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カテゴリ：モーニング娘。( 47 )
2009年 03月 16日
Morning Musume not ready to graduate yet
Three members of the Japanese pop phenomenon (and their manager) insist their mornings are far from numbered
"[Tsunku] decides everything," explains the group's manager since September 2008, Kouichi Nishikata. "Usually an artist is controlled by their management, but this group is formed by the producer. It is a rare case."
Nishikata admits, "I think that the group could never survive without him. Tsunku really produces the songs, concepts, costumes, makeup, live shows, CD-sleeve designs — you name it! I had thought there was a stand-in or something to do all that."
Each member's forced "graduation" as they are deemed too old or mature, or the group need a fresh face, is the point by which they must have established themselves enough to go it alone. The inevitability of their young retirement from the group, though, is something the current crop barely consider as a limitation.
"I can't think of my graduation at all," says an animated Niigaki, before conceding, "I think of it a little now that I'm one of the longest-serving of the group, but when I first joined, never! I only thought about how to catch up with the other girls."
"I'd really like to make sure each one of them continues to work after their graduation," explains Nishikata. "We have promoted them as a group so far, but from now on, we'd like to promote them one by one, so I hope they can do more personal work after this summer."
At Morning Musume's inception, the group's fan base was diverse, attracting young girls, boys and parents. But another probable reason for their recent decline can be attributed to the resurgent otaku (obsessive fans). At a recent Hello! Project show in front of around 14,000 in Yokohama Arena, barely a single woman could be spotted among the dedicated and exuberant middle-age male crowd.
In April 2004, audio footage recorded backstage reportedly captured then-member Rika Ishikawa exclaiming: "Look at them. Grownups screaming like that! I can't believe it. So stupid!" Although such a scandal is rare in the micromanaged Musume life, standing in front of such frenzied supporters clearly affects the girls.
For the full article, check out The Japan Times
2009年 02月 13日
Anime Expo® Announces Morning Musume As First Official Guests Of Honor For 2009 Convention In Los Angeles
Nation’s Largest Anime and Manga Convention Welcomes Japan’s Top Female Group from Hello! Project
Anaheim, California and Tokyo, Japan (February 12, 2009) — With excitement beyond belief, Anime Expo® proudly announces the attendance and performance of Japan’s most celebrated and top all-girl music group MORNING MUSUME (also referred to as “Momusu”) to the nation’s largest anime and manga convention held July 2-5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More information can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org.
The MORNING MUSUME (モーニング娘. Morning Daughter) is a one of a kind all-girl group whose story began in 1997 when Japanese producer TSUNKU♂ held auditions for a female rock vocalist for his band SHARAN Q held on the Japanese TV show ASAYAN. With the five runner-ups from the contest, Tsunku decided to create an all-girl group that sold 50,000 copies of their indies CD single “Ai no Tane” and debuted as MORNING MUSUME. They are the lead group of Hello! Project.
MORNING MUSUME’s first single “Morning Coffee” made a huge splash by hitting the #6 position in the Japanese pop charts within its first week of release. In August of 1998, MORNING MUSUME reached the #1 spot in the Japanese pop charts with their 3rd single “HOLD ON ME”. In 1999, the group had their first nationwide tour with 19 performances in 7 cities for 40,000 fans.
In September of 1999, MORNING MUSUME released their smash hit “Love Machine” that sold 2 million copies and held the first place spot in the Japanese pop charts and stayed 17 weeks on the Oricon Karaoke Chart.
MORNING MUSUME is famous not just for being the Japan’s top female group, but also for its unique approach with the shuffling of members. Producer TSUNKU♂ creates freshness by graduating band members and adding new members to create different units and adds fresh new faces for fans old and new.
In 2007, MORNING MUSUME made a historic impact within the Japanese music industry as the band welcomed new members Jun Jun and Lin Lin from China and began to reach an international audience. In 2008, MORNING MUSUME celebrated their 10th anniversary. MORNING MUSUME is definitely the world’s most famous and successful Japanese all-girl group.
MORNING MUSUME consists of band members Ai Takahashi, Risa Niigaki, Eri Kamei, Sayumi Michishige, Reina Tanaka, Koharu Kusumi, Aika Mitsui, JunJun, and LinLin.
Images available upon request and/or via the Anime Expo® 2009 Online Press Kit.
Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video coverage site of the 2008 convention at www.AXBackstage.org and to register for the 2009 convention at www.anime-expo.org.
2008年 09月 25日
It was announced on the Hello Project website that Morning Musume's leader Takahashi Ai will have her first starring role in a serial drama when "Q.E.D. Shoumei Shuuryou" (Q.E.D. Case Closed) begins on NHK in January 2009. It will be the first time a Morning Musume member has starred in a primetime serial drama.
