Juice=Juice, pronounced "Juice Juice", is an 8-member Japanese girl group, formed in 2013. It wa positioned as a unit formed of 6 trainee members of Hello! Project. They have released one studio album and fourteen singles.
Juice=Juice was nominated for the 2013 TBS Japan Record Award in the category of "Best Newcomer" and won a New Artist Award. In February 2016, Juice=Juice starred in a Japanese drama called Budokan.
As of April 2019, there are seven members, one of which has announced their graduation in 2019.
- 1 History
- 2 Members
- 3 Discography
- 4 Awards and nominations
- 5 References
- 6 External links
2013: Formation and Debut
The formation of the unit was announced on February 3, 2013, at a Hello! Project concert held at the Main Hall of the Fukuoka Convention Center. It was revealed that the unit would consist of six members: five Hello! Project trainees Akari Uemura, Sayuki Takagi, Karin Miyamoto, Aina Ōtsuka, Tomoko Kanazawa and Yuka Miyazaki of Green Fields unit from "Satoyama Movement".
On February 25, 2013, the new group's name was revealed to be Juice=Juice. It was also announced that the group would immediately release its first single, and on March 2 would debut live at a series of Hello! Project concerts called Hello! Project Haru no Dai Kansha Hinamatsuri Festival 2013. On March 2 and 3, Juice=Juice performed at the forementioned concert series, where the group premiered their upcoming single "Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne".
On July 5, 2013, Aina Ōtsuka resigned from both Juice=Juice and Hello! Project Kenshūsei, bringing the member count to five.
On September 11, Juice=Juice released their debut single "Romance no Tochuu / Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne (MEMORIAL EDIT) / Samidare Bijo ga Samidareru (MEMORIAL EDIT)" which peaked at #2 on Oricon's weekly chart.
On December 5, Juice=Juice released their 2nd single "Ijiwaru Shinai de Dakishimete yo / Hajimete wo Keiken-chuu". It became their highest selling single with 45,834 copies sold.
2014–2015: First live tour & first #1 single
On February 27, Juice=Juice released their first group photobook titled Juice=Juice 1st OFFICIAL PHOTO BOOK.
On March 19, Juice=Juice released their 3rd single, "Hadaka no Hadaka no Hadaka no KISS / Are Kore Shitai!".
On March 21, Juice=Juice's first solo live tour, Juice=Juice First Live Tour 2014 News=News ~Kakuchi yori Otodoke Shimasu!~, was announced. The tour began on June 13 and concluded in December.
On October 1, Juice=Juice released their 5th single, titled "Senobi / Date ja nai yo Uchi no Jinsei wa".
From November 19 to 24, Juice=Juice starred in their first musical Koisuru Hello Kitty.
On April 8, 2015, Juice=Juice released their 6th single, titled "Wonderful World / Ça va ? Ça va ?". It was their first single to reach #1 on the Oricon Weekly Chart, as well as their first single to not be produced by Tsunku.
On May 2, 2015 during the opening concert of the Juice=Juice First Live Tour 2015 ~Special Juice~ at Nakano Sun Plaza, Juice=Juice announced their first studio album First Squeeze! would be released on July 15. They also announced their goal to perform at Nippon Budokan in 2016 and their plan to reach it by performing 220 shows across Japan.
On October 8, it was announced Juice=Juice would be starring in a 2016 Fuji TV drama titled Budokan about a fictional 5-member idol unit called NEXT YOU. During the production of the show, which began in November, many of Juice=Juice's lives, events, and appearances were as NEXT YOU.
2016–2017: Budokan, New Line-up, & World Tour
In February 2016, Juice=Juice starred in a Japanese drama called Budokan in where the members acted as a new idol group called NEXT YOU!  They released their 7th single and 1st single as NEXT YOU titled "Next is you! / Karada Dake ga Otona ni Nattan ja nai" on February 3. On February 6, Juice=Juice's first TV drama Budokan premiered on Fuji TV. Another version, with 15 minute longer episodes of the drama, premiered on BS SKY PerfecTV! on February 10.
On May 4, 2016 it was announced via video, during the Juice=Juice LIVE MISSION 220 ~Code3 Special→Growing Up!~ at Nakano Sun Plaza and on Hello! Project Station, that Juice=Juice would hold their first concert at Nippon Budokan on November 7 after completing 220 shows as part of the LIVE MISSION 220 project.
