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Heike Michiyo
平家充代
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Heike Michiyo
Name
Nicknames Heike Michiyo (平家みちよ), Michiyo (みちよ)
Birth Info
Born April 6, 1979 (1979-04-06) (age 40)
Origin Osaka, Japan
Blood Type B
Zodiac Sign Aries Aries
Professional Info
Genres J-Pop
Occupation Singer
Years Active 1997-present
Agency UP-FRONT AGENCY (1997-2002)
Label Warner Music Japan / WEA Japan (1997-2001)
zetima (2001-2002)
SWEET HYSTERIA RECORDS / One Spirit Music (2004-2005)
Associated Acts Kiiro 5, 7nin Matsuri, Sexy 8
Links
Website Official Web Site
Blog Official Blog
Twitter [@officialmichiyo]
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Heike Michiyo, 2007

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Heike Michiyo (2005), promo shot for unaffected

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Heike Michiyo (2000) in Kiiro 5

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Heike Michiyo (2000), promo shot for Petit Best 1

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Heike from her album For ourself~Single History (2000)

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Hatake and Heike Michiyo

Heike Michiyo (平家充代; Hello! Project stage name, 平家みちよ), later known simply as Michiyo (みちよ), is a Japanese pop singer. She won the Sharam Q Josei Rock Vocalist Audition airing on the TV show ASAYAN from April to August 1997. She became a soloist in Hello! Project, releasing her debut single GET in November the same year. In 2002, she graduated from Hello! Project, and went on to become an indie soloist producing her own music.

BiographyEdit

Early LifeEdit

Heike Michiyo was born on April 6, 1979, in Nabari, Mie, Japan. She began writing songs in middle school.[1]

1997Edit

In 1997, an audition program called Sharam Q Josei Rock Vocalist Audition was held in association with ASAYAN.

In May, Heike passed the audition in Osaka.

In August, Heike won the audition, despite forgetting the lyrics to the song. All of the finalists were tasked with singing an original song, penned by Tsunku, called "GET". The winner was supposed to become a singer of the band Sharam Q, however, plans were diverted, and Heike was given a solo career instead of joining the band.

On November 6, Heike's first live event was held at Nippon Budokan to an audience of ten thousand people.

On November 7, Heike released her debut single GET.

1998Edit

In February, Heike released her second single, Sotsugyou ~TOP OF THE WORLD~, a Japanese cover of The Carpenters' song "Top of the World". She travelled to the United States to meet up with Richard Carpenter.

In March, Heike released her debut album, Teenage Dream.

In April, she joined the radio show Sound Planet as a regular until 2002. She also appeared as a mini regular on the television shows Taiyou Musume to Umi and Wine Musume Koi Monogatari.

In July, Heike released her third single, Daikirai.

On August 18, Heike made her film debut with the movie Morning Cop ~Daite HOLD ON ME!~, co-starring alongside Morning Musume. She was also featured in the film's soundtrack album.

Starting October 4, she also had her own radio show called Heike Michiyo Teenage Beat!, which lasted until the beginning of 1999.

On October 25, Heike released the re-cut single Dakedo Aishisugite as her fourth single. It had previously been released on the soundtrack album for the movie Morning Cop ~Daite HOLD ON ME!~.

1999Edit

In January, Heike started hosting the infotainment show Idol wo Sagase! alongside Nakazawa Yuko.

In February, Heike released her fifth single, Anata no Yume ni Naritai. The PV was later released on the DVD for Petit Best 1.

On April 3, she started another radio show, Heike Michiyo Weekend Rendezvous to replace Heike Michiyo Teenage Beat!. This show ran for over two years before ending in September 2001.

In July, Heike released her sixth single, scene.

In December, Heike and Nakazawa handed over the job as hosts of Idol wo Sagase! to Iida Kaori and Rinne.

2000Edit

From February to May, Heike was a guest at T&C Bomber's CONCERT TOUR 2000 YO! YO! Taiyo-La! Muunsan no Dance Tengoku.

In March, Heike participated as a member of the Hello! Project shuffle unit, Kiiro 5.

From April, Heike wrote a monthly column in

In May, Heike released her seventh single, One Room Natsu no Koi Monogatari. This was her first release produced by Tsunku, who had taken over her career after Hatake had produced her from her debut up until now.

In August, Heike released her eight single, Ai no Chikara.

