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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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29 November 2009

SKE48 members graduating

Ichihara Yuri from Team KII and Hashimoto Ayumi from SKE Kenkyuusei will be graduating from SKE48 on 30 November 2009 (09/11/30). That's tomorrow by the way. Ichihara has not been performing for a month due to her poor health. However the graduation of the two members might not come as a shock as there have been rumours of their graduation on forums for a while.
To be honest, I don't know those two girls yet. I actually don't even know half of Team S *facepalm*. Nevertheless, any kind of graduation is sad news and they will be dearly missed by their fans. I wish both of them good luck and all the best on their life ahead.

Also, 23 year old Maeda Eiko from Team KII will be transferring to SDN48 in 1 December 2009 (09/12/01). Specific date is unknown. I don't know her either but from her thread, it seems that she was a gravure idol before she joined SKE48. She also had some j-cup breasts before she joined, though she removed them already. That's uh... fitting... for SDN I suppose. And uh... I think she will get along well with Meetan. I don't think this movement will affect me since I don't pay much attention to Team KII and that I'm 16 so SDN is out of the question for me. I wish her too all the best in SDN48.

30 NOV UPDATE: SKE Kenkyuusei Wakabayashi Tomoka has been promoted to Team KII. Her debut performance will be on the 6 December 2009 (09/12/06). This is the same date as Team KII 2nd stage [Te wo Tsunagi Nagara] performance.
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20 November 2009

No Sleeves (no3b) 3rd single [Kisu no Ryuusei]

The PV for no3b's newest single Kisu no Ryuusei is finally out. Kisu no Ryuusei looks set to become my favourite no3b single so far. Everything about the song and PV is just great. The incredible closeups, the beautiful background, even the fake trees. The release date is on 2009/11/25 (Wednesday). If you haven't preordered it yet, do so now. If you can't order stuff online (like me), well just wait for updates and hope someone uploades it fast.

No Sleeves (no3b) - Kisu no Ryuusei (キスの流星)

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3O-HY1Urmo

No Sleeves (no3b) - Kisu no Ryuusei (Music Japan Performance)
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18 November 2009


No AKB48 hasn't gotten 4,682 new members and it hasn't changed it's name. AKB4800 is a collaboration between AKB48 and media storage company Verbatim. Most of you will know Verbatim as those blank CDs and DVDs that you buy to store your AKB vids and other stuff. Verbatim will be hosting pictures of the members which will be available for download. FOR FREE! While post of the pictures are your usual photoshoots, there are also pictures from the members childhood, youth and private life. There are also lots of LOL pics for us to LOL at. The total number of pics to download is, obviously hence the name, 4800. Also included are special photos of certain members. Luckily both Amina and Sayaka are included. Be warned. These photos are a total killer. Amina's special photo is 4547 X 10039 pixels. Yes you read that right. The normal pictures are 1280 X 960

The pictures are neatly arranged for us according to members and are then further arranged into various folders. Now these pictures are insanely large and high quality. The best part? One picture is only few hundred KB. That's insanely small! The total space for all 4800 pics is only 824MB. Now thats what I call awesome. Good news for those people with shitty computers which do not have enough space for regular sized photos(like me). Seriously this has got to be the most awesome news since I joined the AKB fandom.

Download yours now: http://www.verbatim.jp/akb4800/

To download, just find the folder of the member whose pictures you want to download. Blue folders will lead to more subfolders and orange folders are where the pictures are. Then all you have to do is click the big download button and there you go. The rainbow folders will have to be unlocked by beating some games inside the website.
Here are the links for Amina's and Sayaka's pictures, credits to STAGE48's flippin'patty.
Sato Amina
Akimoto Sayaka
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[RIVER] 3nd week sales

Sorry for the very late post. Got the flu and have been very sick for quite some time. Ok anyway lets get to the main point.

RIVER is somehow still staying in the Oricon Daily top 30 charts for this week, mostly hanging around the 20+ region. Weekly position is at #12. This week's sales count to 9,483 sales. Now if you remember correctly, total sales up to last week stands at 195,522. This means that RIVER has finally broken the 200,000 mark. Congratulations girls. Total official sales is 205,005 copies.

Other than that, there isn't really much happening with RIVER sales.

TOTAL WALLETRAEP AMOUNT (as of 04 November, 2009)
Week 1: 178,579 X 1,600 yen = 285,726,400 yen or 3,137,167.46 USD
Week 2: 16,943 X 1,600 yen = 27,108,800 yen or 298,194.01 USD
Week 3: 9,483 X 1,600 yen = 15,172,800 yen or 169,674.57 USD
TOTAL: 205,005 X 1,600 yen = 328,008,000 or 3,667,984.43 USD
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04 November 2009

[RIVER] 2nd week sales

Haven't posted about the RIVER sales for some time. In future I wouldn't post about the sales if the single isn't in the top 10 until the end of the week.

The daily sales of Week 2 was a rollercoaster ride with AKB coming in and out of the ranking few times. They started week 2 day 1 at #18 to then charge back in at day 2 to #4. They then went back down to #11 on day 3. Day 4 and 5 were at #9 and went up 1 spot to #8 for day 6. Then there was a sudden drop back to #19 on day 7.

Week 2 sales scored pretty high despite the release of other big artists like KinKi Kids, UVERworld and Morning Musume. KinKi Kids's [Swan Song] took the #1 spot as usual with 160,407 sales, Morning Musume's [Kimagure Princess] at #4 with 36,274 and AKB48's [RIVER] took #5 with 16,943 sales. That brings the total sales to 195,522. Only 4,478 copies left until it breaks the 200,000 mark. That should be reached hopefully by the end of this week. Incredibly, RIVER's week 1 sales beat Swan Song's week one sales by 18,172 copies. That is a big achievement. Great job girls.

RIVER starts week 3 on a good note at #5, behind BIGBANG. Kanjanni8, another Johnny's group, took the #1 spot with 84,078. #3 sales stands at 7067. On an interesting note, Kimagure Princess dropped all the way to #28.

TOTAL WALLETRAEP AMOUNT (as of 04 November, 2009)
Week 1: 178,579 X 1,600 yen = 285,726,400 yen or 3,137,167.46 USD
Week 2: 16,943 X 1,600 yen = 27,108,800 yen or 298,194.01 USD
TOTAL: 195,522 X 1,600 yen = 312,836,200 or 3,441,154.68 USD
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