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1:28 pm - 04/17/2013

BRIGHT disbands

From left to right: MEG, MIMI, NANAKA, NAGI

The group that will disband after their One Man Live concerts that start next month, announced their disbandment on their blog.

May 2nd (Nagoya), 6th (Osaka) and 12th (Tokyo) will be the last chance for their fans to see this 4-member vocal and dance unit perform. The gig at Tokyo, Shibuya, will be their last and then the girls that made their major debut on 2008 will go their separate ways.

NAGI, NANAKA, MIMI and MEG have all left messages to their fans in their blog, shocking them all because, despite the group usually failed to chart, their activities never ceased and they kept releasing new material till last year. However, the release of their BEST Album could have been a sign that, perhaps, their record label intended to cancell their contract or that might expire soon this year, especially since that became their last release. But even with that, BRIGHT kept performing One Man Lives and being active both in their blog and twitter so the announcement came as something unexpected and so it seems by the messages the girls have left on their blog:

"We are really sorry for the sudden announcement" NAGI, the leader, says on her message, before explaining how they've been active for 10 years, ever since elementary school, practicing every day to the extent the other members, despite of not being friends or family, became special to her.

"To the people who've always supported us, I am really sorry for the sudden announcement" NANAKA begins her message with similar words as NAGI , and then thanks the fans and the members for being able to sing all this time. NANAKA starred last year in the musical DREAM HIGH along with Matsushita Yuya and her group-mate MIMI. She was the last member to join the group but the one who got pushed to the front the most, not to mention that their last singles had her as a main and almost solo-lead vocalist, which could hint to a possible solo career in a near future.

"The members will continue their new paths, we won't stop" says MIMI, but it's hard to tell if all the girls will pursue a career in the music industry as this all looks like both, their management and their label weren't giving them too many options, despite of what MEG says "Like NAGI has told you, we decided to disband as BRIGHT. That's what we decided" but there are too many groups that have reached a dead end like this to believe they just woke up with the idea on their heads to suddenly call it a day, the situation kind of reminds us of LOVE, the LDH vocal duo that also saw their releases decreasing and instead of renewing their record-deal, they were suddenly disbanded. MEG also comments on how soon they met and became a group that spent their time singing together, as something really natural, which makes hard to believe this decision wasn't forced by their current situation as an act who hasn't crossed over the niche market they're in:

"That's why it was hard to believe it would end someday"  (MEG)

Sadly, the time for that has come.

Source: Oricon | BRIGHT Ameblo
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thomaswilmoore 17th-Apr-2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
I wasn't a fan but Shining Butterfly and BAD GIRL are amazing songs :(
That's sad.
aikoi_wings 17th-Apr-2013 02:17 pm (UTC)
Wish they hadn't pushed NANAKA so much... Maybe they would've lasted a little longer...
okadarei 17th-Apr-2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
I think that has nothing to do with it. Their label probably expired the same way that happened with LOVE and didn't got any better options. It happened before with other groups, not only in Japan. Pushing Nanaka forward was their last attempt to draw some attention in. Sadly, when a group like this doesn't make it on their first releases, then it never makes it and it comes a point that the label decides not to renew them. Instead of trying to keep together like Dream did, they probably decided it was the moment to do a different thing with their lives and so they did, but till last week, the girls seemed to be very committed to the group with the 3 dates for the One Man Live coming up and all.

There were groups that lacked more activity than them, like Rhythmic, and it was a lot easier to guess they would drop the project. But not with BRIGHT and their attempt to at least try to push one of the members to the front, even got MIMI into that stage play. After the BEST it would had more sense to disband than now they've been continuing their activities like nothing would happen. They were even more active than DOMINO, who seem to still be there despite the only release they did last year was a free download song.

Plus there's this thing in Japan with female groups over their 20's: suddenly nobody cares about them anymore. Even those that were popular see that become just part of the history.

Edited at 2013-04-17 02:27 pm (UTC)
neen_chan 17th-Apr-2013 02:19 pm (UTC)
./cries alone ;-; I really love BRIGHT..
statr 17th-Apr-2013 02:34 pm (UTC)
this greatly saddens me.
I love them.
manggang_hilaw 17th-Apr-2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
Why?!?! When I only discovered about them last week? I loved them the first time I heard one of their songs ("Flower")!!

myharu 17th-Apr-2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
things like this makes me wonder how poorly promotions are done for certain groups.
melizah 17th-Apr-2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
I'm sad about this, but tbh the thought crossed my mind quite quickly after the album. D:

BRIGHT is (was) one of my favorite groups, they improved a lot during these years despite being very talented from the start. I just liked them as a unit, but it might be interesting to see how they work if they go solo...
riinsomnia 17th-Apr-2013 03:09 pm (UTC)
expected... but.... still..... why....
their vocals and dance are not bad. the only one jpop girlband that I adore.. so much
ohprecioustime 17th-Apr-2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
burger 17th-Apr-2013 03:50 pm (UTC)
Oh that's a shame, I really liked them :( BAD GIRL is my jam.
peachie_ego 17th-Apr-2013 03:53 pm (UTC)
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ARE FUCKING SERIOUS? *throws things* They made some really nice pop music and their some of the best and rarest in Japan. It's so damn sad that AVEX pushed for E-girls to "try" to happen while leaving BRIGHT in the fucking back burner. AVEX didnt even try with AT ALL. BRIGHT truly deserved that Perfume level of fame...just ugh! Idk what's next for the girls but I hope this doesn't stop them from achieving what they want on their next journey.
muzikiz4evaluv 17th-Apr-2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
what a shame because they actually had talent. wish them all the best on w.e they decide to do in the future <3
lolufailhard 17th-Apr-2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
well.. there goes my favorite Japanese girl group. they were probably the best vocal group in japan too. this is heartbreaking, but hopefully I can see more from them as soloists in the future.....
liime_arix 17th-Apr-2013 03:58 pm (UTC)
This sucks. I really love them vocal wise and their dancing. I wished Avex really tried with them like they did with other artists.
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