Origin: Japan

Genre(s): Japanese pop

Years active: 2005–present

Label(s): Zetima

Associated acts: Hello! Project Kids, Aa!, ZYX, Berryz Koubou, 4KIDS, Buono!

Website: Hello! Project.com

Members: Maimi Yajima
Erika Umeda
Saki Nakajima
Airi Suzuki
Chisato Okai
Mai Hagiwara
Kanna Arihara

Former members: Megumi Murakami




°C-ute is an all-female Japanese pop group within Hello! Project. The character "℃" (degree Celsius) is substituted for "C" in notation for the purpose of expressing ardor—the hyphen does not have any meaning in particular. The proper pronunciation for this group in Japanese is kyūto with pitch accents on both "ū" and "o".

 

History

°C-ute was formed in the year 2005, consisting of seven girls from Hello! Project Kids who were not chosen to form the group Berryz Kobo. The group was officially announced on June 11, 2005, though its formation had been rumored for several months prior. Later, in January 2006, Kanna Arihara, a Hello Pro Egg, was added at the start of the Hello! Project Winter 2006 tour, as part of the Wonderful Hearts team. On October 31, 2006, Megumi Murakami left the group suddenly without any graduation ceremony.

Prior to the band's formation, some members worked with members of Morning Musume in such side projects as Aa! and ZYX, as well as the MiniMoni movie Okashina Daibouken.

Incidentally, the Aa!, Berryz Kobo, and °C-ute chain are in alphabetical order (ABC), and ZYX itself is in reverse alphabetical order (XYZ).

On February 21, 2007, ℃-ute's first official single "Sakura Chirari" was released. On the first day it ranked third on the Oricon charts, a feat not even accomplished by Morning Musume (who had ranked 6th on their debut single). With their debut single, they became the youngest group (with the average age of 13) to rank in the top 10. .Their latest single has debuted at #3 of the Oricon Weekly Charts.

On December 30, 2007, °C-ute was chosen as the Best New Artist Award with Japan Record Award.


 

Members

Present members

  Erika Umeda

  Maimi Yajima– leader

  Saki Nakajima

  Airi Suzuki

  Chisato Okai

  Mai Hagiwara

  Kanna Arihara– joined January 02, 2006 from Hello Pro Egg


Former members

Megumi Murakami– unexpectedly retired on October 31, 2006 to continue schooling and lead a private life


Discography

The following CDs and DVD are released on the Zetima label.


 

Singles

#

Title

Single Information

Indies

1

"Massara Blue Jeans"

Release Date: 2006-05-06

Lead Vocals: Maimi Yajima, Megumi Murakami

Minor Vocals: Airi Suzuki, Erika Umeda

Center: Kanna Arihara

2

"Soku Dakishimete"

Release Date: 2006-06-03

Lead Vocal: Megumi Murakami

Minor Vocals: Maimi Yajima, Airi Suzuki

Center: Megumi Murakami

3

"Ōkina Ai de Motenashite"

Release Date: 2006-07-09

Lead Vocals: Airi Suzuki

Minor Vocal: Maimi Yajima, Megumi Murakami

Center: Airi Suzuki

4

"Wakkyanai (Z)"

Release Date: 2006-07-29

Lead Vocals: Megumi Murakami, Airi Suzuki

Minor Vocals: Kanna Arihara, Chisato Okai

Center: Megumi Murakami

Major

1

"Sakura Chirari"

Release Date: 2007-02-21

Lead Vocal: Airi Suzuki

Minor Vocals: Mai Hagiwara, Maimi Yajima

Center: Airi Suzuki

2

"Meguru Koi no Kisetsu"

Release Date: 2007-07-11

Lead Vocal: Airi Suzuki, Maimi Yajima

Center: Airi Suzuki

3

"Tokaikko Junjō"

Release Date: 2007-10-17

Lead Vocal: Airi Suzuki

Minor Vocals: Maimi Yajima, Mai Hagiwara,Saki Nakajima

Center: Airi Suzuki

4

"LALALA Shiawase no Uta"

Release Date: 2008-02-27

Lead Vocals: Maimi Yajima, Airi Suzuki

Minor Vocals: Saki Nakajima, Mai Hagiwara

Center: Maimi Yajima

5

"Namida no Iro"

