FRUITS ZIPPER to Hold Finale of 1st Tour at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA in February 2023

18.November.2022 | MUSIC

On November 11, FRUITS ZIPPER held their 2nd solo concert, Sekai wa Kimi kara Hajimaru, at Shibuya WWW X. The group’s first Tokyo/Osaka/Nagoya tour, FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER, is scheduled to take place in February 2023, and the finale will be held at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA on February 12.

 

 

FRUITS ZIPPER’s second solo concert was also held at WWW X. Tickets were sold out immediately following the last concert, and the venue was packed to capacity. The group performed all of their popular original songs, such as their latest single Sekai wa Kimi kara Hajimaru. Fans were also excited to hear Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, which has over 500 million plays on TikTok. 

 

During the concert’s MC portion, it was announced that the finale of FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER would be held on February 12 at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA. This will be the largest venue in FRUITS ZIPPER’s concert history.

Advance tickets are now available on the subscription-only community channel ‘Atsumare☆Furuppa!’ on OPENREC.tv.

The group’s newest song Sekai wa Kimi kara Hajimaru is now available on all music streaming services.

 

FRUITS ZIPPER is also scheduled to perform at the Tainan Young New Year’s Eve Party countdown event to be held in Taiwan on New Year’s Eve. 

 

<Tour Information>

■FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER

Date: February 3, 2023

Venue: ReNY limited

Time: Venue opens at 17:30 / Show starts at 18:30

Contact: Sunday Folk Promotion (052-320-9100) *Available daily 12:00-18:00

 

Date: February 5, 2023

Venue: Nanba Hatch

Time: Venue opens at 16:30 / Show starts at 17:30

Contact: Kyodo Information (0570-200-888)

 

FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER 〜FRUITS DAY〜

Date: February 9, 2023

Venue: Shibuya WWW X

Time: Venue opens at 18:00 / Show starts at 19:00

Contact: HOT STUFF PROMOTION (03-5720-9999) *Available weekdays 11:00-19:00

 

FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER 〜ZIPPER DAY~

Date: February 10, 2023

Venue: Shibuya WWW X

Time: Venue opens at 17:30 / Show starts at 18:30

Contact: HOT STUFF PROMOTION (03-5720-9999) *Available weekdays 11:00-19:00

 

[Tickets]

VIP Standing: ¥15,000 (Tax Included / Drinks not included)

General Standing: ¥5,000 ((Tax Included / Drinks not included)

 

General Sales: January 14, 10:00~

 

■FRUITS ZIPPER 1st LIVE TOUR 2023 WINTER -TOUR FINAL –

Date: February 12, 2023

Venue: LINE CLUB SHIBUYA

Time: Venue opens at 17:00 / Show starts at 18:00

Contact: Sunrise Promotion Tokyo (0570-00-3777) *Weekdays 12:00-15:00

 

[Tickets]

Assigned VIP Seat: ¥18,000 (Tax Included)

General Assigned Seating: ¥6,500 (Tax Included)

 

Advance tickets available for subscription members of ‘Atsumare☆Furuppa!’ on OPENREC.tv!

November 11 at 21:00 ~ November 14 at 23:59

https://www.openrec.tv/subscription/user/FRUITS_ZIPPER

 

[Notes]

・Up to 2 tickets per person per purchase. (Young children not permitted.)

・Tickets will be electronic. 

・The Tokyo performance on February 9 will be men-only. 

・The Tokyo performance on February 10 will be women-only. 

・Transfering or reselling tickets for a fee without the consent of the event organizer is prohibited.

 

<Release Information>

Sekai wa Kimi kara Hajimaru – FRUITS ZIPPER (Digital Single)

Release Date: November 11, 2022

Streaming Links : https://ssm.lnk.to/SKH

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    Hayase, the youngest member at only 17, put her cuteness on display, chatting about how she had started carrying parasols, wearing sunscreen, and learning how to wear makeup. Meanwhile, Manaka, the oldest of the group, revealed her belief that “trusting others is a key to self-growth,” going on to state that “doing something alone isn’t worth it. It’s more meaningful when someone hears you or watches you.” 

     

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    The lyrics seem to depict the many memories that FRUITS ZIPPER and fans will make together in the future. “From now on, we’ll always be together/I’ll engrave that promise on you so you don’t forget/I’ll tell you over and over/I’ll tell you over and over,” the girls sang.

