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J.Y. Park announces plans to launch large-scale 'Girls Group Project' with Japan's Sony Music

JYP Entertainment's head producer J.Y. Park will be attending a press conference this coming February 7 regarding the label's next large-scale project, in partnership with Sony Music Japan

Previously, J.Y. Park hinted at his plans to launch a brand new Japanese girl group through the 'Girls Group Project' at the '2018 Macquarie Emerging Industries Summit', in July of 2018. This new girl group will be made up of entirely Japanese members, a.k.a the "Japanese version" of TWICE

This summer, JYP Entertainment will kick off nation-wide auditions in Japan in search for potential members of the 'Girls Group Project'. Stay tuned for updates on JYP Entertainment's plans for the Japanese market. 

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Starry_Dynamo 21 days ago 4
21 days ago

If you were to take the Japanese members and turn them into a sub-unit for the Japan market you would have a great little dance focused trio to compete with E-Girls. If Sana hadn't been scouted for K-pop, that's probably the group she would've ended up in; she trained with some of them.

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wonderboy47 21 days ago 3
21 days ago

I agree. They could be focused on Twice sub-units especially now that there will be a new girl group so the company will obviously put Twice on the back burner so they won't outshine them too much. The J-Line are all very popular and have personalities that compliment each other well. All they need is a unique song and some great dancing to take off! Mina Momo Sana. Then they could have a vocal trio with Jihyo, Nayeon, and Jungyeon and a maknae trio with Tzuyu, Chae, and Dahyun. The possibilities are endless, they need to promote separately some of the time!

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Hopefully 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

I think the reason JYP doesn't do that is because of what happened with Miss A. I think that he learned from that whole thing and that's why he's focused on whole group stuff with Twice which has worked well so far.


I also don't see Twice being put on the back burner. The nature of Japanese comebacks makes it pretty easy for both groups to succeed and do well without stepping on each others' toes. Look at the Akimoto Yashushi's empire. The guy has AKB48, HKT48, NMB48, SKE48, Nogizaka46, Keyakizaka46 and the upcoming group Yoshimotozaka46. All of his groups are dominant in Japan and, in addition to these groups, there are a massive amount of soloists and units under the AKB48 umbrella to the point that someone is almost always having a comeback and often their comebacks are in competition with one another. Still all of the groups are doing well. That's because the Japanese music market is the second largest in the world so there's room for everyone unlike the Korean market which is much smaller.

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Indri_hapsari 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Each groups in jyp have their own teams..any 4 new groups in the future wouldnt bother their senior's schedules of work coz every team has their own strategy n marketing...twice's success dont effect to any jyp groups ..its all depend on their works

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Starry_Dynamo 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Sub-unit ”Mimosa”. :)

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APal 21 days ago 2
21 days ago

'large scale Girl Group project'???

JYP48 - here we come!

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razorbladeromanc 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

he partners with Sony Music so it should be JYP46

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APal 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Seriously tho... this announcement may be separate from the 'Japanese Twice', JYP mentioned last year.

This sounds like a 'Produce 101' type venture. Instead of going it alone like YG (mixnine), JYP got a giant partner (Sony). The Korean market is saturating, while Japan and China have huge potential. Good luck (new Papa!) JYP.

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krell 21 days ago 2
21 days ago

SONY MUSIC JAPAN is the FAR 'Bigger Fish' (than JYPe Agency) in this alliance. And my GUESS is that SONY will have MORE CONTROL (in the end) over just WHO becomes a member of 'TWICE JAPAN' Group. But it makes good logic for SONY to use JYP himself to lend credibility to TWICE JAPAN Group.

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jokbal_is_yum 21 days ago 1
21 days ago

ikr??
Striking while the iron is hot.

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krell 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

The alliance has good logic. SONY JAPAN has DISTRIBUTION and JAPAN power connections. JYP has his TWICE success track record. So, JYP will give 'TWICE JAPAN' credibility. And maybe JYPe Agency gets some 'pull' in JAPAN from SONY, that can be used to help JYPe's OTHER future K-pop Groups. SONY JAPAN is a definite POWER PLAYER.

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dizzcity 21 days ago 1
21 days ago

Hmm... there seems to be some misunderstandings about the "large-scale" nature of the project. The largeness refers to the scale of the project (meaning that they cover a lot of cities and contestants), not the size of the girl group. It could very well be more like Produce series, with a lot of contestants eventually being whittled down to a small number that debut. It doesn't have to follow the 48 / 46 model.


But I don't understand something - if he's going to hold auditions, this means that he's going to be recruiting people fresh off the street rather than trainees. Is he going to train them at all? Or just debut them immediately after the program? While that might be more in line with Japanese models for idols, doesn't that sort of go against the key selling point of Kpop idols (that they are trained properly before debuting)?

Also, how is JYP going to check for character? That's one of his company's core values. A JYP girl group where the girls are not induced into JYPE's company culture of having good personality and ethics would be a dangerous gamble...

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airboy 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Auditions sounds more like how the 48/46 groups works, I think?

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Queen_Sana 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Oh God no please no more 48 groups even i don't get there entire thingy they are way to complicated

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Indri_hapsari 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

N here i thought they already got the members ready but it turned out that they dont even auditioned 1 yet😲😲🤤🤤

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hey_there_carots 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

I just hope this group won't be a carbon copy of Twice; I'd like to see diverse styles and concepts for JYP's girl groups. With Twice being the biggest they've ever been, Itzy right around the corner and now this new Japanese girl group, it's a great way to experiment with new ideas

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Jichuchi 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

No need if you have twice already...?

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MidnightKpop 21 days ago 3
21 days ago

I don't doubt JYP's eye for forming a successful girl group. However, he's going to find out it's not easy to form a group like Twice... a generational group. Good luck.

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booitsjwu 21 days ago 2
21 days ago

They could be half as successful as Twice and still be huge. As a side note, I wonder if Japan will ever adopt a more formal training system like Korea. I was really impressed with how quickly a lot of the Japanese contestants in Produce 48 improved and it made me wonder how much undeveloped talent is out there.

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Hopefully 21 days ago 1
21 days ago

The current training system actually came from Japan. It was created by Johnny Kitagawa (who is a real disgusting human being) but the Koreans took it and perfected it.


It's also important to note that 'idols' hold a different status in Japan than they do in Korea. We all know what Korean idols are like but, in Japan, idols are classified and novices. AKB48's creator, Akimoto Yashushi, has stated that he sees AKB48 and the other groups as a training ground for a career in the entertainment industry. In Japan idols are untrained novices like the AKB48 groups whereas groups like Twice would be classified as artists, not idols, because they aren't novices. AKB48 is the only Jpop group I was ever into so I don't know if Japan has a more formal training system for non-idol groups. I do know that Sana from Twice actually trained to debut in the group E-Girls before joining JYP and coming to Korea but I don't know many details about it. I do know that the AKB groups do have a trainee period now but that the members all train each other so it's nothing like what Korea has. I do agree that, if Japan doesn't have a Korean type training system, they would be smart to come up with something similar. But, at the same time, I like the fact that Japanese idols get to live at home with their families and have somewhat normal lives whereas Korean idol trainees have to sacrifice theirs. I think there is probably a nice middle ground that could be found somewhere.

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airboy 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

AKB system is more like learing by doing and graduelly improving with more experience, Kpop trainee system is more like they should close to perfection already at the start. The size of the groups proably playes in too, I mean, the 48groups have a so many of girl, it would close to impossible to have the time and money to be able to give all the girls the same individual training as 4-7 member Kpop group.

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Irena_Lia 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

lul jyp planning to make girl version of nct floppers... luuul xd

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