Morning Musume (モーニング娘。), sometimes referred to in the media as Momusu (モー娘。), and since their expansion into the Chinese market in 2007, the group officially adopted the name Jou An Sao Nu Jou (Zao An Shao Nu Zu, Traditional Chinese:早安少女組。), is a Japanese pop girl group produced by Up-Front Agency and part of Hello! Project as its flagship group. Beginning back in 1997 on a talent show called ASAYAN, it quickly became, and still remains one of Japan's top all girl groups with a number of hit records and albums. They have sold over 17,746,446 copies in Japan alone. They were masterminded and managed by their producer Tsunku who is responsible for the composition of the majority of their songs and lyrics, production of their CD-sleeve covers, designing of their costumes and make-up and their live shows.
- Michishige Sayumi (道重さゆみ, leader)
- Fukumura Mizuki (譜久村聖, sub-leader)
- Ikuta Erina (生田衣梨奈)
- Sayashi Riho (鞘師里保)
- Suzuki Kanon (鈴木香音)
- Iikubo Haruna (飯窪春菜, sub-leader)
- Ishida Ayumi (石田亜佑美)
- Sato Masaki (佐藤優樹)
- Kudo Haruka (工藤遥)
- Oda Sakura (小田さくら)
First Generation (1997)
- Nakazawa Yuko (中澤裕子, graduated April 15, 2001)
- Ishiguro Aya (石黒彩, graduated January 7, 2000)
- Iida Kaori (飯田圭織, graduated January 30, 2005)
- Abe Natsumi (安倍なつみ, graduated January 25, 2004)
- Fukuda Asuka (福田明日香, graduated April 18, 1999)
Second Generation (1998)
- Yasuda Kei (保田圭, graduated May 5, 2003)
- Yaguchi Mari (矢口真里, left April 14, 2005)
- Ichii Sayaka (市井紗耶香, graduated May 21, 2000)
Third Generation (1999)
- Goto Maki (後藤真希, graduated September 23, 2002)
Fourth Generation (2000)
- Ishikawa Rika (石川梨華, graduated May 7, 2005)
- Yoshizawa Hitomi (吉澤ひとみ, graduated May 6, 2007)
- Tsuji Nozomi (辻希美, graduated August 1, 2004)
- Kago Ai (加護亜依, graduated August 1, 2004)
Fifth Generation (2001)
- Takahashi Ai (高橋愛, graduated September 30, 2011)
- Konno Asami (紺野あさ美, graduated July 23, 2006)
- Ogawa Makoto (小川麻琴, graduated August 27, 2006)
- Niigaki Risa (新垣里沙, graduated May 18, 2012)
Sixth Generation (2003)
- Fujimoto Miki (藤本美貴, left June 1, 2007)
- Kamei Eri (亀井絵里, graduated December 15, 2010)
- Michishige Sayumi (道重さゆみ)
- Tanaka Reina (田中れいな, graduated May 21, 2013)
Seventh Generation (2005)
- Kusumi Koharu (久住小春, graduated December 6, 2009)
Eighth Generation (2006/2007)
- Mitsui Aika (光井愛佳, graduated May 18, 2012)
- Junjun (ジュンジュン, graduated December 15, 2010)
- Linlin (リンリン, graduated December 15, 2010)
Ninth Generation (2011)
Tenth Generation (2011)
Eleventh Generation (2012)
- Oda Sakura (小田さくら)
Morning Musume's origins began with Sharam Q's auditions to find a female vocalist, broadcasted on ASAYAN. Although the winner was Heike Michiyo, band member Tsunku called back five of the finalists - Nakazawa Yuko, Ishiguro Aya, Iida Kaori, Abe Natsumi, and Fukuda Asuka - and proposed to them a challenge. If the five could sell 50,000 copies of their debut single, "Ai no Tane", in five days, they will be given a record deal, and their group is named Morning Musume. The challenge was completed, and the group began preparing for their major debut, starting with the single "Morning Coffee" in early 1998.
Not long after, Tsunku announced that three new members would be added to the group, and emerging from the auditions were Yasuda Kei, Yaguchi Mari, and Ichii Sayaka, known as the group's second generation. The group's debut album, First Time, was released, and was followed up by "Daite HOLD ON ME!", which became Morning Musume's first single to hit #1 on the Oricon charts.
1999 began with Morning Musume's first graduation, that of Fukuda Asuka, who decided to return to her studies. Now with only seven members, the group released two more singles, "Manatsu no Kousen" and "Furusato", which was followed by their second album, Second Morning. However, these releases performed poorly sales-wise, and so it was time to add in new members. Although the audition was expected to find two more members, only the young Goto Maki was chosen, and as an eight-piece group again, Morning Musume released their seventh single, "LOVE Machine". The single went on to sell over one million copies, becoming the group's best-selling single to date. Goto quickly became a fan favorite as well as a prominent face within the group.
The new millenium began with Ishiguro Aya's departure from the group, where she would pursue a career in fashion design. Although at seven members again, "Koi no Dance Site" was still a superb follow-up to "LOVE Machine", being the only other single to sell over one million copies. The follow-up album, 3rd -LOVE Paradise-, is also their best-selling original album to date. In the spring, four new members were added - Ishikawa Rika, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Tsuji Nozomi, and Kago Ai - known as the fourth generation. A month after the release of their CD debut, "Happy Summer Wedding", Ichii Sayaka graduated from the group, to pursue her own career in music.
The group's first single for the year, "Souda! We're ALIVE", became their third consecutive #1 single on the Oricon charts. That streak was broken by "Do it! Now", which only reached #3. Not surprisingly, it was the last single for Goto Maki, who graduated from the group in September to continue her solo career. However, the single "Koko ni Iruzee!" managed to reach #1. Near the end of the year, it was announced that Fujimoto Miki, a fellow solo artist in Hello! Project, would be added to Morning Musume's sixth generation. The Morning Musume LOVE Audition 2002 decided three more members to join Fujimoto, and they were Kamei Eri, Michishige Sayumi, and Tanaka Reina.
Although the sixth generation was announced at the beginning of 2003, they did not make their proper debut until Yasuda Kei's graduation in May. The single "Morning Musume no Hyokkori Hyoutanjima" was the group's first cover. After the group's fifth album, No.5, and the single "AS FOR ONE DAY", which reached #1 on the Oricon charts, Yasuda graduated from Morning Musume. This marked the time where Morning Musume had the most number of members, at sixteen before Yasuda's departure. Now at fifteen members, the sixth generation made their CD debut with the single "Shabondama". With so many members, Morning Musume had formed two "splinter" groups, known as Morning Musume Otomegumi and Morning Musume Sakuragumi, to promote activities separately and in smaller numbers. The year-end single "Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~" also coincided with the formation of Hello! Project's futsal team, Gatas Brilhantes H.P..
In 2004, after the release of the single "Ai Araba IT'S ALL RIGHT", Abe Natsumi graduated from Morning Musume to continue her solo career.
2005 opened with a new single, "THE Manpower!!!", and the graduation of Iida Kaori, which took place on January 30, 2005, at the conclusion of Hello! Project's winter tour. Yaguchi Mari became leader and Yoshizawa Hitomi became sub-leader. In February, the Morning Musume Lucky 7 Audition took place, where Tsunku described his search for an "ace" member that would represent the seventh generation. Surprisingly, no new members turned up, but after the follow-up Morning Musume Audition 2005, Kusumi Koharu was selected, and she was inducted into the group in May. Incidentally in April, Yaguchi was caught in a scandal, and in response, she left the group without a proper graduation, though the single "Osaka Koi no Uta" was still released even after this announcement. Yoshizawa became leader and Fujimoto Miki became sub-leader. Ishikawa Rika graduated from the group at the conclusion of their 2005 spring tour, and would continue on as the leader of v-u-den. Now with a ten-member line-up that included Kusumi, Morning Musume released their twenty-seventh single, "Iroppoi Jirettai".
