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Kago Ai’s 1st album after graduating from Hello! Project, currently untitled, has been announced. The album will be released on Avex and it will feature Jazz tracks.

The album was previously announced since January but the date seems to have been moved a week after, which is normal for most singles/albums since not much information has been released.

I’m not one of her biggest fans but I’m glad that she is getting her own album after leaving Hello!Project and dong it solo is a good thing too.

The release date is set for 3/31.

Neowing Page For Kago Ai’s Album

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Michishige Sayumi has started up her own Gree blog were she posts lots of pictures and what she has been up too. Her blog only started last week and she has so many posts. When she has something new, she posts about it and they are only hours apart!
Maybe I should follow her lead and keep my blog updated more oftern =^_^=

Official Michishige Sayumi Gree Blog

If you can’t read Japanese or find that your translater if rubbish *I think mine is* then you can look at the translater versions HERE!

Morning Musume has arrived at Shanghai today to record a performance for a Chinese TV show which will air on Chinese New Year.

Some images of them in Shanghai:

From TV show:

They have already recorded the performance of two songs: Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai and a Chinese song titled Jasmine Flower (茉莉花):

The performance will air on 2/14.

Setlist
1. Bonkyu! Bonkyu! Bomb Girl / All
2. Jingisukan / All
Member VTR
3. Suki-chan / S/mileage
4. LOVE&PEACE = Paradise / Mano Erina
5. Lucky Aura / Mano Erina
MC
6. SHOCK / C-ute (back dancers: Kitahara Sayaka, Sainen Mia, Maeda Irori)
7. EVERYDAY Zekkochou!! / C-ute (back dancers: Kikkawa Yuu, Kitahara Sayaka, Mori Saki)
8. Tokaikko Junjou / C-ute
MC – C-ute
9. Osakebi Boy WAO! / Berryz Koubou
10. HAPPY! Stand Up / Berryz Koubou
11. Rival / Berryz Koubou
MC / Berryz Koubou
12. Manopiano / Mano Erina
13. Otona ni Narutte Katashi / S/mileage (New song)
14. Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai / Morning Musume
15. Subete wa Ai no Chikara / Morning Musume
16. Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan / Morning Musume
17. Kimagure Princess / Morning Musume
MC / Mano Erina, S/mileage
18. Medley / All
-Mikan->Watashi no Mirai no Dannasama->Massara Blue Jeans->Onna ni Sachi Are->MADAYADE->FOREVER LOVE ->Nanchatte Renai->JUMP->Yuujou Junjou oh Seishun->LOVE & PEACE! Hero ga Yattekita
19. Seishun Song / C-ute
20. Ryuusei Boy / Berryz Koubou
21. Souda! We’re ALIVE / Morning Musume
MC
22. Aozora ga Itsumademo Tsuzuku You na Mirai de Are! / All

The DVD for Hello! Project’s 2010 Winter Concert Tour ~Mobekimasu~ has been announced. The setlist for the concert is shown above, although it might have a few changes since it is the setlist for the first day.

The release date for the DVD is about 14 days after the Shuffle Deeto DVD, which is understandable since UFA most likely didn’t want to release them both at the same time since that would mean that fans wouldn’t be able to get both of them (which would mean less money for them).

The release date is set for 4/14.

Neowing Page For Hello! Project’s 2010 Winter Concert Tour ~Mobekimasu~

The profile pictures for Morning Musume have been updated with the costumes for their 42nd single titled Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai.

Mitsui Aika
Kamei Eri
Junjun
Michishige Sayumi
Linlin
Tanaka Reina
Takahashi Ai
Niigaki Risa

There are full body shots on the official H!P profile for Morning Musume (link below).

The release date is set for 2/10.

Official H!P Profile For Morning Musume

(Top left – Limited A, Top right – Limited B, Bottom left – Limited C, Bottom right – Regular)

01.Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai
02.Nakidasu Kamo Shirenai yo
03.Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai (Instrumental)

Versions of PV’s included in Limited versions:

Limited A – Dance Shot Ver
Limited B – Close-Up Ver
Limited C – Make-Up Ver
Single V – Stage Ver

The covers for Morning Musume’s 42nd single titled Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai have been released on the official H!P Site. The contents of the DVDs included in the Limited editions were released a few days ago, along with the official tracklist.

The release date is set for 2/10.

Official H!P Site For Morning Musume’s 42nd Single “Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai”

Up-Front and BS-TBS have agreed to hold auditions in five cities (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sapporo) to find a co-star for a stage play this June with Morning Musume. The audition is being targeted to female senior high school students and female junior high school students (10-18 years old).

It’s great to finally see them get to do another play since it will most likely mean that we will get to see each member’s acting skills again after their play last year.

Even though the audition is not for a 9th generation it is still a great opportunity for an aspiring actress to work alongside Momusu so if anyone has a chance I highly suggest entering to have a chance to act alongside Momusu.

As for the auditioner, Kamei says that she would like someone who makes her laugh, while Lin Lin wants someone who likes Anime like her, also Jun Jun and Lin Lin say they want to see some overseas auditioners (source: ampedechoz and iceymoon at JPM).

The audition is in March and the winner will be announced in April, while the stage play will be in Tokyo Ginza Theater in June.

Jc&Jk Audition Page With Details and Application Form
Yahoo News Article About Actress Auditions
Sanspo Article About Actress Auditions
Mainichi Article About Actress Auditions

Note: The agency dealing with the audition is JC & JK and not UFA, which means that the winner will most likely not join Momusu. In my opinion, if it was an audition for the 9th generation they would have most likely stated it as so and would have specified singers and not actors, although we will have to see what happens.

