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Morning Musume
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Morning Musume '16

Morning Musume timeline when members joined, graduated, and released single or albums.  

Time Line Edit

1996Edit

  • MAY
    • 11 - ASAYAN Talent Search - Ishiguro Aya sings "Dancing Junk" (SUPER MONKEY'S 4)
  • JUNE
    • 09 - ASAYAN Talent Search - Ishiguro Aya sings "Dancing Junk" (SUPER MONKEY'S 4)
  • JULY
    • 07 - ASAYAN Talent Search - Iida Kaori sings "Body Feels EXIT" (Amuro Namie)

1997 (ASAYAN Sharan Q Auditions)Edit

  • APRIL
    • 13 - Fukuoka preliminary round (broadcast 11-25 May)
    • 27 - ASAYAN broadcast - Talk with Sharan Q about the auditions and clips of Fukuoka audition.
  • MAY
    • 03 - Tokyo preliminary round (broadcast 1,8,15,22 June)
      • Fukuda Asuka sings "Break Out"
    •  ?? - ASAYAN studio examination (broadcast 18+25 May)
    • 11 - ASAYAN broadcast - Fukuoka audition part 1
    • 22 - ASAYAN studio examination (broadcast 15+22 June)
      • Fukuda Asuka sings "Body Feels EXIT" (Amuro Namie)
    • 18 - ASAYAN broadcast - Fukuoka audition part 2
    • 24 - Osaka preliminary round (broadcast 6-20 July)
      • Nakazawa Yuko sings "La La La" (Ohguro Maki)
      • Heike Michiyo sings "Anytime smokin' cigarette" (globe)
    • 25 - ASAYAN broadcast - Fukuoka audition part 3. Winners: Kouguchi Azusa/Aoki Akiko/Matsumoto Yumie)
  • JUNE
    • 01 - ASAYAN broadcast - Tokyo Audition part 1
    • 08 - ASAYAN broadcast - Tokyo Audition part 2
    • 15 - ASAYAN broadcast - Tokyo Audition part 3
      • Fukuda Asuka sings "Body Feels EXIT" (Amuro Namie)
    • 21 - Sapporo preliminary round (broadcast 27 July+3 Aug)
      • Abe Natsumi sings "Face" (globe)
      • Iida Kaori sings "STEADY" (SPEED)
      • Ishiguro Aya sings "Monku ga Aru Nara Kinasai!" (RieScrAmble)
    • 22 - ASAYAN broadcast - Tokyo audition part 4. Winners: Fukuda Asuka/Kawamura Risa/Kabutomori Masayo)
    • 29 - ASAYAN broadcast - Fukuoka audition - Nakatomi Kazumi
  • JULY
    • 03 - ASAYAN studio examination (broadcast 13+20 July)
      • Nakazawa Yuko sings "La La La" (Ohguro Maki)
    • 06 - ASAYAN broadcast - Osaka audition part 1
    • 11 - ASAYAN studio examination (broadcast 27 July+3 Aug)
      • Abe Natsumi sings "Face" (globe)
      • Iida Kaori sings "Sweet Emotion" (Aikawa Nanase)
      • Ishiguro Aya sings "Blue Velvet" (Kudo Shizuka)
    • 13 - ASAYAN broadcast - Osaka audition part 2
      • Nakazawa Yuko sings "La La La" (Ohguro Maki)
      • Heike Michiyo sings "Anytime smokin' cigarette" (globe)
    • 20 - ASAYAN broadcast - Osaka audition part 3. Winners: Nakazawa Yuko/Heike Michiyo
    • 27 - ASAYAN broadcast - Sapporo audition part 1
      • Abe Natsumi sings "Face" (globe)
      • Ishiguro Aya sings "Blue Velvet" (Kudo Shizuka)
      • Iida Kaori sings "Sweet Emotion" (Aikawa Nanase)
    • 28 - Training in temple, day 1
    • 29 - Training in temple, day 2
    • 30 - Training in temple, day 3
      • The 11 finalists go to a temple where they are given cassettes of the song "GET" which they have to learn, as well as other duties such as cleaning.
    • 31 - Dance training
  • AUGUST
    • 03 - ASAYAN broadcast - Sapporo audition part 2. Winners: Iida Kaori/Ishiguro Aya/Abe Natsumi)
