AKB48 released the music video accompanying “Jiwaru Days,” the J-pop girl group’s 55th single and the last featuring Rino Sashihara, slated to depart from the group in April.
The 26-year-old Sashihara, aka “Sashiko,” has been a pivotal member of AKB48 since 2008. She’s a four-time winner of the group’s “general election,” three of which were consecutive wins, which was an unprecedented feat. Sashiko announced her departure in December, and will leave the group April 28.
Her “graduation” single expresses the sadness and loneliness of good-byes while also celebrating new beginnings, a sparkly pop number that reflects Sashiko’s buoyant character.
The dresses lining the backdrop and floor in the video are actual outfits used by AKB48 in the past, which took the costume team all night to set up for the shoot. There are 3,450 outfits in all, a play on “Sashiko,” Sashihara’s nickname. The sheer volume reflects the popular girl group’s history while also visually expressing the team’s gratitude to the departing member.
The choreography includes nods to the group’s past songs that featured Sashiko in the center: “Koisuru Fortune Cookie,” “Halloween Night,” “LOVE TRIP,” and “#Sukinanda.” It also features pointing moves inspired from her nickname – Sashihara’s name written in Japanese uses the kanji character that means “to point” — and a cat-like dance because she is famous for showing off her beloved kitties on social media.
Sashiko says that seeing the completed “Jiwaru Days” visuals made her keenly aware that she is really leaving the group, but that the video is her favorite out of all the AKB48 singles.
AKB48’s “Jiwaru Days,” featuring covers with striking black-and-white portraits shot by Itaru Hirama of Tower Records Japan’s “No Music, No Life.” visuals, will be released March 13.
Coldplay Blasting to U.K. Top 10 With ‘Higher Power’
Expect “Higher Power” to enjoy a bump following Chris Martin and Co.’s performance of the song Sunday (May 9) on American Idol, and again at the top of the 2021 Brit Awards this Tuesday (May 11).At the summit of the chart blast is current No. 1 “Body,” by Tion Wayne & Russ Millions. Last Friday, the…
Expect “Higher Power” to enjoy a bump following Chris Martin and Co.’s performance of the song Sunday (May 9) on American Idol, and again at the top of the 2021 Brit Awards this Tuesday (May 11).At the summit of the chart blast is current No. 1 “Body,” by Tion Wayne & Russ Millions. Last Friday, the single lifted 4-1 to become the first drill track to lead the Official U.K. Singles Chart. It’s the most-streamed song of the weekend, the OCC reports.Following the release of his sophomore album Life By Misadventure, Rag’n’Bone Man is eyeing a new peak with “Anywhere Away From Here,” his collaboration with Pink. It’s up 31-11 on the First Look survey. The pair will perform the duet live at the BRITs, to be held at London’s O2 Arena.Finally, The Kid Laroi’s “Without You” continues to climb in the U.K., thanks to a new remix with Miley Cyrus. It’s up 30-13, and is on track for a new high.“Without You” is the current leader on the Australian chart, making the move 10-1 in its 22nd week.The Official U.K. Singles Chart is published late Friday local time.
Royal Blood Splashes at No. 1 In U.K. With ‘Typhoons’
The Brighton pair lead a Top 10 crammed with new releases. Merseyside act The Coral snag a sixth Top 10 LP and highest-chart position in 18 years with Coral Island (Run On), new at No. 2.Mick Fleetwood & Friends’ live tribute Celebrating The Music of Peter Green (BMG) debuts at No. 3, just ahead of…
The Brighton pair lead a Top 10 crammed with new releases. Merseyside act The Coral snag a sixth Top 10 LP and highest-chart position in 18 years with Coral Island (Run On), new at No. 2.Mick Fleetwood & Friends’ live tribute Celebrating The Music of Peter Green (BMG) debuts at No. 3, just ahead of British singer Birdy, whose Young Heart (Atlantic) flies in at No. 4.Gojira, the French metal band, score their first Top 10 album with Fortitude (Roadrunner), new at No. 6, just ahead of Norwegian DIY singer-songwriter Girl in Red’s debut effort If I Could Make It Go Quiet (No. 7 via Marie Ulven), and Pink Floyd’s Live at Knebworth 1990 (No. 8 via Rhino).Completing the Top 10 is DJ Khaled’s digital-only 12th studio set Khaled Khaled. It’s the most-streamed album of the week, according to the OCC, for the Miami producer’s fourth Top 10.There’s a new No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart as Tion Wayne and Russ Millions’ “Body” becomes the first drill track to lead the survey.“Body” lifts 4-1 on scoring 71,000 chart sales, including 10.7 million streams, thanks in part to a remix featuring Bugzy Malone, Fivio Foreign, Darkoo, Buni, ArrDee, and E1 & ZT.”Over 69 years, the Official Singles Chart has seen a multitude of different genres pioneering a new Number 1 sound,” comments Martin Talbot, CEO of the Official Charts Company. “The fantastic achievement this week of Tion Wayne and Russ Millons marks a brand new high point for drill and perhaps the beginning of a new era for the Official Singles Chart.”With the “Body” blow, Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” falls after five weeks at the summit, down 1-2; while Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More” (Ministry of Sound) featuring SZA rises 6-3, a new peak.Finally, Billie Eilish bags this week’s highest new entry with “Your Power” (Interscope). It’s new at No. 5 for the U.S. pop star’s seventh U.K. Top 10.
