STU48, the latest group in the AKB48 family, will be making its major label debut on November 1.
The announcement was made on June 29 through a live broadcast on "SHOWROOM". The members of the group, minus concurrent members Rino Sashihara and Nana Okada, watched the announcement live, but were not told beforehand what it would be about.
As the group's major label debut was announced, the group's members screamed in excitement. The shocked faces were capture in a series of photographs.
"I am truly delighted to have a major label debut to look forward to. Being concurrent with STU48, I've made it my primary goal to get us to a major label debut," the group's captain Okada said.
STU48 will be releasing its music under King Records, the same label as AKB48. They are the only group to be signed to the same label as another sister group.
Although its major label debut won't be until November, STU48 will be active with its activities. The group has already recorded its first song, titled "Setouchi no Koe", which was included on the theater edition of AKB48's latest single "Negaigoto no Mochigusare".
STU48 will hold the record within the AKB48 family for shortest amount of time between a group's first performance and its major debut at 6 months.