Nuns, Hunters, and Summertime?

Nothing super new has been announced, but upcoming releases have some updates. Let’s begin~

S/mileage’s 9th single, Chotto Matte Kudasai!, debuted at #2 on February 1st. The first day sold 11,800+ copies. It sold more than Morning Musume’s Pyoko Pyoko Ultra(which is the lowest selling MM single since Mikan) and also debuted higher. However, the second day saw a drastic drop to #9. As of February 4th, the single is at #7.

Above are the covers to Berryz Koubou’s 8th album, Ai no Album 8. It is set to release on February 22, 2012. I really don’t understand the look they were going for… Nuns or priests? Cinderella before the pumpkin carriage? No idea, but it’s not working for me. Hey, at least they all look really pretty. Tracklisting and promotional photos below.

01. Mythology ~Ai no Album~

02. Yononaka Barairo

03. Shy boy

04. Because happiness

05. Renai Moyou [Chinami Tokunaga, Maasa Sudou, Yurina Kumai, Risako Sugaya]

06. Ai no Dangan

07. Amazuppai Haru ni Sakurasaku [Berryz x C-ute]

08. Atarashii Hibi [Saki Shimizu, Momoko Tsugunaga, Miyabi Natsuyaki]

09. Aa, Yoru ga Akeru

10. Seishun Gekijou (Berryz Ver.)

Note: UGH! The accursed Momoko pigtails!

Note2: Maasa, when you gonna cut yo hair, gurl??

Note3: Risako looks the best, IMO! <3

Above are the low quality covers of Erina Mano’s upcoming double a-side, Doki Doki Baby / Tasogare Kousaten. Last time I wrote, I showed you guys the PV to Doki Doki Baby. As far as I know, there has been no previews or other news about Tasogare Kousaten. On the flip-side, the covers are pretty cute(limited B looks a bit out of place), however, the yellow and blue looks way too summery. The single will release on February 22, 2012.

01. Doki Doki Baby

02. Tasogare Kousaten

03. Doki Doki Baby (Instrumental)

04. Tasogare Kousaten (Instrumental)

Morning Musume’s upcoming single has been announced for April 11th, 2012. Only its title has been released: Renai Hunter. It will definitely be Risa Niigaki’s last single. Judging by the title, I’d like it to be a little more hardcore, rock-ish–something like a Resonant Blue style. I’d love to see the younger members pull that off. Plus it would be an awesome graduation single. Also, instead of Risa getting a whole graduation single like Ai, she will have a solo song included in one version of the single.

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