19 January 2012
Akimoto Yasushi to Hire Lyricists to Help Write Songs for AKB48
At a press conference for AKB48's new documentary movie on January 18th, AKB48's produder Akimoto Yasushi revealed to the press that he was considering hiring other lyricists to write the lyrics for AKB48 songs.
He commented "I wrote 200 songs for the groups just last year. I think there will be more this year, so from now on I will not be the only one writing, and I hope to get help from talented lyricists."
Aki-P has been the lyricist for all of AKB48's songs since the group formed at 2006. Not only that, he also writes the songs for the sister groups and subunits, writing a total of more than 600 songs.
However since AKB48 became national idols 2 years ago, and also because there are new sister groups and subunits constantly being formed, he is not able to cope with the load. In the past, a Team would change the stage they are performing roughly every half a year. But currently Team A , K and B has been performing the same stage for almost 2 years. And lets not talk about Team S and SDN's stage...
Thus he decided to explore new options and possibilities.
Personally I am quite happy with this news. A7, K7 B6, S4 and E2 is really late. But Aki-P still insists on creating more and more new groups and subunits. He doesn't have enough time to write lyrics. I'm also worried for his health.
But at the same time, this move might cause the quality of songs to degrade, and I definitely don't want that. Aki-P better choose properly the people who will write lyrics for him.