Rie Kitahara

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Rie Kitahara
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Rie Kitahara at Japan Expo 2009 in Paris
Background information
Native name 北原 里英
Born (1991-06-24) June 24, 1991 (age 25)
Origin Ichinomiya, Aichi, Japan
Genres J-pop
Occupation(s) Japanese idol, singer, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2008-present
Associated acts AKB48, SKE48, Not Yet, NGT48

Rie Kitahara (北原 里英?, Kitahara Rie, born June 24, 1991) is a Japanese singer and actress associated with the Japanese idol girl group NGT48 and former member of AKB48 and SKE48. She debuted in 2008 in Team A and was co-captain of Team K. In March 2015, it was announced Kitahara would be transferred to NGT48 as captain of the group.[1] She has sung on many of the groups' main singles, having been voted number 13, 16, 13 and 13 in the AKB48 general elections. Since 2011, Kitahara is also a member of the AKB48 subgroup Not Yet.[2][3][4]


Kitahara was born in Ichinomiya, Aichi. In 2009, she was placed 13th overall in AKB48's general election to determine the participants in its next single.[5]

On August 13, 2010, Kitahara debuted as a voice actress in the anime series Gakkō no Kowai Uwasa: Shin Hanako-san ga Kita!!.[6][7]

In AKB48's 2012 general election, Kitahara placed 13th with 26,531 votes.[8][9]

Kitahara made her acting debut in the movie, Graffreeter Toki, which was released on July 14, 2012 in Japan.

On August 24, 2012, the first day of AKB48's 3-Tokyo-Dome-concert series, the group announced a reorganization, which placed Kitahara from Team B to Team K, and also made her a concurrent member of AKB48 and SKE48.[10] She debuted with Team S on February 13, 2013. She was transferred from Team S to Team KII, but did not debut with the new team.[citation needed]. In April, SKE48 announced it was ending Kitahara's concurrency with the group, which leaves her only with AKB48's Team K.[11][12]

As a member of the sub-group Not Yet, she is credited for the lyrics of "Guilty Love" (part of the Suika Baby single)

Kitahara starred in the Japanese horror movie Joker Game, released on December 22, 2012. She also appeared in the drama remake, Kazoku Game, which aired on Fuji TV starting April 2013, as a girlfriend of a son of a prominent family member.[13]


Singles with AKB48[edit]

Year No. Title Role Notes
2008 10 "Ōgoe Diamond" A-side Debut with Team A.
2009 11 "10nen Sakura" A-side
12 "Namida Surprise!" A-side
13 "Iiwake Maybe" A-side Ranked 13th in 2009 General Election.
14 "River" A-side
2010 15 "Sakura no Shiori" A-side, Team Young Jump Debut with Team B. Also sang on "Choose Me!" as Team Young Jump.
16 "Ponytail to Shushu" A-side Also sang on "Majijo Teppen Blues".
17 "Heavy Rotation" A-side Ranked 16th in 2010 General Election. Also sang on "Yasai Sisters" and "Lucky Seven".
18 "Beginner" A-side
19 "Chance no Junban" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament.[14] Sang on "Yoyakushita Christmas"; and "Love Jump" with Team B.
2011 20 "Sakura no Ki ni Narō" A-side
-- "Dareka no Tame ni - What can I do for someone?" -- charity single
21 "Everyday, Katyusha" A-side Also sang on "Korekara Wonderland" and "Yankee Soul".
22 "Flying Get" A-side, Yasai Sisters 2011 Ranked 13th in 2011 General Election. Also sang on "Seishun to Kizukanai Mama"; and on "Yasai Uranai" as Yasai Sisters 2011
23 "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" A-side
24 "Ue kara Mariko" A-side Lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament;[15][16] She sang on "Noël no Yoru"; and on "Yobisute Fantasy" as Team B.[citation needed]
2012 25 "Give Me Five!" A-side (Baby Blossom), Special Girls B Sang in chorus with Baby Blossom;[17] She also sang on "Hitsujikai no Tabi" as Special Girls B.
26 "Manatsu no Sounds Good!" A-side Also sang on "Gugutasu no Sora" and "Kimi no Tame ni Boku wa..."
27 "Gingham Check" A-side Ranked 13th in 2012 General Election.[18][19]
28 "Uza" New Team K Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Scrap & Build" as New Team K.
29 "Eien Pressure" B-side, OKL48 Debut as concurrent member of AKB48 Team K and SKE48. Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Totteoki Christmas"; on "Tsuyogari Tokei" as SKE48; and on "Eien Yori Tsuzuku Yo Ni" as OKL48.
2013 30 "So Long!" A-side Concurrent member of AKB48 Team K and SKE48 team S. Also sang on "Yuuhi Marie" as Team K.
31 "Sayonara Crawl" A-side First single as AKB48 Team K (dropped SKE48 concurrency). Also sang on "How Come?" as Team K.
32 "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie" Under Girls Did not sing on title track. Ranked 21st in 2013 General Election.[20] Sang on "Ai no Imi wo Kanagete Mita" as Under Girls.
33 "Heart Electric" Under Girls, Team K Did not sing on title track. Sang on 'Kaisoku to Doutai Shiryoku' as Under Girls and 'Sasameyuki Regret' as Team K.
34 "Suzukake Nanchara" A-side Placed 10th in rock-paper-scissors tournament.
2014 35 "Mae Shika Mukanee" Beauty Giraffes Did not sing on title track. Sang on 'Kimi no Uso wo Shitteita' as 'Beauty Giraffes'.
36 "Labrador Retriever" A-side Also sang "Kyou made no Melody" and "Itoshiki Rival" as part of Team K.
37 "Kokoro no Placard" B-side Sang "Dareka ga Nageta Ball" as part of Undergirls. Ranked #19 in general elections.
38 "Kibōteki Refrain" B-side Sang "Hajimete no Drive" as part of Team K and "Utaitai".
2015 39 "Green Flash" B-side Also sang "Haru no Hikari Chikadzuita Natsu"
41 "Halloween Night" A-side Ranked 11th in 2015 General Election.
42 "Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby" A-side Also sang "365 Nichi no Kamihikōki" and "Senaka Kotoba".
2016 43 "Kimi wa Melody" A-side Marked as the 10th Anniversary Single. Also sang "Max Toki 315 Gou" as part of NGT48.
44 "Tsubasa wa Iranai" A-side Also sang "Kimi wa Doko ni Iru?" as NGT48.

Singles with SKE48[edit]

Year No. Title Role Notes
2013 11 "Choco no Dorei" A-side Debut with Team S.
12 "Utsukushii Inazuma" Magical Band Did not participate in title track. She sang on "Band wo Yarou yo" as Magical Band and was associated with AKB48 Team K.





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