Sayaka Yamamoto

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Sayaka Yamamoto
Native name
山本 彩
Born (1993-07-14) 14 July 1993 (age 25)
OriginIbaraki, Osaka, Japan
GenresJ-pop
Occupation(s)
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2010 (2010) – present
Labelslaugh out loud! records (2016–2018)
Universal Sigma (2019–present)
Associated actsNMB48, AKB48
Websitehttp://yamamotosayaka.jp/

Sayaka Yamamoto (山本 彩, Yamamoto Sayaka, born July 14, 1993) is Japanese singer and songwriter most widely known for her work as a former member of the Japanese idol girl group NMB48, where she served as the leader of the group and as the captain of Team N. She is also a former member of AKB48's Team K.[1][2][3]

Career[edit]

2011-2012: Debut with NMB48[edit]

Yamamoto participated in auditions for the first generation of NMB48, and was selected to debut in the group along with 25 other girls. On March 10, 2011 Yamamoto was selected as one of 16 members which would debut as Team N, of which she was selected to serve as captain. Team N made their debut at the NMB48 theater on March 21, 2011. In May of the same year, Yamamoto and fellow Team N member Miyuki Watanabe were the first NMB48 members to be selected for an A-side senbatsu with the release of AKB48's 21st single "Everyday, Katyusha". On June 9, Yamamoto was the only member of NMB48 to rank in AKB48's 3rd general election. She placed 28th with 8,697 votes and as a result sang on the B-side "Dakishimecha Ikenai", on AKB48's 22nd single "Flying Get". On July 20, NMB48 made their major single debut with "Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo", for which Yamamoto was selected as a senbatsu member. Despite not being the center for the A-side, Yamamoto served as the center for both B-sides "Seishun no Lap Time" and "Boku ga Maketa Natsu". On October 19, NMB48 released their second single entitled "Oh My God!", for which Yamamoto served as center with fellow Team N member Nana Yamada. This marked the first time Yamamoto had been chosen as a center for an A-side senbatsu. She also served as a center on the B-sides "Boku wa Matteru", "Kesshou" and "Uso no Tenbin" (with Nana Yamada) on the same single. On October 26, Yamamoto participated in her second A-side senbatsu with AKB48 on their 23rd single "Kaze wa Fuiteiru".

Yamamoto was given her first solo A-side center on NMB48's third single "Junjou U-19", which was released on March 8, 2012. This was also the first NMB48 single to include a solo song, entitled "Jungle Gym", which was sang entirely by Yamamoto. On March 15, Yamamoto was a part of the lineup for AKB48's 25th single "GIVE ME FIVE!", in which the senbatsu members played as a band called "Baby Blossom", for which Yamamoto sang as part of the chorus. On May 9, NMB48 released fourth single "Nagiichi" for which Yamamoto served as center with Miyuki Watanabe. On May 23, Yamamoto, with fellow NMB48 members Miyuki Watanabe and Eriko Jo, was included as a part of the media senbatsu for AKB48's 26th single "Manatsu no Sounds Good!". On June 6, Yamamoto ranked 18th in AKB48's 4th general election with a total of 23,020 votes and as a result sang on the B-side "Nante Bohemian" as a member of "Undergirls" on AKB48's 27th single "Gingham Check". On August 8, NMB48 released their fifth single "Virginity" for which Yamamoto once again served as the sole center. She also served as the center for B-side "Bokura no Regatta" on the same single. On October 31, Yamamoto participated as a senbatsu member for AKB48's 28th single "UZA". On November 7, NMB48 released their 6th single "Kitagawa Kenji", for which Yamamoto served as center with Miyuki Watanabe. On November 21, Yamamoto released her first photobook entitled "Sayagami", which sold over 55,000 units. The photobook was released on the same day as Miyuki Watanabe's photobook, and was marketed as a battle between the two members, which was ultimately "won" by Watanabe. On December 5, AKB48 released their 29th single "Eien Pressure", for which Yamamoto sang on the B-side "HA!" and served as center for along with Miyuki Watanabe. This marked the first time Yamamoto had served as a center for a B-side on an AKB48 single.

