Diva (band)

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DiVA
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Pop
Years active 2011 (2011)–present
Labels avex trax
Associated acts AKB48
Website avexnet.or.jp/diva/index.html
Members Sae Miyazawa(SNH48)
Ayaka Umeda(NMB48)
Sayaka Akimoto
Past members Yuka Masuda

DiVA is a sub-unit of the all-female Japanese pop group AKB48.

History[edit]

The formation of DiVA was announced to Sayaka Akimoto and Sae Miyazawa on January 10, 2011,[1] and disclosed to public by the all DiVA members at AKB48 Theater on February 27, 2011. The initial four-member unit consisted of Sayaka Akimoto, Sae Miyazawa, Ayaka Umeda and Yuka Masuda.[2] The concept of the unit is "The first-ever Dance & Vocal unit from AKB48".[3] They originally scheduled to release their debut single on April 27, 2011.[4] But on April 1, it was announced that the release date has postponed to May 18[5] due to the aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The A-side song, "Tsuki no Ura gawa" (月の裏側 Reverse side of the Moon?), is written by Akimoto, as well as some B-side songs including AKB48 Team-K's theater-performed song "Blue Rose", and one of the songs recorded on Type-B CD, "Information" (インフォメーション?), is written by Tetsuya Komuro.[6]

They performed publicly at the Kobe Collection in Shanghai on April 16, 2011, first time after the formation of the group has announced.[7][8]

It was announced on the official DiVA blog that Akimoto Sayaka will continue her activities in DiVA even after her graduation from AKB48 on August 22, 2013 at AKB48's Tokyo Dome Concert while her last stage performance is on August 28.[7][8]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Release Title Copies Sold Chart positions
Oricon Singles Charts
[9]
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[10]
RIAJ digital tracks*
[11]
May 18, 2011 "Tsuki no Uragawa" (月の裏側?, "The Other Side of the Moon") 87,276 3 4 32
August 10, 2011 Cry 68,813 2 6 -
March 21, 2012 Lost the way 77,417 3 6 13

*RIAJ Digital Tracks established April 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AKB48 Akimoto Sayaka - Miyazawa Sae no Ukkari Channel" broadcast on March 10, 2011 by JOQR radio
  2. ^ "AKB48′s Akimoto Sayaka returns to Team K captain position, forms new unit DiVA". TOKYOGRAPH. February 28, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ Diva official website Superimpose on the spot video clip indicates "first-ever" in Japanese, although the top page indicates "Dance & Vocal Unit of AKB48"
  4. ^ "Debut Single「タイトル未定」3形態で4月27日発売!" (in Japanese). avex network. March 1, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ "発売日変更のお知らせ" (in Japanese). DiVA Official Website. April 1, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ "DISCOGRAPHY" (in Japanese). DiVA Official Website. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "AKB派生ユニットDiVA、初の中国ライブでデビュー曲披露" (in Japanese). Oricon. April 18, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "KOBE COLLECTION 2011 SHANGHAI 上海公演速報レポート!!" (in Japanese). KOBE COLLECTION. April 18, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ "アーティスト:Not yet". Oricon (in Japanese). Oricon Style. 
  10. ^ "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard. 
  11. ^ "有料音楽配信チャート" (in Japanese). RIAJ.