Recent Hello! Project News
December 31, 2013 - Mitsui Aika to study abroad; go on hiatus from Hello! Project
It was announced at the Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2013 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~ on December 31, 2013 that former Morning Musume and current GREEN FIELDS member, Mitsui Aika, will be studying English abroad. She did not specify what English-speaking country she is going to, when she will be leaving Japan (other than "January"), or when she will be returning. She will be on hiatus from Hello! Project until she returns to Japan.
December 21, 2013 - Kaneko Rie has left Hello Pro Kenshuusei
Kaneko Rie was introduced as a Hello Pro Kenshuusei at the Hello! Project 2008 Shinjin Kouen 6gatsu ~Akasaka HOP!~ in June 2008 alongside Fukumura Mizuki (now in Morning Musume) and Takeuchi Akari (now in S/mileage).
On December 21, 2013 at the last show of Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2013 ~12gatsu no Nama Tamago Show!~, fans reported that former Hello Pro Kenshuusei members Fukumura Mizuki, Takeuchi Akari, Katsuta Rina and staff members attended the event wearing T-shirts with the kanji symbols "金子" (Kaneko), fans also reported that Miyamoto Karin, Takagi Sayuki, and Makino Maria were crying and that Kaneko took a bow at the end of the concert. Later that same day, Kaneko's profile was removed from the ~Onedari Entame!~ Hapi★Pure website, a show that she was a regular on.
On December 28, Kaneko Rie's father, Naoki, posted on Facebook confirming that his daughter had quit Hello Pro Kenshuusei on December 14, 2013. He thanks fans for their support.
December 6, 2013 - Morning Musume name change, single announcement
Tsunku has announced through his blog the release of Morning Musume's 55th single-- but there's a twist. Morning Musume will be changing its name to "Morning Musume '14" (read as "Morning Musume One-Four") starting with this single, the single will be released on January 29, 2014.
On January 1, 2014 the name will be changed to "Morning Musume '14"
On January 1, 2015 the name will be changed to "Morning Musume '15" and so on. (Hello Project website news)
October 30, 2013 - Morning Musume to represent the Japanese Olympic Team
Great news for Morning Musume fans. On Wednesday, October 30th the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) declares Morning Musume the official support team, called "Nippon! Call Project Ambassadors", for the 2014 Winter Olympics, which will take place in Sochi, Russia. The girls will both cheer Team Japan and sing the official cheer song, which will be produced by Tsunku himself.
A special project, entitled "Nippon! Call Project", was introduced to the media on that same day. The project features an app (available in the Apple and Android App Store), in which people can show support to Team Japan. It requires entering one's name and a recording of them yelling "Nippon!", which both will be received by the Japanese Sport Teams.
In the past, the group released a cheer song titled " THE Manpower!!!", for the baseball team, the Tohoku Rakuten Eagles. The previous time the girls released an Olympic-related song was in 2000, with " I WISH" being TBS's theme song for the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. This is the first time the group are singing an official theme song for the Japanese Olympic Team.
Morning Musume '14 - Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa / Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai / What is LOVE? - January 29, 2014
Hello! Project - Hello! Project no Zenkyoku kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol. 1 - January 1, 2014
Hello! Project - Hello! Project no Zenkyoku kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol. 2 - January 1, 2014
℃-ute - ℃-ute Cutie Circuit ~Voyage à Paris~ - December 18, 2013
℃-ute - ℃-ute Budokan Concert 2013 "Queen of J-POP ~Tadori Tsuita Onna Senshi~" - December 18, 2013
Hello! Project - Hello! SATOYAMA Life Vol. 17 - December 18, 2013
Hello! Project - Hello! SATOYAMA Life Vol. 18 - December 18, 2013
Sayashi Riho - Taiyou - November 25, 2013
Berryz Koubou - Otona na no yo! / 1-Oku 3-Senman Sou Diet Oukoku - February 19, 2014
Hello Pro Kenshuusei - Oheso no Kuni Kara Konnichiwa / Ten Made Nobore! (DVD single) - February 26, 2014
Berryz Koubou - Berryz Koubou Special Best Vol.2 - February 26, 2014
Morning Musume - Morning Musume Zen Single Coupling Collection vol.2 - March 12, 2014
Berryz Koubou & S/mileage - Gekiharo 13th performance Warera Jeanne ~Shoujo Seisen Kageki~ - February 5, 2014
Hello! Project - Hello! SATOYAMA Life Vol. 19 - February 5, 2014
Hello! Project - Hello! SATOYAMA Life Vol. 20 - February 5, 2014
Hello! Project - Hello! SATOYAMA Life Vol. 21 - February 26, 2014
Hello! Project - Hello! SATOYAMA Life Vol. 22 - February 26, 2014
Nakajima Saki - N20 - February 5
Hello! Project 2014 WINTER ~GOiSU MODE~ (January 2, 2014 - February 16, 2014)
Hello! Project 2014 WINTER ~DE-HA MiX~ (January 2, 2014 - February 16, 2014)
S/mileage Concert Tour 2014 Haru ~Smile Charge~ (January 23, 2014 - May 25, 2014)
Morning Musume '14 Concert Tour Haru ~Evolution~ (March 15, 2014 - April 27, 2014)
Hello! Project Hina Fest 2014 ~Full Course~ (March 29, 2014 - March 30, 2014)
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...that Kominato Miwa of Taiyou to Ciscomoon was a part of the Sharan Q audition.
