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an information and news blog dedicated to covering the latest news for: AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, JKT48


AKB48 Is Looking for a Part-Time Member
Following OtonaAKB, AKB48 came up with a new form of temporary membership: part-time idol. Find out more about this new project here.
AKB48 Team 8 Makes Theater Debut
AKB48 Team 8 performed its first theater show on August 5. Get more information about the shonichi performance here!
SKE48 Announces 7th Generation Auditions
SKE48 is looking for new members and this time the fans will be part of the decision about who joins the group!
AKB48 37th Single Senbatsu Election - Final Results
AKB48 held its election for the 6th time and for the 1st time Watanabe Mayu won it. Check out the full results here!
Details on the AKB48 Group Pennant Race
The AKB48 Group teams will compete against each other in a new event, the AKB48 Group Pennant Race. Points will be awarded based on theater ticket applications, theater version handshake ticket sales and sousenkyo votes.
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03 September 2014

HKT48 4th Single [Hikaeme, I Love You !] Tracklist and Covers

HKT48 will release their 4th single [Hikaeme, I Love You !] on September 24th. The covers and tracklist for this single have now been revealed.
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30 August 2014

JKT48 7th Single [Papan Penanda Isi Hati] Released & Pajama Drive Revival

JKT48 have released their 7th single [Papan Penanda Isi Hati] on 27th August 2014. The release time shares the same date with AKB48's version of the song [Kokoro no Placard] just like [Koisuru Fortune Cookie] last year.
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17 August 2014

Subunit DiVA to Restart Activities and then Disband

AKB48's subunit DiVA has announced that they will disband at the end of the year. But before the disbandment the group will restart activities for a while. For this final activities former DiVA member Masuda Yuka will return to the group and the 'i' in the name will be changed to capital letters so that they will perform as [DIVA] from now on.

A new single, their first in two and a half years, will be released on October 8th. The release of DIVA's first and last album as well as a final live event are also planned.

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12 August 2014

AKB48 Is Looking for a Part-Time Member

Once again AKB48 is looking for a new member but this time following a new concept. On August 10th it was announced that AKB48 wants to recruit a new part-time member. This member will work for 1000 Yen per hour and will participate in the usual AKB48 activities like TV shows, CM, handshake events etc as Baito AKB member. This new project is part of the AKB48 Group campaign for the part-time information site Baitoru.

Application time already started and will go on until September 10th. The final audition round is planned for late September. As with Otona AKB, the Baito AKB member will only be a temporary one until February 2015, but with the option of a contract renewal for another three months. Applicants have to be at least junior high students.

Apart from the salary complete social insurance, transportation and food allowance as well as costumes will be provided.

Official BaitoAKB homepage: http://campaign.baitoru.com/baito-akb/
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08 August 2014

AKB48 Janken Tournament Preliminary Round Winners

On August 8th, the AKB48 Group held preliminaries to determine participants for the janken tournament. All Team A, K, B and 4 members (including concurrent members) participate automatically but Team 8 members, Kenkyuusei and sister group members had to win preliminary janken rounds to participate.

The winners are:
Team 8 (3 participants): Ota Nao (Kyoto), Gyouten Yurina (Kagawa), Honda Hitomi (Tochigi)
AKB48 Kenkyuusei (1): Iino Miyabi
SKE48 (8):  Arai Yuki, Ishida Anna, Uchiyama Mikoto, Ego Yuna, Kato Tomoko, Goudo Saki, Takatsuka Natsuki, Takagi Yumana
NMB48 (7): Azuma Yuki, Ishizuka Akari, Okita Ayaka, Kinoshita Haruna, Kono Saki, Yabushita Shu, Watanabe Miyuki
HKT48 (5): Ueki Nao, Umemoto Izumi, Okada Kanna, Kumazawa Serina, Matsuoka Natsumi
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07 August 2014

AKB48 Team 8 Makes Theater Debut

On August 5, AKB48's Team 8 made its theater debut in the AKB48 theater. 16 out of the 47 members were selected to perform the Shonichi show, a remake of AKB48's very first stage [Party ga Hajimaru yo]. The setlist can be found below.

Team 8 was first revealed to the public in April. Since then they have held several local events in various parts of Japan. Following the AKB48 theater debut they also tour the other 48 Group theaters with changing performing members.

Recently Team 8 member Okubora Chinatsu, the Gifu representative, graduated but a replacement has already been selected: Hattori Yuna (13) was revealed as new Gifu member at the end of July.

