JC Chasez is stepping back into the pop spotlight, but unfortunately, it's not to release his long-awaited sophomore album. Instead of blessing us with The Story of Kate, he's launching a girl group called Girl Radical. And guess what? They're modelled after Japan's biggest pop act, the almighty AKB48.
Even for fans of Eastern pop, AKB48 is an acquired taste. Personally, I love Yasushi Akimoto's miniskirted army, but not everybody is going to be into hyperactive Japanese idol pop sung by a group of schoolgirls with roughly 90 members. However, AKB48's underrated subunit, DiVA, is a lot easier to get into, and turned me into a fan long before I came around to their mother group.