2009 Hopes / Predictions / Fears

Well it’s very nearly the end of the year again and I quite enjoying doing these lists so hear they are, my hopes, predictions and fears for Hello! Project, TNX and AKB48 in 2009! Like last year I’ll put likelihood in brackets.

Hopes

  • Morning Musume release their 9th studio album, a Mandarin duet from JunLin would be lovely! (4)
  • Fujimoto Miki releases her 7th single – Okitegami is pretty much done, it was nice but we’ve heard it enough already! (3)
  • Mano Erina makes her major debut and manages to sell relatively well, (4)
  • The Elder Club don’t stop making releases despite them no longer being members of Hello! Project, (2)
  • SHIPS sell better! (Could this really be hard considering the sales of their last single?) (3)
  • Ice Creamusume quickly release some original material, (3)
  • Kago Ai releases her mini-album which is already supposed to be out! (3)
  • Goto Maki finally gets a single from Avex,
  • Tsuji Nozomi appears at the final Elder Club concert (this has already been semi-confirmed though not by Up-Front), (3)
  • Ohori Meshibe releases a second single, (2)
  • No more major graduations from AKB48, (2)
  • We see more of SKE48, (4)

Predictions

  • Ice Creamusume fails to make an impact in Japan, (3)
  • Mano Erina becomes the “new Kusumi Koharu,” only more loveable, (3)
  • Morning Musume graduation? (3)
  • Berryz Koubou / C-ute graduation? (3)
  • New Hello! Project groups, once again temporary, (4)
  • Oogoe Diamond will be the high point of AKB48 sales, (3)

Fears

  • More auditions, Up-Front needs to concentrate on the artists it has (3)
  • Morning Musume graduation, the 9nin lineup is good! (3)
  • Hello! Project keeps the Wonderful Hearts / Elder Club scheme and Morning Musume as well as some Eggs comrpise the Elder Club, (Please no!) (2)
  • Scandal…(2)
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