E-Girls (Japanese group)
E-girls is a Japanese pop collective girl group under avex trax that features all the members of the groups Dream, Happiness, Flower, bunny (non debuted dance group) and EGD (EXPG Girls Dancer). The group name stands for EXILE Girls Unit.
- Sayaka (Dream)
- MIMU (Happiness)
- Yamamoto Runa (bunny)
- Oishi Miyuu (bunny)
- Hanayama Mizuki (bunny)
- Vats Mira (bunny)
- Kizu Reina (EGD)
- Mizuno Erina (Flower)
2011-2012: Debut and "Follow Me"
During their formation in late 2011, it consist of 21 members which include all the members of Dream, Happiness and FLOWER before the departure of Dream's Sayaka and Happiness' MIMU going on hiatus. In 2012 for the release of their second single two new members joined the group, Kizu Reina and Suda Anna, both being members of EGD a dance group of EXPG (EXILE' Dance Academy).
By the time they prepare to release the third single, the total number of members got up to 31 people (two of them on hiatus) due to the addition of bunny and more EGD. The increase in number lead to a new system for the release of their next single where the girls are required to undergo a period of training and afterwards, the girls who excelled and fit the image of the single would be chosen to participate. 16 girls made the cut and were featured on their third single, "Follow Me".
2013: Lesson 1 and rise of popularity
In late 2012 three members from the undebuted group bunny left E-Girls, and the 28 remaining members released the single "THE NEVER ENDING STORY". Less than one month later the same line-up released the single "CANDY SMILE", however only 12 members were featured on the music video.
In early 2013 the group released their first studio album, Lesson 1. It ranked #1 on Oricon's weekly albums chart, selling 57,337 copies in its first week. In May, Suda Anna and Kawamoto Ruri, previously from the undebuted groups on E-girls, joined the group Happiness. Some months later, Kizu Reina, from the undebuted group EGD, left E-girls. In September, Nakajima Momoka joined EGD, replacing Kizu Reina, and all 29 members were featured in the single "Gomennasai no Kissing You". Momoka was known for being the girl reading the book in the PV of "THE NEVER ENDING STORY" and appearing in the dance intro of the PV of "CANDY SMILE". In October 11, LDH announced a new member on E-girls, Watanabe Marina, being part of EGD. A week later, in October 18, it was announced that Mizuno Erina left both E-girls and Flower to focus on her actress career. At the same day it was announced their seventh single, "Kurukuru", featuring 18 members on the jacket covers and music video. The group gained considerable momentum in 2013, appearing on year-end shows and being invited to Kouhaku.
2014: COLORFUL POP and first tour
In January 5, 2014, Dream's Aya was appointed by HIRO as leader of E-girls. 10 members of the group, Shizuka, Kaede, Fujii Karen, Suda Anna, Fujii Shuuka, Bando Nozomi, Sato Harumi, Takeda Kyoka, Ishii Anna and Yamaguchi Nonoka, starred in the drama Koibumi Biyori, which broadcast started in January 6. Opening theme song of the drama, "Diamond Only", was released as their eighth single on February 26. The group will be releasing their second album, COLORFUL POP, in March 19 and they will start a national tour in July.
- [2011.12.28] Celebration!
- [2012.04.18] One Two Three
- [2012.10.03] Follow Me
- [2013.02.20] THE NEVER ENDING STORY
- [2013.03.13] CANDY SMILE
- [2013.10.02] Gomennasai no Kissing You (ごめんなさいのKissing You)
- [2013.11.20] Kurukuru (クルクル)
- [2014.02.26] Diamond Only
- [2014.07.09] E.G. Anthem
- [2012.08.29] Follow Me
- [2012.12.26] JUST IN LOVE
- [2013.03.01] Limited Collection
- [2013.03.06] CANDY SMILE
- [2013.09.25] Gomennasai no Kissing You (ごめんなさいのKissing You)
- [2013.11.13] Kurukuru (クルクル)
- [2014.02.12] Diamond Only
- [2014.03.05] RYDEEN ~Dance All Night~
Compilations / Others
- [2014.03.26] Watashi to Drecom -DREAMS COME TRUE 25th ANNIVERSARY BEST COVERS- (#1 Ureshii! Tanoshii! Daisuki!)