AKB48 Team 8 1st Stage [Party ga Hajimaru yo]
Performing Members: Mougi Kasumi (Fukushima), Yoshikawa Nanase (Chiba), Sato Shiori (Niigata), Nakano Ikumi (Tottori), Abe Mei (Shimane), Tani Yuuri (Hiroshima), Shitao Miu (Yamaguchi), Hamamatsu Riona (Tokushima),  Gyouten Yurina (Kagawa), Takaoka Kaoru (Ehime), Fukuchi Rena (Saga), Iwasaki Moeka (Nagasaki), Kuranoo Narumi (Kumamoto), Yoshino Miyu (Oita), Shimoaoki Karin (Kagoshima), Miyazato Rira (Okinawa)

M01 - Party ga Hajimaru yo
M02 - Dear My Teacher
M03 - Dokuringo wo Tabesasete
M04 - Skirt, Hirari (Kuranoo Narumi, Takaoka Kaoru, Tani Yuuri, Nakano Ikumi, Mougi Kasumi)
M05 - Classmate  (Abe Mei, Gyouten Yurina, Shitao Miu, Miyazato Rira, Yoshino Miyu)
M06 - Anata to Christmas Eve (Shimoaoki Karin, Hamamatsu Riona)
M07 - Kiss wa Dame yo (Iwasaki Moeka, Sato Shiori, Fukuchi Rena)
M08 - Hoshi no Ondo (Kuranoo Narumi, Nakano Ikumi, Mougi Kasumi, Yoshikawa Nanase)
M09 - Sakura no Hanabiratachi
M10 - Aozora no Soba ni Ite

EN1 - AKB48
EN2 - Skirt, Hirari
EN3 - Sakura no Hanabiratachi
EN4 - AKB48 Team 8 Special Medley (Iiwake Maybe ~ Ponytail to Shushu ~Labrador Retriever ~ Koi Suru Juuden Prius)
EN5 - Kokoro no Placard
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AKB48 Janken Tournament Winner To Make Solo Debut

AKB48 will hold a Janken Tournament this year as well, on September 17. This will be the fifth Janken tournament for AKB48 but this time there is a new reward: the tournament winner will make a solo debut! If a member wins who already debuted as solo act she will get a solo concert in addition to the new solo single.

Those who rank #2~#16 at the tournament will participate in the winner single's coupling songs and the respective music videos.

The preliminary rounds for the tournament will be held on August 8 during the AKB48 Natsu Matsuri (summer festival) and the tournament pairings will be determined during a handshake event on the following day.
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06 August 2014

HKT48 4th Single and Additional National Tour Concerts Announced

During a handshake event on August 3, HKT48 announced the release of their 4th single. The single will go on sale on September 24th. Further details will come out on a later date.

Also, HKT48 will hold a national tour this fall. A few concerts had already been announced before but now additional venues were revealed. Concerts in Taiwan and Hong Kong are planned as well but dates have not been set yet. The full tour schedule is:

09/21 Ishikawa Prefecture, Honda no Mori Hall
09/28 Iwate Prefecture, Iwate Prefectural Hall
10/04 Niigata Prefecture, Niigata Terusa
10/11 Yamagat Prefecture, Yamagin Hall (Yamagata Prefectural Hall)
10/18 Tokushima Prefecture, Naruto Bunka Kaikan
11/01 Ibaraki Prefecture, Yuki Shimin Bunka Center Across Big Hall
11/16 Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokosuka Arts Theatre Big Hall
11/18 Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka Sunpalace
12/23 Hiroshima Prefecture, Aster Plaza Big Hall

Dates unknown: Taiwan, Hong Kong
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Two SKE48 Kenkyuusei Promoted

During a special SKE48 live show on August 4, two Kenkyuusei promotions were announced: Inuzuka Asana and Noguchi Yume were both promoted to Team S.

Inuzuka Asana is a 4th Generation member who already joined in fall 2010. She was a Kenkyuusei for almost four years and the last 4th generation Kenkyuusei left unpromoted.

Noguchi Yume is a 6th generation member. She joined SKE48 in early 2013. She is the sixth 6th gneration member who got promoted.
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SKE48 15th Single [Bukiyou Taiyou] First Week Sales

SKE48's 15th single [Bukiyou Taiyou] has finished its first week and once again SKE48 took the first rank in the Oricon Weekly Charts. The single sold 324,076 in week one.

The previous single [Mirai to wa?] already had lower sales (first week: 397,874) than other recent SKE48 singles but [Bukiyou Taiyou]'s are even lower by more than 70,000 copies. But theater version sales rounds are still not all finished so sales are hard to compare.

Soundscan sales have gone down as well but not as much as total sales: SKE48 ranked on #2, #5, #6 and #7 with a total of 102,722 copies sold (previous single 118,750).

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