AKB News Week Roundup 6/17-6/23

AKB48
– The tracklist and CD covers for Watanabe Mayu‘s 4th single [Rappa Renshuuchuu] was revealed.
Itano Tomomi and Akimoto Sayaka will both graduate at the [AKB48 2013 Summer Dome Tour] together with Shinoda Mariko.
Maeda Atsuko, who graduated on August last year, will be performing back with AKB48 at their Sapporo Dome concert on 31st July. She will perform her new single (and possibly more) at the concert.
Iwasa Misaki will release a cover album, and is taking requests from the fans for songs to cover. Applications end on 10th August.
– After Smurf 2, Takahashi Minami will dub a Korean drama titled [Happy Ending], which is based on a story by Akimoto Yasushi.
JKT48 Team J member Rena Nozawa has announced her concurrency with AKB48 due to her parents returning to Japan to work.
SKE48 Team E‘s Furuhata Nao made her debut in Team K as a concurrent member. Her unit song is Higurashi no Koi together with Oshima Yuko.
HKT48 Team H‘s Kodama Haruka made her debut in Team A as a concurrent member. Her unit songs are Glass no I LOVE YOU and Skirt, Hirari.
Kashiwagi Yuki‘s 2nd solo live DVD and Blu-ray was released on 19th June.
– [Sayonara Crawl] took the No.1 spot for single sales in the first half of 2013, with 1,926,445 copies sold since it’s release in May.
AKB48 filmed the PV for their 32nd Single at Fukuoka, more than 3,000 extras were involved.
– The 34th Single Janken Tournament will take place on 18 September.
AKB48 performed with SNH48 last weekend at the Asia Style Collection held in Singapore.

SKE48
– The stages that the new SKE48 Teams will perform will be decided through a fan vote.
Furuhata Nao made her debut in AKB48’s Team K as a concurrent member. Her unit song is Higurashi no Koi together with AKB48‘s Oshima Yuko.
SKE48‘s 3rd Request Hour concert was announced.
– A preview of the PV of their 12th Single [Utsukushi Inazuma] was uploaded on SKE48‘s YouTube Channel
– The covers if [Utsukushi Unazuma] was revealed.
Team E‘s 2nd Stage [Saka Agari] will release on DVD around July.

NMB48
– NMB48‘s 7th single [Bokura no Eureka] released on 19th June, selling 420,906 copies on day one and ranking first in the Oricon Daily Charts.
– Their 1st album [Teppen Tottande] grabbed the No.1 for album sales in the first half of 2013, with 411,800 copies sold since it’s late February release.

HKT48
HKT48 will be fighting against Nogizaka46 in a new joint TV show [Nogizaka 46 ×HKT 48-kan bangumi battle!], airing on NTV starting July.
Kodama Haruka made her debut in AKB48’s Team A as a concurrent member. Her unit songs are Glass no I LOVE YOU and Skirt, Hirari.

JKT48
JKT48 Team J‘s Rena Nozawa has announced her concurrency with AKB48 due to her parents returning to Japan to work.
JKT48 started their nationwide tour this week with their first stop at Makassar on 23rd June.
JKT48‘s new Tv show [JKT48 Missions] Started airing this week.

SNH48
SNH48 performed with AKB48 last weekend at the Asia Style Collection held in Singapore.

Nogizaka46
Nogizaka46 will be fighting against HKT48 in a new joint TV show [Nogizaka 46 ×HKT 48-kan bangumi battle!], airing on NTV starting July.
Hashimoto Nanami has been casted in a drama titled [SUMMER NUDE], the series will start airing on Fuji TV starting 8 July.

Graduates
Maeda Atsuko, who graduated on August last year, will be performing back with AKB48 at their Sapporo Dome concert on 31st July 2013. She will perform her new single (and possibly more) at the concert.
Maeda Atsuko was featured in the CM for Les Miserables‘s DVD and Blu-ray Release in Japan

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