This week’s featured releases come from AKB48, Dempagumi.inc and Passpo☆.
We’re half way through the year so now is as good a time as any to do a little mid-year review. Check out my thoughts on how the year is shaping up so far in idol music. (Spoilers, that’s me in the above screenshot. Looking for the good PVs from the first 6 months of the year)
This week’s featured releases come from Brand-new Idol Society and PASSPO☆ but don’t forget to check out all of the other releases listed at the end of the post.
Maybe you thought the past few weeks have been pretty slow on the release front. You’d be wrong but still, I respect your opinion. Regardless of your opinion, it can’t be denied that this week is packed with fantastic new music. Won’t you join me on this journey as we explore everything that this week has to offer?
When I’m not angering the fanbases of popular idol groups, I also write this column. Here I give you the rundown on what new idol music is hitting store shelves this week as well as an opinion or two of my own just to make things a bit more interesting. Let’s take a look at what this week has in store for us.
Recorded February 28th, 2013.
NSK Overture (intro only)
BEATS BY DAE
With the recent arrival of groups that deviate wildly from the typical idol formula, it begs the question: how far can you go before they stop being classed as idol groups, and simply become female rap groups or rock bands with a collection of female vocalists. Unfortunately, these arguments are often not really used to define a genre but just as a lazy way to dismiss groups that a person may not like. However, it’s an important question worth asking: how exactly do we define an idol group and how much variety is allowed in our genre?