Feb 6, 2012 11:02 AM
Sleepninja - 16234 Posts

[I]There is a lot of info on this group, so this shall take more than one post haha

Morning Musume (モーニング娘。 Mōningu Musume.?), sometimes referred to as Momusu (モー娘。 Mōmusu.?) is a Japanese idol girl group, whose act generally revolves around singing and dancing to upbeat melodies. They are the lead group of Hello! Project, which is managed and produced by Tsunku, who composes nearly all the lyrics and melodies of their songs. Currently, they hold the record of having the second highest overall single sales (of a female group) on the Oricon charts.

The group's name can be translated as Good Morning Girls or Morning Girls. Morning Musume is known for its ever fluctuating line-up, with "graduations" and auditions held nearly every year. 2008 was the only year so far when no changes in the line-up occurred. Over the years, the group produced several splinter groups, and often worked with other Hello! Project acts, including Country Musume, Berryz Kobo, Melon Kinenbi, and v-u-den.

Since their expansion into the Chinese-speaking market in 2007, the group officially adopted the name Jou An Sao Nu Jou (Zǎo Ān Shào Nǚ Zǔ, Traditional Chinese: 早安少女組, meaning, "good morning girl's group"). In recent years the group have been making a concerted attempt to break into new markets in Asia, Europe and the US, performing at EXPOs worldwide.


Risa Niigaki (2001?)
Sayumi Michishige (2003?)
Reina Tanaka (2003?)
Aika Mitsui (2006?)
Mizuki Fukumura (2011?)
Erina Ikuta (2011?)
Riho Sayashi (2011?)
Kanon Suzuki (2011?)
Haruna Iikubo (2011?)
Ayumi Ishida (2011?)
Masaki Satō (2011?)
Haruka Kudō (2011?)

Past members

Ai Takahashi (2001-2011)
Linlin (2007-2010)
Junjun (2007-2010)
Eri Kamei (2003-2010)
Koharu Kusumi (2005-2009)
Miki Fujimoto (2003-2007)
Hitomi Yoshizawa (2000-2007)
Makoto Ogawa (2001-2006)
Asami Konno (2001-2006)
Rika Ishikawa (2000-2005)
Mari Yaguchi (1998-2005)
Kaori Iida (1997-2005)
Ai Kago (2000-2004)
Nozomi Tsuji (2000-2004)
Natsumi Abe (1997-2004)
Kei Yasuda (1998-2003)
Maki Goto (1999-2002)
Yuko Nakazawa (1997-2001)
Sayaka Ichii (1998-2000)
Aya Ishiguro (1997-2000)
Asuka Fukuda (1997-1999)

(This group has a graduation system and an audition system. When a member is ready to leave the group, they "graduate from the group and sometimes even the company. There is a ceremony held, usually during a concert, and the member gives a farewell speech. The other members give heartfelt speeches showing their love to the member and congratulating them on their graduation. When new members are added, Tsunku holds nationwide auditions and televises the whole process. From auditions, to selections, to training them new members. It's quite fascinating.)



"Ai no Tane"

[*]"Morning Coffee"
[*]"Summer Night Town"
[*]"Daite Hold on Me!"
[*]"Memory Seishun no Hikari"
[*]"Manatsu no Kōsen"
[*]"Love Machine"
[*]"Koi no Dance Site"
[*]"Happy Summer Wedding"
[*]"I Wish"
[*]"Ren'ai Revolution 21"
[*]"The Peace!"
[*]"Mr. Moonlight (Ai no Big Band)"
[*]"Sōda! We're Alive"
[*]"Do It! Now"
[*]"Koko ni Iruzee!"
[*]"Morning Musume no Hyokkori Hyōtanjima"
[*]"As for One Day"
[*]"Go Girl (Koi no Victory)"
[*]"Ai Araba It's All Right"
[*]"Roman (My Dear Boy)"
[*]"Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari"
[*]"Namida ga Tomaranai Hōkago"
[*]"The Manpower!!!"
[*]"Osaka Koi no Uta"
[*]"Iroppoi Jirettai"
[*]"Chokkan 2 (Nogashita Sakana wa Ōkiizo!)"
[*]"Sexy Boy (Soyokaze ni Yorisotte)"
[*]"Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii Jan"
[*]"Egao Yes Nude"
[*]"Kanashimi Twilight"
[*]"Onna ni Sachi Are"
[*]"Resonant Blue"
[*]"Pepper Keibu"
[*]"Naichau Kamo"
[*]"Shōganai Yume Oibito"
[*]"Nanchatte Ren'ai"
[*]"Kimagure Princess"
[*]"Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai"
[*]"Seishun Collection"
[*]"Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game"
[*]"Maji Desu ka Ska!"
[*]"Only You"
[*]"Kono Chikyū no Heiwa o Honki de Negatterun da yo!/Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai!"
[*]"Pyoko Pyoko Ultra"

