Berryz Kobo in 2012. From left to right:
Saki Shimizu, Momoko Tsugunaga, Chinami Tokunaga, Maasa Sudo, Miyabi Natsuyaki, Yurina Kumai, and Risako Sugaya.
|Also known as||Berryz Kōbō
|Genres||Pop, teen pop, bubblegum pop|
Hello! Project Kids
Hello! Project Mobekimasu
|Website||Berryz Kobo on YouTube|
|Past members||Maiha Ishimura (2004–2005)|
The pop group is part of Hello! Project, produced by Tsunku, who also writes its songs. Of all the musical acts in Hello! Project, Berryz holds the title of the most consistent line-up, having kept all of their original members (with no new members added) since their one and only graduation (Maiha Ishimura) in 2005.
The group was formed in 2004 and debuted with its first single in March of the same year. In 2007, Berryz Kobo set the record for being the youngest act ever to give a solo concert at Saitama Super Arena. In 2008, the group received the Best Asian Newcomer Award at the Asia Song Festival and a Cable Music Award at the 41st Japan Cable Awards ceremony.
As of June 2014, the group has released 35 singles, 9 studio albums, 1 EP and 1 compilation album. Berryz Kobo's combined CD and DVD sales exceed 1 million copies in Japan alone.
- 1 Members
- 2 History
- 2.1 2002–2003: Hello! Project Kids
- 2.2 2004: Formation and debut
- 2.3 2005: First top 10 hit and Maiha's graduation
- 2.4 2006: Jiriri Kiteru
- 2.5 2007: Youngest concert at Saitama Super Arena
- 2.6 2008: Awards and NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen
- 2.7 2009: Influenza and collaboration with Inazuma Eleven
- 2.8 2010: More Inazuma Eleven endings
- 2.9 2011: Oricon Daily number 1 and first concert in America
- 2.10 2012
- 2.11 2013
- 2.12 2014: Tenth anniversary and indefinite suspension
- 3 Performances outside of Japan
- 4 Discography
- 5 Bibliography
- 6 Concert tours
- 7 Awards
- 8 References
- 9 External links
|Name||Birth date||Age||Member colour*||Notes|
|Saki Shimizu||November 22, 1991||22||Yellow||Captain|
|Momoko Tsugunaga||March 6, 1992||22||Pink||Also a member of Buono!|
|Chinami Tokunaga||May 22, 1992||22||Orange|
|Maasa Sudo||July 3, 1992||22||Blue|
|Miyabi Natsuyaki||August 25, 1992||22||Purple||Sub-captain, also a member of Buono!|
|Yurina Kumai||August 3, 1993||21||Green|
|Risako Sugaya||April 4, 1994||20||Red|
2002–2003: Hello! Project Kids
All the group's members were initially selected during the audition for Hello! Project Kids in 2002.
Since then, the girls undertook serious professional training in Hello! Project.
In 2003, some Hello! Project Kids were placed in bands led by Morning Musume members: Miyabi Natsuyaki was selected to be in Aa!, while Saki Shimizu and Momoko Tsugunaga were in the group called ZYX. Both units were proved to be short-lived, and their activity virtually came to a stall with the creation of Berryz Kobo.
2004: Formation and debut
The formation of Berryz Kobo was announced at a Hello! Project club event on January 14, 2004. The band was formed of 8 members of Hello! Project Kids, who were the so-called starting line-up, cause, initially, it was planned to rotate all 15 members of Hello! Project Kids through the new group, which would have given Berryz Kobo's members more time for school. Later, however, the idea was dismissed, and the remaining 7 Hello! Project Kids members formed the group Cute in 2005.
Two more hit singles followed in April and May, and on July 7 the group already released its first album, titled 1st Chō Berryz.
2005: First top 10 hit and Maiha's graduation
The single "Special Generation" was released on March 30, 2005, and ranked 7th in the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart. It was Berryz' first single to rank in the top 10, and their first to sell more than 20,000 copies. At that time, the group's average age was below 12 years.
On September 11, 2005, it was announced that Maiha Ishimura would graduate from Berryz Kobo and the whole Hello! Project to focus on her studies. Maiha's graduation took place on October 2, 2005, on the last night of the Berryz Kobo autumn 2005 concert tour. She was only the second non-Morning Musume member to be given her own graduation concert, the first being Michiyo Heike.
