Morning Musume Does a Dancing PV for “The Matenrou Show”!

Idol group Morning Musume has just unleashed the dance shot PV for their new song, “The Matenrou Show”!

“The Matenrou Show” is the second A-side of their fiftieth single “One Two Three / The Matenrou Show”, and although the girls are wearing the same outfits as the PV for their song “One Two Three”, fans have been largely entertained by throwbacks to previous dances in Momusu’s latest video.

Idol group AKB48 launches Google+ project

Idol group AKB48 celebrated their 6th anniversary today (December 8), and they took the occasion to hold a press conference to announce a new project. Along with sister groups SKE48 and NMB48, AKB48′s members have created accounts on Google’s social networking service Google+. They will use the service to communicate with their fans worldwide, as there are plans to have their posts translated into at least five languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Indonesian.

The project includes at least all of the official teams and research students for AKB48, SKE48, and NMB48, though HKT48 and JKT48 have also been mentioned as part of the project. Although Google+ currently is limited to people at least 18 years of age, the underage members have been lumped together under the “Heyakko” account, which will post on their behalf.

The members plan to make use of Google+’s Hangout feature, which is a built-in group voice/video chat feature. This allows members to interact in real time with fans around the world. Hangouts currently allow for 10 people in a group at a time, so there are plans to have individual members to have chat sessions with 9 fans at once.

The members are already posting plenty of photos and videos to their accounts. They also plan to use the service to post live from their events and concerts, including their “AKB48 Kouhaku Taikou Uta Gassen” on December 20 and their “AKB48 Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2012″ on January 19-22.

Google+ has a project page with links to all of the individual AKB48, SKE48, and NMB48 accounts.

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Vision Factory Creates New Idol Group

Management agency Vision Factory has announced that it is launching a new female idol group this summer. The group consists of 7 junior high school students, carefully selected from dance schools around the country. According to Vision Factory, they will be focused on being a true dance and vocal unit, rather than a typical idol group.

The members are Ito Momoka (13), Fujita Miria (12), Nomoto Sora (13), Hayashida Mahiro (13), Shimomura Miki (12), Kiyomura Kawane (12), and Inoue Rikako (14).

The group does not yet have a name, but it was announced today on the morning show “Sukkiri!” that they are publicly accepting suggestions for names.

All seven members also appear in the opening pages of the free magazine Harajuku Girls Vol. 4, which is being released today. They can also be seen on the magazine’s website.