E.G. Crazy

E.G. Crazy (stylized as E.G. CRAZY) is a double album by Japanese musical unit E-girls, which also serves as their fourth studio release. It was distributed on January 3, 2016 for streaming through Japan’s AWA services, and released on January 18, 2017 release via Rhythm Zone and Avex Music Creative Inc. in five physical editions and for digital consumption. Additionally, it will be their first album without ex-vocalists and performers Chiharu Muto, Kyoka Ichiki and Erie Abe, with singing and disc jockey credits to the latter as a service to her sub-group Dream.

2017 studio album by E-girls
E.G. Crazy

Standard artwork that commercializes all editions of the album. or artwork to commercialize the double album, digital and DVD/Blu-ray packaging of “E.G. Crazy”
Studio album by

Released January 18, 2017 (2017-01-18)
Recorded 2014–2016
Genre
Length 50:09(disc 1)
45:50 (disc 2)
95:59 (total)
Language
  • Japanese
  • English
Label Rhythm Zone
Producer Exile Hiro
studio album chronology
E.G. Time
(2014)
E.G. Crazy
(2017)
Singles from E.G. Crazy
  1. Anniversary!!
    Released: May 20, 2015
  2. Dance Dance Dance
    Released: September 30, 2015
  3. “Merry x Merry Xmas”
    Released: December 23, 2015
  4. E.G. Summer Rider
    Released: July 20, 2016
  5. Pink Champagne
    Released: August 10, 2016
  6. Go! Go! Let’s Go!
    Released: November 30, 2016

E.G. Crazy works as a concept album, which segregates the discs into two themes; the first being E.G. Pop, and the latter having an E.G. Cool vibe; furthermore, selected tracks represent a new theme Japanese Neo Girls, which executes international cultures through a Japanese woman’s perspective. Each disc features 12 tracks, all of which are a mixture of previous singles, cover songs, B-sides and new original recordings. Musically, it is a J-pop collection which incorporates various elements of electronic dance music, and is solely produced by Exile Hiro.

Upon its release, E.G. Crazy received positive reviews from music critics, who praised the idea of a double packaged release, along with its production and sound. Commercially, it experienced success in Japan, reaching the top spot on the Oricon Albums Chart and Billboard charts. In order to promote the record, E-girls conducted a series of live performances, radio and television appearances, and interviews throughout the region. The record also spawned six original singles: “Anniversary!!“, “Dance Dance Dance“, “Merry x Merry Xmas”, “E.G. Summer Rider“, “Pink Champagne” and “Go! Go! Let’s Go!“.

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After the release of the girls’ third studio album E.G. Time (2014),[1]LDH, the group’s management, announced a new line-up system titled the “E-girls Pyramid”, which showed each member in the band and their respective sub-groups: Dream, Flower, and Happiness.[2] Six of the twenty-six members were moved out of E-girls and into one of the yet-to-debut groups Rabbits and Bunnies for further training. With this new line-up, E-girls started recording new material for their new album by promoting the single “Anniversary!!” (May 2015).[3] Recording sessions spanned two years, from 2014 to late 2016. After “Anniversary!!”, the group released “Dance Dance Dance” as a single,[4] followed by “Merry x Merry Xmas” and “Dance With Me Now!”, both of which appeared on the girls’ greatest hits album E.G. Smile: E-girls Best (2016).[5][6] Yuzuna Takebe, who had been moved from E-girls to Rabbits,[7] was added back into E-girls as a performer for these two latter tracks in 2015 and was promoted to a vocalist the following year. The material on E.G. Crazy was recorded by all the vocalists remaining on E-girls: Shizuka, Aya and Ami from Dream, Reina Washio from Flower, and Karen Fujii and Ruri Kawamoto from Happiness.

E.G. Crazy is a double album that incorporates a conceptual approach; certain material is placed into two discs, the first being E.G. Pop and the second having an E.G. Cool vibe.[8] According to the group’s management LDH, E.G. Pop promotes the group’s “fun”, “pop[py]” and “cute” approach while E.G. Cool showcases a more “sexy”, “edgy” and “hot” sound.[9] Additionally, E.G. Crazy is the band’s first record without vocalist Chiharu Muto and singer/performer Kyoka Ichiki, who left E-girls and their sub-group Flower in October 2014 and 2015, respectively.[upper-alpha 1] It is also their first album to not feature Dream member Erie Abe, who announced her retirement from both groups and the entertainment industry in October 2016; Abe sung the album tracks “Boom Boom Christmas” and “Express: Do Your Dance”, but was credited through the Dream namesake. Her final appearance with E-girls was during the promotional photoshoot for their single “Go! Go! Let’s Go!” (November 2016), and her promise of retirement commenced on December 31 that same year.[11]

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