V-u-den was a Japanese pop group within Hello! Project; the group was formed in August 2004 and consists of members Rika Ishikawa, Erika Miyoshi, Yui Okada, with Ishikawa being the leader. The name means: beauty and legend; the group disbanded on June 29, 2008 after their last concert during their v-u-densetsu 5 tour. In June 2009, v-u-den was revived as Zoku v-u-den, consisting of Sayumi Michishige, Risako Sugaya and Junjun and released a new song, "ONLY YOU", on a Hello! Project compilation and continued activities until 2011, though Zoku v-u-den appeared during a Hello! Project concert in early 2013 alongside Rika Ishikawa, it was announced in 2009 that v-u-den would be revived with a new line-up, the new group was named Zoku·v-u-den. The three new members were Sayumi Junjun and Risako Sugaya; the group released only one song, "Only You", on the compilation album Champloo 1: Happy Marriage Cover Song Shū before returning to an indefinite hiatus. Junjun graduated from Morning Musume and Hello! Project on December 15, 2010 leaving the group.
Zoku v-u-den proceeded as a duo and appeared in Hello! Project's winter 2011 concert tour. Zoku v-u-den's activities ceased in 2011 along with the other Champuru shuffle units. In 2013, Zoku v-u-den reappeared with Rika Ishikawa to perform "Koisuru Angel Heart" as Rika Ishikawa with Zoku v-u-den. Rika Ishikawa Erika Miyoshi Yui Okada Sayumi Michishige Junjun Risako Sugaya * Though the romanization of this song would imply the translation would be "Ice Cream and My Pudding", "Aisu" is written with the kanji "Ai" for "love", thus making it "Love Cream and My Pudding". In the PV for the song, there is a two-second screen that translates it as "Ice Cream and My Pudding", therefore it is a play on words. "ONLY YOU" is released on the compilation "Champloo 1 ~Happy Marriage Song Cover Shuu~ Official Hello! Project profile v-u-den discography at Up-Front Works
A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has varying roles during the recording process, they may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements. A producer may also: Select session musicians to play rhythm section accompaniment parts or solos Co-write Propose changes to the song arrangements Coach the singers and musicians in the studioThe producer supervises the entire process from preproduction, through to the sound recording and mixing stages, and, in some cases, all the way to the audio mastering stage; the producer may perform these roles themselves, or help select the engineer, provide suggestions to the engineer. The producer may pay session musicians and engineers and ensure that the entire project is completed within the record label's budget.
A record producer or music producer has a broad role in overseeing and managing the recording and production of a band or performer's music. A producer has many roles that may include, but are not limited to, gathering ideas for the project, composing the music for the project, selecting songs or session musicians, proposing changes to the song arrangements, coaching the artist and musicians in the studio, controlling the recording sessions, supervising the entire process through audio mixing and, in some cases, to the audio mastering stage. Producers often take on a wider entrepreneurial role, with responsibility for the budget, schedules and negotiations. Writer Chris Deville explains it, "Sometimes a producer functions like a creative consultant — someone who helps a band achieve a certain aesthetic, or who comes up with the perfect violin part to complement the vocal melody, or who insists that a chorus should be a bridge. Other times a producer will build a complete piece of music from the ground up and present the finished product to a vocalist, like Metro Boomin supplying Future with readymade beats or Jack Antonoff letting Taylor Swift add lyrics and melody to an otherwise-finished “Out Of The Woods.”The artist of an album may not be a record producer or music producer for his/her album.
While both contribute creatively, the official credit of "record producer" may depend on the record contract. Christina Aguilera, for example, did not receive record producer credits until many albums into her career. In the 2010s, the producer role is sometimes divided among up to three different individuals: executive producer, vocal producer and music producer. An executive producer oversees project finances, a vocal producers oversees the vocal production, a music producer oversees the creative process of recording and mixings; the music producer is often a competent arranger, musician or songwriter who can bring fresh ideas to a project. As well as making any songwriting and arrangement adjustments, the producer selects and/or collaborates with the mixing engineer, who takes the raw recorded tracks and edits and modifies them with hardware and software tools to create a stereo or surround sound "mix" of all the individual voices sounds and instruments, in turn given further adjustment by a mastering engineer for the various distribution media.
The producer oversees the recording engineer who concentrates on the technical aspects of recording. Noted producer Phil Ek described his role as "the person who creatively guides or directs the process of making a record", like a director would a movie. Indeed, in Bollywood music, the designation is music director; the music producer's job is to create and mold a piece of music. The scope of responsibility may be one or two songs or an artist's entire album – in which case the producer will develop an overall vision for the album and how the various songs may interrelate. At the beginning of record industry, the producer role was technically limited to record, in one shot, artists performing live; the immediate predecessors to record producers were the artists and repertoire executives of the late 1920s and 1930s who oversaw the "pop" product and led session orchestras. That was the case of Ben Selvin at Columbia Records, Nathaniel Shilkret at Victor Records and Bob Haring at Brunswick Records.
