Minami Minegishi

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Minami Minegishi
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Minami Minegishi at Japan Expo 2009, Paris
Background information
Born (1992-11-15) November 15, 1992 (age 22)
Tokyo, Japan
Genres J-pop
Occupation(s) Japanese idol, singer, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2005–present
Labels King (AKB48), Epic (no3b)
Associated acts AKB48, no3b

Minami Minegishi (峯岸 みなみ Minegishi Minami?, born November 15, 1992 in Tokyo) is a Japanese idol singer and actress. She is a member of the girl group AKB48.[1]

Career[edit]

Minegishi is one of the original members of AKB48; she debuted with Team A in 2005. She is one of the more popular members,[peacock term] where she finished 14th in the AKB48 2012 general election with 25,638 votes.[2] She is one of the three members of AKB48 sub-group no3b,[3] with whom she played in the drama Mendol, Ikemen Idol[4] in 2008 and sang its theme song as the fictional band "Personna". She has also been a frequent guest on television variety shows.[5] Beyond appearing in commercials as a member of AKB48, she has also appeared in some by herself.[6]

Demotion[edit]

On January 31, 2013, the weekly tabloid Shukan Bunshun reported that she had spent a night at the flat of Alan Shirahama, a member of the boyband Generations. A few hours later, it was announced through the AKB48 official blog that she would be demoted from one of the official members of Umeda Team B to kenkyūsei (trainee) status as of February 1.[7] She thus became the first AKB48 member to be demoted to kenkyūsei in four years since Miki Saotome in late January 2009. On the same day, the AKB48 official channel published a video of Minegishi with her head shaved (or more accurately reduced to a crew cut[8]), apologizing to her fans for her "thoughtless behavior" and hoping that the management would let her stay in the group, with other members that she loved.[9] In the YouTube statement, Minegishi explained that she cut her hair in a state of shock induced by reading the Shukan Bunshun scoop, when she could not calm down.[7] However, in Japan, cutting one's hair is a way of showing contrition.[10]

Numerous international media reported this incident, including Agence France-Presse,[11] BBC,[10] CNN,[12] Daily News,[13] The Guardian,[14] ABC,[15] The Huffington Post,[16] Radio Programas del Perú,[17] Global Times,[18] Aftonbladet,[19] Spiegel Online,[20] Al Jazeera English[21] and the Manila Bulletin.[22]

Return[edit]

On August 24, AKB48 announced the reinstatement of Team 4, with Minegishi reinstated as a full member as well as the captain; the rest of the members were promoted from the 13th and 14th generation trainees.[23]

Discography[edit]

Singles with AKB48[edit]

Year No. Title Role Notes
2006 Ind-1 "Sakura no Hanabiratachi" A-side Debut with Team A.
Ind-2 "Skirt, Hirari" Supporting Backup dancer role in title track.[24]
1 "Aitakatta" A-side
2007 2 "Seifuku ga Jama o Suru" A-side
3 "Keibetsu Shiteita Aijō" A-side
4 "Bingo!" A-side
5 "Boku no Taiyō" A-side
6 "Yūhi o Miteiru ka?" A-side
2008 7 "Romance, Irane" A-side
8 "Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008" A-side
9 "Baby! Baby! Baby!" A-side
10 "Ōgoe Diamond" A-side
2009 11 "10nen Sakura" A-side
12 "Namida Surprise!" A-side
13 "Iiwake Maybe" A-side Ranked 16th in 2009 General Election.
14 "River" A-side
2010 15 "Sakura no Shiori" A-side First single as Team K. Also sang on "Majisuka Rock 'n' Roll".
16 "Ponytail to Shushu" A-side
17 "Heavy Rotation" A-side Ranked 14th in 2010 General Election. Also sang on "Yasai Sisters" and "Lucky Seven".
18 "Beginner" A-side
19 "Chance no Junban" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament.[25] Sang on "Yoyakushita Christmas"; and "Alive" with Team K.
2011 20 "Sakura no Ki ni Narō" A-side
-- "Dareka no Tame ni - What can I do for someone?" -- charity single
21 "Everyday, Katyusha" A-side Also sang on "Korekara Wonderland" and "Yankee Soul".
22 "Flying Get" A-side Ranked 15th in 2011 General Election.
23 "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" A-side
24 "Ue kara Mariko" A-side Placed third in rock-paper-scissors tournament;[26][27] She also sang on "Noël no Yoru"; and on "Zero-sum Taiyō" as Team K.[citation needed]
2012 25 "Give Me Five!" A-side (Baby Blossom), Special Girls B Played trombone in Baby Blossom; She also sang "Hitsujikai no Tabi" as part of Special Girls B.
26 "Manatsu no Sounds Good!" A-side
27 "Gingham Check" A-side Ranked 14th in 2012 General Election. Also sang on "Yume no Kawa".
28 "Uza" A-side, New Team B Also sang on "Seigi no Mikata ja Nai Hero" as New Team B.
29 "Eien Pressure" B-side, OKL48 Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament.

