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BiS celebrates their 1st anniversary + loses their manager

March 26, 2012 @ 11:41 pm
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The girls of the unique idol group BiS ('Brand-new idol Society') have celebrated their 1st anniversary since their CD debut with an extra-long concert at LOFT/PLUS ONE in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Since their CD debut in March 2011, the girls have provided us with a rather different concept for an idol group as well as some great tracks, which even earned them invitations to various rock festivals. They also already went through many shaping events - such as losing a member, gaining a member, their infamous 'nude' PV, their surprise attack against fellow idol group Momoiro Clover Z, and many more. BiS are also starring in the movie "Idol is Dead".

The concert began with a toast from leader Pour Lui, who thanked their fans and said, "Thanks to everyone who came here today. One year. We've come this far only because of you guys."

BiS then went on to challenge one of their longest set lists to date with live performances of a total of 27 songs, including many of their already well-known songs as well as many rare tunes. Additionally to the sold-out venue, the concert was also streamed live on Nico Nico Namahousou, where over 30,000 people watched the girls online. However, at the end of the concert, the happy anniversary mood was abruptly dampened by the sudden announcement of their manager Watanabe Junnosuke (Tsubasa Records).




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He appeared on stage before the last song and announced that he's going to be resigning as their manger and creative director with the release of their new single "IDOL" (limited to HMV only) on April 11th. Watanabe has been the mastermind behind their unique concepts since their formation. He was in tears when he announced his decision in front of the fans. This decision probably has to do with group's reorganization towards a more 'normal' concept with the release of "IDOL", since he mentioned that people will understand it after watching the PV.

After this announcement, the girls finally performed "IDOL" in typical idol costumes, which still has yet to sink in with some of their fans.

At the end of the concert, the girls commented that they are sad about Watanabe's announcement, but at the same time they reassured their fans that this won't be the end of BiS and asked them to continue with their support. On their blog they wrote, "All we can do is move forward and we hope you'll watch over us on the way."

On April 15th, the group will be holding another concert to celebrate the release of "IDOL", and also announce their new member.

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Sources: hotexpress, CD Journal, mFound, HMV

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