In a little bit of a surprise, Morning Musume ’20 (read: Morning Musume two zero) drops the first promotional video from their upcoming 2020 release “KOKORO&KARADA / LOVEpedia / Ningen Kankei No way way (KOKORO&KARADA / LOVEペディア / 人間関係 No way way)”. Also in a first, “KOKORO&KARADA (Minds&Bodies)” is the first work to feature the new 15th generation: Kitagawa Rio (北川莉央), Okamura Homare (岡村ほまれ), and Yamazaki Mei (山﨑愛生). Working with a Tsunku composition with shades of 2014’s “Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe”, the girls wear sleek black with white piping on a square stage with the universe piped into the background. The stark electronic leads give way to some funkified guitars in the chorus and a baroque piano. There’s definitely a lot going on here in the musical palette. From my armchair, Tsunku is still playing a different game than the rest of the idol world and is taking Morning Musume with him. You can buy Morning Musume ’20’s 68th single “KOKORO&KARADA / LOVEペディア / 人間関係 No way way” in stores starting January 22, 2020.
Morning Musume (モーニング娘。; Morning Girls), currently known as Morning Musume ’19 (モーニング娘。’19, read as Morning Musume One-Nine), is the lead group of Hello! Project. The group was formed in 1997 on a talent show called ASAYAN ostensibly to find a female rock vocalist for the band SHARAM Q. Although the first lineup of Morning Musume all lost the competition to Heike Michiyo, there were given a chance to debut as group by SHARAM Q member and Morning Musume future producer Tsunku if they could sell 50,000 copies of their demo single “Ai no tane” in five days (they succeeded in four days). It quickly became, and currently is, one of Japan’s top all-girl groups with a number of hit records and albums. The group is known for their ever-fluctuating line-up, with “graduations” and auditions held nearly every year. Although he had previously served as the group’s general producer until 2014, Tsunku continues to work with Morning Musume as their sound producer. Morning Musume’s current lineup includes Fukumura Mizuki (譜久村聖), Ikuta Erina (生田衣梨奈), Ishida Ayumi (石田亜佑美), Sato Masaki (佐藤優樹), Oda Sakura (小田さくら), Nonaka Miki (野中美希), Makino Maria (牧野真莉愛), Haga Akane (羽賀朱音), Kaga Kaede (加賀楓), Yokoyama Reina (横山玲奈), Morito Chisaki (森戸知沙希, concurrent with Country Girls), Kitagawa Rio (北川莉央), Okamura Homare (岡村ほまれ), and Yamazaki Mei (山﨑愛生).
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