     

    During the chat after the performance, Chinzei announced the new song, with her voice beginning to warp and repeat. She laughed it off, wondering if she was beginning to shift beyond directions. 

     

    The second half of the show began with the members dancing to the samba rhythm of their song Furefure Summer! during the interlude. 

     

    Matsumoto then announced Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, the audience exploded with excitement, pumped to hear the song that put FRUITS ZIPPER on the map. This song brought people’s cuteness this summer, but the cuteness of the original was too powerful, with the fans almost too happy to function.

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    After the audience began clapping incessantly, the members once again appeared on stage to perform their new song Sekai wa Kimi kara Hajimaru once again. Once the song ended, FRUITS ZIPPER had some exciting news to share–the girls will be collaborating with the magazine B.L.T. on a new series of articles! They also announced that their second solo concert will be held at Shibuya WWW X on November 11, 2022. 

     

    During the final MC, each member gave their thoughts on the day’s performance. 

     

    Manaka: “Feeling everyone in the audience watching me just makes me feel stronger and more united with the other members of FRUITS ZIPPER. I want to continue our work as one and continue performing in the future!”

     

    Sakurai: “Since joining FRUITS ZIPPER, I’ve become so aware of how many people support me. Someday, I want to become an inspiration and support to someone else. I want to make someone else out there want to be an idol too.”

     

    Nakagawa: “My dream is to sign my autograph on the backstage walls of live music clubs around the world, so I’ll do my best to make that come true!” 

     

    Tsukiashi: I’ve been so happy this summer. I’m so fulfilled and I have this amazing sense of satisfaction. I hope that FRUITS ZIPPER will be able to spend many more happy seasons together.” 

     

    Hayase: “When I joined FRUITS ZIPPER, I realized that chances are something everyone finds on their own. I hope that I can keep taking advantage of the opportunities I find to become a better person.”

     

    Matsumoto: “From now on, I want to be an idol who not only makes me feel happy but also makes everyone else feel happy and entertained. Please keep supporting me as I work my hardest!” 

     

    Chinzei: “Thanks to you all, I’m able to look forward to my future with so much support. I want to be that support for everyone too. I sincerely hope that we can keep supporting each other in the future!”

     

    Manaka, Matsumoto, and Chinzei were so moved that they nearly began to cry. Until the very end, however, the seven members were strong, determined to communicate with their fans in their own words.

     

    The group’s last song was Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro. A cannon sent multicolored paper blasting across the crowd, making the atmosphere even more bright and fun. 

     

    To close the show, Chinzai gave a statement. “FRUITS ZIPPER will continue to move forward along with our motto ‘From Harajuku to the world,’ so please support us!”

     

    With this incredible momentum, FRUITS ZIPPER will continue to soar to new heights. Don’t miss your chance to see the upwards trajectory of this incredible idol group!

     

    The live performance is currently archived on ZAIKO.

    Text: Kazuaki Asato
    Photos: Masayo

  • Rising Idol Group FRUITS ZIPPER Releases 7th Single ‘We are Frontier’

    06.September.2022 | MUSIC

    FRUITS ZIPPER has been skyrocketing in popularity. This summer, the group’s track Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro took off on TikTok, with the music video racking up over 2.3 million views on YouTube. On TikTok, their songs have seen over 450 million plays, and on September 2, the girls released their new single, We are Frontier. This marks the third of four consecutive song releases. 

     

    The new song was produced by Hirotaka Hayakawa, who wrote the FRUITS ZIPPER tracks Kimi no Akarui Mirai wo Oikakete and skyfeelan. Branching out from their usual cute sound, the new track focuses more on ‘cool,’ showing off FRUITS ZIPPER’s aim to push forward and make their mark on in the idol landscape.

    More details about the group’s first solo live show ‘KIKKAKE’ at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM on September 12 have been announced. VIP tickets and general admission tickets available for pre-sale sold out instantly, but in response to fan requests, the event will be broadcast live on ZAIKO! Tickets for the stream are available now, so don’t miss out!

  • FRUITS ZIPPER Launches First Subscription Community Channel ‘Atsumare☆Furuppa!’