In September, Heike released her second album, For ourself ~Single History~.

In October, she joined the late-night mini-series Bishoujo Nikki and Bishoujo Nikki 2.

It was first announced that Heike would release a single titled «Dakishimerarete…» on November 22, but the release was postponed and the title later changed to Kekkyoku Bye Bye Bye.

In 2000, Heike was interviewed for Dreamcast Magazine, where she was asked by the interviewer whether she was bitter about the fact that Morning Musume, a group formed out of five runner-ups from the audition she won, had become a national idol group while Heike's career was not as popular in comparison. Her response was as follows:

"I have been observing the unit’s progress closely, and the members have been working so hard, so I have never felt bitter. But, whenever we had the joint live concerts, most of the audience were obviously the fans of Morning Musume, and I couldn’t understand why at first. I mean, I never wondered why Morning Musume was appealing, but I wondered why I couldn't get as much attention from those people. So I was performing, hoping to gain as much of their attention as I could in any way possible. My intention and the effort seemed to be paid off, for I now have a lot of steady fans who have been supporting me for 2 years. I am happy with the way it turned out."

2001Edit

In February, Heike released her ninth single, Kekkyoku Bye Bye Bye.

In April, she joined the Tokyo late-night mini-series Bishoujo Kyouiku that lasted until September of the same year.

From April to November, Heike wrote a monthly column in DJ Shuukan Shigoto Hakken! called "Micchi no Virtual Worker" (みっちいのヴァーチャルワーカー). In April 2001, the column changed the title to "Heike Michiyo no Tsuredzure Naru Mama ni" (平家みちよのつれづれなるままに), and ran until November.

In May, she starred in the musical LOVE Century ~Yume wa Minakerya Hajimaranai~, along with Morning Musume.

In July, Heike participated in the shuffle unit 7nin Matsuri.

In October, she joined the late-night mini-series Shin Bishoujo Nikki, that lasted until March 2002.

In October, Heike released her tenth single, Propose.

2002Edit

From March to June, Heike was a special guest at Matsuura Aya's concert tour Matsuura Aya First Concert Tour 2002 Haru "First Date". Heike had a talk corner, a questionnaire corner, as well as performing Murasaki Shikibu and a cover of 3nin Matsuri's Chu! Natsu Party with Matsuura and Melon Kinenbi.

In June, Heike released her 12th and final single within Hello! Project, Murasaki Shikibu.

In July, Heike participated in the shuffle unit Sexy 8.

In September, Heike participated on the charity CD Single A.R.I.G.A.T.O.U, released by CBC Radio All Stars. The sales of the CD went through the CBC Radio Charity "Save the Child! Protect the Future!" to children who are being abused.

From November 1 to 7, Heike held her last concert tour under Hello! Project, Heike Michiyo "Sotsugyou Memorial Live". She officially graduated from Hello! Project on the final day of the tour.

2003Edit

In 2003, Heike opened her own official web site.

2004Edit

In March, Michiyo released her first independent album as a solo artist in March. The album was titled JECICA, and was released under record label Sweet Hysteria Records. She also changed her stage name to Michiyo (みちよ) to re-brand herself.

The same year she held a concert called JECICA Hatsubai Kinen/Azamazaka Tour '04.

In September, Michiyo released a DVD titled Sweets of JECICA with three music videos and a documentary, which was only for sale through her website.

In November, Michiyo lanched her official fanclub. The member benefits were a membership card, the fan club magazine "Michiyo Shinbun" three times a year, live ticket priority, fan club travel participation right, members-only private events.[2]

2005Edit

In January, Michiyo released a fanclub-only single entitled "Ran・RUN・Ran", and the following month, she released her second solo album, Koimizuki. Following the album, she went on a tour called Koimizuki Hatsubai Kinen/Azamazaka Tour '05. She had another tour later the same year called Michiyo Tour 2005 "unaffected".

In December, Michiyo released her first single as an independent artist, unaffected.

2006Edit

In July, she released her third solo album Fantasia. She had to pay for the completion of this album as the president of the company disappeared, which sent her into depression.[3]

2007Edit

In March, Michiyo announced on her blog that she was three months pregnant and had married the father of her child.[4]On November 1 that same year, she gave birth to a baby girl.

2008Edit

In 2008, Heike got sick during a live performance and had to step down to take the rest she needed.

