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Melon Kinenbi
メロン記念日
Artist-Melon-Kinenbi
General Information

Origin

Tokyo, Japan

Genres

Japanese Pop

Years active

1999–2010, 2011, 2013

Labels

Zetima

Associated acts

ROMANS, Tanpopo, 10nin Matsuri, 11WATER, 7AIR, 7nin Matsuri, Elegies, Happy♡7, H.P. All Stars, Odoru♡11, Sexy 8, Hello! Project Akagumi, Elder Club

Website

Hello! Project.com

Members

Saito Hitomi (L)
Murata Megumi (S-L)
Otani Masae
Shibata Ayumi

Melon Kinenbi (メロン記念日; Melon Anniversary) was a Japanese pop group under Hello! Project. During its tenure, Melon Kinenbi was the most stable of the groups in Hello! Project with a lineup that remained unchanged throughout their ten year run.

Melon Kinenbi experimented with various musical styles over the years, ranging from bubblegum pop to rock. The band occasionally worked as dancers for other Hello! Project artists (See the music video for Goto Maki's single "Yaruki! IT'S EASY".

The entire group officially graduated from Hello! Project on March 31, 2009, along with the rest of the Elder Club.

On February 2010, Melon Kinenbi announced that they decided to disband.

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MembersEdit

HistoryEdit

1999Edit

On May 12th, the 2nd Morning Musume & Heiki Michiyo Protege Auditions were held. The four finalists were (out of about 4,000 total people to audition) Saito Hitomi, Murata Megumi, Otani Masae and Shibata Ayumi. They were chosen to form a new Hello! Project group called Melon Kinenbi. Murata Megumi was chosen as leader; however, she would pass the title along to Saito Hitomi later in 2002.

2000Edit

On February 19th, Melon Kinebi released their debut single "Amai Anata no Aji," with lyrics and composition done entirely by Tsunku.

2002Edit

In 2002, Melon Kinenbi held their first concert, Melon Kinenbi First Concert ~Korega Kinenbi~.

2007Edit

From May 15-20, Melon Kinenbi participated in the stage play "Watashi wo Dosei ni Tsuretette! 〜RPG Fly Me To The Saturn〜".[1]

2008Edit

From April 30 to May 6, Melon Kinenbi appeared in the stage play "Kaba".[2]

From August 8-10, they appeared in the sequel to their spring play "Kaba", titled "Kaba 2". This play also featured Miyoshi Erika.[3]

From November 19-23, Saito Hitomi, Murata Megumi, and Otani Masae all appeared in the stage play "Family of the Dead".[4]

2009Edit

From March 14-22, they appeared in the third installment of the Kaba series of plays, titled "Kaba 3", featuring Miyoshi Erika for the second time as well as a newcomer, Okai Asuna.[5]

The entire group officially graduated from Hello! Project on March 31, 2009, along with the rest of the Elder Club. After their graduation, they collaborated with other Japanese punk-rock groups for several limited-release indie singles, and released their 4th album MELON'S NOT DEAD.

From July 1-5, they starred in the stage play "UNO:R".[6]

2010: DisbandmentEdit

Two days after the album release and just after their 10-year anniversary, the group announced that they would disband following their final tour activities in May 2010. Melon Kinenbi announced that they will disband, after their Spring concert tour.

The announcement on the disbandment of Melon Kinenbi
As always, thank you for supporting Melon Kinenbi.
Today, during the stage of Melon Kinenbi’s 10th ANNIVERSARY LIVE ’3654 days since birth’ which was held at SHIBUYA-AX’, the members announced that Melon Kinenbi is going to disband.
Keeping their idol status for 10 years, the members gave their united statement, “We would like to end Melon Kinenbi’s activity at this 10-year milestone”, and after numerous discussions and assistance from the staff, it was decided we would be announcing it publicly today.
This March’s stage performance, “Melon Kinenbi Story” (12 performances at the Ikebukuro Theater Green, all tickets SOLD OUT) and the final tour in April~May are the group’s final activities until official disbanding.
Furthermore, February 21st (Sunday) the Osaka performances which were planned (Nanba HATCH noon performance 15:00 START/night performance 19:00 START) will be held without any changes.
Please keep supporting them until the end.

