|Associated acts||Hello! Pro Egg
Shugo Chara Egg!
Shin Mini Moni
Hello! Project Mobekimasu
|Members||Ayaka Wada (2009-)
Kanon Fukuda (2009-)
Kana Nakanishi (2011-)
Akari Takeuchi (2011-)
Rina Katsuta (2011-)
Meimi Tamura (2011-)
|Past members||Saki Ogawa (2009-2011)
Fuyuka Kosuga (2011)
Yuuka Maeda (2009-2011)
S/mileage (スマイレージ Sumairēji ) is a Japanese idol girl group from Hello! Project, which originally consisted of four former Hello! Pro Egg (Hello! Project trainees) members. They graduated from Egg status in 2010 and became full-time members of Hello! Project. In 2010, they won the Japan Record Award for Best New Artist. In 2011, five new girls were added to the group as part of the second generation, two being former Egg members and three new girls, but at the same time, the group also lost three girls.
- 1 Members
- 2 History
- 3 Discography
- 4 Acts and performances
- 5 Awards
- 6 References
- 7 External links
|Name||Birth date||Age||Generation||Member color*||Notes|
|Ayaka Wada (和田彩花)||August 1, 1994||19||1||Blue||Leader|
|Kanon Fukuda (福田花音)||March 12, 1995||18||Purple|
|Kana Nakanishi (中西香菜)||June 4, 1997||16||2||Sky Blue|
|Akari Takeuchi (竹内朱莉)||November 23, 1997||16||Red|
|Rina Katsuta (勝田里奈)||April 6, 1998||15||Yellow|
|Meimi Tamura (田村芽実)||October 30, 1998||15||Green|
* All color values are approximate.
- Yuuka Maeda (前田憂佳) (color: pink; graduated on December 31, 2011)
- Saki Ogawa (小川紗希) (color: light green, graduated on August 27, 2011)
- Fuyuka Kosuga (小数賀芙由香) (color: orange; left on September 9, 2011)
2009: Indies debut
On April 4, Tsunku announced on his blog that a new girl group consisting of Hello! Pro Egg members would be formed. He later revealed that the members would be Ayaka Wada, Yuuka Maeda and Kanon Fukuda, all formerly of Shugo Chara Egg!, as well as fellow Egg Saki Ogawa, and announced that Ayaka would be the leader. A month later, on May 7, 2009, he revealed the group's name to be "S/mileage"; the name is a portmanteau of the English words "smile", "mileage", and "age", and together the name means "the age of smiles".
S/mileage's first indies single, "Ama no Jaku", was released at the Hello! Pro Egg: Nakano Step! concert on June 7, 2009.
2010: Major label debut
After releasing 3 indies singles, Tsunku announced at the Hello! Pro Egg concert Shinjin Kōen Yokohama Fire that they would become a full-time group in spring 2010. It was later announced that their debut had been set for May 2010— however, only on Tsunku's condition that the girls must "collect" smiles from 10,000 people in a drive called the "Smile Campaign" (笑顔キャンペーン, "Egao Campaign"). Fans were asked to send in photographs of themselves smiling, and when all 10,000 required pictures had been received they would be compiled into a big mosaic. If the girls did not collect all of the photos they would not be allowed to make a major debut by Tsunku. They regularly posted videos to the official Up-Front Works YouTube channel, titled "The Road to S/mileage's Major Debut" (スマイレージ メジャーデビューへの道). They made their official "mini-live" event debut in Nagoya on March 19, to encourage people to take part in the Smile Campaign, with their fourth indies single "Otona ni Narutte Muzukashii!!!", released March 14, their first release on the Up-Front Works label. This final indies release peaked at the #1 spot on the Oricon weekly indies chart. The group made appearances around the country to have their photos taken with fans, and taking part in handshake meetings, in order to meet the quota of photos. After the deadline on March 25, it was announced that the result of the campaign would be announced during the joint S/mileage and Erina Mano concert on April 3. It was then announced that the group would be graduating from Hello! Pro Eggs.
S/mileage appeared as the opening support act at fellow Hello! Project unit Cute's concert Cute Concert Tour 2010 Spring: Shocking Live on March 20. On April 3, they performed a joint concert with Erina Mano, at which Tsunku announced that the girls would indeed make their major debut, and revealed the completed mosaic. Their first major single, "Yume Miru Fifteen" (A Dreaming Fifteen Year Old), was released on May 26 and debuted on Oricon at #5. Their first tour, titled "Devil Smile Angel Smile", begun on October 9, 2010. In late August, a post on their official site revealed that their first album had been set for a winter release. The album's name was later revealed to be Warugaki 1 (Evil Brats 1) and was released on December 8.