2006: Jiriri Kiteru
2007: Youngest concert at Saitama Super Arena
In February 2007, Berryz Kobo made news headlines after it was announced that the group would be holding a concert at Saitama Super Arena on April 1. Not only were the tickets for the two performances (a total of 20,000 seats) sold out almost two months before the premiere, Berryz Kobo also became the youngest act ever to give a solo concert at the arena. Its members' average age was 13.8, beating the previous record of 16.3, set by Morning Musume four years earlier.
2008: Awards and NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen
In October, Berryz Kobo participated at the Asia Song Festival 2008 in South Korea, representing Japan along with W-inds and Anna Tsuchiya. Berryz won the festival's Best Asian Newcomer Award along with the SM Entertainment group Shinee.
On December 17, the group took part in the 41st Japan Cable Awards (日本有線大賞 Nihon Yūsen Taishō?) show at Nakano Sun Plaza, performing "Dschinghis Khan", for which they received a Cable Music Award (有線音楽賞 Yūsen Ongaku Shō?), awarded to the most requested songs on the Cansystem cable radio network. The Grand Prix went to Exile for the song "Ti Amo", though.
2009: Influenza and collaboration with Inazuma Eleven
In March, Berryz Kobo First Fan Club Tour in Hawaii '09 was held in Honolulu, Hawaii, where the band performed exclusively for the members of the Japanese fan club. It was the first overseas fan club tour for the group.
On April 25, in Utsunomiya, Tochigi, which was part of their spring concert tour, Sono Subete no Ai ni, the girls celebrated the group's 100th solo concert.
In autumn 2009, Berryz got into the news all going down with flu. It all started on Tuesday, October 13, when Momoko Tsugunaga felt sick. On Wednesday, fans were notified that she was diagnozed with the influenza and would be absent from the concert scheduled for Saturday. The very next day, first, Miyabi Natsuyaki was reported to be diagnozed with the flu after having felt sick the previous evening, and then it was announced that the Sunday concert had to be cancelled due to Maasa Sudo and Risako Sugaya also having influenza. The next day, Hello! Project informed that Saki Shimizu joined her friends, making it 5 members out of 7. But the story did not end there, because in the beginning of November, the flu got to Chinami Tokunaga, followed by Yurina Kumai a couple of days later; they had to miss November 7 and 8 concerts.
2010: More Inazuma Eleven endings
On March 3, Berryz released their third double A-side single, "Otakebi Boy Wao!/Tomodachi wa Tomodachi Nanda!". The single debuted in the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart at number 3, making it their highest-ranking single to date. It also stayed in the top 10 for a second week, ranking 9th.
In July they released a new single, "Maji Bomber!!", which was used as an ending theme for both the anime Inazuma Eleven and the game that the anime was based upon. Their next single and their last Inazuma Eleven ending theme, "Shining Power", was released on November 10.
2011: Oricon Daily number 1 and first concert in America
On March 3, the group started its seventh anniversary tour. March 3 is the day when, seven years previously, Berryz Kobo debuted with their first single, so they call this day Berryz Kobo no Hi ("Berryz Kobo's Day").
The concert that was scheduled for March 12 in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, was abruptly cancelled because of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami which hit the day before the planned concert. All of the group's members were safe, but the tour had to be stopped. The concerts were either canceled or postponed until the end of March.
In April, Berryz Kobo successfully performed to their American fans at Sakura-Con 2011, an anime convention in Seattle, Washington, USA. This was the first performance by Berryz Kobo in the United States of America. The group participated in events such as autograph sessions, questions and answers, and a concert. 3,500 people were reported to have attended the concert.
On June 20, Berryz Kobo releases its second collaboration CD single with the fellow Hello! Project Kids group Cute, named "Chō Happy Song" ("Superhappy Song"). The title tune is a mix of two previously published songs, Berryz Kobo's "Because Happiness" and Cute's "Shiawase no Tochū" ("On the Road to Happiness") from their 2012 albums. Both tracks were intentionally composed and produced by Tsunku to form a new song when played simultaneously. The trick was originally scheduled to be announced at a summer Hello! Project concert, but was uncovered by fans in mid-April. The song became a hot topic on the Internet, and a set of the three tracks, "Because Happiness", "Shiawase no Tochū ", and "Chō Happy Song", was hastily released as a digital download single on April 28.
