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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

This Week in Morning Musume: Special Long Edition

New Feature:
This Week in Morning Musume:
Special Long Edition.

This week in Morning Musume is a news recap of the weekly events in the world of Morning Musume. This week in Morning Musume will serve as a way to catch up on any media related events that took place in the week that was for Morning Musume .When events warrant special coverage will be devoted to the news.

Starting December 9th, this will be a weekly recap; however, this is a special extra long edition. This special edition will recap November and give a look at the Korean and Taiwan trips .

Morning Musume the Ambassadors of JPOP

The last week of October saw Morning Musume venture outside of Japan for promotional trips to Korea and Taiwan. The trips were to design to establish a foothold in the two nations and lay the groundwork for product releases and possible concerts. On the surface, the events favored a return trip to Taiwan more so then Korea. While the Korean visit was lower key then the Beatles like mania Taiwan venture. Morning Musume, clearly has a fan base in both countries .An article in the Korean Times on November 4th, reported that Morning Musume was the third most searched music artist in Korea.

Korea Times

Related Videos
Television Interview #1
Television Interview #2
Press Conference

Morning Musume closed out the month of October with a full unit promotional trip to Taiwan that had to exceed their expectations. Taiwan was madness from the moment that they landed, and resembled the 1960`s when the British Rock Group the Beatles landed on the music scene. Early indications are that Taiwan is ready for Morning Musume, their All Singles Complete CD debut at #1 on the Japanese Music Charts and #11 on the Global Music Charts in Taiwan.

Tanaka Reina did a little Taiwan reporting on her radio show recently. Tanaka said that the event was a big success for Morning Musume .Not only did they do the standard media events that they do in Japan, but that Junjun symbolically took the lead and helped everyone out with their Chinese. Tanaka called Junjun a big help to the group in Taiwan. Tanaka finished her report by saying that the Taiwanese fan base was largely women and that a fan went through the hand shake event line five times .She said that the hand shake event was great as a lot of people were there and only those who had purchased the CD were allowed to attend.

Related Videos
EDIT : New Video From MTV Taiwan
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Taiwan TV news covering the arrival of Morning Musume and the fan conflict at the airport.
Taiwan TV News

MTV Taiwan with Morning Musume on a night out on the town .
MTV Taiwan
Morning Musume on a TV Television show.
Sunday Night Fever TV Show

As October ended November got underway, Morning Musume settled in for a typical month for them in Japan. Takahashi Ai continued her hectic leadership schedule of reaching out to everyone about Morning Musume by doing a number of print and electronic media interviews. Barks spent the day on the set of Haromoni, and did a full feature story on the experience. The article talked about the tapings and praised Takahashi as being the perfect choice for leader at this stage of their career. They found her to be a very powerful leader who was involved in every aspect of Morning Musume both on and off camera, ensuring that every member’s talents can come out on Television. Barks also expressed what a number of media outlets voiced in November that Mikan was a very solid song.

Takahashi also on behalf of Morning Musume sent year ending well wishes to the Walker Magazine .Walker is a magazine that is a sort of "what's hot and happening" type of magazine, a magazine for nightlife and trendsetters. Walker is published in Tokyo and is in a number of Japanese cities as well as Hong Kong and Morning Musume throughout their career has been a part of their magazine.

Television Appearances

Takahashi Ai, Kamei Eri and Linlin every Thursday were guest VJ on MTV Japan .Were they selected their favorite songs and talked about them. The series was filmed before their Taiwan trip as Takahashi still had throat problems and was sounding horse .Niigaki Risa; Kamei Eri, Michishige Sayumi and Tanaka Reina were MC for Utadoki. Weekly Morning Musume Haromoni, Kirarin Revolution and Robby & Kerobby (Kusumi Koharu and Niigaki Risa`s respected Anime programs) aired .The last episode of Haromoni for the month revealed that Aika Mitsui would be joining the cast of Kirarin Revolution as the Voice of Michishige`s cat drawing from an earlier episode.