    26.August.2022 | MUSIC

    The idol group FRUITS ZIPPER will launch its first subscription-only community channel ‘Atsumare☆Furuppa!’ on the video platform OPENREC.tv!

     

    The first stream will air on September 1. Half of the first stream will be available for free, so be sure to tune in!

     

    A Follow & Retweet campaign will be held to commemorate the event, and the winner will snag a signed photo of the FRUITS ZIPPER members! Stay tuned for more campaigns to coincide with the second and third streams.

     

    Follow & Retweet Campaign – Win and Recieve an Autographed Photo!

    Fans following the official FRUITS ZIPPER Twitter account and retweeting the appropriate post will be entered to win a signed photo of the members! When retweeting, be sure to let the group know what you’d like to see on the stream.


    ・FRUITS ZIPPER Official Twitter Account
    https://twitter.com/FRUITS_ZIPPER
    *The first campaign post will appear on the official FRUIT ZIPPER account, so retweet it!


    ・Number of Presents

    *The number of gifts will depend on the number of Retweets.
    Up to 100: 3
    100-200: 4
    200-300: 5
    Over 300: 10

  • KAWAII LAB. Report #10: Summer Vacation ZIPPER!

    19.August.2022 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON readers, it’s nice to meet you! I’m Misa Kimura, the general producer of KAWAII LAB.

    On August 9, the group I produce, FRUITS ZIPPER, held their solo concert ‘Summer Vacation Zipper!’ at Yokohama 1000CLUB.

     

    FRUITS ZIPPER has been holding regular performances once a month, and thankfully, they’ve been selling out instantly, which makes me want to happy scream…we wanted to allow as many people as possible to see them live, which led to this summer concert. In this report, I wanted to look back at Summer Vacation ZIPPER, so be sure to read until the end!

    The theme for the show was, of course, summer vacation. The girls wanted to keep the fun going until the very last second, so we had fewer MC parts, instead having each member introduce themselves during their performance. This was also the largest venue FRUITS ZIPPER has performed in so far for a solo concert! FRUITS ZIPPER’s regular shows are always different, so we wanted to keep with that trend, doing something totally different. That’s how the laser performance came to be.

     

    We’d never used them before, but I thought they would look awesome in such a huge venue, so I took a chance!

     

    Check out the setlist for the concert below. 

     

    SE long ver.

    1 We are Frontier

    2 Re→TRY & FLY

    3 Furefure Summer! (Self Introduction ver.)

    4 Kimi no Akarui Mirai wo Oikakete

    MC

    5 Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro

    6 skyfeelan

    ~Summer Vacation ZIPPER! Special Laser Show~

    7 RADIO GALAXY

    8 Kanpeki Shugi de☆

     

    Encore

    Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro

    Furefure Summer!

    I made a long version of the intro to the laser show because wanted to make the sound effects really pop, and the first track really fits with the cool imagery. I took the FRUITS ZIPPER song Furefure Summer! and incorporated the member’s self-introductions along with the smooth samba rhythm. I think each member’s personality shone through so much, it was perfect! I think personally, it was difficult for some of the girls during rehearsal, with the default being something like “I’m Suzuka Chinzei, and my color is orange.” It’s hard to explain in writing, so anyone who doesn’t understand should ask Suzuka directly…

     

    For Furefure Summer!, I wanted to make a real sense of togetherness, so I thickened up the chorus and really stirred things up! It made me so happy to see the fans spinning their towels along with the girls.

    During the second half of the show, the girls performed RADIO GALAXY along with a special laser show. After seeing it during rehearsals, I was so excited to see it with the members! Even when the members left the stage, the energy in the venue didn’t die down at all. With such a cool performance, the members still channeled cuteness. FRUITS ZIPPER’s performance was so unique and totally embodied the idea of NEW KAWAII♡

     

    During the encore version of Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, I decided to break it up a bit! How was the slightly rougher version?

     

    I guess the highlight was Yui Sakurai’s part at the beginning. I think all of the members were able to pick out a good spot to break out because of her, so thank you, Yui.

     

    We tried to do something new with Summer Vacation ZIPPER! Although it was based on the idea of ‘vacation,’ so many people showed up, and we were so thankful. The event sold out even though it was held on a weekday, and so many people told us how much fun they had! FRUITS ZIPPER puts a big emphasis on entertaining audiences live, so I think this was a really meaningful performance ahead of their first one-man show on September 12. We’re not slowing down just yet, and the girls will keep working hard until that major milestone next month!

