Ai Takahashi

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Ai Takahashi
高橋愛

Ai Takahashi at the Japan Expo, July 3, 2010
Background information
Born September 14, 1986 (1986-09-14) (age 28)
Origin Sakai, Fukui, Japan
Genres Japanese pop
Occupations Singer, Actress
Years active 2001 - Present
Labels Zetima
Associated acts Morning Musume, Mini Moni, Sakuragumi, Happy 7, 7Air, H.P. All Stars, Elegies, High-King
Website Hello! Project.com

Ai Takahashi (高橋 愛 Takahashi Ai?) (born September 14, 1986) is a Japanese J-pop singer. She sings upbeat songs in the group Morning Musume which is a part of the Hello!Project unity. She is the leader of the group.

Biography[change | change source]

Her first appearance on TV was in 1999, on a children's talent show, where she won a prize.

She joined Morning Musume in 2001 with Asami Konno, Makoto Ogawa and Risa Niigaki. Her first single was "Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no BIG BAND~" which she sang with the group. In 2002 she launched her first photobook alone and joined the group Mini Moni. She also acted in a movie, MiniMoni Ja Movie: Okashina Daibouken. She was called "Takkity" by her fans because her dress in the movie was like a black cat.

In 2003 she replaced Mari Yaguchi in the group Mini Moni. In 2007 she became leader of the group Morning Musume after Miki Fujimoto left the team. In 2008 she joined a new group, High King, created to promote the musical: "Cinderella the Musical". Takahashi plays the main character in this new group and Reina Tanaka is the leader.

In 2009 she was made the leader of the group Hello!Project. She is the only member of Morning Musume that plays a character in a dorama (Japanese drama).

Discography and releases[change | change source]

Singles[change | change source]

# Title Release Date Information
1 "Yume Kara Samete" (夢から醒めて?) 2006 Only released for digital purchase and download;
later released as part of the Petit Best 7 compilation CD

Photobooks[change | change source]

# Romaji
Japanese
English
Title Release date Publisher
ISBN
Description
  • 5: Morning Musume 5 Ki Member Shashinshū
  • 5 モーニング娘。5期メンバー写真集
  • 5: Morning Musume 5th Generation Members Photobook
August 13, 2002 Wani Books
ISBN 4-8470-2721-3
Photobook starring all of the 5th generation members.
1
  • Takahashi Ai: Solo Shashinshū "Takahashi Ai Shashinshū"[1]
  • 高橋愛 ソロ写真集「高橋愛写真集」
  • Ai Takahashi: Solo Photobook "Ai Takahashi Photobook"
December 9, 2002 Wani Books
ISBN 4-8470-2741-8
First solo photobook.
2
  • Alo Hello! Takahashi Ai[1]
  • アロハロ!高橋愛
December 17, 2003 Kadokawa Shoten
ISBN 4-04-894253-0
Second solo photobook.
3
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "Wataame"[1]
  • 高橋愛写真集 わたあめ
  • Ai Takahashi Photobook Cotton Candy
May 27, 2004 Wani Books
ISBN 4-8470-2806-6
Third solo photobook.
4
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "Ai Gokoro"[1]
  • 高橋愛写真集 愛ごころ
June 25, 2005 Wani Books
ISBN 4-8470-2870-8
Fourth solo photobook.
5
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "19"[1]
  • 高橋愛写真集『19』
  • Ai Takahashi Photobook "19"
January 27, 2006 Wani Books
ISBN 4-8470-2913-5
Fifth solo photobook.
6
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū Zenshu "ai"[1]
  • 高橋愛写真集全集『ai』
  • Ai Takahashi Photobook Complete Works "ai"
October 27, 2006 Wani Books
ISBN 4-8470-2961-5
Compilation photobook.
7
  • Love Hello! Takahashi Ai Shashinshū in Phuket[1]
  • ラブハロ!高橋愛写真集inプーケット
  • Love Hello! Ai Takahashi Photobook in Phuket
March 14, 2007 Kadokawa Publishing Group
ISBN 4-0489-4485-1
Seventh solo photobook. Photographed in Phuket, Thailand.
8
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "Mizu"[1]
  • 高橋愛写真集『水』
  • Ai Takahashi Photobook "Water"
October 26, 2007 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-4049-8
Eighth solo photobook. Photographed in Bali.
9
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "Mō Hitotsu no Ai"[1]
  • 高橋愛写真集『もうひとつの愛』
May 25, 2008 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4847040887
Ninth solo photobook.
10
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "Watashi"[1]
  • 高橋愛写真集『私』
  • Ai Takahashi Photobook "I"
May 25, 2009 Wani Books Tenth solo photobook.

DVDs[change | change source]

# Title Release date
1 Alo Hello! Takahashi Ai DVD (アロハロ!高橋愛DVD?) December 17, 2003
2 Love Hello! Takahashi Ai DVD (ラブハロ!高橋愛DVD?) April 11, 2007

Acts[change | change source]

Television dramas[change | change source]

Title Start date End date
Angel Hearts 2002
Mini Moni's Brementown Musicians January 10, 2005 January 31, 2005
Hitmaker Aku Yuu Monogatari August 1, 2008
Q.E.D Shōmei Shūryō (Q.E.D 証明終了?) January 8, 2009 March 12, 2009

Television shows[change | change source]

Show Start date End date Network
Hello! Morning (ハロー!モーニング。?) 2001 April 1, 2007 TV Tokyo
Matthew's Best Hit TV May 29, 2002 TV Asahi
Tin Tin Town! (ティンティンTown!?) July 5, 2002 March 26, 2004 Nihon TV
Sore Yuke! Gorokkies (それゆけ!ゴロッキーズ?) September 29, 2003 December 26, 2003 TV Tokyo
Futarigoto (二人ゴト?) April 21, 2004 April 23, 2004 TV Tokyo
July 23, 2004 July 29, 2004
Majokko Rika-chan no Magical v-u-den (魔女っ娘。梨華ちゃんのマジカル美勇伝?) December 1, 2004 December 6, 2004 TV Tokyo
December 16, 2004 December 17, 2004
Musume Dokyu! (娘DOKYU!?) April 4, 2005 June 8, 2005 TV Tokyo
Haromoni@ (ハロモニ@?) April 8, 2007 September 28, 2008 TV Tokyo
Yorosen! (よろセン!?) October 6, 2008 Ongoing TV Tokyo

Radio[change | change source]

Program Start date End date Network
MBS Young Town Dōyōbi (MBSヤングタウン土曜日?) April 12, 2003 Ongoing MBS Radio
Ishikawa Rika no Chanchaka Charmy (☆石川梨華のちゃんちゃか☆チャーミー!?) March 3, 2005 CBC Radio
TBC Fun Fīrudo Mōretsu Mōdasshu (TBC Funふぃーるど・モーレツモーダッシュ?) May 16, 2005 May 27, 2005 TBC

References[change | change source]

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