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Morning Musume '15
Morning Musume '15 promoting "Oh my wish!"
Former Names Morning Musume (1997-2013)
Morning Musume '14 (2014)
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genre Japanese Pop
Years Active 1997-present
Choreographer YOSHIKO
Singing Instructor Marron
Labels URANEBA RECORD (1997)
One Up Music (1998)
Zetima (1998-present)
Agency UP-FRONT AGENCY (1997-2012)
UP-FRONT PROMOTION (2012-present)
Associated Acts DIY♡, Harvest, HI-FIN, Jurin, ODATOMO, Oha Girl Maple, Peaberry, Sato no Akari, Shugo Chara Egg!, Tomoiki Ki wo Uetai, Triplet, Reborn Eleven, Hello Pro Kenshuusei, Mobekimasu, Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers
Acts Featuring Former Members
Morning Musume Otome Gumi, Morning Musume Sakura Gumi, Morning Musume Tanjou 10nen Kinentai, Dream Morning Musume, Muten Musume, Afternoon Musume, Coconuts Musume, Country Musume, Ice Creamusume, Tanpopo, Petitmoni, Minimoni, Ecomoni, ABCHO, Hangry & Angry, POCKY GIRLS, Rainbow Pink, Venus Mousse, W, Aa!, Athena & Robikerottsu, DEF.DIVA, Ex-ceed!, GAM, Gomattou, GREEN FIELDS, Guardians 4, High-King, Kira☆Pika, LoVendoЯ, MilkyWay, Nochiura Natsumi,Ongaku Gatas, PEACE$TONE, ROMANS, v-u-den, ZYX, Shuffle units, Wonderful Hearts, Elder Club
Members Morning Musume Members

Morning Musume Logo (1997-2013)

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Morning Musume (モーニング娘。; Morning Girls), currently known as Morning Musume '15 (モーニング娘。'15, read as Morning Musume One-Five), 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.

Their combined CD and DVD sales exceed 21 million copies in Japan alone. Their producer, Tsunku, is 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.

The group is known for their ever-fluctuating line-up, with "graduations" and auditions held nearly every year. 

Currently, they are one of the most successful Japanese pop idol girl groups, holding the second highest overall single sales (of a female group) on the Oricon charts as of February 2012, with the Oricon record of most top ten singles with an amount of 57. Morning Musume also is the biggest DVD seller in the female group category in Japan.

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]


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Main article: Morning Musume Members
Ninth Generation (2011)
Tenth Generation (2011)
Eleventh Generation (2012)
Twelfth Generation (2014)


Main article: Morning Musume History


Japanese producer Tsunku started the group through an audition for a female rock vocalist for his band Sharan Q.[6] Tsunku decided to form a girl group consisting of five of the runners-up: Nakazawa Yuko, Abe Natsumi, Iida Kaori, Fukuda Asuka, and Ishiguro Aya. They were issued a challenge to sell 50,000 copies of their demo single, "Ai no Tane," with just five days of promotion events.[6] They managed the feat in four promotion days (spread out over November) in a very grassroots manner.

In 1998, the girls were ready with their first official single, "Morning Coffee." The success of this single (hitting #6 on the Japanese pop charts) brought them three new members known as the second generation: Yasuda Kei, Yaguchi Mari, and Ichii Sayaka, bringing the total member count to eight.

On December 31, 1998, Morning Musume won the Japan Record Award for "Best New Artist." 


Eager to add new life to the group, Tsunku held auditions for a third generation of Morning Musume. Two girls were expected to be admitted, but ultimately only Goto Maki was added. The group's seventh single, "LOVE Machine," sold 1,730,000 copies, making it a major hit. 

in 2000, Koi no Dance Site was released and it hit #2, selling over a million copies—400,000 copies away from reaching Love Machine's success. Ishiguro Aya left the group before the single was released.

There was also a new generation search. The fourth generation consisted of 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 January, the best selling Hello! Project album to date, at 2,259,510 copies, was released: Best! Morning Musume 1.

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, 2003, "Souda! We're ALIVE," another hit, was released.

Goto Maki's graduated late in the year, her last single with the group was Do it! Now

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.

