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Nippop News : SCANDAL rocks Kabukicho guerrilla style (2011.08.17)
The pop-rock girl band, Scandal, staged a guerrilla live performance on August 10th in the plaza of Cine City in Kabukicho, Shinjuku, to commemorate the release of BABY ACTION, their 3rd album.
Billed as a “Guerrilla Live Event,” the time and place of the impromptu show were unspecified. Nevertheless, approximately 1,000 people came together, instantly creating an atmosphere of feverish excitement, typically seen in a live house.
Just a little past 16:00, the four members of the band appeared on a special stage built for the show at the Cine City plaza. For their first number, they performed LOVE SURVIVE, their latest single released on July 27, which is also featured in the album. A large crowd quickly formed in response to the Loudness and intensity of their performance, jumping up and down in sync with the rhythm, their hands raised high.
Towards the end of the song, HARUNA, the leader, rapped, "We decided to do it in Kabukicho, since we didn't want to get outdone by our name, Scandal!!"
The band went on to perform their debut number, DOLL, raising the level of excitement as the audience began to twirl towels, an established ritual enjoyed by the fans of Scandal. Once the song ended, the girls left the venue post haste, living up to the expectations of a spontaneous guerrilla performance.
Later that day, HARUNA received a surprise birthday cake. She had just turned 23 on the same day as the release of their album, making the day a Double blessing for her.
BABY ACTION, Scandal's 3rd album, rose to third place on August 10th in the Oricon Daily Rankings chart, making it their highest ranked album to date. Since their debut, the band has seen two of their albums consecutively rank among the top five in Oricon's weekly charts. Released in 2009, BEST Scandal ranked in fifth place, while TEMPTATION BOX, released in 2010, ranked in 3rd place. With BABY ACTION, however, expectations are high for the band to set a new record.
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