Matsuura Aya (松浦亜弥) is a Japanese singer. She was an idol soloist under Hello! Project until her graduation on March 31, 2009. She has appeared on several TV shows and has been a spokesperson in many commercials, including Pretz, Gogo no Kocha, and Pocky. Since the end of 2013, Matsuura has been on hiatus from entertainment activities.

Biography[edit | edit source]

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2000[edit | edit source]

Matsuura Aya auditioned in 2000 for the 4th Morning Musume & Heike Michiyo Protegee Audition, and was selected along with Sheki Dol to become a part of what was later known as Hello! Project.

2001-2002[edit | edit source]

She debuted in 2001 with the single "Dokki Doki! LOVE Mail". Her debut performance with Hello! Project was in April at Morning Musume's Live Revolution 21 Haru ~Osaka Jou Hall Saishuu Bi~ concert.

Her debut album, First KISS, was released in 2002 following a number of single releases and she also participated in various shuffle units with other Hello! Project artists. She quickly became a favorite among Hello! Project fans.

Matsuura appeared in many commercials, dramas, a few films, and starred in a musical called Sougen no Hito in 2003, for which she also did the soundtrack.

2005[edit | edit source]

Matsuura had released four studio albums and a collection of singles that have achieved respectable placings on the Oricon chart, though so far she has yet to make it to the top spot. She previously had a radio show called Let's do it!! and also had a radio show called Matsuura Aya no All Night Nippon that started on March 30, 2005.

2006[edit | edit source]

On June 15, Matsuura and Fujimoto Miki formed a new unit named GAM. Their first single, "Thanks!", was released in September and reached the #5 position on the Oricon charts.

On September 30, she was the main protagonist in the movie, Sukeban Deka: Codename = Asamiya Saki, opposite Ishikawa Rika. She was also a co-host of the musical variety show Utawara Hot Hit 10.

On October 9, both concerts she was supposed to hold that day were cancelled due to ill health, and several unsourced rumors emerged considering the possibility that she might be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder. Following the cancellation of the two concerts, Matsuura’s management confirmed the rumors, reporting that the young idol had been taking painkillers to continue working and scheduled a press conference to discuss her condition. The following day, Matsuura made a public statement on PBS apologizing to her fans and expressing her desire to get back to her singing career as soon as possible.

Following the press conference, Matsuura returned to her normal hosting duties on her weekly radio show, Matsuura Aya no All Night Nippon and returned to singing in a limited capacity, as demonstrated in her appearance on Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ on October 23.

2008[edit | edit source]

On March 8, Matsuura performed as a secret guest at the opening ceremony of the Fourth Special Olympics Japan Winter National Games, a national event in preparation of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Boise, Idaho. She performed the song "Kizuna", which was released on May 21 as her 20th single.

It was officially announced on October 18, that Matsuura would be graduating from Hello! Project along with the rest of Elder Club.

2009[edit | edit source]

Matsuura released her fifth studio album, Omoi Afurete, on January 21, and her 21st single, "Chocolate Damashii", was released on February 11 for Valentine’s Day.

Matsuura graduated from Hello! Project on March 31.

On August 26, Matsuura opened her own blog called "Ayablog" and announced that her upcoming tour would be her last for two or three years

2010[edit | edit source]

Matsuura opened up a Twitter account on September 29. The account was confirmed via her manager's account.[1]

2011[edit | edit source]

On August 30, it was announced Matsuura was diagnosed with endometriosis.

On November 9, she announced a best of album would be released to commemorate the 10th anniversary of her debut as a Hello! Project soloist. Matsuura Aya 10TH ANNIVERSARY BEST was later released on December 21.

2012[edit | edit source]

On December 31, it was announced that Matsuura would be getting married to w-inds. lead singer, Tachibana Keita.

2013[edit | edit source]

On August 4, Matsuura and Tachibana submitted their marriage application and became legally married after dating for the past 12 years.[2] Their wedding ceremony was held in Oahu, Hawaii on October 7.

On October 1, she was transferred to UP-FRONT CREATE.

