Maimi Yajima is a member and the leader of Cute, a girl idol group within Hello! Project. Yajima first joined Hello! Project in 2002 as one of the fifteen children chosen from the Hello! Project Kids auditions after performing "Momoiro Kataomoi" by Aya Matsuura, she debuted the same year in the movie Koinu Dan no Monogatari, taking on one of the main roles as an antagonist. The following year, she joined the first of ZYX, which released two singles. In 2004, Berryz Kobo was formed, with the intention of rotating the girls throughout the unit. Yajima did not make the original pick, the idea was dropped; the remaining girls ended up forming Cute in 2005. Despite not being the oldest, Yajima still became the group's leader, after Erika Umeda turned down the role; the group did not make its official debut until late in 2006, with their first official single released in February 2007. Aside from leading Cute, Yajima became the sub-captain of Little Gatas and the Hello! Project Kids futsal team, she was considered to be one of the fastest runners in all of Hello!
Project coming first in the running events at the annual sports festivals and listing running as one of her hobbies. Yajima co-hosted Cute's weekly radio program, Cutie Party, she took over the role. In 2008, Yajima was selected to be a member of Hello Project's new unit High-King. Yajima and Fukuda Kanon appeared in the movie Fuyu no Kaidan, released in Japan on May 23, 2009. Cute disbanded following their final concert at Saitama Super Arena on the 12th of June, 2017. Yajima had announced earlier, via the group's blog. Maimi's younger cousin, Akari Takeuchi, is a member of ANGERME, another girl group within Hello! Project. Yajima has been nicknamed "Rain Girl" by fans and her fellow Cute members, who say that she is the one that causes it to rain so on important days, such as at concerts and events the group attends. Hello! Project Kids ZYX H. P. All Stars Cute Abe Natsumi & Yajima Maimi High-King Hello! Project Mobekimasu DIY For Maimi Yajima's releases with Cute, see Cute discography. Koinu Dan no Monogatari Fuyu no Kaidan: Boku to Watashi to Obāchan no Motogatari Ōsama Game Zomvideo Black Angels as Reira Black Angels 2 Black Angels 3 Sūgaku Joshi Gakuen Mannequin Girls Chikyū Seibā: Yume no Gijutsu de Mirai o Sukue!
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"Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai" is the first single by the Japanese pop girl group Berryz Kobo. It was released on March 3, 2004; the single ranked 18th in the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart. "Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai" "Berry Fields" "Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai" Normal version Dance-shot version Close-up version
Miyabi Natsuyaki is a Japanese singer. Her career began in 2002 when she passed the audition for Hello! Project Kids, an all-female adolescent pop group under Hello! Project, she continued to sing in that group and became a part of four smaller groups composed of Hello! Project Kids members—Aa!, Sexy Otonajan, Buono! and Berryz Kobo. She was the sub-captain of Berryz Kobo until their indefinite hiatus in 2015, she is now a member of female pop band PINK CRES. Short for Pink Crescendo. In 2002, Natsuyaki passed the Hello! Project Kids' Audition alongside the other members of Berryz Kobo; as a member of Berryz Kobo, she participated in the band's weekly radio show Berryz Kobo Kiritsu! Rei! Chakuseki!. That same year, she was cast in "Koinu Dan no Monogatari", however she did not have a large part due to her age. Many members of Hello! Project Kids and Morning Musume participated in this film. In 2004, all of Hello! Project participated in a large shuffle group that produced one single, "All For One & One For All!".
This song is considered one of the themes of Hello! Project. In addition to the H. P. All Stars, she was placed in two shuffle units, Aa! and Sexy Otonajan. The group was made up of Miki Fujimoto from Megumi Murakami from Cute and Miyabi, they only produced one song called "Onna, Otona". Earlier, in 2003, she was chosen to join the group Aa!, which consisted of fellow Hello! Project Kids member Airi Suzuki and was led by Morning Musume member Reina Tanaka; the group released only one single titled "First Kiss," on October 29, 2003. The group went on hiatus until the Hello! Project 2009 Summer tour. During these concerts, Reina Tanaka was replaced by Saho Akari, since Reina had joined the unit High King; the unit released one song, titled "YES YES YES" as part of the "Happy Wedding Song Cover" album released by Hello! Project. Miyabi went on to become a member of Buono! Alongside Berryz Kobo group-mate Momoko Airi Suzuki from Cute; the unit was announced at the Nakayoshi magazine Festival 2007 on July 21, 2007, at Tokyo's Sunshine City in Ikebukuro.