Release Date: 2008-04-23

Lead Vocals: Maimi Yajima, Airi Suzuki

Minor Vocals: Saki Nakajima

Center: Maimi Yajima

6

"Edo no Temari Uta II"

Release Date: 2008-07-30

Lead Vocal: All

Center: Maimi Yajima

7

"FOREVER LOVE"

Realease Date: 2008-11-26

Lead Vocals: Maimi Yajima, Airi Suzuki

Minor Vocals: Chisato Okai

Center: Saki Nakajima


Albums

#

Title

Release date

1

Cutie Queen Vol.1


2006-10-25

2

2 Mini ~Ikiru to Iu Chikara~


2007-04-17

3

3rd ~Love Escalation~


2008-03-12

4

4 Akogare MY STAR

2009-01-28


 

Filmography (DVD)


Music videos

#

Title

Release date

Miscellaneous info

Music V Special 1 ~Cutie Visual~

2006-09-06

Includes PVs, a live performance, an interview, and "making of" videos

1

Sakura Chirari

2007-02-28

 

2

Meguru Koi no Kisetsu

2007-07-18

 

3

Tokaikko Junjō

2007-10-31

 


 

Concerts

#

Title

Release date

Miscellaneous info

1

Cutie Circuit 2006 Final in Yomiuriland East Live ~September 10 is °C-ute Day~

2006-12-06

Performance on September 10, 2006 in Yomiuriland East

2

Debut Solo Concert 2007 Spring ~Hajimattayo! Cutie Show~

2007-04-18

First concert series on February 25, 2007 at Nihon Seinenkan

3

Concert Tour 2007 Spring ~Golden First Date~

2007-07-18

Performance in April 2007 at Tokyo Kōsei-Nenkin Kaikan

4

Cutie Circuit 2007 ~MAGICAL CUTIE TOUR - September 10 is °C-ute Day~

2007-11-21

Performance on September 10, 2007

5

Live Tour 2007 Fall ~Houkago no Essence~

2007-12-19

 

6

Live Tour 2008 Spring ~3rd LOVE ESCALATION

2008-04-24

 


 

Others

Many DVDs were released to the official fan club and are only obtainable by mail order for a limited time.


 

Photobooks


Group

  Berryz Kobo & °C-ute in Hello! Project 2006 Summer (Released September 21, 2006)

  So cute! – °C-ute first photobook (February 21, 2007)

  Hajimattayo! Cutie Show – °C-ute debut solo concert live photobook (April 11, 2007)

  Moving down through Japan! Travel Diary of °C-ute in 2007 Summer – photobook of Cutie Circuit 2007 ~MAGICAL CUTIE TOUR~ (October 4, 2007)


 

Individual

  Maimi – Maimi Yajima's first solo photobook (April 27, 2007)

  Airi – Airi Suzuki's first solo photobook (May 21, 2007)

  CLEAR – Airi Suzuki's second solo photobook (December 5, 2007)

  Sou Sora – Maimi Yajima's second solo photobook (January 17, 2008)


 

Radio Programs

  Cutie Party – FM-FUJI, Saturdays 23:00-23:30 JST (Yajima, Suzuki & Okai, since October 07, 2006) as the opening portion of Hello! Project Night


 

Trivia

In Episode 36 of Gintama, 3 members of ℃-ute -- Okai Chisato, Hagiwara Mai, and Suzuki Airi -- appear at 14:40 when they start to do the same movements that the dojo does ( "Dream Catcher" ).


 

Milestones

Kōhaku Uta Gassen (Kōhaku Uta Gassen?) youngest participant – 11 year old Mai Hagiwara (58th Kōhaku on December 31, 2007)


 

See also

Hello! Project Kids

Berryz Kobo

Gatas Brilhantes H.P.

Official Hello! Project profile (Japanese)

C-ute discography at Up-Front Works (Japanese)

ThePPN: C-ute (English)

Kpopwiki:°C-ute (English)

News Blog/Fansite: Hello!°C-ute (English)

Unofficial Polish fansite (Polish)

 


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