Before the auditions for the sixth generation were held, the group released the album No.5

Four new girls were added as the sixth generation: Fujimoto Miki, Kamei Eri, Michishige Sayumi, and Tanaka Reina. The sixth generation's first single was Shabondama.

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.

In November, Morning Musume released Namida ga Tomaranai Houkago. Following this single, Morning Musume EARLY SINGLE BOX was released.

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 single was THE Manpower!!

In February, Tsunku started another audition for Morning Musume's seventh generation. This audition resulted with one new member, Kusumi Koharu.

On April 27, the group's twenty-sixth 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 were going to graduate. Their last single was Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii Jan.

Tsunku also announced the audition for the eighth generation, called Morning Musume Happy 8 Audition. On December 10th's Hello! Morning, it was announced that the newest member was Mitsui Aika.

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 3½ years . Their first mini-album, 7.5 Fuyu Fuyu Morning Musume Mini!, was released in December. 


In February, the first single with eighth generation member Mitsui Aika was released, Egao YES Nude.

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 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.


in 2008, this was the first year in which there were no changes in Morning Musume's lineup.

In March, 2009, all Morning Musume singles and albums, past and present, became available through via digital MP3 format in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Morning Musume released their 39th single, Shouganai Yume Oibito, on May 13, attaining the #1 position on Oricon's weekly chart, the first time since their single "Aruiteru" in 2006.

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 2010, their 44th single, Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game, was released on November 17. This was the last single to feature Kamei Eri, Junjun and Linlin.

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 ninth 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.[7][8] 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.

On January 9th, an announcement was made that leader Takahashi Ai would be graduating from Morning Musume and Hello! Project at the group's Autumn 2011 concert (on September 30). Morning Musume released their 47th single on September 14. This was the last single to feature Takahashi Ai

On August 26, Morning Musume 5th generation member's, Takahashi Ai and Niigaki Risa celebrated 10 years as members of the group.

The tenth generation members were introduced on September 29th. Iikubo Haruna, Ishida Ayumi, Sato Masaki, and Kudo Haruka.[9] 

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. 


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, "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 Mitsui Aika and Niigaki Risa would be graduating from Morning Musume 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.

On May 18, Michishige Sayumi was announced as Morning Musume's 8th Leader, succeeding Niigaki Risa. The same day the Morning Musume Eleventh Generation Auditions were set to begin.[10][11]

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.[12]

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's 15th Anniversary Concert Tour rehearsal, Hello! Pro Kenshuusei Member, Oda Sakura, passed the 11th Generation Auditions, making her the sole 11th Generation member. 


On January 19, both Michishige Sayumi and Tanaka Reina officially celebrated 10 full years as members of Morning Musume.

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, 12th generation auditions 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 2nd 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 number 1.

On May 21, the day of Tanaka Reina's graduation, Fukumura Mizuki and Iikubo Haruna were appointed sub-leaders of Morning Musume.[4]

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 January 1, Morning Musume began the new year with their new group name, Morning Musume '14.[13][14].

On January 21, Tsunku announced at the Presentation Spring 2014 that Morning Musume would be part of a commercial along with comedians Morisanchuu, forming a new 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?". This was their first single released as Morning Musume '14.[13][15]. The single peaked at #1 on the Oricon charts, becoming their fourth #1 single in a row – the longest streak of number ones in the group's history.

In February, Morning Musume '14 cheered and sang an official song produced by Tsunku, titled "Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai," for the 2014 Sochi Olympics Japanese Team.

On March 15, the 12th generation auditions were re-held as Morning Musume '14 <Golden> Audition!.

On March 30, NHK BS Premium aired a four hour special on Morning Musume's history and their 55 singles.

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. She would be graduating at their Fall 2014 concert tour.[16][17][18][19][20][21] On August 16, it was announced that the last date of the tour would take place on November 26, 2014 at Yokohama Arena.[22]

On May 29, a second in-group unit was formed. The unit, named Zenryoku Yasai Musume, will be promoting KAGOME vegetable juice.

The 12th Generation members were officially revealed on September 30. They are Ogata Haruna, Nonaka Miki, Makino Maria, and Haga Akane. This was their biggest line up since 2004.

