Morning Musume (モーニング娘。; Morning Girls), currently known as Morning Musume '21 (モーニング娘。'21, read as Morning Musume Two-One), is the lead group of Hello! Project. The group was formed in 1997 on a talent show called ASAYAN. It quickly became, and currently is, one of Japan's top all-girl groups with a number of hit records and albums.
The group is known for their ever-fluctuating line-up, with "graduations" and auditions held nearly every year. Tsunku was previously responsible for the composition of the majority of their songs and lyrics, production of their CD-sleeve covers, designing of their costumes and make-up and their live shows until late 2014, when he resigned from his position as Hello! Project's general producer. He continues to work with Morning Musume, but only as their sound producer.
Currently, they are one of the most successful Japanese idol girl groups, holding the record for the second highest overall single sales (of a female group) on the Oricon charts as of January 2012, as well as the record for the most top ten singles with 66 titles as of October 2018 and the most top ten albums with 18 titles as of March 2019. Morning Musume is also the biggest DVD seller in the female group category in Japan. Their combined CD and DVD sales exceed 23 million copies in Japan alone.
In recent years, the group has been making a concerted attempt to break into new markets in Asia, Europe and the US, performing at expos worldwide.
- 1 Members
- 2 History
- 3 Group Name Origin
- 4 Life in the Group
- 5 Activities Outside Japan
- 6 Discography
- 7 Publications
- 8 Works
- 9 Milestones
- 10 Trivia
- 11 Awards
- 12 Subgroups
- 13 Total Sales Count
- 14 See Also
- 15 Notes
- 16 References
- 17 External Links
- Main article: Morning Musume Members
- 1st Generation (1997)
- Nakazawa Yuko (中澤裕子) (Graduated: April 15, 2001; Leader 1997.09.08 - 2001.04.15)
- Ishiguro Aya (石黒彩) (Graduated: January 7, 2000)
- Iida Kaori (飯田圭織) (Graduated: January 30, 2005; Leader 2001.04.16 - 2005.01.30)
- Abe Natsumi (安倍なつみ) (Graduated: January 25, 2004)
- Fukuda Asuka (福田明日香) (Graduated: April 18, 1999)
- 2nd Generation (1998)
- Yasuda Kei (保田圭) (Graduated: May 5, 2003)
- Yaguchi Mari (矢口真里; Light Purple) (Resigned: April 14, 2005; Leader 2005.01.31 - 2005.04.14)
- Ichii Sayaka (市井紗耶香) (Graduated: May 21, 2000)
- 3rd Generation (1999)
- Goto Maki (後藤真希) (Graduated: September 23, 2002)
- 4th Generation (2000)
- Ishikawa Rika (石川梨華; Hot Pink) (Graduated: May 7, 2005)
- Yoshizawa Hitomi (吉澤ひとみ; Purple) (Graduated: May 6, 2007; Leader 2005.04.15 - 2007.05.06)
- Tsuji Nozomi (辻希美) (Graduated: August 1, 2004)
- Kago Ai (加護亜依) (Graduated: August 1, 2004)
- 5th Generation (2001)
- Takahashi Ai (高橋愛; Yellow) (Graduated: September 30, 2011; Leader 2007.06.02 - 2011.09.30)
- Konno Asami (紺野あさ美; Pink) (Graduated: July 23, 2006)
- Ogawa Makoto (小川麻琴; Blue) (Graduated: August 27, 2006)
- Niigaki Risa (新垣里沙; Yellow-Green) (Graduated: May 18, 2012; Leader 2011.09.30 - 2012.05.18)
- 6th Generation (2003)
- Fujimoto Miki (藤本美貴; Red) (Left: June 1, 2007; Leader: 2007.05.07 - 2007.06.01)
- Kamei Eri (亀井絵里; Orange) (Graduated: December 15, 2010)
- Michishige Sayumi (道重さゆみ; Pink) (Graduated: November 26, 2014; Leader: 2012.05.19 - 2014.11.26)
- Tanaka Reina (田中れいな; Light Blue) (Graduated: May 21, 2013)
- 7th Generation (2005)
- Kusumi Koharu (久住小春; Red) (Graduated: December 6, 2009)
- 8th Generation (2006/2007)
- Mitsui Aika (光井愛佳; Light Purple) (Graduated: May 18, 2012)
- Junjun (ジュンジュン; Blue) (Graduated: December 15, 2010)
- Linlin (リンリン; Emerald Green) (Graduated: December 15, 2010)
- 9th Generation (2011)
- Sayashi Riho (鞘師里保; Red) (Graduated: December 31, 2015)
- Suzuki Kanon (鈴木香音; Green) (Graduated: May 31, 2016)
- 10th Generation (2011)
- Iikubo Haruna (飯窪春菜; Honey) (Graduated: December 16, 2018)
- Kudo Haruka (工藤遥; Orange) (Graduated: December 11, 2017)
- 12th Generation (2014)
- Ogata Haruna (尾形春水; Sea Blue) (Graduated: June 20, 2018)
In April 1997, Japanese producer Tsunku decided to hold an audition for a female rock vocalist for his band Sharam Q through the ASAYAN talent show. At the end of August, Heike Michiyo was declared the winner, but on September 7, he also decided to form an idol group with five of the ten runner-ups: Nakazawa Yuko, Abe Natsumi, Iida Kaori, Fukuda Asuka, and Ishiguro Aya.
Back at the studio, they were told that to be able to debut with Tsunku as their producer, they had to sell 50,000 copies of the demo single "Ai no Tane" with just five days of promotion events. A week later, on September 14, the group's name was revealed as Morning Musume.
Morning Musume's campaign to sell 50,000 copies of "Ai no Tane", which was to be done by hand, began on November 3, 1997 in Osaka and was scheduled to take place throughout the month in four other major cities, with the final day on December 7 in Tokyo. They managed to reach the sales goal in just four days on November 30.
On January 28, 1998, they debuted with their first official single, "Morning Coffee". The success of the single, which in its first week it reached #6 on Oricon singles chart, resulted in the decision to hold the Morning Musume Tsuika Audition for new members. Yasuda Kei, Yaguchi Mari, and Ichii Sayaka were announced as the three winners and joined the group as the second generation, bringing the total member count to eight.
On December 31, 1998, Morning Musume received the Best New Artist Award from the 40th Japan Record Awards. They also made their first annual appearance on the New Year's Eve music show Kohaku Uta Gassen as members of the red team.
On September 9, 1999, the group released their seventh single, "LOVE Machine". It became a national hit, ranking as the weekly #1 single on the Oricon charts for three consecutive weeks and selling a reported total of 1,646,630 copies.
In 2000, "Koi no Dance Site" was released and it hit #2, selling over a million copies—400,000 copies away from reaching the success of "LOVE Machine". Ishiguro Aya left the group before the single was released.
In January 2000, a fourth generation audition began. The winners were Ishikawa Rika, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Tsuji Nozomi, and Kago Ai. After their debut single, "Happy Summer Wedding", Ichii Sayaka graduated to pursue her own music career.
At the end of the year, four new members joined the group as the 5th Generation through the LOVE Audition 21: Takahashi Ai, Konno Asami, Ogawa Makoto, and Niigaki Risa, bringing the roster to 13 girls. Their first single "Mr.Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~" sold over half a million copies.
In February, 2002, "Souda! We're ALIVE", another hit, was released.
In 2003, the unique child-like tune, "Morning Musume no Hyokkori Hyoutanjima", was released in February as the group's seventeenth single. April brought the notably successful single "AS FOR ONE DAY", a synthesizer-driven song about lost love, which sold 129,893 copies and hit #1 in the Oricon charts. This was Yasuda Kei's last single.