They were formed to sing both the opening and ending themes for the anime adaptation of the Shugo Chara! manga. Buono! continued to record the ending and opening themes for the first season of the anime. During the second season, Buono! only recorded the ending themes, as the opening themes were handled by Shugo Chara Egg! and Guardians 4, two other groups formed for the sake of performing Shugo Chara! music. On August 2 of 2014, Berryz Kobo announced, they released their last single, "Romance wo Katatte/Towa no Uta", on November 11 of 2014. Shortly after, they released their final album, a collection of all their songs titled "The Final Completion Box", on January 21 of 2015, they held their final concert on their 11th anniversary. Miyabi took a one-month break and announced she would be part of the youtube show "Green Room" with fellow former Berryz Kobo member Chinami Tokunaga, uploaded weekly and centered around the behind the scenes aspects of Up Front Group members. During an August 2015 episode of "Green Room", Miyabi announced she would begin auditions for a new girl group on July 1 of 2015.
After an unsuccessful first round, the auditions restarted on September 25 of 2015. Two applicants were successful during round two of Kobayashi Hikaru and Nihei Yuuka; the group lessons were documented on the youtube channel Upcoming, leading up to their debut at Buono!'s 2016 Buono! Festa concert; the group's name, PINK CRES. was announced during this concert. They subsequently opened an official website and individual wear.jp accounts. On April 28, 2017, PINK CRES.'s debut album "Crescendo" was announced, out June 28, 2017 with limited release at Buono!'s May 22 concert. Hello! Project Kids Aa! H. P. All Stars Sexy Otonajan Berryz Kobo Buono! Hello! Project Mobekimasu DIY Mellowquad For Miyabi Natsuyaki's releases with Berryz Kobo and Buono!, see Berryz Kobo discography and Buono!. Miyabi ~ Miyabi Natsuyaki Photobook Little Hospital Koinu Dan no Monogatari Promise Land ~Clovers no Daibōken~ Gomennasai Ōsama Game Berryz Kobo Kiritsu! Rei! Chakuseki! Tsuukai! Berryz Okoku Miyabi Natsuyaki on IMDb PINK CRES.
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An idol is a young starlet manufactured and marketed for image and personality in Japanese pop culture. In entertainment, idols are singers, but they are trained in a wide range of roles, such as acting and appearing in variety shows. An idol's main objective is to offer an escapism from daily life. Talent agencies commercialize idols by recruiting boys and girls with little or no prior experience in the entertainment industry as aspiring starlets with the intent of creating a passionate following. Many fans of idols see them as siblings or girl/boy next door types and empathize with the idols and enthusiastically follow their growth from ordinary, inexperienced amateurs to famous, experienced artists; the term "idol" is used to describe manufactured starlets and is used to refer to singers, but it can be used to refer colloquially to young celebrities in general. Agencies commercialize idols by recruiting pre-teens and teenagers with little or no prior experience in the entertainment industry and market them aspiring starlets with the intent to cultivate a dedicated fan following.
Idols are predominantly singers, but they are trained in other skill sets in entertainment, such as acting and modeling. Some talent agencies in Japan do not offer rigorous training, idols debut with the impression that they will gain more experience during their career, with fans brought into the narrative of supporting them throughout their journey. Many idol singers find success as groups rather than individually. Most idol singers work across genres of Japanese pop music in the genre, most popular at the moment, but they have their own subculture of music; because of this, idols are not considered "serious" musicians or actors, young stars interested in directly pursuing those entertainment fields reject the idol label in their desire to be seen as professionals. Many idols are expected to change career paths with most women changing careers at age 25 and men at ages 30–45. Unlike television personalities, idols are marketed for their image and personalities. An idol's main objective is to "sell dreams", offer an escapism from daily life.
As such, they are seen as role models to the public, both their personal lives and image are controlled by their talent agencies. Common restrictions include not being allowed to smoke or drink in public as well as pursue romantic relationships. Most idols spend time isolated from family and friends while enduring busy work schedules, with some agencies withholding job assignments from their talents and notifying them at the last minute to prevent them from taking time off. Subcategories of idols include gravure idols, female models in "cheesecake" photographs intended for the male audience. In November 1964, the 1963 French film Cherchez l'idole was released in Japan under the title Aidoru o Sagase. Many Japanese audiences took interest in Sylvie Vartan, whose song "La plus belle pour aller danser" from the film sold more than a million copies in Japan. Vartan was heralded for her youthful, adorable looks and musical talent, leading the Japanese entertainment industry to assign the word "idol" to singers who shared a similar aesthetic.
