Minami Takahashi

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Minami Takahashi
Minami Takahashi at AKB48 J!-ENT Live.jpg
Minami Takahashi performing at the Anime Expo AKB48 live in Los Angeles, 2010
Background information
Native name 高橋 みなみ
Also known as Takamina (たかみな)
Born (1991-04-08) April 8, 1991 (age 23)
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres J-pop
Occupations Singer, actress, Japanese idol
Years active 2005 - present
Labels King/You, Be Cool! (AKB48)
Epic (no3b)
Nayutawave (solo)
Associated acts AKB48, no3b

Minami Takahashi (高橋 みなみ Takahashi Minami?, born April 8, 1991 in Tokyo) is a member of the Japanese idol girl group AKB48 under Team A. She is the General Director (総監督 sōkantoku?) of AKB48 and its sister groups.[1] In an interview with Nippon Television in June 2010, AKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto described her as the "eldest daughter of the 48 sisters".[2] She is commonly part of the main lineup for the AKB48 singles. She is a member of the AKB48 sub-group no3b, along with AKB48 members Haruna Kojima and Minami Minegishi.

Career[edit]

In August 2005, Takahashi become one of the 30th HoriPro Talent Contest's 15 final candidates, but she did not win the competition's Grand-Prix prize. In October 2005, she participated in the first AKB48 audition and beat 7,924 other applicants to be chosen as one of the 24 founding members of the group. According to Tomonobu Togasaki, the manager of the AKB48 Theater, she had two unofficial advantages going for her: her birthday (April 8) and her height (148 cm) contain the number "48".[3] She debuted with Team A on December 8, 2005.[4][5]

In 2008, no3b members, including Takahashi, appeared in the TV Tokyo drama Men Dol. She starred as Nami/Kai in this television series.[6]

On August 23, 2009, Takahashi was officially announced as the captain of AKB48's Team A. On August 24, 2012, Mariko Shinoda replaced her as the captain of Team A and Minami Takahashi was made the General Director of the whole AKB48 including all sister groups.[citation needed]

Takahashi appears regularly in the AKB48 singles as one of the group's key singers. In addition, Minami frequently represents AKB48 on TV programs such as Music Station, and in other of the group's publicity events.[7] She was also scheduled to take part in the AKB48's 3-day live concert event titled "Takamina ni tsuite ikimasu" (たかみなについて行きます?, lit. "We will follow Takamina"), which was to be held on March 25–27, 2011 at the Yokohama Arena but was cancelled due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[8]

On August 25, 2012, the second day of AKB48 Tokyo Dome Concert, it was announced by Max Hole that Takahashi would make her solo debut with the company, through its Nayutawave Records label.[9][10] The single, titled "Jane Doe", was released on April 3, 2013. It is the opening theme song for the Fuji Television TV drama Saki, which stars Yukie Nakama.[11]

AKB48 general elections[edit]

  • Ranked 5th in the 2009 general election
  • Ranked 6th in the 2010 general election
  • Ranked 7th in the 2011 general election
  • Ranked 6th in the 2012 general election
  • Ranked 8th in the 2013 general election

Discography[edit]

Solo singles[edit]

Year Title Chart position Oricon sales[12]
Oricon Weekly
Singles Chart[12]
Billboard Japan
Hot 100[13]
First
week
Total*
2013 "Jane Doe" 2 1 85,493 103,066

* Unofficial figure obtained by adding together Oricon sales numbers for different periods of time when the single charted on Oricon.

