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|Kikkawa Yuu, February 2019|
|Born||May 1, 1992|
|Occupation||Idol, Singer, Actress, Model|
|Agency||UP-FRONT AGENCY (2007-2012)|
UP-FRONT PROMOTION (2012-2013)
UP-FRONT CREATE (2013-)
|Label||Universal J (2011-2014)|
Universal D (2014-)
Up-Front Works (2014-)
|Associated Acts||Hello Pro Egg, MilkyWay, Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers, Kikkaren, Team Makenki (Kari), Kikkawa Yuu ni Paipai Dekami|
|Member Color||Light Yellow|
|Graduated||December 24, 2010|
Kikkawa Yuu was born on May 1, 1992 in Ibaraki, Japan to a couple whose names are undisclosed.
Kikkawa took part in the Morning Musume Happy 8ki Audition, but wasn't selected to join the group.
In 2007, she was added to Hello Pro Egg and officially listed on their site.
In 2008, she was chosen, along with fellow Egg Kitahara Sayaka, to be part of the anime based group MilkyWay with Morning Musume member Kusumi Koharu. She also provided the voice of the corresponding character in the Kirarin☆Revolution anime series.
On December 24, it was announced that she had finished her Hello Pro Egg training, and her next activity would be performing as the opening act during the Hello! Project 2011 Winter concert tour, marking the start of her solo career. During the tour the "Kikkawa Yuu Support Project" was announced, and an official website was opened.
On January 16, Kikkawa announced that she will be holding a press conference somewhere in Tokyo on January 26. She also had a solo event scheduled in Nagoya, Japan, towards the end of January.
On May 11, her debut single titled "Kikkake wa YOU!" was released under Universal Music Japan. It was originally scheduled to be released March 30, 2011, but due to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, the release was pushed back. The single was available in four versions: Regular, Limited A, B, and C and each limited edition featured a different B-side from the 3 different songs she performed as the opening act for H!P’s 2011 winter concert tour, "Sayonara Namida" "Candy Pop" and "Fuyuzora Hanabi."
Kikkawa made an appearance in Atlanta for the Anime Weekend event. The event took place from September 28 to September 30.
Kikkawa branded Android-based edenTAB tablet featuring exclusive Kikkawa related apps and wallpapers titled Kikka Tab. There were only 100 available and they were available for pre-order on August 6th at 35,800 Yen. There was two exclusive apps included with the tablet: Kikka Alarm a morning wake-up call app, and Kikka Camera with You.
Kikkawa also made an appearance on Japan Expo in France and Japan Expo Belgium.
In March, Kikkawa starred as Chava in a stage production of Fiddler on the Roof.
On May 1, Kikkawa released her second photobook titled "YOU21".
On June 3, it was announced that Kikkawa would collaborate with the group Kimaguren to release a promotional single for Café-ole. Together they were called "Kikkaren".
In July, it was revealed that Kikkawa will be in the Japan Expo in Santa Clara, California from August 23rd through August 25th.
On October 1, she was transferred to UP-FRONT CREATE.
On December 31, Kikkawa announced at Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2013 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~ that she would release a new song in 2014.
On June 25, she released her 7th single titled "URAHARA Temptation / Ii jan".
On October 29, she released her 8th single "Amai Melody / "Suki" no Kazoekata".
On May 6, Kikkawa released her 9th single "Hana".
From March 30 to April 3, Kikkawa will appear in the stage play "Yuki no Princess".
On June 1, she released her 10th single "Ha wo Kuishibare! / Charming Shoubu Sedai".
On May 24, she released her 11th single "Sayonara, Standard".
On January 17, she released her 12th single "DISTORTION / Tokimeita no ni Through".
On May 23, Kikkawa released the digital song "NEO SUGAR SUGAR YOU". Her past catalog also became available on digital download and streaming services such as iTunes, Spotify, Recochoku, and LINE MUSIC in over 200 countries.
In celebration of her 27th birthday and the start of the Reiwa era on May 1, Kikkawa released the digital single "Koi". It is a two-part work with the unreleased song "Yoake", telling different love stories about the same protagonist.
When Kikkawa became a soloist under UP-FRONT CREATE, she was 19 years old.
Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Kikkawa Yuu:
- You Kikkawa: Official stage name used by members and fans.
- Kikka (きっか): Official nickname used by members and fans.