On December 31, Matsuura performed in the Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2013 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~.[3]

2014[edit | edit source]

On September 22, Tachibana announced Matsuura was seven months pregnant and was expected to give birth to their first child before the year's end.[4]

On December 24, Tachibana and Matsuura announced via their agencies that they became the parents of a healthy baby girl. The couple did not reveal the details on the baby including her name and her exact date of birth.[5]

2017[edit | edit source]

On September 16, UP-FRONT CREATE announced that Matsuura's contract had expired on September 15. A discussion on her future activities due to its upcoming expiration resulted in an amicable termination of her exclusive management contract with UP-FRONT GROUP. It was also reported that Matsuura plans on joining her husband's agency, RISINGPRODUCTION, in the future.[6]

2018[edit | edit source]

On July 8, Tachibana revealed Matsuura was pregnant with their second child after he posted on Twitter: "I will soon be the father of two children. Please continue supporting us hereafter."[7] On July 31, he announced that Matsuura had given birth with an Instagram photo of all four family members' hands.[8][9]

2020[edit | edit source]

On December 9, Tachibana announced that Matsuura had given birth to their third child with an Instagram photo.[10]

Profile[edit | edit source]

  • Hobbies: Shopping
  • Special skill: Tennis
  • Favorite colors: White, black, pink, tear color
  • Favorite word: Love
  • Favorite food: Rice, miso soup, fruits
  • Disliked food: broccoli, cauliflower, celery, parsley

Discography[edit | edit source]

Main article: Matsuura Aya Discography

Studio Albums
Best Albums
Other Albums

Major Singles
  1. [2001.04.11] Dokki Doki! LOVE Mail (ドッキドキ! LOVE メール)
  2. [2001.06.13] Tropica~l Koishite~ru (トロピカ~ル恋して~る)
  3. [2001.09.05] LOVE Namida Iro (LOVE涙色)
  4. [2001.11.28] 100 Kai no KISS (100回のKISS)
  5. [2002.02.06] ♡Momoiro Kataomoi♡ (♡桃色片想い♡)
  6. [2002.05.29] Yeah! Meccha Holiday (Yeah! めっちゃホリディ)
  7. [2002.09.19] The Bigaku (The 美学)
  8. [2002.12.11] Sougen no Hito (草原の人)
  9. [2003.03.12] Ne~e? (ね~え?)
  10. [2003.06.04] GOOD BYE Natsuo (GOOD BYE 夏男)
  11. [2003.09.26] THE LAST NIGHT
  12. [2004.01.28] Kiseki no Kaori Dance. (奇跡の香りダンス。)
  13. [2004.03.10] Hyacinth (風信子)
  14. [2004.07.14] YOUR SONG ~Seishun Sensei~ (YOUR SONG ~青春宣誓~)
  15. [2004.10.20] Watarasebashi (渡良瀬橋)
  16. [2005.02.23] Zutto Suki de Ii desu ka (ずっと好きでいいですか)
  17. [2005.09.21] Ki ga Tsukeba Anata (気がつけば あなた)
  18. [2006.02.01] Suna wo Kamu You ni...NAMIDA (砂を噛むように···NAMIDA)
  19. [2007.08.29] Egao (笑顔)
  20. [2008.05.21] Kizuna (きずな)
  21. [2009.02.11] Chocolate Damashii (チョコレート魂)
Digital Singles
Other Singles

MV Compilations
Image DVDs
Concert DVDs
Main article: Matsuura Aya Concerts

Discography Participated In[edit | edit source]

Works[edit | edit source]

DVD/VHS[edit | edit source]

  • [2001.04.25] Bi Shoujo Nikki Part 1 (美・少女日記 Part 1) VHS
  • [2001.06.27] Bi Shoujo Nikki Part 2 (美・少女日記 Part 2) VHS
  • [2001.09.27] Bi Shoujo Nikki Part 3 (美・少女日記 Part 3) VHS
  • [2001.12.12] Bi Shoujo Nikki Part 4 (美・少女日記 Part 4) VHS
  • [2002.12.11] Bi Shoujo Nikki (新・美少女日記) DVD
  • [2002.12.11] Bi Shoujo Nikki II (美・少女日記II) DVD
  • [2004.12.08] Sexy Onna Juku ~Dotou no Sexy Shiren – Sono Rekishi~ Extra DVD

