C-ute

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°C-ute is a Japanese pop girl group managed by Up-Front Agency and part of Hello! Project.

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°C-ute's formation was officially announced by Tsunku on June 11, 2005 and would consist of the seven members of the Hello! Project Kids who were not part of Berryz Kobo. In January 2006, Arihara Kanna, a Hello! Pro Egg, was added to the group and made her debut during Hello! Project's 2006 Winter concert tour. For the rest of 2006, °C-ute appeared in several concerts performing original songs which were sold as indie singles. On October 31, 2006, Murakami Megumi suddenly resigned from °C-ute and from Hello! Project; the official reason stating that she wanted to continue her education and lead a private life. The group made their major debut in February 2007 with the single, "Sakura Chirari".

°C-ute had a weekly thirty minute radio show called Cutie Party. It began on October 7, 2006 and aired on FM FUJI every Saturday from 23:00 to 23:30 as the opening portion of Hello! Project Night. In 2008, it was replaced with Cutie☆Paradise. Like Morning Musume before them, at their debut concert each of the group's members were given a color used for merchandise, costumes, and the like. Those colors: Umeda Erika - yellow; Yajima Maimi - pink; Nakajima Saki - orange; Suzuki Airi - green; Okai Chisato - blue; Hagiwara Mai - purple; and Arihara Kanna - red.

In the fall of 2007, °C-ute entered into the spotlight in the Japanese media because of their rising popularity, increasing sales and award nominations. °C-ute was a nominee for the "Newcomer Award" as part of the annual YTV show "Best Hits Kayousai". Although they didn't win, they got a prize for being the runner-up and performed on the show. On November 26th, it was announced that they were nomined for the 40th Japan Request Awards, a radio-related award (presented to artists who gets the most number of their songs requested). They didn't win, but they got medals for being the runner-up, and performed on the show. On November 29th, it was announced that °C-ute had won the New Artist Award from the 49th Japan Record Awards (Nihon Record Taishou), along with JYONGRI, Stephanie and Takasugi Satomi. On December 30, 2007, °C-ute was chosen as "Best New Artist" by Japan Record Awards, 14 out of the 21 panel judges voted for them. In December 2007, °C-ute (along with Morning Musume and Berryz Kobo) performed at the 58th Kouhaku Uta Gassen.

°C-ute performed in the 41st Japanese Lyricist Awards (Nihon Sakushi Taisho) in November 30, 2008, along with other Up-Front artists like Horiuchi Takao and Fujimoto Miki. They appeared in the show because the lyricist of Edo no Temari Uta II (Yoshioka Osamu) was nominated (and won). °C-ute performed a short version of ZARD's Makenaide and Edo no Temari Uta II. On December 1, 2008, it was announced °C-ute had won the Excellent Work/Gold award from the 50th Japan Record Awards (Nihon Record Taishou), along with EXILE, Tohoshinki, Koda Kumi and other eight artists. The show was broadcasted on December 30, and EXILE won the Japan Record Award.

On February 26, 2009, Arihara Kanna was scheduled to take a short break for medical reasons (she had developed a bunion). On July 11, 2009 it was revealed that she was leaving °C-ute and Hello! Project to return to the life of a normal girl.

On August 1, 2009, Hello! Project announced that Umeda Erika would be graduating from °C-ute at the end of their current tour on October 25, 2009, in hope of becoming a fashion model. As of April 2010, Erika is officially a model signed to ILLUME.

As of November 2009, the new member colours are: Yajima Maimi - red, Nakajima Saki - blue, Suzuki Airi - pink, Okai Chisato - green and Hagiwara Mai - yellow.

On March 12, 2011, it was annouced that their performance in Fukuoka and other events has been canceled do to the earthquake and tsunami.

On June 18, 2011, C-ute did a live streaming of their ℃-ute Concert Tour 2011 Spring "Chou! Chou Wonderful" concert via Youtube. Besides them, only U2, Alicia Keys and DURAN DURAN had done a Youtube live streaming before, and they were the first Japanese artists to do so.

Discography

Albums

Mini-Albums

Best Albums

Singles

Split Singles

Other Singles

Video Releases

Compilations / Other

Theatre

Publications

Photobooks

So Cute! Alo Hello! °C-ute Compact Cream cutest

Concerts

Berryz Kobo & °C-ute in Hello!Project 2006 Summer Wonderful Hearts Land °C-ute Debut Tandoku Concert Live Shashinshuu Hajimatta Yo! Cutie Show °C-ute Debut Tandoku Concert Live Shashinshuu Hajimatta Yo! Cutie Show Berryz Kamen VS Cutie Ranger Live Photobook Stage ver. Berryz Kamen VS Cutie Ranger Live Photobook Document ver.

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