~Up Front Agency

Comment from members
Thank you, as always, for your warm support!
On February 19th, 2010, we’ve reached Melon Kinenbi’s 10-year anniversary of existence!! The Melon road had both mountains and valleys to cross, but together with our wotamodachi [wotamodachi = wota (fan)+tomodachi (friend)], the staff, and our families who have supported us during good times and bad, we were able to build up a 10-year history. And all that without a member change!!
Before we reached the 10-year point, the four of us talked thoroughly about the future. The result was, “10 years is a good turning point, where we should get new challenges in our real life”, so we firmly decided to disband the group.
We think that there will people who will be shocked, thinking, “Oh no, so it’s really happened now…” , but we promise we will keep running in Melon-style until the very end. Everyone! Please keep running with us with all your energy!!
February 19th, 2010

~Melon Members

From March 17-22, Melon Kinenbi appeared in a special stage play documenting their ten years together, "Melon Kinenbi Monogatari ~Decade of MELON KINEN-BI~".[7]

On May 3rd, 2010, The group performed together for the last time at Nakano Sun Plaza.

2011Edit

On April 17th, 2011, the four members of Melon Kinenbi reunited for the first time since breaking up in order to raise funds to donate to victims of the recent disasters.

2013Edit

On December 31, Melon Kinenbi reunited to perform at the Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2013 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~ concert.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Studio albums
Mini albums
Best albums

SinglesEdit

Major
Indies

DVDsEdit

PV compilations
Concert DVDs
Other

ConcertsEdit

To see the entire list of concerts, please visit Melon Kinenbi Concerts

WorksEdit

TelevisionEdit

  • Morning Musume no Heso (モーニング娘。のへそ?)
  • Idol wo Sagase (アイドルをさがせ!?)
  • Majokko Rika-chan no Magical v-u-den (魔女っ娘。梨華ちゃんのマジカル美勇伝?)
  • Tensai Terebikun Max (天才てれびくんMax?)
  • Musume Dokyu (娘Dokyu?)

RadioEdit

  • Colorful Pleasure
  • Hyper Night Melon Kinenbi no "Meronpa" (ハイパーナイト・メロン記念日の「めろんぱ」?)
  • Mijōku! Soujōku!! Seijoku!!! Kanjōku!!!! (未熟! 早熟!! 成熟!!! 完熟!!!!, Immature! Precocious!! Mature!!! Totally Matured!!!!?)
  • Hello Pro Yanen

InternetEdit

  • The Moving Radio Korette Yappari Melon Kibun (The moving Radio これってやっぱりメロン気分?)

TheaterEdit

EventsEdit

  • [2005] July Hello! Project Fan Club Gentei Event

Music VideosEdit

PublicationsEdit

PhotobooksEdit

CompilationEdit

Total Sales CountEdit

Year Year Sales Total Sales
2000 17,180 17,180
2001 19,650 36,830
2002 68,679 105,509
2003 140,042 245,551
2004 52,612 298,163
2005 13,643 311,806
2006 9,556 321,362
2007 27,017 348,379
2008 3,657 352,036
2009 5,083 357,119
2010 5,941 363,060

ReferencesEdit

  1. Official Gekijyo Page
  2. [http://gekijyo.net/Gekipro/stage/2013/12/-4.html Official Gekijyo Page]
  3. Official Gekijyo Page
  4. Official Gekijyo Page
  5. Official Gekijyo Page
  6. Official Gekijyo Page
  7. Official Gekijyo Page

External LinksEdit


Melon Kinenbi
Former Members
Saito Hitomi (L), Murata Megumi (SL), Otani Masae, Shibata Ayumi
Singles
Major: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Indies: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Other: ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL!
Albums
Original: 1st Anniversary, THE Nimaime, MELON'S NOT DEAD
Mini: Melon Juice
Best: FRUITY KILLER TUNE, MEGA MELON, URA MELON
Other
Concerts


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