French Kiss (band)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
French Kiss
OriginTokyo, Japan
Years active2010–15
Labelsavex entertainment
Associated actsAKB48
MembersYuki Kashiwagi
Asuka Kuramochi
Aki Takajō

French Kiss (フレンチ・キス, Furenchi Kisu) was a sub-unit of all-female Japanese pop group AKB48, produced by Yasushi Akimoto.


It was announced on June 28, 2010 by Kashiwagi Yuki that French Kiss would be formed and debuted with a single Zutto mae kara (ずっと前から, Since long time before), at AKB48 Team-B's stage performance.[1] "Zutto mae kara" was used as the ending theme song for anime "Major sixth season", broadcast on NHK Educational TV. The catchphrase of the group is "Oya ni shoukai shitai 3nin gumi" (「親に紹介したい3人組」, "Trio whom (I) would like to introduce to (my) parents).[2]

After 4 months from release of the 1st single on September 8, 2010, they released 2nd single "If" on January 19, 2011, which ranked 2nd after Tomohisa Yamashita's single "Hadakanbō" (はだかんぼー, "Naked") on Oricon Weekly Chart,[3] and 1st on Billboard Japan Hot 100 ranking dated on January 31, bounced up from 73rd on prior week's ranking. The 4th single"Saisho no mail"(最初のメール) was released on November 22, 2011.[2]

In 2015, the sub-unit was disbanded.


Kuramochi Asuka (倉持明日香) (AKB48's Team B)

Takajo Aki (高城亜樹) (AKB48's Team K)

Kashiwagi Yuki (柏木由紀) (AKB48's Team B, NGT48)



Release Title Sales Chart positions
Oricon Singles Charts
Billboard Japan Hot 100
RIAJ digital tracks*
2010 "Zutto mae kara" (ずっと前から, "Since long time ago") 52,141 5 5 91
2011 "If" 97,113 2 1 22
"Kakko warui I love you" (カッコ悪いI love you, "Uncool I love You") 142,810 2 3 26
"Saisho no Mail" (最初のメール, "First e-mail") 145,163 1 2 24
2012 "Romance Privacy" (ロマンス・プライバシー) 98,214 2 2
2014 "Omoidasenai Hana" (思い出せない花) 43,381 2 5

*RIAJ Digital Tracks established April 2009.


  1. ^ Important announcement!!!!!! (重大発表!!!!!!) Yuki Kashiwagi's Official blog dated 2010-06-29
  2. ^ a b "2011/01/31" (in Japanese). BILLBOARD JAPAN. January 31, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  3. ^ "Oricon Weekly Charts for January 31st Released". DIGITAL BOUNCE. January 31, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  4. ^ "French Kiss - girlband - jpop". JpopAsia. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  5. ^ アーティスト:フレンチ・キス. Oricon (in Japanese). Oricon Style.
  6. ^ "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard. Archived from the original on 2010-10-20.
  7. ^ 有料音楽配信チャート (in Japanese). RIAJ.

External links[edit]