On July 25, Berryz Kobo released their 29th single, "Cha Cha Sing", a cover song of the popular Thai song "Row Mah Sing" by artist Thongchai McIntyre. The single was Berryz Kobo's first single to include a solo song, "Momochi! Yurushite-nyan Taisō".
On October 2, the group released their 33rd single, "Motto Zutto Issho ni Itakatta", which became their highest selling single (with a reported total of 40,845 copies,) beating Dschinghis Khan's 37,096 copies. On November 11, Berryz Kobo held their special concert at the Nippon Budokan.
2014: Tenth anniversary and indefinite suspension
It was announced on August 2, 2014, at the summer Hello! Project concerts that Berryz Kobo would be going on an "indefinite suspension from spring 2015. The girls decided together that they would like to explore other opportunities. The decision to call this an "indefinite suspension" was made since the girls felt calling this move a "disbandment" would cause Berryz Kobo to disappear or fade away. The group will continue its activities through to spring 2015, in which their final appearances and performances will be announced and take place. Until that final date, the group will continue to release new singles, albums, and go on tour. Tsunku added he would "like to see them chase new dreams" and asked for continued support throughout their remaining time as an active group.
Performances outside of Japan
Berryz Kobo have had performances and appearances outside of Japan for overseas fans numerous times.
In 2009, M-net and Up-Front Works arranged a Berryz Kobo mini-concert in South Korea on June 21, 2009, at Yonsei University Auditorium, titled Berryz Kobo Mini Live in Korea. This was the group's 1st concert outside of Japan.
In 2010, Berryz Kobo was chosen out of Morning Musume and Cute to perform in Thailand. Their concert was held on March 27, 2010, at the Hua Mark Indoor Stadium, or formally known as Rajamangala National Stadium. This was the second performance by Berryz Kobo outside of Japan.
On the last day of the Berryz Kobo's fall 2010 concert tour, Berryz Kobo's captain Saki Shimizu announced that the group would be performing at the anime convention Sakura-Con in Seattle, USA on April 22–24, 2011.
When Sakura-Con came around, it was a big success for Berryz Kobo. The seven-member Hello! Project idol group Berryz Kobo made their American concert debut at Sakura-Con 2011 for an audience of 3,500 fans. Fans traveled from all over the world including multiple parts of the USA, plus Canada, France, Mexico, and Japan to support the pop vocal group who is celebrating their 7th year together. The Berryz Kobo members kept busy during the April 22–24 weekend, appearing at the event's opening and closing ceremonies, participating in a live audience Q&A and two separate 60-minute sessions where they signed autographs for their fans, and an hour long concert which consisted of 14 songs. And not only was this Berryz Kobo's 3rd performance outside of Japan, but it was the first performance outside of Asia. And also they were the third Hello! Project major act to perform outside of Asia after Morning Musume, who has performed in Los Angeles in 2009 and Paris in 2010, and Erina Mano, who performed in Los Angeles in 2010.
