Watarirouka Hashiritai 7

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Watarirouka Hashiritai
渡り廊下走り隊
Origin Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan
Genres Pop
Years active 2009 (2009)–2013
Labels Pony Canyon
Associated acts AKB48
Ushirogami Hikaretai
Website watarirouka.com
Members Haruka Nakagawa(JKT48)
Ayaka Kikuchi
Aika Oota(HKT48)
Mayu Watanabe

Watarirouka Hashiritai 7
Mika Komori (2011–)
Misaki Iwasa (2011–)
Kazumi Urano (2012–)
Past members Natsumi Hirajima

Watarirouka Hashiritai (渡り廊下走り隊 Watarirōka Hashiritai?, Corridor Running Team) is a Japanese female idol group, and a subgroup of Japanese female idol group AKB48. Under Pony Canyon, the group debuted in January 2009 with the double A-side single "Hatsukoi Dash/Aoi Mirai."

History[edit]

In October 2008, Yasushi Akimoto announced that he was going to revive the 1980s girl group Ushirogami Hikaretai, using four members of AKB48 and was renaming the group to Watarirouka Hashiritai.[1] The group debuted under Pony Canyon releasing a double A-side single, "Hatsukoi Dash/Aoi Mirai."[2] The single entered the Oricon single chart at number ten.[3] In April the group released their second single, "Yaruki Hanabi" which charted at number nine.[3]

In November 2009, the group released their third single "Kanpeki Gū no ne" which was used as the ending theme song for the anime version of the manga Fairy Tail.[3] This single had more success than the other two singles, as it sold over 23,200 copies in its first week and charted at number seven.[4] On February 2010, Ayaka Kikuchi joined the group changing the roster from four members to five.[5]

Their first single in 2010, "AkKanbe Bashi," reached number 1 on Oricon charts.[6]

In June 30, 2010, two members from AKB48, Misaki Iwasa and Mika Komori, were added to Watarirouka Hashiritai to form "Watarirouka Hashiritai7", but the name applied to their "radio-only" activities,[7] as two singles released on and after June 30 were under the name of "Watarirouka Hashiritai", not as "7" since two newcomers were not included. They eventually debuted as "7" with a single "Valentine Kiss", a cover version of Sayuri Kokushō's single, originally written by Yasushi Akimoto and released 25 years ago.

Natsumi Hirajima announced on the group's official blog that a new single will be released by "Watarirouka Hashiritai 7" on August 3, 2011. Kikuchi Ayaka announced on July 4, 2011 that the title of the song is "Hetappi Wink".[8][9][10] Both Natsumi Hirajima and Kikuchi Ayaka described it as "a summer-ish, energetic and bright song". This will be the second time a single is released with the "7" in the group's name.[11][12]

On June 25, 2012, Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 took part in Yubi Matsuri, an idol festival produced by Rino Sashihara from AKB48. The concert was held at Nippon Budokan before a crowd of 8,000 people and featured such girl groups as Idoling!!!, Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku, Super Girls, Tokyo Girls' Style, Nogizaka46, Passpo, Buono!, and Momoiro Clover Z.[13][14]

On August 24, 2012, during the AKB48 in TOKYO DOME ~1830m no Yume~ concert tour members Aika Oota and Haruka Nakagawa were transferred to HKT48 and JKT48 respectively.

On November 13, 2013, it was revealed that the group will disband on Christmas and at the same time, release a best-of album.

Members[edit]

Provisional member[edit]

  • Kazumi Urano (浦野一美?) (Former AKB48 Team B member, SDN48 member) on March 10, 2012

Former Member[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album information Oricon
Albums
Charts
[15]
Reported
sales
[15]
2010 Rouka wa Hashiru na! (廊下は走るな!?, "Don't Run in the Corridors!") 4 33,000

Singles[edit]

Release Title Chart positions Oricon
sales
[15]
Oricon Singles Charts
[15]
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[16]
RIAJ digital tracks
[17]
2009 "Hatsukoi Dash/Aoi Mirai" (初恋ダッシュ/青い未来?, "First Love Dash/Blue Future") 10 42 17,000
"Yaruki Hanabi" (やる気花火?, "Motivation Fireworks") 9 25 16,000
"Kanpeki Gū no ne" (完璧ぐ~のね?, "Perfect Partner") 7 43 32,000
2010 "AkKanbe Bashi" (アッカンベー橋?, "Akanbe Bridge") 1 8 54 34,000
"Seishun no Flag" (青春のフラッグ?, "Youth Flag") 4 5 67 47,000
"Gyu" (ギュッ?, "Hug") 2 7 68 38,000
2011 "Valentine Kiss" (バレンタイン・キッス?) 2 3 15 127,000
"Hetappi Wink" (へたっぴウィンク?, "Unskilled Wink") 2 4 TBA 98,000
"Kibō Sanmyaku" (希望山脈?, "Hope Mountain Range") 3 4 TBA 119,000
2012 "Shōnen yo Uso o Tsuke!" (少年よ 嘘をつけ!?, "Boys, Tell a Lie!") 3 4 15 80,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ 「渡り廊下走り隊」デビュー(「うしろ髪ひかれ隊」妹分). Netafull (in Japanese). Livedoor. 2008-10-05. Retrieved 2010-03-20. 
  2. ^ AKB48が新ユニット「渡り廊下走り隊」. Asahi Shimbun (in Japanese). Asahi. 2009-01-24. Retrieved 2010-03-20. 
  3. ^ a b c 渡り廊下走り隊「完璧ぐ~のね」発売前日に番外編イベント. Natalie (in Japanese). Livedoor. 2009-11-10. Retrieved 2010-03-20. 
  4. ^ 2009年11月第4週のシングルランキング情報. Oricon (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved 2010-03-20. 
  5. ^ 渡り廊下走り隊、菊地あやか加入で5人組に&新曲詳細判明. Natashi Inc. (in Japanese). Natalie. 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-03-20. 
  6. ^ 渡り廊下走り隊シングル初1位獲得、グループ内ユニット首位はタンポポ以来8年4ヶ月ぶり. Oricon (in Japanese). Oricon Style. 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  7. ^ A "radio-only" unit "Watarirōka Hashiritai" from AKB48 created (AKB48から“ラジオ向け”ユニット・渡り廊下走り隊7が誕生?) ORICON STYLE 2010-06-30(Japanese)
  8. ^ ついに解禁★あやりん. Oricon (in Japanese). Oricon Blog. 2011-07-04. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  9. ^ "The information ban has finally been lifted". 2011-07-04. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  10. ^ "Details for Watarirouka Hashiritai 7’s "Hetappi Wink" revealed!". 2011-07-04. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  11. ^ 発表. Oricon (in Japanese). Oricon Blog. 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  12. ^ "Announcement". 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  13. ^ 指原莉乃「ゆび祭り」で豪華コラボ版「ヘビロテ」実現 (in Japanese). Natalie. 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  14. ^ "指原莉乃プロデュース「第一回ゆび祭り」、DVD&Blu-rayでの発売が決定!" (in Japanese). My Navi. 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  15. ^ a b c d ランキング シングル 週間ランキング. Oricon (in Japanese). Oricon Style. 
  16. ^ "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard. 
  17. ^ 有料音楽配信チャート (in Japanese). RIAJ. 

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