By the end of the 1930s, the first professional recording studios not owned by the major companies were established separating the roles of A&R man and producer, although it wouldn't be until the late 1940s when the term "producer" became used in the industry. The role of producers changed progressively over the 1960s due to technology; the development of multitrack recording caused a major change in the recording process. Before multitracking, all the elements of a song had to be performed simultaneously. All of these singers and musicians had to be assembled in a large studio where the performance was recorded. With multitrack recording, the "bed tracks" (rhythm section accompaniment parts such as the bassline and rhythm guitar could be recorded first, the vocals and solos could be added using as many "takes" as necessary, it was no longer necessary to get all the players in the studio at the same time. A pop band could record their backing tracks one week, a horn section could be brought in a week to add horn shots and punches, a string section could be brought in a week after that.
Multitrack recording had another pro
Li Chun is a Chinese singer and actress. From 2008 to 2010, she was a member of the Japanese idol girl group Morning Musume under the stage name Junjun. Along with Qian Lin, she is one of the few non-Japanese members in the history of Morning Musume. In 2006, Li Chun participated in the Super Girl singing contest, but failed to enter the top 10. After the contest, Tsunku contacted her and the other Super Girl contestants, who failed to reach the top 10, held an audition for Morning Musume in Beijing, China; the said audition was kept secret from the members of Morning Musume themselves. On March 15, 2007, Li was announced to be joining the eighth generation of all girl J-pop group Morning Musume as a "foreign student". Tsunku believed that she and Qian would be the key for Morning Musume's planned expansion into Asia in 2007. Three days on March 18, she made her Japanese television debut on Hello! Morning. Within the same week, she moved to Japan, her first stage appearance took place during Morning Musume leader Hitomi Yoshizawa's graduation concert on May 6, 2007 at Saitama Super Arena.
In 2009, she was assigned to be a part of the new shuffle group zoku v-u-den, along with Morning Musume member Sayumi Michishige and Berryz Kobo member Risako Sugaya. On August 8, 2010, Tsunku announced that in the Morning Musume 2010 Rival Survival fall concert tour Junjun would graduate from Morning Musume along with Linlin and Eri Kamei, they graduated on the last day of the tour, which occurred on December 15. Junjun sung "Furusato" as her graduation song. In late August 2011, she was announced to be cast in a Chinese school-life film "Love for a Second" and as of early September 2011, she was discovered to be enrolling in the famous Beijing Film Academy, studying Performance Arts. Official Hello! Project profile Li Chun's Blog on Sina.com.cn Li Chun's Active Blog on Weibo
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
Natsumi Abe is a Japanese singer and actress, a former member of Morning Musume, a member of Dream Morning Musume. She was born in Hokkaidō, Japan. On August 13, 2003, she released her first single, "22 Sai no Watashi," which means "Me, 22 years old," just a few days after her 22nd birthday, her first full-length album, was released on February 4, 2004, containing many solo versions of Morning Musume songs. In August 2005, her fifth single, "Koi no Hana," which means "Flower of Love," was released, she became a member of the Hello! Project special unit Def. Diva together with Maki Goto, Rika Ishikawa and Aya Matsuura in October; the single "Takaramono" was released in November credited as "Sen", the main character of the drama "Takaramono", played by Abe. In the spring of 2006, Abe released a new single, "Sweet Holic", together with a new album, "2nd ~Shimiwataru Omoi~". June 2006 saw. In October of the same year "Amasugita Kajitsu" was released, reaching 5th on the Oricon Chart, the highest place she achieved since "Koi no Telephone Goal" in 2004.
On October 5, 2008, Abe performed in an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Sunshine City building in Ikebukuro. She was joined by other artists who were popular in the 1980s, such as Hiroko Moriguchi and Ayumi Nakamura, it was announced on October 19, 2008, on the official Hello! Project website, that Abe will graduate from Hello! Project along with the rest of Elder Club on March 31, 2009. On September 15, 2010, Abe released her 12th single, "Ameagari no Niji no Yō ni". In 2010, it was announced that Natsumi Abe was going to form a new group named "Dream Morning Musume" with several other former Morning Musume members. In summer 2011, Natsumi Abe was cast in the live action drama Arakawa Under the Bridge as P-ko. On October 7, 2007, Abe's car collided with a motorcyclist in Tokyo; the motorcyclist suffered minor injuries. She had obtained her driver's license only in July of that year. Hello! Morning Futarigoto Aiken Rosinante no Sainan ~Mukai Ryūta no Dōbutsu Nikki! Nurseman Angel Hearts Koinu no Waltz Takaramono Arakawa Under the bridge Hello Pro Yanen!!