Television impacted the popularity of the idol phenomenon, as beginning in the 1970s, many idols were recruited through audition programs. Momoe Yamaguchi, Junko Sakurada, Saori Minami, Mari Amachi, some of the idols recruited through television, were iconic figures of this era, along with groups such as Candies and Pink Lady. Music was produced by a shared climate of songwriters and art directors seeking a step towards a depoliticized youth culture. Idols grew in popularity over the 1970s, as they offered audiences escapism from political violence and radical student movements. In the 1970s, idols had an aura of mystique, their public and "private" lives were orchestrated—they always appeared perfect in all situations and seemed to enjoy a lavish lifestyle that most Japanese could only dream about. In reality, they were placed under continuous surveillance by their promoters and were unable to enjoy the private lives invented for them, their pay is considered to have been low. They were overworked and if their songs sold well most of the money went to the musicians and writers.
Fans had little opportunity to see them beyond a few minutes on TV or radio and it was difficult to share their interests. Magazines were the best source for information and many idols had an official fan club that periodically mailed what little information would be released; the rapid growth of idols appearing in the pop music scene led the 1980s to be known as the "Golden Age of Idols", defined by Seiko Matsuda, Akina Nakamori, Kyoko Koizumi, Onyanko Club. Popularized through Onyanko Club, the visual component became important to the overall enjoyment of idol music, leading to the music to become associated with television. Dentsu created the "CM idol" business model, where idols were able to gain fame by singing and appearing in commercials. In a single year, as many as 40 or 50 new idols could appear, only to disappear from the public spotlight shortly afterwards. At the same time, male idols began appearing, but soon became unpopular after 1985 after the public became disillusioned with the i
J-pop, natively known as pops, is a musical genre that entered the musical mainstream of Japan in the 1990s. Modern J-pop has its roots in traditional Japanese music, but in 1960s pop and rock music, such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys, which led to Japanese rock bands such as Happy End fusing rock with Japanese music in the early 1970s. J-pop was further defined by new wave groups in the late 1970s electronic synth-pop band Yellow Magic Orchestra and pop rock band Southern All Stars. J-pop replaced kayōkyoku in the Japanese music scene; the term was coined by the Japanese media to distinguish Japanese music from foreign music and now refers to most Japanese popular music. Popular styles of Japanese pop music included technopop during the 1970s–1980s, city pop in the 1980s, Shibuya-kei in the 1990s; the origin of modern J-pop is said to be Japanese-language rock music inspired by the likes of The Beatles. Unlike the Japanese music genre called kayōkyoku, J-pop uses a special kind of pronunciation, similar to that of English.
One notable singer to do so is Keisuke Kuwata. Additionally, unlike Western music, the major second was not used in Japanese music, except art music, before rock music became popular in Japan; when the Group Sounds genre, inspired by Western rock, became popular, Japanese pop music adopted the major second, used in the final sounds of The Beatles' song "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and The Rolling Stones' song " Satisfaction". Although Japanese pop music changed from music based on Japanese pentatonic scale and distortional tetrachord to the more occidental music over time, music that drew from the traditional Japanese singing style remained popular. At first, the term J-pop was used only for Western-style musicians in Japan, such as Pizzicato Five and Flipper's Guitar, just after Japanese radio station J-Wave was established. On the other hand, Mitsuhiro Hidaka of AAA from Avex Trax said that J-pop was derived from the Eurobeat genre. However, the term became a blanket term, covering other music genres—such as the majority of Japanese rock music of the 1990s.
In 1990, the Japanese subsidiary of Tower Records defined J-pop as all Japanese music belonging to the Recording Industry Association of Japan except Japanese independent music. Ito Music City, a Japanese record store, adopted expanded classifications including Group Sounds, idol of the 1970s–1980s, enka and established musicians of the 1970s–1980s, in addition to the main J-pop genres. Whereas rock musicians in Japan hate the term "pop", Taro Kato, a member of pop punk band Beat Crusaders, pointed out that the encoded pop music, like pop art, was catchier than "J-pop" and he said that J-pop was the pops music, memorable for its frequency of airplay, in an interview when the band completed their first full-length studio album under a major label, P. O. A.: Pop on Arrival, in 2005. Because the band did not want to perform J-pop music, their album featured the 1980s Pop of MTV. According to his fellow band member Toru Hidaka, the 1990s music that influenced him was not listened to by fans of other music in Japan at that time.