     

    I had so much more I wanted to ramble about, but that’s all for this report. See you again soon♡

     

    Thanks to everyone for reading until the very end!

  • Live Report: FRUITS ZIPPER Special Summer Solo Concert ~Summer Vacation Zipper!’

    17.August.2022 | MUSIC

    FRUITS ZIPPER is a seven-member idol group created by ASOBISYSTEM’s KAWAII LAB project, aiming to introduce Japan’s growing idol culture to the world. Members of the up-and-coming group include Amane Tsukiashi, Suzuka Chinzei, Yui Sakurai, Luna Nakagawa, Mana Manaka, Karen Matsumoto, and Noel Hayase.

     

    The group has a simple concept: “From Harajuku to the World.” Ready to transmit what they call ‘NEW KAWAII’ from Harajuku, an area known for fashion and individuality, to their soon-to-be global fanbase, the group has already begun to shatter records. Their song Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro exploded in popularity on TikTok, racking up over 200 million plays and cementing the group’s spot as one of the biggest breakout idol groups of 2022.

     

    On August 9, FRUITS ZIPPER held a special summer solo concert titled ‘Summer Vacation Zipper!’ at Yokohama 1000CLUB. The performance was held to continue the summer festival energy pulsing through the country, and as a way to build momentum for the group as they head towards their solo concert at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM on September 12. FRUITS ZIPPER performed a total of 10 songs and effortlessly kept the audience hooked from start to finish. Plenty of curious concertgoers turned up to get a glimpse of the hottest idol group on the scene, and tickets sold out despite the concert being held on a weekday.

     

    When it came time for the show to begin, the lights dimmed and the venue was illuminated by lasers. A long intro played along with the colorful lights, gradually building up anticipation with quicker beats and clapping sounds. The members appeared, slowly marching onto the stage and dancing along. With that, the show began in earnest.

     

    The summer show kicked off with the song We are Frontier. Red lights illuminated the stage and the seven sang powerfully, giving their all to perform their slick dance moves using their entire body. The audience swayed along, mesmerized entirely by the power of these seven performers. This concert was a hit from the very beginning.

     

    Moving into the song Re→TRY & FLY, the girls easily moved to the rhythm. During the chorus, the girls sang in perfect unison, bravely advancing to the front of the stage while raising their fists in the air. As the show continued, the members of FRUITS ZIPPER began to find the stage more comfortable, getting more fired up along with the fans in the crowd.

     

    The song Furefure Summer!, perfect for the season, was performed with an air of pure joy, with self-introductions made during the performance to emphasize each member’s individuality. The audience responded with their own towels and glow sticks as the band members ran around the stage, waving their own. The audience was becoming more and more heated up by the festival-like concert. 

     

    During the beautiful track Kimi no Akarui Mirai wo Oikakete, the girls looked adorable as they jumped, waved, and reached out to the audience. It was easy to feel how much passion they had for FRUITS ZIPPER, and their expressions were filled with only sincerity. 

     


     

    During the MC portion, Suzuka Chinzei gave a comment. “We’ve been holding regular performances every month, but we heard from many of our fans that they just couldn’t win the ticket lottery, so we decided to hold this special performance here at Yokohama 1000 Club!” She also expressed her appreciation to the many people who came out, shocked that the tickets had sold out so quickly.

     

    The second half of the concert began with the group’s most popular track to date, Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro. Each member was as cute as could be, each highlighting their most adorable parts. The audience was mesmerized by the detailed dance, filled with cross-steps, hand raises, and perfectly-synced turns. Happy energy spread throughout the venue as the girls transitioned into skyfeelan, a song with a gorgeous melody. The girls sang well, sometimes transitioning into a falsetto. FRUITS ZIPPER contains a wealth of singers with incredible potential, and it seems that the sky is the limit.

     

    The laser show was a major highlight of the show. Once the members left the stage, the FRUITS ZIPPER logo and a heart were beamed onto the stage. When the girls reappeared, they danced amid the seven-color lasers and lights as a bass-heavy EDM track played. Eventually, they moved into their newest track RADIO GALAXY, a song with a Kawaii Future Bass sound. The members and fans alike were excited by the rap portion and the singing portion in equal measure, showing the wonderful relationship between the idols and the listeners themselves.