In late 2008 and early 2009 Heike released three talk CDs with Yoshikawa Nami, titled Nami-chan to Michiyo no KIRAKIRA ☆ TALK, which were compilations of recordings from a radio show issued by Top Brain (a publishing company that specializes on DIY and self-help merchandise like books, CDs, DVDs, interviews and articles). Yoshikawa Nami was a motivational speaker, essayist, writer, and author who teaches the same philosophy as "Murphy's Law", but specifically catering the idea towards women, quite similar to Tony Robbins. Volume 1 was "The Women's Guide on How to Make Your Dreams Come True", Volume 2 was "The Women's Guide on How to Train Your Subconscious Brain", and Volume 3 was "The Women's Guide on How to Become Rich".

2009 Edit

In early 2009, Michiyo was a guest in a Melon Kinenbi show, and in late 2009 she wished Taiyou to Ciscomoon good luck before their first concert in 8 years.

2011 Edit

In 2011, Michiyo's blog was shut down.

2012 Edit

On October 13, at 12:23 A.M., she gave birth to her second child, a son. He was born on the same day as her mother.[5]

2013 Edit

On December 31, Heike made her first Hello! Project-related performance in 11 years at Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2013 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~.

2014Edit

In December, Heike announced that she would be a guest at TV Tokyo’s Imaichi Dakedo Happy Jinsei. She also announced she would hold a mini live called "Michiyo Acoustic Mini Live" or "Michiyo Nenmatsu Special Mini Live" at Miiya Cafe in Tokyo on the 20th. Fans who purchased a CD at the live venue got a chance to attend a handshake event afterwards. This was her first solo live show in six years.[6] According to fan reports, Iida Kaori was in the audience, as well as Saito Hitomi, Murata Megumi and Otani Masae. Heike performed the songs JECICA, Love Line, GET, Promise, RAINBOW, Shiroi Suna, Sakuseichuu no Uta (Sebinomi), Kite, and Promise.

2015Edit

In January, a special segment with Heike was aired on TV about her debut 17 years ago and her work up until the present. They also showed footage from her live show on the December 20, 2014.

She appeared on the Shikujiri Sensei Ore Mitai ni Naru na!! ~Shippai Jinsei! Chotto Matte 3jikan SP~ in April,[7] where she spoke about how she made her debut in front of 10,000 people, then ending up in the shadow of Morning Musume and never getting the same fame after that. One of the show segments was called "Don't Become Like Me!", in which she acted as a teacher, complaining about what is important for those working towards their goals not to fail.

She also appeared on UTAGE! in May, and made a second appearance on Shikujiri Sensei in the Shikujiri Sensei 2shuu Renzoku!! Natsuyasumi Tokubetsu Jugyou Special in August.[8]

In September, Michiyo opened her official instagram using the name michiyo_official.

2017Edit

Heike released in January 2017 snippets of some demos she's been working on; an instrumental titled "Piano", a demo song titled "Hikari", and the same demo song in a different tone "Hikari a-mero". She also posted the demo song "Tooku e Kari". She posted a similar clip in 2016, and she also performed it at her 9th Anniversary Acoustic Live.

In 2017, Heike's social media accounts were shut down after the arrest of her husband for selling counterfeit Viagra.[9]

ProfileEdit

  • Name: Heiko Michiyo (平家充代)
  • Stage Name: Heike Michiyo (平家みちよ); Michiyo (みちよ)
  • Nickname: Micchii (みっちぃ)
  • Birthdate: April 6, 1979 (1979-04-06) (age 40)
  • Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Blood type: B
  • Hello! Project Status:
    • [1997.08.31] Member
    • [2002.11.07] Graduated
  • Eastern Zodiac: Goat
  • Western Zodiac: Aries
  • Hello! Project Shuffle Groups:

  • Hobbies: Visiting shrines, traveling abroad, writing novels, aroma, wiping the floor
  • Favorite Foods: Pollock roe, crab, peperoncino
  • Least Favorite Foods: Celery
  • Favorite Words: Confidence, charm
  • Favorite Places: Home, Los Angeles, Hawaii, places where it's sunny
  • Favorite Brands: Justin Davis, Cartier, VelVet Stone, Play boy
  • Favorite Songs: true colors (Cyndi Lauper), Gangsta's Paradise (Coolio), You Gotta Be (Des'ree), Habanera (Bizet), Vltava (B. Smetana), Concerto for Two Violins (Bach)
  • Looks Up To: Johann Sebastian Bach