    • 03 - Recorded interviews & studio dance performance shown on Aug 24th show
    • 04 - Recorded appearance on ASAYAN
    • 10 - ASAYAN BROADCAST (showing the girls at home + training in temple)
    • 10 - Sharan Q decide the winner and videotape their decision, to be shown to the girls on 31 Aug.
    • 14 - Recorded ASAYAN show. Heike Michiyo chosen from final 11 as winner
    • 17 - ASAYAN BROADCAST (training in temple)
    • 20 - 5 of the 10 "losers" are asked back and Tsunku tells them he wants them to form a group
    • 24 - ASAYAN BROADCAST (brief clips of what's happened so far, then the 11 finalists dance in the studio and are interviewed - recorded 3+4 Aug)
    • 31 - ASAYAN BROADCAST (recorded Aug 14th)
      • The final 11 (Heike Michiyo, Fukuda Asuka, Nakazawa Yuko, Abe Natsumi, Iida Kaori, Ishiguro Aya & 5 others - Matsumoto Yumie, Kawamura Risa, Aoki Akiko, Kabutomori Masayo & Kouguchi Azusa) compete in final stage of audition. Each one sings "GET" then speaks to Tsunku. Afterwards they watch a video of Sharan Q deciding the winner. Heike Michiyo is chosen as the winner.
  • SEPTEMBER
    • 07 - ASAYAN BROADCAST (recorded Aug 20th)
      • Tsunku announces if they sell 50,000 "Ai no Tane" singles in 5 days he'll give them a record deal.
    • 08 - Tsunku names the group Morning Musume
    • 14 - ASAYAN BROADCAST - Tsunku names the group "Morning Musume" (recorded Sept 8th)
    • 21 - ASAYAN BROADCAST
    • 23 - Recording Ai no Tane
    • 25 - Recording Ai no Tane
    • 28 - ASAYAN BROADCAST - voice training & CD jacket photo shoot
  • OCTOBER
  • NOVEMBER
    • 02 - ASAYAN BROADCAST - Ai no Tane promotion campaign & performance
    • 03 - Ai no Tane single released
    • 03 - Day 1 of selling "Ai no Tane". Event at HMV, Osaka. 16,610 CDs sold
    • 05 - Heike Michiyo - "GET" single released
    • 06 - Heike Michiyo debut at Nippon Budokan
    • 09 - Day 2 of selling "Ai no Tane". Event at HMV, Fukuoka. 9,004 CDs sold
    • 09 - ASAYAN broadcast - Ai no Tane promotion campaign
    • 16 - ASAYAN broadcast - CD selling in Osaka & Fukuoka
    • 23 - ASAYAN broadcast - Ai no Tane promotion campaign & Heike Michiyo "GET" performance
    • 24 - Day 3 of selling "Ai no Tane". Event at Sapporo. 14,853 CDs sold
    • 30 - Day 4 of selling "Ai no Tane". Event at Nagoya Ball Park. (9,533 CDs sold). 50,000 total.
      • (Osaka: 16,610, Fukuoka: 9,004, Sapporo: 1,4853, Nagoya: 9,533) "Thank you truly. Our dream of debut has been granted, it is delightful it truly is. Thank you truly."
    • 30 - ASAYAN broadcast - CD selling in Sapporo
  • DECEMBER
    • 02 - Learning 3 songs - どうにかして土曜日 (Dou ni ka Shite Doyoubi), モーニングコーヒー (Morning Coffee), ウソつきあんた (Usotsuki Anta)
    • 03 - In recording studio recording the 3 songs
    • 04 - Mixing and deciding which one to choose
    • 05 - Tsunku chooses Morning Coffee and decides Abe Natsumi to sing main melody
    • 07 - ASAYAN broadcast - CD selling event at Nagoya Ball Park. Ai no Tane 50,000 copies sold
    • 14 - ASAYAN broadcast - in studio recording 3 songs (recorded Dec 2-5)
    • 21 - ASAYAN broadcast - in studio recording 3 songs (recorded Dec 2-5)
    • 28 - ASAYAN broadcast - Morning Coffee? chosen, posing for photos, dance lesson