Morning Musume was split into two subgroups so that it could tour more cities. Morning Musume Sakura Gumi included Abe Natsumi, Yaguchi Mari, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Kago Ai, Takahashi Ai, Niigaki Risa, Konno Asami and Kamei Eri. Morning Musume Otome Gumi featured Iida Kaori, Ishikawa Rika, Tsuji Nozomi, Ogawa Makoto, Fujimoto Miki, Michishige Sayumi, and Tanaka Reina.
Auditions for the seventh generation were held in various cities, resulting in six finalists. However, on January 9, 2005, Tsunku surprised everyone by announcing that no one in the Lucky 7 audition would be added to Morning Musume, citing that he had set his expectations extra-high this year in hopes of finding an "ace." This was the first time an audition had ended with no new members.
Their sixth studio album, named Ai no Dai 6kan, hit stores in December. This was Kago Ai, Tsuji Nozomi, Iida Kaori, Yaguchi Mari, and Ishikawa Rika's last credited studio album.
On January 30, Iida Kaori graduated to pursue a solo career, with Yaguchi Mari taking on the leadership role. Yoshizawa Hitomi was made the sub-leader. Iida's last single was "THE Manpower!!".
On April 27, the group's 26th single, "Osaka Koi no Uta," was released. This single was Yaguchi Mari's and Ishikawa Rika's last.
In July, Morning Musume released "Iroppoi Jirettai," Kusumi Koharu's first single with the group. The single was considered to be the biggest hit of the year—selling around 20,000 more copies than any single they released in the past year.
On January 16, it was announced that Morning Musume had won a Kanagawa Image Up Award in recognition of Hello! Project's support of an anti-pollution campaign.
On April 28, it was announced by Tsunku, from his official website, that fifth generation members Konno Asami and Ogawa Makoto would be graduating. Their last single was "Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii Jan".
The last single release of the year was "Aruiteru," which was a huge hit. It was the first single that hit the #1 spot in 3 and a half years. Their first mini-album, 7.5 Fuyu Fuyu Morning Musume Mini!, was released in December.
On March 15, Tsunku announced that two other eighth generation members would be joining the group: Li Chun and Qian Lin, both Chinese nationals, were to join as "exchange students." Tsunku stated that the two new members would be an important key for their group's planned expansion into Asia and gave them the stage names of "Junjun" and "Linlin" respectively.
With the success of Yoshizawa Hitomi and Fujimoto Miki's last single "Kanashimi Twilight", on May 1, Morning Musume became the "best single selling female group in Japan" with 11,085,000 copies sold—their fifth Oricon record. The achievement surpasses the previous record set by Pink Lady of 11,037,000 copies sold.
2008 was the first year in which there were no changes in Morning Musume's line-up.
In late September 2009, "Nanchatte Ren'ai" became Morning Musume's highest selling single since "Iroppoi Jirettai", which was released in 2005. With good sales from "Nanchatte Ren'ai", Morning Musume released their 41st single, "Kimagure Princess", on October 28. It was Kusumi Koharu's last single. Her graduation marked the end of Morning Musume's longest lasting line-up.
In August 2010, an audition for ninth generation members began. This was the group's first audition in four years, since the 8th generation audition in 2006.
On December 15, 2010, the graduation of Kamei Eri, Junjun, and Linlin was held. It was the biggest graduation in Morning Musume's history. With this the group was reduced to 5 members, the smallest line-up since 1998.
On January 2, four 9th generation members were revealed to be Fukumura Mizuki, Ikuta Erina, Sayashi Riho and Suzuki Kanon at the Hello! Project 2011 Winter ~Kangei Shinsen Matsuri~ A gana Live concert. The ninth generation's debut single was "Maji Desu ka Ska!". The single was going to be released on March 23, but due to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, it was released on April 6.
In June, Morning Musume released their 46th single "Only you".
On August 26, 5th generation members Takahashi Ai and Niigaki Risa celebrated 10 years in the group, becoming the first two members to reach this milestone.
Morning Musume released their 47th single, "Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo!", and Takahashi's last, on September 14.
Once Takahashi Ai graduated, she passed on the leadership role of both Morning Musume and Hello! Project to Niigaki Risa, the only remaining 5th generation member.
At the beginning of the year, leader and 5th generation member Niigaki Risa announced she would be graduating from Morning Musume and Hello! Project in May.
On January 5, Morning Musume lost the record of having the highest overall single sales (of a female group) on the Oricon charts to AKB48. They were then currently tied with the most number one singles.
On January 25, the 10th generation's debut single "Pyocopyoco Ultra" was released. It became their lowest selling single, selling only 34,050 copies.
On April 11, "Ren'ai Hunter" was released.
On May 4, it was announced that 8th generation member Mitsui Aika would be graduating from Morning Musume alongside Niigaki Risa on May 18, the last day of their spring concert tour, at the Nippon Budokan. Mitsui's reason for graduating was due to the possibility of a stress fracture in her left ankle from the prior year reoccurring if she continued with her activities in Morning Musume.
At Niigaki and Mitsui's graduation concert, Michishige Sayumi was announced as Morning Musume's eighth leader, succeeding Niigaki Risa. The same day, the Morning Musume 11ki Member "Suppin Utahime" Audition were set to begin.
On May 26, Morning Musume was one of the special artists to perform at Girls Award 2012 Spring/Summer collection ~All you need is LOVE~ event at Yoyogi Stadium along side names as ICONIQ, Kato Miliyah and Korean Pop Group Wonder Girls.
On August 8, Morning Musume's 50th single, "One•Two•Three / The Matenrou Show", became Morning Musume's best selling single since "Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~" in 2003. It was also the first single since "Ai Araba IT'S ALL RIGHT" to sell over 100,000 copies.
On September 14, during Morning Musume Tanjou 15 Shuunen Kinen Concert Tour 2012 Aki ~Colorful Character~ rehearsal, it was revealed that Hello Pro Kenshuusei member Oda Sakura was the sole winner of the 11th generation audition.
On January 30, Morning Musume's single "Help me!!" became the first Hello! Project single to reach #1 on Oricon's weekly singles chart since "Shouganai Yume Oibito", which was released in 2009. "Help me!!" also had the best first day sales since 2003.
On March 16, the Morning Musume 12ki Member "Mirai Shoujo" Audition were announced. The application deadline was April 30. It was later announced that no one passed the audition. However, all finalists from the audition were offered positions in Hello Pro Kenshuusei.
On April 23, "Brainstorming / Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai" ranked #1 on Oricon's weekly singles chart and became Morning Musume's second consecutive weekly #1, which was previously achieved with "Mr.Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~" in 2001. The single also became the first since "Aruiteru" to have every day of the first week ranked at #1.
On September 12, "Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke / Ai no Gundan", ranked #1 on the first week of sales. It was the highest selling Hello! Project single of 2013. And it became Morning Musume's highest selling single since "Koko ni Iruzee!", which was released in 2002.
On October 30, Morning Musume was appointed as Nippon! Call Project Ambassadors by the Japanese Olympic Committee to support Team Japan at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Tsunku would also be producing a special cheer song.
On January 1, Morning Musume began the new year with their new group name, Morning Musume '14.
On January 21, Tsunku announced at a press event held by au, a mobile phone company, that Morning Musume '14 would be starring in a commercial campaign with comedians Morisanchuu, forming a special unit called Morimusu.
On January 29, Morning Musume '14 released their 55th single "Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa / Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai / What is LOVE?". "Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai" was the official cheer song for Team Japan at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and "What is LOVE?" was an ending theme for J-MELO. The single peaked at #1 on the Oricon charts, becoming their fourth #1 single in a row which is the longest streak of number ones in the group's history.
On March 15, the 12th generation auditions were re-held as the Morning Musume '14 <Golden> Audition!.
On April 16, Morning Musume '14 released their 56th single "Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe / Password is 0", which also peaked at #1 on the Oricon weekly chart.
