehow and in my opinion the music is showing a similar rapid decline. It doesn’t help that they’ve lost their best singer but “Setsuna Sora” just feels really safe and not all that interesting as a result. This is at least part of the group that did “Hatsukoi Rocket” for goodness sake, I guess maybe they just lost the good half or something. I’m still somewhat interested in what they do next but my interest has taken a big hit with these developments.



“Seriousness ~Shiriasunesu 「Honki]~” by 1 Believe FNC
“Summer of Love” by Aoyama Saint Hachamecha High School
Go Back” by Giselle4
§Rainbow” by i☆Ris
Hikari / Kara Koro Shuppon” by Karat
Luv Dream” by Luvya
Bad Blood / Hereafter” by T-Palette Mini All-Stars
Startriangle” by Trick8f
Fuwafuwa Party” by Why@doll

As for the releases I didn’t get a chance to feature this week (I’m a busy guy and there’s so much new music to talk about), Giselle4 and Trick8f are doing some interesting things. I don’t know if you’d really call it idol music in the traditional sense but they’re certainly worth a look regardless. For those of you who are looking for something more akin to the traditional, Why@doll and Karat provide strong offerings.

Let me know what you think of this week’s new releases in the comment section below.

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