1998Edit

  • JANUARY
    • 11 - ASAYAN broadcast (talk + Ai no Tane perf + selling the CDs)
    • 18 - ASAYAN broadcast (We see them at home with their families)
    • 25 - ASAYAN broadcast
    • 28 - First single - Morning Coffee
    • 30 - First performance of Morning Coffee on Music Station
  • FEBRUARY
    • 01 - ASAYAN broadcast - recording a HEY!HEY!HEY! appearance on 25 Jan for broadcast 9 Feb & recording the 30 Jan Music Station appearance.
    • 09 - Morning Coffee performance on HEY!HEY!HEY!
    • 28 - Morning Coffee performance on Pop Jam
  • MARCH
    • 01 - ASAYAN broadcast - photo shoot in Saipan
    • 12 - Tsunku announces Morning Musume to get 3 new members
  • APRIL
    • 20 - Morning Musume meet the 3 new members for first time
    • 30 - 8nin Morning Musume 1st appearance in ASAYAN
  • MAY
  • JULY
  • SEPTEMBER

1999Edit

2000Edit

2001Edit

2002Edit

2003Edit

2004Edit

2005Edit

2006Edit

2007Edit

  • JANUARY
  • FEBRUARY
  • MARCH
    • 15 - Surprise addition of two Chinese exchange students to Morning Musume: Junjun and Linlin
    • 17 - Start of Morning Musume Concert Tour 2007 Spring ~Sexy 8 Beat~
    • 21 - 8th album - SEXY 8 BEAT
    • 22 - Morning Musume Fan Club Tour in Hawaii begins
  • APRIL
  • MAY
    • 01 - Morning Musume becomes the #1 female group in single sales (11,085,000 sold copies), beating the previous record set by Pink Lady (11,037,000 sold copies)
    • 06 - Yoshizawa Hitomi graduation
  • JUNE
    • 01 - Fujimoto Miki resigns from Morning Musume. Takahashi Ai and Niigaki Risa became the new leader and the new sub-leader
    • 08 - Takahashi Ai and Kusumi Koharu go as spokepersons in "Nihon TV eco week" opening ceremony.
  • JULY
  • AUGUST
  • SEPTEMBER
    • 22 - Start of Morning Musume Concert Tour 2007 Aki ~Bon Kyu! Bon Kyu! Bomb~
  • OCTOBER
    • 24 - Morning Musume's compilation of all singles for tenth anniversary - Morning Musume ALL SINGLES COMPLETE ~10th ANNIVERSARY~
    • 26 - Takahashi Ai, Niigaki Risa and Kusumi Koharu arrive in Korea to the compilation of all singles album. Press conference, apperance in MAY BEE radio show with Takahashi and Niigaki
    • 27 - Handshake event in Korea with said members. Footage of their promotional activities was broadcasted by M.Net Star Watch on 2007.11.02
    • 29 - Morning Musume arrive in Taiwan to promote the compilation of all singles album. FC live event (Performances: LOVE Machine, The☆Peace!, Ren'ai Revolution 21, Onna ni Sachi Are, Chance! (Kusumi). Broadcasted by Saturday Night Fever on 2007.11.11). Radio appearance by Takahashi, Niigaki, Michishige and Junjun (the rest of the girls stayed at their hotel)
    • 30 - Handshake event in Korea with Morning Musume. Footage of their promotional activities was broadcasted by MTV Taiwan on 2007.12.02
  • NOVEMBER
    • 21 - 35th single - Mikan
  • DECEMBER
    • 31 - Morning Musume performs a medley named Special LOVE Mix ~Shiawase no Heisei 20 Shuunen Ver.~ alongside Berryz Koubou and ℃-ute at the 58th Kouhaku.