On October 15, Morning Musume '14 released their 57th single "TIKI BUN / Shabadaba Doo~ / Mikaeri Bijin". It is the final single featuring 6th generation member Michishige Sayumi.[22]

On October 29, Morning Musume '14 released their 14th studio album 14shou ~The message~. It was the last album to feature Michishige Sayumi, as well as the last to feature a 6th generation member.

On November 14th, 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 would be announced on December 29 on the audition program BIG CHANCE, one of FujiTV’s end of the year specials. To enter the audition, one must submit a three minute video. The audition was open to any nationality. Both amateurs and professionals were welcome to apply.[23]

On November 26, Michishige Sayumi graduated, appointing Fukumura Mizuki as the leader of Morning Musume and both Iikubo Haruna and Ikuta Erina were appointed sub-leaders of Morning Musume.

On December 28th, it was announced that Morning Musume’s 12th generation members would start their own radio show on FM-FUJI titled Morning Musume. ’15 12ki Nikki and would start airing on January 4, 2015.[24]


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 February 14, it was announced that Iikubo Haruna would be the official mentor to the 12th generation, bringing back the mentor system.

On April 15, Morning Musume '15 released their 58th single, Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru / Yuugure wa Ameagari / Ima Koko Kara. This was the 12th generation's debut single.

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 will gathered together for a 4-song medley including “Daite HOLD ON ME!”, LOVE Machine”, “Koi no Dance Site” and “Happy Summer Wedding”.[25]

On August 19, Morning Musume '15 released their 59th single, Oh my wish! / Sukatto My Heart / Imasugu Tobikomu Yuuki.

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.

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.[6] 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.[6]

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]".[6]

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 is a rare case in which the producer, Tsunku, controls all aspects of the group rather than the manager. According to the management, Tsunku is responsible for producing the songs, concepts, costumes, makeup, live shows, CD-sleeve designs and more.

Activities outside Japan

In addition to already having official fan clubs 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 EXPOs.[6]

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.

Morning Musume also held their 10th Anniversary Live Tour in Korea in June 2008.

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.[1] 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.

Morning Musume attended and performed at Japan Expo 2010 in Paris, France as guests of honor. "Tomo," the coupling track to the group's 43rd single, "Seishun Collection", was the event's theme song.

On October 5, 2014, they performed in New York City in front of 2,000 fans.


For more of singles and albums, please visit Morning Musume Discography

  1. [1998.07.08] First Time
  2. [1999.07.28] Second Morning
  3. [2000.03.23] 3rd -LOVE Paradise-
  4. [2002.03.27] 4th "Ikimasshoi!"
  5. [2003.03.26] No.5
  6. [2004.12.08] Ai no Dai 6kan
  7. [2006.02.15] Rainbow 7
  8. [2007.03.21] SEXY 8 BEAT
  9. [2009.03.18] Platinum 9 DISC
  10. [2010.03.17] 10 MY ME
  11. [2010.12.01] Fantasy! Juuichi
  12. [2011.10.12] 12, Smart
  13. [2012.09.12] 13 Colorful Character
  14. [2014.10.29] 14shou ~The message~
Cover Albums
  1. [2008.11.26] COVER YOU
Extended Plays
  1. [2006.12.13] 7.5 Fuyu Fuyu Morning Musume Mini!
Best Albums
  1. [2001.01.31] Best! Morning Musume 1 (ベスト! モーニング娘。1)
  2. [2004.03.31] Best! Morning Musume 2 (ベスト! モーニング娘。2)
  3. [2004.12.15] Morning Musume Early Single Box (モーニング娘。EARLY SINGLE BOX)
  4. [2007.10.24] Morning Musume ALL SINGLES COMPLETE ~10th ANNIVERSARY~ (モーニング娘。ALL SINGLES COMPLETE ~10th ANNIVERSARY~)
  5. [2009.10.07] Morning Musume Zen Single Coupling Collection
  6. [2010.06.02] Morning Musume Best of Singles Japan Expo Limited Edition
  7. [2013.09.25] The Best! ~Updated Morning Musume~
  8. [2014.03.12] Morning Musume '14 Coupling Collection 2
  9. [2014.10.05] One・Two・Three to Zero
Other Albums