A list with the 200 most sold singles of this year (from 12.22.2008 – 12.14.2009) according to Oricon has been released. The following H!P singles were included on the list (the release dates are in “year.month.day” format):

82 – Morning Musume – Nanchatte Renai (2009.08.12) – 70,299
108 – Morning Musume – Shouganai Yume Oibito (2009.05.13) – 53,950
121 – Morning Musume – Naichau Kamo (2009.02.18) – 50,313
142 – Morning Musume – Kimagure Princess (2009.08.28) – 45,241
185 – Berryz Koubou – Watashi no Mirai no Danna-sama/Ryuusei Boy (2009.11.11) – 34,861
186 – Berryz Koubou – Seishun Bus Guide/Rival (2009.06.03) – 34,589
187 – Yaguchi Mari / Air Band – Seishun Boku/Seishun Ore (2009.03.25) – 34,368
192 – C-ute – Shochuu Omimai Moshiagemasu (2009.07.01) – 33,613
The following singles from H!P didn’t make the list (not including Buono!, Guardians 4, S/mileage or the Elder Club released singles):

Berryz Koubou – Dakishimete Dakishimete (2009.03.11)
C-ute – Bye Bye Bye! (2009.04.15), EVERYDAY Zekkouchou! (2009.09.16)
Mano Erina – Otome no Inori (2009.03.18), Hajimete no Keiken (2009.05.20), Sekai wa Summer Party (2009.07.29), Kono Mune no Tokimeki wo (2009.09.30), Love&Peace=Paradise (2009.11.25)
For the most part the results are great news for Morning Musume since all of their singles placed into the top 150 (the only H!P group that did it), including the only top 100 H!P single. Even their 2nd worst selling single “Kimagure Princess” managed to sell enough to place into #142.

Berryz Koubou got the 2nd highest place in H!P by having two of their singles (both double a-side) in the list, and even though “Dakishimete Dakishimete” didn’t make it into the list their consistently improving sales might make it possible to have all of their singles in the list next year.

C-ute’s sales were somewhat disappointing since they only managed to get one single into the list, but the other two singles have somewhat consistent sales so hopefully they can place higher on the Oricon next year.

Mano didn’t get any singles on the list despite releasing 5 major singles throughout the year, which is kind of expected since she is a fairly new artist and it will take some more time for the public to get used to her.

Overall the sales were somewhat surprising but they have improved for two of the groups, Morning Musume and Berryz Koubou (who managed to turn around their 2008 declining sales). C-ute’s sales are somewhat lower than the previous year, but they can be improved if they are promoted correctly.

There will most likely be better sales since most of H!P’s groups are constantly improving, so hopefully we can see some more H!P singles in the top 100 next year.

On the December 6, 2009, Kusumi Koharu graduated from Morning Musume and Hello! Project at the Morning Musume Concert Tour 2009 ~Nine Smile~ concert at Tokyo Welfare Pension Hall.

There was a change to the setlist for the final day of the concert tour where Rainbow Pink, one of Morning Musume’s songs on their album Rainbow 7 album performed by Sayu and Koha (under the group name Shigepink and Kohapink).

According to fan reports the graduation ceremony started after Resonant Blue (which is the last song on the setlist, not counting the encore songs). The members all read their farewell messages in order of generation: Aichan, Gaki-san, Eri, Sayu, Reina, Aika, Jun Jun and Lin Lin (all of the members crying during the ceremony) and then Koharu reading her final message to the group and to the fans.


Koharu during the graduation ceremony

Here are the speeches and some more information about the final moments of Koharu as a Musume, this is the full version from the concert rip (full translation credit: Turbos86, from THIS article at H!O, special thanks to Kuno):

Translation of the graduation ceremony (full)

After Rainbow Pink, the audience does a 3 minute Koharu Chant.
Koharu runs back on to the stage.
Koharu: Thank you everyone!!! Wow!!! It’s completely red! (Glow sticks) Thank you. Thank you very much for the warm Koharu call!
Thank you! Everyone in the 2nd floor, thank you too!
Wow….
I, Kusumi Koharu, on today, Decemeber 6th would be graduating from Morning Musume and Hello! Project…will graduate.
Everyone who has supported Kusumi Koharu of Morning Musume, I thank you from the depth of my heart!
Everyone!!!!

(Never forget, instrumental versions begins playing in the background)

> Takahashi Ai’s message Niigaki Risa’s message Kamei Eri’s message Michishige Sayumi’s message Tanaka Reina’s message Mitsui Aika’s message LinLin’s message JunJun’s message Koharu face the audience and reads a prepared message Final MC Fans does another Koharu chant Fans does Koharu chant again <

(Concert ending announcement is played.)

Fans ignores the announcement and continues to chant Koharu’s name.
After 5 minutes, Koharu reappears on stage.

Without a mic, Koharu yells into the audience:
THANK YOU EVERYONE!
(Waving her arm non-stop)
I TRULY THANK YOU ALL!

information found at: Hello!SayuNii

Morning Musume members Takahashi Ai, Niigaki Risa, Lin Lin and Jun Jun will go on a 4 night, 5 day trip to China.

The announcement was somewhat unexpected since the event will happen in one week, but if you had to choose which members to send to China it was expected that they would send the Leader and subleader along with the two Chinese members Jun Jun and Lin Lin as guides.

Hopefully we get a chance to see a DVD of what they did while they were in China, although some picture would be great.

I will update with more information as it is released.

The trip will occur from 12/9 to 12/13.

Official Chinese H!P Site Announcement (Look for ”純純琳琳 中國始動!!” on the left side)

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