At exactly five whole years after releasing her first single and becoming a solo artist, AKB48's original poster girl Maeda Atsuko has finally released her first full-length album, titled Selfish.
Steve is a contributor and resident music nerd for Selective Hearing, specializing in Japanese idol industry commentary and coverage. A lifetime musician, film lover, journalist, video game fanatic, philosophy enthusiast, and idol aficionado. A dweller of the idol scene since the late 1990s, he loves to discuss industry trends and ideas, past or present.
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It's been about 14 months since the review of Dempagumi.inc's last album WWDD, and it's been a pretty strange year for the group. Pulled in a multitude of different directions as far as their music and activities are concerned, some are for the good and some are not.
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The Selective Hearing staff take on Momoiro Clover Z's simultaneous release of their 3rd and 4th albums. Steve is first up to bat with a musical analysis and review.
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