On October 26, 2016, Juice=Juice released their 8th single, "Dream Road ~Kokoro ga Odoridashiteru~ / KEEP ON Joshou Shikou!! / Ashita Yarou wa Bakayarou".
On April 26, 2017 Juice=Juice released their 9th single "Jidanda Dance / Feel! Kanjiru yo".
On May 19, 2017 Juice=Juice released the digital song "Goal ~Ashita wa Acchi da yo~"
On June 16, they released another digital song "Jouro".
On June 26, 2017 it was announced through a special episode of Hello! Project Station that Ruru Danbara and Nanami Yanagawa, as a concurrent member from Country Girls, have joined Juice=Juice as new members and would begin activities in the group in the Hello! Project 2017 SUMMER concert tour and Juice=Juice LIVE AROUND 2017 ~Seven Horizon~. The first leg of the world tour ran from September 8 to October 1, 2017 with concerts in Mexico, England, France, Germany, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan. The second leg ran from December 12 to 17, 2017 in South America.
On August 23, 2017 Juice=Juice released their digital single "Fiesta! Fiesta!". This is the first single to showcase the 7 member lineup with new members Nanami Yanagawa and Ruru Dambara.
2018–Present: New Member
On April 18, Juice=Juice released their 10th single, "SEXY SEXY / Naite Ii yo / Vivid Midnight".
On June 13, it was revealed that Manaka Inaba had joined Juice=Juice as a new member and would begin activities with the group in the Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Hello! Project 2018 SUMMER concert tour.
- Yuka Miyazaki (宮崎 由加) – Leader
- Tomoko Kanazawa (金澤 朋子) – Sub-leader
- Sayuki Takagi (高木 紗友希)
- Karin Miyamoto (宮本 佳林)
- Akari Uemura (植村 あかり)
- Ruru Dambara (段原瑠々)
- Manaka Inaba (稲場愛香) (Former member of Country Girls)
|1||First Squeeze!||July 15, 2015||5||13,890||17,943|
|1||"Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne"
|April 3, 2013||25||2,275||3,539|
|2||"Samidare Bijo ga Samidareru"
|May 8, 2013||153||382||382|
|3||"Ten Made Nobore!"
|June 8, 2013||—||–||–|
|1||"Romance no Tochū
/ Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne (Memorial Edit)
/ Samidare Bijo ga Samidareru (Memorial Edit)"
|September 11, 2013||2||37,213||43,144|
|2||"Ijiwaru Shinaide Dakishimete yo / Hajimete o Keikenchū"
|December 4, 2013||2||39,379||45,834|
|3||"Hadaka no Hadaka no Hadaka no Kiss / Are Kore Shitai!"
|March 19, 2014||3||38,293||43,645|
|4||"Black Butterfly / Kaze ni Fukarete"
|July 30, 2014||4||37,008||38,415|
|5||"Senobi / Date ja Nai yo Uchi no Jinsei wa"
(背伸び / 伊達じゃないようちの人生は)
|October 1, 2014||4||29,754||32,391|
|6||"Wonderful World / Ça va? Ça va?"
(Wonderful World /How are you? How are you?)
|April 8, 2015||1||34,127||40,117|
|7||"Next is you / Karada Dake ga Otona ni Nattan ja nai"
(Next is you!／カラダだけが大人になったんじゃない)
|February 3, 2016||3||41,745||46,331|
|8||"Dream Road ~Kokoro ga Odaridashiteru / KEEP ON Joshou Shikou!! / Ashita Yarou wa Bakayarou"
(Dream Road～心が躍り出してる～／KEEP ON 上昇志向！！／明日やろうはバカやろう)
|October 26, 2016||3||32,242||34,723|
|9||"Jidanda Dance / Feel! Kanjiru yo"
|April 26, 2017||3||32,788||36,530|
|10||"SEXY SEXY / Naite ii yo / Vivid Midnight"
(SEXY SEXY／泣いていいよ／Vivid Midnight)
|April 4, 2018||3||51,782||59,312|
Awards and nominations
Japan Record Awards
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2013||Juice=Juice||New Artist Award||Won|
|Best New Artist Award||Nominated|
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