Umeda Erika (梅田えりか) is a Japanese singer. She is a former model signed to ILLUME, as well as a former member of Hello! Project and Hello! Project Kids, and also a former member of the group ℃-ute. She joined Hello! Project Kids in 2002 through the audition and was later put into ℃-ute in 2005. Umeda has also been a member of the group ZYX in 2003 and its revival in 2009. In 2009 she left Hello! Project to become a model, but in 2013 she returned to singing as a solo artist. She released her debut album in 2014.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Umeda Erika, October 2013

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Early Life[edit | edit source]

Umeda Erika was born on May 24, 1991 in Kanagawa, Japan.

Prior to joining Hello! Project Kids, Umeda was a student at Up-Front Music School.

2002[edit | edit source]

Umeda Erika took part in the 2002 auditions held to determine the line-up of the new Hello! Project Kids and passed on June 30 along with fourteen other girls.[1]

2003 - 2004[edit | edit source]

Umeda made her first official appearance in the entertainment industry when she was included in the line-up of the new unit, ZYX, along with four other Hello! Project Kids members and Morning Musume's Yaguchi Mari. Umeda released two singles with the unit before it became inactive. While she was in ZYX, Umeda continued her duties as a member of Hello! Project Kids, namely performing as backing dancers for Morning Musume at concerts. In late 2004 Umeda took part in her first Hello! Project shuffle unit, H.P. All Stars, taking part alongside all the members of Hello! Project at the time. The shuffle unit released one single and became inactive by January 2005. In 2004 Umeda joined Little Gatas.

2005[edit | edit source]

In 2005, Umeda Erika was assigned as a member of Hello! Project group ℃-ute alongside seven other Hello! Project Kids members.[2] These seven members had been passed over when it came to the forming of Berryz Koubou, which had originally been formed to teach the Hello! Project Kids about being in a group by rotating the line-up amongst the Kids. Originally ℃-ute was releasing on an indie label, but in 2007 they made their major debut.

2006[edit | edit source]

Umeda Erika released four indie singles as a part of ℃-ute in this year as a preparation for their major debut in 2007. ℃-ute also released their first album, "Cutie Queen VOL.1".

2007[edit | edit source]

On February 21, 2007 ℃-ute released their debut single, "Sakura Chirari". On the first day in the charts it ranked third on the Oricon charts, a feat not even accomplished by Hello! Project's mother group Morning Musume (who had ranked 6th on their debut single). With their debut single, they became the youngest group (with the average age of 13) to rank in the top 10.

On April 23, Umeda joined the Hello! Project futsal team, Gatas Brilhantes H.P., from Mix Gatas as a goalkeeper.

2008[edit | edit source]

Umeda continued her duties within ℃-ute, releasing four singles and a third studio album.

2009[edit | edit source]

℃-ute released their fourth studio album, "④ Akogare My STAR", on January 28th and their 8th major single is scheduled to be released on April 15th, titled "Bye Bye Bye!".

When five members of ℃-ute and Berryz Koubou left the Hello! Project futsal team Gatas Brilhantes H.P., Umeda Erika still remained on the team as a goalkeeper.

On August 1, rumors surfaced that Umeda would be graduating from ℃-ute in October. This was officially confirmed by Hello! Project a few hours later. Umeda graduated from ℃-ute and Hello! Project on October 25, 2009 to pursue her dream and career as a model.

2010[edit | edit source]

Umeda Erika signed with a new model agency called ILLUME Models.

Umeda Erika has just opened up a blog on Ameba. The title of the blog is Erika no SWEET DIARY.

2011[edit | edit source]

On July 16, Umeda was signed into her new model agency called Peach;Co.Ltd.

2013[edit | edit source]

On October 24, Umeda announced that she is switching careers, becoming a singer again. Her first solo live "Umeda Erika First Solo Live ~Starting Over~" was on December 22 at Hatsudai Doors.

On October 25, Umeda opened her own official website.

On December 22, her first solo album, erika, was announced. It was released on February 12, 2014.

2018[edit | edit source]

On September 22, she appeared as a guest at Okai Chisato FC Live ② ~Katte ni Hello Pro 20 Shuunen Omedetou! 2007-2012~ alongside Arihara Kanna.

On September 25, she became the training instructor of Turtle Lily, an idol group produced by her.

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

Umeda has an older sister. She also has three Shih Tzus named RAMU-chan, MUU-chan and RUNA-chan. She is 1/8th English.[3]

When Uemda joined Hello! Project Kids, she was a fifth year elementary school student.[1]

The following list are notable friendships Umeda Erika has acquired:

Umeda Erika was named after her mother's favorite flower, erica. Coincidentally, Arihara Kanna was also named after her mother's favorite flower, canna.

Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Umeda Erika:

  • Ume-san (うめさん): Official nickname, given her since joining ℃-ute. Used by members and fans.

Profile[edit | edit source]

  • Name: Umeda Erika (梅田えりか)
  • Birth Date: May 24, 1991 (1991-05-24) (age 29)
  • Nickname: Ume-san (うめさん), Ume-chan (うめちゃん), Eri-chan (えりちゃん), Tension Ageko (テンション上げ子)
  • Blood type: A
  • Birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Height: 170cm
  • Shoe Size: 25 cm
  • Three Sizes: 81-58-84 cm (32-23-33 in)
  • Western Zodiac: Gemini
  • Eastern Zodiac: Goat
  • Former ℃-ute Color : Yellow Colorball.png Yellow
  • Hello! Project Status:
    • 2002-06-30: Member
    • 2005-06-11: ℃-ute Member
    • 2009-10-25: Graduated
  • Years in ℃-ute: 4 Years
  • Hello! Project Groups:
  • Shuffle Units:
  • Concert Units:
  • Other Groups:

  • Favorite Subject: Music
  • Favorite Brand/Designer: CECIL McBEE, JSG
  • Hobby: Collecting stickers
  • Special Skill: Cooking
  • Strong Point: Friendly personality, can get along with anyone
  • Weak Point: Selfish, can be shy
  • Habit: Spreading my legs
  • Favorite Color: Pink, yellow, white, light blue
  • Favorite Flower: Tulip, hibiscus, rose
  • Disliked Things to do: Studying, exercise.
  • Scared of: Dad, bugs, monsters
  • Favorite Movie: "Tonari no Totoro," "Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi"
  • Favorite Book: "TV Pia"
  • Favorite Word: "Mirai" (future)
  • Favorite Season: Winter, summer
  • Favorite Food: Edamame, beef jerky, pizza, ice-cream, cake, melon, soramame, chocolate, senbei, cookies.
  • Least Favorite: Food: Meat
  • Favorite Song: "White Love" (SPEED), "LOVE Machine" (Morning Musume)
  • Charm Point: Legs and face

Discography[edit | edit source]

Albums[edit | edit source]

Solo Songs[edit | edit source]

  • [2008] Do Don Ga Don Ondo

Discography Participated In[edit | edit source]

Concerts[edit | edit source]

  • [2013.12.22] Umeda Erika First Solo Live ~Starting Over~ (梅田えりか ファーストソロライブ〜Starting Over〜)
  • [2014.02.09] Umeda Erika Live 2014 Album "erika" Launch Live (梅田えりか LIVE 2014 アルバム「erika」発売記念ライブ)
  • [2014] Umeda Erika First Solo Live Tour 2014 ~♡(Kokoro Kara no) Omotenashi

Works[edit | edit source]

Movies[edit | edit source]

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TV Programs[edit | edit source]

Commercials[edit | edit source]

  • [2010] ABC MART (ABCマート)
  • [2012] Universal Studios Japan (ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン)

Infomercials[edit | edit source]

  • [2011] Fuji-Q Highland (富士急ハイランド)

Music Videos[edit | edit source]

  • [2011] HAVE A NICE DAY~EPISODE1 (さよなら初恋編) - Shiki-canta

Ads[edit | edit source]

  • Joyful Eri (ジョイフル 恵利) (Long-sleeved kimono catalog)
  • As-me ESTELLE (As-meエステール)
  • Apron (アプロン) (White coat catalog)
  • Shimamura (しまむら)
  • TOC (テーオーシーグループ)
  • Nissen "Slattgir." ( ニッセン「Slattgir.」)
  • Senshukai Co., Ltd. (千趣会)

Radio[edit | edit source]

Runway[edit | edit source]

  • [2010-] Girls Award (ガールズアワード)
  • [2011] Claudia Bridal (クラウディアブライダル)
  • [2012] BEAUTY STYLE COLLECTION
  • [2012-] Tokyo Girls Collection (東京ガールズコレクション)

Theater[edit | edit source]

Neruko wa ℃-uteKeitai ShosetsukaAtarumo Hakke!?

