|Born||January 3, 1989|
|Origin||Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan|
|Genres||J-pop, pop music|
|Occupation(s)||Japanese idol, singer|
|Years active||2006, 2008-present|
|Associated acts||AKB48, Diva|
Ayaka Umeda (梅田 彩佳 Umeda Ayaka?, born January 3, 1989 in Fukuoka Prefecture) is a Japanese idol and singer from the girl group NMB48, in which she is the co-captain of Team BII. She is also a member of the AKB48 subunit DiVA.
- 1 Biography
- 2 AKB48 stage units
- 3 Filmography
- 4 Other activities
- 5 References
- 6 External links
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2004-2007: Early career, debut, injury
On February 26, 2006, Umeda passed the second generation auditions for AKB48, and became one of 19 founding members for the group's Team K. Her on-stage debut was on April 1. She performed on the title track for AKB48's first single on a major label, "Aitakatta", released on October 26, 2006. As part of Team K 1st Stage, she was a front member for the song "Skirt, Hirari", along with Sayaka Akimoto, Yuko Oshima, Sae Miyazawa, and Kana Kobayashi.
Later in the year, Umeda developed a stress fracture in her foot, and was recommended by her manager to take a break from her performances to rehabilitate, starting December 23. Her rehabilitation took about a year, during which she was active on TV in Fukuoka Prefecture.
2008-2011: Return to AKB48
On May 31, 2008, Umeda returned to public performances with the premiere of a new seasonal Team K's show at the AKB48 Theater, titled Team K 4th Stage "Saishū Bell ga Naru". Prior to her injuries, she was one of the faces of Team K, but after her return, she was placed at the very end of the stage, extremely far from the center position where she used to stand.
2011: Diva, rise in AKB48
On February 27, 2011, it was announced to the public that a new pop group named DiVA, consisting of Sayaka Akimoto, Yuka Masuda, Sae Miyazawa, and Ayaka Umeda had been formed. The group's debut single "Tsuki no Uragawa", whose release was originally scheduled for April 27, and postponed until May 18 due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, reached number 3 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart.
In the annual election, she placed 22nd, and headlined the Under Girls on the single's coupling track. In the AKB48 rock-paper-scissors tournament, which took place on September 20, she finished in the top 16, which earned her a spot on the title track. The song "Ue kara Mariko" became her first A-side of an AKB48's single in three and a half years, since "Baby! Baby! Baby!".
2012: Team B captain
On August 24, AKB48 announced a major reorganization, where Umeda moved to Team B and became the team's captain.
2013: Senbatsu Election
Umeda ranked 19th in AKB48's general election, placing her in Undergirls and subsequently giving her a spot on the main B-side track of the election single, Koi Suru Fortune Cookie.
2014: Transfer to NMB48
On February 24, 2014, in the AKB48 Dai Sokaku Matsuri Shuffle, Umeda was completely transferred to NMB48 and became co-captain of Team BII.
Singles with AKB48
|2006||1||"Aitakatta"||A-side||Debut with Team K.|
|2007||5||"Boku no Taiyō"||B-side||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Mirai no Kajitsu".|
|2008||9||"Baby! Baby! Baby!"||A-side|
|2009||14||"River"||Theater Girls||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Hikōkigumo"|
|2010||16||"Ponytail to Shushu"||B-side||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Boku no Yell"|
|2010||17||"Heavy Rotation"||B-side||Ranked 32nd in 2010 General Election. Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Namida no Sea-Saw Game"|
|2010||18||"Beginner"||Diva||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Nakeru Basho" as Diva (not to be confused with Diva|
|2010||19||"Chance no Junban"||B-side||Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Alive" as Team K.|
|2011||20||"Sakura no Ki ni Narō"||B-side||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Area K" as Diva.|
|2011||--||"Dareka no Tame ni - What can I do for someone?"||--||charity single|
|2011||21||"Everyday, Katyusha"||Under Girls||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Hito to Chikara" as Under Girls.|
|2011||22||"Flying Get"||Under Girls||Ranked 22nd in 2011 General Election. Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Dakishimecha Ikenai".|
|2011||23||"Kaze wa Fuiteiru"||Under Girls Yurigumi||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Gondola Lift" as Under Girls Yurigumi|
|2011||24||"Ue kara Mariko"||A-side||Placed in top 16 in rock-paper-scissors tournament; She sang on "Zero-sum Taiyo" with Team K.|