"Q.E.D. Shoumei Shuuryou" is based on the mystery manga series by Katou Motohiro from "Magazine Great" (Kodansha). The story follows easy-going and cheerful schoolgirl Kana (Takahashi Ai) and genius boy Touma (Nakamura Aoi) who graduated from an American university at age 15, who form an unlikely duo and solve various difficult cases with logic.
In the past, Morning Musume's Abe Natsumi starred in a primetime drama "Koinu no Waltz", but that was after she graduated from Morning Musume. This will be the first time an active member has had a starring role.
In August, she played the role of Cinderella in the month-long run of "Cinderella the Musical" at Shinjuku Koma Theatre, as well as the part of Mie from Pink Lady in the NTV special drama "Hitmaker Aku Yu Monogatari", so Takahashi is broadening her acting roles lately.
"Q.E.D. Shoumei Shuuryou" will air on NHK every Thursday at 8:00pm, beginning in January.
2008年 09月 09日
モーニング娘。 / ペッパー警部 (c/w ロマンス)
2008年 04月 30日
The concert will be held at Shanghai Grand Stage
2008年 03月 28日
2008年 02月 29日
演唱會名稱：早安少女組。2008 Concert Tour in Taiwan
（地址：台北市南港區經貿二路1號 / TEL:(02) 2725-5200 ）
協辦單位： UP-FRONT AGENCY、豐華唱片股份有限公司、國際泛亞數位媒體股份有限公司
It looks like 6th gen member Eri Kamei will be the next MM to be involved in a scandal. In the lastest issue of Shukan Gendai Eri's ex-bf from her high school days reveals some intimate details about their relationship.
Of course the popular Japanese low brow magazine never uses Eri's name. Throughout the entire article she is referred to as "A". But after reading the article it's pretty obvious who Shukan Gendai is talking about and it definitely isn't Takitty.
According to the magazine's sources and info provided by A's ex-bf who the magazine calls Okazaki, both he and A attended the same high school and were in the same grade. A is described by Shukan Gendai as a popular MM member because of her "pureness". They first met in the beginning of 10th grade but didn't know much about each other since they weren't in the same class. But as they started running into each other in the morning at the entrance of the school they started to take notice of each other.
Okazaki got A's contact info from a mutual friend. They started quietly meeting up at school early in the morning before class. Because of A's status it was not so easy to meet "outside", and that bothered her. Naturally they had their dates at home. Okazaki and A happen to live pretty close to each other. The distance could be covered by bicycle, so they met about once or twice a week. Most of the time A went to Okazaki's home and they often watched comedy DVDs together. Sometimes she would stay over on weekends. And apparently their relationship was well known on campus.
During A's busy schedule with Hello!Project, sometimes she sent him text saying, "Today is the first concert and I'm so nervous" and "I love you". A has also told him that someday she wants to become the top member of MM and she wants him to be proud of her. However, despite many invites, Okazaki never attended any of her concerts because he didn't want to be like one of the mowotas there. But A really wanted him to come see her performance so she had her mom make the request to him. Finally Okazaki accepted A's invitation and attended the first stop of MM's summer concert at Matsudo City Auditorium in Chiba Prefecture with A's mom. A was very moved when she saw that he showed up. Their eyes met and she waved at him several times during the finale.
Once in a while A and Okazaki did have dates outside. They sometimes went down to Yokohama like many high school kids or went to karaoke box. When they were at the karaoke, Okazaki would drink alcohol. A didn't sing any MM songs but did sing songs by Mini Moni. A seemed to really look up to Nozomi Tsuji (she was a member of Mini MOni).
Shukan Gendai also pointed out that there seems to be tension within MM between members who joined before their big break and members who came on after MM was already well established. A is really close to other teenage members who are similar in age like Sayumi Michishige and Risa Niigaki. Sometimes A would even pass her phone to Sayumi when she called Okazaki when they're staying at a hotel while on tour. On the other hand, the younger members hardly do stuff with the older members off stage and don't think much about hanging out with them. A hardly ever talks about the older members to Okazaki. The magazine speculates that perhaps that is the reason A doesn't sing any MM songs at karaoke.
When Shukan Gendai contacted MM's management Up Front Agency for comment, UFA replied that they've asked A about it but she denied it's true. But when Okazaki was approached with the same inquiry he responded, "it is absolutely correct." He added that after dating A for a little over a year back in high school they haven't kept in touch with each other. But he hasn't stopped supporting her. If that's true, why did he sell her out?
* All photos were taken at Okazaki's home. The top and middle photo (magazine page 23) were taken when they first started dating and the bottom photo was taken about a year later.