Singles with AKB48[edit]

Year No. Title Role[14] Notes
2006 Ind-1 "Sakura no Hanabiratachi" A-side, Center Debut with Team A. Also sang on "Dear My Teacher".[citation needed]
Ind-2 "Skirt, Hirari" A-side, Center Also sang on "Aozora no Soba ni Ite".[citation needed]
1 "Aitakatta" A-side, Center Also sang on "Dakedo".[citation needed]
2007 2 "Seifuku ga Jama o Suru" A-side, Center Also sang on "Virgin Love".[citation needed]
3 "Keibetsu Shiteita Aijō" A-side, Center Also sang on "Namida Uri no Shoujo".[citation needed]
4 "Bingo!" A-side, Center Also sang on "Only Today".[citation needed]
5 "Boku no Taiyō" A-side Also sang on "Mirai no Kaijitsu".[citation needed]
6 "Yūhi o Miteiru ka?" A-side Also sang on "Viva! Hurricane".[citation needed]
2008 7 "Romance, Irane" A-side Also sang on "Ai no Moufu".[citation needed]
8 "Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008" A-side, Center Also sang on "Saigo no Seifuku".[citation needed]
9 "Baby! Baby! Baby!" A-side Also sang on "Yume wo Shinaseru Wake ni Ikanai".[citation needed]
10 "Ōgoe Diamond" A-side Also sang on "109".[citation needed]
2009 11 "10nen Sakura" A-side Also sang on "Sakurairo no Sora no Shita de".
12 "Namida Surprise!" A-side
13 "Iiwake Maybe" A-side Ranked 5th in 2009 General Election
14 "River" A-side
2010 15 "Sakura no Shiori" A-side Also sang on "Majisuka Rock 'n' Roll".
16 "Ponytail to Shushu" A-side Also sang on "Majijo Teppen Blues"
17 "Heavy Rotation" A-side Ranked 6th 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.[15] Sang on "Yoyakushita Christmas"; and "Kurumi to Dialogue" as Team A.
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 7th in 2011 General Election. Also sang on "Ice no Kuchizuke".
23 "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" A-side
24 "Ue kara Mariko" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament;[16][17] She sang on "Noël no Yoru"; and on "Rinjin wa Kizutsukanai" as Team A.[citation needed]
2012 25 "Give Me Five!" A-side (Baby Blossom), Selection 6 Played lead guitar in Baby Blossom; She also sang "Sweet & Bitter" as part of Selection 6.
26 "Manatsu no Sounds Good!" A-side Also sang on "Chōdai, Darling!".
27 "Gingham Check" A-side Ranked 6th in 2012 General Election. Also sang on "Yume no Kawa".
28 "Uza" A-side Also sang on "Kodoku na Hoshizora" as New Team A.
29 "Eien Pressure" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Totteoki Christmas".
2013 30 "So Long!" A-side Sang on "Ruby" as Team A.
-- "Tenohira ga Kataru Koto" -- charity single
31 "Sayonara Crawl" A-side
32 "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie" A-side Ranked 8th in 2013 General Election.[18]
33 "Heart Electric" A-side Nicknamed Linda. She also sang "Kiss made Countdown" as Team A.
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" and "Party is over".

Albums with AKB48[edit]

no3b[edit]

Stage units[edit]

Team A 1st Stage: Party ga Hajimaru yo
  1. Skirt, Hirari
  2. Hoshi no Ondo (2nd Unit)

Team A 2nd Stage: Aitakatta

  1. Nageki no Figure
  2. Glass no I Love You
  3. Senaka Kara Dakishimete
  4. Rio no Kakumei

Team A 3rd Stage: Dareka no Tame ni

  1. Bird
  2. Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru

Team A 4th Stage: Tadaima Renaichuu

  1. Junai no Crescendo
Team A 5th Stage: Renai Kinshi Jourei
  1. Renai Kinshi Jourei
Team A 6th Stage: Mokugekisha
  1. Itoshisa no Accel
Team A Waiting Stage
  1. Ame no Pianist
Himawari-gumi 1st Stage: Boku no Taiyou
  1. Higurashi no Koi
Himawari-gumi 2nd Stage: Yume wo Shinaseru Wake ni Ikanai
  1. Bye Bye Bye
Team Surprise 1st Stage:
  1. 1994-nen no Raimei
  1. Oteage Lullaby

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role
2007 Densen Uta Ai-chan (愛ちゃん?)
2011 Documentary of AKB48: To Be Continued Herself
2012 Documentary of AKB48: Show Must Go On Herself
2013 Documentary of AKB48: No Flower Without Rain Herself