Collaboration Singles
Other Singles

  • [2000.04.26] Hello! Project - Petit Best ~Ki Ao Aka~ (プッチベスト~黄青あか~) (#8 LOVE Machine (analog remix), #9 Koi no Dance Site (PANDART SASANOOOHA Remix))
  • [2001.12.19] Hello! Project - Petit Best 2 ~3, 7, 10~ (プッチベスト2~三・7・10~) (#8 Ren'ai Revolution 21 (Chou Chou Chou cool remix))
  • [2002.10.30] Hello! Project - CLUB Hello! TRANCE REMIX (#1 The☆Peace! (TRANCE REMIX), #5 DANCE suru no da! (TRANCE REMIX), #7 Furusato (TRANCE REMIX), #8 Ikimasshoi! (TRANCE REMIX), #10 LOVE Machine (TRANCE REMIX), #11 Ren'ai Revolution 21 (TRANCE REMIX), #13 Daite HOLD ON ME! (TRANCE REMIX), #14 Do it! Now (TRANCE REMIX))
  • [2002.12.18] Hello! Project - Petit Best 3 (プッチベスト3) (#4 Do it! Now (CRAZY SODA REMIX))
  • [2003.12.17] Hello! Project - Petit Best 4 (プッチベスト4) (#17 Shabondama (asia mix))
  • [2004.12.22] Hello! Project - Petit Best 5 (プッチベスト5) (#2 Roman ~MY DEAR BOY~ (Let's Have a Dance Remix))
  • [2005.12.21] Hello! Project - Petit Best 6 (プッチベスト6) (#2 Iroppoi Jirettai, #15 Chokkan ~Toki to Shite Koi wa~ (LIVE Ver.), #16 HELP!! ~Ecomoni no Acchii Chikyuu wo Samasunda.~ 2005 - Ecomoni & Morning Musume)
  • [2006.12.20] Hello! Project - Petit Best 7 (プッチベスト7) (#1 Morning Musume Mega Mix 30 (Radio Edit), #17 Ready Go! - Morning Musume, DEF.DIVA, Berryz Koubou)
  • [2007.12.12] Hello! Project - Petit Best 8 (プッチベスト8) (#2 Kanashimi Twilight)
  • [2008.12.10] Hello! Project - Petit Best 9 (プッチベスト9) (#1 Resonant Blue)
  • [2009.12.02] Hello! Project - Petit Best 10 (プッチベスト10) (#1 Shouganai Yume Oibito)
  • [2010.12.15] Hello! Project - Petit Best 11 (プッチベスト11) (#1 Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai, #11 Ramen Revolution 2010 Long Type)
  • [2011.12.21] Hello! Project - Petit Best 12 (プッチベスト12) (#1 Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku - Mobekimasu, #3 Maji Desu ka Ska!, #4 Only you, #5 Jishin Motte Yume wo Motte Tobitatsu Kara - Takahashi Ai)
  • [2012.12.05] Hello! Project - Petit Best 13 (プッチベスト13) (#1 Ren'ai Hunter, #2 One•Two•Three, #14 Egao ni Namida ~THANK YOU! DEAR MY FRIENDS~ - Niigaki Risa, #16 The Matenrou Show (TYPE 0))
  • [2013.12.11] Hello! Project - Petit Best 14 (プッチベスト14) (#1 Help me!!, #2 Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke, #10 Rock no Teigi)
  • [2014.01.01] Hello! Project - Hello! Project no Zenkyoku kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol. 1 (ハロー!プロジェクトの全曲から集めちゃいました! Vol.1 アイドル三十六房編(南波一海×嶺脇育夫)) (#1 Egao YES Nude (Album Mix), #6 Popcorn Love!, #8 Aki Urara, #11 Nebou desu. Date na no ni..., #17 The Matenrou Show (TYPE 0)) (Limited Release)
  • [2014.01.01] Hello! Project - Hello! Project no Zenkyoku kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol. 2 (ハロー!プロジェクトの全曲から集めちゃいました! Vol.2 吉田豪編) (#4 Rikaishite > Onna no Ko, #14 Lalala no Pipipi , #19 Kimagure Zetsubou Arigatou) (Limited Release)


