Momo Hirai

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Momo Hirai
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Hirai in July 2018
Background information
Native name
平井もも
Born (1996-11-09) November 9, 1996 (age 22)
Kyōtanabe, Kyoto, Japan
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • dancer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2015–present
Labels
Associated acts
Japanese name
Kanji平井もも
Korean stage name
Hangul
모모

Momo Hirai (平井もも, Hirai Momo, born November 9, 1996), commonly known mononymously as Momo (Korean모모), is a Japanese singer and dancer currently based in South Korea. She debuted in 2015 as a member of South Korean girl group Twice under JYP Entertainment.[1]

In Gallup Korea's annual music poll for 2018, Hirai was voted the 20th most popular idol in South Korea.[2] She is one of the most popular non-Korean K-pop stars.[3] Known for her physical fitness and body movements, she is nicknamed the "dance machine".[4]

Early life[edit]

Momo Hirai was born in Kyoto, Japan.[3] She began dancing at the age of three, together with her elder sister.[3]

Career[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

She was told to audition[by whom?] with her sister on April 13, 2012, though she was the only one who made it in.[5] She was signed on as a JYP trainee with fellow Japanese member, Sana Minatozaki, who also went on to become a member of Twice. She is the only eliminated member of the survival show Sixteen to be brought back to debut as a member of Twice.[6][7]

Discography[edit]

Songwriting credits[edit]

Year Song Album With
2018 "Shot Thru the Heart"[8] Summer Nights Sana, Mina
2019 "Hot"[9] Fancy You Kang Eun-jeong

Filmography[edit]

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Ref.
2015 Sixteen Mnet Contestant
2016 Hit the Stage Contestant (episode 1–4) [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "트와이스 "뽑힐 때 아무 생각이 없었다" ①". Star News (in Korean). Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "2018년 올해를 빛낸 가수와 가요 - 최근 12년간 추이 포함" (in Korean). Gallup Korea. November 30, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Momo from Twice, K-pop's biggest Japanese star – her story so far". South China Morning Post. April 21, 2018. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  4. ^ Ko, Dong-hwan (March 4, 2019). "Momo super-fit to be a star". Korea Times. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "All about Chaeyoung, Momo". Twice TV. Episode 3. July 31, 2015. Naver.
  6. ^ Yoon, Hyo-jin. "'식스틴 논란' JYP 측 "모모 추가합격, 완성도 높은 트와이스를 위해 결정" (공식입장)". Naver (in Korean). Financial News. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  7. ^ Kim, Min-ji. "JYP측 "트와이스 모모 합류 이유있어…내정설, 사실 아니다"". Naver (in Korean). StyleM. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "TWICE THE 2ND SPECIAL ALBUM Summer Nights TRACK LIST". TWICE JYPE. June 30, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  9. ^ "TWICE THE 7TH MINI ALBUM 'FANCY YOU'". TWICE JYPE. April 11, 2019. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  10. ^ Choi, Na-young. "태민·효연·보라·호야·유권 등, 엠넷 '힛더스테이지' 출연[공식발표]". OSEN (in Korean). TV Report. Retrieved June 24, 2016.

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