January 1, 2016 - AKB48's Takahashi Minami's Graduation Concert to be held in Yokohama Stadium + actual graduation postponed
On AKB48's official blog, it was announced that Takahashi Minami's graduation concert would be held at Yokohama Stadium on March 27.
As previously revealed, it will be a 2-day concert on March 26 and March 27. The first day on the 26th will features AKB48's solo concert while the 27th will be "the 1st AKB48 Group Touzai Taikou Uta Gassen" (for Daytime) and "AKB48 Group Takahashi Minami graduation Concert" (for night).
Also, Takahashi's graduation was originally planned after the concert on March 28 at the AKB48 Theater, but now it has been postponed to her 25th birthday, on April 8, at the theater at Akihabara.
July 29, 2015 - NGT48's 1st Generation members announced
The final auditions to choose the first members of NGT48 have taken place. NGT48 is AKB48's latest sister group, and will be the fourth currently active 48 Group in Japan. The auditions had 5,850 applicants, and 74 candidates were chosen to participate in the final screening. Ultimately there were 22 girls who successfully passed the auditions. The ages of the winners range from 12 to 20 years old.
July 28, 2015 - Nogizaka46 achieves their highest first week sales yet
On July 22, AKB48's "official rival" Nogizaka46 released their 12th single Taiyou Knock. In a week the single sold approximately 610 thousand copies, and topped Oricon's charts. This is the most singles that Nogizaka46 has sold in a week, and is their 11th chart-topping single. The group now stands in third place in the number of consecutive No.1 releases. Taiyou Knock is also notable as the theme song of Hatsumori Bemars, the first drama starring Nogizaka46 members.
July 21, 2015 - NMB48's latest single ranks first on Oricon charts
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