In 2006, Morning Musume released their seventh original album, Rainbow 7, and followed up with their twenty-ninth single, "SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~". During their spring tour, it was announced that Konno Asami and Ogawa Makoto would graduate from the group, both members to further pursue their studies. Konno graduated from Hello! Project on July 23, at the conclusion of Hello! Project's summer tour. During the month of August, the remaining Morning Musume members starred with v-u-den, Abe Natsumi, Tsuji Nozomi, Matsuura Aya, and Takarazuka Revue in Ribbon no Kishi The Musical, an adaptation of Tezuka Osamu's manga. Ogawa graduated at the end of its run on August 27, and took an indefinite hiatus from Hello! Project appearances. With only eight members in the line-up, the Morning Musume Happy 8ki Audition commenced, running from August to December. In that time, Morning Musume's thirty-first single, "Aruiteru", reached #1 on the Oricon charts, a title unachieved ever since "AS FOR ONE DAY" in 2003. At the end of the year, Mitsui Aika was added into the group, and at the 58th Kouhaku Uta Gassen, Morning Musume performed a medley with GAM.
2007 marked Morning Musume's tenth anniversary, and a special group was formed, named Morning Musume Tanjou 10nen Kinentai, to begin promotional activities throughout the year. Yoshizawa Hitomi's graduation was also announced. As spring season came about, Mitsui's CD debut was on the single "Egao YES Nude", and the group released their eighth original album, SEXY 8 BEAT. In March, Tsunku made a surprise announcement on Hello! Morning - two members from China, Junjun and Linlin, would be joining the eighth generation as "exchange students." Currently, those two are the only non-Japanese members to have been part of the group. After the release of the single "Kanashimi Twilight", Yoshizawa graduated on May 6, and Fujimoto Miki and Takahashi Ai took the positions of leader and sub-leader. However, no less than a month later, Fujimoto was caught in scandal - a scene quite parallel to Yaguchi Mari's departure two years back - and she left the group, in addition to taking a temporary hiatus from Hello! Project appearances following her spring concert tour with GAM. Takahashi and Niigaki Risa became leader and sub-leader, now fronting a line-up of nine, beginning with the single "Onna ni Sachi Are". In the autumn season, Morning Musume released their biggest singles compilation to date, a double album featuring all thirty-four singles, with the album covers being recreations of the covers for "Morning Coffee", their debut single, and "LOVE Machine", their best-selling single. The year was concluded with the release of the single "Mikan" and the appearance at the 58th Kouhaku Uta Gassen. Morning Musume performed a special medley with Berryz Kobo and °C-ute under the name "Hello Pro Wonderful All Stars". However, it was their last appearance on the show to date, thus breaking their consecutive ten-year streak.
Morning Musume released their first 2008 single, "Resonant Blue", and continued their 10th anniversary promotions with their spring concert tour, which had a set list containing all their singles to date. In addition to performing in Japan, the group had special stopovers in Shanghai, China and Seoul, South Korea, to further promote the expansion into Asia. For the summer season, Morning Musume collaborated with Takarazuka Revue again to perform Cinderella The Musical, an adaptation of Rogers and Hammerstein's musical with lyrics translated into Japanese. During the autumn season, the group began a series of tributes to legendary songwriter Aku Yuu. Takahashi and Niigaki portrayed Pink Lady in a special titled Hitmaker Aku Yuu Monogatari. The group's thirty-seventh single, "Pepper Keibu", was a cover of the famous Pink Lady song. To top it off, a tribute album titled COVER YOU was released, featuring covers of famous Aku Yuu-penned hits. 2008 marked the first year where there were no changes in Morning Musume's line-up.
2009 was a year teeming with activity. The group released their thirty-eighth single, "Naichau Kamo", and their ninth original album, Platinum 9 DISC. The album was followed up with the single "Shouganai Yume Oibito", which reached #1 on the Oricon charts. Its coupling track, "3, 2, 1 BREAKIN' OUT!", was the theme song for Anime Expo 2009 in Los Angeles, California, which Morning Musume attended as Guests of Honor and which marked their first performance in North America (not counting their fan club visits in Hawaii). The group's fortieth single, "Nanchatte Renai", reached #2 only to Hamasaki Ayumi's "Sunrise / Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~", but was an achievement in sales; selling over 70,000 copies, a feat unachieved since 2005. However, the year concluded with Kusumi Koharu's graduation from Hello! Project, which took place on December 6. "Kimagure Princess" was the last single to feature Morning Musume's most stable line-up.
2010 progressed almost like the year before. The eight-member Morning Musume released their forty-second single, "Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai", followed by their tenth original album, 10 MY ME, only a month later. In the spring, Morning Musume attended the Japan Expo 2010 in Paris, France, marking their first performance in Europe. The theme song for the event was "Tomo", the coupling track to their forty-third single "Seishun Collection", which in turn was the theme song for Morning Musume's musical during June, titled Fashionable. However, a surprising twist was made during the summer. Kamei Eri, Junjun, and Linlin would be graduating from Hello! Project, Kamei to tend to her atopic dermatitis and Junjun and Linlin to pursue careers in China. In turn, auditions commenced for the group's ninth generation, who would make their debut at the start of the new year. After another single, "Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game", and another album, Fantasy! Juuichi, the triple graduation took place on December 15.
Morning Musume's ninth generation was introduced in January. Ikuta Erina, Sayashi Riho, and Suzuki Kanon were the winners selected from the audition, while Fukumura Mizuki made her debut from Hello! Pro Egg. However, only a week later, Takahashi Ai's graduation from Hello! Project was announced, to occur at the end of September. In turn, auditions commenced for Morning Musume's tenth generation. The ninth generation made their CD debut with the single "Maji Desu ka Ska!", which was followed by "Only you", and "Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai!", the final single for Takahashi. This line-up would still be featured on their twelfth original album, 12, Smart, released in October.
The tenth generation members were introduced on September 29th. Iikubo Haruna Ishida Ayumi Sato Masaki & Kudo Haruka were introduced the day before then leader Takahashi Ai graduated and appeared again in the final and gave their graduation messages to Ai and also sang with the existing members. Their addition makes the group stand at 12 members, the largest the group has been since 2005. Once Takahashi graduated, she passed leadership of both Morning Musume and Hello! Project to Niigaki Risa her fellow 5th generation member. This now makes Risa the longest serving member of the group and the 1st member to go from youngest in the group at entering to becoming leader.
On January 3, 2012, at the beginning of the Hello! Project 2012 Winter concert tours, Risa announced her graduation from Morning Musume and Hello! Project, to take place at the end of the 2012 Morning Musume Spring concert tour. Her leadership of Morning Musume will be passed on to Michishige Sayumi after she graduates. Risa stated that she originally planned to graduate at the same time as Takahashi Ai, but decided to stay for a while longer after the tenth generation members were introduced. It was suddenly announced on May 4, 2012 that Mitsui Aika would graduate from Morning Musume, but not Hello! Project, alongside Niigaki Risa at the end of the 2012 Morning Musume Spring concert tour due to worries over possible repeat injury to her ankle. On September 14th, the eleventh generation was announced and only one winner, Oda Sakura, was introduced.