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Umeda Erika was the oldest member of the Hello! Project Kids.
  • Umeda's Gatas Brillhantes number is 18 and her position was the goalkeeper.
  • Umeda was also a back-up dancer in performances of Fujimoto Miki's "Boogie Train '03".
  • More recently, she has named her favorite food as yakiniku, her least favorite food as bitter melon, her charm point as "a row of 3 moles on the right of my cheek", her strong point as "I have a lot of energy", her weak point as "short tempered" and her hobbies as shopping and eating tapioca.
  • Yaguchi Mari gave her the nickname "Ume-chan".
  • Despite being the oldest of the Hello! Project Kids, she felt that she wouldn't have been responsible enough to be leader, so she passed down leadership of ℃-ute to the second oldest member, Yajima Maimi.
  • She and Tsugunaga Momoko are the only members to be in both ZYX and its revival.
  • Umeda was the first member of ℃-ute to actually have a graduation ceremony.
  • She went to Hawaii with the rest of ℃-ute. But was only a part of the Fanclub event. She did not take part of the Alo Hello! DVD.
  • She and Okai Chisato were the only ones in ℃-ute to have brown hair.
  • She was modeling under the same agency as Kusumi Koharu, ILLUME MODELS.
  • She used to not like meat, but in 2007 she stated that even though she still had some kinds of meat she didn't like, now she liked meat in general and that she loved barbecue.

See Also[edit | edit source]

Honorary Titles[edit | edit source]

Honorary Titles

Preceded by
First

Oldest Member of ℃-ute
June 11, 2005 - October 25, 2009

Succeeded by
Yajima Maimi

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hello! Morning. Broadcast Date: 2002-06-30.
  2. Tsunku. "℃-ute (キュート) に関して" (in Japanese). Tsunku Official Website. 2005-06-11.
  3. https://twitter.com/umeda_erika/status/224382673274155009

External Links[edit | edit source]

℃-ute
Members
Current Members Yajima Maimi (Leader) | Nakajima Saki | Suzuki Airi | Okai Chisato | Hagiwara Mai
Former Members Umeda Erika | Murakami Megumi | Arihara Kanna
Discography
Indie Singles 1. Massara Blue Jeans | 2. Soku Dakishimete | 3. Ooki na Ai de Motenashite | 4. Wakkyanai (Z) | 5. Koero! Rakuten Eagles | 6. Akuma de Cute na Seishun Graffiti
Major Singles 1. Sakura Chirari | 2. Meguru Koi no Kisetsu | 3. Tokaikko Junjou | 4. LALALA Shiawase no Uta | 5. Namida no Iro | 6. Edo no Temari Uta II | 7. FOREVER LOVE | 8. Bye Bye Bye! | 9. Shochuu Omimai Moushiagemasu | 10. EVERYDAY Zekkouchou!! | 11. SHOCK! | 12. Campus Life ~Umarete Kite Yokatta~ | 13. Dance de Bakoon! | 14. Aitai Lonely Christmas | 15. Kiss me Aishiteru | 16. Momoiro Sparkling | 17. Sekaiichi HAPPY na Onna no Ko | 18. Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku | 19. Aitai Aitai Aitai na | 20. Kono Machi | 21. Crazy Kanzen na Otona | 22. Kanashiki Amefuri / Adam to Eve no Dilemma | 23. Tokai no Hitorigurashi / Aitte Motto Zanshin | 24. Kokoro no Sakebi wo Uta ni Shitemita / Love take it all | 25. The Power / Kanashiki Heaven (Single Version) | 26. I miss you / THE FUTURE | 27. The Middle Management ~Josei Chuukan Kanrishoku~ / Gamusha LIFE / Tsugi no Kado wo Magare | 28. Arigatou ~Mugen no Yell~ / Arashi wo Okosunda Exciting Fight! | 29. Naze Hito wa Arasoun Darou? / Summer Wind / Jinsei wa STEP! | 30. Mugen Climax / Ai wa Maru de Seidenki / Singing ~Ano Koro no You ni~ | 31. To Tomorrow / Final Squall / The Curtain Rises
Other Singles BeriKyuu: 1. Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku | 2. Chou HAPPY SONG

Collaborations: Makeruna Wasshoi! | Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku

Albums Original: 1. Cutie Queen VOL.1 | 2. ② mini ~Ikiru to Iu Chikara~ | 3. 3rd ~LOVE Escalation!~ | 4. ④ Akogare My STAR | 5. Shocking 5 | 6. Chou WONDERFUL! ⑥ | 7. Dainana Shou "Utsukushikutte Gomen ne" | 8. ⑧ Queen of J-POP | 9. ℃maj9

Best: 1. ℃-ute Nandesu! Zen Single Atsumechaimashita! ① | 2. ② ℃-ute Shinsei Naru Best Album | 3. ℃OMPLETE SINGLE COLLECTION

