It dropped this morning, and it's very... white. The one "white theme" song/PV that is seemingly required on every H!P release has become predictable to the point where fans have been openly mocking it for over a year now. I've seen some call it "lazy", and I can't disagree. It doesn't even really fit this … Continue reading Tsubaki Factory: Hana Moyou PV
The second video from Tsubaki Factory's soon-to-be-released single has dropped, and this was the one I was waiting for. Back when short radio rips of "Shuukatsu Sensation" and "Waratte" leaked a couple weeks back I was giddy with anticipation, mostly for "Waratte". My initial take was that this was a 70s funk jam that should've … Continue reading Tsubaki Factory “Waratte” Video Review
...that Juice=Juice performed "Romance no Tochuu" with a live band on Full Chorus? Youtube 'members: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2lCk46ekC0 The moral of this story? J=J is phenomenal when given good music. I'm pretty excited for 7-nin J=J and the debut of Danbara Ruru.
With the Hello! Project in a state of transformation and turmoil, who do H!P wota turn to for a sense of calm amid the rising tide of change and anxiety? Why, Tsubaki Factory, of course? Duh. The first video from TF’s second major single dropped a couple of days ago, and it’s enough to get … Continue reading Tsubaki Factory: “Shuukatsu Sensation” PV Review
By: Tsuchiya Keisuke Translation: Lurkette (Hello-Online.org) Translation originally published at Hello-Online.org Seeking the honesty of today’s shining idols! Right now, ANGERME is entertaining us as a group that embodies an aura of uniqueness, even among Hello!Pro acts. One reason for that may be the overwhelming personalities of each of the members. Maybe we could feel that intensity, as … Continue reading Mizuki Murota TopYell Interview
(Idea blatantly stolen from @coobcakes on Twitter)
In a statement (English translation) originally released on the official Hello! Project website, UP-FRONT PROMOTION (UFP) has terminated the contract of Kobushi Factory member Rio Fuji, effective immediately. She is said to have violated company rules, but no details regarding the violations have been released. This comes shortly after UFP and Fuji released statements announcing her … Continue reading UP-FRONT Terminates Rio Fuji’s Contract
Back in March, rumors began circulating about an Aya Matsuura comeback, and sadly, we’ve heard nothing new since then. Now, planning a return to the music biz isn’t something you do spur-of-the-moment, especially if you’re the mother of a two-year-old. I get that, but for the media to have caught wind of such a return, … Continue reading So, About That Rumored Aya Matsuura Comeback…
In the short span of two-and-a-half weeks, the six remaining members of the original Hello! Project Kids graduated from their groups and from H!P. Now that all 15 Kids have moved on, let’s take a moment to assess their legacy, both within the Hello! Project and in JPop generally. Full disclosure: I wasn’t a huge … Continue reading Legacy of the Hello! Project Kids
Isn't it time that Judy And Mary had a reunion? I mean, really, it's long over-due isn't it? I get the desire to break free from the constraints of being in a decade-old band, of wanting to tackle new challenges and explore new musical ground. Every artist needs fresh experiences with new people and new … Continue reading Judy And Mary, Won’t You Please Come Home?