On May 21, 2013 Tanaka Reina graduated from Morning Musume and Hello! Project. She will now focus activities on her band Lovendor. It was also announced that 9th gen Fukumura Mizuki and 10th gen Iikubo Haruna would be joint sub-leaders.
- [1998.07.08] First Time (ファーストタイム)
- [1999.07.28] Second Morning (セカンドモーニング)
- [2000.03.29] 3rd -LOVE Paradise- (3rd-LOVEパラダイス-)
- [2002.03.27] 4th Ikimasshoi! (4th いきまっしょい!)
- [2003.03.26] No.5
- [2004.12.08] Ai no Dai 6 Kan (愛の第6感)
- [2006.02.15] Rainbow 7 (レインボー7)
- [2007.03.21] SEXY 8 BEAT
- [2009.03.18] Platinum 9 DISC (プラチナ 9 DISC)
- [2010.03.17] 10 MY ME
- [2010.12.01] Fantasy! Juuichi (Fantasy!拾壱)
- [2011.10.12] 12, Smart (12，スマート)
- [2012.09.12] 13 Colorful Character (⑬カラフルキャラクター)
- [2006.12.13] 7.5 Fuyu Fuyu Morning Musume Mini! (7.5冬冬モーニング娘。ミニ!)
- [2001.01.31] Best! Morning Musume 1 (ベスト! モーニング娘。1)
- [2004.03.31] Best! Morning Musume 2 (ベスト! モーニング娘。2)
- [2004.12.15] Morning Musume EARLY SINGLE BOX (モーニング娘。EARLY SINGLE BOX)
- [2007.10.24] Morning Musume ALL SINGLES COMPLETE ~10th ANNIVERSARY~ (モーニング娘。ALL SINGLES COMPLETE ~10th ANNIVERSARY~)
- [2009.10.07] Morning Musume Zen Single Coupling Collection (モーニング娘。 全シングル カップリングコレクション)
- [2010.06.02] Morning Musume Best of Singles Japan Expo Limited Edition (モーニング娘。Morning Musume Best of Singles Japan Expo Limited Edition)
- [1998.09.30] Morning Cop ~Daite Hold on Me!~ OST (モーニング刑事。 抱いてHOLD ON ME!)
- [2000.07.05] Pinch Runner Original Soundtrack (ピンチランナー オリジナルサウンドトラック)
- [2001.??.??] Morning Musume Fc Special CD
- [2001.08.01] LOVE Century -Yume wa Minakerya Hajimaranai- (LOVEセンチュリー -夢はみなけりゃ始まらない-)
- [2002.07.10] Hawaiian de Kiku Morning Musume Single Collection (ハワイアンで聞くモーニング娘。シングルコレクション)
- [2002.07.17] Morning Musume no Musical "Morning Town" (モーニング娘。のミュージカル｢モーニング･タウン｣)
- [2003.02.14] Koinu Dan no Monogatari Original Soundtrack (仔犬ダンの物語 オリジナルサウンドトラック)
- [2003.07.02] Morning Musume no Musical "Edokko Chushingura" (モーニング娘。のミュージカル｢江戸っ娘。忠臣蔵｣)
- [2006.07.26] Ribbon no Kishi The Musical Song Selection (「リボンの騎士 ザ・ミュージカル」ソング・セレクション)
- [2008.11.26] COVER YOU (cover album)
- [1997.11.03] Ai no Tane (愛の種) (Demo)
- [1998.01.28] Morning Coffee (モーニングコーヒー)
- [1998.05.27] Summer Night Town (サマーナイトタウン)
- [1998.09.09] Daite HOLD ON ME! (抱いてHOLD ON ME!)
- [1999.02.10] Memory Seishun no Hikari (Memory 青春の光)
- [1999.05.12] Manatsu no Kousen (真夏の光線)
- [1999.07.14] Furusato (ふるさと)
- [1999.09.09] LOVE Machine (LOVEマシーン)
- [2000.01.26] Koi no Dance Site (恋のダンスサイト)
- [2000.05.17] Happy Summer Wedding (ハッピーサマーウェディング)
- [2000.09.06] I WISH
- [2000.12.13] Renai Revolution 21 (恋愛レボリューション21)
- [2001.07.25] The☆Pea~ce! (ザ☆ピ~ス!)
- [2001.10.31] Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~ (Mr.Moonlight ~愛のビッグバンド~)
- [2002.02.20] Souda! We're ALIVE (そうだ! We're ALIVE)
- [2002.07.24] Do it! Now
- [2002.10.30] Koko ni Iruzee! (ここにいるぜぇ!)
- [2003.02.19] Morning Musume no Hyokkori Hyoutanjima (モーニング娘。のひょっこりひょうたん島)
- [2003.04.23] AS FOR ONE DAY
- [2003.07.30] Shabondama (シャボン玉)
- [2003.11.06] Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~ (Go Girl ~恋のヴィクトリー~)
- [2004.01.21] Ai Araba IT'S ALL RIGHT (愛あらばIT'S ALL RIGHT)
- [2004.05.12] Roman ~MY DEAR BOY~ (浪漫 ~MY DEAR BOY~)
- [2004.07.22] Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari (女子かしまし物語)
- [2004.11.03] Namida ga Tomaranai Houkago (涙が止まらない放課後)
- [2005.01.19] THE Manpower!!! (THE マンパワー!!!)
- [2005.04.27] Osaka Koi no Uta (大阪 恋の歌)
- [2005.07.27] Iroppoi Jirettai (色っぽい じれったい)
- [2005.11.09] Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookiizo!~ (直感2 ~逃した魚は大きいぞ!~)
- [2006.03.15] SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~ (SEXY BOY ~そよ風に寄り添って~)
- [2006.06.21] Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan (Ambitious! 野心的でいいじゃん)
- [2006.11.08] Aruiteru (歩いてる)
- [2007.02.14] Egao YES Nude (笑顔YESヌード)
- [2007.04.25] Kanashimi Twilight (悲しみトワイライト)
- [2007.07.25] Onna ni Sachi Are (女に 幸あれ)
- [2007.11.21] Mikan (みかん)
- [2008.04.16] Resonant Blue (リゾナント ブルー)
- [2008.09.24] Pepper Keibu (ペッパー警部)
- [2009.02.18] Naichau Kamo (泣いちゃうかも)
- [2009.05.13] Shouganai Yume Oibito (しょうがない 夢追い人)
- [2009.08.12] Nanchatte Renai (なんちゃって恋愛)
- [2009.10.28] Kimagure Princess (気まぐれプリンセス)
- [2010.02.10] Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai (女が目立って なぜイケナイ)
- [2010.06.09] Seishun Collection (青春コレクション)
- [2010.11.17] Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game (女と男のララバイゲーム)
- [2011.04.06] Maji Desu ka Ska! (まじですかスカ!)
- [2011.06.15] Only you
- [2011.09.14] Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai (この地球の平和を本気で願ってるんだよ!/彼と一緒にお店がしたい)
- [2012.01.25] Pyocopyoco Ultra (ピョコピョコウルトラ)
- [2012.04.11] Renai Hunter (恋愛ハンター )
- [2012.07.04] One・Two・Three / The Matenrou Show (One・Two・Three / The 摩天楼ショー)
- [2012.10.10] Wakuteka Take a chance (ワクテカ Take a chance)
- [2013.01.23] Help me!!