On April 29, during the Morning Musume '14 Concert Tour Haru ~Evolution~ concert held in Yamaguchi, Michishige Sayumi announced her graduation at the end of their fall concert tour. On August 16, it was announced that the last date of the tour would take place on November 26 at Yokohama Arena.
On May 29, a second in-group unit, Zenryoku Yasai Musume, was formed to promote KAGOME vegetable juice.
On October 15, Morning Musume '14 released their 57th single "TIKI BUN / Shabadaba Doo~ / Mikaeri Bijin". Their 14th studio album 14shou ~The message~ was later released on October 29. Both were the last to feature Michishige Sayumi, as well as the last to feature a 6th generation member.
On November 14, Morning Musume ’14 announced that they would be holding an audition for a music video director for one of their future songs. The results of the audition were announced on December 29 on the audition program BIG CHANCE, one of Fuji TV’s end of the year specials. To enter the audition, one had to submit a three minute video. The audition was open to any nationality, and both amateurs and professionals were welcome to apply. Director Shibue Shuhei won the public vote with his CGI animated music video.
On January 1, Morning Musume '14 changed their name to Morning Musume '15.
On February 9, it was announced that Morning Musume '15 would be releasing a song for the upcoming Pretty Cure movie, in which Iikubo Haruna, Ishida Ayumi, and Oda Sakura would be providing their voices to 3 spirits whose artwork they designed themselves.
On April 15, Morning Musume '15's 58th single and the 12th generation's debut single "Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru / Yuugure wa Ameagari / Ima Koko Kara" was released. Shibue Shuhei, who won the BIG CHANCE music video contest, directed another version of the "Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru" music video that was only released on YouTube. "Ima Koko Kara" was also the theme song for PreCure All Stars: Haru no Carnival, which Morning Musume '15 are featured in the closing credits.
On June 24, Morning Musume '15 performed at the TV Tokyo Music Festival(2). In addition, it was also announced that original members of Morning Musume would gathered together for a 4-song medley.
On August 19, Morning Musume '15 released their 59th single, "Oh my wish! / Sukatto My Heart / Imasugu Tobikomu Yuuki".
On October 29, 9th generation memeber Sayashi Riho announced that she would graduate from Morning Musume '15 on December 31 at the end of the first part of the Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2015 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~ at Nakano Sun Plaza.
On December 16, Morning Musume '15 appeared in Fuji TV's 2015 FNS Kayousai THE LIVE. They performed in a large idol collaboration medley with ℃-ute, ANGERME, and non-Hello! Project groups such as AKB48, Nogizaka46, and Momoiro Clover Z.
On December 29, Morning Musume '15 released their 60th single and Sayashi's last, "Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi / ENDLESS SKY / One and Only". "One and Only", which is Morning Musume's first song completely in English, was used as the opening theme for J-MELO. The single reached weekly #1 on the Oricon weekly charts.
On January 1, Morning Musume '15 changed their name to Morning Musume '16.
On January 2, during the Hello! Project 2016 WINTER ~DANCING! SINGING! EXCITING!~ concert, the Morning Musume '16 Shinseiki Audition for 13th generation members was announced.
On February 7, 9th generation member Suzuki Kanon announced she would graduate from Morning Musume '16 and Hello! Project at the end of the Morning Musume '16 Concert Tour Haru ~EMOTION IN MOTION~.
On May 11, Morning Musume '16 released "Utakata Saturday Night! / The Vision / Tokyo to Iu Katasumi", their 61st single and Suzuki Kanon's last.
On May 31, Suzuki graduated at Nippon Budokan. On the same day, it was announced on the Morning Musume '16 Shinseiki Audition website that no suitable candidates could be found, but the audition would start again on June 15.
Throughout the summer, Morning Musume '16 appeared in several live TV music festivals. They were invited to perform in the TV Tokyo Music Festival(3) on June 29, NTV's THE MUSIC DAY Natsu no Hajimari on July 2, TBS TV's Ongaki no Hi x CDTV Asamade Natsu Fes! 2016 on July 16, and Fuji TV's 2016 FNS Uta no Natsu Matsuri on July 18 with ℃-ute and ANGERME.
On November 23, Morning Musume '16 released their 62nd single, "Sexy Cat no Enzetsu / Mukidashi de Mukiatte / Sou ja nai".
On December 12 during the Morning Musume '16 Concert Tour Aki ~MY VISION~ finale at Nippon Budokan, the winners of the second Morning Musume '16 Shinseiki Audition and 13th generation members were announced as Hello Pro Kenshuusei members Kaga Kaede and Yokoyama Reina.
On December 31, the group performed on TV for the first time as the Morning Musume '17 line-up during the CDTV Special! Toshikoshi Premier Live 2016→2017. The performance was pre-recorded on December 30, which Sato Masaki was unable to participate due to a lower back injury.
On January 1, Morning Musume '16 changed their name to Morning Musume '17.
In January, it was announced that Morning Musume '17 would collaborate with marukome by singing a remake of "Morning Coffee" titled "Morning Misoshiru" to promote the company's new miso soup product of the same name. Morning Musume '17 also formed the collaborative unit Sashining Musume with HKT48 member Sashihara Rino for the song "Get you!", which was released in Type A of AKB48's 8th album Thumbnail on January 25. Both songs were later included as B-sides in Morning Musume '17's 63rd single.
On February 21, it was announced Morning Musume '17 would air a one-off show on TV Tokyo called Tokugi☆Saikenshou Momusu DE Gozaru! on March 8. The program showed off and verified each members' special skill listed on their official profile.
On March 8, Morning Musume '17 released their 63rd single "BRAND NEW MORNING / Jealousy Jealousy". The A-sides did not include Sato Masaki, who was still recovering from her injury during the production period.
On March 12, Morning Musume '17 performed in the SKY PerfecTV! Ongakusai 2017.
On March 25, it was announced that Morning Musume '17 and ANGERME would be featured in a Idol Nama Gassen web service game by Asobista, titled Hello! Project Hina Fest Idol Nama Gassen Kunitori Tenka Touitsu Hen. The "live battle" event was held on April 16. A second event only featuring Morning Musume '17, titled Idol Nama Gassen Kunitori Tenka Touitsu Hen ~2017 Natsu no Jin~, took place throughout July and August.
On April 10, Morning Musume '17 was appointed the official Ouen Taishi, or Cheer Ambassadors, of the "Ceka Paka PLAY DREAM CAMPAIGN" for the Nihon Seimei Ce-Pa Koryusen (the Nippon Professional Baseball interleague) that would begin on May 30. Fukumura Mizuki was the leader of the whole campaign while the other 12 members each supported one of the 12 teams and had their own dance movie that was shown at their team's home stadium.
On June 26, it was announced in a special episode of Hello! Project Station that Morito Chisaki had joined the group as a new 14th generation member and concurrent member from Country Girls. She will begin activities with the group in the Hello! Project 2017 SUMMER concert tour and in their upcoming fall tour.
As part of their collaboration with marukome, Morning Musume '17 began airing a weekly 5-minute radio program titled marukome Morning Misoshiru Koeru yo! on July 1 across 38 stations.
On July 15, Morning Musume '17 appeared with new member Morito Chisaki on TBS's Ongaku no Hi 2017 in two pre-recorded performances. Their first performance was solo, and the second was as a special Hello! Project unit with a selection of members from ANGERME, Kobushi Factory, and Tsubaki Factory.
On October 4, they released Morito Chisaki's debut single and Kudo Haruka's last, titled "Jama Shinai de Here We Go! / Dokyuu no Go Sign / Wakain da shi!".
On November 3, a remake of Morning Musume's demo single, titled "Ai no Tane (20th Anniversary Ver.)", was digitally released exactly 20 years after the original. The remake is sung by the original five members and Morning Musume '17 as a special anniversary unit named Morning Musume 20th.
