Maeda Atsuko, an enka singer?
Ever since Maeda Atsuko made the announcement that she was graduating from AKB48, rumors have been hovering everywhere about her retiring from the entertainment world. In those rumors include Maeda going into “foreign studies”, “an extended break”, and even “Hollywood”.
However, an insider of a key station close to AKB48 informs that something else is developing under the water: Maeda is preparing to make a shocking redebut as an enka singer, “It’s a plan fostered by Akimoto. Akimoto really loves enka, and has supprted a lot of enka artists before. It seems like he’s writing lyrics in the theme of bonds.”
It’s also being rumored that Maeda is moving forward to TBS where she will work as a caster. It’s said she’s taking an offer to work as a show host on a afternoon program that would start in October.
“In order to combat Nippon TV’s Yaneya, or Fuji’s Shiritagari, [TBS] is trying out new tricks. Using Maeda as a caster would be a huge surprise, they are trying to acquire ratings.” (Informed Source)