- [2013.04.17] Brainstorming / Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai (ブレインストーミング/君さえ居れば何も要らない)
- [2010.10.27] Appare Kaiten Zushi! (あっぱれ回転ずし!) (Muten Musume)
- [2011.11.16] Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku (ブスにならない哲学) (Hello! Project Mobekimasu)
Compilations / Other
- [2000.04.26] Hello! Project - Petit Best ~Ki Ao Aka~ (#8 LOVE Machine (analog remix), #9 Koi no Dance Site (PANDART SASANOOOHA Remix))
- [2001.12.19] Hello! Project - Petit Best 2 ~3, 7, 10~ (#8 Renai Revolution 21 (Chou Chou Chou cool remix))
- [2002.10.30] Hello! Project - CLUB Hello! TRANCE REMIX (#1 The☆Pea~ce! (TRANCE REMIX), #5 DANCE suru no da! (TRANCE REMIX), #7 Furusato (TRANCE REMIX), #8 Ikimasshoi! (TRANCE REMIX), #10 LOVE Machine (TRANCE REMIX), #11 Renai Revolution 21 (TRANCE REMIX), #13 Daite HOLD ON ME! (TRANCE REMIX), #14 Do it! Now (TRANCE REMIX))
- [2002.12.18] Hello! Project - Petit Best 3 (#4 Do it! Now (CRAZY SODA REMIX))
- [2003.12.17] Hello! Project - Petit Best 4 (#17 Shabondama (asia mix))
- [2004.12.22] Hello! Project - Petit Best 5 (#2 Roman ~MY DEAR BOY~ (Let's Have a Dance Remix))
- [2005.12.21] Hello! Project - Petit Best 6 (#2 Iroppoi Jirettai, #15 Chokkan ~Toki to Shite Koi wa~ (LIVE Ver.), #16 HELP!! ~Ecomoni no Acchii Chikyuu wo Samasunda.~ 2005 - Ecomoni & Morning Musume)
- [2006.12.20] Hello! Project - Petit Best 7 (#1 Morning Musume Mega Mix 30 (Radio Edit), #17 Ready Go! - Morning Musume, DEF.DIVA, Berryz Kobo)
- [2007.12.12] Hello! Project - Petit Best 8 (#2 Kanashimi Twilight)
- [2008.12.10] Hello! Project - Petit Best 9 (#1 Resonant Blue)
- [2009.12.02] Hello! Project - Petit Best 10 (#1 Shouganai Yume Oibito)
- [2009.12.23] Various - Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 5th Anniversary "Songs of Rakuten Eagles" (#2 THE Manpower!!!)
- [2010.12.15] Hello! Project - Petit Best 11 (#1 Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai, #11 Ramen Revolution 2010 Long Type)
- [2011.12.21] Hello! Project - Petit Best 12 (#3 Maji Desu ka Ska!, #4 Only you, #5 Jishin Motte Yume wo Motte Tobitatsu Kara)
- [2012.12.05] Hello! Project - Petit Best 13 (#1 Renai Hunter, #2 One Two Three, #16 The Matenrou Show (TYPE 0))
- [1999.04.18] Morning Musume Memory Seishun no Hikari
- [2000.06.14] Eizou The Morning Musume Best 10
- [2000.08.30] Morning Musume First Live at Budokan ~Dancing Love Site 2000 Haru~
- [2001.06.27] Morning Musume Live Revolution 21 Haru ~Osaka Jou Hall Saishuu Bi~
- [2001.08.29] GREEN LIVE
- [2001.10.17] LOVE Century -Yume wa Minakerya Hajimaranai-
- [2002.07.24] Single V "Morning Musume Single Medley ~Hawaiian~"
- [2002.07.31] Morning Musume Concert Tour 2002 Haru "LOVE IS ALIVE!" at Saitama Super Arena
- [2002.09.19] Morning Town
- [2002.11.20] Morning Musume LOVE IS ALIVE! 2002 Natsu at Yokohama Arena
- [2002.12.04] Eizou The Morning Musume 2 ~Single M Clips~
- [2003.01.29] Single V "Ganbacchae! / HEY! Mirai"
- [2003.06.25] Morning Musume CONCERT TOUR 2003 Haru "NON STOP!"
- [2003.08.27] Edokko Chushingura
- [2003.12.26] Morning Musume Concert Tour 2003 "15nin de NON STOP!"
- [2004.02.18] Morning Musume Best Shot Vol.1
- [2004.05.28] Morning Musume Best Shot Vol.2
- [2004.07.14] Morning Musume CONCERT TOUR 2004 Haru The BEST of Japan
- [2004.08.25] HELP!! Acchii Chikyu wo Samasunda.
- [2004.09.14] Morning Musume Best Shot Vol.3
- [2004.12.04] Morning Musume Best Shot Vol.4
- [2004.12.08] Morning Musume Concert Tour "The BEST of Japan Natsu ~ Aki '04"
- [2005.03.24] Eizou The Morning Musume 3 ~Single M Clips~
- [2005.07.05] Morning Musume Concert Tour 2005 Haru ~Dai 6 Kan Hit Mankai!~
- [2005.12.14] Morning Musume Concert Tour 2005 Natsu Aki "Baribari Kyoushitsu ~Koharu-chan Irasshai!~"
- [2006.07.19] Morning Musume Concert Tour 2006 Haru ~Rainbow Seven~
- [2006.11.29] Ribbon no Kishi The Musical
- [2006.12.27] Morning Musume Concert Tour 2006 Aki ~Odore! Morning Curry~
- [2007.07.04] Morning Musume Concert Tour 2007 Haru ~SEXY 8 Beat~
- [2007.05.02] Eizou The Morning Musume 4 ~Single M Clips~
- [2007.07.11] Alo Hello! 2 Morning Musume DVD
- [2007.12.19] DVD Eizou The Morning Musume ALL SINGLES COMPLETE Zen 35 Kyoku ~10th ANNIVERSARY~
- [2008.02.13] Morning Musume Concert Tour 2007 Aki ~Bon Kyu! Bon Kyu! BOMB~
- [2008.07.30] Morning Musume Concert Tour 2008 Haru ~Single Daizenshuu!!~
- [2008.12.03] Cinderella The Musical
- [2008.12.24] Alo Hello! 3 Morning Musume DVD
- [2009.01.28] Morning Musume Concert Tour 2008 Aki ~Resonant LIVE~
- [2009.07.15] Morning Musume Concert Tour 2009 Haru ~Platinum 9 DISCO~
- [2009.08.19] Eizou The Morning Musume 5 ~Single M Clips~
- [2010.01.20] Morning Musume Yomiuri Land EAST LIVE 2009
- [2010.02.24] Morning Musume Concert Tour 2009 Aki ~Nine Smile~
- [2010.06.16] Alo Hello! 4 Morning Musume DVD
- [2010.07.14] Morning Musume Concert Tour 2010 Haru ~Pikappika!~
- [2010.09.15] Fashionable
- [2011.02.23] Morning Musume Concert Tour 2010 Aki ~Rival Survival~
- [2011.04.13] Eizou The Morning Musume 6 ~Single M Clips~
- [2011.07.29] Morning Musume Concert Tour 2011 Haru Shin Souseki Fantasy DX ~9ki Mem wo Mukaete~
- [2011.09.28] Alo Hello! 5 Morning Musume DVD
- [2011.12.21] Morning Musume Zen Single MUSIC VIDEO Blu-ray File 2011
- [2011.12.28] Morning Musume Concert Tour 2011 Aki Ai BELIEVE ~Takahashi Ai Sotsugyou Kinen Special~
- [2012.08.29] Morning Musume Concert Tour 2012 Haru ~Ultra Smart~ Niigaki Risa Mitsui Aika Sotsugyou Special
- [2012.09.12] Stacy’s Shoujo Saisatsu Kageki
- [2012.11.14] Eizou The Morning Musume 7 ~Single M Clips~
- [2013.xx.xx] Alo Hello ! 6 Morning Musume DVD
- [2013.xx.xx] Morning Musume 15th Anniversary Concert Tour 2012 Aki : ~Colorful Character~
- [1998.09.30] Morning Cop ~Daite Hold on Me!~ (モーニング刑事。～抱いてHOLD ON ME!～)
- [2001.02.21] Pinch Runner (ピンチランナー)
- [2002.03.15] Nama Tamago (ナマタマゴ)
- [2003.06.21] Koinu Dan no Monogatari (仔犬ダンの物語)
Awards of the Japanese Academy - Won Popularity Award Most Popular Film see in: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0347353/awards
- [2002.07.17] Tokkaekko (とっかえっ娘)
- [2002.12.31] Hamtaro the Movie 2 (劇場版とっとこハム太郎 ハムハムハムージャ！幻のプリンセス, Gekijo-ban Tottoko Hamutaro Ham-Ham Hamuja Maboroshi no Princess)
- [2011.02.05] Keitai Deka The Movie 3: Morning Musume Kyuushutsu Daisakusen! ~ Pandora no Hako no Himitsu~(ケータイ刑事 ＴＨＥ ＭＯＶＩＥ３ モーニング娘。救出大作戦！～パンドラの箱の秘密)
- [2011.11.12] Sharehouse (シェアハウス)
- [2002.12.28] Ore ga Aitsu de Aitsu ga Ore de (おれがあいつであいつがおれで) - Yoshizawa Hitomi, Konno Asami, Takahashi Ai, Niigaki Risa, Ogawa Makoto and Ishikawa Rika
- [2002.??.??] Angel Hearts - Abe Natsumi,Tsuji Nozomi, Kago Ai,Konno Asami, Takahashi Ai, Niigaki Risa and Ogawa Makoto
- [2010.01.15] Hanbun Esper (半分エスパー)
Auditions are held periodically to find and add new members to Morning Musume. Follow the links for more details.
