The groups name is Karat☆ or からっと☆ and it was started in 2012 as the ambassador for the Japanese Karaage Association, which is dedicated to fried chicken. Weird, huh?
The group is not under a label or agency which was a shock for me but is good for them as they can be independent artists and get all the royalties.
The group consisted of only three members until December 2013 when Ariel left to focus on her studies. Within the month, the group added two new members thus bringing the total to four. In July 2014, Yui graduated from the group to the dismay of staff and fans to focus on studies.
*Update (July 12th, 2015) - While I was working on other projects, I let this group slip through my fingertips and I lost track of them since I first published this article in October 2014. Since that time, the group has added two new members.
Name: Sakura (Joined when Ariel graduated)
Birthdate: February 14th, 2001
Fact: Her hobby is to buy clothes
Name: Alice (Original Member)
Birthdate: May 27th, 1998
Fact: Her hobby is to sleep, play volleyball and to read whodunits
Name: Miia (Original Member)
Birthdate: December 4th, 1999
Fact: Her special skill is making fried chicken
Birthdate: March 16th, 2002
Fact: Her hobbies include kendo, and music appreciation
Birthdate: December 13th, 2002
Fact: Her hobbies include listening to music and dancing
July 18th, 2012- Minna no Karaage (Ending theme for children's show Piramekino)
April 18th, 2013- Very Berry! Ice Cream!
August 21st, 2013- Hikari / Kara Koro Shuppon
After Ariels' Graduation:
April 23rd, 2014- Dot Aozora
After Yuis' Graduation and with current member roster:
January 21st, 2015 - Ima wo Ikaru
This video was for their debut single. The song is called Fried Guys.
I could not find a music video for their second single but there are two for their third. The first one is called Light.
This is the second one and it is called Kara Koro Shuppon.
Here is the latest MV they have released. Ima wo Ikaru.
How I Came Across Karat☆
I came across this group by accident by roaming YouTube, as usual, and saw their video for Dot Aozora. I can't tell you how nice it was to see four young girls at that time having the time of their life singing and dancing to a catchy rock tune. I thought to myself who are these girls and where can I listen to them more. After about a couple of weeks, I put them on the backburner, I'm so sorry. I just couldn't find information on them and it became frustrating. After days of research I found them on a site bringing forth the information I needed. Thank You jpop-idols.com! So, all in all, I have had fun listening to them and plan on listening to them in the future!
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