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Ai Takahashi to graduate from Morning Musume

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 月曜日, 1月 10, 2011

Morning Musume Ai Takahashi (高橋愛),24, will graduate from the group and Hello! Project at the end of Morning Musume’s fall tour.

Takahashi is best known as the current leader of Morning Musume, former member of its popular subgroup, Mini Moni, and most recently given the leadership role as Hello! Project’s leader.
Takahashi joined Morning Musume in August 2001 as a 5th generation member, which means that she has the most seniority out of the current members.

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Morning Musume just added four members a week ago with its 9th generation, following the graduation of Eri Kamei, Junjun, and Linlin on December 15. Last summer, at the time it was decided that the three members would graduate, producer Tsunku told Takahashi that she should also think about the timing of her own graduation. As a result, she will continue her duties as leader while the new recruits ease into the group. At the end of Morning Musume’s fall tour, she will pass on the role of leader to Risa Niigaki (22).

Takahashi said that she plans to continue her music career, including stage shows and live performances.

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Morning Musume adds four members

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 火曜日, 1月 4, 2011

Hello! Project has unveiled the newest members of idol group Morning Musume. The 9th generation audition is now over, and three of the finalists have passed: Erina Ikuta (13), Riho Sayashi (12), and Kanon Suzuki (12). In addition, Hello! Pro Egg member Mizuki Fukumura (14) has also joined the group.

Hello! Project is the umbrella name for all female idol Japanese pop recording artists collective that are under contract with the Up-Front Group. The “mothership” group of Hello! Project is the super-group Morning Musume. The main producer and songwriter is Tsunku, the lead singer of Sharam Q.

Morning Musume is known for ever fluctuating line-up, with “graduations” and auditions held nearly every year. Members Eri Kamei, Junjun, and Linlin graduated from Morning Musume on December 15, reducing the group to only five members. With the new recruits, Morning Musume will now have a total of nine members.

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