- Morning Musume Addition Audition
- Morning Musume 2nd Addition Audition
- Morning Musume 3rd Addition Audition
- Morning Musume LOVE Audition 21
- Morning Musume LOVE Audition 2002
- Morning Musume Lucky 7 Audition
- Morning Musume Audition 2005
- Morning Musume Happy 8 Audition
- Morning Musume 9th Generation Audition
- Morning Musume 10th Generation Genki Jirushi Audition
- Morning Musume 11th Generation Suppin Utahime Audition
- Morning Musume 12th Generation Mirai Shoujo Audition
For other Hello! Project auditions see Hello! Project#Auditions.
1997 (ASAYAN Sharan Q Auditions)
- 13 - Fukuoka preliminary round (broadcast 11-25 May)
- 27 - ASAYAN broadcast - Talk with Sharan Q about the auditions and clips of Fukuoka audition.
- 03 - Tokyo preliminary round (broadcast 1,8,15,22 June)
- ?? - ASAYAN studio examination (broadcast 18+25 May)
- 11 - ASAYAN broadcast - Fukuoka audition part 1
- 22 - ASAYAN studio examination (broadcast 15+22 June)
- 18 - ASAYAN broadcast - Fukuoka audition part 2
- 24 - Osaka preliminary round (broadcast 6-20 July)
- 25 - ASAYAN broadcast - Fukuoka audition part 3. Winners: Kouguchi Azusa/Aoki Akiko/Matsumoto Yumie)
- 01 - ASAYAN broadcast - Tokyo Audition part 1
- 08 - ASAYAN broadcast - Tokyo Audition part 2
- 15 - ASAYAN broadcast - Tokyo Audition part 3
- 21 - Sapporo preliminary round (broadcast 27 July+3 Aug)
- 22 - ASAYAN broadcast - Tokyo audition part 4. Winners: Fukuda Asuka/Kawamura Risa/Kabutomori Masayo)
- 29 - ASAYAN broadcast - Fukuoka audition - Nakatomi Kazumi
- 03 - ASAYAN studio examination (broadcast 13+20 July)
- 06 - ASAYAN broadcast - Osaka audition part 1
- 11 - ASAYAN studio examination (broadcast 27 July+3 Aug)
- 13 - ASAYAN broadcast - Osaka audition part 2
- 20 - ASAYAN broadcast - Osaka audition part 3. Winners: Nakazawa Yuko/Heike Michiyo
- 27 - ASAYAN broadcast - Sapporo audition part 1
- 28 - Training in temple, day 1
- 29 - Training in temple, day 2
- 30 - Training in temple, day 3
- The 11 finalists go to a temple where they are given cassettes of the song "GET" which they have to learn, as well as other duties such as cleaning.
- 31 - Dance training
- 03 - ASAYAN broadcast - Sapporo audition part 2. Winners: Iida Kaori/Ishiguro Aya/Abe Natsumi)
- 03 - Recorded interviews & studio dance performance shown on Aug 24th show
- 04 - Recorded appearance on ASAYAN
- 10 - ASAYAN BROADCAST (showing the girls at home + training in temple)
- 10 - Sharan Q decide the winner and videotape their decision, to be shown to the girls on 31 Aug.
- 14 - Recorded ASAYAN show. Heike Michiyo chosen from final 11 as winner
- 17 - ASAYAN BROADCAST (training in temple)
- 20 - 5 of the 10 "losers" are asked back and Tsunku tells them he wants them to form a group
- 24 - ASAYAN BROADCAST (brief clips of what's happened so far, then the 11 finalists dance in the studio and are interviewed - recorded 3+4 Aug)
- 31 - ASAYAN BROADCAST (recorded Aug 14th)
- The final 11 (Heike Michiyo, Fukuda Asuka, Nakazawa Yuko, Abe Natsumi, Iida Kaori, Ishiguro Aya & 5 others - Matsumoto Yumie, Kawamura Risa, Aoki Akiko, Kabutomori Masayo & Kouguchi Azusa) compete in final stage of audition. Each one sings "GET" then speaks to Tsunku. Afterwards they watch a video of Sharan Q deciding the winner. Heike Michiyo is chosen as the winner.
- 07 - ASAYAN BROADCAST (recorded Aug 20th)
- 08 - Tsunku names the group Morning Musume
- 14 - ASAYAN BROADCAST - Tsunku names the group "Morning Musume" (recorded Sept 8th)
- 21 - ASAYAN BROADCAST
- 23 - Recording Ai no Tane
- 25 - Recording Ai no Tane
- 28 - ASAYAN BROADCAST - voice training & CD jacket photo shoot
- 02 - ASAYAN BROADCAST - Ai no Tane promotion campaign & performance
- 03 - Ai no Tane single released
- 03 - Day 1 of selling "Ai no Tane". Event at HMV, Osaka. 16,610 CDs sold
- 05 - Heike Michiyo - "GET" single released
- 06 - Heike Michiyo debut at Nippon Budokan
- 09 - Day 2 of selling "Ai no Tane". Event at HMV, Fukuoka. 9,004 CDs sold
- 09 - ASAYAN broadcast - Ai no Tane promotion campaign
- 16 - ASAYAN broadcast - CD selling in Osaka & Fukuoka
- 23 - ASAYAN broadcast - Ai no Tane promotion campaign & Heike Michiyo "GET" performance
- 24 - Day 3 of selling "Ai no Tane". Event at Sapporo. 14,853 CDs sold
- 30 - Day 4 of selling "Ai no Tane". Event at Nagoya Ball Park. (9,533 CDs sold). 50,000 total.
