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==History==
 
==History==
 
[[File:150px-Coconutsmusume_2008.jpg|thumb|150px|Coconuts Musume, 2008<br /><small>(Ayaka)</small>]]
 
[[File:150px-Coconutsmusume_2008.jpg|thumb|150px|Coconuts Musume, 2008<br /><small>(Ayaka)</small>]]
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[[File:Coco_art.jpg|thumb|150px|Coconuts Musume, [[Halation Summer / Summer Night Town (English Version)|July 2001]]]]
 
[[File:Coco_art.jpg|thumb|150px|Coconuts Musume, [[Halation Summer / Summer Night Town (English Version)|July 2001]]]]
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===1998===
 
===1998===
 
In November, a series of auditions called the [[Hello! Project Auditions|Pacific Dream Pop Singer Competition]] was held in Hawaii, USA. 1500 applicants signed up, and {{ufg|Horiuchi Makoto|Makoto}} was allegedly the one choosing five girls out of the 1,500 becoming the group's presenter. Tsunku was assigned as producer.
 
In November, a series of auditions called the [[Hello! Project Auditions|Pacific Dream Pop Singer Competition]] was held in Hawaii, USA. 1500 applicants signed up, and {{ufg|Horiuchi Makoto|Makoto}} was allegedly the one choosing five girls out of the 1,500 becoming the group's presenter. Tsunku was assigned as producer.

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Coconuts Musume
ココナッツ娘。
Coconutstokonatsu
Coconuts Musume promoting "Tokonatsu Musume"
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, promoted as the "girls from Hawaii". They were produced by Tsunku and presented by Makoto.

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

Main article: Coconuts Musume Members
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Ayaka

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Chelsea

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April

Kimura Ayaka (38)
アヤカ
Graduated 2008.04.30
Leader
Chelsea Ching (37)
チェルシー
Left 2000.01
Former Leader
April Babaran (36)
エイプリル
Left 2000.01
 
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Danielle

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Lehua

Danielle Delaunay (35)
ダニエル
Graduated 2001.05.08
Mika Todd (35)
ミカ
Graduated 2004.05.09
Lehua Sandbo (37)
レフア
Graduated 2002.02.17

History

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Coconuts Musume, 2008
(Ayaka)

150px-Coconutsmusume 2004

Coconuts Musume, 2004
(Mika, Ayaka)

File:150px-Coconutsmusume 2001.jpg
150px-Coconutsmusume 2000

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

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Coconuts Musume, July 2001

150px-Coconutsmusume 1999

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

1998

In November, a series of auditions called the Pacific Dream Pop Singer Competition was held in Hawaii, USA. 1500 applicants signed up, and Makoto was allegedly the one choosing five girls out of the 1,500 becoming the group's presenter. Tsunku was assigned as producer.

1999

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

On June 27, Coconuts Musume were first introduced on an episode of ASAYAN (a talent show aiming to produce new music talents), to a baffled Morning Musume who were in the studio at the same time. Morning Musume, not happy with the competition and how mature and beautiful they thought the Coconuts Musume members looked, 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 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.[6]

2000

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 making it to the finals of the new member auditions (impressing the judges by singing in Japanese).

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

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

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.

In June, the website for "Coconuts Musume Project" announced the auditions had come to a close. No one passed, and the group instead became a duo in August. For the remainder of their time under Hello! Project, Mika and Ayaka would never release anything else under the Coconuts Musume name, though they contributed to various Hello! Project releases and concerts, as well as became the Japanese spokespersons for Dole pineapples. They also appeared on and hosted various radio and television shows separately.

2004

In early 2004, Mika graduated from the group and Hello! Project to study singing in California. She pursued a solo career, but this was short lived. She returned to a normal life. With Mika gone, Ayaka was the only member, and she continued to be introduced as "Coconuts Musume Ayaka".

In 2004, Coconuts Musume's 2001 radio show called KISS THE COCONUTS! came to an end.

2008

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

Works

Events

Television

Commercials

  • [2000] House Shokuhin’s Ozack (ハウス食品「オーザック」)[10]
  • [2001] House Shokuhin’s Ozack (ハウス食品「オーザック」)[11]

Theater & Musicals

Radio

  • [???] Hello! Fun Sun Yo! M-CO2
  • [2001-2004] Kiss the Coconuts (Mika and Ayaka)
  • [???] Blend Kiss (Ayaka with Country Musume's Satoda Mai)

Promotions

  • [2002] Dole Pineapples

Publications

Essay Books

Trivia

  • "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

References

  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. Screenshots
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AjrGb5XqFo

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