C-ute’s Profile

C-ute, December 2013

History

In June 2005, °C-ute was formed in with 7 members: Umeda Erika, Yajima Maimi, Nakajima Saki, Suzuki Airi, Murakami Megumi, Okai Chisato and Hagiwara Mai. These members were originally suppose to participate in the group Berryz Kobo, a Hello! Project Kids group that intended to periodicly rotate it’s memebers from time to time, but the idea was dropped when it was decided in 2004 that the original members of Berryz would be permanent. Thus, a year later, °C-ute was formed of the remaining Hello! Project Kids members.

Though the frmation of the group had been rumored for several months prior, it wasn’t until June 11th, 2005 that the group was officially announced. Some of the members worked with members of Morning Musume in side prjects like Aa! and ZYX, prior to the band’s formation, as well as the Mini Moni movie “Mini Moni ja movie: Okashina Daibōken.”

Arihara Kanna, originally a Hello! Pro Egg, was added to the group and was introduced during the Hello! Project 2006 Winter Concert Tour in January 2006. °C-ute debuted in the indie scene with their first indie single titled Massara Blue Jeans, four months after the newest member was added to the group .

On October 31, 2006, leader of the group Murakami Megumi suddenly announced her graduation from the group and from H!P, and did not have a graduation ceremony. The official reason was so that she could concentrate on her studies, but many fans believe she left because she had been photographed walking together with a guy, hugging and walking under an umbrella, just a few days prior to the announcement.

°C-ute was signed to zetima, seven months after the retirement of Murakami.  Being label-mates of Morning Musume, they debuted in the major-music scene with their single Sakura Chirari and ranked in the Top 5 on Oricon Chart after 4 indie singles. On the first day it ranked third on the Oricon charts, a feat not even accomplished by Morning Musume (who had ranked 6th on their debut single). With their debut single, they became the youngest group (with the average age of 13) to rank in the top 5.

°C-ute had a weekly thirty minute radio show called “Cutie Party”, which began on October 7, 2006 and aired on FM FUJI every Saturday from 23:00 to 23:30 as the opening portion of Hello! Project Night. It was replaced with Cutie☆Paradise in 2008. Like most H!P groups, at their debut concert each of the group’s members were given a color used for merchandise, costumes, and such. Those colors: Umeda Erika – yellow; Yajima Maimi – pink; Nakajima Saki – orange; Suzuki Airi – green; Okai Chisato – blue; Hagiwara Mai – purple; and Arihara Kanna – red.

Their 3rd major single, Tokaikko Junjou was released in late 2007. With over 38,000 copies sold, it became their best-selling single to date.

Because of their rising popularity, increasing sales and award nominations, °C-ute entered into the spotlight in the Japanese media throughout all of 2007. °C-ute was a nominee for the “Newcomer Award” as part of the annual YTV show “Best Hits Kayousai”. They got a prize for being the runner-up and performed on the show, even though they didn’t win.

It was announced that they were nomined for the 40th Japan Request Awards, a radio-related award (presented to artists who gets the most number of their songs requested) on November 26th. Once again they didn’t win, but they got medals for being the runner-up, and performed on the show. However, a few days later on November 29th, it was announced that °C-ute had won the New Artist Award from the 49th Japan Record Awards (Nihon Record Taishou), along with JYONGRI, Stephanie and Takasugi Satomi.

°C-ute was chosen as “Best New Artist” by Japan Record Awards, 14 out of the 21 panel judges voted for them on December 30, 2007. Producer Tsunku received the award while the screen showed the girls crying at the dressing rooms after their performance.

In December 2007, °C-ute (along with Momusu and Berryz) performed at the 58th Kouhaku Uta Gassen.

Arihara Kanna, temporarily left the group and was expected to have surgery to correct a bunion in early 2009, but was expected to later rejoin the group once she was better. However, on July 9th 2009, she graduated from both the group and H!P, and like Megumi, did not recive a graduation ceremony. There have been rumours about her being seen with a boy, which was against her contract, and many of her fans believe that this could have been another reason for her sudden departure.

It was announced that another member would be leaving as well, just one month after Arihara’s departure. On October 25th on the last date of their concert tour, Umeda Erika graduated from °C-ute and H!P, in order to pursue her dream of a model career. Although she was the third member to leave the group, she was the only one who recived a graduation ceremony.

Erika’s last single in ºC-ute was EVERYDAY Zekkouchou!, released September 2009. The single ranked #2 weekly and topped the daily charts with a #1 position in its first week. This is the first time for the group to reach #1 daily and currently ºC-ute’s highest-charting single overall.

At their First Event as a 5-nin Group each of the members were given a new color used for merchandise, costumes, ect. Those colors are now: Yajima Maimi – red; Nakajima Saki – blue; Suzuki Airi – pink; Okai Chisato – green; Hagiwara Mai – yellow.

