All About Japanese Girl Group Nmb48 Pop Music Group From Osaka
What is NM48 & What Does This Group Do?
Those of you that have followed what has gone on within the huge Japanese idol section of the industry know that I have dedicated much time to covering AKB48. But for now, I wanted to just focus on one of the other groups NMB48. NMB48 is a Japanese girl group based in Osaka. It is one of the “sister” musical groups of NMB48 founded by producer Yasushi Akimoto in 2010. He wanted to expand AKB48’s influence and see if they could get exposure in other countries in Asia. The song called Renai Higaitodoke is a B-side song to the single "Kitagawa Kenji" and it is my favorite NMB48 song so far! NMB48 also known as Namba 48 is a Japanese girl group similar to the group AKB48 and this group also holds regular stage performances.
A Photo of Idol Group NMB48 With Former Team N Captain Sayaka Yamamoto
When Were the Seeds of This Group Planted?
The earliest origins of NMB48 date back to August 2010 and these auditions for members were broadcast on the TV show called "Starhime Sagashitarou.”
The First & Second Generations of NMB48 Members
The first set of auditions witnessed 26 girls successfully passing. However, there still had to be what is called inter-auditions so that 16 girls could be chosen for what was supposed to be Team N. The first performances of NMB48 were started on January 1, 2011. Team N was formed on March 10, 2011. It would be announced that NMB48 would be making their single debut with the one called “Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo.” That single was eventually released on July 20, 2011. At the end of Team N’s performance at TDC Hall on June 6, 2011, the second generation members of this group was announced, thus bringing the total number of members to 48 which was the goal from the start of this group’s history.
NMB48 Has Had to Deal With Scandals Unfortunately
However, just like original girl group AKB48, NMB48 also had to deal with a scandal that surfaced within the group. Photos of then second generation member Rena Shimada with a boyfriend in August 2011 started to surface on the Internet. At first, there was no action that was taken regarding these photos but as time went by, more controversies ensued.
Suspensions & Replacements of NMB48 Members Followed
Note: the reason that Shimada was suspended at the time is because NMB48 just like these other girl groups forbids their members from having boyfriends as long as they are members of these groups.
She was suspended from the rest of these group activities for the rest of 2011. In addition to her suspension, members Akari Yoshida and Shiori Matsuda were suspended because they were unable to balance their school work with their work life. Yoshida along with Rina Kondo and Miyuki Watanabe were suspended from what is called the preliminary Senbatsu for the group’s second single for reasons that were never publicly revealed. These girls were replaced with Yuuki Yamaguchi, Natsumi Yamagishi, and Ayaka Murakami.
A Full List of All of the Singles of NMB48
Extinct Black Haired Girl (debut single)
Bokura no Eureka
Must Be Now
Oh My God!
Innocence Under 19
Takane no Ringo
I'm Not Here
Someone Other Than Me
Don't Look Back!
Even I Will Cry
Tokonoma Seiza Musume
"Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo"
A Photo of Team M Captain Nagisa Shibuya
"Love's Damage Report"
The Single Called Durian Shounen Reaches #1 On the Japanese Singles Chart!
For those of you that enjoyed reading about the singles Kimagure Princess and Wagamama ki no Mama Ai No Joke, you will love to read about this story. Osaka Japan’s girl group NMB48 has made history for a great reason. Their 12th single called Durian Shounen made its debut at #1 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart. Durian Shounen was released on July 15, 2015 and it is the follow-up single to the one called Don’t Look Back! Durian Shounen sold 371,000 copies during its first week of release. The single comes in a regular edition, a DVD and a Theater Edition as well. NMB48 made history by being the 5th female fronted group to have ten chart topping singles. The four other groups to accomplish this milestone are AKB48, SKE48, Nogizaka46 and Morning Musume. Ririka Suto, then 18, would serve as the center for this single. She was the group’s first round draft pick during the 1st AKB48 Group Draft Kaigai in November 2013. This is also the first time that a drafted member will take the center spot for a title track of any of these groups’ singles.
Why Is NMB48 a Significant Musical Group?
They are significant not only because of chart topping singles but they have given this writer many reasons to be hopeful and optimistic about the future! If for some fans, heavy metal music has saved them for me groups such as NMB48, AKB48, and Morning Musume 19 have given me reasons to know that through the power of music, vibrations can be lifted higher, leading to a life filled with higher quality!
"Oh My God!"
A Map of Osaka Japan, the Origin of Girl Group NMB48
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