2013-2015: Rise in popularity & concurrency with AKB48[edit]

On February 20, 2013 Yamamoto participated in AKB48's 30th single "So long!" as a senbatsu member. On May 22, Yamamoto participated in AKB48's 31st single "Sayonara Crawl" as a media senbatsu member. On June 8, Yamamoto ranked 14th in AKB48's 5th general election with 51,793 votes. The release of AKB48's 32nd single "Koisuru Fortune Cookie" on August 21 marked the first time Yamamoto entered an AKB48 senbatsu through the election. On June 19th, NMB48 released their 7th single "Bokura no Eureka" for which Yamamoto served as the sole center for. On October 2, NMB48 released their 7th single "Kamonegix" for which Yamamoto served as center for alongside Miyuki Watanabe. On October 30, Yamamoto participated in AKB48's 33rd single "Heart Ereki". The senbatsu members for this single performed as a band called "THE G.FINGERS" and were given English aliases. Yamamoto once again acted as a member of the chorus and assumed the English name "Rosanna". On December 11, Yamamoto participated on the B-sides on "Mosh & Dive" and "Kimi to Deatte Boku wa Kawatta" on AKB48's 34th single "Kimi no Hohoemi wo Yume ni Miru".

On February 24, 2014 it was announced that Yamamoto would hold a concurrent position in AKB48's Team K.[1] On February 26, Yamamoto participated in AKB48's 35th single "Mae Shika Mukanee" as a senbatsu member. On March 26, NMB48 released their 8th single "Takane no Ringo" for which Yamamoto served as the sole center. On May 21, Yamamoto participated as a media senbatsu member for AKB48's 36th single "Labrador Retriever" and also served as the center for B-side "Itoshiki Rival" with Jurina Matsui as a member of Team K. This marked Yamamoto's first participation in an AKB48 single as an AKB48 member. On June 7, Yamamoto ranked 6th in AKB48's 6th general election with 67,916 votes, marking her first entry into the "Kami 7". As a result, Yamamoto participated as a senbatsu member on AKB48's 37th single "Kokoro no Placard". Yamamoto was also the only NMB48 member to rank in senbatsu for this year. On November 5, NMB48 released their 9th single entitled "Rashikunai", for which Yamamoto participated in as a senbatsu member. This was the first single since "Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo" to not be centered by Yamamoto. However, she centered the B-side "Kyusen Kyotei" with Yuki Kashiwagi, and also sang on the duet "Tomodachi" with fellow first generation member Nana Yamada. On November 26, AKB48 released their 38th single "Kibouteki Refrain" on which Yamamoto participated as a media senbatsu member. She also served as center for Team K's "Hajimete no Drive", with Jurina Matsui on the same single.

On February 10, 2015, Sayaka Yamamoto released her second photobook titled "SY" which sold 42,779 in its first week of sales according to Oricon and topped the Oricon sales charts.[4] The high sales volume prompted a second-printing of the gravure photobook.[5]

2016-2017: Solo debut[edit]

On April 13, 2016, she graduated from her concurrent position in AKB48's Team K and returned as a full-time member of NMB48.[6]

On October 26, 2016, Sayaka Yamamoto released her first solo album "Rainbow". It debuted at number 3 on the weekly Oricon singles chart.[7]

On October 4, 2017, Sayaka Yamamoto released her second solo album "identity".[8]

2018-present: Graduation from NMB48 and continued solo success[edit]

On July 30, 2018, Sayaka Yamamoto announced in NMB48 LIVE TOUR 2018 in Summer that she would be graduating from NMB48.[9]

On October 27, 2018, her graduation concert titled "SAYAKA SONIC~Sayaka, Sasayaka, Sayonara, Sayaka~" was held at Expo’70 Commemorative Park. [10]

On April 17, 2019, Sayaka Yamamoto released her first solo single "Ichirinsou".[11] [12]

AKB48 general elections[edit]

  • In 2011, Yamamoto placed 28th with 8,697 votes.
  • In 2012, she placed 18th with 23,020 votes.[13][14]
  • In 2013, she placed 14th with 51,793 votes.[15]
  • In 2014, she placed 6th with 67,916 votes.[16]
  • In 2015, she placed 6th with 97,866 votes.[17]
  • In 2016, she placed 4th with 110,411 votes.

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Solo Singles[edit]

Singles with NMB48[edit]