- Name: Kikkawa Yuu (吉川友)
- Stage Name: You Kikkawa
- Nickname: Kikka (きっか)
- Birthdate: May 1, 1992
- Birthplace: Ibaraki, Japan
- Blood type: A
- Height: 160cm
- Western Zodiac: Taurus
- UP-FRONT GROUP Status:
- Former MilkyWay Color: Light Yellow
- Hello! Project Groups:
- Other Groups:
- Note: Kikkawa Yuu is credited as both "Kikkawa Yuu" (吉川友) and "You Kikkawa".
- [2011.05.11] Kikkake wa YOU!
- [2011.10.05] Hapirapi-Sunrise-
- [2011.12.28] Konna Watashi de Yokattara
- [2012.07.11] Koko Kara Hajimarunda!
- [2012.09.26] Darling to Madonna
- [2013.01.16] Sekaijuu ni Kimi wa Hitori Dake / Valentine's RADIO / Chocolate Damashii
- [2014.06.25] URAHARA Temptation / Ii jan
- [2014.10.29] Amai Melody / "Suki" no Kazoekata
- [2015.05.06] Hana
- [2016.06.01] Ha wo Kuishibare! / Charming Shoubu Sedai
- [2017.05.24] Sayonara, Standard
- [2018.01.17] DISTORTION / Tokimeita no ni Through
- Digital Singles
- [2018.05.23] NEO SUGAR SUGAR YOU
- Studio Albums
- Cover Albums
- [2012.11.07] Vocalist?
- Best Albums
- [2013.08.07] Best Of YOU!
- Digital Songs
- [2019.05.01] Koi
- Solo DVDs
- [2011.08.17] YOU! ~The DVD~
- [2013.01.16] Live! Docu! Kikka! (ライブ！ドキュ！きっか！)
- [2013.04.24] Music Video Clips vol.1
Dicography Featured InEdit
- [2012.01.24] Weekly ASCII
- [2012.05.18] Young Gangan No.11
- [2012.10.05] Young Gangan No.20
- [2013.04.20] CD&DL Data Separate GIRLS-PEDIA (Mook)
- [2013.05.15] EX masses
- [2011.02.19] Kikka Fest
- [2007.09.22] Hello Pro Egg Delivery Station! 01 (ハロプロエッグデリバリーステーション！01)
- [2008.08.30] Hello Pro Egg Delivery Station! 05 (ハロプロエッグデリバリーステーション！05)
- [2007.11.21] °C-ute Cutie Circuit 2007 ~MAGICAL CUTIE TOUR~
-  Hello! Morning (ハロー!モーニング。) (as a candidate for the Happy 8ki Audition)
- [2008-2009] Oha Star (おはスタ)
- [2010.11.26-] PINK!SS
-  Hiru Nan Desu!
-  Nemurenu Machi no A-Prince (眠れぬ街のアプリンス)
-  Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen (数学♥女子学園)(As Aoyama Iroha)
-  Sprout (スプラウト)
-  Hanchou 6 (ハンチョウ6)
-  Saiban chō! onaka aki mashita! (裁判長っ!おなか空きました!) (1 episode)
-  Kanpai Senshi After V (乾杯戦士 アフターV)
-  Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro Kaiki (怪談新耳袋怪奇)
-  Kikkake wa YOU! (きっかけはＹＯＵ！)
- [2011.10.22] Cheerfu11y (チアフリー)
- [2008-2009] Kirarin☆Revolution (きらりん☆レボリューション) (as Hanasaki Cobeni)
-  Sengoku Collection (戦国コレクション) (as Beethoven)
-  Kappa Sushi (カッパ寿司)
-  Glico Dairy Cafe Ole (グリコ乳業 カフェオーレ)
-  Nekome Club 2
-  Tiger Breathing (タイガーブリージング)
-  Recipient (レシピエント)
-  Kawaiku Nakuchaikenai Ryu (カワイクなくちゃいけないリユウ)
-  Okashi na Okashi na Tantei Monogatari!... wa, Kore da!! (おかしなおかしな探偵物語!...は、コレだ!!) (as guest)
-  Fiddler on the Roof (屋根の上のバイオリン弾き, Yane no Ue no Violin Hiki) (Chava)
-  Gakuya ~Makenki~ (楽屋〜負けん気〜)
-  Yuki no Princess (雪のプリンセス)
- [2011-] Idol Showcase i-Ban
- [2013-] Kikkawa Yuu no! Douga yatte Mikka!
- She ranked #14 on BUBKA magazine's Women with the Biggest Breakthrough of 2011.
- Eats bread for breakfast.
- Her favorite spot is the toilet.
- Has a grip strength of 31kg.
- Is one of the several Hello! Project members to lose a Morning Musume audition and be added to Hello! Project at a later date.
