tokyohive previously posted an article asking, "Will AKB48's Maeda Atsuko go solo this year?", and now we know the answer is YES!
On April 23rd, Maeda Atsuko announced at AKB48�s handshake event in Nagoya Dome that she would have her solo debut on June 22nd. The debut theme song is titled �Flower� and will be used as a background theme song in Maeda�s new movie, �MoshiDORA�. 21,000 fans in the stadium gave her their blessings with loud cheers. Maeda smiled, �I also just heard I would be having a solo debut recently, so I wasn�t really able to prepare mentally, but I�m really happy�.
AKB48 has been around for 5 years since their indie debut of �Sakura no Hanabiratachi� in February 2006. Their new song �Everyday, Kachuusha� will be their 21st single and will be performed by the senbatsu (selected) members. In June, �AKB�s face� will have her first lead role in a movie and will have her much-awaited solo debut.
When the announcement was shown on the screen, the fans in Nagoya Dome erupted with cheers and the other AKB members also sent their blessings with a smile. The theme song for the movie �MoshiDORA� will be AKB48�s new song �Everyday, Kachuusha�, and Maeda's debut song is completely different, asvit�s a medium number. Maeda introduced it, �The lyrics are really fantastic and it�s kind of like a support song�.
The only other member who has had an official solo debut is Itano Tomomi (19); a first generation AKB48 member like Maeda. �Flower� will be released through King Records, just like AKB48 and Itano�s releases.
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