Buono!

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Buono!
Buono! performing at Japan Expo 2014.jpg
Buono! performing at Japan Expo 2014
Background information
Origin Japan
Genres
Years active 2007–2017
Labels
Associated acts
Website Buono! official site
Past members Momoko Tsugunaga
Miyabi Natsuyaki
Airi Suzuki

Buono! (ボーノ, Bōno) were a Japanese girl group part of the Hello! Project collective, consisting of members Momoko Tsugunaga and Miyabi Natsuyaki from Berryz Kobo, and Airi Suzuki from Cute. Their vocals are backed by the band Dolce, which formerly went under name Busters! in 2008. Buono! was formed in 2007 initially to produce the opening and ending theme songs to the anime Shugo Chara! After the show's end, they moved to the Zetima label and continued releasing songs until their disbandment in 2017.

History[edit]

2007-2010: Formation[edit]

Buono! was officially announced as a new girl group at the Nakayoshi Festival 2007 on July 21, 2007. The group was formed to sing both the opening ("Kokoro no Tamago") and ending ("Honto no Jibun") themes for the anime adaptation of the Shugo Chara! manga. The members consisted of Momoko Tsugunaga, Miyabi Natsuyaki, and Airi Suzuki, who have worked together as labelmates in Hello! Project since joining the label in 2002 as Hello! Project Kids. Throughout their career, Buono! continued to record theme songs for Shugo Chara! and their works were featured in the anime's soundtrack.

Buono! also partnered up with pizza chain Pizza-La and starred in their commercials.[1] In addition to that, they had a weekly radio show endorsed by Pizza-La called Pizza-La presents Cafe Buono![2]

Buono! was to perform at the Japan Expo in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 24, 2009,[3] but the convention was cancelled a month earlier on April 21, 2009, due to "the financial change in world economy, severe competition from other festivals/concerts as well as poor ticket sales."[4]

2010-2012: Label change[edit]

In December 2010, Buono! left the Pony Canyon label and moved to the Zetima label. Their 11th single (and first single under the Zetima Label), Zassou No Uta, was released on February 2, 2011.

In 2011, Buono! starred in the horror film Ring of Curse, their first feature film together as a group.[5]

In February 2012, Buono! performed in Paris, France with a sold-out concert of 800 people. On June 25, 2012, Buono! 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, Momoiro Clover Z, and Watarirouka Hashiritai 7.[6][7]

2016-2017: Final years and disbandment[edit]

After spending four years inactive, Buono! returned in 2016 with the song "So La Ti Do ~Hey, Hey~" and a sold-out live event titled Buono! Festa 2016 held on August 25, 2016.[8] Around the second half of 2016, both Tsugunaga[9] and Suzuki[10] announced that they would be leaving Hello! Project in June 2017. On May 22nd, 2017, Buono! had their final concert, Buono! Live 2017 ~Pienezza~, at the Yokohama Arena. Performing guests included Cute, Country Girls, and Natsuyaki's band Pink Cres.[11][12] 15,000 people attended the concert.[13] The event was also broadcast on Nico Nico Live.[14]

Members[edit]

Dolce[edit]

  • Eji -- keyboard
  • Mariko Fujii (藤井 万利子, Fujii Mariko) - guitar
  • Kei Higuchi (ひぐち けい, Higuchi Kei) -- guitar
  • Naomichi (なおみち) (Naomi Iwasaki (岩崎 なおみ, Iwasaki Naomi) -- bass
  • Maimai (まいまい) (Mai Imamura (今村 舞, Iwamura Mai)) -- drums

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Release date Chart position Sales
(Oricon)
Oricon
Weekly
Albums
Chart
First
week
Total*
Café Buono![15] February 20, 2008 11 18,413 23,782
Buono! 2[16] February 11, 2009 7 15,631 19,857
We Are Buono![17] February 10, 2010 11 11,095 13,496

Mini albums[edit]

Title Release date Chart
position
Sales
(Oricon)
Oricon
Weekly
Albums
Chart
First
week
Total*
Partenza[18] August 10, 2011 21 5,050 6,442
Sherbet August 22, 2012 14 6,472 8,360

Compilations[edit]

Title Release date Chart
position
Sales
(Oricon)
Oricon
Weekly
Albums
Chart
First
week
Total*
The Best Buono![19] August 10, 2010 16 8,494 10,119

Singles[edit]