Dramas[edit]

Year Title Role
2008 Saito-san (斉藤さん?) Kei Niimi
2008 Men Dol: Ikemen Idol (メン☆ドル 〜イケメンアイドル〜?) Nami/Kai
2010 Majisuka Gakuen Minami
2010 Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi (ほんとにあった怖い話 夏の特別編2010 AKB48まるごと浄霊スペシャル2?) Herself
2010 Sakura Kara no Tegami (桜からの手紙 〜AKB48 それぞれの卒業物語〜?) Minami Takahashi
2011 Majisuka Gakuen 2 Female Investigator

Musicals[edit]

Year Title Role
2009 AKB48 Kagekidan "Infinity" (AKB歌劇団「∞・Infinity」?) Maria Takajima

Television programs[edit]

Year Title Role
2008 AKB 1ji 59fun! (AKB1じ59ふん!?) Herself
2008 AKB 0ji 59fun! (AKB0じ59ふん!?) Herself
2008– AKBingo! Herself
2008–2010, 2014 AKB48 Nemousu TV (AKB48ネ申テレビ?) Herself
2009 Omoikkiri Don! 1155 (おもいッきりDON! 1155?) Herself
2009–2010 Omoikkiri Pon! (おもいッきりPON!?) Herself
2009–2012 Shūkan AKB (週刊AKB?) Herself
2010–2011 PON! no3b
2010 AKB600sec. Herself
2010– Mujack! Herself (MC)
2010– AKB to ××! (AKBと××!?) Herself
2011 Documentary of AKB48 - The future 1mm ahead Self (concurrently as a narrator)
2011– Shin Dōmoto Kyōdai (新堂本兄弟?) Herself
2012– AKB Kousagi Dojo (AKB子兎道場?) Herself
2012–2013 Snack Kissa Eden (スナック喫茶エデン?) Herself (MC)
2013– Ijime wo Knock Out (いじめをノックアウト?) Herself (MC)

Other media[edit]

Photo albums[edit]

  • B.L.T. U-17 summer (August 7, 2008, Tokyo News Tsushinsha)
  • Takamina (たかみな?) (September 22, 2010, Kodansha)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reformation of AKB48 in Tokyo Dome Concert" (in Japanese). 2012-08-24. 
  2. ^ "AKB5400sec" by Nihon TV, July 2010
  3. ^ "AKBINGO!" broadcast 2010-07-07 by Nihon TV
  4. ^ "AKB48公式サイト|team Aステージソング". AKB48 First Stage Songs and Members (in Japanese). 
  5. ^ "AKB48公式サイト|ステージソング". AKB48 Stage Dates (in Japanese). 
  6. ^ "ドラマ24「メン★ドル~イケメンアイドル~」:テレビ東京【ノースリーブス初主演ドラマ!メンドル】". Men☆Dol (in Japanese). 
  7. ^ "Ariyoshi AKB Kyōwakoku", broadcast 2010-10-21 by TBS Television
  8. ^ Ticket refund information of AKB48 Concert "Takamina ni tsuite ikimasu" (AKB48 コンサート「たかみなについて行きます」チケット払い戻しのご案内?) AKB48 Official blog 2011-03-18 (Japanese)
  9. ^ "Announcement of Takahashi Minami's Solo Debut" (in Japanese). 2012-08-25. 
  10. ^ "Announcement of Solo Debut in Tokyo Dome Concert" (in Japanese). 2012-08-25. 
  11. ^ Takahashi Minami to release her solo debut single + selected as opening theme song for upcoming drama ‘Saki’
  12. ^ a b "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ "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. 
  16. ^ "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. 
  17. ^ "AKB48’s second "Rock, Paper, Scissors" Tournament confirmed". Tokyohive.com. 2011-07-03. Retrieved 2013-04-25. 
  18. ^ "[Completed] AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu General Election results!". 8 June 2013. Tokyohive. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 

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