For those of you who viewed the page on April 1st at 2AM EST – 2:30PM EST, the site layout was compromised by unknown AKB48 wotas, defacing our IW blue with AKB pink, complete with AKB member background and only showing AKB related posts on the homepage. They also posted fake news under “NoteWorthy” causing many to question the validity of our sources. We’re doing our best to find out how these vandals gained access to my account.
We’ll be going through logs and site tracking stats to possibly track the IP of the vandals and report them as soon as we can. We’re sorry for the hiccup in unbiased and broad coverage of Japanese music and will do our best to not let that happen again.
Here’s the original text from the fake blog post:
The War Is OVER! AKB48 and Hello! Project Merger.
H!P+AKB: A Reality. WTF? (IDOLNews)
All things idol blog, IDOLNews reports that, believe it or not, female idol groups Hello! Project and AKB48 have been set to merge into super idol group AKB!P.
According to the press release they uncovered, the super group is going to be based in Akihabara and still perform stages at the theater. There will now be 7 teams (A, K, H, B, R, SDN, and SDM for SunDay Morning).
To encourage fans to support this new venture, a beginning-of-summer concert entitled “NatsuHajimaruYo!” will take place with a brand new set of units! You can expect all of the old favorites from each of the groups but with all of the shuffling, expect a totally new vocal sound, or everything to just be pre-recorded. Wild speculation is that Takahashi Ai and Maeda Atsuko are to be the headlining unit. Also, an H!P 8th Gen Audition Unit consisting of Mitsui Aika, Kashiwagi Yuki, and Sato Sumire is to perform together.
If I may, I suppose we should say goodbye to Hello! and hello to the new project. I wonder who’s going to get all the lines during the shuffle groups…