Erika Umeda

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Erika Umeda
梅田 えりか
Also known as Ume-san, Ume-chan
Born (1991-05-24) May 24, 1991 (age 26)
Origin Minami-ku, Yokohama, Japan
Years active 2002-present
Labels Zetima
Associated acts
Website Official Blog

Erika Umeda (梅田 えりか, Umeda Erika, born on May 24, 1991 in Minami-ku, Yokohama, Japan)[1] is a Japanese singer and model. She was a member of the Japanese pop girl group ZYX and Cute up until departing to pursue a solo career in modeling. In 2013, she returned to her music career with the release of her debut solo single "Crush On You."


2002-2004: Hello! Project Kids and ZYX[edit]

In 2002, Umeda auditioned for Hello! Project Kids with the song "White Love" by Speed. Her audition tape was aired on Morning Musume's variety show Hello! Morning.[2] She was placed in the group with 14 other girls.[3] In the same year, she appeared in the movie Koinu Dan no Monogatari.[4][5]

In 2003, Umeda became a member of the subgroup ZYX along with Mari Yaguchi from Morning Musume, Maimi Yajima, Saki Shimizu, Megumi Murakami, and Momoko Tsugunaga.[6] They released their debut single, "Iku ZYX! Fly High" on August 6, 2003[7], followed by "Shiroi Tokyo" on December 10, 2003.[8] Later, in 2004, she participated in singing "All for One & One for All!", a collaboration single released by all Hello! Project artists under the name "H.P. All Stars."[9]

2005-2009: Cute[edit]

In 2005, eight girls from Hello! Project Kids were selected to form Berryz Kobo. The idea of Berryz Kobo was to rotate all of the members of Hello! Project Kids to make time for school.[10] The idea was later scrapped, and the remaining girls who were not chosen were rebranded under the name Cute. Cute's formation was announced on June 11, 2005,[11] and they later made their major label debut in 2007 with "Sakura Chirari." Cute achieved nationwide success and accolades, winning Best New Artist at the Japan Record Award.[12] On August 1, 2009, Hello! Project announced that Umeda would graduate from the company on October 25, 2009, the last day of Cute's concert tour, to become a fashion model.[13]

2010-present: Solo career[edit]

In 2010, Umeda was signed into a model agency called Illume Models.[14] She made her runaway debut in Girls Award Summer 2010[15] and continued to appear as a regular model at every seasonal show until 2013. She also appeared at the Tokyo Girls Collection Spring/Summer 2012 show.[16]

In 2013, Umeda left modeling to return to music and signed with Brand New Music. She released her first solo album Erika on February 12, 2014, with the lead single "Crush On You."[1]

Personal life[edit]

Umeda was a student of Up-Front Music School before entering Hello! Project Kids.


For Erika Umeda's releases with Cute, see Cute discography.
  • Erika (2014)



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Koinu Dan no Monogatari Madoka Nishizawa Supporting role[17]


Year Title Role Notes
2002-2007 Hello! Morning Herself Morning Musume's variety show
2002-2004 Hello Kids Herself Minimoni's variety show
2005 Musume Document 2005 Herself Morning Musume's variety show
2005-2006 Musume Dokyu! Herself Morning Musume's variety show
2007-2008 Haromoni@ Herself Morning Musume's variety show
2008 Berikyū! Herself Berryz Kobo and Cute's variety show
2008 Yorosen! Herself Hello! Project's variety show
2009 Bijo Houdan Herself Hello! Project's variety show[18]

Music video[edit]

Year Artist Song Notes
2003 Miki Fujimoto "Boogie Train '03"
2011 Shiki Canata "Have a Nice Day" Episode 1: "Goodbye, My First Love"[19]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Neruko wa Cute Herself Lead role[20]
2008 Keitai Shōsetsuka Herself Lead role[21]
2009 Ataru mo Hakke!? Herself Lead role[22]
2014 Goodbye Joker [23]


  1. ^ a b "Erika Umeda PROFILE" (in Japanese). Brand New Music. Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  2. ^ ハロー!モーニング。 (in Japanese). 2002-06-30. TV Tokyo. 
  3. ^ "ハロープロジェクト・キッズ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Archived from the original on 2005-11-26. 
  4. ^ "仔犬ダンの物語 東映ビデオ株式会社" (in Japanese). Toei Video. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  5. ^ "テレビ東京 CINEMA STREET / 仔犬ダンの物語/ミニモニTHEムービーお菓子な大冒険" (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  6. ^ "ZYX" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Archived from the original on 2005-12-10. 
  7. ^ "行くZYX! FLY HIGH" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  8. ^ "白いTOKYO" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  9. ^ "ハロー!プロジェクト オフィシャルサイト" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2004-12-01. Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2017-07-19. 
  10. ^ ハロプロ史上最年少グループ「Berryz工房」誕生 (in Japanese). ZAKZAK. 2004-01-15. Archived from the original on 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  11. ^ "つんく♂から「℃- ute(キュート)」に関してコメント" (in Japanese). Hello! Project Officlal Site. 2005-06-13. Archived from the original on 2012-09-23. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  12. ^ "℃-ute、へそ&肩出し衣装で魅力アピール「新メンバーは入れないで" (in Japanese). Model Press. 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  13. ^ "『℃-ute 梅田えりか』に関する大事なお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2009-08-01. Archived from the original on 2009-10-03. 
  14. ^ "ILLUME Official Site - Erika Umeda 梅田えりか". Illume. Archived from the original on 2010-04-02. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  15. ^ 同名"エリカ様"より目立ちたい! 梅田えりか、元気一杯 (in Japanese). ZAKZAK. 2010-05-17. Archived from the original on 2010-05-20. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  16. ^ "東京ガールズコレクション2012春夏(Tokyo Girls Collection 2012SS)" (in Japanese). Asahi Shinbun. 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  17. ^ "テレビ東京 CINEMA STREET / 仔犬ダンの物語/ミニモニTHEムービーお菓子な大冒険" (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  18. ^ "美女放談 テレビ東京" (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  19. ^ Masa (2011-04-06). "HAVE A NICE DAY~ さよなら初恋編~☆" (in Japanese). Ameba Blogs. Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  20. ^ "劇団ゲキハロ第2回公演 『寝る子はキュート』" (in Japanese). Gekijyo. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  21. ^ "劇団ゲキハロ第4回公演 『携帯小説家』" (in Japanese). Gekijyo. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  22. ^ "劇団ゲキハロ第6回公演 『あたるも八卦!?』" (in Japanese). Gekijyo. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  23. ^ "公演作品-グッバイ・ジョーカー Flying Trip" (in Japanese). Flying Trip. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 

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