DiscographyEdit

Under Hello! Project
  1. [1998.03.25] Teenage Dream
  2. [2000.09.13] For ourself ~Single History~
As Michiyo (independent)
  1. [2004.03.03] JECICA
  2. [2005.02.28] Koimizuki (恋水姫)
  3. [2006.07.25] Fantasia

Under Hello! Project
  1. [1997.11.05] GET
  2. [1998.02.15] Sotsugyou ~TOP OF THE WORLD~
  3. [1998.07.01] Daikirai
  4. [1998.10.25] Dakedo Aishisugite
  5. [1999.02.10] Anata no Yume ni Naritai
  6. [1999.07.28] scene
  7. [2000.05.17] One Room Natsu no Koi Monogatari
  8. [2000.08.09] Ai no Chikara
  9. [2001.02.07] Kekkyoku Bye Bye Bye
  10. [2001.11.07] Propose
  11. [2002.06.05] Murasaki Shikibu
  12. [2002.09.01] A.R.I.G.A.T.O.U (あ・り・が・と・う)
As Michiyo (independent)
  1. [2005.01.09] Ran・RUN・Ran
  2. [2005.12.09] unaffected

As Michiyo (independent)
  • Tooku e (遠くへ) (Sung live at "Michiyo ~9th Anniversary Acoustic Live~")
  • CRYSTAL SKY (Sung live at "Michiyo 11th Anniversary Acoustic Live ~CRYSTAL SKY~")
  • story (Sung live at "Michiyo 11th Anniversary Acoustic Live ~CRYSTAL SKY~")
  • Tonari (Kari) (トナリ (仮)) (Revealed from a Tweet she posted on November 10, 2014 stating she discovered a list of songs from a a few years ago)

DVDs
  1. [2004.09.30] Sweets of JECICA
Talk CDs
  1. [2008.11.05] Nami-chan to Michiyo no Kirakira☆Talk Vol. 1 (なみちゃんとみちよのキラキラ☆トーク VOL.1)
  2. [2009.01.05] Nami-chan to Michiyo no Kirakira☆Talk Vol. 2 (なみちゃんとみちよのキラキラ☆トーク VOL.2)
  3. [2009.03.05] Nami-chan to Michiyo no Kirakira☆Talk Vol. 3 (なみちゃんとみちよのキラキラ☆トーク VOL.3)

Discography Participated InEdit

WorksEdit

ConcertsEdit

EventsEdit

  • [1998.03.25] Sotsugyou ~Top of the World~ (HMV) (卒業~TOP OF THE WORLD~ (HMV))[10]
  • [1998.05.05] Heike Michiyo Talk & Live (平家みちよトーク&ライブ)
  • [1999.02.10] Heike Michiyo Shinkyoku "Anata no Yume ni Naritai" In-Store Event (平家みちよ新曲「アナタの夢になりたい」インストアイベント) at HMV Shinjuku South
  • [1999.07.26-1999.08.22] Heike Michiyo 6th Single "scene! Store Event In Summer (平家みちよ6thシングル「scene」STORE EVENT IN SUMMER)[11] (singing GET, scene, and Anata no Yume ni Naritai)
  • [2002.06.16-2002.06.21] Heike Michiyo Fan no Tsudoi
  • [2005.01.09] Michiyo OFFICIAL F. C Hossoku Kinen Kkaku Shinnenkai & Hitoashi Hayai Valentine's Day
  • [2005.12.11] Michiyo "unaffected" Hatsubai Kinen In-Store Live (みちよ「unaffected」発売記念インストアライブ)
  • [2005.12.17] Michiyo "unaffected" Hatsubai Kinen In-Store Live (みちよ「unaffected」発売記念インストアライブ)
  • [2005.12.18] Michiyo "unaffected" Hatsubai Kinen In-Store Live (みちよ「unaffected」発売記念インストアライブ)