Insomniac Ruling Upheld Despite Appeal That Judge Was Heavily Medicated
The dispute is linked to a disagreement over the future of the How Sweet It Is music festival, which ran from 1999 to 2001. Rotella helped revive and finance the festival in 2005 but had a falling out with Alper and Ballou over the future of the event in 2010. Alper and Ballou claimed Rotella created a…
The dispute is linked to a disagreement over the future of the How Sweet It Is music festival, which ran from 1999 to 2001. Rotella helped revive and finance the festival in 2005 but had a falling out with Alper and Ballou over the future of the event in 2010. Alper and Ballou claimed Rotella created a competing event called Beyond Wonderland, which still operates today, and that they were owed a piece of the festival.The legal fight went to arbitration, where the case was heard by Schiavelli, who eventually ruled against Alper and Ballou, saying the men bore most of the responsibility for the collapse of their relationship with Rotella and Insomniac due to their “cavalier and essentially non-negotiable attitude.” Schiavelli also noted that the lawsuit wasn’t filed against Insomniac until three years after the initial dispute, following the purchase of Insomniac by Live Nation for $44 million in 2013.During the arbitration, Schiavelli told both parties “that he was [a] party to a personal injury action” related to a fall from a malfunctioning escalator in Encino, California, Moore recounted in her decision. He told both sides “that his injuries were causing him great pain, and that he was taking powerful painkillers that `would knock a horse out.'”“On the first day of the hearing he pulled out his pill bottle and stated he was taking his 10 mg of Percocet to help with his pain,” Alper wrote in a sworn statement. “He typically took the medication with a soda or similar drink before or after his lunch. Initially the Percocet use wasn’t a major concern until the end of the first week of the arbitration when I noticed facts being mixed up.”At one point in the hearing, Schiavelli pulled out a large bag “revealing multiple prescription bottles” and considered offering Alper and Ballou’s attorney a painkiller before changing his mind, saying, “I’d give you one of these, but it would probably knock you out and you wouldn’t be any good to anybody,” according to court documents. Alper and Ballou’s lawyer also observed that Schiavelli was “unusually thirsty and constantly drank large amounts of Gatorade and energy drinks” during the hearing.Lawyers for Alper and Ballou later sued to strike Schiavelli’s ruling favoring Rotella, arguing that “the Arbitrator failed to disclose his alleged inability to conduct or timely complete the proceedings,” according to court documents.Rotella’s attorney Gary Kaufman said he believed the use of medication had no impact on Schiavelli, noting he “interjected with pointed questions, paid full attention, heard and ruled on motions and objections” and said Alper and Ballou’s attorney never mentioned their objection to the taking of medication during the arbitration hearing.The ruling made by Schiavelli, who died of cancer in Sept. 2019, was first appealed to an Orange County judge, who declined to overturn it. It was then appealed to the Court of Appeals of California, Fourth District in Orange County, where Moore was assigned to the case.In her opinion, Moore stated that the comment about the drugs being strong enough to “knock out a horse” was “obviously humorous hyperbole that no one would have taken seriously.” Besides, the judge continued, “plaintiffs did not make a demand at any point to disqualify the arbitrator, nor did they even question the arbitrator’s ability to conduct the hearing. Indeed, plaintiffs’ counsel made a strategic decision ‘to finish the arbitration hearing and hope for the best.’”Billboard reached out to both Insomniac and lawyers for Alper and Ballou but did not receive a response.