Films[edit | edit source]

TV[edit | edit source]

  • [2001] Saigo no Kazoku
  • [2002] Aya no DNA
  • [2002] Tenshi no Utagoe ~Shounibyou no Kiseki~
  • [2003] Futari ~Watashitachi ga Eranda Michi~
  • [2003] Namahousou wa Tomaranai
  • [2003] VICTORY! Futto Girls no Seishun
  • [2004] Aijou Ippon!
  • [2004] Futarigoto (二人ゴト)
  • [2006] Inochi no Kiseki
  • [2009] THE QUIZ SHOW
  • [2011] Sakura to Satsuki (サクラとさつき)

Theater[edit | edit source]

  • [2003] Musical Sougen no Hito (ミュージカル 草原の人)
  • [2004] Musical Real Audition!! (ミュージカル リアルオーディション!!)
  • [2006] Ribbon no Kishi The Musical (リボンの騎士 ザ・ミュージカル)
  • [2007] Sukedachi (すけだち )
  • [2008] Mariya - Honki de Only You (本気でオンリーユー)

Radio[edit | edit source]

  • [2001-2005] Matsuura Aya Let's do it!
  • [2001-2002] Tsunkuban (Koratsu Matsuura Corner)
  • [2002-2003] Young Town Doyoubi
  • [2005-2006] Matsuura Aya no All Night Nippon
  • [2007-2009] FIVE STARS (DJ on Tuesday's)

Commercials[edit | edit source]

  • Pretz (2002 – 2006, Ezaki Glico)
  • Tessera (2002 – 2004, Shiseido)
  • Gogo no Kocha (2003 – 2008, Kirin Beverage)
  • Colorio Printer (2003 – 2005, Epson)
  • Sega PuyoPuyo Fever (2004)
  • Papico (2004 – 2006, Ezaki Glico)
  • Pocky (2004 – 2005, Ezaki Glico)
  • Sky PerfecTV! (2004 – 2005, SKY Perfect Communications)
  • Super Mild (2004 – 2005, Shiseido)
  • Scooter Let's 4 (2004 – 2005, Suzuki)
  • Nissin Yakisoba UFO (2005 – 2006, Nissin)
  • Aoyama Trading (Youfuku Aoyama) (2005 – 2008)
  • Youpack (2005 – 2006, Japan Post)
  • Scooter Address V50 (2006, Suzuki)
  • Expressway ETC (2007, Organization for Road System Enhancement) -- song only
  • Center-in (2007, Unicharm)
  • Fried Chicken (2008, FamilyMart) -- also the song "Kichin to Chicken" lyrics and music by Fujioka Fujimaki, a folk song duo.
  • Mezamashi Gohan (2009, MAFF)
  • Top "Clear Liquid" (since 2009, Lion)
  • Vitamin Water (since 2009, Suntory), etc.
  • JT Roots Aroma Impact III (since 2010)

Video games[edit | edit source]

  • Guitar Freaks 8th mix / Drummania 7th mix (Momoiro Kataomoi, covered by Yu Uchida)
  • Donkey Konga (Japanese version, Momoiro Kataomoi covered by an unknown artist)
  • Daigasso! Band Brothers (Yeah! Meccha Holiday, instrumental)
  • Go-Go-Tea Miniature Golf (Kirin Beverage)
  • Donkey Konga 2 (Japanese Version, Yeah! Meccha Holiday)

Publications[edit | edit source]

Photobooks[edit | edit source]

Solo[edit | edit source]

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Group[edit | edit source]

  • [2005.07.06] Nochiura Natsumi Live "TRIANGLE ENERGY" (後浦なつみライブ「TRIANGLE ENERGY」) (With Nochiura Natsumi)
  • [2005.10.11] AYA MATSUURA & COUNTRY MUSUME. - Hello! Project 2005 Natsu no Kayou Show '05 Selection! Collection! (AYA MATSUURA & COUNTRY MUSUME。―Hello!Project2005夏の歌謡ショー 05’セレクション!コレクション!) (With Country Musume)
  • [2003.04.11] Ayaya to Mikitty (アヤヤとミキティ?)

