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Coconuts Musume
ココナッツ娘。
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Coconuts Musume promoting "Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen"
Information
Also Known As Coconuts Musume (ココナッツ娘)
M-CO²
Origin Hawaii, USA
Genre Japanese Pop
Anniversary July 27
Years Active 1999–2008
Agency UP-FRONT AGENCY
Associated Acts Morning Musume, Country Musume, Minimoni, Petitmoni, ROMANS, 10nin Matsuri, 11WATER, 7AIR, 7nin Matsuri, Akagumi 4, Aoiro 7, Happy♡7, H.P. All Stars, Kiiro 5, Sexy 8, Hello! Project Shirogumi, Elder Club
Former Members Ayaka (1999-2008)
Chelsea (1999-2000)
April (1999-2000
Danielle (1999-2001)
Mika (1999-2004)
Lehua (2000-2002)
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M-CO²

Coconuts Musume (ココナッツ娘。; Coconuts Girls, also known as M-CO² (pronounced em ko ko)) is a former Hello! Project unit. They were promoted as the girls from Hawaii and as a sister unit to Morning Musume. They were produced by Tsunku and presented by Makoto, and released their debut single in July 1999.

The group disbanded on April 30, 2008, when Ayaka left Hello! Project. She had been the only remaining member in the group since 2004.

Former MembersEdit

Main article: Coconuts Musume Members
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Ayaka

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Chelsea

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April

アヤカ
Oct. 30, 1981 (38)
Japan
Graduated 2008.04.30
Leader
 
チェルシー
Sept. 26, 1982 (37)
Hawaii
Left 2000.01
Former Leader
 
エイプリル
Apr. 15, 1983 (37)
Hawaii
Left 2000.01
 
 
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Danielle

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Mika

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Lehua

ダニエル
July 17, 1984 (35)
Hawaii
Graduated 2001.05.08
ミカ
May 28, 1984 (36)
Hawaii
Graduated 2004.05.09
レフア
Feb. 7, 1983 (37)
Hawaii
Graduated 2002.02.17

HistoryEdit

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Coconuts Musume, 2008
(Ayaka)

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Coconuts Musume, 2004
(Mika, Ayaka)

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Coconuts Musume, [[Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen 2001

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Coconuts Musume, 2000
(Danielle, Ayaka, Mika, Lehua)

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Coconuts Musume, 1999
(Mika, April, Chelsea, Ayaka, Danielle)

1998Edit

In November, the Pacific Dream Pop Singer Competition was held in Hawaii, USA by Sony Music Entertainment Japan, offering a record deal to the overall winner. International finals was held at the Nagoya Hard Rock Cafe in December.

1999Edit

In March, Ayaka, Chelsea, April, Danielle, and Mika was the winners.

On May 18, Ayaka apperead on Idol wo Sagase!, when Makoto went to Hawaii to talk to her family.

On June 27, Coconuts Musume were first introduced on an episode of ASAYAN, credited as "Presented by Makoto, Produced by Tsunku". A baffled Morning Musume who were in the studio at the same time was not happy with the competition and how mature and beautiful they thought the Coconuts Musume members looked. They were even more shocked when an English version of Morning Musume's second single "Summer Night Town" was announced to be Coconuts Musume's debut single.[1]

On July 4, "Summer Night Town (Egao Version)" was announced as their debut song.[2]

On July 23, they released their debut single, "Halation Summer / Summer Night Town (English Version)". "Halation Summer" was the theme song to the anime Kyoro-chan, and was described by music magazines as a song with Latin beat and brings up images of summer. "Summer Night Town (English Version)" was described as an English version of the Morning Musume song, but with a very fresh sound. Chelsea described Halation Summer as, "I think 'Halation Summer' was a really cute song. But our real nature isn't comical and cute."[3]

In August, the group made their debut in Taiwan and released the Taiwanese edition of their first single. The music videos for both "Halation Summer" and "Summer Night Town (English Version)" were shot there. Ahead of the release, the members held release events and handshake events with fans in Taiwan as well.[4]

On August 25, Coconuts Musume released their second single, "DANCE & CHANCE". Mika compared the title track of the single to the songs on their previous single, saying "It's like 'Halation Summer' was a song for me, and the coupling song 'Summer Night Town (English Version)' was a song for the sexy Chelsea, Danielle, and April. So maybe 'DANCE & CHANCE' will be a blend of everybody?"[5]

In September, Coconuts Musume appeared in the magazine "Young Sunday". The magazine labeled them as Morning Musume's pretty sisters. It featured gravure pictures of them.

On an episode of the variety show "Idol wo Sagase!" aired September 21, we see Coconuts Musume going back home to Hawaii. On the episode the following week, the two hosts of the show are conducting a telephone interview with Ayaka, Mika and Danielle only.

In October, the group released a collection of their music videos on VHS and DVD titled Coconuts Musume.

