It has been announced that NYC will be releasing a new single on May 25th. The title will be Haina! and will be used for the anime/drama Akarui Mirai as the theme song.
There will be three editions of the single.
Both LEs will only have the title track as well as a karaoke track for it on the CD. They will also come with a DVD each. LE A will have the PV for the title track as well as the making of. The LE B has the PV for Wonderful Cupid on it as well as footage from the jacket shooting for Haina! Both DVDs will have a choreography version of the video on them.
The regular edition comes with two B-sides with karaoke tracks for all three songs.
Here are the CDJapan links for those who want to pre-order:
Haina! [w/ DVD, Limited Edition/Type-A] / NYC
Haina! [w/ DVD, Limited Edition/Type-B] / NYC
Haina! [Regular Edition] / NYC
I will be saving my money with this release and passing on getting the LE with the Wonderful Cupid PV. I was truly disappointed with it and find no reason to want to own it. It may mean missing out on the jacket shooting footage for the new single but I just find something missing with NYC's interactions compared to groups like Hey! Say! JUMP, who I love to watch the making ofs as that's where those members that do not get a lot of PV screen time tend to shine.
I honestly was hoping that with Sexy Zone they would let NYC disband honestly. NYC's sales have been on a decline for a while and it looks like SZ's will only climb as they already managed to sell about 11K more on their first day with Lady Diamond than with their debut single. And that's with two less editions to boot.
NYC also does not seem to be high in the priority list for Johnny's either, as there is no way this single is getting the weekly number one. And not only because they will only have three days (four with the usual day before being the day the CD will be available in stores) of sales but it is the same week AKB48 are releasing a single. And it is not just any AKB48 single either. This is the single that has the voting tickets for fans to vote their favorite member(s) into the group of girls that are featured on their singles as well as the last single their front girl, Maeda Atsuko, is going to participate in before her graduation from the group. This single has all the makings of breaking massive sales records and any single put against it have no chance of getting anywhere near the numbers it will. So having NYC release the same week means that Johnny's is giving up on having NYC keep their weekly #1 record. At best they could debut #1 for the first day of their release but even then they could still not get it depending on how well this AKB48 single will sell.
But I guess until Nakayama Yuma finally debuts we will be stuck with NYC. I just wish they kept this year more focused on Hey! Say! JUMP as it will be their fifth year anniversary this fall. Not to mention they are long overdue for a new album. But on the other hand it is nice to see Yuma do something. So I guess I will just hope this single will not be another Wonderful Cupid and that it will not be a long wait for HSJ to release something new after it.