Studio albums

[*]1998: First Time
[*]1999: Second Morning
[*]2000: 3rd-Love Paradise
[*]2002: 4th Ikimasshoi!
[*]2003: No.5
[*]2004: Ai no Dai 6 Kan
[*]2006: Rainbow 7
[*]2006: 7.5 Fuyu Fuyu Morning Musume Mini! (mini-album)
[*]2007: Sexy 8 Beat
[*]2008: Cover You (cover album)
[*]2009: Platinum 9 Disc
[*]2010: 10 My Me
[*]2010: Fantasy! Jūichi
[*]2011: 12, Smart

Compilation albums

[*]2001: Best! Morning Musume 1
[*]2004: Best! Morning Musume 2
[*]2004: Early Single Box
[*]2007: Morning Musume All Singles Complete: 10th Anniversary
[*]2009: Morning Musume Zen Singles Coupling Collection

This shall be continued in a second part.

Feb 6, 2012 11:02 AM
Sleepninja - 16234 Posts
Part Two:


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, later to become a soloist under what would eventually 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, and 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 (spread out over November, 1997) in a very grassroots manner, and 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 (hitting number six on the Japanese pop charts) brought them three new members known as the second generation: Kei Yasuda, Mari Yaguchi, and 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, and managed to hit number one on the charts. Leader Nakazawa also 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 also formed Tanpopo, the first subgroup of Morning Musume, with Kaori Iida, Aya Ishiguro, and Mari Yaguchi. Tanpopo touted slower, more mature songs.


1999 kicked off with the group's fourth single "Memory Seishun no Hikari", failing to hit number one but managing to snag number two on Oricon (Glay's "Winter, Again" was number one for the week, with 1st week sales of 955,780 copies, while Morning Musume's Memory Seishun no Hikari's was 195,720). The song contained a rap section and intense vocal harmonization on the girls parts. This was Asuka Fukuda's last single with Morning Musume, making her currently 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 released in May and was a summer tune. It went to number three on the charts, and 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"; the other members just harmonized discreetly. This was their fifth single, and the sales once again decreased by half.

Second Morning was released in July 1999, and contained the singles "Daite Hold on Me!", "Memory Seishun no Hikari", "Manatsu no Kōsen", and "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 ultimately only Maki Goto was added. Goto was 13, the youngest member of Morning Musume at the time. The group's seventh single, "Love Machine", sold 1,760,000 copies, making it a major hit; it is still their highest-selling single to date. 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 Maki Goto's first single and Aya Ishiguro's last. Its wild success dramatically increased the popularity of the group.

Soon Goto was paired with Kei Yasuda and Sayaka Ichii to form the subgroup Petitmoni (also known as Pucchi Moni). Petitmoni's first single, "Chokotto Love", rivaled the success of "Love Machine", selling over 1,123,610 copies.



The three audition winners, Riho Sayashi, Kanon Suzuki and Erina Ikuta, were announced on stage by Tsunku at the Hello! Project 2011 Winter: Kangei Shinsen Matsuri concert on January 2, 2011. He then announced that Mizuki Fukumura, a Hello! Pro Egg, would also be joining Morning Musume.

On January 9, also at the Winter concert, it was announced that leader Ai Takahashi would be graduating from Morning Musume and Hello! Project at the group's Autumn 2011 concert. The decision came after Tsunku suggested that Takahashi should consider her own graduation soon. After Takahashi's graduation, Risa Niigaki will take over her role as leader, and Sayumi Michishige will take over as sub-leader. Takahashi will continue her musical and theatre careers after her graduation.

