The announcement came during an AKB48 mass handshake event for the "Sakura no Ki ni Narou" single on Sunday ... The application for the live auditions are available from the new group's site. Aspiring idols have until May 31 to submit an application.
The song "Flying Get," by the all-girl idol group AKB48, won the top honor in the 53rd Japan Record Awards on Friday night, the first time that AKB48 has received the award. The award marks the end of another successful year for the AKB48 commercial.