“Ai no Tane (20th Anniversary Ver)”

The Hello! Project dropped it's 20th Anniversary bomb today; a (slight) reworking of Morning Musume's first recording, "Ai no Tane", originally released on this day in 1997. The group, dubbed Morning Musume 20th, consists of the current MM'17 lineup and the full original 1st Generation.  It's a digital-only release, which is understandable, as the target … Continue reading “Ai no Tane (20th Anniversary Ver)”

Rena Ogawa Leaves Kobushi Factory and Hello! Project

And another on bites the dust. Kobushi Factory's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year continues apace with the announcement of the retirement of Rena Ogawa today (Japanese). She had been diagnosed with anxiety disorder back in July, around the same time it was discovered she had been dating a boy (OMFG, a 17 year-old … Continue reading Rena Ogawa Leaves Kobushi Factory and Hello! Project

Morning Musume ’17 “Wakaindashi” – First Impressions

The first song of Morning Musume '17's new single has been radio-ripped to Youtube. If you haven't heard it yet, here's your big opportunity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px4rBfIGIeA I know this is only half the song, but I really hate this. It's musical pabulum. The arrangement feels mailed-in and directionless, which is odd for a Tsunku production. It … Continue reading Morning Musume ’17 “Wakaindashi” – First Impressions

“Shuukatsu Sensation” / “I Wish” Mash-up

No, not that "I Wish". Henkka over at Wota In Translation did this quick-and-dirty mashup of Tsubaki Factory's "Shuukatsu Sensation" and Stevie Wonder's "I Wish". He had to lower Stevie's voice substantially to match the key, but this is pretty clever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKXP2KHL798 You nasty boy. I love that people are re-mixing and mashing-up H!P songs … Continue reading “Shuukatsu Sensation” / “I Wish” Mash-up