2008Edit

  • MARCH
  • APRIL
    • 16 - 36th Single - Resonant Blue . Takahashi Ai, Tanaka Reina and Junjun one day visit to Taiwan for promoting Resonant Blue (released in Taiwan on the same day as Japan) and the 2008 Taiwan concert (one press conference and apperances in three TV shows and one radio show)
  • MAY
    • 11 - Resonant Blue handshake events
    • 24 - Morning Musume 2008 Concert Tour in Taiwan (in TWTC Nangang)
    • 26 - Junjun and Linlin travel to China to donate 1,092,607 yen (fundraising done during Biyuuden's Final FC Bus Tour in Enshuu and Morning Musume's 2007 overseas activities) to Shanghai charity for Sichuan victims.
  • JUNE
    • 1 - Morning Musume 10th Anniversary Live Tour in Korea 2008 (in Olimpic Park, Olimpic Hall - 4,300 seats)
    • 28 - Morning Musume concert in Shanghai
  • AUGUST
    • 6 - Morning Musume x Takarazuka Cinderella the Musical begins
    • 25 - Morning Musume x Takarazuka Cinderella the Musical ends
  • SEPTEMBER
  • OCTOBER
    • 19 - Pepper Keibu handshake events
  • NOVEMBER

2009Edit

2010Edit

Fash

Morning Musume in Fashion White Day Event

  • JANUARY
    • 14 - Morning Musume Jc & Jk Female Actress Audition Announced. Up-Front and BS-TBS agreed to hold auditions in five cities (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sapporo) to find a co-star for a stage play with Morning Musume in June.
    • 15 - Mano Erina-led dorama, Hanbun Esper, which features Morning Musume and S/mileage, titled Hanbun Esper, starts on Dohhh-UP!.
  • FEBRUARY
    • 10 - 42nd single - Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai
    • 14 - Morning Musume were live on Chinese TV in commemoration of the lunar/Chinese new year and sang Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai and a Chinese song called Jasmine Tea or 茉莉花 (not the Mano Erina B-side).
    • 24 - Morning Musume Concert Tour 2009 Autumn ~Nine Smile~ (Koharu Kusumi's Graduation) released on DVD.
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Morning Musume in FASHIONABLE poster

  • MARCH
    • 17 - Release of 10th Album 10 MY ME.
    • 17 - The official Morning Musume Twitter account opened.
    • 20 - Morning Musume appears at a fashion event non-no x BS-TBS Fashion Show Spring Collection White Day Special and performs Ren'ai Revolution 21.
    • 23 - Announced that all the members of Morning Musume, and ℃-ute's Nakajima Saki will have a role in the play FASHIONABLE, running June 11 - June 27.
    • 31 - Morning Musume’s 4th Alo Hello DVD announced. The release date is set for 6/16.
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Morning Musume in the Chinese campaign for the dog-guide