     

    The last song of the main portion of the concert was Kanpeki Shugi de☆. In response to the fast and furious number, the entire group gave a sweet performance, moving sideways across the stage, making big hearts with their arms and flashing peace signs. As the lyrics state, “It’s okay, I can do my best because of you–stay with me.” This moving song expressed the desire of the fans to keep following FRUITS ZIPPER–and there’s no doubt that they will.

     

    After the main event, fans called out for an encore as the members left the stage. Of course, they obliged, returning to perform the fan-favorites Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro and Furefure Summer! one more time. As the excitement reached a peak, the curtain finally closed.

     

    This concert was filled with wonderful summer memories, and it’s clear that FRUITS ZIPPER will continue to create memories with fans well into the future. These girls will make great strides as they continue their activities, so keep your eyes on FRUITS ZIPPER!

     

     

     

    Writer: Masaki Ishiyama
    Photographer: Masayo

  • KAWAII LAB. Report #8: FRUITS ZIPPER Members Discuss Their Hot New Track ‘RADIO GALAXY’

    29.July.2022 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    FRUITS ZIPPER, a new idol group from ASOBISYSTEM, has a simple concept: “From Harajuku to the World.” Ready to transmit what they call ‘NEW KAWAII’ from Harajuku, an area known for fashion and individuality, to their soon-to-be global fanbase, the group consists of seven members: Amane Tsukiashi, Suzuka Chinzei, Yui Sakurai, Luna Nakagawa, Mana Manaka, Karen Matsumoto, and Noel Hayase.

     

    On July 29, FRUITS ZIPPER released their 4th single RADIO GALAXY. The music video makes full use of CG to express the group’s worldview and is sure to attract attention for its immense creativity, which breaks through the borders of the idol industry. 

     

    Today, we’re sitting down with four members of FRUITS ZIPPER–Amane Tsukiashi, Suzuka Chinzei, Luna Nakagawa, and Noel Hayase–to chat about the release of RADIO GALAXY.

     

     

    When you first heard RADIO GALAXY, what did you think? 

     

    ーHayase

    “I thought it really shined, and it was like every single part of the song was totally
    different!! The rhythm changes and the overall atmosphere changes too, but that’s
    something that has become typical of FRUITS ZIPPER. Personally, I love it.”

     

    ーNakagawa

    “It’s an incredible song! I love songs that change the rhythm and tone throughout, so I was super happy to be able to sing this one!” 

     

    ーChinzei
    “It blew me away like no other song ever has. I could tell from the intro that it would
    become our signature song.” 

     

    ーTsukiashi

    “It’s so fun how the tune changes throughout. I really wanted to try rapping, so I’m glad
    that we could include that too!”

     

     

    What have fans been saying about RADIO GALAXY? What have their impressions been?

     

    ーHayase

    “I’ve heard a lot of our fans say that they love this track. During our live shows, fans love to dance along and shake their penlights in tune with the rhythm while doing our moves, you know? I’ve heard a lot of people say that keeping up with this song will be way too difficult. (laugh)”

     

    ーNakagawa

    “I’ve heard a lot of different comments! People have said it sounds fresh, it sounds cool, it’s satisfying…one person said that they’d never heard an idol song like it!” 

     

    ーChinzei

    “Everyone around me is a RADIO GALAXY fan. They’ve only seen it performed live so far, so I’ve heard a lot of fans say that they love the moment the curtain opens and we’re doing the pose. (laugh)”

     

    ーTsukiashi

    “A lot of fans have said that it’s super fun and that they don’t get sick of listening to it since the tune changes so much!” 

     

    Tell us a story about RADIO GALAXY. Maybe something that hasn’t been shared yet. 

     

    ーHayase

    “When we recieved this song, one thing hadn’t been decided–who was going to rap. We ended up all working together with our voice coach and we’d perform the rap part one by one like we were auditioning. We had so much fun taking turns rapping, and we ended up praising each other’s specific way of doing it and what we’d each bring to the song. (laugh) Finally, Misa (Kimura) each assigned us our parts, but she also listened to our thoughts and our wishes, which was wonderful.” 

