Minami Takahashi performing at the Anime Expo AKB48 live in Los Angeles, 2010
|Native name||高橋 みなみ|
|Also known as||Takamina (たかみな)|
|Born||April 8, 1991|
|Occupations||Singer, actress, Japanese idol|
|Years active||2005 - present|
|Labels||King/You, Be Cool! (AKB48)
|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. In an interview with Nippon Television in June 2010, AKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto described her as the "eldest daughter of the 48 sisters". 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.
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". She debuted with Team A on December 8, 2005.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
AKB48 general elections
- 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
|Year||Title||Chart position||Oricon sales|
* Unofficial figure obtained by adding together Oricon sales numbers for different periods of time when the single charted on Oricon.
Singles with AKB48
|2006||Ind-1||"Sakura no Hanabiratachi"||A-side, Center||Debut with Team A. Also sang on "Dear My Teacher".|
|Ind-2||"Skirt, Hirari"||A-side, Center||Also sang on "Aozora no Soba ni Ite".|
|1||"Aitakatta"||A-side, Center||Also sang on "Dakedo".|
|2007||2||"Seifuku ga Jama o Suru"||A-side, Center||Also sang on "Virgin Love".|
|3||"Keibetsu Shiteita Aijō"||A-side, Center||Also sang on "Namida Uri no Shoujo".|
|4||"Bingo!"||A-side, Center||Also sang on "Only Today".|
|5||"Boku no Taiyō"||A-side||Also sang on "Mirai no Kaijitsu".|
|6||"Yūhi o Miteiru ka?"||A-side||Also sang on "Viva! Hurricane".|
|2008||7||"Romance, Irane"||A-side||Also sang on "Ai no Moufu".|
|8||"Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008"||A-side, Center||Also sang on "Saigo no Seifuku".|
|9||"Baby! Baby! Baby!"||A-side||Also sang on "Yume wo Shinaseru Wake ni Ikanai".|
|10||"Ōgoe Diamond"||A-side||Also sang on "109".|
|2009||11||"10nen Sakura"||A-side||Also sang on "Sakurairo no Sora no Shita de".|
|13||"Iiwake Maybe"||A-side||Ranked 5th in 2009 General Election|
|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".|
|19||"Chance no Junban"||B-side||Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. 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; She sang on "Noël no Yoru"; and on "Rinjin wa Kizutsukanai" as Team A.|
|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|
|32||"Koi Suru Fortune Cookie"||A-side||Ranked 8th in 2013 General Election.|
|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
- Set List: Greatest Songs 2006–2007
- Set List: Greatest Songs Kanzenban
- Koko ni Ita Koto
|Team A 1st Stage: Party ga Hajimaru yo
Team A 2nd Stage: Aitakatta
Team A 3rd Stage: Dareka no Tame ni
Team A 4th Stage: Tadaima Renaichuu
|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|
|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||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|
|2009||AKB48 Kagekidan "Infinity" (AKB歌劇団「∞・Infinity」?)||Maria Takajima|
|2008||AKB 1ji 59fun! (AKB1じ59ふん!?)||Herself|
|2008||AKB 0ji 59fun! (AKB0じ59ふん!?)||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–||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)|
- B.L.T. U-17 summer (August 7, 2008, Tokyo News Tsushinsha)
- Takamina (たかみな?) (September 22, 2010, Kodansha)
- "Reformation of AKB48 in Tokyo Dome Concert" (in Japanese). 2012-08-24.
- "AKB5400sec" by Nihon TV, July 2010
- "AKBINGO!" broadcast 2010-07-07 by Nihon TV
- "AKB48公式サイト｜team Aステージソング". AKB48 First Stage Songs and Members (in Japanese).
- "AKB48公式サイト｜ステージソング". AKB48 Stage Dates (in Japanese).
- "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).
- "Ariyoshi AKB Kyōwakoku", broadcast 2010-10-21 by TBS Television
- 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)
- "Announcement of Takahashi Minami's Solo Debut" (in Japanese). 2012-08-25.
- "Announcement of Solo Debut in Tokyo Dome Concert" (in Japanese). 2012-08-25.
- Takahashi Minami to release her solo debut single + selected as opening theme song for upcoming drama ‘Saki’
- "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
- "Hot 100｜JAPAN Charts｜Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard.
- 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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "AKB48’s second "Rock, Paper, Scissors" Tournament confirmed". Tokyohive.com. 2011-07-03. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
- "[Completed] AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu General Election results!". 8 June 2013. Tokyohive. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
- Minami Takahashi at the Internet Movie Database
- Production Ogi Profile
- AKB48 Official Profile
- Universal Music Official Profile
- Minami Takahashi Google+
- Official blog