One can never be too sure of how a rumor no matter how credible will play out and happily in the case of former Hello! Project soloist Gocchin, the rumors of her signing with Avex have indeed surfaced to be true! Saburo just posted a couple of links sharing the great news and the photos here are publicity shots from Sankei Sport's site.
Ever since her rather sudden departure from H!P I've been left to speculate on what circumstances could have have wielded such a decision….of course her brother's much publicized run in with the law didn't help matters and unfairly it had hung a veil of embarrassment upon Gocchin's good name but much of it I would like to believe had more to do with her personal goals and visions as a solo artist. Generally speaking UFA artists are more geared towards an "idol" outfit and much of Gocchin's later releases were quite a contrast to most of what H!P represents…not in a bad way, just different. And no doubt her sexier image would gain much more in production and visibility with an agency such as Avex who has repeatedly shown that the recipe for such success lies deep within their ability to produce such artist images and music styles in an atmosphere much more honed for it. Perhaps Gocchin saw all of this and the larger picture of what could be while still with UFA and that her decision to leave was fueled largely by this glaring aspect. I believe that her single and album releases have always been top notch within H!P and so while there's no knock on UFA in that regard, Avex is just more attuned to presenting their marquee artists with much more visibility on music's mainstream plain and she'll be joining hugely successful artists which resemble a similar image to that which she's grown into over the years.I for one will always cherish her for her earlier releases within H!P…releases such as "Te wo nigitte arukitai" for example, call me syrupy but I love the cute stuff and always will! 😛 And I'll always remember and cherish the meteoric lift she gave to Momusu which started with their landmark single "Love Machine" and being able to witness Momusu's most successful single release ever in real time will always remain special in memories. Like any artist though…they grow up…and so does their music and image along the way………..I just hope that Avex can give Gocchin what UFA just could no longer give her at this point. ^-^
All the best to Gocchin….I'll be eagerly awaiting her first Avex release!