After Crayon Pop signed with Pony Canyon last year, the initial preparations for a Japanese debut was signaled with the opening of an official site and Twitter account. It was announced by Crayon Pop Pony Canyon’s Twitter account that details would be announced on 22 May at midnight and had teased a picture of fur.
We now know that Crayon Pop will be debuting with a Japanese album “RaRiRuRe” with a concept consisting of a colorful tracksuit attire with fur-laden hats on 22 July 2015. ‘RaRiRuRe’ takes its base from electronic music and has a catchy melody and pop chorus that makes the track stand out. The lyrics express a person’s emotions about a crush. With Crayon Pop’s trademark cheerfulness, the song emphasizes cuteness. There will be 2 album versions, a special version and normal version (along with 2 additional Pony Canyon versions).
The normal version (1,204 JPY + tax) will include both “RaRiRuRe” and “Bar Bar Bar (Japanese version)” and their respective instrumental versions, along with a launch event ticket and one of six collectable member cards.
Normal version Jacket Cover
The special version (1,759 JPY + tax) will include all the above and a DVD of “Rarirure”‘s MV and making.
Special version Jacket Cover
There will be 2 special Pony Canyon (PCSC Type A and Type B) albums also on sale but can only be bought from Pony Canyon. Type A will come with the DVD+CD, Type B will only be the CD. It will include 5 collectable member cards. (It is unknown if the cards are the same as the regular/special versions).
PCSC Type A Jacket Cover
PCSC Type B Jacket Cover
The expected number to collect all 6 cards according to the Coupon collector’s problem is 14.7 albums.
You can pre-order them from the following (non-exhaustive list)
Amazon Japan: Regular version, Special version
CDJapan: Regular version, Special version
HMV Japan: Regular version, Special version
YesAsia: Regular version, Special version.
The launch events are as follows in Japan.
July 22 (Wed) 18:30 ~ Lazona Kawasaki Plaza · 2F Ruefer Square Grand Stage
July 24 (Fri) 19:30 ~ In Tokyo (Lottery winners will be notified of location)
July 25 (Sat) 13:00 – Tokyo Dome City LaQua Garden stage
July 26 (Sun) 13:00 ~ Hankyu Nishinomiya Gardens 4 floor Sky Garden
For the 22nd, 25th and 26th, the concerts are free to watch. To participate in the handshake meet, one will need to buy a regular ‘RaRiRuRe’ album at the venue. If one were to buy the special edition album, one can only participate in a handing out of jacket cover from the specific Crayon Pop member.
The Korean media has also reported on it.
Source: Pony Canyon Japan, 109 News