H!O wrote:Kago Ai Solo debut!!
Talent Kago Ai (20) revealed her solo singing debut on October 8. The information was made public at a downtown PR event for the movie "American Teen" (opens October 11) she was attending. Next spring she will release mini albums of self-written songs. It will be her first CD sold since her work with Tsuji Nozomi (21) in W back in September 2005. Without concern for that blank, Kago talked enthusiastically about her "real comeback".
It has been two and a half years since the release of W's 7th single "Dou ni mo Tomaranai" was cancelled due to the smoking scandal. At last Kago's singing voice is being brought back to life.
Her last CD release was "Miss Love Tantei" with W in 2005. According to a spokesperson, by next March she plans to have around four mini albums released. The lyrics will be written by Kago herself, and she is currently in the process of selecting them. The songs will be a rich mixture of ballads and pop music, showing the "New Kago-chan".
Her discussion book for minors was released recently, and she was attending a PR event for a movie aimed at teenagers. From becoming a member of the national idol group Morning Musume at age 12, she went from the peak of their popularity to disappearing from the public eye after being caught smoking at age 18. Looking back, she describes it as being "far from [her] ideal teenage years". But after experiencing those highs and lows, she made it through to her twenties.
Kago said, "I want to be able to work in a variety of genres." When it was revealed she would resume a singing career, she was asked about the possible comeback of her group. She smoothly replied in a somewhat joking manner, "With her [Tsuji]? No, it's about time to go solo."
[Note: Kago said "Soro soro" which has the meaning "it's about time", but also sounds like "solo solo". It was used as a sort of play on words.]
She has been taking voice lessons since summer, and plans to becin recording next month. With so many experiences to feed off of, she will continue to leap into her twenties.
... FOUR MINI-ALBUMS BY MARCH 2008.
Seems kinda milking-the-fans though, doesn't it?