Country Girls (band)
|Also known as||Country Musume, Kan Musume, Kan Musu, Country Musume ni Rika Ishikawa, Country Musume ni Konno to Fujimoto|
|Years active||1999–2009 (Country Musume)
|Website||Profile on Hello! Project Official Website|
Mai Satoda (Supervisor)
|Past members||As Country Musume:
As Country Girls:
On November 5, 2014, Country Musume was renamed Country Girls (カントリー・ガールズ Kantorī Gāruzu).
Before the release of their first single in July 1999, Hiromi Yanagihara died in a car accident. After the accident, Azusa Kobayashi departed from the group and Rinne Toda carried on as a solo artist and released two singles under the "Country Musume" name by herself. In the summer of 2000, Asami Kimura joined the group and the duo released one more single.
Their popularity rose when Morning Musume's Rika Ishikawa—who is from Kanagawa—was lent to the group in April, 2001. Country Musume had their first charting single in Japan with the release of "Hajimete no Happy Birthday." The trio, under the name "Country Musume ni Rika Ishikawa," released two singles and an album. Early in 2002, Mai Satoda was recruited to the group, although she initially auditioned to be a Morning Musume member.
The quartet released one single before Toda, the remaining original member bid farewell at the end of 2002. Afterwards, Kimura, Ishikawa and Satoda released one more single.
In mid-2003, Country Musume had a major shift in its roster. Miuna Saito, who is from Shizuoka, was recruited to the group. Instead of Rika Ishikawa, the group featured Asami Konno and Miki Fujimoto, who are both Morning Musume and Hokkaidō natives. In this new formation (named "Country Musume ni Konno to Fujimoto"), the quintet has released three singles. In 2004, Country Musume (except the featured singers) participated in the fifth edition of Hello! Project's Folk Song series, where various H!P artists sang covers of Japanese and Western folk songs.
Asami Kimura and Miuna Saito graduated from Country Musume and Hello! Project on its 10th anniversary concert on January 28, 2007, leaving Satoda as the only remaining member.
On February 11, 2014 it was announced during the Hello! Project 2014 WINTER ~GOiSU MODE~ concert held at Sendai Sun Plaza Hall that audition applications for Country Musume would be accepted until March 31, 2014. On August 7, it was announced that the Country Musume audition has come to an end without any additions.
On November 5, 2014, it was announced that Hello! Pro Kenshūsei members Risa Yamaki and Manaka Inaba, Morning Musume '14 auditionees Chisaki Morito, Uta Shimamura and Mai Ozeki were selected to join Country Musume. Berryz Kobo member Momoko Tsugunaga was also added to the group to become their "playing manager," while Mai Satoda takes the role of "supervisor." It was also announced that Country Musume was renamed to Country Girls, hoping for the group to attract fans from overseas.
On March 25, 2015, Country Musume released their first single as Country Girls and their twelfth single overall with "Itōshikutte Gomen ne / Koi Dorobō".
On June 12, 2015, Uta Shimamura resigned from Country Girls due to issues between Up-Front and Uta's parents regarding the terms of her contract. Country Girls will continue as a five-member group, excluding group supervisor, Mai Satoda.
On June 24, Country Girls performed at the TV Tokyo Music Festival(2) along many other artists, including Morning Musume '15 and Morning Musume OG.
On August 5, Country Girls released their 2nd single "Wakatteiru no ni Gomen ne / Tamerai Summer Time."
On November 5, during Country Girls' first anniversary event in Shinjuku, it was announced that Funaki Musubu and Yanagawa Nanami would be joining the group.
On December 2, Country Girls performed at the UPDATE girls LIVE, alongside idol groups, Lyrical School and Tokyo Performance Doll.
On February 9, during the 67th Sapporo Snow Festival, Country Girls performed a special live entitled 'Country Girls Boogie Woogie LIVE'. It took place in Odori Park in front of the HTB Snow Square.
On February 18, Country Girls performed a joint live with Idol Renaissance for the DOUBLE COLOR session11 at Shinjuku BLAZE.
On February 28, Country Girls performed at the SKY PerfecTV! Ongakusai 2016.
On March 9, Country Girls released their 3rd single "Boogie Woogie LOVE / Koi wa Magnet / Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~". It is Yanagawa Nanami and Funaki Musubu's debut single.
On April 28, it was announced that Inaba Manaka would be taking a break from Country Girls' activities due to asthma. After consulting with her doctors, it was initially decided that she would be returning to Country Girls when she recovered from her illness. However, on August 4th, she graduated from the group.
On September 28, Country Girls released their 4th single "Dou Datte Ii no / Namida no Request."
In November 5, during the Country Girls Live Tour 2016, Fuyu day concert at Shinjuku ReNY, Country Girls' second anniversary, Tsugunaga announced that she will be graduating from the group and Hello! Project on June 30, 2017.
