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UP-FRONT GROUP Telework Gasshou (アップフロントグループ テレワーク合唱; UP-FRONT GROUP Remote Chorus) is a mixed special unit composed of 121 talents from UP-FRONT GROUP. The unit was created in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic in support of essential workers who risk their lives to provide essential services after the Japanese government announced a nationwide state of emergency.[1]

On May 4, 2020, the special unit released a video containing messages to lift the spirits of essential workers and those stuck at home due to quarantine. Included were song covers of "Ai wa Katsu" by KAN, "Naite Ii yo" by Juice=Juice, and "Makenaide" by ZARD.[2][3][4]

Due to the stay at home orders issued by the government, all of the talents participating in the video remotely recorded their parts alone in their individual homes to encourage others to stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, Tokunaga Chinami and Mano Erina recorded their parts of the video from where they reside in New Zealand and Spain respectively.

MembersEdit

Male TalentsEdit

Female TalentsEdit

Hello! Project

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

UP-FRONT GROUP began cancelling events and concerts for its talents starting in late February in consideration of a new policy established by the government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

In early April, the government declared a state of emergency as a result of the pandemic,[1] and UP-FRONT GROUP and its artists cancelled more and more concerts and events as a result. Talents under the company also began slowly increasing their online presence so they could continue to interact with fans and abide by the stay at home orders at the same time.

Examples of this include Kikkawa Yuu accidentally becoming a viral sensation on Twitter for posting pictures of herself meticulously picking apart her food and counting the pieces as her stay at home hobby,[5][6][7][8] as well as BEYOOOOONDS beginning a short video series titled "Ouchi demo Beyonds Gakkou" (お家でもびよんず学校; Beyonds School at Home) on their YouTube channel, where a different member would teach a class on a different subject every morning and afternoon to encourage fans to stay home during the pandemic.[9]

UP-FRONT artists also posted more dance and vocal cover videos through YouTube and other social media, which would naturally lead to the formation of the UP-FRONT GROUP Telework Gasshou.

2020Edit

On February 27, it was announced that all concerts and events up through March 8 were cancelled for all UP-FRONT GROUPS acts in consideration of a new policy established by the government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19] Affected concerts and events include:

On March 4, it was announced that all concerts and events up through March 15 were also cancelled.[20][21][22][23][24] Affected concerts and events include:

On March 6, it was announced that the original plans for the Hello! Project Hina Fes 2020 would be cancelled due to the opening of the Jinguu no Mori Geijutsu Shukusai event being postponed.[25][26] All premiums of the concert were later held on its original planned date, but without an audience at a different venue.[27][28] Similarly, the Kobushi Factory Live 2020 ~The Final Ring!~ was also held without an audience.[29]

On March 11, a new update announced that all concerts and events up through April 5 were cancelled.[30][31][32][33][34][35] Affected concerts and events include:

On March 13, YU-M Entertainment artists Up Up Girls (Kari), Sengoku Minami, Wada Ayaka, and Kikkawa Yuu collaborated for a 25 hour-long television program aired through NicoNico Live Broadcast at 7:30 PM JST titled 25jikanhan Television ~Idol to Mirai e Mukau Basho~.[36] After the conclusion of the pro, YU-M Entertainment announced a crowdfunding project to help invest in their artists' future to make up for postponed or cancelled events due to the coronavirus.[37]

On March 14, 2020, Juice=Juice held Hello! Project's first internet autograph signing session through the website limista for their single "Pop Music / Suki tte Itte yo" due to being unable to hold release events.[38] Later, three internet autograph signing sessions were scheduled for April 1, 4, and 5,[39] and the group also held a mini-live with no audience to help promote the single.[40]

In late March, various events were rescheduled for May, June, or July.[41][42][43][44][45][46] Rescheduled concerts and events include:

On March 26 and 30, it was announced that various birthday events set to be held in the first week of April were cancelled.[47][48] Affected events include

