This week’s featured release comes from Country Girls.
Most people reading this probably weren’t into J-Pop when Country Musume first came on the scene in 1999. Some of you might not have even been born then, and that’s an even more terrifying thought. Well they’re back now, with a new name and new members for a new generation. Debuts are tricky, let alone trying to re-debut a group that had been inactive for a number of years but Country Girls appear to have hit all the right notes. The addition of 5 fresh faces and Berryz Koubou alumna Tsugunaga Momoko to mentor them and bring in a pre-built fanbase was either a brilliant or potentially risky call depending on who you ask. All of this, coupled with easily one of the best idol songs of the year so far in “Itooshikutte Gomen ne” and things are off to a pretty good start for this new look Country Musume.
ALSO THIS WEEK:
“My Way / Love Me.Love Me” by Dancing Dolls
“Kiss Me Babe / Hirari” by Fairies
“Habatake Tsubasa” by Flap Girls’ School
“School Orz” by FYT
“Grooving Party” by GALETTe
“You” by Idol Renaissance
“Teenage Blues” by P.IDL Team I
“Sakura Gakuin 2014 Nendo -Kimi Ni Todoke-” by Sakura Gakuin
“Eki” by Station
“Fantaskie” by Yoshida Rinne
This article is in a pretty weird place this week. A lot of stuff is coming out, but a lot of of it is albums which I don’t have access to three days before their release date for obvious reasons. Then there’s some stuff that just doesn’t have a preview (I had to dig pretty deep to even get that Fairies PV) because who wants to promote their product anymore, right? Then all of the other stuff didn’t really get me in a writing mood so we ended up with…whatever this is. 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!