Each week we will profile an 'artist of the week' on SBS PopAsia radio's daily show #Hashtag Hits. Find out how you can get involved!
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2 Mar 2015 - 2:49 PM  UPDATED 7 Apr 2015 - 4:03 PM

Each week we will profile an 'artist of the week' SBS PopAsia's #Hashtag Hits radio show from 5-7pm AEDT with hosts Jamaica & Andy. This week's artist is...

AKB48!

How to listen

SBS PopAsia is streaming live 24/7 on digital radio. Catch Jamaica & Andy's #Hits radio show LIVE at 5pm (AEST) every week day.

Did you know?

  • AKB48 is a J-pop girl group comprised of around 140 members!
  • The youngest member Yoshida Karen who only just joined the group is 12 years old and the oldest member is around 26 years old.
  • AKB48 formed In 2005 when director Yasushi Akimoto came up with the idea of creating a new theatre-based idol girl group. 7,924 girls auditioned at the 1st call.  
  • AKB48 are the first female artist/group to sell 30 million singles in Japan.
  • Just this year AKB48 broke J-pop queen Ayumi Hamasaki's record for number 1 chart singles in a row. 
  • On top of concerts, AKB48 regularly hold "Handshake events" where fans can meet each of the girls.
  • One of these "Handshake events" took a violent turn last year when a man attacked 2 members and staff with a saw. The man was later charged and the group were forced to upscale their security measures. 

What does it mean to be SBS PopAsia's "Artist of the Week"? 

- Fans will be invited to choose which songs they want played by the artist every day

- We'll have interview snippets with each artist expecially for you

- The selected artist will get a double-play through the week

- We'll be giving away an album by the artist of the week on air each week

And guess what...

You can guest program your favourite Artist of the Week's tracks!

Next week's artist of the week is... AKB48!