- 30 - ASAYAN broadcast - CD selling in Sapporo
- 02 - Learning 3 songs - どうにかして土曜日 (Dou ni ka Shite Doyoubi), モーニングコーヒー (Morning Coffee), ウソつきあんた (Usotsuki Anta)
- 03 - In recording studio recording the 3 songs
- 04 - Mixing and deciding which one to choose
- 05 - Tsunku chooses Morning Coffee and decides Abe Natsumi to sing main melody
- 07 - ASAYAN broadcast - CD selling event at Nagoya Ball Park. Ai no Tane 50,000 copies sold
- 14 - ASAYAN broadcast - in studio recording 3 songs (recorded Dec 2-5)
- 21 - ASAYAN broadcast - in studio recording 3 songs (recorded Dec 2-5)
- 28 - ASAYAN broadcast - Morning Coffee chosen, posing for photos, dance lesson
- 01 - ASAYAN broadcast - photo shoot in Saipan
- 12 - Tsunku announces Morning Musume to get 3 new members
- 20 - Morning Musume meet the 3 new members for first time
- 30 - 8nin Morning Musume 1st appearance in ASAYAN
- 08 - First album - First Time
- 10 - 4th single - Memory Seishun no Hikari
- 18 - Fukuda Asuka retired to continue her schooling
- 12 - 5th single - Manatsu no Kousen
- 22 - Goto Maki joins (3rd Gen)
- 29 - Third album - 3rd -LOVE Paradise-
- 06 - 10th single - I WISH
- 15 - Nakazawa Yuko graduates
- 25 - 12th single - The Peace!
- 31 - Morning Musume becomes the #1 female group with the most consecutive years with a #1 single (4), beating the previous record set by Pink Lady and tied by Princess Princess (3)
- 31 - 13th single - Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no Big Band~
- 20 - 14th single - Souda! We're ALIVE
- 27 - Fourth album - 4th Ikimasshoi!
- 24 - 15th single - Do it! Now
- 30 - Morning Musume becomes the #1 female group in Top 10 singles (16), beating the previous record set by Wink and tied by MAX (15)
- 23 - Goto Maki graduates
- 30 - 16th single - Koko ni Iruzee!
- ** 19 - Four new members chosen - Michishige Sayumi, Tanaka Reina, Kamei Eri, Fujimoto Miki (6th Gen) on the show "Love Audition 2002"
- 19 - 17th single - Morning Musume no Hyokkori Hyoutanjima
- 26 - Fifth album - No.5
- 23 - 18th single - AS FOR ONE DAY
- 06 - 20th single - Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~
- 31 - Second Best Of album - Best! Morning Musume 2
- 12 - 22nd single - Roman ~MY DEAR BOY~
- 22 - 23rd single - Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari
- 03 - 24th single - Namida ga Tomaranai Houkago
- 20 - Concert Tour 2005 Natsu Aki "Baribari Kyoushitsu ~Koharuchan Irasshai!~" begins
- 27 - Promotional events with the group split into 3 teams to shake hands with 15,000 people in 1 day
- 15 - Arrives in Hong Kong for a fan club tour
- 09 - 28th single - Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookiizo!~
- 31 - Morning Musume performs LOVE Machine at the 56th Kouhaku alongside all former Morning Musume members still active in Hello! Project.
- 15 - Seventh album - Rainbow 7
- 25 - Morning Musume Concert Tour 2006 Haru ~Rainbow Seven~ begins
- 15 - 29th single - SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~
- 21 - 30th single - Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii Jan
- 23 - Konno Asami graduation
- 08 - 31st single - Aruiteru
- 14 - Morning Musume becomes the #1 female group with the most #1 singles (10), beating the previous record set by Pink Lady (9)
- 17 - Along the Jpop duo WaT, Morning Musume sings the open act of 2006 Volleyball World Championships. The song "Ready Go!" was released in the Petit Best 7 as track #17.
- 14 - 32nd single - Egao YES Nude
- 15 - Surprise addition of two Chinese exchange students to Morning Musume: Junjun and Linlin
- 17 - Start of Morning Musume Concert Tour 2007 Spring ~Sexy 8 Beat~
- 21 - 8th album - SEXY 8 BEAT
- 22 - Morning Musume Fan Club Tour in Hawaii begins
- 25 - 33rd single - Kanashimi Twilight
- 29 - Handshaking events in Tokyo and Osaka
- 01 - Morning Musume becomes the #1 female group in single sales (11,085,000 sold copies), beating the previous record set by Pink Lady (11,037,000 sold copies)
- 06 - Yoshizawa Hitomi graduation
- 25 - 34th single - Onna ni Sachi Are (Debut single of two Chinese members)
- 8 - 2nd Tanjou single - Itoshiki Tomo e
- 24 - Morning Musume's compilation of all singles for tenth anniversary - Morning Musume ALL SINGLES COMPLETE ~10th Anniversary~
- 26 - Takahashi Ai, Niigaki Risa and Kusumi Koharu arrive in Korea to the compilation of all singles album. Press conference, apperance in MAY BEE radio show with Takahashi and Niigaki
- 27 - Handshake event in Korea with said members. Footage of their promotional activities was broadcasted by M.Net Star Watch on 2007.11.02
- 29 - Morning Musume arrive in Taiwan to promote the compilation of all singles album. FC live event (Performances: LOVE Machine, The Peace!, Renai Revolution 21, Onna ni Sachi Are, Chance! (Kusumi). Broadcasted by Saturday Night Fever on 2007.11.11). Radio appearance by Takahashi, Niigaki, Michishige and Junjun (the rest of the girls stayed at their hotel)
- 30 - Handshake event in Korea with Morning Musume. Footage of their promotional activities was broadcasted by MTV Taiwan on 2007.12.02
- 21 - 35th single - Mikan
- 22 - Start of Morning Musume Concert Tour 2008 Haru ~Single Daizenshuu!!~ tour
- 16 - 36th Single - Resonant Blue. Takahashi Ai, Tanaka Reina and Junjun one day visit to Taiwan for promoting Resonant Blue (released in Taiwan on the same day as Japan) and the 2008 Taiwan concert (one press conference and apperances in three TV shows and one radio show)
- 11 - Resonant Blue handshake events
- 24 - Morning Musume 2008 Concert Tour in Taiwan (in TWTC Nangang)
- 26 - Junjun and Linlin travel to China to donate 1,092,607 yen (fundraising done during Biyuuden's Final FC Bus Tour in Enshuu and Morning Musume's 2007 overseas activities) to Shanghai charity for Sichuan victims.
