Popular girl idol group AKB48 celebrated its 10th anniversary this year ... The door to a breakthrough opened in 2008. "Oogoe Diamond" (Shout diamond), the group's first single since transferring to King Records, reached No. 3 in the Oricon weekly music.
The premise of AKB48 can be recited almost by rote ... Takahashi stays with "Sakura" as her favorite to sing, but it's the dance moves of 2008's "Oogoe Diamond" that get her going. Maeda also chooses "Diamond," but it's the English version that's been.