As part of their 20th anniversary celebrations, Morning Musume '17 opened a limited time café named "20 Nenme no Morning Coffee ~Morning Musume 20th ANNIVERSARY CAFE~" at AREA-Q in Harajuku, Tokyo from November 3 to December 10. In addition, the group will collaborate with HMV&BOOKS SHIBUYA to open the "Morning Musume museum -Morning Musume Tanjou 20 Shuunen Kinen-" on the store's 6th floor from November 24 to December 24. The museum will later open at HMV Sakae in Aichi, Nagoya on December 30 through to January 28, 2018.
On December 6, they released their 15th original album, titled ⑮ Thank you, too.
On December 10, they were the surprise guests at the Dai 7kai AKB48 Kouhaku Taikou Utagassen and performed "One・Two・Three". HKT48's Sashihara Rino then joined them on stage for "Utakata Saturday Night!" and their Sashining Musume song "Get you!".
On December 11, Kudo Haruka graduated at Nippon Budokan.
For the second night of Fuji TV's 2017 FNS Kayousai on December 13, Morning Musume '17 performed "Jealousy Jealousy" and a collaboration with Kato Hifumi, a retired pro shogi player nicknamed "Hifumin" who has been a popular guest on variety shows. The five original members also performed "Ai no Tane (20th Anniversary Ver.)" live together for the first time in 18 years.
On January 1, Morning Musume '17 became Morning Musume '18.
On January 28, Morning Musume '18 released the digital single "Hana ga Saku Taiyou Abite".
From February 3 to March 4, the "Morning Musume museum -Morning Musume Tanjou 20 Shuunen Kinen-" was open at HMV&BOOKS HAKATA in Fukuoka. Afterwards, it was open from March 11 to April 15 at HMV Sendai in Miyagi.
On February 12, TV Tokyo aired the Morning Musume 20 Shuunen Kinen Special starring 25 current and former members of Morning Musume: all thirteen Morning Musume '18 members and OG members Nakazawa Yuko, Iida Kaori, Ishiguro Aya, Abe Natsumi, Fukuda Asuka, Yaguchi Mari, Ishikawa Rika, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Tsuji Nozomi, Takahashi Ai, Niigaki Risa, and Michishige Sayumi. The show included a talk corner about group history, a look back at Hello! Morning, and several studio performances.
On March 14, the group attended a press conference to announce a collaboration between au and Hello! Project titled "Oto no VR", which will deliver 360° video and audio content for smartphones, starting with a video of Morning Musume '18 singing "I WISH". That following evening, Morning Musume '18 performed in the second part of the SKY PerfecTV! Ongakusai 2018 alongside Tsubaki Factory.
On June 13, Morning Musume '18 released their 65th single and Ogata Haruna's last, "Are you Happy? / A gonna".
On June 20, Ogata graduated at Nippon Budokan.
On June 27, Morning Musume '18 performed "Are you Happy?" and a group of eight Morning Musume OG members performed a special medley in the TV Tokyo Music Festival 2018. Morning Musume '18 also performed in TBS's Ongaku no Hi 2018 on July 14 and the 2018 FNS Uta no Natsu Matsuri on July 25.
On August 12, they performed at rockin'on presents ROCK IN JAPAN FES.2018 on the Lake Stage.
On August 17, 10th generation member and sub-leader Iikubo Haruna announced her graduation from Morning Musume '18 and Hello! Project at the end of the Morning Musume '18 Concert Tour Aki ~GET SET, GO!~.
On September 14, they announced a collaboration with Caribadix, an anime short series produced by Sanrio and rockin'on about a group of animals who form a rock band. Morning Musume '18 would become cheer characters named "Gaokkii" who appear in each of the 12 members' colors with their symbolic motif. The characters are featured in goods sold at the Morning Musume '18 Concert Tour Aki ~GET SET, GO!~ and also in stores.
On December 12, they performed on the second night of Fuji TV's 2018 FNS Kayousai.
They were invited to performed in the year-end music show MelodiX! Special 2018 on December 27 which was co-hosted by former 3rd generation member Goto Maki, as well as the CDTV Special! Toshikoshi Premier Live 2018→2019 on December 31.
During the Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2018 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~ on December 31, 10th generation member Ishida Ayumi was appointed as a new sub-leader of the group.
On January 1, Morning Musume '18 became Morning Musume '19.
During the opening concert of the Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Hello! Project 2019 WINTER tour on January 2, the Morning Musume '19 LOVE Audition in search of 15th generation member(s) to join the group was announced.
On March 20, they released the compilation album Best! Morning Musume 20th Anniversary.
On June 12, the group released their 67th single "Jinsei Blues / Seishun Night".
On June 22, the 15th generation were announced in a YouTube live stream on Morning Musume's official channel at 5:00 PM JST. The winners of the Morning Musume '19 LOVE Audition were Okamura Homare and Kitagawa Rio, while a third member, Yamazaki Mei, was selected from Hello Pro Kenshuusei Hokkaido. They were introduced on stage during the Hello! Project 2019 SUMMER concert tour from July 13 and would begin performing with the group in the Morning Musume '19 Concert Tour Aki.
On August 10, Morning Musume '19 performed at rockin'on presents ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2019 on the GRASS STAGE. With a capacity of over 60,000 people, this was their largest audience to date.
On September 12, they performed in the NHK WORLD-JAPAN presents SONGS OF TOKYO Festival 2019.
On January 1, Morning Musume '19 became Morning Musume '20.
On January 22, they released their 68th single, "KOKORO&KARADA / LOVEpedia / Ningen Kankei No way way".
On February 19, they appeared as guests at choreographer YOSHIKO's event YOSHIKO-sensei Hello Pro Furitsuke 20shuunen Kinen team445 Dummy Fes. ~"Kiiroi Osora de BOOM BOOM BOOM" kara 20nen☆Furitsuke Zen 494 Kyoku kara Episode Digest~ at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo.
On May 27, they participated in WebTVAsia's ONE LOVE ASIA CONCERT, which was a remote concert featuring some of the biggest stars across key Asian countries. It was live-streamed through YouTube in the midst of the #stayhome and #withme movements to raise funds for UNICEF Asia in support of families affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Morning Musume '20 was one of the few acts representing Japan alongside EXILE AKIRA and AKB48 and their sister groups.
On December 16, they released their 69th single, "Junjou Evidence / Gyuusaretai Dake na no ni".
On March 31, they released their 16th studio album 16th ~That's J-POP~.
On September 24, it was announced that 10th generation member Sato Masaki will be graduating from the group and Hello! Project on December 13 at Nippon Budokan due to health reasons. She is set to continue her activities in the show business as a soloist after graduation.
On December 8, they will release their 70th single, Teenage Solution / Yoshi Yoshi Shite Hoshii no / Beat no Wakusei, which will be also Sato's last single.
Group Name Origin
The name "Morning Musume" comes from various notions such as abundance, multitude, like the breakfast set you can receive with many elements on it.
- 87 - the sum of the original members' ages.
- Todoufu (都道府) - from the last kanji of the original members' home prefectures (Tokyo [東京都], Hokkaido [北海道], and Kyoto [京都府]).
- Takoyaki Sisters (たこ焼きシスターズ)
- Tabehoudai (食べ放題) - meaning "all-you-can-eat buffet"
- Viking (バイキング) - another word for "buffet"
- Morning (モーニング)
- Morning Service (モーニングサービス)
The "。" (called a 句点, kuten) originated from ASAYAN's custom of adding periods to the end of on-screen text. Ninety-nine's Okamura Takashi, who hosted the show, asked staff if the period after the name was necessary. However, his comedy partner, Yabe Hiroyuki, gave his own opinion that the name did need it. Thus the "。" stayed as an official part of Morning Musume's name. When asked if the J-pop scene would have been a little different without "。" in the name, Tsunku answered, "It would have changed a whole lot." This is evident by its usage becoming a hot topic and a fad in the 1990s after Morning Musume was formed.
