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High-King
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General Information

Origin

Japan

Genre

Japanese pop

Years active

2008, 2009-2011, 2013, 2015

Label

Zetima

Associated acts

Morning Musume, Berryz Koubou, ℃-ute, Hello Pro Egg, S/mileage

Members

Takahashi Ai (2008-2011)
Tanaka Reina (2008-2013)
Shimizu Saki (2008-2015)
Yajima Maimi (2008-2015)
Maeda Yuuka (2008-2011)

High-King was a Japanese idol group within Hello! Project. The group was created to promote Morning Musume's rendition of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, titled Cinderella the Musical. The group is mostly made up of the leaders of the main Hello! Project groups: Morning Musume's leader, Berryz Koubou's captain, and ℃-ute's leader. The group also featured Hello Pro Egg member Maeda Yuuka, and Morning Musume member Tanaka Reina, the latter also being the former leader of Aa!.

HistoryEdit

2008Edit

The group was created for the sole purpose of promotion and support, making it short-lived, albeit reasonably successful. Their debut single, C\C (Cinderella\Complex), was a relative success, having a peak ranking of #6 on the Oricon Charts. The single was released on June 11.

Producer Tsunku said the members were chosen for their ability to dance and belt out R&B numbers, adding, "As they're girls they should really be 'High Queen' but it didn't have enough punch." He said their debut had a faster beat than anything he'd produced up to that point.

2009Edit

In 2009, several of the dormant units were revived. Tanpopo, Minimoni, Petitmoni, ZYX, Aa!, and v-u-den all returned with new line-ups. High-King also returned from hiatus, but with its original members.

High-King released two new songs during this year: "DIAMONDS" which was released in Chanpuru 1 ~Happy Marriage Song Cover Shuu~, and "DESTINY LOVE" which was released in Petit Best 10.

2010Edit

High-King appeared during the Hello! Project 2010 SUMMER ~Fankora!~, performing Goto Maki's "Daite yo! PLEASE GO ON."

2011Edit

High-King performed during both series of Hello! Project's 2011 winter tour. They performed Goto Maki's "Scramble" during the A gana Live, and GAM's "SHALL WE LOVE?" during the B kkuri Live.

After the Hello! Project 2011 winter tour, the group became inactive as Takahashi Ai graduated from Morning Musume and Hello! Project in September, and Maeda Yuuka graduated from S/mileage and Hello! Project in December.

2013Edit

Takahashi Ai made a guest appearance during Hello! Project Tanjou 15 Shuunen Kinen Live 2013 Fuyu ~Bravo!~, and she performed "C\C (Cinderella\Complex)" with the remaining High-King members.

In May, Tanaka Reina graduated from Morning Musume and Hello! Project, and the group became inactive once again.

2015Edit

High-King's last two members Shimizu Saki and Yajima Maimi performed "Kioku no Meiro" together during the Berryz Koubou Matsuri. This would be the group's last performance following Shimizu's (and the rest of Berryz Koubou's) graduation from Hello! Project on March 3.

MembersEdit

DiscographyEdit

SinglesEdit

CompilationsEdit

TriviaEdit

  • One of the few groups to not have a leader based on seniority.
  • Their sound is said to have an R&B feel.

External LinksEdit

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