In contrast to this, although many Japanese rock musicians until the late 1980s disrespected the kayōkyoku music, many of Japanese rock bands of the 1990s—such as Glay—assimilated kayōkyoku into their music. After the late 1980s, breakbeat and samplers changed the Japanese music scene, where expert drummers had played good rhythm because traditional Japanese music did not have the rhythm based on rock or blues. Hide of Greeeen described their music genre as J-pop, he said, "I love rock, hip hop and breakbeats, but my field is J-pop. For example, hip hop musicians learn'the culture of hip hop'. We are not like those musicians and we love the music as sounds much; those professional people may say'What are you doing?' but I think that our musical style is cool after all. The good thing is good." Japanese popular music, called ryūkōka before being split into enka and poppusu, has origins in the Meiji period, but most Japanese scholars consider the Taishō period to be the actual starting point of ryūkōka, as it is the era in which the genre first gained nationwide popularity.
By the Taishō period, Western musical techniques and instruments, introduced to Japan in the Meiji period, were used. Influenced by Western genres such as jazz and blues, ryūkōka incorporated Western instruments such as the violin and guitar. However, the melodies were written according to the traditional Japanese pentatonic scale. In the 1930s, Ichiro Fujiyama released popular songs with his tenor voice. Fujiyama sang songs with a lower volume than opera through the microphone. Jazz musician Ryoichi Hattori attempted to produce Japanese native music which had a "flavor" of blues, he composed Noriko Awaya's hit song "Wakare no Blues". Awaya was called "Queen of Blues" in Japan. Due to pressure from the Imperial Army during the war, the performance of jazz music was temporarily halted in Japan. Hattori, who
Reina Tanaka, known professionally with her first name in hiragana, is a Japanese singer and voice actress. She is the one of the vocalists of the Japanese rock band Lovendor; until 2013, she was a member of Japanese idol group Morning Musume and participated in other music acts under the Hello! Project name. Tanaka auditioned for a spot in Morning Musume's 5th Generation in 2001 and passed, but had to leave the training camp for being under the age limit, she attempted again in 2002 for a position in the 6th Generation and passed along with members Eri Kamei and Sayumi Michishige. She provided the main vocals for the single "Shabondama", she was featured in two solo versions of "Memory Seishun no Hikari" on a fan club release CD. In 2003, Tanaka became a member of the sub-unit Aa!, along with Miyabi Natsuyaki and Airi Suzuki, two Hello! Project Kids members, they released one single, "First Kiss", on October 29, 2003. In 2004, she participated in singing "All for One & One for All!", a collaboration single released by all Hello!
Project artists under the name "H. P. All Stars." She sang the coupling track, "Suki ni Naccha Ikenai Hito", with Suzuki and Megumi Murakami. On March 28, 2008, Tanaka made her voice acting debut as Kirara, the main character in Sanrio's anime Onegai My Melody Kirara, the fourth My Melody series; the show premiered on April 6, 2008. In 2008, Tanaka became the leader of Hello Project's new unit High-King, it was revealed in late 2009 that Tanaka would be voicing the main/title character of the new anime series, Kaitō Reinya. The main character, had been modeled on Tanaka; the show began airing on January 8, 2010. Tanaka graduated from Morning Musume on May 21, 2013, subsequently concentrated her activities on her rock band called Lovendor. Tanaka was born in Japan, her brother is seven years younger than her. Alo Hello! Reina Tanaka DVD Real Challenge!! E-Hello! "Attracted" DVD Hoshisuna no Shima, Watashi no Shima: Island Dreamin' Yona Yona Penguin - Voice of Fairy Keitai Deka The Movie 3 Morning Musume Kyushutsu Daisakusen!
