You Kikkawa

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You Kikkawa
吉川 友
Also known asKikka, Kobeni Hanasaki starring You Kikkawa
Born (1992-05-01) May 1, 1992 (age 29)
Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
GenresJ-pop
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • actress
Years active2007–present
LabelsZetima, Universal J
Associated acts
Websitewww.kikkawayou.com

You Kikkawa (吉川 友, Kikkawa Yū, born May 1, 1992 in Ibaraki Prefecture)[1] is a Japanese singer and actress. Kikkawa achieved early fame portraying Kobeni Hanasaki from Kirarin Revolution Stage 3 and later debuted as a solo singer with the song, "Kikkake wa You!"

Career[edit]

2006–2010: Pre-debut, Kirarin Revolution[edit]

Kikkawa auditioned for Morning Musume's 8th generation in 2006 and was one of six finalists out of 6,883 applicants.[2] Despite not making the group, she was accepted into Hello! Project's trainee group, Hello Pro Egg, in 2007.[3][4] Prior to joining, she had done minor theatre work.

In 2008, Kikkawa provided the voice to Kobeni Hanasaki in Kirarin Revolution Stage 3.[5] She became part of the in-show subgroup MilkyWay with Koharu Kusumi from Morning Musume and Sayaka Kitahara from Hello Pro Egg. Kikkawa also released songs for the soundtrack under the name "Kobeni Hanasaki starring You Kikkawa."[6] She also made televised and concert appearances portraying Kobeni in real life.

2011–present: Solo debut[edit]

In 2011, Kikkawa debuted as a solo singer with the song "Kikkake wa You!"

She appeared in the 2011 film Cheerfu11y.[7]

In 2013, she played the role of Chava in the Japanese production of Fiddler on the Roof.

On May 6, 2015, Kikkawa releases her 9th single, "Hana", which is the longest single among idol artists in Japan, with about 17 and a half minutes in length, with strong influences of Takarazuka.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
JPN
One for You!
  • Released: January 18, 2012
  • Label: Universal J
  • Formats: CD
9[8]
Two You
  • Released: April 24, 2013
  • Label: Universal J
  • Formats: CD
59[9]
You the 3rd: Wildflower
  • Released: October 14, 2015
  • Label: Universal J
  • Formats: CD
55[10]

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
JPN
Best of You!
  • Released: August 7, 2013
  • Label: Universal J
  • Formats: CD
63[11]

Cover albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
JPN
Vocalist?
  • Released: November 7, 2012
  • Label: Universal J
  • Formats: CD
40[12]

Singles[edit]

Regular singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Date Peak chart positions Sales (JPN) RIAJ
certification[13]
Album
JPN
[14]
"Kikkake wa You!" May 11, 2011 9 One for You!
"Hapirapi (Sunrise)" October 5, 2011 4
"Konna Watashi de Yokattara" December 28, 2011 16
"Koko kara Hajimarun da!" July 11, 2012 25 Two You
"Darling to Madonna" September 26, 2012 18
"Sekaijū ni Kimi wa Hitori dake" January 16, 2013 19
"Urahara Temptation" June 25, 2014 17 You the 3rd: Wildflower
"Amai Melody" October 29, 2014 16
"Hana" May 6, 2015 15
"Ha wo Kuishibare!"
"Charming Shōbu Sedai"
June 25, 2014 23 Non-album singles
"Sayonara, Standard" May 24, 2017 31
"Distortion"
"Tokimeita no ni Through"
January 17, 2018 21
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Digital singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Date Peak chart positions Sales (JPN) RIAJ
certification[13]
JPN
"Neo Sugar Sugar You" May 23, 2018
"Saikō no Onna" September 12, 2018
"Kawaisōna Onna" March 2, 2019
"Koi" May 1, 2019
"Yoake" July 31, 2019
"Tokai no Onna" March 10, 2020
"#Himatsubushi " June 3, 2020
"Taboo" December 10, 2020
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Filmography[edit]

  • Dad, Chibi is Gone (2019)

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Kaidan Shin Mimi Bukuro Kaiki Yuko Hitotsugi Lead role in "Tsukimono"
2011 Cheerfu11y Kanna Ishikawa Lead role[7]
Kikkake wa You! Herself Lead role

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Kirarin Revolution Stage 3 Kobeni Hanasaki Lead role; voice

Tours[edit]

  • You Kikkawa Band Live Tour 2018: Hasutaku Warai: Neo Sugar Sugar You (吉川 友 バンドライブツアー2018 一蓮託笑 〜NEO SUGAR SUGAR YOU〜)[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kikkawa You Official website" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  2. ^ ハロー!モーニング。 (in Japanese). December 10, 2006. TV Tokyo.
  3. ^ "Up-Front Agency profile" (in Japanese). Japan: Up-Front Agency Co., Ltd. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  4. ^ "List of people appearing at the May 13, 2007 Hello! Project new members concert" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Archived from the original on June 21, 2007. Retrieved April 7, 2007.
  5. ^ あにてれ:きらりん☆レボリューション (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  6. ^ のえる&こべにソロ収録!きらレボ楽曲集第5弾. Natalie (in Japanese). March 4, 2009. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  7. ^ a b simplymissj (October 13, 2011). "Stars of Cheerfu11y appear at a premium screening of their movie". Tokyohive. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  8. ^ "One for YOU!(初回限定盤)". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  9. ^ "Two YOU(初回限定盤)". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  10. ^ "YOU the 3rd.~WILDFLOWER~(初回限定盤)". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "Best of YOU!(初回限定盤)". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  12. ^ ボカリスト?(初回限定盤). Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "ゴールドディスク認定" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  14. ^ "吉川友". Oricon. Retrieved May 1, 2021.
  15. ^ 吉川友、初バンドツアー開幕。“甘いきっか”と“甘くないきっか”で死角なし. BARKS (in Japanese). June 5, 2018. Retrieved December 19, 2018.

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