     

    ーNakagawa

    “We all held an audition for the rap part since we all wanted to do it. Noel was definitely the best, so she got the part by a landslide. (laugh)” 

     

    ーChinzei

    “Right before the final chorus, there’s some neat choreography (in slow motion) as a meteor flies overhead, and the other members support me as I reach up to catch it. It’s like our hearts become one at that moment. Sometimes, if I’m really hungry, I’ll eat a meteorite.” 

     

    ーTsukiashi

    “The first line in the song is “Let’s go!” During recording, we said it over and over in all kinds of ways and they picked the best take. When I heard the finished product, I was surprised! When you see us perform this song live, I want you to compare those small nuances.”

     

     

    Leave us with one last comment, please!

     

    ーHayase

    RADIO GALAXY has become a group favorite, and it’s a song that’s incredibly important to us. I hope everyone will cherish this song along with us, and I hope that you’ll listen to it over and over and really enjoying to the max when you see us live!” 

     

    ーNakagawa

    “After only being able to hear RADIO GALAXY live, now that the music video is out, I’m happy that the fans will be able to hear it whenever they like. We also say “FRUITS ZIPPER” in the lyrics at the beginning of the song, so I really hope this will become our representative track.”

     

    ーChinzei

    “I personally love this song so much, and I want everyone else to love it too. I love it so much that I want aliens to hear it.”

     

    ーTsukiashi

    “I really think that only FRUITS ZIPPER could sing this song. I’ll sing it with care, so please listen to it as much as you can!”

     

     

    Next week’s KAWAII LAB report will focus on IDOLATER. 

     

    Be sure to stay tuned for the next report on FRUITS ZIPPER!

  • Idol Group FRUITS ZIPPER Releases 4th Single ‘RADIO GALAXY,’ Music Video Revealed

    29.July.2022 | MUSIC

    FRUITS ZIPPER, a new idol group from ASOBISYSTEM, has a simple concept: “From Harajuku to the World.” Ready to transmit what they call ‘NEW KAWAII’ from Harajuku, an area known for fashion and individuality, to their soon-to-be global fanbase, the group consists of seven members: Amane Tsukiashi, Suzuka Chinzei, Yui Sakurai, Luna Nakagawa, Mana Manaka, Karen Matsumoto, and Noel Hayase.

     

    This spring, the group released the song Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, which exploded in popularity on TikTok racking up over 200 million plays. The song also ranked on the TikTok HOT SONGS list and ranked at #1 on Spotify’s viral chart. Fans requested a music video, and after its release, it pulled in over 1.1 million views in one month.

     

    The group’s long-awaited new single RADIO GALAXY was released on July 29, 2022.

    This is FRUITS ZIPPER’s 4th single, created in collaboration with trackmaker, singer, and producer YUC’e, who has provided songs for numerous artists and idols in the past.

     

    YUC’e is known for her dance music inlaid with ‘KAWAII’ elements, and the artist has become incredibly popular both in Japan and abroad. It’s no surprise that she chose to work with the adorable members of FRUITS ZIPPER, who are aiming to bring Harajuku culture to fans around the world.

     

    A music video for RADIO GALAXY was posted to YouTube ahead of the song’s streaming release.

     

    FRUITS ZIPPER’s artist photos were created by YUKARI, a video director, art director, and 3DCG artist from the digital creative company OFBYFOR TOKYO.

     

    RADIO GALAXY – FRUITS ZIPPER (Music Video)

    A special campaign to celebrate the release of the new song is ongoing on a number of music streaming sites. In addition, FRUITS ZIPPER will hold their first solo concert at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM on September 12.

     

    For a long time, RADIO GALAXY was only known to fans in the in-crowd who saw it performed at FRUITS ZIPPER live shows. Now, everyone can dance along! 

  • KAWAII LAB. Report #6: FRUITS ZIPPER’s Newest Track Hits #1 on Spotify Japan’s Viral Chart

    15.July.2022 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    FRUITS ZIPPER, a new idol group from ASOBISYSTEM, has a simple concept: “From
    Harajuku to the World.” Ready to transmit what they call ‘NEW KAWAII’ from Harajuku, an area known for fashion and individuality, to their soon-to-be global fanbase, the group
    consists of seven members: Amane Tsukiashi, Suzuka Chinzei, Yui Sakurai,
    Luna Nakagawa, Mana Manaka, Karen Matsumoto, and Noel Hayase.