MoviesEdit

TelevisionEdit

DVD/VHSEdit

Musicals Edit

RadioEdit

  • [1998.04.03-2002.09.27] Sound Planet (サウンドプラネット) (as a regular)
  • [1998.10.04-1999.03.28] Heike Michiyo Teenage Beat! (平家みちよ Teenage Beat!)
  • [1999.04.03-2001.09.30] Heike Michiyo Weekend Rendezvous (平家みちよ ウィークエンドランデヴー)
  • [2001.01-2002.03] Heike Michiyo no Dochira Made (平家みちよのどちらまで)
  • [2001.06.10-2002.10.05] Hecchara Heike ★ Yoroshiku Yossui (ヘッチャラ平家★よろしくヨッスィー) (with Yoshizawa Hitomi)
  • [2008.03.12] Sound Planet (サウンドプラネット) (as a guest)
  • Yantan MUSIC MAX (ヤンタンMUSIC MAX)

Magazines Edit

  • [1999.07.28] (Girls Hits!)
  • [1999.07.28] (GiRL POP)
  • [2000.04-2001.11] DJ Shuukan Shigoto Hakken! (DJ 週刊仕事発見!)
  • [2000.05.11] weekly oricon
  • [2000.05.30] (GiRL POP)
  • [2000.07.05] CD DATA (CDでーた)
  • [2000.07.19] CD DATA (CDでーた)
  • [2000.07.19] weekly oricon
  • [2000.07.28] (GiRL POP)
  • [2000.08.10] weekly oricon
  • [2000.08.19] Zappy! (ザッピィ)
  • [2000.09.13] Torabaayu (とらばーゆ)
  • [2000.09.20] CD Hits
  • [2000.09.21] weekly oricon
  • [2000.09.22] Song Kong (ソングコング)
  • [2000.09.28] (GiRL POP)
  • [2000.09.28] (Girls Hits!)
  • [2000.12.xx] Talented Girls
  • [2000.xx.xx] Dreamcast Magazine
  • [2001.01.29] (Girls Hits!)
  • [2001.02.05] (GiRL POP)
  • [2001.03.xx] SKy Perfect TV! Guide (スカイパーフェクTV! ガイド)
  • [2001.03.xx] Gekkan SKYParfectTV!(月刊 SKYParfecTV!)
  • [2001.10.19] Zappy! (ザッピィ)
  • [2001.10.24] Gekkan Kayokyoku(月刊 歌謡曲)
  • [2001.10.24] Song Kong (ソングコング)
  • [2001.10.24] B.L.T.
  • [2001.11.01] Gekkan Scout (月刊 スカウト)
  • [2001.11.01] weekly oricon
  • [2001.11.05] CD DATA (CDでーた)
  • [2001.11.30] (GiRL POP)
  • [2001.02.05] CD DATA (CDでーた)
  • [2001.02.15] weekly oricon
  • [2005.02.24] Vocal

TriviaEdit

  • Her love of music began in elementary school, when she studied classical composers. In junior high school, she started writing lyrics and composing.
  • She was the first member and leader of Hello! Project.
  • Nakazawa Yuko (who is six years older than her) referred to her as "Dai Senpai" or "Big Leader."
  • She graduated from high school in Osaka.
  • Shares the same birthday with S/mileage member Katsuta Rina.

Total Sales CountEdit

Year Year Sales Total Sales
1997 70,260 70,260
1998 96,150 166,410
1999 6,230 172,640
2000 42,230 214,870
2001 22,220 237,090
2002 6,890 243,980

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Profile" (in Japanese). Michiyo Official Web Site. (Archived)
  2. [1]sound.jp/michiyo
  3. "シャ乱Q・はたけに人生を狂わされた“不運すぎる”平家みちよの「呪われた17年間」" (in Japanese). Excite News. 2015-01-09.
  4. [2]Official Diary
  5. "Happy Birthday" (in Japanese). Michiyo[diary]. 2014-10-14. (Archived)
  6. "ライブ情報" (in Japanese). Michiyo[diary]. 2014-12-08. (Archived)
  7. "みちよ:モー娘の影に隠れた元アイドルがしくじり先生に 17年ぶり地上波ゴールデン" (in Japanese). MANTANWEB. 2015-04-15.
  8. "しくじり先生「モー娘。に持ってかれちゃった」みちよ登壇、生徒に伊集院光" (in Japanese). natalie. 2015-04-13.
  9. "偽バイアグラ販売で逮捕 90万円近く売り上げか" (in Japanese). TV Asahi. 2017-07-06. (Archived)
  10. [3]Asayan web site
  11. Asayan web site

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