|1||"Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai" (あなたなしでは生きてゆけない?)||March 3, 2004||18|
|2||"Fighting Pose wa Date ja Nai!" (ファイティングポーズはダテじゃない!?)||April 28, 2004||25|
|3||"Piriri to Yukō!" (ピリリと行こう!?)||May 26, 2004||37|
|4||"Happiness (Kōfuku Kangei!)" (ハピネス～幸福歓迎!～?)||August 25, 2004||20|
|5||"Koi no Jubaku" (恋の呪縛?)||November 10, 2004||13|
|6||"Special Generation" (スッペシャル ジェネレ～ション?)||March 30, 2005||7|
|7||"Nanchū Koi o Yatterū You Know?" (なんちゅう恋をやってるぅ YOU KNOW??)||June 8, 2005||13|
|8||"21ji made no Cinderella" (21時までのシンデレラ?)||August 3, 2005||13|
|9||"Gag 100kaibun Aishite Kudasai" (ギャグ100回分愛してください?)||November 23, 2005||19|
|10||"Jiriri Kiteru" (ジリリ キテル?)||March 29, 2006||6|
|11||"Waracchaō yo Boyfriend" (笑っちゃおうよ BOYFRIEND?)||August 2, 2006||15|
|12||"Munasawagi Scarlet" (胸さわぎスカーレット?)||December 6, 2006||11|
|13||"Very Beauty" (VERY BEAUTY?)||March 7, 2007||11|
|14||"Kokuhaku no Funsui Hiroba" (告白の噴水広場?)||June 27, 2007||4|
|15||"Tsukiatteru no ni Kataomoi" (付き合ってるのに片思い?)||November 28, 2007||6|
|16||"Dschinghis Khan" (ジンギスカン?)||March 12, 2008||5|
|17||"Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance" (行け 行け モンキーダンス?)||July 9, 2008||4|
|18||"Madayade" (MADAYADE?)||November 5, 2008||6|
|19||"Dakishimete Dakishimete" (抱きしめて 抱きしめて?)||March 11, 2009||8|
|20||"Seishun Bus Guide / Rival" (青春バスガイド／ライバル?)||June 3, 2009||4|
|21||"Watashi no Mirai no Danna-sama / Ryūsei Boy" (私の未来のだんな様／流星ボーイ?)||November 11, 2009||5|
|22||"Otakebi Boy Wao! / Tomodachi wa Tomodachi Nanda!" (雄叫びボーイ WAO!／友達は友達なんだ!?)||March 3, 2010||3|
|23||"Maji Bomber!!" (本気ボンバー!!?)||July 14, 2010||6|
|24||"Shining Power!!" (シャイニング パワー!!?)||November 10, 2010||7|
|25||"Heroine ni Narō ka!" (ヒロインになろうか!?)||March 2, 2011||7|
|26||"Ai no Dangan!" (愛の弾丸!?)||June 8, 2011||11|
|27||"Aa, Yo ga Akeru" (ああ、夜が明ける?)||August 10, 2011||7|
|28||"Be Genki (Naseba Naru!)" (Be 元気＜成せば成るっ!＞?)||March 21, 2012||9|
|29||"Cha Cha Sing" (cha cha SING?)||July 25, 2012||6|
|30||"Want" (WANT!?)||December 19, 2012||3|
|31||"Asian Celebration" (アジアン セレブレイション?)||March 13, 2013||8|
|32||"Golden Chinatown / Sayonara Usotsuki na Watashi" (ゴールデンチャイナタウン／サヨナラ ウソつきの私?)||June 19, 2013||6|
|33||"Motto Zutto Issho ni Itakatta / Rock Erotic" (もっとずっと一緒に居たかった／ROCKエロティック?)||October 2, 2013||4|
- "All For One & One For All!" by H.P. All Stars
- "Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku" by Berryz Kobo × Cute
- "Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku" by Hello! Project Mobekimasu
- "Makeru na Wasshoi!" by Bekimasu
- "Chō Happy Song" by Berryz Kobo × Cute
|1||1st Chō Berryz (1st 超ベリーズ?)||July 7, 2004||18|
|2||Dai 2 Seichōki (第②成長記?)||November 16, 2005||19|
|2.5||Special! Best Mini ~2.5 Maime no Kare~ (スッペシャル!ベストミニ ～2.5枚目の彼～?)||December 7, 2005||Mini-album||45|
|3||3 Natsu Natsu Mini Berryz (③夏夏ミニベリーズ?)||July 5, 2006||Mini-album||20|
|4||4th Ai no Nanchara Shisū (4th 愛のなんちゃら指数?)||August 1, 2007||14|
|5||5 (Five) (5(FIVE)?)||September 10, 2008||11|
|–||Berryz Kobo Special Best Vol. 1 (Berryz工房 スッペシャル ベスト Vol.1?)||January 14, 2009||Compilation||11|
|6||6th Otakebi Album (6th 雄叫びアルバム?)||March 31, 2010||12|
|7||7 Berryz Times (7 Berryz タイムス?)||March 30, 2011||10|
|8||Ai no Album 8 (愛のアルバム⑧?)||February 22, 2012||25|
|9||Berryz Mansion 9kai (Berryzマンション９階?)||January 30, 2013||24|
Asia Song Festival
|2008||Berryz Kobo (group)||Best Asian Newcomer Award||Won|
Japan Cable Awards
|2008||"Dschinghis Khan"||Cable Music Award||Won|
* awarded to the most requested song of the year on the cable radio
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