Morning Musume or selected members also made a number of television appearances in addition to their regular programs and the MTV VJ series. Members of Morning Musume appeared on the following shows as guests .Minasan no Okage ,ROQ (Real Original Quality) Hit TV, Mezamashi Doyoubi morning show, Music Japan, Pankin` Randa , MTV Special Karaokee, MIDTOWN TV Nama Yaguchi (Yaguchi Mari’s TV show) were Michishige declared in the introductions that she was the leader of sexiness as she is moving away from her princess routine. Nama Yaguchi is quickly becoming a new home location for Morning Musume as they have had two full show appearances since October and Utaban. Morning Musume`s appearance on Utaban could not have been more perfectly timed. With Morning Musume the secondary guest to KAT-TUN, they opened the show with a performance of their new single Mikan and later in the show took part in a quiz game. Mikan reported sales increases across the board, including the recently criticized in Japanese media Oricon sales rankings, were Mikan enjoyed a 16-point jump the following day.

Related Videos
Takahashi Ai & Junjun were on Minasan no Okage
Junjun was the focus of this show for Morning Musume .
Minasan no Okage

Links to reports on Oricon`s rankings questions recently reported in Japanese media (English Translations)
Oricon/Hiro Ugaya
HNPH Report April 2007 (Jin was the first to report this claim for HNPH)
Feb 9 2007 Nikkei Entertainment claims on Oricon
Nikkei Entertainment

Internet Appearances
Takahashi Ai, Kamei Eri, Michishige Sayumi, Kusumi Koharu and Junjun were at Ameba Studio. Morning Musume were on Yahoo Music Live Studio and done a number of video messages for different internet magazines.

Radio Appearances
Morning Musume in addition to their weekly radio shows were guests on a wide range of radio shows. While I have the files to all these broadcasts, unless you understand Japanese and certain puns or slang it maybe hard to follow. Members of Morning Musume were on the following non Morning Musume radio shows, in November. USHIBARA Idol Radio, FM-Fuji Radical League, Bayfm ON8 radio show, YanPeace radio show, InterFM radio 'The DAVE FROMM SHOW', Fm Yokohama 'tre-sen'.

Selected Radio Broadcasts
Here is one episode each of their weekly radio shows. On their radio shows, they are much looser and relaxed to a degree of what their managers will let them do. Morning Musume`s public life is closely controlled to maintain a certain image at all times.

Radio Show: Young Town Saturday 11.24.2007 (Takahashi Ai, Michishige Sayumi)
Young Town Saturday

Michishige Sayumi no Konya mo Usachan Peace 80 minute show SP!!! #58 - 11.15.07
Guests: Tanaka Reina and Kamei Eri.
-a special present for Tanaka Reina's 18th Birthday given by Sayu.
Michishige Sayumi no Konya mo Usachan Peace

GAKI-KAMEI Radio Show #033 - 11.17.07
Guest: Ai-chan

InterFM [FIVE STARS] Wednesday Tanaka Reina radio show #008 - 071121
Reina's playlist this week, Nov. 21, 2007
Judy & Mary : Classic
Backstreet Boys : I Want It That Way
Takui Nakajima : CRY CRY CRY
Bonkyu! Bonkyu! BOMB GIRL
Wednesday Tanaka Reina radio

Morning Musume continued their sold out tour schedule .One of the great things about wotas is that they audio record every concert and post them on the internet.

2007-11-0315:30Mie Prefecture Fine Arts Center
2007-11-0319:00Mie Prefecture Fine Arts Center
2007-11-0415:30Shizuoka City Culture Hall
2007-11-0419:00Shizuoka City Culture Hall
2007-11-1115:30Aichi Welfare Pension Hall
2007-11-1119:00Aichi Welfare Pension Hall
2007-11-1715:30Osaka Welfare Pension Center
2007-11-1719:00Osaka Welfare Pension Center
2007-11-2415:30Tokyo Welfare Meeting Hall
2007-11-2419:00Tokyo Welfare Meeting Hall
2007-11-2514:30Tokyo Welfare Meeting Hall
2007-11-2518:00Tokyo Welfare Meeting Hall
Concert Audio Recording (Full concert sample for everyone)
Tanaka Reina Birthday Concert
Morning Musume Concert 11-11-07 Nagoya Day
Nagoya Day
Morning Musume Concert 11-11-07 Nagoya Night
Nagoya Night

Mobile Musume
Pocket Morning Weekly Q&A: Each week fan club members are sent a message were the members of Morning Musume are asked a question that they answer in off beat fashion. The answers often reflect their on air personalty, however every now and then they throw you a surprise answer that leaves you laughing or wondering how long it has been since some have seen their family or had breaks to rest.

