I already called this over a year ago when I wrote about Tokyo Girls’ Style’s indie Maltine Girls’ Wave album, but now they’ve made it official: TGS are now ARTISTES.
The group announced that they’d make the transition from idols to artists earlier this year–because only in J-pop do you have to confirm that you’re actually an artist.
All this really means is that they’ll no longer appear in idol magazines or perform at idol festivals, which isn’t a huge deal. Unfortunately, they’re also permanently retiring some of their early bubblegum hits, including the joyous “Onaji Kimochi.”
TGS released their final single as an idol group last month, “Stay With Me.” The a-side is a perfect ’70s soft-rock ballad and one of the few truly fantastic TGS slow jams that exists, while b-side “Kasokudo” is another one of those great retro disco-funk numbers that’s become the group’s defining sound. (Take a listen below.)
They’ll officially close the door on idol life once and for all next month with the release of their first greatest hits compilation, 1st BEST ALBUM Kirari☆. It’s two discs and it includes a bunch of the group’s finest b-sides, so obviously it’s a MUST HAVE. Don’t be afraid to pinch from Granny’s purse if you can’t afford the few hundred bucks it’ll cost to buy every edition and then pay for shipping from Japan.
As for TGS’s post-idol life, I think there’s a lot to look forward to. Over the past year or two, the group have been promoting themselves to new audiences in every way possible, from bumping up their social media presence and collaborating with indie artists to recordings songs in English and playing shows in America. I can see a lot more of that happening as they follow Perfume and Kyary in marketing TGS to Western audiences.
All you ignorant flops who have been ignoring my TGS posts for years are going to be sorry you ever doubted me!