Fairies (band)

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Fairies
Origin Japan
Genres J-pop, pop, dance-pop, teen pop, bubblegum pop
Years active 2011–present
Labels Sonic Groove (Avex Group)
Website visionfactory.jp/artist/fairies/
Members Rikako Inoue
Sora Nomoto
Momoka Ito
Mahiro Hayashida
Miria Fujita
Miki Shimomura
Past members Kawane Kiyomura

Fairies (フェアリーズ?) are a Japanese girl group, formed in 2011. They are managed by the talent agency Vision Factory and produced by the Avex record label Sonic Groove.

History[edit]

Fairies were formed by talent agency Vision Factory, famous for successful artists such as Namie Amuro, MAX and Speed. The concept behind was "a world class talented group that is able to compete overseas", and they were chosen from 100 candidates who were attending dance schools affiliated with Vision Factory, coming from 13 regions of Japan.[1] The group name was open for suggestions from the public through a special corner in Nippon TV programme Sukkiri!!, and "Fairies" was chosen with the explanation that their dancing form resembled a group of fairies fluttering.[2]

The group debuted with the double A-side single "More Kiss / Song for You" on September 21, 2011. At the 53rd Japan Record Awards, held on December 30, 2011, Fairies were named the best newcomer of the year, receiving the Best New Artist award.[3] Among other nominees, they beat 2NE1 and Super Girls.[4] At the time of receiving the award, Fairies' average age of 13.6 was the lowest for this award, a record shared with °C-ute that won in 2007.

On January 17, 2013, member Kiyomura announced that she would be "restraining" from activities with Fairies in order to concentrate on her studies, leaving the remaining six to continue.[5] Although the group had been using the name "Fairies" in Latin script until then, from February onwards it was changed to Japanese on all their official sites and single jacket covers. However, no announcement was ever made about which was the official notation.

On February 1, the formation of subunit "M Three" (Mスリー?), with Hayashida, Fujita and Shimomura as members, was announced. The name was due to "M" being the initial of all three girls' given names. Their debut single "Yumemiru Dancing Doll" was released on March 27.[6]

Fairies released their eponymous first album on March 26, 2014. Included as a new song on the record was Ito's solo song "Poker Face", which later became the title song on Ito's solo debut single, released July 23.[7]

Members[edit]

Name Birthdate (age)[8] Color[9] Prefecture
of origin
Slogan / Notes
Rikako Inoue (井上理香子?) May 29, 1996 (18)      Purple Nagasaki Small Nagasaki (スモール長崎?)
Sora Nomoto (野元空?) Nov. 9, 1997 (17)      Blue Kagoshima Dancer girl from Kagoshima (鹿児島のダンス娘?)
Momoka Ito (伊藤萌々香?) Dec. 15, 1997 (17)      Red Saitama Refreshing-type girl (サッパリ系女子?)
Main vocalist on the song "More Kiss", 1st single's 1st A-side
Mahiro Hayashida (林田真尋?) May 7, 1998 (16)      Yellow Hyogo Naturally cheerful sports girl (明るさ天然スポーツ少女?)
Miria Fujita (藤田みりあ?) Jun. 15, 1998 (16)      Orange Osaka Powerful Kansai girl full of energy (元気いっぱいパワフル関西娘?)
Exclusive model for Nico Petit; former member of Next Generation
Miki Shimomura (下村実生?) Oct. 22, 1998 (16)      Pink Tokyo Eccentric girl (不思議ちゃん?)
Exclusive model for Seventeen
Past members
Kawane Kiyomura (清村川音?) Jun. 2, 1998 (16)      Green Kumamoto Kumamoto's oasis (熊本のオアシス?)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Charts
JPN
Oricon

[10]
Fairies 14

Singles[edit]

No. Title Release date Charts Album
JPN
Oricon

[11]
1 "More Kiss / Song for You" September 21, 2011 (2011-09-21) 11 Fairies
2 "Hero / Sweet Jewel" December 21, 2011 (2011-12-21) 9
3 "Beat Generation / No More Distance" April 4, 2012 (2012-04-04) 5
4 "Tweet Dream / Sparkle" July 25, 2012 (2012-07-25) 9
5 "White Angel" November 14, 2012 (2012-11-14) 5
6 "Hikari no Hate ni"
  (光の果てに?, "At the End of the Light")
July 24, 2013 (2013-07-24) 6
7 "Run with U" February 19, 2014 (2014-02-19) 8
8 "Super Hero / Love Me, Love You More." May 28, 2014 (2014-05-28) 10
9 "Bling Bling My Love" September 3, 2014 (2014-09-03) 11

Subunits' and solo singles[edit]

M Three[edit]

No. Title Release date Charts Album
JPN
Oricon

[12]
1 "Yumemiru Dancing Doll"
(夢見るダンシングドール?,
"Dreaming Dancing Doll")
March 27, 2013 (2013-03-27) 8
2 "Your Love" July 30, 2014 (2014-07-30) 16