...that Natsuyaki Miyabi has a relative in AKB48.
...that Arai Manami is the first Hello! Project member to be born after the debut of Heike Michiyo and Morning Musume.
...that nine former Morning Musume members got married, that being Ishiguro Aya, Ichii Sayaka, Iida Kaori, Tsuji Nozomi, Fujimoto Miki, Yaguchi Mari, Nakazawa Yuko, Kago Ai, and Yasuda Kei.
...that Ichii Sayaka and Yaguchi Mari are the only former Morning Musume members to get a divorce.
...that Hirano Tomomi joined Hello! Project at the age of 25 in 2009, making her the eldest member in Hello! Project during her time in the group.
...that Aiko is the youngest person to join Hello! Project and the first Hello! Project member to be born after the Hello! Project name was established.
...that S/mileage's Takeuchi Akari is the cousin of ℃-ute's Yajima Maimi.
...that the year 2009 had the most graduations in the history of Hello! Project (27).
...that Takahashi Ai, Niigaki Risa, Michishige Sayumi and Tanaka Reina are the only members that turned 10 years being in Morning Musume.
...that Takahashi Ai and Niigaki Risa are the longest serving leader and sub-leader of Morning Musume.
...that Ichii Sayaka is the first Morning Musume to graduate at Nippon Bukodan.
...that Niigaki Risa had the longest tenures as member of the group, and she participated in the most number of Morning Musume singles, with 37.
...that Niigaki Risa was the first member that postponed her graduation.
...that Sayashi Riho and Suzuki Kanon are the first members of Morning Musume to be born after the group's formation.
...that Mitsui Aika was the youngest member in Morning Musume for 4 years.
...that Yaguchi Mari was the smallest Morning Musume member at only 145 cm (4 ft. 9 in.) and 39 kg (86 lbs.).
...that 2 of the 3 former members of ℃-ute became models after leaving.
...that ℃-ute is the first group in Japan to Broadcast a concert live on YouTube, Buono! is the second group, and S/mileage is the third group.
...that all current main groups in Hello! Project have at least one Graduation.
...that when Kudo Haruka joined Morning Musume, she broke the record that Kago Ai set in 2000 of being the youngest member to join the group.
...that in 2011, S/mileage has had the most line-up changes in a short period of time. (Adding of 5 members, yet loss of 3 members.)
...that only 4 members in Hello! Project have left due to a medical condition, illness, or injury: Arihara Kanna ( ℃-ute), Kamei Eri ( Morning Musume), Kosuga Fuyuka ( S/mileage), and Mitsui Aika ( Morning Musume).
...that in 2011, the most current members were added since Hello! Project Kids back in 2002: 8 new members in Morning Musume, and 4 new members in S/mileage.
...that since 2009 and till 2011, every last single of Morning Musume of the year was the last single for a graduating member ( Kimagure Princess, Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game and Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo!).
...that singer Koda Kumi auditioned, along with Goto Maki, for Morning Musume's 3rd Generation, but failed.
...that AKB48 members Umeda Ayaka (2004), Kashiwagi Yuki and Sato Sumire (2006), SKE48 member Furukawa Airi (2005), HKT48 member Tashima Meru, 'SDN48 member Noro Kayo, all auditioned for the
Morning Musume, but failed. ...that AKB48 member Kojima Haruna would have rather auditioned for Morning Musume than AKB48.
...that AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko's first CD that she ever bought was LOVE Machine.
...that Akimoto Yasushi got inspired by H.P. All Stars, having over 40 members, and decided to create AKB48 to have more members.
...that former Morning Musume member, Konno Asami, is the first member who left Hello! Project and came back.
...that 2010 is the only year when Morning Musume released 2 albums ( 10 MY ME in March and Fantasy! Juuichi in December).
...that Mitsui Aika was the only 8th gen member for 4 months.
..that all main artists of Hello! Project have released a Double A-side single.
...that Berryz Koubou was the first current main Hello! Project unit to release more than 1 Double A-side single.
...that Morning Musume's 8th generation member Mitsui Aika is the first person since the Elder Club's graduation in 2009 to graduate from the group without graduating from Hello! Project.
...that Morning Musume's new leader, Michishige Sayumi, is the first leader to not previously be a sub-leader since the creation of the sub-leader position.
...that after Niigaki Risa's graduation in 2012, all Hello! Project members were born in Heisei Period.
...that Takahashi Ai's and Maeda Yuuka's last singles in Hello! Project were released on their birthdays.
...that Sayashi Riho, Kudo Haruka and Tamura Meimi were in plays with members from their group before they joined the group.
...that former SKE48 member Ono Haruka has the same name as one of members of NICE GIRL Project! ( Ono Haruka).
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