Movie[edit | edit source]

  • [2006.09.29] Sukeban Deka Codename Asamiya Saki OFFICIAL PHOTO BOOK (スケバン刑事 コードネーム=麻宮サキ OFFICIAL PHOTO BOOK)

Essay Books[edit | edit source]

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  • [2002] Bromides
  • [2002.06.25] Matsuura Aya Sugao no Memorial (松浦亜弥 素顔のメモリアル)
  • [2002.09.01] Matsuura Aya no AYA.YA Waarudo Meccha Ayaya! (松浦亜弥のAYA・YAワールドめっちゃあやや!)
  • [2003.06.25] Matsuura Aya Love (松浦亜弥Love)
  • [2003.07.26] Ayaya ni Naritai (あややになりたい)
  • [2004.03.27] Aya to Ayaya (亜弥とあやや) (With Onuki Nobuaki)
  • [2004.07.07] AYA MATSUURA Concert Tour 2004 Spring ~Watashi to Watashi to Anata~ Photobook (AYA MATSUURA Concert Tour 2004 Spring~私と私とあなた~Photobook)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • She is one of the most active H!P members in acting, having been in over half a dozen TV dramas. She starred in dramas before her CD debut.
  • She became one of the increasing number of Hello! Project acts to perform overseas, with a solo concert in Shanghai.
  • She is the first Hello! Project soloist to release five singles in one year.
  • She has the largest number of overall CD sales of any soloist in Hello! Project.
  • Matsuura's nickname is Ayaya, given to her by Iida Kaori. She got the idea from the chorus of the Morning Musume single Koi no Dance Site. Heike Michiyo and Rinne had already given her the nickname Machuura, but Matsuura needed one that was easier to remember. [11]
  • When auditioning, Matsuura sang Hamasaki Ayumi's FAR AWAY.

See Also[edit | edit source]

Total Sales Count[edit | edit source]

Year Year Sales Total Sales
2001 411,720 411,720
2002 1,040,981 1,452,701
2003 739,902 2,192,603
2004 484,520 2,677,123
2005 279,363 2,956,486
2006 65,403 3,021,889
2007 38,498 3,060,387
2008 20,790 3,081,177
2009 14,811 3,095,988
2010 2,669 3,098,657
2011 3,053 3,101,710

References[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

Matsuura Aya
Discography
Major Singles 1. Dokki Doki! LOVE Mail | 2. Tropica~l Koishite~ru | 3. LOVE Namida Iro | 4. 100kai no KISS | 5. ♡Momoiro Kataomoi♡ | 6. Yeah! Meccha Holiday | 7. The Bigaku | 8. Sougen no Hito | 9. Ne~e? | 10. GOOD BYE Natsuo | 11. THE LAST NIGHT | 12 Kiseki no Kaori Dance. | 13. Hyacinth | 14. YOUR SONG ~Seishun Sensei~ | 15. Watarasebashi | 16. Zutto Suki de Ii desu ka | 17. Ki ga Tsukeba Anata | 18. Suna wo Kamu You ni... NAMIDA | 19. Egao | 20. Kizuna | 21. Chocolate Damashii
Other Singles Digital: Futari Osaka
Collaboration: Tensai! LET'S GO Ayayamu
Albums Original: 1. First Kiss | 2. T・W・O | 3. ×3 | 4. Naked Songs | 5. Double Rainbow | 6. Omoi Afurete | 7. Click you Link me
Best: Matsuura Aya Best 1 | Matsuura Aya 10TH ANNIVERSARY BEST
Other Matsuura Single M Clips 1 | Matsuura Aya Single V Clips 2
Concerts & Events
Concerts

Spring Tours: 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2008
Summer Tours: 2005
Fall Tours: 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2006 | 2007 | 2009
Overseas: Shanghai

Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts 3nin Matsuri | Odoru♡11 | Gomattou | SALT5 | Gatas Brilhantes H.P. | Nochiura Natsumi | H.P. All Stars | DEF.DIVA | GAM | Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers
GAM
Members
Members Matsuura Aya | Fujimoto Miki
Discography
Singles Major: 1. Thanks! | 2. Melodies | 3. LU LU LU
Indie: Daisuki Rakuten Eagles
Albums 1st GAM ~Amai Yuuwaku~
Other GAM 1st Concert Tour 2007 Shoka ~Great Aya & Miki~
Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts Morning Musume | Odoru♡11 | Gomattou | Gatas Brilhantes H.P. | Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers
Hello! Project Shuffle Unit
Shuffle Units
2000
Akagumi 4 1st Gen: Shinoda Miho | Nakazawa Yuko | Danielle | Goto Maki
2nd Gen: Maeda Yuki | Yoshizawa Hitomi
Kiiro 5 1st Gen: Honda Ruru | Heike Michiyo | Yasuda Kei | Abe Natsumi | Ayaka
2nd Gen: Kago Ai
Aoiro 7 1st Gen: Inaba Atsuko | Kominato Miwa | Iida Kaori | Yaguchi Mari | Lehua | Ichii Sayaka | Mika
2nd Gen: Ishikawa Rika | Tsuji Nozomi
2001
3nin Matsuri Ishikawa Rika | Matsuura Aya | Kago Ai
7nin Matsuri Heike Michiyo | Ayaka | Yaguchi Mari | Lehua | Shibata Ayumi | Asami | Goto Maki
10nin Matsuri Yasuda Kei | Rinne | Murakami Megumi | Iida Kaori | Abe Natsumi | Saito Hitomi | Otani Masae | Mika | Yoshizawa Hitomi | Tsuji Nozomi
2002
Happy♡7 Saito Hitomi | Mika | Asami | Takahashi Ai | Ogawa Makoto | Kago Ai | Niigaki Risa
Sexy 8 Heike Michiyo | Ayaka | Otani Masae | Yaguchi Mari | Satoda Mai | Ishikawa Rika | Yoshizawa Hitomi | Goto Maki
Odoru♡11 Ishii Rika | Yasuda Kei | Rinne | Murata Megumi | Iida Kaori | Abe Natsumi | Shibata Ayumi | Fujimoto Miki | Matsuura Aya | Konno Asami | Tsuji Nozomi
2003
SALT5 Maeda Yuki | Abe Natsumi (Leader) | Matsuura Aya | Ogawa Makoto | Kago Ai
7AIR Inaba Atsuko | Otani Masae | Satoda Mai | Mika | Ishikawa Rika (Leader) | Takahashi Ai | Niigaki Risa
11WATER Murata Megumi | Iida Kaori (Leader) | Ayaka | Saito Hitomi | Yaguchi Mari | Shibata Ayumi | Asami | Fujimoto Miki | Yoshizawa Hitomi | Konno Asami | Tsuji Nozomi
2004
H.P. All Stars Morning Musume | Nakazawa Yuko | Abe Natsumi | Yasuda Kei | Goto Maki | Inaba Atsuko | Coconuts Musume Ayaka | Melon Kinenbi | Country Musume | W | Maeda Yuki | Matsuura Aya | Hello! Project Kids | Berryz Koubou | v-u-den
2005
Elegies Satoda Mai | Shibata Ayumi | Takahashi Ai | Tanaka Reina
Sexy Otonajan Fujimoto Miki | Murakami Megumi | Natsuyaki Miyabi
Puripuri Pink Nakazawa Yuko | Inaba Atsuko | Yasuda Kei | Iida Kaori
Discography
Singles Akai Nikkichou / Kiiroi Osora de BOOM BOOM BOOM / Aoi Sports Car no Otoko | Chu! Natsu Party / Summer Reggae! Rainbow / Dancing! Natsu Matsuri | Shiawase Beam! Suki Suki Beam! / Shiawase Desu ka? / Shiawase Kyouryuu Ondo | Kowarenai Ai ga Hoshii no / GET UP! Rapper / BE ALL RIGHT! | ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL! | Onna, Kanashii, Otona / Inshouha Renoir no You ni / Hitoshirezu Mune wo Kanaderu Yoru no Aki
Albums Hello! Project Shuffle Unit Mega Best
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