First single as member of Team B. She sang on "Totteoki Christmas"; and "Eien Yori Tsuzuku Yō ni" as part of OKL48.

2013 30 "So Long!" A-side First single after being demoted to Kenkyusei. She also sang on "Sokode inu no unchi fun jau ka ne?" as Team B.
31 "Sayonara Crawl" B-side Did not sing on title track. She sang on "Haste to Waste" and "Love Shugyou".
32 "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie" Under Girls Ranked 18th in 2013 General Election.[28]

Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Ai no Imi wo Kangaete Mita" as part of the Under Girls. Sang on "Namida no Sei Janai" and "Saigo no Door".

33 "Heart Electric" A-side In main lineup as "Barbara".[29] Also sang on "Seijun Philosophy" as Team 4.
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 Nannichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono" B-side Lost in rock-scissors-paper tournament. Sang 'Mosh&Drive' instead.
2014 35 "Mae Shika Mukanee" A-side
2014 36 "Labrador Retriever" A-side Also sang Heart no Dasshutsu Game.
2014 37 "Kokoro no Placard" Under Girls Ranked 22nd in 2014 General Election.Sang 'Dareka ga Nageta Ball' instead.

With no3b[edit]

Main article: No3b § Discography

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

  • Densen Uta (2007)
  • Moshidora (2011)
  • Documentary of AKB48: Show Must Go On (2012)
  • Documentary of AKB48: No Flower Without Rain (2013)

Television[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AKB48公式サイト - メンバー情報 - 峯岸 みなみ" (in Japanese). AKB48. 
  2. ^ "Minegishi Minama 14-i". Supōtsu Hōchi. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "No Sleeves reveal their plans for Christmas". TokyoHive. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Fall 2008 Drama Preview!". Tokyograph. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "AKB no 'baraetī-han' Minegishi Minami". Sponichi Annex. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "AKB48 Minegishi Minami". Nikkan Sports Douga. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Tokyohive (January 31, 2013). "Minegishi Minami demoted to Kenkyuusei + posts a video message with shaved head". Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Mixed views of AKB member's shaved head and teary apology". Asahi Shinbun. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "AKB48 峯岸みなみからのメッセージ / AKB48 (公式)" [Message from Minami Minegishi / AKB48 (Official)]. Tokyo: AKB48. January 31, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "AKB48 pop star shaves head after breaking band rules". BBC News. BBC. 
  11. ^ "Japanese pop idol shaves her head in public apology after sex scandal". The Globe and Mail. Agence France-Presse. 2013-02-01. 
  12. ^ Shadbolt, Peter (2013-02-05). "When a teen pop star breaks J-pop 'bushido' code". CNN. 
  13. ^ "Japanese pop star shaves her head in shame and begs for forgiveness after spending night with boyfriend". Daily News. 2013-02-01. 
  14. ^ McCurry, Justin (2013-02-01). "Japanese pop star shaves head in apology – for night with boyfriend". The Guardian. 
  15. ^ Fujita, Akiko (2013-02-01). "Pop Star Shaves Head in Remorse for Dating". ABC. 
  16. ^ Mosbergen, Dominique (2013-02-02). "Minami Minegishi, Japanese Pop Star, Shaves Head As Penance For Dating (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. 
  17. ^ "Involucran a Minegishi Minami de AKB48 con Shirahama de GENERATIONS" (in Spanish). Radio Programas del Perú. 2013-01-30. 
  18. ^ "AKB48成员峯岸南被曝与男星过夜 削发谢罪" (in Chinese). Global Times. 2013-02-01. 
  19. ^ Börjesson, Elin (2013-02-01). "Japansk popstjärna rakar huvudet efter sexskandal" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 
  20. ^ Sonnberger, Heike (2013-02-07). "Mädchenband AKB48 in Japan: Sängerin rasiert sich aus Reue den Kopf" (in German). Spiegel Online. 
  21. ^ "Japanese singer shaves head after sex scandal". Al Jazeera English. 2013-02-02. 
  22. ^ Hicap, Jonathan M. (2013-02-04). "Japanese singer shaves head after sex scandal". Bulletin Entertainment Online. Manila Bulletin. 
  23. ^ "AKB48 New (Minegishi) Team 4 Created". Melos no Michi. August 24, 2013. 
  24. ^ "SKIRT, HIRARI AKB48's second indies release|". supermerlion. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 
  25. ^ "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. 
  26. ^ "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. 
  27. ^ "AKB48’s second "Rock, Paper, Scissors" Tournament confirmed". Tokyohive.com. 2011-07-03. Retrieved 2013-04-25. 
  28. ^ "[Completed] AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu General Election results!". 8 June 2013. Tokyohive. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  29. ^ "First performance of AKB48 33rd Single". allthingsjpop.wordpress.com. September 19, 2013. 

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