Since their expansion into the Chinese market in 2007, the group officially adopted the name Zǎo Ān Shàonǚ Zǔ in pinyin (早安少女組。; Good Morning Girl Group). In regards to media and tabloids they are sometimes known as Momusu (モー娘。).
Life in the Group
The audition process has been described by Takahashi Ai as involving a training camp of three days and two nights, in which participants were expected to learn a new song, a dance routine and a script. Out of 25,000 applicants, nine were selected for the camp in which Takahashi passed.
The girls are afforded three holidays a year of five days each, in winter, summer and for New Year's.
The group always contains a leader and sub-leader, though neither comes with any real responsibility. Takahashi Ai has said that the role merely includes encouraging other to do their best, while Niigaki Risa has said that as sub-leader, "there is nothing I have to do, but I want to support [the leader]."
The girls tend to spend their social time together, as well as their work time, and have said that they are encouraged to discuss problems if any in-fighting occurs.
The group was a rare case in which the producer, Tsunku, controlled all aspects of the group rather than the manager. According to the management, Tsunku was responsible for producing the songs, concepts, costumes, makeup, live shows, CD-sleeve designs and more. As of late 2014, he is only only in charge of their sound after stepping down as the general producer of Hello! Project including the overall production of Morning Musume.
The first chief manager of the group, and the only manager publicly known to fans, was Wada Kaoru who was Sharam Q's manager prior to becoming in charge of Morning Musume from their formation up to the 4th generation members joining.
Line distribution for live performances, such as when a current member inherits lines from a graduated member, and new recordings are decided by management by listening to all the group members' voices and choosing one that suits it best.
Activities Outside Japan
In addition to already having official fanclubs in Hong Kong, South Korea, and Hawaii, Hello! Project and Morning Musume began actively extending its fan base outside of Japan and primarily into the rest of Asia starting from the middle of 2007 and into 2008.
In March 2007, Morning Musume inducted its first two non-Japanese members from China, Li Chun (Junjun) of Hunan and Qian Lin (Linlin) of Hangzhou. The duo left in 2010 after the group failed to break into China due to piracy levels, leading to the group focusing on European and American fans and performing at anime conventions.
In addition to the unveiling of Hello! Project's Taiwanese website in 2007, Hello! Project also launched the Taiwan H.P. New Star Audition as well. The audition aimed at recruiting new members to join Hello! Project as Hello Pro Egg members. At this audition, Morning Musume also performed as well.
The TV show Morning Musume New Star aired on Taiwan's TTV network every Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 pm with re-runs Monday to Thursday at 10:15 pm. It ended in mid-August 2008 for re-runs.
On May 24, 2008, Morning Musume held their first concert overseas in Taipei, Taiwan. This was followed by two concerts in Seoul, Korea on June 1, and a concert in Shanghai, China on June 28 as an Expo 2010 pre-event.
In France, Morning Musume music videos are aired on a television channel called Nolife, a channel that features video games and Japanese music.
On February 12, 2009, it was announced that Morning Musume would be attending and performing in the United States at Anime Expo, the nation's largest anime convention, during its 2009 convention, as one of the first official guests of honor. It was also announced that "3, 2, 1 BREAKIN'OUT!", the coupling track of their upcoming single "Shouganai Yume Oibito", would be the official theme song for Anime Expo 2009. The convention was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on July 2 to July 5. Their concert was held on Friday, July 3, with a packed audience of American fans, as well as many foreign fans who traveled to AX for a chance to see them.
In March 2009, all Morning Musume singles and albums, past and present, became available through JapanFiles.com via digital MP3 format in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Their music has since become available on iTunes in most regions.
Morning Musume attended Japan Expo 2010 in Paris, France as guests of honor from July 1 to July 4, 2010. "Tomo", the coupling track to the group's 43rd single, "Seishun Collection", was the event's theme song. They performed a concert on July 2.
In October 2012, Morning Musume members Michishige Sayumi, Tanaka Reina, Fukumura Mizuki, Iikubo Haruna, and Ishida Ayumi held handshake events for Hello! Project's 15th anniversary in Taipei, Taiwan; Bangkok, Thailand; and Paris, France.
On October 5, 2014, Morning Musume '14 performed a concert in New York City in front of 2,000 fans at the Best Buy Theater.
From February 26 to February 28, 2016, Morning Musume '16 were main guests at Anime Matsuri in Houston, Texas to celebrate the convention's 10th anniversary, which took place at the George R. Brown Convention Center. On Friday, February 26, the group appeared in the opening ceremony and held a Q&A session afterwards. Their concert was held on Saturday, February 27, which they performed a total of 16 songs in front of 6,000 people. Former member Mitsui Aika, who had studied English abroad after her graduation, accompanied the group on the trip and was the concert MC.
On October 5, 2016, Morning Musume '16 attended a fan meeting in Seoul, South Korea. Then on October 6, they performed in the MU:CON LIVE AMN Big Concert at DMC Festival 2016, which took place in the Sangam Culture Plaza.
On October 15, 2016, Morning Musume '16 performed "Utakata Saturday Night!" on TVBS's Quan Qiu Zhong Wen Yin Yue Bang Shang Bang (全球中文音樂榜上榜; Global Chinese Music Live), a live Taiwanese music program. The next day on October 16, the group held a live concert in Taipei. Two months before on August 16, members Fukumura Mizuki, Kudo Haruka, and Ogata Haruna visited Taipei for a press event outside of the Red House Theater to promote the concert.
On March 12 and 19, 2017, Morning Musume '17 appeared in the Taiwanese show Riben Tian Nan Di Bei You (日本天南地北遊; Traveling All Over Japan). The group members split into pairs and gave tours to Taiwanese celebrities around Kyushu in the first episode, and Hokkaido and Okinawa in the second episode.
On November 10, 2018, Morning Musume '18 held their first concert in Mexico. A week later, on November 17, they performed in the Anisong World Matsuri at Anime NYC 2018 in New York City, which included a panel and autograph signing session the day before. To promote these two overseas appearances, a YouTube live stream was held on October 5 JST with the members answering fans' questions.
In mid-June 2020, Morning Musume '20 was set to hold an overseas travel tour in Vladivostok, Russia as part of the Japan-Russia Regional Cultural Exchange 2020-2021. On April 21, it was announced that all June concerts and events were cancelled due to the coronavirus.
- See also: Morning Musume Discography
- [1998.07.08] First Time
- [1999.07.28] Second Morning
- [2000.03.23] 3rd -LOVE Paradise-
- [2002.03.27] 4th "Ikimasshoi!"
- [2003.03.26] No.5
- [2004.12.08] Ai no Dai 6kan
- [2006.02.15] Rainbow 7
- [2007.03.21] SEXY 8 BEAT
- [2009.03.18] Platinum 9 DISC
- [2010.03.17] ⑩ MY ME
- [2010.12.01] Fantasy! Juuichi
- [2011.10.12] 12, Smart
- [2012.09.12] ⑬ Colorful Character
- [2014.10.29] 14shou ~The message~
- [2017.12.06] ⑮ Thank you, too
- [2021.03.31] 16th ~That's J-POP~
- Cover Albums
- [2008.11.26] COVER YOU
- Mini Albums
- [2006.12.13] 7.5 Fuyu Fuyu Morning Musume Mini!