On February 3, 2011, Morning Musume's 45th single, Maji Desu ka Ska!, was announced. The single was set to be released on March 23, 2011; however, due to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the single was postponed until April 6. The new single reached number 5 on the Oricon weekly charts.

Morning Musume 46th single, "Only You", was released on June 15, 2011. There were five versions to the single: Regular, Limited A, Limited B, Limited C, and Limited D. The single reached number 4 on the Oricon Weekly charts.

On April 13, Morning Musume launched a weekly 1 hour Ustream show called UstreaMusume. On their official website, there is an e-mail provided, so fans can submit questions, messages and requests.

It was announced May 8, that 10th Generation Audition "Genkijirushi" submissions were starting until June 13. This surprised many fans as it had only been four months since the 9th generation had joined.

During the summer, Morning Musume did a Fanclub Tour in Hawaii from July 20–26.

On September 14, Morning Musume released their 47th single. This was the previous leader, Ai Takahashi's last single with Morning Musume after a tenure of 10 years with the group. In order to celebrate Ai Takahashi's long career with Morning Musume, their 47th single was released as a double A sides. This is the first time in history that Morning Musume has purposely done a double A side single. There will be five versions of the single: Regular, Limited A, Limited B, Limited C and Limited D. Furthermore, in the Limited B version of the single, the B side will be a Ai Takhashi solo, which has also never been done before. The single names are as follows: "Kono Chikyū no Heiwa o Honki de Negatterun da yo!/Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai!" as the double A side and Takahashi's solo song has been revealed to be called "Jishin Motte Yume wo Motte Tobitatsu Kara". The 47th single reached number 2 on the Oricon daily and weekly charts.

Morning Musume's fall tour was revealed to be called "Ai Believe ~Takahashi Ai Graduation Memory Special~". It has also been revealed that Ai Takahashi would graduate on the final day of the tour, September 30, at the Nippon Budokan.

On September 29, the second last day of the fall tour and the day before Ai Takahashi's graduation, Tsunku announced the four winners of the tenth generation audition, Haruna Iikubo, Ayumi Ishida, Masaki Satou, and Haruka Kudou from Hello! Pro Egg. This brings the group to 12 members, excluding Ai Takahashi, which is the highest number of group members since late-2004 and early-2005 before Iida Kaori's graduation. On September 30, Takahashi graduated, handing over her position as leader of Morning Musume and Hello! Project to Risa Niigaki.

It was announced that Morning Musume 48th Single will be called Pyoko Pyoko Ultra, this will be the first single feature the 10th generation and Niigaki Risa as leader of the group. The set release date is January 25, 2012.

Life in the Group

The audition process has been described by Ai Takahashi as involving a training camp of three days and two nights, in which participants were expected to learn a new song, a dance routine and a script.

The girls are afforded three holidays a year of five days each, in winter, summer and for New Year's.

In the past, the group has always had a leader and sub-leader, though neither comes with any responsibility. Takahashi has said that the role merely includes encouraging other to do their best, while Niigaki has said that as sub-leader, "there is nothing I have to do, but I want to support [the leader]". Michishige said on her radio show that there isn't a sub-leader this time.

The girls tend to spend their social time together as well as their work time, and have said that they are encouraged to discuss problems if any in-fighting occurs.

More in part 3 lol
Feb 6, 2012 11:02 AM
Sleepninja - 16234 Posts
Activities outside Japan

In addition to already having official fan clubs in Taiwan and South Korea, Hello! Project and Morning Musume began actively extending its fanbase outside of Japan and primarily into the rest of Asia starting from the middle of 2007 and into 2008.

In March 2007, Morning Musume inducted its first two non-Japanese members from China, Li Chun (Junjun) of Hunan and Qian Lin (Linlin) of Hangzhou. The duo left in 2010 after the group failed to break into China due to piracy levels, leading to the group focusing on European and American fans and performing at anime EXPOs.

In addition to the unveiling of Hello! Project's Taiwanese website in 2007, Hello! Project has also launched the Taiwan H.P. New Star Audition as well; an audition aimed at recruiting new members to join Hello! Project as Hello Pro Egg members. At this audition, Morning Musume also performed as well.

The TV show Morning Musume New Star aired on Taiwan's TTV network every Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 pm with re-runs Monday to Thursday at 10:15 pm. It ended in mid-August 2008 for re-runs.