  • [1998.09.30] Morning Cop ~Daite HOLD ON ME!~ (モーニング刑事。~抱いてHOLD ON ME!~)
  • [2001.02.21] Pinch Runner (ピンチランナー)
  • [2002.03.15] Nama Tamago (ナマタマゴ)
  • [2002.07.17] Tokkaekko (とっかえっ娘)
  • [2002.12.31] Hamtaro the Movie 2 (劇場版とっとこハム太郎 ハムハムハムージャ!幻のプリンセス, Gekijo-ban Tottoko Hamutaro Ham-Ham Hamuja Maboroshi no Princess)
  • [2003.06.21] Koinu Dan no Monogatari (仔犬ダンの物語)
  • [2011.02.05] Keitai Deka The Movie 3: Morning Musume Kyuushutsu Daisakusen! ~ Pandora no Hako no Himitsu~ (ケータイ刑事 THE MOVIE3 モーニング娘。救出大作戦!~パンドラの箱の秘密)
  • [2011.11.12] Sharehouse (シェアハウス)



  • Kōhaku Uta Gassen (紅白歌合戦) youngest participant – 12 year old Kago Ai (51st Kōhaku) from December 31, 2000 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)[26]
  • Longest active girl group in Japan.


  • Morning Musume is the 7th best selling girl group in the world.
  • According to MADAME NOIRE they are in #8 for the Best-Selling Girl Groups of all time, as of October 17, 2011.
  • They are the most requested act from the J-MELO-Team.
  • The average age of the group since early January 2015, is 15.69 years.
  • They are the only main group in the current line-up not to release 5 singles in one year.
  • Since their expansion into the Chinese market in 2007, the group officially adopted the name Jou An Sao Nu Jou (Zǎo Ān Shào Nǚ Zǔ, 早安少女組。; good morning girl's group).[27] In regards to media and tabloids they are sometimes known as Momusu (モー娘。).
  • When creating the name for the group, other names Tsunku considered include:[28]
    • 87 - the sum of the original members' ages.
    • Todoufu (都道府) - from the kanji of the 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)
  • Their Sub Group Petitmoni was the only Sub Group from Morning Musume to debut at #1 and sell more than 1,000,000 copies.
  • Fukumura Mizuki was the first former Hello Pro Kenshuusei to become sub-leader and current leader of Morning Musume, she was also the youngest leader the group has ever had.
  • Fukuda Asuka and Goto Maki sang solo lines in every A-side of the singles since their debut until their graduation.
  • 1st Generation member Fukuda Asuka is the only former member that has never participated in any type of unit or subgroup during her time in Hello! Project.
  • Fujimoto Miki is the only Morning Musume leader not to be leader within a single.
  • Takahashi Ai has had the lead vocals in singles the most often while she was a member.
  • To date, 4 songs reached more than a million sold copies (LOVE Machine , Koi no Dance Site , Happy Summer Wedding & Ren'ai Revolution 21).
  • There have only been seven singles to reach #1 not led by a first generation member: 31st, 39th, 52nd, 53rd, 54th, 55th and 56th.
  • Girls' Generation member Sooyoung is a fan of Morning Musume. Sooyoung and SNSD members Jessica, Tiffany, and Taeyeon have gone to a Morning Musume concert in Korea in the past.
  • Their official YouTube channel has 117,779,236+ channel views, 180,000+ subscribers, 13 videos with 1,000,000+ views, 9 videos with 2,000,000+ views, 2 videos with 3,000,000+ views, 2 videos with 4,000,000+ views, 1 video with 5,000,000+ and 6,000,000+.[29]
  • Korean group After School are fans of Morning Musume.
  • Yasuda Kei is the only sub-leader to have never become the leader.
  • Michishige Sayumi, along with Iida Kaori, are the only leaders to have never been sub-leaders.
  • They are the second group in Hello! Project to release a triple A-side single, the first being Juice=Juice.
  • Ikuta Erina and Ishida Ayumi are the only members born in the same year as the year the group was formed in 1997.
  • 2011 is the only year during which two generations were added, the 9th and 10th generations.
  • All of the 12th Generation members wear glasses.
  • Morning Musume '15 is the first lineup in which there are 4 full generations (meaning no generation is missing members due to graduation) in the group at the same time.


