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Morning Musume goes back to back, 53rd single tops Oricon weekly chart

Idol group Morning Musume’s 53rd single “Brainstorming/Kimi sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai” (released on April 17) sold 94,000 copies in the first week, topping Oricon’s weekly single chart. As their previous single “Help me!!” (released in January) also grabbed the No.1 spot, this is their 2nd consecutive single to top the chart.

It’s been 11 years and 2 months since Morning Musume last had 2 consecutive singles to top the chart with ”Mr.Moonlight~Ai no Big Band~” (released in October 2001) and “Souda! We’re ALIVE” (released in February 2002) when Iida Kaori was leading the group. Therefore, this will be the first time to accomplish it for the current members, including leader Michishige Sayumi.

This also marked their 53rd single to rank in the TOP10, and with this single, they renewed their own record for “the most number of singles ranked in TOP10.”

“Brainstorming/Kimi sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai” is the last single for Tanaka Reina who will be graduating after the group’s live concert at Nippon Budokan on May 21. She left the comment, “I am really happy to be able to grab the No.1 with the single I’m graduating with! This would not have been possible without everyone’s support. I want to tell them ‘Thank you’ from bottom of my heart.

Source & Image: Oricon

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Check out the subtitled MV for Morning Musume’s “Kimi sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai”

Morning Musume’s 53rd single “Brainstorming/Kimi sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai” is set for release on April 17.

In the end of last month, they released the MV for “Brainstorming” with the English subtitles, and now the subtitled MV for other title track “Kimi sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai” has been revealed.

Check it out below. (For the details on the single, you can check our previous post here.)

Image: Tower Records Online

Thanks to meipon for the tip!

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Hello!Project members appear at event for their book

On April 9, six Hello! Project members including Morning Musume members Ikuta Erina (15) and Ishida Ayumi (16) appeared at the commemorative sales event at the Fukuya Bookstore Shinjuku Subnade store for their book “Hello! Project Members to Tanoshimu ‘SATOYAMA Guide BOOK’” (Tokyo News, 2500 Yen.)

The book summarizes their activities in the project “SATOYAMA movement” which seeks to re-introduce and recognize the importance of ‘Satoyama’ values, the middle ground between urban life and the countryside.  It includes the photos of the members’ participation in farmwork and DIY works and Ishida smiled with, “The book shows a different side of us that is not seen on stage.”  S/mileage’s Fukuda Kanon (18), who has been seen many times to eat food secretly, said bashfully, “Each time I ate secretly, I felt ‘I’m glad I came today.’

When asked about the men who reside in the Satoyama, the members agreed that, “Everyone is very warm,” and Ikuta added, “A person who takes great care of plants is likely a person who takes great care of women.”





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