High-King was a Japanese idol group within Hello! Project. The group was created to promote Morning Musume's rendition of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, titled Cinderella the Musical. The group is mostly made up of the leaders of the main Hello! Project groups: Morning Musume's leader, Berryz Koubou's captain, and ℃-ute's leader. The group also featured Hello Pro Egg member Maeda Yuuka, and Morning Musume member Tanaka Reina.
- Takahashi Ai (高橋愛)
- Tanaka Reina (田中れいな; Leader)
- Shimizu Saki (清水佐紀)
- Yajima Maimi (矢島舞美)
- Maeda Yuuka (前田憂佳)
The group was created for the sole purpose of promotion and support, making it short-lived, albeit reasonably successful. Their debut single, C\C (Cinderella\Complex), was a relative success, having a peak ranking of #6 on the Oricon Charts. The single was released on June 11.
Producer Tsunku said the members were chosen for their ability to dance and belt out R&B numbers, adding, "As they're girls they should really be 'High Queen' but it didn't have enough punch." He said their debut had a faster beat than anything he'd produced up to that point.
In 2009, several of the dormant units were revived. Tanpopo, Minimoni, Petitmoni,ZYX, Aa!, and v-u-den all returned with new line-ups. High-King also returned from hiatus, but with its original members.
After Hello! Project's 2011 winter tour, the group became inactive alongside the other Chanpuru units.
High-King briefly reunited and performed "C\C (Cinderella\Complex)" without Maeda Yuuka when Takahashi Ai made a guest appearance during Hello! Project Tanjou 15 Shuunen Kinen Live 2013 Fuyu ~Bravo!~.
- [2008.07.11] C\C (Cinderella\Complex)
- [2008.12.10] Petit Best 9 (#12 C\C (Cinderella\Complex))
- [2008.12.10] Hello! Project Special Unit Mega Best (#16 C\C (Cinderella\Complex))
- [2009.07.15] Chanpuru ① ~Happy Marriage Song Cover Shuu~ (#1 DIAMONDS)
- [2009.12.02] Petit Best 10 (#10 DESTINY LOVE)
|Members||Tanaka Reina (Leader) • Takahashi Ai • Shimizu Saki • Yajima Maimi • Maeda Yuuka|
|Related Units||Morning Musume • Berryz Koubou • ℃-ute • Hello Pro Egg • LoVendoЯ|