W (ダブルユー) (also known as Double U or Double You) was a Hello! Project duo consisting of Tsuji Nozomi and Kago Ai. It has been disbanded since Kago's contract was terminated. As of 2019, Tsuji and Kago are scheduled to perform together again at Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Hello! Project Hina Fes 2019.
As W, they released two albums and six singles. They also released one photobook, one essay book, and a set of trading cards.
On January 11, 2006, the release of a new single on February 22 and the release of their third full-length album, on March 15, was announced. On Kago's 18th birthday the titles of both new CDs became available: "Dou ni mo Tomaranai" and "W3: Faithful" little was it known these would not make it to market
W was put on indefinite hiatus on 10 February 2006, following the suspension of Kago for smoking while underage. The unit was permanently disbanded on March 26, 2007 when Kago was released from her contract for socializing with an older man.
W songs continued to be performed occasionally in the interim by other Hello! Project members during tours.
2018 saw the mending of Kago's fraught relationship with Hello! Project, as she was invited to perform as a special guest at Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Hello! Project 2018 SUMMER. In 2019, Kago and Nozomi were announced as "Premium OG Guests" at Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Hello! Project Hina Fes 2019, marking the first time in over a decade that W will stand on stage together and perform again. While future activities are unconfirmed, both girls are enthusiastic about performing together again.
- [2004.05.19] Koi no Vacance (恋のバカンス)
- [2004.08.18] Aa Ii na! (あぁ いいな！)
- [2004.10.14] Robokiss (ロボキッス)
- [2005.02.09] Koi no Fuga (恋のフーガ)
- [2005.05.18] Ai no Imi wo Oshiete! (愛の意味を教えて!)
- [2005.09.07] Miss Love Tantei (Ｍｉｓｓラブ探偵)
Compilations / Others
- [2004.12.22] Hello! Project - Petit Best 5 (#7 Robokiss (Jisedai Remix))
- [2005.12.21] Hello! Project - Petit Best 6 (#6 Miss Love Tantei)
- [2013.12.31] Hello! Project - Hello! Project no Zenkyoku Kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol. 2 (#13 Robokiss)
- [2004.10.14] Wの映像の世界 Vol.1 (W no Eizo no Sekai Vol. 1)
- [2004.11.17] 2004夏 ファーストコンサートツアー「Wスタンバイ！ダブルユー＆ベリーズ工房！」 (2004 Natsu First Concert Tour "W Stand-by! Double U & Berryz Koubou!")
- [2005.07.06] ふしぎ少女探偵 キャラ&メル 魔のヴァイオリン盗難事件 Cara & Mel, the Case of the Stolen Dangerous Violin
- [2005.11.09] 2005年夏 W & Berryz工房コンサートツアー「HIGH SCORE!」(2005nen Natsu W & Berryz Koubou Concert Tour "HIGH SCORE!")
- Hello! Database entry
- Japanese Wikipedia: W (ハロー!プロジェクト)
- projecthello.com: W lyrics
- Producer Tsunku talks about W releases