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Rika Ishikawa, is a Japanese idol and model associated with the Hello! Project banner and best known as a former member of the pop group Morning Musume, she was the leader of the Japanese pop idol trio v-u-den until June 2008. She is working as a soloist, a member of the Japanese pop idol group Ongaku Gatas, in the pop duo Hangry & Angry as Angry, as a current member of Dream Morning Musume. Rika Ishikawa was born on January 19, 1985 in Yokosuka, Japan. Ishikawa joined Morning Musume as a fourth generation member along with Hitomi Yoshizawa, Nozomi Tsuji, Ai Kago, made her debut in 2000 along with the rest of the fourth generation on the band's tenth single, "Happy Summer Wedding". In 2001 with her Morning Musume obligations, Ishikawa became a featured member of the then-semi-dormant Hello! Project pop group Country Musume and a second-generation member of Morning Musume's first subgroup, Tanpopo, she participated in her first shuffle group recording, 3-nin Matsuri, with fellow Morning Musume/Tanpopo member Ai Kago and solo singer Aya Matsuura.
One of Ishikawa's most referenced vocal parts during her Morning Musume days was a frantic spoken word piece in the middle eight of their 2003 single "Shabondama". She said a spoken word piece at the end of the song "The Peace!" which she has said was one of her favorite Morning Musume moments. In September 2004, her new trio, v-u-den, released their debut single, she graduated from Morning Musume on May 7, 2005, after five singles, v-u-den released their debut album, Suiteroom Number 1, in November 2005. Ishikawa has starred in a Hamtaro movie with her Ecomoni partner, Sayumi Michishige, soloist Aya Matsuura, she was a Pocky Girl, plays for Gatas Brilhantes H. P.. Ishikawa graduated from Morning Musume on the last day of the Morning Musume Concert Tour 2005 Haru ~Dai 6 Kan Hit Mankai!~, on May 7, 2005. During this concert, 7th generation member Kusumi Koharu was introduced into Morning Musume and replaced her spot. After her graduation, she replaced Nakazawa Yuko as the host of Hello! Morning till it ended in 2007.
Ishikawa starred in Sukeban Deka: Codename = Asamiya Saki, the fourth live-action adaptation film of Sukeban Deka opposite Aya Matsuura, released September 30, 2006. In line with Mari Yaguchi's involvement in the Japanese 2007 adaptation of the popular 1955 Broadway play, "Damn Yankees", Rika will be double cast with fellow 4th Generation ex-Morning Musume member, Nozomi Tsuji, in "When Will You Return?" in 2007 at the Nissei Theatre in Tokyo and the Osaka City Center. In mid-2007, Ishikawa joined the Japanese idol group Ongaku Gatas along with fellow members of Gatas Brilhantes H. P.. On October 12, 2008 it was announced that she is paired up with fellow ex-Morning Musume member Hitomi Yoshizawa in the new unit Hangry & Angry in collaboration with a Harajuku fashion store of the same name. Hangry & Angry will be making their first United States performance at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington in April 2009, it was announced on October 19, 2008, on the official Hello! Project website, that Ishikawa will graduate from Hello!
Project along with the rest of Elder Club on March 31, 2009. Ishikawa joined the newly formed group, "Dream Morning Musume" in 2010 alongside other former Morning Musume members. On January 1, 2010 Ishikawa opened up an official blog. On March 13, 2017, she married a professional baseball player, Ryoma Nogami and has announced her pregnancy with her first child, she gave birth to a baby boy sometime in late April 2018. Ongaku Gatas Ecomoni v-u-den DEF. DIVA Morning Musume Morning Musume Otomegumi Tanpopo Country Musume ni Ishikawa Rika Romans Shuffle Groups 3-nin Matsuri Sexy 8 7Air H. P. All Stars Hangry & Angry Dream Morning Musume Abcho 2000 – Pinch Runner 2002 – Tokkaekko 2003 – Koinu Dan no Monogatari 2003 – 17sai ~Tabidachi no Futari~ 2004 – Tottoko Hamtaro Hamu Hamu Hapa Radaicho! 2006 – Yo-Yo Girl Cop Eeruseeme 2003 – J Beef "Oniku Suki Suki" Official blog Profile at UP-FRONT AGENCY Official Hangry & Angry website
Sayumi Michishige is a former sixth-generation member and former leader of the J-pop group Morning Musume. Following the departure of fifth-generation member Risa Niigaki on October 12, 2013, Michishige has the longest tenure of any member in the group's history. Michishige was born in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, she joined Morning Musume in 2003 along with Eri Kamei, Miki Fujimoto, Reina Tanaka, who all debuted with Morning Musume on the group's nineteenth single, "Shabondama". In 2005, she was assigned as mentor to seventh-generation member Koharu Kusumi, until Kusumi left the group in December 2009. Michishige was a member of the Hello! Project unit Ecomoni, along with former Morning Musume member Rika Ishikawa, she portrays an narcissistic image of herself in more TV shows calling herself the cutest member in Morning Musume and saying that her cuteness overwhelms her bad singing voice. In one of the skits known as Hello! Morning Theatre on their variety show, Hello! Morning, she played a character known as "Ichiban Kawaii".
