Counting down to a new NEWS
Clicking on the countdown clock on the website’s right menu, a new window would pop up with the number “4” changing from the colour black to purple, yellow, pink, or green.
“It became news on some websites, and then too many people tried to access the website when the countdown finished at 00:00 on April 15. Even though it was the middle of the night, for a while it was hard to get access to the website, or sometimes the sound wouldn’t come on. In that sense I think it attracted more attention than the agency had expected,” said one source.
So what was the countdown for? When the clocked struck “00:00:00”, the silhouette for four men appeared along with a short burst of music, then the silhouette would fade…and just at the height of excitement, the silhouette would come back up and the music would repeat again.
It has been reported some fans were disappointed, and others had complained the countdown did not live up to their expectations. Nonetheless, the shapes of the men in silhouette, the number four, and the image colours of Keiichiro Koyama (purple), Takahisa Masuda (yellow), Shigeaki Kato (green), and Yuya Tegoshi (pink) have made it quite clear it has something to do with the new NEWS.
To add to the anticipation, it has been reported all four NEWS members will be on Koyama’s radio show “K-Chan NEWS” on April 17. A number of things have been happening on the show which have hinted at some NEWS announcement, including a K-Chan NEWS staff member tweeting about the countdown, and a comment Koyama had made in mid-March about the four.
“All four of us in NEWS are muscle sore for the same reason,” he said.
The comment had got some fans guessing whether it was because the group are working on new dance routines, or if they are going to start a new variety series where they have to run a lot.
Either way, it does not seem long until an exciting announcement will be made this week.