- 1 - Morning Musume 10th Anniversary Live Tour in Korea 2008 (in Olimpic Park, Olimpic Hall - 4,300 seats)
- 28 - Morning Musume concert in Shangai
- 6 - Morning Musume x Takarazuka Cinderella The Musical begins
- 25 - Morning Musume x Takarazuka Cinderella The Musical ends
- 2 - Morning Musume Fan Club Tour in Hawaii 2008 begins
- 24 - 37th single - Pepper Keibu
- 27 - Start of Morning Musume Concert Tour 2008 Aki ~Resonant LIVE~ tour
- 19 - Pepper Keibu handshake events
- 26 - Cover album - COVER YOU
- 18 - 38th single - Naichau Kamo
- 21 - Naichau Kamo handshake events (1)
- 1 - Naichau Kamo handshake events (2)
- 18 - 9th studio album - Platinum 9 DISC
- 20 - Start of Morning Musume Concert Tour 2009 Haru ~Platinum 9 DISCO~
- 13 - 39th single - Shouganai Yume Oibito
- 30 - Shouganai Yume Oibito handshake events (1)
- 20 - Shouganai Yume Oibito handshake events (2)
- 3 - Morning Musume performs in Anime Expo 2009 (Los Angeles Convention Center)
- 15 - Morning Musume Concert Tour 2009 Haru ~Platinum 9 DISCO~
- 5 - 40th single (Nanchatte Renai)
- 5 - Morning Musume in Los Angeles Live Documental on TV Tokyo airs
- 19 - Start of 2009 Fall tour Morning Musume Concert Tour 2009 Aki ~Nine Smile~
- 25 - 41th single Kimagure Princess
- 14 - Morning Musume Jc & Jk Female Actress Audition Announced.Up-Front and BS-TBS have agreed to hold auditions in five cities (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sapporo) to find a co-star for a stage play this June with Morning Musume.
- 15 - Starts Mano Erina-led dorama, which will feature Morning Musume and S/mileage, titled Hanbun Esper,released on Dohhh-UP!.
- 10 - 42th single Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai
- 14 - Morning Musume live at an chinese TV in commemoration of the lunar/chinese new year and sung Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai and a chinese song called Jasmine Tea or 茉莉花 (is not the Mano Erina's B-side).
- 24 - Released the DVD: Morning Musume Concert Tour 2009 Autumn ~Nine Smile~ ( Koharu Kusumi's Graduation )
- 17 - Released the 10th Album of Morning Musume 10 My Me
- 17 - The official Morning Musume Twitter account opened, name of account is http://www.twitter.com/morning_musume
- 19 - Start of Morning Musume Concert Tour 2010 Haru ~Pikappika!~
- 21 - Morning Musume appears at an fashion event non-no x BS-TBS Fashion Show Spring Collection White Day Special and performs Renai Revolution 21
- 23 - Announced that all the members of Morning Musume, and C-ute's Nakajima Saki will have a role in the play FASHIONABLE. At the day 11 of June starts until day 27 of June.
- 1 - The title for Morning Musume’s 43rd single has been revealed:Seishun Collection(Youth Collection)the a-side will be used as the theme for the stage play titled FASHIONABLE. The release date is set for 6/9.
- 1 - Morning Musume had been chosen as image girls for a national campaigning in China pro the entrance of dog-guide in all the establishments.
- 5 - Morning Musume have just revealed that they will attend the France Japan Expo in July 2. The c/w to their 43rd single, Seishun Collection titled Tomo will be the theme song for the expo in 2010.
- 8 - Tsunku announces 9th generation auditions. The first since 2006 when Mitsui Aika joins the group.
- 8 - Tsunku also annouces: Junjun, Linlin, and Kamei Eri to graduate from the group in 12/15 last show of the tour Concert Tour 2010 Fall ~Rival Survival~
- 10 - Morning Musume arrives for taping of a serious TV show in Hunan, China (Jun Jun’s hometown).
- 15 - A Morning Musume event were the very first event to be broadcasted by TBS TV in 3D.
- 28 - Morning Musume new unit announced Muten Musume. According to Tsunku the unit was made to spread the sushi culture around the world. The unit consists of Morning Musume members using the following characters and names for promotion of a sushi chain in Kansai.
- 28 - Morning Musume shows as performer and co-host on this Year’s 24 Hour Television Charity Telethon
- 20 - Releases the Morning Musume Calendar 2011
- 27 - Released special single titled Appare Kaiten Zushi! as Muten Musume (Morning Musume)
- 1 - Morning Musume members are co-host and special guests performing Seishun Collection also Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game at BS-TBS TV 10th anniversary event
- 1 - Released Morning Musume’s 11th album Fantasy! Juuichi ]]
- 11 - An iPhone game featuring Morning Musume titled Morphing Musume has been released.
- 15 - Kamei Eri, Junjun and Linlin graduate at Yokohama Arena. The concert is broadcast live in 3D.
- 17 - Morning Musume are one of the 'Supervisors' at J-MELO(NHK's website) to promote j-music worldwide. the girls have videos to invite and encourage people around the world to record yourself singing in Japanese and send these videos to the site. Someone can be selected and enter the J-MELO as Singer
- 31 - Morning Musume’s official Youtube channel has been opened.
- 2 - Four new members are added as 9th generation: Fukumura Mizuki, Ikuta Erina, Sayashi Riho and Suzuki Kanon
- 9 - Takahashi Ai announces her graduation on the last show of the Morning Musume Autumn concert tour 2011
- 16 - Suzuki Kanon appears in the newspaper of her prefecture in 2011.1.16 (See the newspaper:[])
- 5 - Keitai Deka The Movie 3: Morning Musume Kyuushutsu Daisakusen! ~ Pandora no Hako no Himitsu~. The movie featuring Morning Musume is released.
- 6 - First Fanclub event featuring 9th gen members is held at Yokohama BLITZ in Kanagawa
- 11 - Second Fanclub event featuring 9th gen members is held at Eru Theater in Osaka.
- 08 - 10th Generation Auditions announced
- 1 - Annouced the participation of Morning Musume and Takahashi Ai in a movie called Sharehouse. The movie will be released in theaters on 12/11
- 10 - Morning Musume promoting the new season of Cirque du Soleil in Japan, called KOOZA and make a mini-live after the show until 10/07 as a mini-tour.
- 13 - 10th Generation Auditions start
- 15 - 46th single Only You released
- 10 - Morning Musume promoting the new season of Cirque du Soleil ended as well the mini-lives after the shows.
- 20 - Morning Musume’s FC Tour in Hawaii started.
- 26 - Morning Musume’s FC Tour in Hawaii ended.
- 6 - Morning Musume participed of FNS “Uta no Summer Matsuri 2011" event
- 9 - Morning Musume's PHOTOBOOK Concert Tour 2011 Spring New Genesis Fantasy DX ~Welcome 9th Generation Members~ is released
- 22 - Morning Musume presents a medley in the charity show 24 HOUR TV!!!, fellow Hello!Project group S/mileage also paticiped of event.
- 31 - Previews shown of the making of the music video of Hello! Project Mobekimasu single showing Niigaki's first act as leader of the Morning Musume to be at the time of it's release.
- 14 - 47th single Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai! released
- 20 - Morning Musume becomes the #1 group in Top 10 singles (47), beating the previous record set by B'z (46)
- 29 - 10th generation members Iikubo Haruna, Ishida Ayumi, Sato Masaki and Kudo Haruka are announced as winners of 10th gen auditions
- 30 - Takahashi Ai's Graduation. Niigaki Risa becomes leader of Morning Musume and Hello! Project and the longest serving member of Morning Musume
- 12 - Morning Musume releases 12th studio album 12, Smart
- 17 - According the reputed MADAME NOIRE website, Morning Musume is the #8 at the TOP 10 of Best-selling girl group of all time.
- 11 - Morning Musume along with the entire Hello! Project participated in a special live called Hello! Project Festival 2011 at Yomiuri Land. The event was streamed over the world by NicoNico website.
- 25 - Morning Musume participate in this year’s Toyota Yuuki no Tsubasa 2011 event.
