Serious J-Pop Girl Groups.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008 rinachan
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You know about those absolutely huge girl groups, right? Some of them even have between 14-50 girls. So, where do you draw the line? How do you even start one? Well, let’s go to Japan–seemingly the home of girl groups.

Popular Girl Group, Morning Musume

Morning Musume (referred to as Momusu by fans) has it all. They’re pretty experimental, with early hits serving as R&B/hip hop with a touch of pop and even some more recent songs being rock. They are ran by Tsunku, and, like many of his groups, have ‘graduations.’ Usually, a singer graduates from the group if she becomes pregnant, wants to move on, or wants to go solo. And with every CD, I believe, they hold auditions for a new ‘generation.’ Their CDs are usually artistically numbered as well, and so far, they have released eight albums, one best (10 year anniversary) album, one EP, and thirty-six singles. They have been performing since 1997 and have been one of Tsunku’s most successful groups.

Members include:

Ai Takahashi
Risa Niigaki
Eri Kamei
Sayumi Michishige
Reina Tanaka
Koharu Kusumi
Aika Mitsui
Li Chun
Qian Lin

There are also sixteen graduates. But if you think that’s a lot of girls, see what’s coming up next.

AKB48


In this picture, we have Team B of AKB48. Sadly, there’s so many girls that it’s hard to find them all in one picture. Regardless, they’re another popular group. They originally only did theater performances in the Akihabara District in Tokyo, but they found fame making PVs (promotional videos) and selling singles, as well. Everyday, they perform at the theater. Whether it’s the whole lot, a specific team, or any of the variations, there’s always a show. On the weekends, you even get two shows a day.

There’s really no way to describe this group. All I know is that if you check out anything by them, please listen to Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru. Actually, I’ll just post the PV.

Remember when I said that this group is too large to actually fit into one picture? I didn’t lie. Altogether, there are 51 members. That’s why they have groups.

Team A

Team K

Team B

There are other members, too. They are known as AKB48 Seed, and currently has nineteen girls. AKB48 also has ten members that graduated.

Units include Chocolove from AKB48, Crayon Friends from AKB48, ICE from AKB48, Honegumi from AKB48, Okashina Sisters, and Summer Lips. That sure is a lot of girls.

GAM

This group really couldn’t be classified as large as Momusu or AKB because this one only has two girls. It’s a group (or maybe, a couple), nonetheless and I like them so much that they earned a spot on this blog’s post. Anyway, GAM consists of singer Aya Matsuura (born June 25, 1986) and Morning Musume’s graduate Miki Fujimoto (born February 26, 1985). They broke out into the music scene in 2006 with their single ‘Thanks!’ and followed up with, possibly, their most famous single (for its more lesbian-active PV), Melodies. Melodies is actually my favorite song of theirs. They haven’t released anything since early 2007’s Daisuki Rakuten Eagles, but there has been no talk of them disbanding, either.

Buono!
Buono! is probably best known for being…

One) apart of Hello! Project.
And, two) associated with anime.

They have one album and three singles so far, with another single set to be released, actually, tomorrow (August 20th). This group includes members Momoko Tsugunaga (age sixteen) and Miyabi Natsuyaki (age fifteen) from Berryz Kobo, and Airi Suzuki (age fourteen) from °C-ute. They have a more unique look in this group, as they seem more on the tough/punk-rock side rather than cutesy like Tsunku’s usual groups. They’ve contributed openings and closing for the anime Shugo Chara! and these songs are:

  • Kokoro no Tamago (Egg of the Heart)
  • Honto no Jibun (My True Self)

They have been active since the end of 2007 and are still going strong, having already released several singles this year.

Berryz Koubou (Or, Berryz Kobo)

Berryz Koubou is another one of Tsunku’s popular girl groups. Created in 2004, the group became one of Hello! Project’s biggest acts ever since. When they were to hold a concert at Saitama Super Arena in April 2007, their tickets (a total of 20,000) sold out two months before then. They also became the youngest group to perform at this arena.

As of right now, they have seven members. These members are:

  • Saki Shimizu (Captain)
  • Momoko Tsugunaga
  • Chinami Tokunaga
  • Maasa Sudou
  • Miyabi Natsuyaki
  • Yurina Kumai
  • Risako Sugaya

They only have one member that graduated, and that is Maiha Ishimura who graduated to start schooling again full-time.

As of right now, this group is still very active, as they recently released a single back in early July. Right now, they have seventeen singles, three albums, one EP/mini-album, and one mini-best album. They appeared twice on TV back in 2004 and have had six concerts to date.

Now that I’ve discussed J-Pop girl groups of Japan, it’s time to close off this post with a short goodbye.

I’m Rina-chan, and I’m signing off for the day. Thanks for reading!

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