2011: 2nd generation auditions and new members
On May 29, 2011, S/mileage revealed at their 1st anniversary event that they would be holding auditions for new members to add to the 4-member group, and is only open to girls in junior high or high school. At the same time, it was also announced that is a chance of demotion for the present members. The second round of auditions was streamed live on Nico Nico Douga. Fifty-two girls are shown, eight of whom are members of Hello! Pro Egg. The third round was also streamed, and showed twelve girls, three of whom are Eggs. The new members were announced on August 14. From Hello! Pro Egg, Akari Takeuchi and Rina Katsuta were added. Additionally, three new girls were added, Kana Nakanishi, Fuyuka Kosuga, and Meimi Tamura.
On August 24, it was announced that on August 27 Saki Ogawa would be graduating from S/mileage and, subsequently, from Hello! Project. As the group's producer Tsunku revealed in his message on the official sites, in May of this year she asked to let her return to the life of a normal middle school student. However, the rushed and weirdly-timed announcement being right after the reveal of the 2nd generation sub-members has caused the internet (both Japanese and International) to suspect the official reason and explode in speculation for the real reasons behind her graduation.
On September 9, one of S/mileage's newest additions, Fuyuka Kosuga, was diagnosed with anaemia, only earlier having to miss a concert due to illness. Due to her anaemia, she left the group and resumed her work as a Hello! Project Egg after her recovery.
Starting September 18, a S/mileage sub-member Smile Campaign was held, where each sub-member had to collect images with smiling fans in cities across the country in order to determine their place as an official member in the group. Photos could also be sent in by fans via Facebook, Twitter or mixi by following instructions. On October 16 at S/mileage's 'Tachiagaaru' event, producer Tsunku announced all four sub-members had become full members.
On October 25, a week after the sub members were changed to full, it was announced that Maeda Yuuka would graduate from S/mileage and, subsequently, from Hello! Project on December 31. Her graduation was due to her wanting to retire from show business and focus on university entrance exams, and she felt that it would be unfair to her supporters to only give the fans half of her concentration on stage. Her last single as a member will be "Please Mini Skirt Post Woman!".
As of January 1, 2012, the group consists of 6 members - 2 being first generation and 4 being second generation.
On February 1, they released "Chotto Matte Kudasai!", their 9th single and first single without Yuuka Maeda. Their 10th single 'Dot Bikini' followed on May 2, their first best of album on May 20, and their 11th single "Suki yo, Junjō Hankōki" on August 22.
From July 28–29, S/mileage had their first fanclub tour in Yamanashi.
On August 30, S/mileage's 13th single and 2nd album was announced. The single, titled "Samui ne" was released on November 28 and the album is scheduled for release in early 2013.
|1||"Ama no Jaku" (ぁまのじゃく, "pLaying It Cool", "Little Demon")||June 6, 2009||—|
|2||"Asu wa Date na no ni, Ima Sugu Koe ga Kikitai"
"Though We Have a Date Tomorrow, I Want to Hear Your Voice Right Now")
|September 23, 2009||—|
|3||"Suki-chan" (スキちゃん, "My Dear Little Love")||November 23, 2009||159|
|4||"Otona ni Narutte Muzukashii!!!"
(オトナになるって難しい！！！, "It's Hard to Grow Up!!!")
|March 14, 2010||42||1,324|
|1||"Yume Miru 15" (夢見る 15歳 Yume Miru Fifutīn , "A Dreaming 15-year-old")||May 26, 2010||5||20,938||24,936|
(○○がんばらなくてもええねんで！！, "OO No Need to Try Hard!!")
|July 28, 2010||6||18,987||24,489|
|3||"Onaji Jikyū de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama"
"Friend's Beautiful Mom Who Works in the Same Hourly Pay")"
|September 29, 2010||5||17,998||29,533|
|4||"Shortcut" (ショートカット Shōtokatto , "Short Haircut")||February 9, 2011||5||20,492||22,831|
|5||"Koi ni Booing Boo!" (恋にBooing ブー！, "Oink! Oinking [=falling] in Love")||April 27, 2011||6||19,049||20,954|
|6||"Uchōten Love" (有頂天LOVE Uchōten Rabu , "Ecstatic Love")||August 3, 2011||5||29,328||33,823|
|7||"Tachiagirl" (タチアガール Tachiagāru , "Stand Up, Girl")||September 28, 2011||4||22,792||26,328|
|8||"Please Miniskirt Postwoman!"