- [2018.02.07] Hatachi no Morning Musume (Morning Musume 20th)
- Best Albums
- [2001.01.31] Best! Morning Musume 1
- [2004.03.31] Best! Morning Musume 2
- [2004.12.15] Morning Musume Early Single Box
- [2007.10.24] Morning Musume ALL SINGLES COMPLETE ~10th ANNIVERSARY~
- [2009.10.07] Morning Musume Zen Single Coupling Collection
- [2013.09.25] The Best! ~Updated Morning Musume~
- [2014.03.12] Morning Musume '14 Coupling Collection 2
- [2019.03.20] Best! Morning Musume 20th Anniversary
- Soundtrack Albums
- [1998.09.30] Morning Cop ~Daite HOLD ON ME!~ OST
- [2000.07.05] Pinch Runner Original Soundtrack
- [2001.08.01] Morning Musume no Musical "LOVE Century -Yume wa Minakerya Hajimaranai-"
- [2002.07.17] Morning Musume no Musical "Morning Town"
- [2003.02.14] Koinu Dan no Monogatari Original Soundtrack
- [2003.07.02] Morning Musume Shuen Musical Edokko Chuushingura
- [2006.07.26] Ribbon no Kishi The Musical Song Selection
- [2014.08.06] Engeki Joshibu "LILIUM -Lilum Shoujo Junketsu Kageki-" Original Soundtrack (with S/mileage)
- [2015.07.15] Engeki Joshibu "TRIANGLE" Original Soundtrack
- [2016.07.13] Engeki Joshibu "Zoku 11nin Iru! Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa" Original Soundtrack
- [2017.07.12] Engeki Joshibu "Pharaoh no Haka" Original Soundtrack
- [2018.07.11] Engeki Joshibu "Pharaoh no Haka ~Hebi Ou Sneferu~" Original Soundtrack
- Other Albums
- [2000.06.20] Morning Musume Single Best Hawaii Genteiban
- [2000.12.05] Single Best Hawaii Genteiban
- [2002.07.10] Hawaiian de Kiku Morning Musume Single Collection
- [2002.12.10] 2003-nendo Hawaii Genteiban Single Best
- [2003.08.01] 2003-Nendo Natsu Hawaii Genteiban Single Best
- [2010.06.02] Morning Musume Best of Singles Japan Expo Limited Edition
- [2014.10.05] One・Two・Three to Zero
- [1997.11.03] Ai no Tane (demo)
- [1998.01.28] Morning Coffee
- [1998.05.27] Summer Night Town
- [1998.09.09] Daite HOLD ON ME!
- [1999.02.10] Memory Seishun no Hikari
- [1999.05.12] Manatsu no Kousen
- [1999.07.14] Furusato
- [1999.09.09] LOVE Machine
- [2000.01.26] Koi no Dance Site
- [2000.05.17] Happy Summer Wedding
- [2000.09.06] I WISH
- [2000.12.13] Ren'ai Revolution 21
- [2001.07.25] The☆Peace!
- [2001.10.31] Mr.Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~
- [2002.02.20] Souda! We're ALIVE
- [2002.07.24] Do it! Now
- [2002.10.30] Koko ni Iruzee!
- [2003.02.19] Morning Musume no Hyokkori Hyoutanjima
- [2003.04.23] AS FOR ONE DAY
- [2003.07.30] Shabondama
- [2003.11.06] Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~
- [2004.01.21] Ai Araba IT'S ALL RIGHT
- [2004.05.12] Roman ~MY DEAR BOY~
- [2004.07.22] Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari
- [2004.11.03] Namida ga Tomaranai Houkago
- [2005.01.19] THE Manpower!!
- [2005.04.27] Osaka Koi no Uta
- [2005.07.27] Iroppoi Jirettai
- [2005.11.09] Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookiizo!~
- [2006.03.15] SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~
- [2006.06.21] Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan
- [2006.11.08] Aruiteru
- [2007.02.14] Egao YES Nude
- [2007.04.25] Kanashimi Twilight
- [2007.07.25] Onna ni Sachi Are
- [2007.11.21] Mikan
- [2008.04.16] Resonant Blue
- [2008.09.24] Pepper Keibu
- [2009.02.18] Naichau Kamo
- [2009.05.13] Shouganai Yume Oibito
- [2009.08.12] Nanchatte Ren'ai
- [2009.10.28] Kimagure Princess
- [2010.02.10] Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai
- [2010.06.09] Seishun Collection
- [2010.11.17] Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game
- [2011.04.06] Maji Desu ka Ska!
- [2011.06.15] Only you
- [2011.09.14] Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo!
- [2012.01.25] Pyocopyoco Ultra
- [2012.04.11] Ren'ai Hunter
- [2012.07.04] One・Two・Three / The Matenrou Show
- [2012.10.10] Wakuteka Take a chance
- [2013.01.23] Help me!!
- [2013.04.17] Brainstorming / Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai
- [2013.08.28] Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke / Ai no Gundan
- [2014.01.29] Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa / Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai / What is LOVE?
- [2014.04.16] Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe / Password is 0
- [2014.10.15] TIKI BUN / Shabadaba Doo~ / Mikaeri Bijin
- [2015.04.15] Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru / Yuugure wa Ameagari / Ima Koko Kara
- [2015.08.19] Oh my wish! / Sukatto My Heart / Imasugu Tobikomu Yuuki
- [2015.12.29] Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi / ENDLESS SKY / One and Only
- [2016.05.11] Utakata Saturday Night! / The Vision / Tokyo to Iu Katasumi
- [2016.11.23] Sexy Cat no Enzetsu / Mukidashi de Mukiatte / Sou ja nai
- [2017.03.08] BRAND NEW MORNING / Jealousy Jealousy
- [2017.10.04] Jama Shinai de Here We Go! / Dokyuu no Go Sign / Wakain da shi!
- [2018.06.13] Are you Happy? / A gonna
- [2018.10.24] Furari Ginza / Jiyuu na Kuni Dakara
- [2019.06.12] Jinsei Blues / Seishun Night
- [2020.01.22] KOKORO&KARADA / LOVEpedia / Ningen Kankei No way way
- [2020.12.16] Junjou Evidence / Gyuusaretai Dake na no ni
- [2021.12.08] Teenage Solution / Yoshi Yoshi Shite Hoshii no / Beat no Wakusei
- Digital Singles
- Collaboration Singles
- [2003.01.29] Ganbacchae! / HEY! Mirai (Morning Musume to Hello! Project Kids + Goto Maki) (Single V)
- [2004.12.01] ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL! (H.P. All Stars)
- [2011.06.22] Ai wa Katsu (Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers)
- [2011.11.16] Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku (Hello! Project Mobekimasu)
- [2018.09.26] YEAH YEAH YEAH / Akogare no Stress-free / Hana, Takenawa no Toki (Hello Pro All Stars)
- Other Singles
- [2000.08.12] Wake up Call from MORNING MUSUME.
- [2003.09.15] Hare Ame Nochi Suki ♡ (Morning Musume Sakura Gumi)
- [2003.09.15] Ai no Sono ~Touch My Heart!~ (Morning Musume Otome Gumi)
- [2004.02.25] Sakura Mankai (Morning Musume Sakura Gumi)
- [2004.02.25] Yuujou ~Kokoro no Busu ni wa Naranee!~ (Morning Musume Otome Gumi)
- [2007.01.24] Bokura ga Ikiru MY ASIA (Morning Musume Tanjou 10nen Kinentai)
- [2007.08.08] Itoshiki Tomo e (Morning Musume Tanjou 10nen Kinentai)
- [2010.10.27] Appare! Kaiten Zushi (Muten Musume)
- [2010.12.01] Ramen Revolution 2010 Long Type (digital single)
- [2017.11.03] Ai no Tane (20th Anniversary Ver.) (Morning Musume 20th) (digital single)
- [2018.01.28] Morning Coffee (20th Anniversary Ver.) (Morning Musume 20th) (digital single)
- DVD Magazines
- See the Morning Musume DVD Magazines category page.
- See also: Morning Musume Publications
- [1998.04.27] Morning Musume (Photobook) (モーニング娘。)
- [1999.09.25] Morning Musume 2 Shuu (モーニング娘。2集)
- [2001.01.12] Hamilton Island
- [2002.03.07] Chain! Chain! Chain!