Momoka Ito[edit]

No. Title Release date Charts Album
JPN
Oricon

[13]
1 "Poker Face" July 23, 2014 (2014-07-23) 16 Fairies

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2011 "More Kiss" Unknown
"Song for You" Hideaki Sunaga[14]
"Hero" Tatsuya Murakami[15]
"Sweet Jewel"
2012 "Beat Generation"
"No More Distance" Unknown
"Tweet Dream" Hideaki Sunaga[16]
"Sparkle" Masaki Takehisa[17]
"White Angel" Tatsuya Murakami[18]
2013 "Yumemiru Dancing Doll" (by M Three) Ryōtarō Muramatsu[19]
"Hikari no Hate ni"
2014 "Run with U" Tatsuya Murakami[20]
"Super Hero" Daisuke Ninomiya (Nino) / Ikioi[21]
"Poker Face" (by Momoka Ito) Shintarō Ehara[22]
"Your Love" (by M Three) Tatsuya Murakami[23]
"Bling Bling My Love" Shintarō Ehara[24]

Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2011 Fairies (group) Japan Record Awards — New Artist[4] Won
Japan Record Awards — Best New Artist[3] Won
"More Kiss" Japan Cable Awards — New Artist[25] Won
2012 "White Angel" Japan Record Awards — Gold Award[26] Won
Japan Record Awards — Grand Prix[26] Nominated
"Beat Generation" Japan Cable Awards — Excellence Award[27] Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ 中学生軍団「Fairies」がK―POPに挑戦状 (in Japanese). Sports Hochi. 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  2. ^ "名前がなかった清涼感満載7人組アイドルのグループ名が「Fairies」に決定" (in Japanese). Barks Japan. 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  3. ^ a b "AKB48 wins 53rd Japan Record Award". Tokyograph. 2011-12-30. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  4. ^ a b "53rd Japan Record Award winners". Tokyograph. 2011-11-20. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  5. ^ フェアリーズメンバー清村川音の活動に関しまして (in Japanese). Vision Factory. 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  6. ^ フェアリーズメンバー清村川音の活動に関しまして (in Japanese). Natalie. 2013-03-25. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  7. ^ フェアリーズ伊藤、初ソロ楽曲でよりクールに (in Japanese). Natalie. 2014-07-23. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  8. ^ "Fairies(フェアリーズ) オフィシャルサイト CDリリース、TV出演、ライブ情報など VISION FACTORY" (in Japanese). Vision Factory. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  9. ^ Rikako Inoue: "Fairies「HERO - Sweet Jewel」ジャケット撮影メイキング(理香子Ver.) - YouTube" (in Japanese). 2011-12-02. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
    Sora Nomoto: "Fairies「HERO - Sweet Jewel」ジャケット撮影メイキング(空Ver.) - YouTube" (in Japanese). 2011-12-04. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
    Momoka Ito: "Fairies「HERO - Sweet Jewel」ジャケット撮影メイキング(萌々香Ver.) - YouTube" (in Japanese). 2011-11-30. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
    Mahiro Hayashida: "Fairies「HERO - Sweet Jewel」ジャケット撮影メイキング(真尋Ver.) - YouTube" (in Japanese). 2011-12-04. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
    Miria Fujuta: "Fairies「HERO - Sweet Jewel」ジャケット撮影メイキング(みりあVer.) - YouTube" (in Japanese). 2011-12-04. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
    Miki Shimomura: "Fairies「HERO - Sweet Jewel」ジャケット撮影メイキング(実生Ver.) - YouTube" (in Japanese). 2011-12-11. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  10. ^ "FairiesのCDアルバムランキング" (in Japanese). Oricon Inc. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  11. ^ "FairiesのCDシングルランキング、Fairiesのプロフィール" (in Japanese). Oricon Inc. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  12. ^ "MスリーのCDシングルランキング" (in Japanese). Oriconaccessdate=2014-10-03. 
  13. ^ "伊藤萌々香のCDシングルランキング". Oricon. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  14. ^ "Song for You". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  15. ^ "HERO". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
    "Sweet Jewel". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
    "Beat Generation". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  16. ^ "Tweet Dream". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  17. ^ "Sparkle". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  18. ^ "White Angel". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  19. ^ "夢見るダンシングドール". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
    "光の果てに". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  20. ^ "Run with You". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  21. ^ "Super Hero". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  22. ^ "Poker Face". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  23. ^ "Your Love". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  24. ^ "BLING BLING MY LOVE". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  25. ^ 第44回 日本有線大賞 (in Japanese). Japan Cable Awards. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  26. ^ a b 第54回輝く!日本レコード大賞(2012年) (in Japanese). Tokyo Broadcasting System. Archived from the original on 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  27. ^ 第45回 日本有線大賞 (in Japanese). Japan Cable Awards. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 

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Preceded by
S/mileage
Japan Record Award for Best New Artist
2011
Succeeded by
Leo Ieiri