On April 6, it was announced that Arabeyooooonds Nights was postponed to October,[49] and Kumai Yurina Casual Dinner Show 2020 spring ~Enjoy your new life!!~ was postponed to August.[50] All concerts and events for the rest of April would be cancelled as well.[51] Affected concerts and events include:

On April 12, it was announced that the DVD releases for Morning Musume '19 Concert Tour Aki ~KOKORO&KARADA~, LIVE BEYOOOOOND1St, and Suzuki Airi LIVE PARTY No Live, No Life? would be postponed to May 20.[52]

On April 14, it was announced that all May concerts and events would be cancelled.[53][54][55][56][57][58] Affected concerts and events include:

On April 17, PINK CRES. held an internet autograph signing session livestreamed through YouTube to promote "Roulette". Natsuyaki Miyabi was absent due to poor condition from allergies.[59] They also held a campaign in March through social media where fans could use the hashtag "#PINKRoulette" with a short message on the appeals of PINK CRES. to spread word of the group.[60]

On April 21, it was announced that the June all concerts and events were also cancelled.[61][62][63]

On May 4, 121 talents under UP-FRONT GROUP came together remotely from the safety of their homes to form UP-FRONT GROUP Telework Gasshou and sing song covers of "Ai wa Katsu" by KAN, "Naite Ii yo" by Juice=Juice, and "Makenaide" by ZARD in support of everyone working during the coronavirus pandemic.[2][3][4]

On May 24, the current members of Hello! Project collaborated remotely under the name "Hello Pro All Stars Telework Gasshou" to sing a cover of "Dekkai Uchuu ni Ai ga Aru" by Morning Musume.[64]

On June 15, after months of concerts and events being cancelled due to the coronavirus, UP-FRONT PROMOTION announced their plans for the annual summer concerts.[65]

SongsEdit

Cover SongsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. 2.0 2.1 "アップフロントグループ テレワーク合唱「愛は勝つ」「泣いていいよ」「負けないで」" (in Japanese). UP-FRONT Channel (via YouTube). 2020-05.04.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "アップフロントグループ所属タレント121名がリモート参加!" (in Japanese). UP-FRONT CREATE. 2020-05-04.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "アップフロントグループ、所属タレント121名の合唱で新型コロナ最前線で働く人々を応援" (in Japanese). natalie. 2020-05-04.
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  14. "3月3日(火) 3月3日(火) 清水佐紀・須藤茉麻・熊井友理奈FCイベント「普通、この日なしではやってらんないでしょ!?」開催延期のお知らせ" (in Japanese). M-line club. 2020-02-27.
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  29. "3月30日 こぶしファクトリー ライブ2020 ~The Final Ring!~ (@ TOKYO DOME CITY HALL)公演に関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2020-03-23.
  30. "コンサートツアー、ライブハウス、ディナーショー、定期公演の開催中止のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2020-03-11.
  31. "3月27日(金) 『工藤遥ファンクラブイベント10周年公演3月 ~代々木GOLD!~』開催延期のお知らせ" (in Japanese). M-line club. 2020-03-11.
  32. "PINK CRES.ライブツアー中止のお知らせ" (in Japanese). PINK CRES. 2020-03-11.
  33. "【3/11更新】ファンクラブイベント・コンサート 開催中止のお知らせ" (in Japanese). UP-FC. 2020-03-11.
  34. "上々軍団 3/26音楽ライブ公演見合わせのご案内" (in Japanese). UP-FRONT CREATE. 2020-03-11.
  35. "Lovelys公演の開催中止のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Lovelys Official Blog. 2020-03-11.
  36. "YU-Mエンターテインメントタレント総出演の25時間半番組、配信決定!" (in Japanese). YU-M Entertainment. 2020-03-12.
  37. "YU-Mエンターテインメント、クラウドファンティングを立ち上げ!!" (in Japanese). YU-M Entertainment. 2020-03-14.
  38. "Juice=Juice 2020/4/1発売 13thCDシングル発売記念インターネットサイン会3/14開催決定!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2020-03-05.
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  41. "新型コロナウイルス感染拡大に伴う中止及び振替公演のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2020-03-27.
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