- 1 - AKB48 becomes the #1 female group in single sales (11,787,800 sold copies), beating the previous record set by Morning Musume (11,774,000 sold copies)
- 2 - Niigaki Risa announces her graduation at the end of the Spring Tour on May 18 at Nippon Budokan.
- 11 - All Morning Musume members, except Mitsui Aika, started a dorama called Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen (数学♥女子学園), along other members of Hello!Project, the dorama is co-lead by Tanaka Reina and Michishige Sayumi.
- 12 - 9th and 10th members have their own on-line talk show, only for the official fanclub, called Ma-Ji-De Pyocopyoco.
- 25 - The 48th single of group is released, "Pyocopyoco Ultra" (ピョコピョコ ウルトラ). This singles is the first with the 10th gen. members.
- 3 - A new Morning Musume stopwatch app for Android & IOS was released.
- 18 - Morning Musume's 2012 Spring tour, called Morning Musume Concert Tour 2012 Haru ~Ultra Smart~ Started
- 6 - Morning Musume and C-ute take part on this year’s NHK J-Melo Spring Fest 2012.
- 10 - Morning Musume take part, as special guest, in Dream Morning Musume’s Nippon Budokan Show. Former members Ishiguro Aya, Goto Maki, and Tsuji Nozomi are also guests, bringing the total number of active and former members participating in this concert to a record 24.
- 24 - Morning Musume members, along others UP-Front "talentos", as well former members, passed out food in Iwate on March 24th to those affected by last year’s devastating earthquake.The event was part of the agency’s Tohoku Earthquake Disaster Relief Project, ‘Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu‘. The agency passed out 1,200 meals of butadon and pork miso soup by the end of the event. The current members performed Dekkai Uchuu ni Ai ga Aru in front of a crowd of 1,500 people.
- 2 - The Bags costumized by Morning Musume members last month, goes to the auction, this action is part of the 6th charity event called ROOTOTE the campaign (TOTE AS CANVAS) has focused its profits to children who were victims of the earthquake that hit Japan last year.
- 7 - 9th and 10th Generation Members started a radio show called Morning Musume no Morning Gakuen ~Houkago Meeting~ (Morning Musume’s Morning Campus ~AfterSchool Meeting~).
- 11 - The 49th single is released, Renai Hunter is the last one with 5th member Niigaki Risa and with 8th member Mitsui Aika.
- 17 - Morning Musume becomes #1 overall in Top 10 singles (49), beating the previous record set by the #1 Top 10 solo artist, Ayumi Hamasaki (48)
- 4 - Mitsui Aika's sudden graduation from Morning Musume due to health concerns is announced for May 18, 2012 at Nippon Budokan beside Niigaki Risa.
- 18 - Morning Musume's 2012 Spring tour, called Morning Musume Concert Tour 2012 Haru ~Ultra Smart~ is finished.
- 18 - Niigaki Risa & Mitsui Aika graduates from Morning Musume at Nippon Budokan, Morning Musume's 11th Generation "Suppin Utahime" audition is announced, and Michishige Sayumi is announced to be the new leader.
- 26 - Morning Musume is one the special artist to perform at Girls Award 2012 Spring/Summer collection ~All you need is LOVE~ event at Yoyogi Stadium along side names as ICONIQ, Kato Miliyah and Korean Pop Group Wonder Girls.
- 5 - Tsunku announces a new rock unit, utill now unnamed, centred in Tanaka Reina, one new girl will be co-singer with her and will be chosen by auditions, as well a guitarrist.
- 6 - A Musical play called Stacey's Shoujo Saisatsu Kageki starts. All Morning Musume members are part of the cast,except the current leader, Michishige Sayumi, at the play Tanaka Reina, Sayashi Riho and Kudo Haruka have got the main characters.
- 15 t0 28 - 9th and 10th along the S/mileage´s 2nd generation hold a FC event called Gachi☆Kira, divided in mixed groups, and a lat concert with all members at June 1st at Zepp Tokyo.
- 4 - The 50th single is released : One Two Three / The Matenrou Show and is the best-seller single since Shabondama
- 22 - Morning Musume’s Concert Tour 2012 Ultra Smart ~Niigaki Risa & Mitsui Aika Graduation Special Photobook is released
- 29 - Morning Musume’s Concert Tour 2012 Spring ~Ultra Smart~ Niigaki Risa & Mistui Aika Graduation Special DVD & Blu-ray are released.
- 8 - Morning Musume is one of the guest at 24hsTV Charity TV.
- 10 - The Phobotobok from the 9th and 10th generation is released, and is titled Morning Musume Kyuukies & Juukies 1st official Photo Book
- 3 - Morning Musume Hawaii Tour 2012 Special Live in Honolulu
- 5 - After Berryz Kobo, Morning Musume selected members (not revelead yet) will perform at Japan Festa 2012 in Bangok.
- 12 - Morning Musume's 13th Studio Album 13 Colorful Character (⑬カラフルキャラクター)is released.
- 14 - One new member chosen in the Morning Musume 11th Generation Suppin Utahime Audition: Oda Sakura (11th gen)
- 10 - 51st single Wakuteka Take a chance is released.
- 14 - The DVD for Morning Musume’s videoclips compilation called Single M Clips 7 is released.
- 1 - “Morning Musume 2012 Autumn Concert Tour ~Colorful Character~” Live PB is Released
- 2 - It has been announced that Morning Musume members Fukumura Mizuki, Sayashi Riho, Iikubo Haruna, Ishida Ayumi and Kudo Haruka will be starring in a new stage play titled Gogakuyuu. The stage play will run from 6/12 till 6/23.
- 2 - Morning Musume within the other H!P groups held at Pacific Yokohama a special concert called Hello! Project Haru no Dai Kansha Hinamatsuri Festival 2013, a DVD will be released at 06/10.
- 13 - The DVD and Blu-ray for Morning Musume’s 2012 Autumn Concert Tour ~Colorful Character~ is released.
- 16 - Morning Musume 12th Generation Mirai Shoujo Auditions have been announced.
- 16 - 2013's Spring Tour called Morning Musume Concert Tour 2013 Haru Michishige☆Eleven SOUL ~Tanaka Reina Sotsugyou Kinen Special~ (モーニング娘。コンサートツアー2013春 ミチシゲ☆イレブンSOUL～田中れいな卒業記念スペシャル～)starts.
- 17 - 53rd single Brainstorming / Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai is released.
- 18 - The group perform their new single at the TV Show Music Japan
- 20 - The group perform their new single at the TV Show Music Dragon
- 23 -After a full week of peaking at the top of the Oricon chart and stabilizing at a #1 position through the past 7 days, Morning Musume have now achieved their 2nd consecutive #1 weekly on the charts after Help me!! with their 53rd single titled Brainstorming / Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai, good news, specially when we recall that this never happened since 2001.
- 25 - Two thousand fans went to a special, and surprise, mini-live held at Shibuya, named Morning Musume x ekiato in celebration of the second group #1 this year, and the anniversary of this famous train station in Japan called Tokyuu Toyoko Line.
- 19 - Morning Musume along all the others H!P groups paticipate participate in a special concert titled Hello! Project Premium Live ~Mobekimasu Yomiuri Land Part.2~ held at the Tokyo Hibiya Park Open Air Concert Hall.
- 21 Morning Musume Concert Tour 2013 Haru Michishige☆Eleven SOUL ~Tanaka Reina Sotsugyou Kinen Special~ (モーニング娘。コンサートツアー2013春 ミチシゲ☆イレブンSOUL～田中れいな卒業記念スペシャル～) is finished at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, and it is Tanaka Reina´s last concert as member.
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