|Also known as||Momusu|
|Origin||Tokyo, Honshū, Japan|
|Past member(s)||Kaede Kaga|
|Website||Hello! Project Japanese Official Website|
Hello! Project Chinese Official Website
Morning Musume (モーニング娘。, Mōningu Musume.) is a Japanese girl group. They are what is known as an "idol group", although they have distanced themselves from the "idol" stereotype (unlike the idols, they can dance and sing well). Most of their songs are happy songs with upbeat music, but they have sad and angry songs too. The group can also be called Momusu (モー娘。, Mōmusu.). They are the most important group in the Hello! Project company. The group is managed by Tsunku, who writes all the lyrics and most of the music the songs, and even produces them. They were the best-selling female group in Japan for several years, but their sales dropped quite a lot later on, perhaps due to the loss of certain popular members, or because of decisions made by Tsunku or someone else at Hello! Project or their management company Up-Front Works. In the past couple of years, however, they have regained some of their popularity in Japan, and they have also gained more foreign fans.
History[change | change source]
In late 1997, in Japan, a male singer-songwriter called Tsunku, held a contest to find a girl to be the lead singer of the band Sharam Q, which he was the frontman of. A lot of young girls came to the contest, and some of them became finalists. There is where Tsunku came up with the idea of making a girl group. This new group was called Morning Musume (Morning Daughters). The group was formed by Kaori Iida, Yuko Nakazawa, Asuka Fukuda, Aya Ishiguro and Natsumi Abe. They became known as the "First Generation" of the group. There have now been twelve of these "Generations". Most of these "Generations" have a few members. But the Third, Seventh, Twelfth and Sixteenth Generations only had one member each.
From the start, the songs performed by these girls sold well. They became very famous in Japan (their fame later reached other countries too, thanks to their fans on the World Wide Web), and Tsunku formed other small groups inspired by Morning Musume. He created Hello!Project to hold them all.
Over time, when the girls become older and mature, they usually graduate from the group (but they can be kicked out for not behaving in the way that idols are supposed to behave). After that, they usually become soloists or models. New girls apply for a spot in the group whenever auditions are held. Thousands of girls apply, but very few make it in.
Members[change | change source]
Current members[change | change source]
|Name||Birth date||Age||Join date||Generation||Member colour*||Position||Notes|
|Mizuki Fukumura||October 30, 1996||25||January 2, 2011||9||Hot Pink||Leader, main vocalist, lead dancer||Former member of Hello! Pro Kenshuusei|
|Erina Ikuta||July 7, 1997||24||Yellow Green||Sub Leader, vocalist, lead dancer, lead rapper||Former child model|
|Ayumi Ishida||January 7, 1997||25||September 29, 2011||10||Royal Blue||Sub Leader, main dancer, vocalist, main rapper||Former dancer for the group Dorothy Little Happy
Currently the best at dancing
|Sakura Oda||March 12, 1999||23||September 14, 2012||11||Lavender||Main vocalist, lead dancer||Former member of Hello! Pro Kenshuusei
Currently the best at singing
|Miki Nonaka||October 7, 1999||22||September 30, 2014||12||Purple||Main vocalist, dancer|
|Maria Makino||February 2, 2001||21||Pink||Visual, lead dancer, vocalist, center||Former member of Hello! Pro Kenshuusei|
|Akane Haga||March 7, 2002||20||Orange||Vocalist, dancer||Former member of Hello! Pro Kenshuusei|
|Reina Yokoyama||February 22, 2001||21||December 12, 2016||13||Golden Yellow||Vocalist, dancer||Former member of Hello! Pro Kenshuusei|