- [2002.03.28] Morning Musume "Gonagoto Photobook" (モーニング娘。｢ゴナゴト フォトブック」)
- [2002.10.17] Morning Musume BEST SHOT!! (モーニング娘。BEST SHOT!!)
- [2003.05.25] Morning Musume 5 Shuunen Kinen Memorial PHOTO BOOK (モーニング娘。5周年記念メモリアルPHOTO BOOK)
- [2003.10.27] Alo-Hello! Morning Musume Shashinshuu Sakura Gumi & Otome Gumi (アロハロ！モーニング娘。写真集さくら組&おとめ組)
- [2004.11.17] Alo-Hello! Morning Musume Shashinshuu (アロハロ！モーニング娘。写真集)
- [2005.07.26] Digiphoto History 2001-2005 "Morning Channel" (デジフォトヒストリー 2001-2005『モーニングチャンネル』)
- [2006.02.24] Morning Musume ni Osowaru Futsuu Kawaii Menkyokaiden (モーニング娘。に教わるふつうカワイイ免許皆伝)
- [2010.06.09] Alo-Hello! Morning Musume Shashinshuu 2010 (アロハロ！モーニング娘。写真集2010)
- [2011.09.28] Alo-Hello! Morning Musume Shashinshuu 2011 (アロハロ！モーニング娘。写真集2011)
- [2012.11.16] Alo-Hello! Morning Musume Shashinshuu 2012 (アロハロ！モーニング娘。写真集2012)
- [2013.09.30] Morning Musume 15th Anniversary Photobook ZERO (モーニング娘。 15th Anniversary Photobook ZERO)
- [2014.05.30] Michishige Camera '13-'14 (ミチシゲカメラ’13-’14)
- [2014.12.15] Alo-Hello! Morning Musume '14 Shashinshuu (アロハロ！ モーニング娘。'14写真集)
- [2015.02.25] Michishige Camera 2 ~'14 graduation~
- [2018.09.14] Morning Musume '18 Micchaku Documentary Photobook "NO DAY , BUT TODAY 21 Nenme ni Kaita Yumetachi VOL.1" (モーニング娘。'18密着ドキュメンタリーフォトブック『NO DAY , BUT TODAY 21年目に描いた夢たちVOL.1』)
- [2018.09.14] Morning Musume '18 Micchaku Documentary Photobook "NO DAY , BUT TODAY 21 Nenme ni Kaita Yumetachi VOL.2" (モーニング娘。'18密着ドキュメンタリーフォトブック『NO DAY , BUT TODAY 21年目に描いた夢たちVOL.2』)
- [2018.09.14] Morning Musume '18 Micchaku Documentary Photobook "NO DAY , BUT TODAY 21 Nenme ni Kaita Yumetachi VOL.3" (モーニング娘。'18密着ドキュメンタリーフォトブック『NO DAY , BUT TODAY 21年目に描いた夢たちVOL.3』)
- [2018.09.14] Morning Musume '18 Micchaku Documentary Photobook "NO DAY , BUT TODAY 21 Nenme ni Kaita Yumetachi COMPLETE BOX" (モーニング娘。'18密着ドキュメンタリーフォトブック『NO DAY,BUT TODAY 21年目に描いた夢たち COMPLETE BOX』) (includes above VOL.1, VOL.2, VOL.3)
- Concert Photobooks
- [2003.05.29] Live Document Sokuhou Morning Musume (ライブ・ドキュメント速報 モーニング娘。)
- [2003.09.30] Morning Musume in Hello! Project 2003 Natsu (モーニング娘。in Hello! Project 2003夏)
- [2004.02.10] Adventure Morning Musume Sakura Gumi・Otome Gumi (アドベンチャー モーニング娘。さくら組・おとめ組)
- [2004.03.13] Morning Musume in Hello! Project 2004 Winter (モーニング娘。in Hello! Project 2004 Winter)
- [2004.09.28] Morning Musume in Hello! Project 2004 summer (モーニング娘。in Hello! Project 2004 summer)
- [2005.09.22] Morning Musume in Hello! Project 2005 Natsu no Kayou Show ~'05 Selection! Collection!~ ( モーニング娘。in Hello! Project 2005夏の歌謡ショー～'05 セレクション!コレクション!～)
- [2006.04.14] Morning Musume in Hello! Project 2006 Winter (モーニング娘。 in Hello! Project 2006 Winter)
- [2006.09.21] Morning Musume in Hello! Project 2006 Summer (モーニング娘。 in Hello! Project 2006 Summer)
- [2007.06.27] Morning Musume TOKYO NEWS MOOK B.L.T. Tokubetsu Henshuu "Morning Musume Concert Tour 2007 Haru ~SEXY 8 Beat~" (モーニング娘。TOKYO NEWS MOOK B.L.T.特別編集 ｢モーニング娘。コンサートツアー2007春〜SEXY8ビート〜」)
- [2011.02.16] Morning Musume Live Shashinshuu "Rival Survival" ~Kamei Eri・Junjun・Linlin Sotsugyou Special (モーニング娘。ライブ写真集「ライバル サバイバル」 ~亀井絵里・ジュンジュン・リンリン卒業スペシャル~)
- [2011.08.09] Morning Musume Live Shashinshuu "Shin Souseiki Fantasy DX ~9ki Mem wo Mukaete~" (モーニング娘。ライブ写真集「新創世記ファンタジーDX～9期メンを迎えて～」)
- [2011.12.26] Takahashi Ai Sotsugyou Kinen Special Morning Musume Live Shashinshuu Concert Tour -2011 Aki Ai BELIEVE–" (高橋愛 卒業記念スペシャル モーニング娘。ライブ写真集 コンサートツアー ー2011秋 愛BELIEVEー)
- [2012.08.22] Morning Musume Concert Tour 2012 Haru ~Ultra Smart~ Niigaki Risa Mitsui Aika Sotsugyou Special Live Shashinshuu (モーニング娘。コンサートツアー2012春〜ウルトラスマート〜新垣里沙 光井愛佳 卒業スペシャル ライブ写真集)
- [2013.02.12] Morning Musume Live Shashinshuu 2012 Aki "Colorful Character" (モーニング娘。ライブ写真集 2012秋 「カラフルキャラクター」)
- [2013.08.10] Morning Musume Concert Tour 2013 Haru Michishige☆Eleven SOUL ~Tanaka Reina Sotsugyou Kinen Special~ (モーニング娘。コンサートツアー2013春ミチシゲ☆イレブンSOUL in日本武道館 「田中れいな卒業記念日」)
- [2016.01.30] Morning Musume '15 Concert Tour Aki ~PRISM~ Nippon Budokan LIVE Mini Shashinshuu (モーニング娘。'15コンサートツアー秋 ～PRISM～ 日本武道館LIVEミニ写真集)
- Stage Photobooks
- [2001.05.01] Morning Musume Document Shashinshuu "THE LOVE CENTURY" (モーニング娘。ドキュメント写真集『THE LOVE CENTURY』)
- [2002.08.01] Morning Musume Musical Shashinshuu "Morning Town" (モーニング娘。ミュージカル写真集『モーニング・タウン』)
-  Morning Musume 2001nen Calendar (モーニング娘。2001年 カレンダー)
-  Morning Musume 2002nen Calendar (モーニング娘。2002年 カレンダー)
-  Morning Musume 2003nen Calendar (モーニング娘。2003年 カレンダー)
- [2003.11.30] Morning Musume 2004nen Calendar (モーニング娘。2004年 カレンダー)
- [2004.12.10] Morning Musume 2005nen Calendar (モーニング娘。2005年 カレンダー)
- [2005.09.21] Morning Musume 2006nen Calendar (モーニング娘。2006年 カレンダー)
- [2006.09.21] Morning Musume 2007nen Calendar (モーニング娘。2007年 カレンダー)
- [2007.09.24] Morning Musume 2008nen Calendar (モーニング娘。2008年 カレンダー)
- [2008.10.13] Morning Musume 2009nen Calendar (モーニング娘。2009年 カレンダー)
- [2009.10.14] Morning Musume 2010nen Calendar (モーニング娘。2010年 カレンダー)
- [2010.09.22] Morning Musume 2011nen Calendar (モーニング娘。2011年 カレンダー)
- [2011.10.05] Morning Musume 2012nen Calendar (モーニング娘。2012年 カレンダー)
- [2012.09.22] Morning Musume 2013nen Calendar (モーニング娘。2013年 カレンダー)
- [2014.11.15] Morning Musume '15 2015nen Calendar (モーニング娘。’15 2015年 カレンダー)
- [2015.09.11] Morning Musume '16 Calendar (モーニング娘。’16 2016年 カレンダー)
- [2016.09.24] Morning Musume '17 Calendar 2017 (モーニング娘。’17 カレンダー2017)
