2018 in AKB48 Group

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The following is a list of events and releases that occurred in 2018 by the AKB48 Group.

The AKB48 group continued its overseas expansion by debuting four new groups outside Japan. To commemorate the 10th year of holding the Senbatsu Election, foreign AKB48 groups were also allowed to participate in the year's election and be featured on AKB48's 53rd single. Lastly, 39 members within the AKB48 Group (excluding STU48 and foreign groups) participated in the South Korean survival show, Produce 48, for an opportunity to debut in the idol group IZONE.

Members

Auditions

  • January 21: AKB48 Group 3rd Draft Kaigi
  • February 1: NGT48 announces 2nd Generation auditions.
  • April 29: NMB48 announces 6th Generation auditions.
  • May 27: HKT48 announces 5th Generation auditions.
  • August 10: SGO48 announces 1st Generation auditions.
  • September 17: SKE48 announces 9th Generation auditions.

Kenkyuusei promotions

Notable departures

Releases

Singles

Albums

Events

Concerts

Request Hour

Graduation

Anniversaries

Other