(プリーズ ミニスカ ポストウーマン！ Purīzu Minisuka Posuto Ūman )
|December 28, 2011||5||34,132||36,513|
|9||"Choto Mate Kudasai!" (チョトマテクダサイ!, "Wait a Minute, Please!")||February 1, 2012||6||19,700||22,106|
|10||"Dot Bikini" (ドットビキニ Dotto Bikini , "Polka-dotted Bikini")||May 2, 2012||6||20,043||22,133|
|11||"Suki yo, Junjō Hankōki"
(好きよ、純情反抗期, "I Love You, Pure-hearted Rebellious Stage")
|August 22, 2012||7||22,866||24,508|
|12||"Samui ne" (寒いね。, "It's Cold, Isn't It?")||November 28, 2012||6||19,308||21,120|
|13||"Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita"
(旅立ちの春が来た, "Spring of Departure Has Come")
|March 20, 2013||4||22,560||23,969|
|14||"Yattaruchan / Atarashii Watashi ni Nare!"
(ヤッタルチャン/新しい私になれ!, "Be the new me!/Yattaruchan")
|July 3, 2013||4||26,573||27,935|
|15||""Ii Yatsu" / Ee ka!?"
(「良い奴」 / ええか!?, ""Ii Yatsu" / Ee ka!?")
|December 18, 2013|
|Oha Girl Maple with S/mileage
(おはガールメープル with スマイレージ)
|"My School March"
|November 24, 2010|
(負けるな わっしょい！, "Don’t Give Up Wasshoi!")
|August 6, 2011|
|Hello! Project Mobekimasu
|"Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku"
"Philosophy of How Not to Become an Ugly Girl")
|November 16, 2011|
Digital download singles
- 2010-06-18 – "Yume Miru 15 Pax Japonica Groove Remix" (夢見る 15歳 PAX JAPONICA GROOVE REMIX)
- 2010-08-07 – "Ganbaranakutemo Eenende!! (TopNude Remix Version 01)" (○○がんばらなくてもええねんで！！（TopNude Remix Version 01）)
- 2010-11-13 – "Onaji Jikyū de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama (Remix Type 1)" (同じ時給で働く友達の美人ママ (Remix Type1))
- 2011-08-18 – "Short Cut (Remix Ver.)" (ショートカット（Remix Ver.）)
- 2011-08-18 – "Uchōten Love (Rocketman Mix)" (有頂天LOVE（～rocketman mix～）)
|1||Warugaki 1 (悪ガキッ①, "Evil Brat 1")||December 8, 2010||18||8,905|
|—||S/mileage Best Album Kanzenban 1
(スマイレージ ベストアルバム完全版１, "S/mileage Best Album Complete Edition 1")
|May 30, 2012||13||6,339|
|2||2 Smile Sensation (②スマイルセンセーション)||May 22, 2013|
Acts and performances
- 2009 Hello! Project Shinjin Kōen June ~Nakano STEP!~ (2009 ハロー!プロジェクト新人公演6月 〜中野STEP!〜)
- 2009 Hello! Project Shinjin Kōen September ~Yokohama JUMP!~ (2009 ハロー!プロジェクト新人公演9月 〜横浜JUMP!〜)
- 2009 Hello! Project Shinjin Kōen November ~Yokohama FIRE!~ (2009 ハロー!プロジェクト新人公演11月 〜横浜FIRE!〜)
- 2010 Hello! Pro Egg Norimen Live February (2010年ハロプロ エッグ ノリメンLIVE 2月)
- Special Joint 2010 Spring ~Kansha Mankai! Mano Erina 2 Shūnen Totsunyū & S/mileage Major Debut e Sakura Sake! Live~ (スペシャルジョイント 2010春 〜感謝満開!真野恵里菜2周年突入&スマイレージ メジャーデビューへ桜咲け!ライブ〜)
- 2010 Hello! Project Shinjin Kōen March ~Yokohama GOLD~ (2010 ハロー!プロジェクト新人公演3月 〜横浜GOLD〜)
- Idol Unit Summer Festival 2010 (アイドル ユニット サマーフェスティバル2010)
- S/mileage First Live Tour 2010 Autumn ~Devil Smile Angel Smile~ (スマイレージ 1st ライブツアー 2010 秋 〜デビルスマイル エンジェルスマイル〜)
- C-ute & S/mileage Premium Live 2011 Spring ~℃&S Collaboration Daisakusen~ (℃-ute&スマイレージ プレミアムライブ2011春 〜℃&Sコラボレーション大作戦〜)
- S/mileage 2011 Limited Live “S/mile Factory”
- LIVE NEXT!! Featuring Hello! Project
- S/mileage Concert Tour 2011 Autumn ~Gyakushū no Chō Miniskirt~ (スマイレージコンサートツアー2011秋～逆襲の超ミニスカート～)
- S/mileage Live House Tour 2011 Autumn ~Gyakushū no Chō Miniskirt Mini~ (スマイレージライブハウスツアー2011秋～逆襲の超ミニスカート・ミニ～)
- Ike! Danshi Kōkō Engekibu (行け！男子高校演劇部) (2011)
- Kaidan Shin-mimi Bukuro Igyou(怪談新耳袋 異形,Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan,Igyou)(2012)
Japan Record Awards
|2010||“Yume Miru 15”||New Artist Award||Won|
|Best New Artist||Won|
- "スマイレージコンサートツアー2011秋～逆襲の超ミニスカート～/スマイレージライブハウスツアー2011秋～逆襲の超ミニスカート・ミニ～". Hello! Project Official Site. 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
- Tsunku (2009-04-04). "新ユニット". Tsunku's offcial blog (つんく♂オフィシャルブログ) (in Japans). Retrieved 2013-02-12.