     

    The group’s second single, Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, was released on April 29,
    2022, and has been played more than 200 million times on TikTok in the two months since its release. 

    Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro was created to affirm all idols and the countless fans who
    support them. Both popular Japanese idols and everyday girls across the country have
    posted videos of themselves dancing to the song, and its positive lyrics shine through,
    oozing self-confidence while also praising the listener over and over. The track reached #1 on Spotify’s Viral Chart on June 28.

     

     

    Today, we’re sitting down with three members of FRUITS ZIPPER–Karen Matsumoto, Yui Sakurai, and Mana Manaka—to discuss the incredibly popular song Watashino Ichiban
    Kawaiitokoro. 

     

     

     

    This question is for Karen Matsumoto and Yui Sakurai–what kinds of reactions have you had from fans regarding your vocals on this track?

    -Matsumoto

    “A lot of people have said that some of the lyrics are really quotable. That makes me so
    happy, I keep practicing singing the track as cutely as possible when I’m at home!” 

     

    -Sakurai

    “The track is called The Cutest Thing About Me, so a lot of fans will quote the song, telling me that I’m the cutest and that they “love, love, love it!” ♡♡ 

     

    On TikTok, I’ve seen a lot of comments asking who sings the “love, love, love it” line, and it blows my mind that so many people would talk about my singing! It was such a huge surprise and it makes me so, so happy. 

     

    I think that my fans are the best, but obviously, that’s something I really can’t say out loud…(laughs)

     

    But through music, I can express that feeling, so I’m incredibly grateful for that. ♡ (laughs)

     

    This was such an influential song for me, and I’m so glad that so many people loved the
    title and the lyrics!” ♡

     

     

     

    Tell us a story related to Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro that we haven’t heard yet.
    Something that you haven’t told fans either!

     

    -Manaka

    “When we were shooting the music video, there was a moment when the other members
    were all standing behind the camera and praising me like they were taking photos of their
    kids during graduation or something. They just kept saying how cute I was, I was so
    embarrassed! (laughs)

    Everyone was so cute that day, but they were so focused on me throughout the entire
    shoot. I feel like the word ‘cute’ was said on set so many times that day it could have
    broken a world record!” (laugh)

     

    What exactly is “Super Karen Time?”

    -Matsumoto

    “I have a solo line in the song that goes “even when we can’t meet up, I can’t stop thinking about the expression on your face.” After I sing that, I squint while I look out at the
    audience, and one fan gestured to me before shouting “Super Karen Time!””

     

     

    What do you want fans to really pay attention to when they’re listening to the song?

    -Matsumoto

    “During the part that goes ‘do you like going out with me,’ I always make a heart with my
    fingers at the fans in the middle who are watching me, so keep an eye out for that!” ♡

     

    -Sakurai

    “There are many different types of ‘cute,’ but this song, in particular, is the very fluffy and soft kind of cute. When I’m performing on stage, I flip a switch and go into 1000%
    sugary-sweet mode! (laugh)

     

    I’d appreciate it if the men out watching imagine that I’m being sugary-sweet just for them though!” (laugh)

     

    -Manaka

    “As a member of the group, I’m usually not the one acting too cutesy, but this music video was shot to be as cute as possible. I went all out and even wore my hair in high pigtails,
    which is something I’d never done live before. I’ve gotten so many compliments on it, it’s
    actually become my favorite hairstyle now!” ♡

     

     

    To conclude, tell us anything you’d like about Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro!

     

    -Matsumoto

    “I really, really love this song, and I hope you will too!!!!” ♡

     

    -Sakurai

    “I’m so glad that so many people are loving this song! So many people are listening on
    TikTok, watching the music video, and subscribing to our channel…thank you so much! 

    We’ll do our best every day to become a group that everyone loves and to make songs that everyone enjoys!” ♡

     

    -Manaka

    Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro is a song that’s packed with so much. The song, the
    dance, and the music video are all filled with so much cuteness, so if you feel like you need some of that in your daily life, please listen to it as much as you can!” ❤️

     

    Next week’s KAWAII LAB report will focus on IDOLATER. 

     

    Be sure to stay tuned for the next report on FRUITS ZIPPER!

     

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