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AKB48

AKB48 are an all-female Japanese theater troupe/musical unit created by the famous producer Akimoto Yasushi. "AKB" is short for Akihabara, a Tokyo district where the group gives daily performances in its own theater, and 48 is supposed to point out the number of members in this populous teen squad, although it's more of an approximation. Yasushi established AKB48 in 2005 by holding an audition attended by 8,000 participants, who were filtered down to 20 girls; the winners debuted on-stage in 2005 as AKB48's Team A. In 2006, Yasushi teamed up with a telecom firm to produce the world's first ever audition based on mobile-phone-mailed submissions, which attracted close to 12,000 hopefuls, 18 of whom became Team K. The third unit -- naturally, Team B -- followed later the same year; the producers briefly toyed with the idea of reorganizing AKB48 into two bunches, Baragumi and Yurigumi, but ultimately dropped it. The band debuted with the single "Sakura No Hanabiratachi" (2006), which sold 46,000 copies -- a decent result for an indie label release -- and by the third single, "Aitakatta" (2006), they were picked up by DefSTAR Records, a sublabel of Sony Music. They then proceeded to confirm that there's nothing like a little scandal to make headway in showbiz: the single "Seifuku Ga Jama Wo Suru" (2007) rose to number seven -- the band's chart record -- propelled by rumors that it referenced a specific Japanese type of voluntary underage prostitution, an eyebrow-raising topic for a bunch of teen girls. AKB48 played it down, confirming that they were into social critique with their next single, "Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou" (2007), which dealt with bullying.

All in all, 2007 was a busy year for AKB48: they delivered a barrage of big releases, simultaneously cranking out six full-length albums (three by Team A and three by Team K) and a stack of seven stage DVDs (again, by those two teams only); besides, several girls starred in the movie Densen Uta, and the whole group starred in the mega-popular new year TV show Kohaku Uta Gassen. The third branch of AKB48 released its own DVD in 2008, when the group also compiled the Set List: Greatest Songs 2006-2007 CD, which sold 27,000 copies. Inevitably with a cast of this size, the lineup adjusted constantly, with several girls "graduating" in 2007-2008, and one, Kikuchi Ayaka, kicked out for the sin of getting caught on camera in the company of a boy. Unperturbed by personnel shifts, AKB48 continued to perform and record, releasing three singles in 2008 and following those in 2009 with Oogoe Diamond, which sold 65,000 copies, and Namida Surprise!, their first gold release (134,000 units sold). They confirmed their rising popularity by scheduling two gigs at the Budokan with their "sister band," SKE48, the same year. ~ Alexey Eremenko, Rovi
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Today is Minami Takahashi's 23rd birthday!
Yesterday was Mayu Watanabe's birthday, she's 20 years old now, doesn't anyone know that!
I know Mariko Shinoda is from Japan (course) and Mike Shinoda (from Linkin Park) has traces of Japanese in him... Are they couzins?
I wish their music was on iTunes
Good song
Today is Mariko Shinoda's birthday, she's now 28 years old!
Redgate324 you should be ashame for yourself of what you said last week, I mean seriously do you have a computer at home so you can look at all the members from AKB48?
AKB48 the best!!! Always!! :D
I wish there were more akb48 songs on pandora. And solos from tomomi itano
I never heard of these guys, but I like 'em!
Mai Oshima, Haruna Kojima, Yuko Oshima, Yuki Kashiwagi, and Mayu Watanabe are the best and my top 5 favorites of AKB48.
OML. THIS SONNNNGGG~~! :OOOOOOOOOOO -DIES- THIS IS MY FAVE SONG~! ;O;
they dont have the sugar rush song from wreck on pandora TT.TT
I prefer team k



Heavy rotation then river then beginner
Thay should have nagisa no cherry ^__^
I wish they'd do atsuko maeda (Acchan) on here if she sings any songs
I hope pandora dissuades to get more albums from AKB48.
animefryk05
I love AKB48 especially Takamina. I'm surprised it made it into pandora.
I love AKB48, especially the 1st generation~! I wish they had more songs, like Sakura no Hanabiratach i , and the song that started my love for AKB48 and J-pop: Seifuku ga Jama Wo Suru
Omg I love AKB0048 their amazing:)
I LOVE AKB0048.I WISH THEY DID HAVE MORE SONGS TOO.PLEASE .PLEASE ,PLEASE,PPPP P P L L L L L E E E E E A A A A A A S S S S S S S E E E E E E MAKE A SEASON 3.
I LOVE THAT SHOW TOO. IT'S AMAZING.
OH MY GOG--LOLZXD1 2 3 I COULDN'T AGREE MORE.

I LOVE THAT SHOW TO BITS AND PIECES.
It would be nice if they had more of the songs from the anime AKB0048 on pandora too.
More stage songs!!
Yeah this kinda scrapes the bottom of the barrel of my guilty pleasures, they're just so bubblegumtas t i c ! !
love them soooo much!!!
JKT48
So glad they have an anime of them so I can actually listen to the songs lol ❤️❤️
I found out about this band from Wreck-it Ralph lol I love them!!!!! GO AKB48!!!!
Songs*
I love akb48!!!!! There best song is heavy rotation. I'm mad I can't buy there sings on iTunes >:(
Moar songz pls
Why don't they haven't AKB48 another singles
Sakura no Shiori! Finally got one of my favorite AKB songs!!
I Love AKB and all there songs.
My favorite song from them is Heavy Rotation, Yuuko and Mayu are my favorite AKB member!!!
I love akb and all of there songs but my favorite is river because it makes me continue to follow my breams and so much more.
I love dis song n I love their anime version but they don't have this song in da anime
pudwellssi
this is the first time I have heard of AKB48
YESSS
JUST YES
I love River. So catchy.
I am aquatinted with Kojima!!! :)
Laportè there amazingly beautiful but there is a lot of them
I love you guys akb0048
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El único grupo japonés que me gusta eso ella
i adore them!!
I wish there was a Morning Musume Satiation!!
me love this song!!!!
Put more more music by AKB! I prefer Team A~ ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ
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