Current members and supervisor
|Name||Nicknames||Birth date and age||Origin||Color||Joined||Notes|
|October 14, 1997||Tokyo||Lime||November 5, 2014||Former Hello! Pro Kenshusei|
|Chisaki Morito||Chii-chan||February 19, 2000||Tochigi Prefecture||Orange||Concurrent Member in Morning Musume '18|
|February 10, 2002||Tokyo||Medium Blue|
|January 6, 2002||Kanagawa Prefecture||Purple||November 5, 2015||Former Hello! Pro Kenshusei
Concurrent Member in Juice=Juice
|May 10, 2002||Osaka Prefecture||Yellow||Former Hello! Pro Kenshusei
Concurrent Member in Angerme
|Name||Birth date and age||Origin||Others|
|Mai Satoda||July 16, 1984||Sapporo, Hokkaido||Former Country Musume member who joined on January 2, 2002.|
Former country musume members
|Name||Birth date and age
(if dead, birth date, death date, and age)
|Hiromi Yanagihara||October 19, 1979–July 16, 1999 (aged 19)||Chia Prefecture||April 27, 1999–July 16, 1999||She died in a car accident in Nakasatsunai, Hokkaido|
|Azusa Kobayashi||January 30, 1977||Tokyo||April 27, 1999–August 23, 1999||First leader
She resigned after Yanagihara's death.
|Rinne Toda||February 6, 1981||Sapporo, Hokkaido||April 27, 1999–October 23, 2002||Second leader
She changed her stagename to "Rinne" on May 30, 2000.
|July 17, 1984||Tomakomai, Hokkaido||May 30, 2000–January 28, 2007||Third leader|
|February 12, 1987||Kikugawa, Shizuoka Prefecture||April 27, 2003–January 28, 2007|
Former country girls member
|Name||Nickname||Birth date and age||Origin||Color||Active||Others|
|Uta Shimamura||Uta-chan||June 24, 2000||Kanagawa Prefecture||Daisy||November 5, 2014–June 12, 2015||Morning Musume '14 auditionee
She resigned on June 12, 2015
|December 27, 1997||Hokkaido||Italian Red||November 5, 2014–August 4, 2016||Former Hello! Pro Kenshusei
Former member of Peaceful, a Hokkaido local idol group
She left the group due to health problems on August 4, 2016
|March 6, 1992 (age 25)||Chiba||Pink||November 5, 2014–June 30, 2017||Former Hello!Project Kids member
Former Berryz Koubou member
Former Buono! member
She graduated on June 30, 2017
|1||Country Musume Daizenshu 1 (カントリー娘。大全集 ①)||2001-12-12||Toda, Kimura, Ishikawa|
|2||Country Musume Daizenshu 2 (カントリー娘。大全集 ②)||2006-08-23||Kimura, Satoda, Saitou|
|No. Overall||No. by Name||Title||Release date||Oricon Weekly
|1||1||"Futari no Hokkaido" (二人の北海道)||1999-07-23||-||Yanagihara, Kobayashi and Toda|
|3||3||"Hokkaido Shalala" (北海道シャララ)||2000-04-27||-|
|4||4||"Koi ga Suteki na Kisetsu" (恋がステキな季節)||2000-07-31||-||Toda and Kimura|
|Country Musume ni Ishikawa Rika|
|5||1||"Hajimete no Happy Birthday" (初めてのハッピーバースディ!)||2001-04-18||4||Toda, Kimura and Ishikawa|
|6||2||"Koibito wa Kokoro no Ōendan" (恋人は心の応援団)||2001-10-17||6|
|7||3||"Iroppoi Onna ~Sexy Baby~" (色っぽい女 ～Sexy Baby～)||2002-04-17||4||Toda, Kimura, Satoda and Ishikawa|
|8||4||"Bye Bye Saigo no Yoru" (Bye Bye 最後の夜)||2002-11-13||8||Kimura, Satoda and Ishikawa|
|Country Musume ni Konno to Fujimoto|
|9||1||"Uwaki na Honey Pie" (浮気なハニーパイ)||2003-07-24||7||Kimura, Satoda, Saitou,
Konno and Fujimoto
|10||2||"Senpai ~Love Again~" (先輩 ～Love Again～)||2003-12-05||15|
|11||3||"Shining Itoshiki Anata" (シャイニング 愛しき貴方)||2004-08-04||13|
|12||1||"Itōshikutte Gomen ne / Koi Dorobō" [ja] (愛しくてごめんね／恋泥棒)||2015-03-25||3||Tsugunaga, Yamaki, Inaba, Morito, Shimamura and Ozeki|
|13||2||"Wakatteiru no ni Gomen ne / Tamerai Summer Time" (わかっているのにごめんね／ためらいサマータイム)||2015-08-05||5||Tsugunaga, Yamaki, Inaba, Morito and Ozeki|
|14||3||"Boogie Woogie LOVE / Koi wa Magnet / Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~" (ブギウギLOVE／恋はマグネット／ランラルン ~あなたに夢中~)||2016-03-09||2 ||Tsugunaga, Yamaki, Inaba, Morito,
Ozeki, Yanagawa and Funaki
|15||4||"Dou Datte Ii no / Namida no Request" (どーだっていいの／涙のリクエスト)||2016-09-28||4||Tsugunaga, Yamaki, Morito,
Ozeki, Yanagawa and Funaki
|16||5||"Good Boy Bad Girl / Peanut Butter Jelly Love" (Good Boy Bad Girl／ピーナッツバタージェリーラブ)||2017-02-08||5|
- 2003-11-17 Country Musume Single V Clips 1 (カントリー娘。シングルVクリップス 1)
- "『カントリー娘。』改め『カントリー・ガールズ』について Archived 2014-11-05 at the Wayback Machine." (in Japanese). 2014-11-05.
- Hello! Project official site announcement Archived 2007-01-24 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 2006-11-26.
- Suskin, Jeremy Country Musume Seeking New Members and Possible Reformation 02-11-2014
- "Momoko Tsugunaga to leave Country Girls and entertainment industry". ARAMA! JAPAN. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
- "週間CDシングルランキング 2016年03月21日付". Oricon. Retrieved 2016-03-16.