January 6, 2012
Every time a new Momusu single comes out there are a bunch of people on the H!O forums and elsewhere who lament that the sales of this particular single are surely forecasting the doom of Morning Musume. Sick and tired of this kind of negative opining, I took it upon myself to make a chart of their singles released, the total sales, highest weekly sales rank on the Oricon charts and finally the difference in sales from one single to the other. You know what I discovered? The vast majority of singles show a decline in sales from one to the other, and yet, they’re still selling after fourteen years!
Out of 47 released singles, only 16 have a rise in sales from one to the other. That’s a little over 34%. But half of those are a rise in sales in singles released in the last five years alone. No, there’s nothing short of a miracle that are going to get them the numbers they pulled in almost twelve years ago when Love Machine sold over 1.6 million units, and no, they’re not going to beat AKB’s current staggering popularity, but they’ve been around for fourteen years and are still popular enough to regularly place in the top 5 of the charts, and only 3 times have they placed lower than that and it was at 6th.
All I’m saying, I guess, is have a little faith! Enjoy the music, the pop and the good feelings! That’s what they’re there for!
December 24, 2011
Found this on Sayu’s blog. This is a picture from their Christmas dinner show rehearsals. Reina and Sayumi are my two top favorite in Momusu at the moment, followed by Aika and Haruna. I have no reason to share this other than it made me smile, so here it is!
November 6, 2011
The new group photo has been released, I added the names to challenge myself and make sure I could identify everyone. There are 8 new girls in the group this past year alone!
My current favorites are: Reina, Sayumi, and Haruna. I like Kanon a lot too. She’s very upbeat. I still love Aika too, poor girl has been out with a stress fracture injury on her ankle for half the year. I hope she can come back soon.
I can’t wait for their next single, I want to see 10th Gen in action!
HA! All my Momusu icons are severely out of date.
September 11, 2011
Nothing on the Hello!Online front page, TokyoHive instead bearing the news that Kago-chan had attempted suicide again and was found in her apartment this morning by her agency. Bearing no more news that that I went into the H!O forums trying to find any new information, only to be barraged by asinine comments about how selfish Kago is because she didn’t consider the feelings of HER FANS when attempting to end her life.
Jesus. Fucking. Christ.
I hope she really gets some goddamn help. The poor girl is just crying out for it and so far no one seems to be giving it to her. Her mother seemingly only sees her as a means to take care of the rest of the family while she doesn’t work, her father left her, her step-father gambled away ALL the money she made in Momusu, she’s had a string of terrible boyfriends who it is obvious she is trying to resolve her Daddy issues with seeing as they are all old enough to be her father, H!P won’t even mention her name, removed all mention of her existence with the company and on the off chance she does show up she’s referred to as “that girl” as if she was the goddamn Voldemort of the idol world.
It doesn’t help that people keep bringing up the mistakes she made in the past (the smoking scandal being the prominent one). How the hell is she supposed to attempt to move on when judgmental assholes won’t let her try and put it behind her?
Kago-chan I hope you get better and I hope you get the help you need.
September 9, 2011
The finalists have been chosen, 10 girls. There seems to be an influx of girls who have taken dance lessons for years, probably has a lot to do with the addition of Riho in 9th Gen, because that girl can DANCE. Lots of young girls this time around too. I guess they might be hoping if they don’t make it into Momusu, they might be picked up as an H!P Egg as Minami and Aina were last round.
These were the finalists:
Kudo Haruka (11)
Ikobo Haruna (16)
Sato Masaki (12)
Tashima Meru (11)
Oogami Hinako (13)
Miyagi Ayumi (11)
Miwa Satsuki (12)
Ishida Ayumi (14)
Tanaka Fuuka (12)
Murakami Sara (13)
Of the finalists I like Haruka and Sara the most. Haruka is already a Hello!Pro Egg, so she has that going for her. I like Haruna too, but need to see more of her. The winners will be announced Sept. 29th at Morning Musume’s concert, the day before Ai-chan’s graduation! I hope we see more of the audition process in next week’s Hello!Pro Time.
August 15, 2011
Watching the recent Momusu concert DVD release – Spring 2010 – New Fantasy Genesis. I don’t think it’s just because so far they’ve sung a crapload of my favorite songs, but I am loving this current line up. There’s an energy there that was missing for a while, I hate to say. It might be the influx of new blood, it might be their return to less serious, more upbeat songs, but whatever it is, it’s working.
May 8, 2011
Ninth Gen have only been a part of Morning Musume for 5 months, they have 1 released single under their belt and another coming out in a a little over a month.
Yet today it was announced that TENTH GEN auditions were beginning for Morning Musume, starting TODAY, and ending June 13th.
I’m confused by this. I can only think that the powers that be at H!P are trying to shake up their business model a bit.
March 29, 2011
Oh my God! I can’t stop listening to this! This is one of the new songs coming off Dream Morning Musume’s upcoming album.
It’s…. Morning Musume! LITERALLY! Because it’s the Original Graduates!
This makes me sooooooo happy!
March 22, 2011
This song is just so upbeat and catchy! I find myself humming it a lot recently.
January 31, 2011
We’re supposed to get rain/snow tonight and tomorrow. It will be the first time in five months that I will see some sort of weather.
I got my Maine tax return today so I bought myself Morning Musume’s 11th Album Fantasy! Juuichi and Florence + The Machine’s Lungs. I listened to Momusu’s album while running errands today, it was a great album! I was kind of worried that they might have thrown it together on the quick to capitalize on Eri’s graduation and before the intro of 9th Gen, but it turned out to be one of their strongest albums in a long time! Most, if not all, of the songs are really upbeat and light-hearted, hearkening back to the so-called Golden Era of Momusu.
One of my particular favorites is the really cute and poppy Sungoi My Birthday. It’s definitely a song I could hear Mari, Aibon and Tsuji in. I’ll do a full album review later, I just don’t have the energy at the moment.
Ah~ I want to see Dream Morning Musume this fall!