Suzuka Nakamoto

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Suzuka Nakamoto
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Nakamoto performing during the Babymetal World Tour 2018 in June 2018
Background information
Native name
中元すず香
Also known asSuzuka (in Karen Girl's)
Su-metal (in Babymetal)
Born (1997-12-20) December 20, 1997 (age 21)
OriginHiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan[1]
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • model
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2007–present
LabelsAmuse, Inc.
Associated acts

Suzuka Nakamoto (中元 すず香, Nakamoto Suzuka, born December 20, 1997), known by her stage names Suzuka and Su-metal (both stylized in all caps), is a Japanese musician, singer and model. She is best known as the lead vocalist of kawaii metal band Babymetal. She is represented by the talent agency Amuse, Inc. and has been a member of three musical groups formed by the company: Karen Girl's, Sakura Gakuin, and Babymetal.

Biography[edit]

In 2002, Nakamoto won the Grand Prix in the Image Girl contest for Jewel Drop, a line of toy cosmetics produced by Bandai, subsequently starring in several Jewel Drop commercials.[2][3][4]

In 2006, she was admitted to Actor’s School Hiroshima (ASH). She studied with another future Sakura Gakuin member, Mariri Sugimoto, with whom she had been acquainted before attending the school.[5]

In 2007, she was signed to the talent agency Amuse, Inc. after becoming a runner-up in the 2nd Star Kids Audition held by the company.[6]

In 2008, her agency formed a trio called Karen Girl's,[7] and Suzuka was selected to be in it. The choreographer for the group was Mikiko Mizuno, who would later also become the choreographer of Sakura Gakuin and Babymetal, the latter under the name Mikiko-metal. In a blog post, Suzuka revealed that she had made a promise to Mikiko to never cry on stage, in order to deliver the best performance for the audience.[8][9] The group was introduced as a little sister of the girl trio Perfume and sang several theme songs for the anime Zettai Karen Children, disbanding on March 31, 2009, after the anime ended its run.

In April 2010, Nakamoto became a founding member of Sakura Gakuin, an idol group created by her agency. The group members also formed sub-units called clubs, each of which released their own songs as a unit. Suzuka became a member of the heavy music club (重音部, Jūonbu),[10] which released songs under the name Babymetal, which also included fellow Sakura Gakuin members Yui Mizuno and Moa Kikuchi.

In the spring of 2013, Nakamoto graduated from junior high school and therefore had to "graduate" from Sakura Gakuin (which limits girls up to the junior high age). Her graduation concert was held on March 31 at the Tokyo International Forum.[11][12][13] Suzuka now performs with Babymetal, which had been spun off from Sakura Gakuin following her graduation, under the stage name Su-metal.[14] Babymetal's self-titled debut album was released in February 2014.

Nakamoto ranked ninth place on the Oricon News ranking for “2018 Rankings for Anticipation of New Adults”, commenting on her "overwhelming singing ability".[15]

Personal life[edit]

Suzuka is the youngest of three sisters.[16][17] Her second sister, Himeka Nakamoto, is a former member of the idol group Nogizaka46. They studied together at the Actor's School Hiroshima (ASH)[18] and sang together in a duo known as Tween.

Her mother works with gemstones and occasionally gives gemstone accessories to the Babymetal members as a gift.[19]

Associated acts[edit]

Discography[edit]

With Karen Girl's[edit]

  • Fly to the Future (2009)

With Sakura Gakuin[edit]

With Babymetal[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Anime[edit]

Commercial[edit]

  • 2012: "Oshii! Hiroshima"[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BABYMETALのご実家インタビュー 「“世界征服します”とか言うとったな」と祖父. Shinchosha (in Japanese)
  2. ^ "030 中元すず香 バンダイ・ジュエルドロップ・イメージガール - 広島のすぅちゃん" [Suzuka Nakamoto - Bandai Jewel Drop - Image Girl]. 広島のすぅちゃん (in Japanese). 2016-02-28. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  3. ^ "ジュエルドロップホームページ". アミューズ オフィシャル ウェブサイト. SANRIO & BANDAI. Archived from the original on 2003-06-11. Retrieved 2015-05-30.
  4. ^ Nakamoto, Suzuka (2011-05-18). "さくら学院『噴水広場は・・・』". さくら学院オフィシャルブログ「学院日誌」Powered by Ameba (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  5. ^ Sakura Gakuin 2012 Nendo: My Generation (DVD) (in Japanese). 2013.
  6. ^ 中元 すず香 – アミューズ オフィシャル ウェブサイト (in Japanese). Amuse, Inc. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  7. ^ "ナタリー – 可憐Girl'sのプロフィール". Natalie (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  8. ^ "2013.03.31 - Suzuka's last diary: "With a heartful gratitude"". Unofficial BABYMETAL Fan Site. 2013-03-31. Archived from the original on 2017-11-15.
  9. ^ "さくら学院『感謝を込めて』". さくら学院オフィシャルブログ「学院日誌」Powered by Ameba (in Japanese). 2013-03-30. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  10. ^ Hudson, Alex (10 July 2014). "Did Babymetal invent 'cute metal' and what is it?". BBC. UK. Retrieved 2014-12-06.
  11. ^ さくら学院、2012年度卒業式は東京国際フォーラムで実施. Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  12. ^ ナタリー – さくら学院、中元すず香卒業「皆さんがすぅを変えてくれた」. Natalie (in Japanese). 2013-04-02. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  13. ^ "[Concert Report] Nakamoto Suzuka from Sakura Gakuin completed all her credits. 'It's every one who helped me change.'". En.barks.jp. 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
  14. ^ "The end was the beginning of the new story of BABYMETAL. It has begun at that night. Here is the report from the night at Zepp Tokyo!". Kawaii Girl Japan. 2013-02-14. Archived from the original on 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2017-01-29.
  15. ^ "2018年 期待の新成人ランキング". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  16. ^ "白石麻衣、中元日芽香". STREET JACK. 2016-08-24. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
  17. ^ "Suzuka's sister Himeka interview on Street Jack: "Nakamoto 3 sisters story"". Unofficial BABYMETAL Fan Site. 2016-08-24. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  18. ^ スクール紹介|アクターズスクール広島 (in Japanese). Actor's School Hiroshima. Archived from the original on 2013-11-11. Retrieved 2017-01-29.
  19. ^ Yamamoto, Noboru (2013-02-13). "Hotwave" (Interview). Saitama: Television Saitama.
  20. ^ based on a Children's literature "Bōkenshyatachi: Ganba to 15-hiki no Nakama", Anime Gamba no Bōken also based on the same literature
  21. ^ nelke.co.jp 「冒険者たち」 Archived 2009-05-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  22. ^ AMUSE Co. Artist Profile Suzuka Nakamoto
  23. ^ "おしいをおいしいへ。広島県PRキャンペーンの真相とは". マイナビニュース (in Japanese). 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2018-06-20.

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