- Sung Furusato and Memory Seishun no Hikari as her audition songs in the Morning Musume Happy 8ki Audition.
- Made her first concert appearance at Dai 1 Kai Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen ~Saru no Koku~ / ~Tori no Koku~.
- Kikkawa appeared as a backup dancer in the PV for Mano Erina's eighth major single "Genkimono de Ikou!".
- While acting as the opening act during the Hello! Project 2011 Winter concert tour she performed a song titled "Sayonara Namida" (さよなら涙), which was also her debut song.
- Since the 2011 Winter Hello! Project concert, her name is romanized as "You Kikkawa," as a pun for the english word "you." However, her stage name continues to be "Kikkawa Yuu" (吉川友).
- After the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, Kikkawa lived briefly with Mano Erina.
- One of Kikkawa's favorite American restaurants is The Cheesecake Factory.
- In an interview conducted by Japanese Entertainment website Nihongogo, Kikkawa reveals that her toughest opponent in Hello! Project is Yajima Maimi from ℃-ute.
Total Sales CountEdit
|Year||Year Sales||Total Sales|
- Note: These sales numbers only include her single and album sales.
- ↑ Official Gekijyo Page
- ↑ Official Gekijyo Page
- ↑ 吉川友に関するお知らせ
- ↑ Official Gekijyo Page
- ↑ Official Gekijyo Page
- ↑ "You Kikkawa to release her new track “NEO SUGAR SUGAR YOU” and past catalogue on digital service worldwide on May 23." UNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN. 2018-05-23.
- ↑ "吉川友が、ぱいぱいでか美とまさかのユニット結成！？配信シングル発売決定！" (in Japanese). Universal Music Japan. 2018-08-20.
- ↑ https://twitter.com/paipaidekami/status/1101497740494663680
- ↑ "吉川友にぱいぱいでか美／第2弾「可哀想なオンナ」が「超緊急」全世界配信スタート！" (in Japanese). Universal Music Japan. 2019-02-28.
- ↑ "New Single 『恋』 令和元年5月1日よりダウンロード＆ストリーミング 全世界配信スタート！" (in Japanese). Universal Music Japan. 2019-05-01.
- ↑ "改元と同時に27歳になった吉川友、アカシック提供の新曲「恋」配信リリース" (in Japanese). natalie. 2019-05-01.
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|Major Singles||1. Kikkake wa YOU! | 2. Hapirapi-Sunrise- | 3. Konna Watashi de Yokattara | 4. Koko Kara Hajimarunda! | 5. Darling to Madonna | 6. Sekaijuu ni Kimi wa Hitori Dake / Valentine's RADIO / Chocolate Damashii | 7. URAHARA Temptation / Ii jan | 8. Amai Melody / "Suki" no Kazoekata | 9. Hana | 10. Ha wo Kuishibare! / Charming Shoubu Sedai | 11. Sayonara, Standard | 12. DISTORTION / Tokimeita no ni Through|
|Other||Music Video Clips vol.1|
|Units & Other Acts|
|Associated Acts||Hello Pro Egg | MilkyWay | Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers | Kikkaren | Team Makenki|
|Solo Acts||Tsukishima Kirari starring Kusumi Koharu (Morning Musume)|
|Kira☆Pika||Kira | Pika|
|MilkyWay||Tsukishima Kirari starring Kusumi Koharu (Morning Musume) | Yukino Noel starring Kitahara Sayaka | Hanasaki Cobeni starring Kikkawa Yuu|
|SHIPS||Kazama Hiroto (Ide Takuya) | Hiwatari Seiji (Kanai Shikou)|
|Singles||Tsukishima Kirari: 1. Koi☆Kana | 2. Balalaika | 3.Happy☆彡 | 4. Chance! | 5. Papancake | 6. Hapi☆Hapi Sunday!|
Kira☆Pika: 1. Hana wo Pu-n / Futari wa NS
MilkyWay: 1. Anataboshi | 2. Tan Tan Taan!
SHIPS: 1. TOKYO FRIEND☆SHIPS | 2. Kimi ga Iru
Other: Ooki na Ai de Motenashite
|Albums||Original: 1. ☆☆☆ (Mitsuboshi) | 2. Kirarin☆Land | 3. Kirari to Fuyu|
Mini: 1. Song Selection | 2. Song Selection 2 | 3. Song Selection 3 | 4. Song Selection 4 | 5. Song Selection 5
|Other||Kirarin☆Revolution Final Stage|
|Units & Other Acts|
|Associated Acts||Morning Musume | ℃-ute | Hello Pro Egg | Kikkawa Yuu|