Michishige is from Yamaguchi. She is the youngest child in the family, she has an elder sister. In 2002, at the age of 13, Michishige participated in the Love Audition 2002 held by Up-Front Agency in search of new members for the Japanese female idol group Morning Musume. Tens of thousand of contestants auditioned, but only four. Michishige, along with Eri Kamei, Miki Fujimoto, Reina Tanaka were admitted to Morning Musume as sixth-generation members on January 19, 2003. A few weeks she was placed in Morning Musume's subgroup Morning Musume Otomegumi, when the group was temporarily divided so it could perform in smaller towns, thereby reaching out to a greater number of fans who could not otherwise watch them perform live. During the spring, along with the other sixth-generation members, made her first concert appearance on the Morning Musume Concert Tour 2003 Spring "Non Stop!" during second-generation member Kei Yasuda's leaving ceremony. On July 16, 2003, the sixth-generation members released their first photobook and corresponding DVD, both shot in Hawaii, as part of the Alo Hello! series.
Their musical debut came shortly thereafter, on July 30, with Morning Musume's 19th single, "Shabondama". Towards the end of 2003, Michishige began appearing in the show Revelations of M, as a regular with ex-Morning Musume member Yuko Nakazawa. 2004 saw her first appearance on an album, Best! Morning Musume 2, in a movie—Star Sand Island, My Island - Island Dreamin. During the summer, Michishige appeared in her first solo photobook and was placed in a temporary unit called Ecomoni with fourth-generation Morning Musume member Rika Ishikawa; the goal of the group was to promote environmental awareness only for the duration of the Cool Down the Hot Earth festival, but their popularity led to the members being cast as voice actors for the fourth Hamtaro movie—along with Hello! Project soloist Aya Matsuura, with whom they released the main theme for the film, titled "Tensai! Let's Go Ayayamu" —and appeared in subsequent festivals. In 2005, Michshige and Rika Ishikawa released. Michishige appeared as a regular news anchor on Hello!
Morning for most of the second half of 2005. That same year, she was assigned to be a mentor to seventh-generation member Koharu Kusumi, with whom she formed a duo called Rainbow Pink in the beginning of 2006. Introducing themselves as "Shige-pink" and "Koha-pink", the group was featured on Morning Musume's seventh album, Rainbow 7, with the song "Rainbow Pink", subsequently on the 7.5 Fuyu Fuyu Morning Musume Mini! and Sexy 8 Beat albums, with "Wa Merry Pin Xmas!" and "Takara no Hako", respectively. Following in fellow Morning Musume member Miki Fujimoto's footsteps, Michishige began hosting a radio show titled Hypernight - Michishige Sayumi Konya mo Usa-chan Peace in October 2006. Running 30 minutes per episode, Michishige's show consisted of her answering fan mail and participating in several games, among which saying a given phrase/expression in reverse, giving general advice to her listeners. Michishige's second solo photobook, titled Longing, was published on January 15, 2007. Shot in Okinawa, the book featured school uniform, simple one-piece, wet yukata/bathrobe shots, in an attempt to convey a more mature image of the seventeen-year-old idol.
Michishige starred in Bow30°, an original internet drama created for the purpose of advertising the Family Restaurant chain Gusto, as Ruruka Chī, a novice waitress training under the supervision of her seniors Karin Kinoshita and Mika Mochizuki. On June 9, 2007, Michishige began co-hosting the Young Town radio show as a result of Miki Fujimoto's Friday magazine scandal and subsequent resignation from Morning Musume. Shortly thereafter she released her third solo photobook and DVD, 17: Love Hello, both shot on the island of Guam, her fourth solo photobook, Sōsō, was published in December 2007. On January 3, 2009, for the first time since she joined Morning Musume, Michishige appeared as an independent talent on a TV show, namely the Otona Gakuryoku Kentei SP quiz show. A cast of 30 performers (including former v-u-den member Yui Okada