Title Release date Chart
position
Sales
(Oricon)
Oricon
Weekly
Singles
Chart
First
week
Total*
Pony Canyon
"Honto no Jibun"[20] October 31, 2007 5 29,715 42,035
"Renai Rider"[21] February 6, 2008 7 30,268 35,254
"Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!"[22] May 14, 2008 4 29,305 36,675
"Gachinko de Ikō!"[23] August 20, 2008 6 25,469 31,005
"Rottara Rottara"[24] November 12, 2008 8 22,484 27,104
"Co-no-mi-chi"[25] January 21, 2009 4 19,002 22,735
"My Boy"[26] April 29, 2009 7 19,884 23,621
"Take It Easy!"[27] August 26, 2009 10 15,517 18,170
"Bravo Bravo"[28] December 16, 2009 4 18,086 20,380
"Our Songs"[29] February 3, 2010 8 13,220 15,692
Zetima
"Zassō no Uta" (雑草のうた)[30] February 2, 2011 9 13,390 14,794
"Natsu Dakara!" (夏ダカラ!)[31] July 20, 2011 13 10,133 12,554
"Hatsukoi Cider / Deep Mind"[32] January 18, 2012 7 10,892 13,899
"So La Ti Do ~Nee Nee~" September 21, 2016 7 1,605

* These are unofficial figures obtained by adding together Oricon sales numbers for different periods of time when the single charted on Oricon.

DVDs[edit]

Concerts[edit]

  • Buono! Live 2009: Hybrid Punch (Buono!ライブ2009 ~ハイブリッド☆パンチ~, February 2009)
  • Buono! First Live 2009: Winter Festa (December 2009)
  • Buono! Live Tour 2010: We are Buono! (May 19, 2010)
  • Buono! Live Tour 2011 Winter Re;Buono (2011)
  • Buono! 2011 Summer Concert Tour: Rock n’ Buono! 4 (2011)
  • Buono! 2012 Live "Real" (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Buono!「ピザーラお届け」でテレビCMデビュー" (in Japanese). Natalie. 2008-11-15. Retrieved 2017-10-22. 
  2. ^ "鈴木愛理|メンバープロフィール|C-uteスペシャル大百科サイト" (in Japanese). Up Front Works. Retrieved 2017-10-22. 
  3. ^ "Buono! at Stockholm Expo 2009: 24th of May 2009". Hello!Online. 2009-03-06. 
  4. ^ "Stockholm Japan Expo cancelled". Hello!Online. 2009-04-21. 
  5. ^ "映画『ゴメンナサイ』公式サイト" (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Archived from the original on 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "ももちらBuono!、4年ぶり新曲発表 赤い公園・津野米咲が楽曲提供" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2016-08-05. Retrieved 2017-06-27. 
  9. ^ Up Front Link (2016-11-05). "[EN] Concerning Momoko Tsugunaga". Facebook. Retrieved 2017-06-17. 
  10. ^ Up Front Link (2016-08-19). "[EN] Announcement concerning ℃-ute". Facebook. Retrieved 2017-06-17. 
  11. ^ "Buono!ライブ2017 〜Pienezza!〜 のライブビューイングが決定!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2017-05-12. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  12. ^ "嗣永桃子/夏焼雅/鈴木愛理のユニットBuono!のラストライブをニコ生中継" (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. 2017-05-19. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  13. ^ "Buono!、横アリでラストライブ 10年間の集大成に1万5000人興奮" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2017-05-22. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  14. ^ "ニコニコ生放送「Buono!ライブ2017 ~Pienezza!~」生中継決定!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2017-05-17. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  15. ^ "Café Buono!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  16. ^ "Buono!2" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. 
  17. ^ "We Are Buono!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  18. ^ "partenza" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  19. ^ "The Best Buono!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Archived from the original on 2013-11-01. 
  20. ^ "Honto no Jibun" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  21. ^ "Ren'ai Rider" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  22. ^ "Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Archived from the original on 2009-08-26. 
  23. ^ "Gachinko de Ikou" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  24. ^ "Rottara Rottara" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  25. ^ "co•no•mi•chi" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  26. ^ "MY BOY" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Archived from the original on 2009-04-06. 
  27. ^ "Take It Easy!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  28. ^ "Bravo☆Bravo" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Archived from the original on 2009-08-24. 
  29. ^ "Our Songs" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  30. ^ "Zassou no Uta" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  31. ^ "Natsu Dakara!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 
  32. ^ "DEEP MIND "Gomen nasai" Theme Song" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Archived from the original on 2011-10-11. 

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