|2012||25||"Give Me Five!"||Special Girls B||Did not sing on title track. Sang "Hitsujikai no Tabi" with Special Girls B.|
|2012||26||"Manatsu no Sounds Good!"||Special Girls||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Mitsu no Namida" as Special Girls.|
|2012||27||"Gingham Check"||A-side||Ranked 16th in 2012 General Election.|
|2012||28||"Uza"||B-side||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Seigi no Mikata ja Nai Hero". Moved to Team B.|
|2012||29||"Eien Pressure"||A-side||Placed 15th in rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Totteoki Christmas".|
|2013||30||"So Long!"||B-side||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Sokode inu no unchi fun jau ka ne?" with Team B.|
|2013||31||"Sayonara Crawl"||B-side||Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Romance Kenjuu" with Team B.|
|2013||32||"Koi Suru Fortune Cookie"||Under Girls||Ranked 19th in 2013 General Election. Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Ai no Imi wo Kangaete Mita".|
|2013||33||"Heart Electric"||Under Girls||Sang on :Kaisoku to Doutai Shiryoku"|
|2013||34||"Suzukake no Ki no Michi de "Kimi no Hohoemi o Yume ni Miru" to Itte Shimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dō Kawatte Shimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nan-nichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono"||B-side||Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Mosh & Dive".|
|2014||37||"Kokoro no Placard"||Next Girls||Ranked 35th in 2014 General Election. Did not sang on main track. Sang "Hito Natsu no Hankouki" instead.|
AKB48 stage units
- Team K 1st Stage "Party ga Hajimaru yo"
- "Skirt, Hirari"
- Team K 2nd Stage "Seishun Girls"
- "Ame no Dōbutsuen"
- "Fushidara na Natsu"
- Team K 3rd Stage "Nōnai Paradise"
- Team K 4th Stage "Saishu Bell ga Naru"
- "Return Match"
- Team K 5th Stage "Sakaagari"
- "End Roll"
- Team K 6th Stage "Reset"
- "Kokoro no Sofa"
- "Kiseki wa Maniawanai"
- Arirenai! (ありえない!?) (Ep. 1, January 13. 2010, MBS)
- Majisuka Gakuen (Last ep., March 26, 2010, TV Tokyo)
- Kankyō Chōjin Ecogainder (June 26 – November 1, 2010, Kids Station)
- Majisuka Gakuen 2 (Last ep., July 1, 2011, TV Tokyo) — Ayaka
- "D1 GRAND PRIX Official Website" (in Japanese). D! Grand Prix Series official site. Retrieved 2012-03-19.
- "AKB48's Umeda named Tokyo Tower image girl". Japan Today. 2009-04-05. Retrieved 2012-03-19.
- "「AKB48総選挙」で大波乱 大島優子が初戴冠で前田のV2阻止！ニュース－ダイエット・エステ・美容のオリコンランキング" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2012-03-19.
- "AKB48、女性グループ史上初の2作連続初週売上50万枚超え ニュース-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2012-03-19.
- "AKB48′s Akimoto Sayaka returns to Team K captain position, forms new unit DiVA". Tokyograph. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2012-03-19.
- 発売日変更のお知らせ (in Japanese). Diva official website (avex marketing Inc.). 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2012-03-19.
- "AKB48第3回総選挙、前田敦子がトップに返り咲き果たす" (in Japanese). Natalie. 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
- "前田敦子が雪辱果たし第1位、「AKBのこと嫌いにならないで」" (in Japanese). Eiga.com. 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
- "AKB48第4回総選挙、大島優子が2年ぶり2回目のトップに" (in Japanese). Natalie. 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
- "AKB48第4回総選挙、トップ16メンバーのコメント全紹介" (in Japanese). Natalie. 2012-06-07. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
- 組閣後新体制 (in Japanese). AKB48 official site. 2012-08-24. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
- Center and A-side lineup information provided by "AKB48 歴代シングル選抜メンバー（2006年～2013年）" [(2006-2013) AKB48 successive single member selection]. entamedata.web.fc2.com. Retrieved 2013-09-23.
- "AKB48、じゃんけん選抜シングルは「チャンスの順番」". Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- "AKB48 ：AKB48 ：じゃんけん大会を再び開催 9月に武道館で SKE48、NMB48ら総勢71人参加". Mainichi Shimbun Digital Co., Ltd. (in Japanese). MANTANWEB. 3 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-03.
- "AKB48’s second "Rock, Paper, Scissors" Tournament confirmed". Tokyohive.com. 2011-07-03. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
- "AKB48 32ndシングル 選抜総選挙" [32nd single selection elections]. AKB48 Official Site (in Japanese). 2013-06-08.
- Suskin, Jeremy (September 18, 2013). "Jurina Matsui Wins Jankenpyon Tournament to Lead AKB48′s 34th Single". Nihongogo.
- "鈴懸(すずかけ)の木の道で「君の微笑みを夢に見る」と言ってしまったら僕たちの関係はどう変わってしまうのか、僕なりに何日か考えた上でのやや気恥ずかしい結論のようなもの ＜Type A＞【通常盤】（マキシ＋ＤＶＤ複合）" (in Japanese). King Records. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
- Profile on the AKB48 official website (Japanese)
- Profile on the talent agency Office48 website (Japanese)
- Ayaka Umeda (English page) - Google+