Concerts & Events
Concerts

Spring Tours: 2007 (Hajimatta yo! Cutie Show, Golden Hatsu Date) | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016
Summer Tours: 2008 | 2009 | 2010
Fall Tours: 2007 | 2013 (Budokan, Tour) | 2014 | 2015 | 2016
Winter Tours: 2012-2013 | 2017
Naruchika: 2014 | 2015 (Spring, Winter) | 2017
Overseas: 2013 (Paris) | 2014 (Taipei) | | 2015 (Mexico) | 2016 (Hong Kong & Taipei) | 2017 (Mexico, Paris)
Others: 2006 | 2007 | 2008 (LOVE Escalation!, ℃-ute no Hi) | 2009 (℃-ute no Hi, FIVE) | 2010 | 2011 (Kiss me Aishiteru, ℃-ute no Hi) | 2012 (Otodama, ℃-ute no Hi) | 2013 | 2014 (Otodama, ℃-ute no Hi) | 2015 (Otodama, ℃-ute no Hi) | 2016 (Otodama, ℃-Fes!) | 2017 (℃ocktail, ℃ocktail in ℃OTTON CLUB, Last Dinner Show, Last Concert)

Other Concerts & Events
Joint Concerts

Spring Tours: 2008 (with Berryz Koubou) | 2011 (with S/mileage)
Fall Tours: 2011 (with Berryz Koubou) | 2013 (with S/mileage)
Other: 2014 (with Berryz Koubou)

Hello! Project Concerts

Summer Tours: 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016
Winter Tours: 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017
Hina Fes: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017
COUNTDOWN PARTY: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016
Other Concerts: Hello! Project ☆ Festival 2011 | Hello! Project Yaon Premium Live ~Soto Fest~ | Berryz Koubou Matsuri

Units & Other Groups
Other Related Units Hello! Project Kids | 4KIDS | Aa! | ZYX | Little Gatas | H.P. All Stars | Sexy Otonajan | Mix Gatas | Gatas Brilhantes H.P. | Kira☆Pika | Athena & Robikerottsu | Buono! | Guardians 4 | High-King | Petitmoni V | Tanpopo# | Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers | Hello! Project Mobekimasu | Cat's♥Eye 7 | DIY♡ | Dia Lady | Mellowquad | HI-FIN | Triplet
ZYX
Members
1st Generation Yaguchi Mari (Leader) | Umeda Erika | Shimizu Saki | Yajima Maimi | Tsugunaga Momoko | Murakami Megumi
ZYX-α Niigaki Risa | Tokunaga Chinami | Sudo Maasa | Kusumi Koharu | Wada Ayaka | Ogawa Saki
Discography
Singles Iku ZYX! FLY HIGH | Shiroi TOKYO
Units & Other Groups
Related Units Morning Musume | Hello! Project Kids | Berryz Koubou | ℃-ute | S/mileage
Chanpuru
Units
High-King Takahashi Ai | Tanaka Reina | Shimizu Saki | Yajima Maimi | Maeda Yuuka
Tanpopo# Kamei Eri | Mitsui Aika | Kumai Yurina | Okai Chisato
Petitmoni V Mano Erina | Nakajima Saki | Hagiwara Mai
Shin Minimoni. Linlin | Fukuda Kanon | Takeuchi Akari | Miyamoto Karin
Aa! Natsuyaki Miyabi | Suzuki Airi | Saho Akari
ZYX-α Niigaki Risa | Kusumi Koharu | Umeda Erika | Tsugunaga Momoko | Tokunaga Chinami | Sudo Maasa | Wada Ayaka | Ogawa Saki
Zoku v-u-den Michishige Sayumi | Junjun | Sugaya Risako
Discography Featured In
Albums As Chanpuru: Chanpuru ① ~Happy Marriage Song Cover Shuu~ | Petit Best 10
Other: Hello! Project no Zenkyoku kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol. 4 (Petitmoni V only)
DVDs As Chanpuru: Hello! Project DVD Magazine Vol.21
Concerts Featured In
Hello! Project As Chanpuru: 2009 SUMMER | 2010 WINTER | 2010 SUMMER | 2011 WINTER
Other: 2013 Fuyu (High-King, Petitmoni V, ZYX-α, Zoku v-u-den only) | Berryz Koubou Matsuri (High-King, Aa!, ZYX only) | COUNTDOWN PARTY 2016 (Tanpopo# only)
Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts Morning Musume | Berryz Koubou | ℃-ute | Mano Erina | S/mileage | Mobekimasu | Buono! | Guardians 4 | Shugo Chara Egg! | Hello Pro Egg
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