Happiness (Japanese group)

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Happiness
Origin Japan
Genres J-pop
Years active 2008 (2008)–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website happiness-ldh.jp
Members
Past members
  • Mimu
  • Mayu Sugieda

Happiness is a Japanese pop girl group formed by LDH in 2008 and signed to Rhythm Zone. They are a dance and vocal unit of collective girl group E-girls alongside Dream and Flower. The group consists of two vocalists and five performers.

History[edit]

Pre-debut and indie debut[edit]

Happiness first appeared during Exile's 2008 Live Tour as backup dancers, at the time being a five-member unit consisting of Miyuu, Mimu, Karen, Sayaka, and Kaede. Yurino was then added to the group after an LDH Audition in 2009 before the group was set to debut as a group. They released their debut DVD single, "Happy Talk", on October 21, 2009. It was also used as the theme song for Japanese brand Mister Donuts.[citation needed]

2009-2014: Major label and E-girls formation[edit]

Mayu Sugieda was added to the group and announced on December 25, 2009,[1] before the group made their major debut on February 9, 2011 with the release of their first major label single, "Kiss Me".[2] They went on to release several more singles throughout 2011. Mimu was absent from the group's promotions after going on hiatus in December 2011,[3] including their single "We Can Fly", before leaving the group in October 2012, citing she wanted to focus on her studies.[4]

In November 2011, Happiness was confirmed to be joining sister groups Dream and Flower in the collective group E-girls.[5] Member Mayu also went on a hiatus in August 2012 to undergo medical treatment after being diagnosed with infectious mononucleosis.[6]

E-girls members Anna Suda and Ruri Kawamoto joined the group in May 2013 as a dancer and vocalist respectively,[7] and the group released their fifth single, "Sunshine Dream: Ichido Kiri no Natsu".

Miyuu was announced as the new leader of the group, replacing Mimu on January 30, 2014.[8] Mayu Sugieda, after months of hiatus, left both Happiness and E-girls on April 7, 2014.[9] Happiness continued to promote with E-girls, releasing their sixth single, "Juicy Love", on May 28, 2014 and their seventh single, "Seek A Light", on November 19, 2014, between E-girls singles.

2015: "Holiday"[edit]

Happiness announced the release of their eighth single, "Holiday" on August 28, 2015, set to be released on October 14.[10]

On February 3 2016, Happiness will release their new single, "Sexy Young Beautiful". The release is a unique one meant to display the group’s singing, rapping, and dancing ability. The covers for the single were designed by NIGO, of A Bathing Ape fame.

Members[edit]

Bolded members are vocalists.

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart position
JPN
Oricon

[11]
JPN
Billboard

[12][A]
Happy Time 10 [B]
Girlz N' Effect 2 3

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales
(Oricon)[15][C]
Album
JPN
Oricon

[11]
JPN
Hot

[16][D]
"Happy Talk"[E] 2009 138[F] N/A Happy Time
"Kiss Me" 2011 22 88 8,000
"Friends" 20 6,000
"Wish" 12 27 15,000
"We Can Fly" 2012 19 19 10,000
"Sunshine Dream: Ichido Kiri no Natsu" 2013 7 11 37,000 non-album single
"Juicy Love" 2014 7 9 30,000 Girlz N' Effect
"Seek A Light" 7 24 28,000
"Holiday" 2015 2 3 55,000
"Sexy Young Beautiful" 2016 5 4 16,000
"Rewind" 2017 4 5 36,000 TBA
"Gold" 1 3 45,000
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak Album
JPN
Hot
[16][G]
"Ordinary Girls" 2016 16 Girlz N' Effect

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sources for chart positions are as follows: Girlz N' Effect.[13]
  2. ^ The album was released prior to the establishment of the Japan Hot Album, hence why did not enter the chart but it peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart.[14]
  3. ^ Sales provided by Oricon database and are rounded to the nearest thousand.
  4. ^ Sources for chart positions are as follows: "Kiss Me",[17] "Wish",[18] "We Can Fly",[19] "Sunshine Dream: Ichido Kiri no Natsu",[20] "Juicy Love",[21] "Seek A Light",[22] "Holiday",[23] "Sexy Young Beautiful",[24] "Rewind",[25] "Gold".[26]
  5. ^ Released as a DVD single.
  6. ^ Charted on the DVD chart.
  7. ^ Sources for chart positions are as follows: "Ordinary Girls",[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "大事な記念日★KAEDE". Happinessオフィシャルブログ Powered by Ameba. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Dance unit Happiness announces major debut single, "Kiss Me"". tokyohive.com. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  3. ^ "あらま They Didn't ! Japanese Entertainment News - Happiness' MIMU on Hiatus Until Graduation". livejournal.com. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  4. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:xg26t3KgrhsJ:www.dramanewsnetwork.com/happiness-performer-mimu-to-withdraw-from-the-group/+&cd=9&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk
  5. ^ "E-Girls to release their 1st single "Celebration"". tokyohive.com. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Happiness". Universal Music Japan. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Happiness". Universal Music Japan. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  8. ^ "発表 MIYUU|Happinessオフィシャルブログ Powered by Ameba". Happinessオフィシャルブログ Powered by Ameba. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  9. ^ "スタッフよりお知らせです。". Happinessオフィシャルブログ Powered by Ameba. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  10. ^ http://www.happiness-ldh.jp/discography/
  11. ^ a b Happinessのリリース一覧 [List of Happiness' Releases]. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  12. ^ "Hot Albums|Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard.
  13. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot Albums". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  14. ^ "Billboard Japan Top Albums│Charts│Billboard JAPAN". Billboard Japan. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  15. ^ "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved 9 February 2011. (subscription only)
  16. ^ a b "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard Japan" (in Japanese). Billboard.
  17. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100│Charts│Billboard JAPAN". Billboard Japan. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100│Charts│Billboard JAPAN". Billboard JAPAN. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  19. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100│Charts│Billboard JAPAN". Billboard Japan. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  20. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100│Charts│Billboard JAPAN". Billboard Japan. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  21. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100│Charts│Billboard JAPAN". Billboard Japan. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  22. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100│Charts│Billboard JAPAN". Billboard Japan. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  23. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100│Charts│Billboard JAPAN". Billboard Japan. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  24. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  25. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  26. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  27. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard Japan. Retrieved 25 February 2015.

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