We saw a changing of the guard this week. For the past couple of years, the top Google searches that ultimately led visitors to this site remained pretty consistent: BABYMETAL, LADYBABY, Candye Syrup, ATARASHII GAKKO!, Broken by the Scream and PassCode. This past May, we saw a new group make an appearance in these top results and slowly inch their way up the charts until our latest report from Google landed in our inbox announcing that we have had a change in the #1 spot.
So, congratulations (and, “Thank you!”) to PLANCK STARS for becoming the top Google search result that drives visitors to our site!!
And speaking of the Top Tier, we had a bunch of A-listers drop new songs and MVs this week, so let’s just segue right into that:
Zenbu Kimi no Sei da. take us shopping to stock up on comfort food to console us when they’re gone.
MELON BATAKE A GO GO give us a behind-the-scenes look at their member recruitment process.
BiSH is Over.
BABYMETAL is Back.
ATARASHII GAKKO! give us a new, mostly-English, track. If you ever wanted to hear Suzuka say, “Fxxk you all!” here ya go:
PIGGS give us a throwback track to their indie idol days. Feel the nostalgia for the good ‘ol days of 2022.
Over on the Homicidols Discord Server, envyx shared this playlist of alt-idols from Indonesia. We’ve featured nextanative here before, but the rest of these artists were new to me. There’s definitely some great stuff to check out here.
RAY keep doing their best to make the world a better place for everyone.
RAY also gave us this invaluable guide for attending an idol live, thoughtfully translated into English by Azusa Suga of For Tracy Hyde.
BiS are always required to release a video the same week BABYMETAL does, so here is the entry form the other OG alt-idol unit.
On the treat Super Season, one of our favorite debuts of 2022, has been doing really well.
I to U $CREAMING are especially good live.
I don’t believe we’ve ever posted Le Noir Eclat on the site before, but Fredo introduced us to them over on the Homicidols Discord Server, so I think it is time we start.
I know some of you love Philosophy no Dance. That is perfectly ok.
Rin is ending activities with Yumegiwa Last Girl due to financial and family circumstances. She gives no specific word on the fate of her incredible solo project, Utero (which pre-dated her joining YLG), but she says she hopes to continue working in music.
【yumegiwa last girlから皆様へ】
この度、夢際りんは4月24日(月)の新宿BLAZEでのワンマンライブをもちまして、yumegiwa last girlとしての活動を終了いたします。
引き続き、yumegiwa last girlへの応援をよろしくお願いいたします。#夢際 pic.twitter.com/rBlq3XZher
— yumegiwa last girl ‘23.4.24 新宿BLAZE (@yumegiwa_l_g) February 24, 2023
CROSSNOESIS is goin on hiatus in May.
この度、5/20に開催される4th anniversary one man live「plant」公演をもって、無期限の活動休止とさせていただきます。
— クロスノエシス (@CROSSNOESIS) February 21, 2023
Himeno Kurosaki has withdrawn from Lila Gray.
— Lila Gray (@lilagray_info) February 19, 2023
RISANO (formerly risano of lyrical school) announced that she has a new Instagram account, and is working on new music.
(Dear my fans♡)
(I have few announcements!) pic.twitter.com/6YN0bV26Nl
— RISANO (@risano_0928) February 23, 2023
YUHI, formerly of one of the best pop-punk idol units of all time, THE SPUNKY, has re-emerged as a member of this international vocal collaboration project.