Morning Musume。 is one of the biggest Japanese idol groups of all time! Producer Tsunku started the group in 1997 through auditions held on the Japanese TV show Asayan, and he selected five candidates to form a new group called Morning Musume。.
They were issued the challenge to sell 50,000 copies of their demo single, “Ai no Tane”, and reached this goal in just five days – which then led to the debut single “Morning Coffee” in 1998.
Their third single, “Daite Hold on Me!”, hit number one on the Oricon singles chart for their first time, they received the Best New Artist Award in the 40th Japan Record Awards, and they made their first appearance on Japan’s prestigious New Year’s special – NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen – all also in 1998!
Their 7th single, “Love Machine”, was released in 1999 and was their first to sell over a million copies, an achievement that was repeated with “Koi no Dance Site”, “Happy Summer Wedding”, “Renai Revolution 21” and more, breaking multiple Oricon chart records held by female groups!
Last year, the group reached their 20th anniversary and are continuing to grow around the world with 12 members led by Mizuki Fukumura!
AT ANIME NYC
Morning Musume。’18 will appear both at Anisong World Matsuri at the Hammerstein Ballroom and at a panel and autograph signing inside Anime NYC. More details are coming soon.