In November, it was announced that they were searching for a sixth member of the group through an audition called COCONUTS MUSUME AUDITIONS.[6]

2000Edit

In January, it was announced that Chelsea and April had graduated from the group to continue their education back in Hawaii. Rumors were spread about how the girls had problems adjusting to life and culture in Japan as they spoke no Japanese, and had wished to go back home permanently. Chelsea pursued a modeling career after she returned back to Hawaii, and April never returned to the entertainment industry. Also in January, Lehua officially joined the group after winning the audition announced in November last year.

In April, the group name changed from Coconuts Musume (ココナッツ娘) to Coconuts Musume. (ココナッツ娘。).[7]

On May 17, they released their third single, "Tokonatsu Musume". It was described as a bubbly dance tune with an early summer feel, and it had a colorful video to go with it. This was a departure in image from their earlier sexy and mature vibe.

On July 26, they released their fourth single, "Watashi mo "I LOVE YOU"", another poppy and cute song with a fun, bubbly video to accompany it.

2001Edit

In April, it was announced on Idol wo Sagase that Danielle would graduate from Coconuts Musume on May 8th to complete her university education.[8] Rumors were spread among fans saying that she had had a nervous break-down, and had to take her time recovering. Danielle later pursued model and acting, and would later start her own music school. After Danielle's departure, the group switched labels from Sony Music Entertainment Japan to zetima. They also stopped using the name M-Co2.

In August, the group released their fifth single, "Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen". The song was described as a blend of their previous images, and would become their second best-selling single.

In late 2001, new auditions called "Coconut Musume Project" were announced. Application deadlines were December 31, and selected applicants would be contacted early January 2002. Open interviews were also held in the first weeks of January 2002 in Kauai, Big Island, Maui and Oahu. An online site provided an application form that was to be sent in.[9]

2002Edit

In February, Lehua left Hello! Project and went back to Hawaii. According to her agency, she left to focus on her school education. Later, she said she wanted to go back home because of the big impact September 11 had on the US, and that made her want to be closer to her family. Lehua pursued modeling and was quite succesfull participating in beauty pageants. She later withdrew completely from showbusiness and social media.

On July 16, Coconuts Musume released the essay book Coconuts Musume no Tanoshii Hawaii Ryuugaku. They also held a handshake event the same day at Ginza/Fukuya bookstore. About 500 fans gathered at the venue and shook hands with Mika and Ayaka who wore hibiscus-patterned yukatas.

2004 Edit

In March, Coconuts Musume's official site announced that Mika was going to graduate from Hello! Project on May 2 to study singing in California.[10]

2008Edit

On April 30, Ayaka suddenly graduated from Coconuts Musume and Hello! Project without a graduation ceremony, stating that she was going to pursue her dreams of a career in acting. One day later, it had been announced that she had signed with a new agency. With Ayaka's departure, there were no remaining members of Coconuts Musume and the group had officially disbanded.

DiscographyEdit

WorksEdit

EventsEdit

DVDsEdit

TelevisionEdit

CommercialsEdit

  • [2000] House Shokuhin’s Ozack (ハウス食品「オーザック」)[11]
  • [2001] House Shokuhin’s Ozack (ハウス食品「オーザック」)[12]

Theater & MusicalsEdit

RadioEdit

  • [????] Hello! Fun Sun Yo! M-CO2
  • [2001] FUNKY SEXY NIGHT WITH COCONTUS (FUNKY SEXY NIGHT WITHココナッツ。)
  • [2001-2004] KISS THE COCONUTS!
  • [2004-2005] BLEND KISS

PromotionsEdit

  • [2002] Dole Pineapples

PublicationsEdit

Essay BooksEdit

Magazines Edit

  • [1999.07.26] The Ichiban
  • [1999.08.25] Hot Dog Press
  • [1999.09.02] Young Sunday
  • [2001.??.??] Young Sunday
  • [2002.08.05] Girls Zappy

TriviaEdit

  • "Coconuts" refers to the group's origin in Hawaii, and "Musume" refers to its sister relationship with Morning Musume
  • Country Musume and Coconuts Musume are the only groups to have been reduced to just one member. 
  • Hawaiian cover version in English of Coconuts Musume's "Watashi mo 'I Love You'" can be found on the obscure omnibus album "Aloha no Okurimono Hawaiian Style de Kiku J-Pops" released in 2003.
  • Coconuts Musume's highest selling single is Halation Summer / Summer Night Town (English Version) with 9,730 copies sold. Their lowest selling single is Watashi mo "I LOVE YOU" with 2,540 copies sold.
  • There were rumors that Makoto discovered the first generation performing together at a bar in Hawaii, and he was so mesmerized he had requested that Tsunku pick up the act.

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. [1]
  2. ASAYAN episode aired July 4, 1999
  3. hpoldschool Dance & Chance (archived) (Scan)
  4. hpoldschool Halation Summer (archived)
  5. hpoldschool Dance & Chance (archived) (Scan)
  6. [2]
  7. Morning Report
  8. https://web.archive.org/web/20010703092008/http://www.helloproject.com/coconuts/news.html
  9. https://web.archive.org/web/20020926070248/http://www.coconutmusumemaru.com/
  10. [3]Official site
  11. Screenshots
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AjrGb5XqFo

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