  • APRIL
    • 1 - Morning Musume had been chosen as image girls for a national campaign in China for the entrance of dog-guide in all establishments.
  • MAY
    • 5 - Announced that Morning Musume will be appearing at Japan Expo in Paris, France. The convention will be held from July 1 through July 4 at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Convention Center.
    • 29 - Promotion Video for Seishun Collection is released through a live stream.
    • 31 - The cover for Morning Musume’s PB titled Alo Hello! Morning Musume 2010 has been released.
  • JUNE
    • 1 - Concert Tour 2010 Autumn announced.
    • 1 - 5th Generation Event announced.
    • 4 - Cover for "Alo Hello! 4" DVD is released.
    • 9 - 43rd Single - Seishun Collection. A-side used as the theme for the stage play titled FASHIONABLE.
    • 9 - PB Alo Hello! Morning Musume 2010 has been released.
    • 10 - Details about "Alo Hello! 4" DVD are released.
  • JULY
    • 1-4 - Morning Musume appears at Japan Expo in Paris, France.
    • 2 - Morning Musume’s Japan Expo concert in Paris is broadcast live through Nico Nico.
  • AUGUST
    • 8 - Tsunku announces 9th generation auditions. The first time since 2006 when Mitsui Aika joined the group.
    • 8 - Tsunku also announces: Junjun, Linlin, and Kamei Eri to graduate from the group on December 15, the last show of Morning Musume Concert Tour 2010 Aki ~Rival Survival~
    • 10 - Morning Musume arrives for taping of a serious TV show in Hunan, China (Junjun’s hometown).
    • 15 - A Morning Musume event was the very first event to be broadcasted by TBS TV in 3D.
    • 28 - Morning Musume new unit announced: Muten Musume. According to Tsunku the unit was made to spread the sushi culture around the world. The unit consists of Morning Musume members using characters and names for promotion of a sushi chain in Kansai.
    • 28 - Morning Musume shows as performer and co-host on this Year’s 24 Hour Television Charity Telethon
  • SEPTEMBER
    • 20 - Morning Musume Calendar 2011 released.
  • OCTOBER
  • NOVEMBER
    • 17 - 44th single - Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game
    • 24 - A Blu-ray edition of Morning Musume’s Alo Hello! 4 is released also Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game single V version.
  • DECEMBER
    • 1 - 11th album - Fantasy! Juuichi
    • 15 - Kamei Eri, Junjun, and Linlin graduate at Yokohama Arena. The concert is broadcast live in 3D.

2011Edit

  • JANUARY
    • 2 - Four new members are added as 9th generation: Fukumura Mizuki, Ikuta Erina, Sayashi Riho, and Suzuki Kanon
    • 9 - Takahashi Ai announces her graduation on the last day of the Hello! Project 2011 Winter concert
    • 16 - Suzuki Kanon appears in the newspaper of her prefecture
  • FEBRUARY
    • 5 - Keitai Deka The Movie 3: Morning Musume Kyuushutsu Daisakusen! ~ Pandora no Hako no Himitsu~. The movie featuring Morning Musume is released
    • 6 - First Fanclub event featuring 9th gen members is held at Yokohama BLITZ in Kanagawa
    • 11 - Second Fanclub event featuring 9th gen members is held at Eru Theater in Osaka
  • MARCH
    • Official release date of the 45th single Maji Desu ka Ska!, but it got postponed due to the 2011 Touhoku Earthquake
  • APRIL
  • MAY
    • 08 - 10th Generation Auditions announced during the Morning Musume 2011 Haru Concert
  • JUNE
    • 1 - Announced the participation of Morning Musume and Takahashi Ai in a movie called "Sharehouse". The movie will be released in theaters on 12/11
    • 10 - Morning Musume promoting the new season of Cirque du Soleil in Japan, called KOOZA and make a mini-live after the show until 10/07 as a mini-tour
    • 13 - 10th Generation Auditions start
    • 15 - 46th single Only you is released
  • JULY
    • 10 - Morning Musume promoting the new season of Cirque du Soleil ended as well the mini-lives after the shows.
    • 20 - Morning Musume’s FC Tour in Hawaii started.
    • 26 - Morning Musume’s FC Tour in Hawaii ended.
  • AUGUST
    • 6 - Morning Musume participed in the FNS "Uta no Summer Matsuri 2011" event
    • 9 - Morning Musume's PHOTOBOOK Concert Tour 2011 Spring New Genesis Fantasy DX ~Welcome 9th Generation Members~ is released
    • 22 - Morning Musume presents a medley in the charity show 24 HOUR TV!!!, fellow Hello! Project group S/mileage also paticiped in the event
    • 31 - Previews shown of the making of the music video of Hello! Project Mobekimasu's single showing Niigaki's first act as leader of Morning Musume
  • OCTOBER
    • 1 - Niigaki Risa becomes leader of Morning Musume as well the longest serving member of the group
  • OCTOBER
    • 12 - 12th studio album - 12, Smart is released
    • 17 - According the reputed MADAME NOIRE website, Morning Musume is the #8 at the TOP 10 of Best-selling girl group of all time
  • NOVEMBER
    • 11 - Morning Musume along with entire Hello! Project participated in a special live called Hello! Project Festival 2011 at Yomiuri Land. The event was streamed over the internet by NicoNico.
    • 25 - Morning Musume participated in this year’s Toyota Yuuki no Tsubasa 2011 event.
  • DECEMBER
    • 12 - The Movie Sharehouse with the participation of Takahashi Ai and Morning Musume is released in theaters.

