This Week in Music 02.08.2012

We’re back again with another installment of “This Week in Music” brought to you by NSK. We have a couple of releases to look forward to this week and I’ll be diving into them after the break. Before that though, there’s one thing that I’d like to mention:

This is only the second week that we’ve run this feature so there’s no doubt some things that can still be improved. If giving feedback is something that you’re into then please do leave a comment at the end of the article. Even if you’re just commenting to say that you enjoyed what you read, we really do love hearing back from the community.

Shameless begging for comments out of the way, let’s take a look at this week’s releases:

C-ute – “Dai Nana Shou “Utsukushikutte Gomen ne”

The first release we’ll be looking at this week is Hello!Project idol group C-ute’s seventh studio albumUtsukushikutte Gomen ne“. The album features singles “Momoiro Sparkling”, “Sekaiichi HAPPY na Onna no Ko” and their collaboration single with Berryz KoboAmazuppai Haru ni Sakura Sakualong with a number of other songs, including some solos. If you’re already somewhat of a C-ute fan then chances are you’re already going to be checking this album out without me having to tell you to. For potential new fans I’d suggest maybe looking at some of their older singles first if you’re just getting into them. However, this album does give a good insight into what C-ute have been releasing over the past year so if you just want to jump in right away without having to trawl their back-catalog it’s probably one of the better places that you could start.


NMB48 – “Junjou U-19”

Last up for this week we have NMB48 with their third single “Junjou U-19”. NMB have had an incredible start to their career with their first two singles selling in excess of 200k copies in their respective first week of sales. All indicators point to NMB exceeding this number with “Junjou U-19”, the only question is by how much? As for the single itself, if you were more of a fan of their “Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo” release than “Oh My God!” then “Junjou U-19” is something that you should take interest in. If you’ve never given NMB48 a try before then this single will give you a pretty good idea of what they’re all about. I’m not known for having the most conventional taste in idol music but “Junjou U-19” is going to be very near the top of my list of best singles for this year. That in itself should hopefully be enough to convince you to at least give this release a listen.


Well, that’s it for this week. A pretty quiet week as far as CD releases go with not a whole lot to check out. Make sure you check back next week though for Sakura Gakuin, Dream Morning Musume and a certain group from Akihabara.

As usual, tell us what you’re looking forward to this week and what you’re maybe not looking so forward to. Talk about the new releases, recommend them to others and spread the idol love.


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