S/mileage’s new name going forward will be ANGERME (アンジュルム).
The announcement was made at S/mileage’s live house tour final, the last concert performance of the formerly 6 member group.
The name ANGERME comes from a combination of the French words for angel (ange) and tear (larme). The name was proposed by Nakanishi Kana. The now 9 member group will release their first single, titled ‘Taiki Bansei / Otome no Gyakushuu’ on February 4.
It will be the first official release to include the three recently added members Sasaki Rikako, Murota Mizuki and Aikawa Maho.
Going on sale today will be an updated 2015 ANGERME calendar.
ANGERME 2015 calendar is available now pic.twitter.com/i3oYmd5K70
— smileage english (@namasma_eng) December 17, 2014
The announcement is featured on this week’s episode of Hello! Project Station.
JIJIPRESS have uploaded their footage of the announcement.