Other News
Morning Musume was in or will be in a number of magazines over the November -January period, Niigaki Risa and Tanaka Reina continued their journal series that are published in Japan. (They are not real personal journals; they are very controlled by the agency). Yahoo Japan had a buyer’s poll and Morning Musume won with 45 % of the votes as to what group that you were most interested in buying .KAT-TUN was second at 17%. When Mikan was released on television and Internet at the same time, The Internet video sites crashed immediately and were sluggish the entire first full day after release. The top private University in Japan Waseda University held a Morning Musume fan event. Members of the University performed a full Morning Musume concert. Tsunku posted a message on his web site discussing the meaning of the new single and what he expects from each of the members of Morning Musume in the future. He was very clear in his words and expectations for each member, Morning Musume is not ending anytime soon.

Other Related News
Mainichi Daily News had a picture layout of Morning Musume in Taiwan
Mainichi Daily News
Morning Musume special page on Oricon
Oricon Special

This Week in Morning Musume will return the week of December 9th in it`s normal small format size, recapping events from December 1-8 .


Gaki said...

Sorry for the length , however it was needed to help establish a pattern of work rate that Morning Musume currently undertakes .

Next issues , will just be a week long .If there are programs or news that your more interested in , please feel free to let me know by post or E-Mail . I will do my best to include that in the coverage .

Gaki said...

One thing that I forgot to mention was TV Tokyo is H!P main TV network and serves as a promotion arm of H!P .Ads related to H!P groups run on it all the time as do the videos and the H!P artists are on a number of the networks shows .Right now Up-Front Works is the sponsor of the show that just went off and they are showing the groups singles for sale at this time in video format.

While it may go unnoticed to you ,Up-Front pours in a lot of money as sponsors for TV-Tokyo and in turn H!P artists get a lot of air time .

Up-Front also has offices in the Kansai region and Hokkaido and dothe same thing with programming there .

The majority of that revenue is attached to Morning Musume . MM is the 7th largest grossing performers (all types in Japan)

Xacur said...

"While Oricon is useless when it comes to true sales"

why don't you update instead of commenting in your own post? ^^U

Anna said...

@___________@ What a read. XD Nice article!

XD Jun Jun can be the leader when they go to China/Taiwan again~ Reina had to mention the amount of women factor. XDD It's good to hear it from them.

That pretty much sums up just about everything I think about what happened reacently. ^__^

Sayu=leader of sexy? HAH!

Who are the other Top 6 grossing performers?

Gaki said...

Anna ,it was very funny Aichan and Gakisan did their intros and Sayu said Michishige Sayumi ( does a hair flip with her hand)followed with Sexiness Leader and pose.

The rankings are based on Tax filings that are listed in the print media .
Utaban hosts are #1 & #2 nearly every year . The more members they have the higher MM ranks each year as they are listed as a single filer . The others are your normal well known groups or singers in the entertainment industry .

They are in a music festival today

Here they are in the 2006 Rock in Fuji Festival playing main stage . (I call this the if you doubt they are still huge video)

KuS-KuS said...

An article in the Korean Times on November 4th, reported that Morning Musume was the third most searched music artist in Korea.<------- Are they the 3rd most searched ones among all the other artists or among foreigner artists? And most searched ones where? in Google Korea or something like that?

The weekly update sounds great, it's good to hear new info that I hadn't heard about. Just one thing, don't wanna sound fussy but I just have to say it, it's Beatles, not Beetles xD

Gaki said...

Kus- error noted and corrected . Thanks ,I tried to catch everything ,but it was four pages of research and notes ,that I had to turn to English ,so I can miss a few .

You know I have looked it over several times and each time , I never noticed that I made it ee and not ea .

Thanks for the heads up on that.

The article is under the Korea times link it is in English .I don`t remember off hand , but I think it was Google Korea .

PS-Fussy not at all ,Thanks .

We are working to expand our coverage at this time ,so new ideas are being considered .

Gaki said...

Hey Kus I went back and looked at my link to the story .

It`s an held held device called Naver , that the Korean news was talking about MM being the 3rd most searched on .

Naver is Korea`s No.1 portal news option, a picture of it is included with the article .

Radicalpatriot said...

I'm thinking seriously about going to the H!P concerts Jan. 26-27 at Yokohama Arena. Anybody else? I heard Ongaku Gatas is going tour Hawaii. When and where???

Cierl said...

to Gaki...thanks for your article :) but that youtube video is fanmade actually... so it's not real..

Gaki said...

Cierl . I didn`t post it because it was a remix,I knew that before hand .It was the best example that I had about a crowd size performance as I didn`t record the festival or most festivals in fact ,to pull my own video for it.

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