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High-King
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General Information

Origin

Japan

Genre

Japanese pop

Years active

2008, 2009-2013

Label

Zetima

Associated acts

Morning Musume, Berryz Koubou, ℃-ute, Hello Pro Egg, S/mileage

Website

Hello! Project.com

Members

Yajima Maimi

Former Members

Takahashi Ai
Tanaka Reina
Maeda Yuuka
Shimizu Saki

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, the latter also being the former leader of Aa!

History

2008

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.

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.

Members

Discography

Singles

Compilations

Trivia

  • One of the few groups to not have a leader based on seniority
  • Their sound is said to have an R&B feel.

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