Morning Musume also held their 10th Anniversary Live Tour in Korea in June 2008.

In France, Morning Musume music videos are aired on a television channel called Nolife, a channel that features video games and Japanese music.

On February 12, 2009, it was announced that Morning Musume would be performing in the United States at the 2009 Anime Expo, the nation's largest anime convention, as one of the first official guests of honor. Niigaki stated that "The movies that Disney makes are full of dreams, but when I have children, I'd like them to know about war, the pain of death and such things, so I hope they will watch [anime]."

It was also announced that "3, 2, 1 Breakin' Out!", the coupling track of their upcoming single "Shōganai Yume Oibito", would be the official theme song for Anime Expo 2009.The convention was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on July 2 to July 5.Their concert was on Friday July 3 with a packed audience of American fans, as well as many foreign fans who traveled for the chance to see them.

On Friday, July 1, 2010, Morning Musume made their first appearance at the Japan Expo 2010 in Paris, France as guest of honor.\"Tomo", the coupling track to the group's 43rd single, "Seishun Collection", was the event's theme song


Phew! ok so my thoughts: I love this group! I have been a fan of theirs since 2007 (I lost track of them these past couple of years, but I'm trying to catch up lol). My favorite member is Niigaki Risa and I'll be sad when she graduates.
Feb 6, 2012 11:02 AM
Sleepninja - 16234 Posts
Kanashimi Twilight

Koko no Iruzee

Souda! We're Alive

Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game

Feb 6, 2012 11:02 AM
HAVA-RAVA - 2399 Posts
I SOOOO love them ~~ They're my life *___* All time fav members of mine are: Nono, Aibon, Yossie, Gakki and Koha-chan and of course H!P "mom" Nakazawa Yuuko ~~ I'll be so sad to see Gaki graduating ;____;
Feb 6, 2012 11:02 AM
Sleepninja - 16234 Posts
HAVA-RAVA wrote: I SOOOO love them ~~
They're my life *___*

All time fav members of mine are: Nono, Aibon, Yossie, Gakki and Koha-chan and of course H!P "mom" Nakazawa Yuuko ~~
I'll be so sad to see Gaki graduating ;____;

I loved Aibon too lol
Feb 6, 2012 12:02 PM
christypop - 1239 Posts
The only song that I've listened to from them is Maji Desu ka Ska.
Feb 6, 2012 12:02 PM
Sleepninja - 16234 Posts
christypop wrote: The only song that I've listened to from them is Maji Desu ka Ska.

Haha It's a really catchy song. Did you like it?
Feb 6, 2012 12:02 PM
christypop - 1239 Posts
Sleepninja wrote: Haha It's a really catchy song. Did you like it?

Yes, I did like it.
Feb 6, 2012 02:02 PM
AnimeStar - 7213 Posts
This my the most favorite jpop group :) I like almost every song, I didn't find last two albums + last single very amusing. My the most favorite members were Koha-chan, Marippe, NonNon, Kaorin, Mikitty and Yuko-chan. Well I liked every member of MoMusu and I like the ninth generation as well though I don't have an attachment to the tenth generation yet. I really love their choreographies, that's why I made a dance cover of one of their songs and I would like to make more but I'm a hard drama-addict LOL.
Feb 7, 2012 06:02 AM
AnimeStar - 7213 Posts
Happy Birthday Aibon!!! :)
Feb 7, 2012 09:02 PM
Sleepninja - 16234 Posts
Aibon was my original fave from Momusu :D
Feb 9, 2012 01:02 PM
HAVA-RAVA - 2399 Posts
Sleepninja wrote: Aibon was my original fave from Momusu :D

Same here ~~
She still is one of my favs ^^
Mar 3, 2012 09:03 AM
Szasha - 5917 Posts
My favourite song is definitely "Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari".

I find it extremely funning having all the members coming up front and sing their lines about their bandmandes.
There are also versions with the newer members - but this one is my favourite. :)

I find their latest single "Pyoko Pyoko Ultra" very strange, though, the song isn't too bad, but the costumes... rofl
(As far as I know Renai Hunter hasn't been released yet...?)

Mar 3, 2012 10:03 AM
Sleepninja - 16234 Posts
I love Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari too. :) And when they perform it live, it is different each time due to new members and the older members maturing and having different things to say about themselves. :)