Another Maji Desu ka Ska preview

Okay, so I’ve been following this new single a lot lately. Just wanted to see if the 9th generation will blend in. Good to say, they do. Here’s another PV preview from Bijo Gaku

Morning Musume’s Maji desu ka Ska radio preview

Morning Musume’s upcoming single entitled “Maji desu ka Ska”, the first single with the new 9th generation will be released on the 23rd of March. A radio preview has been released already. Check it out below

Honestly, I haven’t been listening much to Hello! Project or JPOP in general for the past few months. However, this song made me realized how much I missed them. Maybe I shall start coming back to Hello! Project.

A Clip of 9th gen rehearsal along with the whole group has been aired recently on Bijo Gaku

9th Gen thoughts | Takahashi Ai graduation details

A couple of days ago, Tsunku has announced the 9th Generation of Morning Musume were revealed at the Hello! Project 2011 Winter Matsuri concert. The 4 that were chosen were Suzuki Kanon, Ikuta Erina, Sayashi Riho and former Hello! Project Egg and Shugo Chara Egg member Fukumura Mizuki. Riho was a front runner for me. She was already showing her potential right at the beginning of the audition. Can you believe that the group she’s in is older than she is. Suzuki Kanon and Ikuta Erina aren’t bad as well. They’re actually good too. I mean it feels like Tsunku has finally made a nice decision in picking the new generation.

Here’s some external links for your own indulgence

http://www.hello-online.org/index.php?app=helloapp&CODE=article&topic=1210

http://www.tokyohive.com/2011/01/tsunku-discusses-decisions-dehind-morning-musume-9th-generation/

In other news, about 30 minutes ago news on Takahashi Ai’s graduation broke out on Hello! Online. Yes, I was shocked myself. She will graduate on Morning Musume’s Autumn/Fall 2011 tour. That’s about 10-11 months away. So it means she will still be around for most of Morning Musume’s 2011 singles. Niigaki Risa will take her spot as leader. It is sad but I think it’s really time for her to graduate Morning Musume as she’s been in the group along with Risa for 10 years in August. However, she’s about 2 years older than Risa which makes her older than any other member in Morning Musume. She is like 12 years older than the youngest member in Morning Musume right now. Besides, she’s only going to graduate Morning Musume not Hello! Project not UFA. So it means we could (and should) see her doing solo activities within the organization.

The 9th Gen Morning Musume along with the old members. This will last at most until November or December this year.

More details on her graduation

http://www.helloproject.com/news/1101091700_musume.html

http://www.helloproject.com/news/1101091700_musume_com.html

I am gonna miss these couple.

JPOP Fandom unleashed!

Before reading this post. Please be aware that the things below will mostly contain Arashi songs. Thanks

So between H!P, JPOP (meaning artists out of H!P), and KPOP. I spent the lesser time lately in JPOP. I haven’t been listening to this for quite some time now. Especially Arashi. I missed them. They are like my all time favorite Boy band in the whole wide world. Better than Big Bang, Shinee, Westlife, and Backstreet Boys.

To start thing of. Here’s Arashi performing their song Subarashiki Sekai live.

This song has been on my head since the start of the week. This triggered my return to JPOP after a few months of Hiatus. I haven’t been listening to a lot of JPOP since the beginning of July this year.

So not many people know about this. But way way back, when Arashi was just starting their 20 #1 singles. There was a plan to release a PV for their song Subarashiki Sekai.

Well it didn’t worked out. JE decided not to release it. I think they favored to release Sakura Sake than Subarashiki Sekai. So the song ended up to be a track in ther ONE album.

Here’s another ballad from Arashi. SIRIUS is one of my favorite ballad songs from Arashi. It’s nice to listen to like most of their ballad songs.

Las one from Arashi. Here’s one of my favorite songs from them. Kitto Daijobu.

Okay so moving on to the non-Arashi artists. Here’s Ai Otsuka with her song, my personal favorite, Daisuki da yo

So good news for Ai Otsuka fans (it’s good for me). She’s finally pregnant with her musician husband from that band that I have no idea who. Yes she’ll be out for quite some time. Her baby is due on April 2011]

Okay so next is not too JPOP but you can consider this as Jpop I guess? So Shoujou Jidai (SNSD) has recently released their song Genie in Japan.

It ranked number 4 on the oricon charts in its first week. Beating out AKB48 sub-group French Kiss who only ranked number 5.

I actually feel good at the same time not for them. I feel good because that means SNSD is a success in Japan like most of the korean groups who promoted in Japan. But I feel sad because if they’re success continue, it will take some time before they return with a new song in Korea. Just like what happened to Big Bang. And if I’m not mistaken, I’ve read somewhere that they will release their next single come October or November. And that song is none other than Gee. Yes the girls will bring the Gee wave to Japan as well.

In some sad news. The Music Hour otherwise known as UTABAN has ended its 14 year run in television yesterday. The finales aired yesterday with a 3 hour special. Memorable artist appeared on the show to say farewell such as SPEED and the old Morning Musume. Ohno Satoshi from Arashi appeared as well on the show.

source: http://www.tokyohive.com/2010/09/the-music-hour-formerly-utaban-ends-its-14-year-history/

Well I guess that ends my JPOP fandom rant for this week. Tune in tonight for some KPOP action only here on JKMUSICPH

2011 Hello! Project Calendars

Preview of Hello! Project’s 2011 Calendars has been released.

I find this one better than last year for a lot of reasons. First because S/mileage has been added. And second because of how Erina looks so hot on hers.

S/mileage and C-ute’s theme are similar while Berryz and Morning Musume are quite similar. I love C-ute and S/mileage better. I also like Mano Erina’s calendar a lot because of the theme

Subbed, Tsunku’s announcement on JunLin and Kamei’s graduation.

OMG! This is so sad. You have to watch this. I can’t bear it at all. I still accept Kamei’s reason, that she wants her life to be better. But making JunLin graduate with the main reason as to pursue a career in China is pointless. They have already established a career in Japan, returning to China is so pointless. They could like promote as a duo or a soloist in China and be part of Morning Musume in Japan. It’s like Big Bang or Kara promoting in both Japan and Korea.

Well anyways, it’s already there and we can’t change the fact that by the end of this year Morning Musume will be a 5 nin group. Heck Berryz is bigger than them. Let’s just hope that the 9th gen audition will be turn out to be a fruitful one.

Kamei Eri, Junjun, and Linlin will graduate Morning Musume and H!P

Okay, I hate to break it to you but that’s the whole truth. Tsunku confirmed on his blog that 6th generation member Kamei Eri and 8th generation members Junjun and Linlin will graduate Morning Musume and H!P.

Kamei Eri has this serious skin condition ever since the start of the audition. According to Tsunku (for those who can’t read japanese), he himself looked for doctors who can cure or treat the condition. Unfortunately, the doctors consultation is that they should concentrate on the treatment first.

Junjun and Linlin sadly will return to China with reasons still unknown.

This was really a heartbreaking news for me since Kamei is in my top 3 in Morning Musume rankings and I consider Junjun and Linlin the future of Morning Musume (especially Linlin). I could take it if only one member will graduate. But three members plus 2 of my favorites has to go. So in less than a year 4 members has already graduated from Morning Musume alone. They’re gonna be miss.

Graduation will take place in the last day of Morning Musume’s Autumn 2010 tour.

Here’s a few performances to remember them

OMG! It feels like I just broke up with my girlfriend. This is so sad…