2012Edit

  • JANUARY
    • 1 - AKB48 becomes the #1 female group in single sales (11,787,800 sold copies), beating the previous record set by Morning Musume (11,774,000 sold copies)
    • 2 - Niigaki Risa announces her graduation at the end of the Spring Tour on May 18 at Nippon Budokan.
    • 11 - All Morning Musume members, except Mitsui Aika, started a drama called Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen, along other members of Hello! Project, the dorama is co-lead by Tanaka Reina and Michishige Sayumi.
    • 12 - 9th and 10th members have their own on-line talk show, only for the official fanclub, called Ma-Ji-De Pyocopyoco.
    • 25 - 48th single - Pyocopyoco Ultra. The debut of the 10th gen. members.
  • FEBRUARY
    • 3 - A new Morning Musume stopwatch app for Android & IOS was released.
    • 18 - Morning Musume's 2012 Spring tour, called Morning Musume Concert Tour 2012 Haru ~Ultra Smart~ Started
  • MARCH
    • 6 - Morning Musume and? ℃-ute? take part on this year’s NHK J-Melo Spring Fest 2012.
    • 10 - Morning Musume take part, as special guest, in Dream Morning Musume’s Nippon Budokan Show. Former members Ishiguro Aya, Goto Maki, and Tsuji Nozomi are also guests, bringing the total number of active and former members participating in this concert to a record 24.
    • 24 - Morning Musume members, along others UP-Front "talentos", as well former members, passed out food in Iwate on March 24th to those affected by last year’s devastating earthquake.The event was part of the agency’s Tohoku Earthquake Disaster Relief Project, ‘Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu‘. The agency passed out 1,200 meals of butadon and pork miso soup by the end of the event. The current members performed Dekkai Uchuu ni Ai ga Aru in front of a crowd of 1,500 people.
  • APRIL
    • 2 - The Bags costumized by Morning Musume members last month, goes to the auction, this action is part of the 6th charity event called ROOTOTE the campaign (TOTE AS CANVAS) has focused its profits to children who were victims of the earthquake that hit Japan last year.
    • 7 - 9th and 10th Generation Members started a radio show called Morning Musume no Morning Gakuen ~Houkago Meeting~ (Morning Musume’s Morning Campus ~AfterSchool Meeting~).
    • 11 - 49th single - Ren'ai Hunter. The last one with 5th member Niigaki Risa.
    • 17 - Morning Musume becomes #1 overall in Top 10 singles (49), beating the previous record set by the #1 Top 10 solo artist, Hamasaki Ayumi (48)
  • MAY
    • 4 - Mitsui Aika's sudden graduation from Morning Musume due to health concerns is announced for May 18, 2012 at Nippon Budokan beside Niigaki Risa.
    • 18 - Morning Musume's 2012 Spring tour, called Morning Musume Concert Tour 2012 Haru ~Ultra Smart~ is finished.
    • 18 - Niigaki Risa & Mitsui Aika graduate from Morning Musume at Nippon Budokan, Morning Musume's 11th Generation "Suppin Utahime" audition is announced, and Michishige Sayumi is announced to be the new leader.
    • 26 - Morning Musume is one the special artist to perform at Girls Award 2012 Spring/Summer collection ~All you need is LOVE~ event at Yoyogi Stadium along side names as ICONIQ, Kato Miliyah and Korean Pop Group Wonder Girls.
  • JUNE
    • 6 - A Musical play called Stacey's Shoujo Saisatsu Kageki starts. All Morning Musume members are part of the cast,except the current leader, Michishige Sayumi, at the play Tanaka Reina, Sayashi Riho and Kudo Haruka have got the main characters.

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