Halfway through the first-ever Girls Award fashion show at Tokyo’s Yoyogi National Stadium last month, 22-year-old Meisa Kuroki strides down the catwalk, glistening in a sleeveless gold dress and black stockings while delivering her pulsing dance tune “Shock.”

The face of a hundred magazine covers and countless TV dramas then blasts the 10,000-strong audience with her new single, “5-Five-,” her confidence belying that fact that this is her live debut.

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