Year No. Title Role Notes
2011 1 "Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shōjo" A-side, Shirogumi Debut with NMB48 Team N. Sang on "Seishun no Lap Time" and "Mikazuki no Senaka". Sang on "Boku ga Maketa Natsu" with Shirogumi
2 "Oh My God!" A-side (Center), Shirogumi, NMB Seven Sang on "Boku wa Matteru". Sang on "Kesshou" with Shirogumi. Sang on "Uso no Tenbin" with NMB Seven.
2012 3 "Junjō U-19" A-side (Center), Shirogumi, NMB Seven, Solo Sang on "Doryoku no Shizuku" with Shirogumi. Sang on "Reni no Speed" with NMB Seven. Solo track "Jungle Gym"
4 "Nagiichi" A-side (Center), Shirogumi, NMB Seven Sang on "Saigo no Catharsis" with Shirogumi. Sang on "Hatsukoi no Yukue to Play Ball" with NMB Seven.
5 "Virginity" A-side (Center), Shirogumi Sang on "Mōsō Girlfriend". Sang on "Bokura no Regatta" with Shirogumi.
6 "Kitagawa Kenji" A-side (Center), Shirogumi Sang on "In-Goal". Sang on "Hoshizora no Caravan" with Shirogumi.
2013 7 "Bokura no Eureka" A-side (Center), Shirogumi Sang on "Todokekana Soude Todoku Mono". Sang on "Okuba" as Shirogumi. She is the subject of the song "Sayanee" on the single.
8 "Kamonegix" A-side (Center), Shirogumi Sang on "Doshaburi no Seishun no Naka de" as Shirogumi.
2014 9 "Takane no Ringo" A-side (Center), Shirogumi Sang on "Prom no Koibito" as Shirogumi.
10 "Rashikunai" A-side, Team N Sang on "Tomodachi". Sang on "Kyusen Kyotei" as Team N.
2015 11 "Don't look back!" A-side, Team N Sang on "Renai Petenshi" as Team N. Sang on "Sotsugyō Ryokō" as NMB48's 1st generation.
12 "Durian Shōnen" A-side, Team N Sang on "Inochi no Heso" as Team N.
13 "Must be now" A-side (Center), Team N Sang on "Yume ni Iro ga nai riyū" as Team N and "Orera to wa".
2016 14 "Amagami Hime" A-side (Center), Team N Also sang on "365 Nichi no Kamihikōki" as solo version, "Hakanai Monogatari" as Team N and "Dōtonbori yo, Naka Sete Kure!".
15 "Boku wa Inai" A-side, Team N Also sang on "Ima Naraba" as Saya Milky and "Sora Kara Ai ga Futte Kuru" as Team N.
16 "Boku Igai no Dareka" A-side (Center), Team N Also sang on "Kodoku Guitar" as Team N.
2017 17 "Warota People" A-side, Team N Also sang on "Doko ka de Kiss wo" as Team N.
2018 18 "Yokubomono" A-side (Center), Team N Also sang on "Hankyū Densha" as Team N.
19 "Boku Datte naichau yo" A-side (Center), Team N Last single to participate. Also sang on "Usotsuki Machine" as Team N and "Wasurete Hoshii" which is her graduation song.

Albums with NMB48[edit]

Teppen Tottande!
  • "Teppen Tottande!"
  • "12/31"
  • "Lily" / Team N
  • "Dazai Osamu wo Yonda Ka?"
Sekai no Chuushin wa Osaka ya ~Namba Jichiku~
  • "Ibiza girl"
  • ""Seito Techo no Shashin wa Ki ni Haittenai" no Hoshoku"
  • "Densha wo Oriru" / Team N
  • "Dakishimetai Kedo" / Solo

Singles with AKB48[edit]

Year No. Title Role[19] Notes
2011 21 "Everyday, Katyusha" A-side First AKB48 single, representing NMB48 Team N.
22 "Flying Get" Under Girls Ranked 28th in 2011 General Election. Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Dakishimecha Ikenai" (Check Yasai Sisters 2011)
23 "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" A-side
24 "Ue kara Mariko" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament;[20][21] She sang on "Noël no Yoru".
2012 25 "Give Me Five!" A-side (Baby Blossom) Sang in chorus with Baby Blossom.[22]
26 "Manatsu no Sounds Good!" A-side She also sang on "Gugutasu no Sora".[23]
27 "Gingham Check" Under Girls Ranked 18th in 2012 General Election.[13][14] Did not sing on title track. She sang on "Nante Bohemian".
28 "Uza" A-side
29 "Eien Pressure" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Ha!" as part of NMB48.
2013 30 "So Long!" A-side
31 "Sayonara Crawl" A-side
32 "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie" A-side Ranked 14th in 2013 General Election.[15] Sang on title track.
33 "Heart Electric" A-side Sang on title track with English name "Rosanna"
34 "Suzukake no Ki no Michi de "Kimi no Hohoemi o Yume ni Miru" to Itte Shimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dō Kawatte Shimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nan-nichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament.[24] Sang on "Mosh & Dive".[25]
2014 35 "Mae Shika Mukanee" A-side
36 "Labrador Retriever" A-side
37 "Kokoro no Placard" A-side Ranked 6th in 2014 General Election.
38 "Kibouteki Refrain" A-side Also sang on "Hajimete no Drive"
2015 39 "Green Flash" A-side Raps in this song with Minami Takahashi.[26] Also sang "Punkish" as part of NMB48.
40 "Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai" A-side Also sang "Kimi no Dai Ni Sho"
41 "Halloween Night" A-side Ranked 6th in 2015 General Election. Also sang on "Yankee Machine Gun" and "Gunzou".
42 "Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby" A-side Also sang on "365 Nichi no Kamihikōki" which she is the Center, "Madonna no Sentaku" and "Senaka Kotoba".
2016 43 "Kimi wa Melody" A-side Marked as the 10th Anniversary Single. Also sang on "Shigamitsuita Seishun" as part of NMB48.
44 "Tsubasa wa Iranai" A-side Last single as AKB48 concurrent member. Also sang on "Aishū no Trumpeter".
45 "LOVE TRIP / Shiawase wo Wakenasai" A-side Also sang on "Hikari to Kage no Hibi" which she is Double Center with Yui Yokoyama.
46 "High Tension" A-side
2017 47 "Shoot Sign" A-side Also sang on "Mayonaka no Tsuyogari" as part of NMB48.
48 "Negaigoto no Mochigusare" A-side
50 "11gatsu no Anklet" A-side Also sang on "Yaban na Kyūai" which she is the Center, and "Yosōgai no Story".
2018 51 "Jabaja" A-side Also sang on "Hetawōtsu" as part of NMB48.
52 "Teacher Teacher" A-side Last single to participate.

