Ever since Ladybeard rather unceremoniously left Ladybaby, thereby taking away what was for many the most interesting part of the group, there’s been ardent speculation from viewers pro and con about whether the big live planned for Sept. 17 (that’s yesterday, you jamokes) was going to be the beginning of the end or a new beginning, period (that whole “we’re releasing a best-of” thing complicated it somewhat).
After yesterday’s show, I think they’ll be fine.
Update: There are great observations about this on Facebook.
The big outcomes are:
- They’ve signed with King Records and will make their major debut (a single) in November
- To support that, they’ll be doing a three-city tour in February
- They performed the single after the announcement, and I’d love to know what it sounds likewss
There was a lot more that happened, obviously, and I’d love for a little video of their supporting acts, too, but you can find the relevant details (and some nice photos) in this Natalie.mu article.
Now, for disclosure’s sake, let it be said that this guy was not a Ladybaby fan, going back to when this site started to come together, but was slowly won over on the strength of their most recent releases with Ladybeard and learning a few things about where they fit within the broader idol scene — friends and allies, that sort of thing. So the Idol Formerly Known as Ladybaby is and will remain a thing that I’m going to watch closely, mostly to see if they can take their sound in interesting directions without built-in harsh vocals.