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Famous girl group AKB48 8th studio album is set to be released on January 25, 2017. The album does not have a title yet however. This new studio album will have the A-side songs from their 42nd single Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby (the last single to have Minami Takahashi as a member) to their 46th single called High Tension. A few of these songs that will be on the AKB48 8th studio album are:

 

  • Kimi wa Melody
  • Tsubasa wa Iranai
  • Shiawase wo Wakenasai
  • 365 Hichi no Kamihikouki
  • Hikari to Kage no Hibi

1Differences Between AKB48 8th studio album Type A and B

A photo of AKB48. From left to right: Anna Iriyama, Yuria Kizaki, Sakura Miyawaki, Yui Yokoyama, and Rina Kawaei, author of the photo essay book Korekara.

There will be a difference between the materials on the CD only version compared to the CD + DVD version. The DVD will have footage of the group’s earlier handshake events. Two concerts are scheduled to be held to commemorate the release of the album. The concerts will be held at Toyosu Pit Live House in March 2017. Both versions of the album will have a serial number that can be used to apply for attendance to these concerts. The Type A version which has both the CD and the DVD will have an application ticket for the concert on March 1st. The Type B version which has the CD only will have the application ticket for attendance to the March 2nd concert.

The web site AramaJapan refers to AKB48 as “Queens of the Modern J-POP Charts.” That’s a really accurate description considering that they set all kinds of records for CD sales. For instance, it was reported back in March 2013 that AKB48 had sold over 20 million singles. The group has also had million selling singles such as Sayonara Crawl and Green Flash. In addition to these successes, AKB48 has been a huge international pop music icon having spread its influence to other countries in the region. AKB48 has groups in Indonesia (JKT48), SNH48 in Shanghai, and Team 4 in Manila, Philippines.

I have written a review for AKB48 album Tsugi no Ashiato which was released in January 2014. I can only wonder how great this next album will be. Until then, we must hope for the best!

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