- "Aiming for debut! S/mileage Egao Campaign" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- "3/19 Mini-Live & Egao Photos/Photographers Meeting & Handshake Meeting Decided! (Nagoya)" (in Japanese). s-mileage.co.jp. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
- "Oricon Style Music – Indies Chart (2010/03/29)" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
- "Coverage of S/mileage's silent Smile Campaign" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
- "2010 Hello! Project Newcomers Concert March: Yokohama Gold!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
- "S/mileage decided as "Cute Concert Tour 2010 Spring: Shocking Live" opening act!" (in Japanese). s-mileage.co.jp. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
- "Erina Mano, S/mileage Pictures @ C.C. Lemon Hall 2010.04.03 Special Joint 2010 Spring". Barks.jp. Retrieved 2010-04-03.
- "☆スマイレージメジャーデビュー決定!!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Retrieved 2010-04-03.
- "EXILE, S/mileage take top honors at 52nd Japan Record Awards". Tokyograph. 2010-12-30. Retrieved 2011-05-24.
- "Tsunku announces new member auditions for S/mileage". Tokyograph. 2011-05-29. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
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- (Ogawa Saki) An Announcement From Hello!Project. takamaruyo. Retrieved on 2011-09-21.
- 7 Theories Behind Ogawa Saki’s Departure. takamaruyo. Retrieved on 2011-09-21.
- Announcement re: Smileage’s sub member Kosuga Fuyuka. takamaruyo. Retrieved on 2011-09-21.
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- "スマイレージのCDシングルランキング、スマイレージのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
- "Yumemiru 15 – Hachama Discography" (in Japanese). Up-Front Works. Retrieved 2010-04-22.
- "スマイレージ、新曲「同じ時給で働く友達の美人ママ」9月29日リリース決定" (in Japanese). Barks. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
- "Short Cut" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
- "Please Mini Skirt Post Woman!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
- "Oha Girl Maple". JpopAsia. Retrieved May 2, 2011.
- "Bekimasu reveals info on new single, "Makeruna Wasshoi!"". tokyohive. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
- "Busu ni naranai tetsugaku". Sony Music Shop. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
- "Yume Miru 15 PAX JAPONICA GROOVE REMIX". S/mileage official site. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
- "○○Ganbaranakutemo Eenende!! (TopNude Remix Version 01)". S/mileage official site. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
- "Onaji Jikyū de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama (Remix Type1)". S/mileage official site. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
- "Short Cut (Remix Ver.)". S/mileage official site. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
- "Uchōten Love (~rocketman mix~)". S/mileage official site. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
- "スマイレージのCDアルバムランキング、スマイレージのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
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- "Ike! Danshi Kōkō Engekibu". official site. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
- "映画『怪談 新耳袋 異形』". Official Web Site. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
- "Winners announced for the 52nd Japan Record Awards". Tokyograph. 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2011-05-24.
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- S/mileage official website (Japanese)
- Hello! Project Profile (Japanese)
- S/mileage on Twitter (Japanese)
- smileageTV on USTREAM (Japanese)
- Stickam JAPAN! official page (Japanese)
- MySpace official page (Japanese)
- YouTube official channel (Japanese)
|Japan Record Award for Best New Artist