On a live radio show they announced that they would be opening up a blog. On January 6th 2010, ºC-ute’s eleventh major single, SHOCK, was released. It topped at #1 for the daily charts and #5 for the week, selling 18,665 copies. This is the first single as a 5-nin group, as well as the first-ever a-side of a single to have all solo lines given to only one person (Airi) with the rest of the group singing only the chorus and have some small “Ah!”-like noises throught the song. This was their lowest selling single to date. Most fans weren’t happy with it due to the fact that only Airi sang, and even Airi fans were quick to say they weren’t happy with it. Tsunku said in his blog that he chose Air because he felt she would be the best at singing the song with the emotion it needed to have.

Their next singles in 2010 were; Campus Life ~Umarete Kite Yokatta~, Dance de Bakoon! and Aitai Lonely Christmas. All three ranked in the Oricon top 10.

Kiss me Aishiteru was C-ute’s first single of 2011, and ranked #4 weekly. This was the first single to feature Okai as one of he lead vocalists along side Suzuki and Yajima. Around that time, C-ute also got an official Facebook page. The page recieved over 1000 likes in the first day.

On March 12, 2011, it was annouced that their performance in Fukuoka and other events has been canceled do to the earthquake and tsunami.

C-ute released their 16th single, Momorio Sparkling, on May 25th 2011. This is the first song to have Okai with the most solo lines (she had 9) and Suzuki having as much as the 2 least vocal members, Hagiwara and Nakajima (Suzuki had 4, Hagiwara with 5, and 4 solo lines for Nakajima).

C-ute released their last single of 2011, Sekai Ichii HAPPY na Onna no ko, on the 7th of September, 2011.

The group released their first release of the new year, their 7th album titled Dai Nana Shō ‘Utsukushikutte Gomen ne’, on Feburary 8th 2012.

On April 8 2012, C-ute performed at the idol festival Idol Yokochō Matsuri, giving the first non-Hello! Project joint concert in their entire career. The music news provider BARKS praised the “power performance” that was “overwhelming from beginning to end” and demonstrated the “number one” band’s unity out of all of Hello! Project.

For C-ute’s 18th single, titled Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku, the group released indivual covers of single for each girl, which also included each girl’s own version of the song, something that had not been done by H!P before. It is also the first single of any H!P group to have the title completely translated into English for one of the covers, in this case the Single V. Everyday for the month of April, the group’s YouTube page uploaded a different version of the music video – 30 videos total.

The single sold 40,060 copies in its first week alone, doubling their first week sales of their highest-selling single, Tokkaiko Junjou, which sold 27, 943 in its first week. The single averaged at number 2 on the charts for its first week sales, ending at number 3.

C-ute released their second collaboration single with Berryz Kobo, Chou Happy Song, On June 20th. The song is a make up of two separate songs, C-ute’s Shiawase no Tochu and Berryz Kobo’s Because Happiness, from each group’s 2012 albums – when played together at the same time, they create the new Chou Happy Song. This was intentionally composed by Tsunku, and was originally intended to be revealed during Hello! Project’s summer concert, but ended up being uncovered by fans in mid-April. Because of the hype of fans over the internet, the song was released digitally on April 28th, and received a physical released later on.

On June 30th, C-ute’s concert at the Yokosuka Arts Theater was broadcast live on Youtube.

C-ute released their second and final single of 2012, Aitai Aitai Aitai na, on September 5th. On November 21st 2012, the group released their first cover best-of album, 2 °C-ute Shin Seinaru Best Album, which featured their best songs re-sung and some re-arraigned, as well as their best singles over the past two years, and a brand-new song.

On February 6th 2013, the group’s first cover single, Kono Machi was released. All three songs on the single were covers of Moritaka Chisato, a famous Up-Front artist. This single was meant to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the Tohaku Earthquake and Tsunami, dedicated to those who died.

C-ute starred in the stage play Sakura no Hanataba, which ran from March 14th to the 24th.

On April 3rd, the same day their single Crazy Kanzen na Otona was released, C-ute’s first solo overseas concert, “Cutie Circuit ~Voyage a Paris~ was announced. It took place of July 5th in Paris, France. A special best-of album, titled Cutie Selection ~A nos Amis de France!~ was released July 7th.  It also included a bonus track, Adam to Eve no Dilemma, which wouldn’t be released until the week after, on July 10th, as a part of their first double a-side single Kanashiki Amefuri / Adam to Eve no Dilemma. A DVD of the concert was released on December 18th 2013.

On June 29th 2013, it was announced that September 10th has been officially authorized by the Japan Anniversary Council as “C-ute’s Day”. On September 4th 2013, the group’s 8th album, 8 Queen of Jpop, was released.

The group had their first Nippon Budokan live on September 9th and 10th to commemorate their 200th performance. It was originally only supposed to be on the 10th, but due to tickets being sold out, they added an extra performance.

Their second double a-side single and last release of 2013, Tokai no Hitorigurashi / Ai tte Motto Zanshin, was released November 6th 2013. Throughout the year, each single (not including the album) became their best selling single, as each release out-sold the one before it, displaying C-ute’s rising popularity.

On March 5th 2014, C-ute’s third double-aside single and first release of 2014, Kokoro no Sakebi wo Uta ni Shitemita / Love take it all, was released.

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