NMB48 will release their 26th single (currently untitled) on February 23.
On January 1, NMB48 held a streaming event on YouTube where theater manager Kaneko Tsuyoshi announced that Jonishi Rei and Umeyama Cocona would be the double center for the upcoming single. Jonishi expressed, "I said 'I want to be center' at the next generation concert. I want to show with my actions that they are not just words." Similarly, Umeyama stated, "I will do my best to show a new NMB48."
It was also announced that the current six teams will be disassembled, and will move forward as three teams - "New Team N," "New Team M," and "New Team BII," which will only consist of kenkyusei. With this, seventh generation kenkyusei Wada Miyu has been promoted to an official member and will belong to "New Team N" led by Sadano Haruka.
Furthermore, NMB48 held their annual New Year concert where 14 eighth generation members were announced.
[NMB48 26th Single Senbatsu Members]
Abe Wakana / Ishida Yuumi / Umeyama Cocona (W Center) / Kato Yuka / Kawakami Chihiro / Kojima Karin / Sadano Haruka / Shiotsuki Keito / Shibuya Nagisa / Jonishi Rei (W Center) / Shinzawa Nao / Hara Karen / Hirayama Mai (First-Time Senbatsu) / Hongo Yuzuha (First-Time Senbatsu) / Yamamoto Mikana
Captain: Sadano Haruka
Vice Captain: Hirayama Mai
Ishida Yuumi / Izumi Ayano / Okamoto Rena / Kato Yuka / Kojima Karin / Shibuya Nagisa / Shinzawa Nao / Sugiura Kotone / Nakagawa Mion / Minami Haasa / Yamamoto Mikana / Wada Miyu
Captain: Hara Karen
Vice Captain: Abe Wakana
Uno Mizuki / Umeyama Cocona / Kawakami Chihiro / Shiotsuki Keito / Jonishi Rei / Deguchi Yuina / Nakano Mirai / Hori Shion / Hongo Yuzuha / Maeda Reiko / Manabe Anju / Mizuta Shiori / Yamasaki Amiru
Team B II
Asao Momoka / Lee Si Yeon / Orisaka Koharu / Kameno Zion / Kuroda Fuuwa / Satsuki Aika / Sumino Wakana / Hayakawa Yuna / Yoshino Misaki / Ike Honoka / Kuroshima Sakura / Sakashita Mako / Sakata Misaki / Sakamoto Risa / Sakurada Ayaka / Takahashi Sae / Tatsumoto Yayoi / Tanaka Yukino / Fukuno Ami / Matsuoka Sakura / Matsuno Mio / Matsumoto Mihina / Yamamoto Hikaru