The classic definition of “Idol” is composed by cheesy pop tracks, fake smiles, and generally an overly cheesy aura to please the audience. After the 2000’s this trend started to fade as producers and groups began to adopt more consistent concepts and artistically deeper music: a few prime examples are Perfume and Momoiro Clover Z. Yet, despite improving music quality in a drastic way, the core sound was still largely pop (as fair as it is).
Then, in 2010 two groups completely twisted the Idol scene: BABYMETAL and BiS. The first blended Metal sonorities with Idol pop, a surprising and successful formula that heavily influenced many groups that started following this trend. On the other hand, BiS revolutionized the Idol concept itself, rebelling against the classic and outdated cheesy image, gaining an infamous (yet admired) identity with provocative concepts considered morally “wrong”.
Today, BABYMETAL are touring the world and conquering more and more fans, while BiS disbanded in 2014 and reformed with new members in 2016. The legacy of both groups created a niche known as “Alternative Idol” that gave birth to many groups worth following. These are acts that adopt genres of all kinds and meld these strong influences with Idol elements, bringing refreshing compositions and thrilling visual concepts. Down here you will find some of the most relevant groups of this scene: be sure to check them out!
Recommended Albums: Brand New Idol Society / IDOL is DEAD / WHO KiLLED IDOL?
Recommended Songs: My Ixxx / nerve / primal. / DiE
Best PVs: My ixxx / DiE
Year: 2010 – 2014 | 2016 – Active (with new members)
Sora tob sakana
Yanakoto Sotto Mute
Recommended Albums: BABYMETAL
Recommended Songs: Ijime! Dame! Zettai! / Megitsune / Headbanger!!!
Best PVs: Ijime! Dame! Zettai! / Megitsune
Social: https://www.facebook.com/BABYMETAL.jp?fref=ts | https://twitter.com/BABYMETAL_JAPAN
Year: 2010 – Active
Maison Book Girl
Recommended Albums: bath room
Recommended Songs: Snow Irony / my cut / lost AGE
Best PVs: Snow Irony / lost AGE
Year: 2014 – Active
Zenbu kimi no sei da
Recommended Albums: Yamikawa IMRAD
Recommended Songs: Shit End Placebo / Neo Jealous✡Mero Chaos / The Battle of Identerro
Best PVs: Shit End Placebo
Year: 2015 – Active
Recommended Albums: Dulce / Gusto
Recommended Songs: Clover / Midnight confusion / Our Spice / Aviator
Best PVs: Clover
Year: 2012 – Active