  • [1998.12.31] 40. Japan Record Awards 1998 - "Best New Artist"
  • [2013.09.xx] 50. Billboard Japan Music Awards 2013 - "Active Artist of the Year 2013"[30]


Not to be mistaken with shuffles units or other separate groups of Hello! Project.

Splinter Groups


Total Sales Count

Year Group Sales Collaboration Sales Total Sales
1997 50,000 0 50,000
1998 1,466,860 0 1,516,860
1999 3,367,161 0 4,884,021
2000 5,689,222 0 10,573,243
2001 3,951,718 0 14,524,961
2002 1,961,143 0 16,486,104
2003 1,153,935 31,628   17,671,667
2004 907,593 61,440   18,640,700
2005 488,144 0 19,128,844
2006 357,373 0 19,486,217
2007 391,759 0 19,877,976
2008 189,828 0 20,067,804
2009 308,767 0 20,376,571
2010 226,653 0 20,603,224
2011 200,989 58,924 20,863,137
2012 320,955 0 21,184,092
2013 410,310 0 21,594,402
2014 502,154 6,923 22,103,479
2015 0+ 0+ TBA

See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Robert Michael Poole. "Anime conventions still set trends." The Japan Times. 2009-06-26 (Archived 2014-01-16).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Takahashi Ai's Ameba Blog. Post Title "Morning Musume no Senaka"
  3. 3.0 3.1 "モーニング娘。13枚目ニューアルバム9月発売、そしてメンバー・飯窪春菜から重大(!?)発表" (in Japanese). De☆View by Oricon. 2012-07-30.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "モーニング娘。田中れいな、「おつかれいな!」と笑顔でグループ卒業" (in Japanese). My Navi News. 2013-05-22.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Poole, Robert Michael. "Morning Musume not ready to graduate yet". Japan Times. 2009-03-13
  7. "モーニング娘。第9期メンバー決定!!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2011-01-02.
  8. Fukumura Mizuki. "譜久村聖に関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2011-01-07.
  10. "道重さゆみ : モー娘。8代目リーダーに就任" (in Japanese). Mantan Web. 2012-05-18.
  11. "道重さゆみ、モー娘。新リーダーに就任 “自過剰キャラ”でも「さすがに不安」" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2012-05-19.
  12. "STAGE REPORT" (in Japanese). Girls Award 2012 Spring/Summer. 2012.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Tsunku. "モーニング娘。に関してのお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2013-12-06.
  14. ustar. "Morning Musume to change their name to Morning Musume. '14". tokyohive. 2013-12-06.
  15. ustar. "Morning Musume to change their name to Morning Musume. '14". tokyohive. 2013-12-06.
  16. Ohama Minoru, Michishige Sayumi, Tsunku. "モーニング娘。'14 道重さゆみに関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2014-04-29.
  17. "モーニング娘。'14・道重さゆみ、卒業を発表" (in Japanese). BARKS. 2014-04-29.
  18. "モーニング娘。'14道重さゆみ、秋ツアーを最後に卒業" (in Japanese). Natalie. 2014-04-29.
  19. "モー娘。道重さゆみが卒業を発表「次の世代にバトンタッチ」" (in Japanese). Oricon Style. 2014-04-29.
  20. "つんく♂、道重の卒業“美学”に親心 「彼女の卒業までさらなる応援を」と呼びかけ" (in Japanese). Oricon Style. 2014-04-29.
  21. "道重さゆみがモー娘。卒業を発表! 今秋の単独ツアー最終日で" (in Japanese). SANSPO. 2014-04-29.
  22. 22.0 22.1 "モーニング娘。道重、11月の横アリで卒業" (in Japanese). 2014-08-16.
  27. Morning Musume Profile (Chinese):
  28. ASAYAN (archived)

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