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Morning Musume'19 simply Morning Musume and colloquially referred to as Momusu, are a Japanese female idol group, holding the second highest overall single sales on the Oricon charts as of February 2012, with the Oricon record of most top ten singles with an amount of 64, they have sold over 21 million copies in Japan alone. Morning Musume was formed in 1997 by rock singer-songwriter turned record producer Tsunku, who composed the vast majority of the group's songs over the decade, they are the lead group of Hello! Project that specialises in upbeat, pop-oriented music coupled with dance performance; the group produced several splinter groups, collaborates with other Hello! Project acts, including Country Musume, Berryz Kobo, Melon Kinenbi, v-u-den; the group's name can be translated as "Morning Girls" or "Morning Daughters". The average age of the group members has remained more or less unchanged since its original formation because the group maintains a "school-like" system for their continuous line-up changes, with older members "graduating" and new younger, members selected from nationwide auditions admitted to the group annually.
* All colour values are approximate. Japanese producer Tsunku started the group in 1997 through an audition for a female rock vocalist for his band Sharan Q; the audition was held on the Japanese TV show Asayan. The winner was Michiyo Heike to become a soloist under what would become known as Hello! Project. Tsunku decided to form a girl group consisting of five of the runners-up: Natsumi Abe, Yuko Nakazawa, Kaori Iida, Asuka Fukuda, Aya Ishiguro, they were issued a challenge to sell 50,000 copies of their demo single, "Ai no Tane", with just five days of promotion events. They managed the feat in four promotion days in a grassroots manner, Tsunku began his mission to create the most famous all-girl group in Japan. In early 1998, the girls were ready with their first official single, "Morning Coffee"; the success of this single brought them three new members known as the second generation: Kei Yasuda, Mari Yaguchi, Sayaka Ichii, bringing the total member count to eight. The second single, "Summer Night Town", was the first single of the new lineup—a mature pop tune about unsuccessfully attempting to hide one's true feelings.
Their third single, "Daite Hold on Me!", continued in the same vein musically as Summer Night Town, managed to hit number one on the charts. Leader Nakazawa started her solo career. "First Time" was released in July 1998, featuring the singles "Ai no Tane", "Morning Coffee" and "Summer Night Town". That year, Tsunku formed Tanpopo, the first subgroup of Morning Musume, with Kaori Iida, Aya Ishiguro, Mari Yaguchi. Tanpopo touted more mature songs; when "Morning Coffee" was released, Morning Musume's label Zetima went under a different name, One Up Music. However, in April 1998, one month before the release of "Summer Night Town", One Up Music ended its distribution deal with Warner, was rebranded as Zetima. Distribution rights would be given to Sony Music Japan's sub label Epic Records for "Summer Night Town", "First Time" and all of Zetima's subsequent releases; the group released its fourth single "Memory Seishun no Hikari" in early 1999, reaching number two on Oricon, second to Glay's "Winter, Again" which had 1st week sales of 955,780 copies, verse Memory Seishun no Hikari's 195,720).
The song features rap passages by L The Headtoucha and intense vocal harmonization by the group's members. This was Asuka Fukuda's last single with Morning Musume, making her the shortest-lived member at 2 years. Asuka claimed that she was leaving in order to focus on her studies, only to drop out of school soon after. "Manatsu no Kōsen" was a summer tune. It went to number three on the charts, the sales dropped by half from Memory Seishun no Hikari. Morning Musume's chart position was visibly lagging at the time: their sixth single, "Furusato", only sealed the fact. Natsumi Abe was the only one who sang the melody on "Furusato"; this was their fifth single, the sales once again decreased by half. Second Morning was released in July 1999, contained the singles "Daite Hold on Me!", "Memory Seishun no Hikari", "Manatsu no Kōsen", "Furusato". "Daite Hold on Me!" and "Manatsu no Kōsen" were remixed. Eager to add new life to the group, Tsunku held auditions for the third generation of Morning Musume.
Two girls were expected to be admitted, but only Maki Goto was added. Goto was the youngest member of Morning Musume at the time; the group's seventh single, "Love Machine", sold 1,760,000 copies. The song touted an image of Japan as the future "envy of the world" and cheered the masses during a period of economic recession, it was Aya Ishiguro's last. Its wild success increased the popularity of the group. Soon Goto was paired with Sayaka Ichii to form the subgroup Petitmoni. Petitmoni's first single, "Chokotto Love", rivaled the success of "Love Machine", selling over 1,123,610 copies. 2000 first saw the release of "Koi no Dance Site", which hit number two and sold over a million—400,000 copies away from reaching Love Machine's success. The single