|Rio Kitagawa||March 16, 2004||18||June 22, 2019||15||Sea Blue||Lead vocalist, dancer|
|Homare Okamura||May 9, 2005||17||Daisy||Lead dancer, vocalist||Former child model and actress|
|Mei Yamazaki||June 28, 2005||17||Bright Green||Lead vocalist, dancer||Former member of Hello! Pro Kenshuusei|
|Rio Sakurai||November 11, 2005||16||June 29, 2022||16||Milk Tea||Vocalist, dancer|
* All colour values are approximate
Former members[change | change source]
First generation (1997)[change | change source]
- Yuko Nakazawa (中澤裕子, graduated April 15, 2001)
- Aya Ishiguro (石黒彩, graduated January 7, 2000)
- Kaori Iida (飯田圭織, graduated January 30, 2005)
- Natsumi Abe (安倍なつみ, graduated January 25, 2004)
- Asuka Fukuda (福田明日香, graduated April 18, 1999)
Second generation (1998)[change | change source]
- Kei Yasuda (保田圭, graduated May 5, 2003)
- Mari Yaguchi (矢口真里, left April 14, 2005)
- Sayaka Ichii (市井紗耶香, graduated May 21, 2000)
Third generation (1999)[change | change source]
- Maki Goto (後藤真希, graduated September 23, 2002)
Fourth generation (2000)[change | change source]
- Rika Ishikawa (石川梨華, graduated May 7, 2005)
- Hitomi Yoshizawa (吉澤ひとみ, graduated May 6, 2007)
- Nozomi Tsuji (辻希美, graduated August 1, 2004)
- Ai Kago (加護亜依, graduated August 1, 2004)
Fifth generation (2001)[change | change source]
- Ai Takahashi (高橋愛, graduated September 30, 2011)
- Asami Konno (紺野あさ美, graduated July 23, 2006)
- Makoto Ogawa (小川麻琴, graduated August 27, 2006)
- Risa Niigaki (新垣里沙, graduated May 18, 2012)
Sixth generation (2003)[change | change source]
- Miki Fujimoto (藤本美貴, left June 1, 2007)
- Eri Kamei (亀井絵里, graduated December 15, 2010)
- Sayumi Michishige (道重さゆみ, graduated November 26, 2014)
- Reina Tanaka (田中れいな, graduated May 21, 2013)
Seventh generation (2005)[change | change source]
- Koharu Kusumi (久住小春, graduated December 6, 2009)
Eighth generation (2006/2007)[change | change source]
- Aika Mitsui (光井愛佳, graduated May 18, 2012)
- Jun Jun (ジュンジュン, graduated December 15, 2010)
- Lin Lin (リンリン, graduated December 15, 2010)
Ninth generation (2011)[change | change source]
- Riho Sayashi (鞘師里保, graduated December 31, 2015)
- Kanon Suzuki (鈴木香音, graduated May 31, 2016)
Tenth generation (2011)[change | change source]
- Haruna Iikubo (飯窪春菜, graduated December 16, 2018)
- Masaki Sato (佐藤優樹, graduated December 12, 2021)
- Haruka Kudo (工藤遥, graduated December 11, 2017)
Twelfth generation (2014)[change | change source]
- Haruna Ogata (尾形春水, graduated June 20, 2018)
Thirteenth generation (2016)[change | change source]
- Kaede Kaga (加賀楓, graduated December 10, 2022)
Fourteenth generation (2017)[change | change source]
- Chisaki Morito (森戸知沙, graduated June 23, 2022)
Morning Musume today[change | change source]
Morning Musume is still a top selling female group. In fact, its sales make it one of the best-selling girl groups in the World today, ranking around 9th - 11th place among girl groups worldwide in recent years. It has new girls and makes singles every few months, plus studio albums about once a year. These singles and studio albums often come in "limited" versions with different cover photos and photo cards or posters included. In addition, there are also many live DVD and Blu-Ray releases, as well as photobooks and DVDs featuring certain members wearing clothes that show off how attractive they are. All the girls from the group appear frequently on TV and Radio. Their TV appearances are in the morning, especially for young people. They also make music videos and perform a lot of concerts in Japan, as well as sometimes performing concerts in other countries. Their music videos also come in different versions most of the time.
Discography[change | change source]
Albums[change | change source]
- 1. First Time
- 2. Second Morning
- 3. 3rd-Love Paradise
- 4. 4th Ikimasshoi!
