Left: Sashihara Rino, Right: Matsumura Kaori
It was announced that HKT48 member Sashihara Rino would produce SKE48’s “lifetime honorary Kenkyuusei”, Matsumura Kaori’s solo debut. The announcement was made by Sashihara herself during the live broadcast of late-night variety show “AKB video center” which Sashihara serves as the MC.
According to Sashihara, she received a message from Akimoto Yasushi that says, “Business correspondence. SKE48’s lifetime honorary Kenkyuusei, Matsumura Kaori is making her solo debut, so you produce her. You, as an idol lover, enhance Matsumura’s charm. You decide the song, order for the song arrangements, and write the lyrics.”
Back in June last year, Sashihara produced a live event “Dai 1-kai Yubi Matsuri ~Idol Rinji Soukai~” which 10 idol groups, such as Momoiro Clover Z, Idoling!!!, and Nogizaka46, attended. She has also written the lyrics for two of her own solo songs.
After the live broadcasting of “AKB video center”, Sashihara updated her Google+, “It will be a very precious song for both Matsumura and her fans, so I will try my hardest!! I seriously have to do my best-.” She also wrote, “By the way, it was decided 5 minutes before the broadcast for real. I wish everybody could see how all of us panicked behind the scene…! (laughs)”
Matsumura also updated her Google+, “It seems like there are various opinions, but I am very happy personally. I was able to be in the news, thanks to Sashihara-san. No.4 (in the general election) is incredible after all-.”
As we reported earlier, Matsumura’s debut will be under a mysterious indie label called “Nishiki Dori Records”, and a limited number of 1000 copies will be released. (when all the 1,000 copies are sold out, additional pressed copies will be made).