M-CO²

Coconuts Musume (ココナッツ娘。; Coconuts Girls, also known as M-CO² (pronounced em ko ko)) is a former Japanese pop group under Hello! Project. 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 Members[edit | edit source]

Main article: Coconuts Musume Members
Kimura Ayaka
Chelsea Ching
April Babaran
アヤカ
Oct. 30, 1981 (39)
Japan
Graduated 2008.04.30
Leader
 
チェルシー
Sept. 26, 1982 (38)
Hawaii
Left 2000.01
Former Leader
 
エイプリル
Apr. 15, 1983 (37)
Hawaii
Left 2000.01
 
 
Danielle Delaunay
Mika Todd
Lehua Sandbo
ダニエル
July 17, 1984 (36)
Hawaii
Graduated 2001.05.08
ミカ
May 28, 1984 (36)
Hawaii
Graduated 2004.05.09
レフア
Feb. 7, 1983 (38)
Hawaii
Graduated 2002.02.17

History[edit | edit source]

Coconuts Musume, 2008
(Ayaka)

Coconuts Musume, 2004
(Mika, Ayaka)

Coconuts Musume, 2001
(Mika, Ayaka, Lehua)

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

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

1998[edit | edit source]

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.

1999[edit | edit source]

In March, Ayaka, Chelsea, April, Danielle, and Mika were selected.

On May 18, Idol wo Sagase! aired an episode which was Coconuts Musume's first appearence on the program. It showed Makoto visiting the girls in Hawaii where they lived. Makoto met with their families and got them to agree to let the girls go to Japan. On the episode the following week, it was shown how the families of Ayaka and the others gave their approval for them to go.

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]

From August 14 to August 26, Coconuts Musume was part of the Hello! Project concert "Hello! Project '99". Here they perfomred "Summer Night Town (English Version)" and the then unreleased song "DANCE & CHANCE". Only "DANCE & CHANCE" made it on to the VHS release of the concert.

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]

2000[edit | edit source]

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.

2001[edit | edit source]

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]

2002[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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]

2008[edit | edit source]

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.

Discography[edit | edit source]

Works[edit | edit source]

Events[edit | edit source]

DVDs[edit | edit source]

Television[edit | edit source]

Commercials[edit | edit source]

  • [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 & Musicals[edit | edit source]

Radio[edit | edit source]

  • [????] 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

Promotions[edit | edit source]

  • [2002] Dole Pineapples

Publications[edit | edit source]

Essay Books[edit | edit source]

Magazines[edit | edit source]

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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • "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 Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

Coconuts Musume
Members
1st Generation Ayaka (Leader) | Chelsea (Former Leader) | April | Danielle | Mika
2nd Generation Lehua
Discography
Singles 1. Halation Summer / Summer Night Town (English Version) | 2. DANCE & CHANCE | 3. Tokonatsu Musume | 4. Watashi mo "I LOVE YOU" | 5. Jounetsu Yuki Miraisen
Other Collaborations: Morning Musume Single Medley ~Hawaiian~ | Hawaiian de Kiku Morning Musume Single Collection
Other: Coconuts Musume | The Single
Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts Kiiro 5 | Aoiro 7 | Akagumi 4 | Minimoni | 7nin Matsuri | 10nin Matsuri | Happy♡7 | Sexy 8 | Petitmoni | 7AIR | 11WATER | ROMANS | H.P. All Stars
Hello! Project Shuffle Unit
Shuffle Units
2000
Akagumi 4 1st Gen: Shinoda Miho | Nakazawa Yuko | Danielle | Goto Maki
2nd Gen: Maeda Yuki | Yoshizawa Hitomi
Kiiro 5 1st Gen: Honda Ruru | Heike Michiyo | Yasuda Kei | Abe Natsumi | Ayaka
2nd Gen: Kago Ai
Aoiro 7 1st Gen: Inaba Atsuko | Kominato Miwa | Iida Kaori | Yaguchi Mari | Lehua | Ichii Sayaka | Mika
2nd Gen: Ishikawa Rika | Tsuji Nozomi
2001
3nin Matsuri Ishikawa Rika | Matsuura Aya | Kago Ai
7nin Matsuri Heike Michiyo | Ayaka | Yaguchi Mari | Lehua | Shibata Ayumi | Asami | Goto Maki
10nin Matsuri Yasuda Kei | Rinne | Murakami Megumi | Iida Kaori | Abe Natsumi | Saito Hitomi | Otani Masae | Mika | Yoshizawa Hitomi | Tsuji Nozomi
2002
Happy♡7 Saito Hitomi | Mika | Asami | Takahashi Ai | Ogawa Makoto | Kago Ai | Niigaki Risa
Sexy 8 Heike Michiyo | Ayaka | Otani Masae | Yaguchi Mari | Satoda Mai | Ishikawa Rika | Yoshizawa Hitomi | Goto Maki
Odoru♡11 Ishii Rika | Yasuda Kei | Rinne | Murata Megumi | Iida Kaori | Abe Natsumi | Shibata Ayumi | Fujimoto Miki | Matsuura Aya | Konno Asami | Tsuji Nozomi
2003
SALT5 Maeda Yuki | Abe Natsumi (Leader) | Matsuura Aya | Ogawa Makoto | Kago Ai
7AIR Inaba Atsuko | Otani Masae | Satoda Mai | Mika | Ishikawa Rika (Leader) | Takahashi Ai | Niigaki Risa
11WATER Murata Megumi | Iida Kaori (Leader) | Ayaka | Saito Hitomi | Yaguchi Mari | Shibata Ayumi | Asami | Fujimoto Miki | Yoshizawa Hitomi | Konno Asami | Tsuji Nozomi
2004
H.P. All Stars Morning Musume | Nakazawa Yuko | Abe Natsumi | Yasuda Kei | Goto Maki | Inaba Atsuko | Coconuts Musume Ayaka | Melon Kinenbi | Country Musume | W | Maeda Yuki | Matsuura Aya | Hello! Project Kids | Berryz Koubou | v-u-den
2005
Elegies Satoda Mai | Shibata Ayumi | Takahashi Ai | Tanaka Reina
Sexy Otonajan Fujimoto Miki | Murakami Megumi | Natsuyaki Miyabi
Puripuri Pink Nakazawa Yuko | Inaba Atsuko | Yasuda Kei | Iida Kaori
Discography
Singles Akai Nikkichou / Kiiroi Osora de BOOM BOOM BOOM / Aoi Sports Car no Otoko | Chu! Natsu Party / Summer Reggae! Rainbow / Dancing! Natsu Matsuri | Shiawase Beam! Suki Suki Beam! / Shiawase Desu ka? / Shiawase Kyouryuu Ondo | Kowarenai Ai ga Hoshii no / GET UP! Rapper / BE ALL RIGHT! | ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL! | Onna, Kanashii, Otona / Inshouha Renoir no You ni / Hitoshirezu Mune wo Kanaderu Yoru no Aki
Albums Hello! Project Shuffle Unit Mega Best
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