Albums with AKB48[edit]

Koko ni Ita Koto
  • "Koko ni Ita Koto"
1830m
  • "Aozora yo Sabishikunai Ka?"
Tsugi no Ashiato
  • "10 Krone to Pan"
Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe!
  • "Ai no Sonzai"
  • "Conveyor" / Team K
  • "Ai to Kanashimi no Jisa" / Solo
0 to 1 no Aida
  • "Ai no Shisha" / Team K
  • "Love Ash"
Thumbnail
  • "Ayamachi"
Bokutachi wa, Ano Hi no Yoake wo Shitteiru
  • "Yosougai no Story"
  • "Kusaimono Darake"

Stage units[edit]

NMB48 Team N 1st Stage "Dareka no Tame ni" (誰かのために)
  • "Bird"
  • "Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru" (制服が邪魔をする)
NMB48 Team N 2nd Stage "Seishun Girls" (青春ガールズ)
  • "Blue rose"
  • "Fushidara na Natsu" (ふしだらな夏)
NMB48 Team N 3rd Stage "Koko ni Datte Tenshi wa Iru" (ここにだって天使はいる)
  • "Yume no Dead Body" (夢のdead body)
  • "Hajimete no Sora" (初めての星)
  • "100nen Saki Demo" (100年先でも)
NMB48 Team N 3rd Stage Revival "Koko ni Datte Tenshi wa Iru" (ここにだって天使はいる)
  • "Yume no Dead Body" (夢のdead body)
  • "Hajimete no Sora" (初めての星)
  • "100nen Saki Demo" (100年先でも)
AKB48 Team K 6th Stage Revival "RESET"
  • "Seifuku Resistance" (制服レジスタンス)
AKB48 Team K 4th Stage Revival "Saishū Bell ga Naru" (最終ベルが鳴る)
  • "Return Match" (リターンマッチ)

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Majisuka Gakuen 4 (2015, Nippon TV) as Antonio
  • Majisuka Gakuen 5 (2015, Nippon TV) as Antonio
  • AKB Horror Night: Adrenaline's Night Ep.3 - Product Storage (2015, TV Asahi) as Anna
  • AKB Love Night: Love Factory Ep.11 - Love Letters of the Past (2016, TV Asahi) as Mizuki Kyōno
  • Hibana (2016, Netflix)
  • Cabasuka Gakuen (2016, Nippon TV) as Antonio

Radio[edit]

  • NMB48 Yamamoto Sayaka no Regular Toretemouta! (October 2, 2014 –, Nippon Cultural Broadcasting)

Film[edit]

  • NMB48 Geinin! The Movie Owarai Seishun Girls! (2013)[27]
  • NMB48 Geinin! The Movie Returns Sotsugyō! Owarai Seishun Girls!! Aratanaru Tabidachi (2014)

Bibliography[edit]

Magazines[edit]

  • Smart, Takarajimasha 1995-, since October 2012
  • Tarzan, MAGAZINE HOUSE 1986-, since August 2015
  • Skream!, GEKI-ROCK ENTERTAINMENT , since September 2018

Photobooks[edit]

  • Saya Gami (November 21, 2012, Shueisha) ISBN 9784087806656[28]
  • SY (February 10, 2015, Yoshimoto Books) ISBN 9784847047275[29]
  • Minna no Yamamoto Sayaka (January 8, 2016, Yoshimoto Books) ISBN 9784847048159

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