- [2017.10.05] Morning Musume '18 2018nendo Takujou Calendar (モーニング娘。’18 2018年度卓上カレンダー)
- [2018.xx.xx] Morning Musume '19 2019 Takujou Calendar (モーニング娘。'19 2019卓上カレンダー)
- [2018.xx.xx] Morning Musume '19 A3 Size Calendar (モーニング娘。'19 A3サイズカレンダー)
- [2019.09.21] Morning Musume '20 Takujou Calendar (モーニング娘。’20 卓上カレンダー)
- [1999.05.31] ASAYAN PRESENTS "Morning Musume 5+3-1" (ASAYAN PRESENTS 「モーニング娘。5+3-1」)
- [1999.10.13] Morning Musume 5+3-1 (Takarajima Shabunko) (モーニング娘。5+3-1 (宝島社文庫))
- [2000.05.??] Morning Musume wo Oi Kakero! - Eiga "Pinch Runner" Koushiki Making Book (モーニング娘。を追いかけろ!―映画『ピンチランナー』公式メイキング・ブック)
- [2000.11.25] Morning Musume no Heso Fanbook (モーニング娘。のへそ ファンブック)
- [2002.07.18] Hakoiri Musume (ハコイリ娘。)
- [2002.09.06] Morning Musume Mahou no Heart (モーニング娘。魔法のハート)
- [2002.09.27] Morning Musume x Tsunku♂ (モーニング娘。×つんく♂)
- [2002.12.04] Morning Musume + Hello! Project Kids + Goto Maki in the Movie Koinu Dan no Monogatari (モーニング娘。+ハロー!プロジェクト・キッズ+後藤真希インザムービー 仔犬ダンの物語)
- [2003.01.01] Momusu Uranai (モー娘。占い)
- [2004.06.??] Morning Musume to "Sotokoto" no Acchii Chikyu wo Samasunda Daisakusen (モーニング娘。と「ソトコト」の熱っちい地球を冷ますんだっ。大作戦!)
- [2005.03.25] Morning Musume x Tsunku♂ 2 (モーニング娘。×つんく♂ 2)
- [2007.10.??] Morning Musume Tanjou 10nen Kinen Hon 1997-2007 (モーニング娘。誕生10年記念本―1997-2007)
- [2008.06.30] Morning Musume no Kantan! Chuugokugo Book (モーニング娘。のかんたん！中国語Book)
- [2015.01.20] Morning Musume '14 BOOK "Sayumin no... Oshiete Kouhai!" (モーニング娘。'14BOOK 『さゆみんの… おしえてこうはい！』)
- [2017.12.11] Morning Musume '17 Shijou Drama "Haikei, Haru-senpai! ~Higashi-Azabu Koukou Hakusho~"
- [2018.06.19] Morning Musume 20 Shuunen Kinen Official Book
- Featured in
- [2016.12.08] Aishi no Neko Uranai. -Mori Neko ga Fuku wo Maneku- (愛しの猫占い。 - 守り猫が福を招く -) (commentary by Fukumura Mizuki, Kudo Haruka, Oda Sakura)
-  LOVE Century ~Yume wa Minakerya Hajimaranai~
-  Morning Town
-  Morning Musume Shuen Musical Edokko Chuushingura
-  HELP!! Acchii Chikyuu wo Samasunda.
-  Ribbon no Kishi The Musical
-  Cinderella the Musical
-  Fashionable
-  Reborn ~Inochi no Audition~ (without Michishige Sayumi)
-  Stacies Shoujo Saisatsu Kageki(without Michishige Sayumi)
-  LILIUM -Lilium Shoujo Junketsu Kageki- (without Ikuta Erina and Iikubo Haruna)
-  TRIANGLE
-  Zoku 11nin Iru! Higashi no Chihei, Nishi no Towa
-  Pharaoh no Haka
-  Pharaoh no Haka ~Hebi Ou Sneferu~
- Kohaku Uta Gassen youngest participant – 12 year old Kago Ai from December 31, 2000 (51st) until December 31, 2007, when Hagiwara Mai of ℃-ute at age 11, broke that 7-year record.
- Ninth generation members, Sayashi Riho and Suzuki Kanon, are the first members who joined and were born after the group's formation in 1997.
- All of their singles except for Morning Coffee, Mikan, Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game have ranked in the Oricon Weekly Singles Top 5.
- Kudo Haruka is the youngest person to ever join Morning Musume at the age of 11 (one month from being 12) and auditioning at age 11. She beat Kago Ai's record which was set at the age of 12.
- Fukumura Mizuki is the youngest member to become sub-leader at 16.
- Fukumura Mizuki is the youngest member to become leader of Morning Musume at the age of 18, thus breaking Iida Kaori's record.
- Oricon – Most consecutive number one singles by a female group in Japan (AKB48 Broke their Record)
- Oricon – Most Top 10 singles by a female group in Japan
- Oricon – Most number one singles by a female group in Japan, beating the previous record set by Pink Lady.
- Oricon – Best single selling female group in Japan—18,067,949 copies sold, becoming their fifth Oricon record.
- Oricon – Most consecutive Top 10 singles by a female group in Japan.
- Oricon – First girl group to have their songs put a No. 1 ranking in three consecutive decades. (1990's 2000's and 2010's)
- Longest active girl group in Japan.
- [1998.12.31] 40th Japan Record Awards - Best New Artist
- [1999.03] The Japan Gold Disc Award 1999 - New Artist of the Year Award
- [2013.09] Billboard Japan Music Awards 2013 - Active Artist of the Year 2013
- Not to be mistaken with shuffles units or other separate groups of Hello! Project.
- Tanpopo (1998-2003)
- Petitmoni (1999-2003)
- Minimoni (2000-2004)
- Morning Musume Tanjou 10nen Kinentai (2007)
- Morning Musume 20th (2017-2018)
- Venus Mousse (2002-2003)
- POCKY GIRLS (2002-2003)
- Muten Musume (2010)
- Morimusu (2014)
- Zenryoku Yasai Musume (2014)
- Sashining Musume (2017)
Total Sales Count
|Year||Yearly Group Sales||Yearly Collab Sales||Total Sales|
- Morning Musume Members
- Morning Musume History
- Morning Musume Eras
- Morning Musume Discography
- Morning Musume Concerts & Events
- Morning Musume DVDs
- Morning Musume Publications
- Morning Musume Timeline
- Morning Musume Auditions
- Gallery:Morning Musume
- Gallery:Morning Musume Music Videos
- Morning Musume Dance Formations
- ^ The actual date of Morning Musume's formation is September 7, but the group celebrates their anniversary on September 14, which is the day their name was first announced on ASAYAN.
- Morning Musume Official Profile
- Morning Musume Official YouTube Channel
- Social Media Pages: Facebook, Weibo, Twitter, Instagram
- Discography: Hello! Project, UP-FRONT WORKS
- Wikipedia: Japanese, English, Thai
- projecthello.com: Morning Musume Lyrics
|Hello! Project Shuffle Units|