Monday Match Game: Who’s the Lord of the Dance?

Due to an ongoing conversation with Kerrie about some stuff that we can pull into the Friday Fun series, I’ve had idol performance on my mind a lot lately, and, while this is a music website first and foremost, dance is a pretty big part of the idol experience, and the idea of loudols doing choreographed, athletic routines being a perfectly normal thing is probably an important step toward normalizing idol for the normies.

So! Last week, the Monday Match Game featured a hip-hop beatdown of epic proportions, as the original Koutei Camera Girl flat-out smoked Girl Zwei and Gal by a cumulative 2:1 margin, thereby earning the right to face off against Drei after they debut and get out some material. Good times!

That was a question of beats; this is a question of steps. And twirls. And stuff. And while there are plenty of idols who are good-enough dancers, there are those who flat-out excel at it and have the ability to move on stage and tell a physical story to the music. And among those, there are those for whom dance is the very center of their game.

This week’s participants aren’t just at the top of the world of idol dance; they have something very important in common, too. Yes, friends, this week’s Match Game pits dance-unit-turned-idol against dance-unit-turned-idol. In the red corner, hailing from Osaka and led by the soulfullest voice in idol, a former high school dance unit that added vocals and never looked back; in the blue corner, from some posh boutique that we aren’t cool enough to enter, a former pro dance unit that added vocals, immediately became a thing and is about to make their major debut.

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Q’ulle’s Got the Details on Their Next Single, Big-ass Tour

One of these days, I’m going to make Q’ulle converts of more of you guys; between their slick-dancing live shows, world of individual talent and diverse songwriting, they’re one of the groups that can turn in a killer rock song and then follow it up with a clubby idol ballad sweet enough to rot your teeth.

Anyway, while you’re in the process of coming around and understanding why I encourage everybody to download “ALIVE/SAISEIRON,” you can prep for Q’ulle’s next big step forward. Building on last year’s massive OVER THE HOPE Asia tour and epic finale that saw them announce a new, major label (Avex sub avex rhythmzone), they have their next single coming in April:

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Q’ulle Seems Very Ready for Their Big Re:Start

The upstart queens of idorock, Q’ulle, are thankfully still alive (get it?) after the little bit of drama back in the fall, and they’re promoting their big “evolution” show on Jan. 7 using the only means that ever makes sense — by DVD video digest!


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This Is the Other Side of Hope: Q’ulle Has Signed with a Major Label

After successfully surviving whatever the weird business with their previous management was and having a pretty great tour finale (with an album launch!), Q’ulle let it be known that they were moving on to a new label. But which label?

Literally, which label? They never said … until now!

Those are tears in those photos; like, Yakko’s either really happy or absolutely destroyed

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People Review Things: Idol Is Shit on Q’ulle’s “OVER THE HOPE”

You guys know me: I love me some Q’ulle. We even get to breathe a sign of relief that what could have been an imminent demise is, instead, a new beginning. That paints their recently released second album, Over the Hope, into a completely different kind of context; rather than be the death rattle of a fast-rising, talent-out-the-wazoo rock idol unit, it’s just the end of a chapter in what we can hope will be a significant career.

I’m going to download this album. I’m going to enjoy this album. And I’d love to review this album! But then I saw that it was again tackled by the very capable hands of our friend Garry MacKenzie, who not only helped to drive the Know Your BiStory series, but incidentally wrote another Q’ulle review that I shamelessly ripped off. So precedent is set!

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I’m Breathing a Sigh of Q’ulle Relief

Updated: A Re:Start live of their own on Jan. 7, kind of doubling down on the band thing, and more references to a new label without saying what that is. Whatever. Q’ulle lives!

Today’s a light one, gang, because life doesn’t slow down just because you’d like it to (I am listening to Darkthrone, and I’d like for things to be quite slow indeed!). BUT I’d made a point to check up on Q’ulle’s Other Side of HOPE Asian tour finale that happened tonight, seeing as how there was some uncertainty as to just what would happen with Q’ulle at this point, new album aside.

And —

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Details on Q’ulle’s New Album

Whether they remain a living, breathing entity called Q’ulle for much longer is, I think, still in question, but Q’ulle (and its apparently cast-iron members) are plunging ahead with the release of their second album.

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Idols Are Tough: Q’ulle’s Maamu Takes Licking, Keeps on Ticking

It started with this:

Oh no, what happened to Maamu?

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Whatever Q’ulle’s Fate, These PVs Make Their DVD Look Great

I thought I’d check in on good ol’ Q’ulle after that somewhat cryptic and foreboding message from the other day, and look! They have extensive PVs up for the live DVD they’re releasing on Saturday.

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Because the Universe Is Cruel, We Might Also Lose Q’ulle

It’s not often that Facebook is the means by which idols deliver their news to the world, but that’s what was staring me in the face this morning, straight from the Q’ulle monster‘s mouth:

Q’ulleの今後の活動に関しましての重大なお知らせ
Q’ulleを応援してくださってる皆様へ
いつもQ’ulleを応援していただきありがとうございます。
所属レーベル㈱KADOKAWAより重大なご報告があります
詳細→http://mediafactory.jp/
この度、㈱KADOKAWAの音楽部門の突然の統廃合により
Q’ulleが所属していた部門がなくなったことにより
Q’ulleは、KADOKAWAグループとの契約が打ち切りとなりました。
KADOKAWAグループにはデビュー当時よりお世話になっておりましたがこのような運びとなりました。
なお、下記の現在進行しているプロジェクト
〇Q’ulle asia tour 2016 「other side of HOPE」
 8/13 仙台 CLUB JUNKBOX
 8/27 広島 SECOND CRUTCH
 9/10 福岡 DRUM Be-1
 9/24 大阪 梅田Shangri-La
 10/15 東京 Zepp Diver City
〇8/13発売 2nd LIVE DVD「Proof of ~HOPE~」
〇10/19リリース予定 2nd album「タイトル未定」
〇その他Q’ulleに関して決定しているイベント
は責任を持って予定通り発売、開催致します。
2016年10月19日の2nd albumの発売以降の活動に関しては未定となっております。
しかし、今後も活動を続けていけますようメンバー・スタッフ一同で精一杯頑張りますので、
これからも応援よろしくお願いします。

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