- 5. No.5
- 6. Ai no Dai 6 Kan
- 7. Rainbow 7
- 8. Sexy 8 Beat
- 9. Platinum 9 Disc
- 10. 10 My Me
- 11. Fantasy! Jyuuichi
- 12. 12, Smart
- 13. 13 Colorful Character
- 14. 14 Shō: The Message
- 15. 15 Thank you, too
- 16. 16th ~That's J-POP~
Cover albums[change | change source]
- 1. Cover You
EPs[change | change source]
- 1. 7.5 Fuyu Fuyu Morning Musume Mini!
Singles[change | change source]
- 0. "Ai no Tane"
- 1. "Morning Coffee"
- 2. "Summer Night Town"
- 3. "Daite Hold on Me!"
- 4. "Memory Seishun no Hikari"
- 5. "Manatsu no Kōsen"
- 6. "Furusato"
- 7. "Love Machine"
- 8. "Koi no Dance Site"
- 9. "Happy Summer Wedding"
- 10. "I Wish"
- 11. "Renai Revolution 21"
- 12. "The Peace!"
- 13. "Mr. Moonlight: Ai no Big Band"
- 14. "Souda! We're Alive"
- 15. "Do It! Now"
- 16. "Koko ni Iruzee!"
- 17. "Morning Musume no Hyokkori Hyōtanjima"
- 18. "As for One Day"
- 19. "Shabondama"
- 20. "Go Girl: Koi no Victory"
- 21. "Ai Araba It's All Right"
- 22. "Roman: My Dear Boy"
- 23. "Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari"
- 24. "Namida ga Tomaranai Hōkago"
- 25. "The Manpower!!!"
- 26. "Osaka Koi no Uta"
- 27. "Iroppoi Jirettai"
- 28. "Chokkan 2: Nogashita Sakana wa Ōkiizo!"
- 29. "Sexy Boy: Soyokaze ni Yorisotte"
- 30. "Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii Jan"
- 31. "Aruiteru"
- 32. "Egao Yes Nude"
- 33. "Kanashimi Twilight"
- 34. "Onna ni Sachi Are"
- 35. "Mikan"
- 36. "Resonant Blue"
- 37. "Pepper Keibu"
- 38. "Naichau Kamo"
- 39. "Shōganai Yume Oibito"
- 40. "Nanchatte Renai"
- 41. "Kimagure Princess"
- 42. "Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai"
- 43. "Seishun Collection"
- 44. "Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game"
- 45. "Maji Desu ka Ska!"
- 46. "Only you"
- 47. "Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai!"
- 48. "Pyoko Pyoko Ultra"
- 49. "Ren'ai Hunter"
- 50. "One • Two • Three / The 摩天楼ショー"
- 51. "Wakuteka Take A Chance"
- 52. "Help Me!!"
- 53. "Brainstorming / Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai"
- 54. "Wagamama kinomama ai no joke / Ai no gundan"
- 55. "Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa/Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai/What is LOVE?" (as "Morning Musume '14") — their first triple-A side.
- 56. "Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe / Password is 0" (as "Morning Musume '14")
- 57. "TIKI BUN / Shaba Daba Do~ / Mikaeri Bijin" (as "Morning Musume '14")
- 58. "Seishun Kozo ga Naiteiru / Yūgure wa Ameagari / Ima Koko Kara" (as "Morning Musume '15")
- 59. "Oh My Wish! / Sukatto My Heart / Ima Sugu Tobikomu Yūki" (as "Morning Musume '15")
- 60. "Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi / Endless Sky / One and Only" (as "Morning Musume '15")
- 61. "Utakata Saturday Night! / The Vision / Tokyo to Iu Katasumi" (as "Morning Musume '16")
- 62. "Sexy Cat no Enzetsu / Mukidashi de Mukiatte / Sou Janai" (as "Morning Musume '16")
- 63. "Brand New Morning / Jealousy Jealousy" (as "Morning Musume '17")