moumoon (ムー・ムーン) is a Japanese pop duo consisting of YUKA as lead vocalist and Masaki Kousuke as guitarist and synthesizer. Previously signed onto the TRUE SONG label of ex-Do As Infinity founder Nagao Dai, moumoon progressed to avex trax in 2007 and continue to do music until 2020. Since December 1, 2020, they are independent. The band's name consists of the French word mou (tender) and the English word moon.
- 1 Members
- 2 Information
- 3 Discography
- 4 External Links
2005-2006: Beginnings and Indies Debut
YUKA and Masaki Kousuke met in summer 2004 and started to make music together in 2005. They had their first performance with audience in October 2005 in a club in Tokyo. In 2006 they signed with the indies label GATE RECORDS and released, in July, their debut single titled "Flowers / pride"; the single managed a peak of #106 and charted for five weeks on Oricon charts. The release was followed by their first mini-album which had the same title of their previously released single. Flowers debuted at #63 on the weekly Oricon charts.
2007-2009: Major DebutWith their first two releases the duo already grabbed attention, which allow them to sign with avex trax in 2007 and release their major debut mini-album love me? on August 22nd. It peaked at #84 and charted for a total of four weeks. Since they were signed to a major label they begun to hold regularly concerts when there was full moon, the named this event "Fullmoon Live". In December 2007 they released their first major single titled "Do you remember?", it debuted at #83 on the charts. In June 2008 they released "Tiny Star", their third single. It peaked at #47 on the weekly Oricon charts. In this summer they also held their first concert with a big audience, they were part of the a-nation tour from their label avex trax. They held a total of three concerts with over 20,000 people. On October 15th, moumoon released their fourth single "more than love", which peaked at #42. After this single they quickly released their self-titled first full length album, moumoon. The album managed to debut on #32 and stayed in the charts for three weeks.
Their fifth single "EVERGREEN" was released in February 2009 and it peaked at #54. The title track of the single was used as the theme song for the movie Kafu wo Machiwabite. Later in May moumoon held their, to this point, biggest concert in Osaka and Tokyo, the two concerts were part of their "FULLMOON LIVE 2009 Tour". In July they released "On the right", their sixth single which managed a peak of #50. "Aoi Tsuki to Ambivalence na Ai" was released in November and was their 7th single, with a peak of #36.
2010 - 2011: Breakthrough with "Sunshine Girl"
In March 2010 they released their second major (third total) mini-album titled Refrain; on it's first week the album peaked at #66. On May 12, moumoon released the single "Sunshine Girl", which title track was used as a tie-in for a big make-up campaign. The promotion helped the single to peak #10 on it's second week, making it their first single to chart in the Top 10. Only two weeks later the duo released their next single, titled "Let's dance in the moonlight"; it charted for three weeks with a peak of #19. In December moumoon released a Christmas themed single titled "my Secret Santa", it charted on #29 in the weekly Oricon charts.
SPARK, their third mini-album was released in July 2010. Due the high popularity of "Sunshine Girl", the mini-album charted very well and peaked at #7. Later in the year, in November, they released another single, it was their first triple A-Side titled "moonlight / Sky High / YAY", it debuted at #16. In March 2011 they released their second full length album titled 15 Doors, it managed to peak at #8. With the release of "Chu Chu" they released another summer themed single after "Sunshine Girl". "Chu Chu" peaked at #11 and sold over 15,000 copies. "Uta wo Utaou", their 12th major single (13th overall), debuted on #27 and charted for only 2 weeks.
2012-13: No Night Land & PAIN KILLER
No Night Land, moumoon's third studio album was released in February 2012 including their two 2011 singles; the album peaked at #9. moumoon released a music video for "Bon Appetit" and "Tomodachi / Koibito" to promote the album. Only a month after the release of No Night Land they released their next single ""Love is Everywhere"" which managed to peak at #33.
In April their newest song "Wild Child" was used as ending theme for the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series, later in May they released the full single which peaked at #24. "Hanabi", another summer themed single, but this time a ballad, was released in August and peaked at #29.
In October 2012 they released a new song titled "Vanitas" as a digital single on iTunes. In November moumoon announced the release of their first major double A-side titled "DREAMER DREAMER / Doko e mo Ikanai yo" for a release on 12th December. "Doko e mo Ikanai yo" was used as the ending theme for the drama Yuusha Yoshihiko to Akuryo no Kagi which started in October.
They released their fourth studio album PAIN KILLER on January 30th, it includes Love is Everywhere, Hanabi, Vanitas, Doko e mo Ikanai yo and a new version of DREAMER DREAMER.
2014: LOVE before we DIE
moumoon released their fifth studio album LOVE before we DIE on January 29th 2014, a year after their last release. The album didn't have any physical singles released beforehand.
2020: Leaving Avex
Due to the Pandemic Situation in 2020, Moumoon were the first to cut off of Avex massive reduction. They will continue to release music independently.
- [2008.11.12] moumoon
- [2011.03.02] 15 Doors
- [2012.02.08] No Night Land
- [2013.01.30] PAIN KILLER
- [2014.01.29] LOVE before we DIE
- [2015.07.15] It's Our Time
- [2018.03.14] Flyways
- [2019.03.13] NEWMOON
- [2017.03.22] moumoon BEST -FULLMOON-
- [2008.07.23] moumoon -FULL MOON selection EP- (Digital)
- [2010.05.19] Summer Selection (Summer album) (Digital)
- [2012.08.08] Summer Selection 2012 (Summer album) (Digital)
- [2013.11.27] What's moumoon? ~5th ALBUM LOVE before we DIE 2014.01.29 Prerelease Package~ (Digital / Rental)
- [2014.06.16] ICE CANDY (Summer album)
- [2017.10.04] moumoon acoustic selection -ACOMOON- (Acoustic album)
- [2018.07.28] summer moon -excited- (Summer album) (Digital)
- [2018.09.25] autumn moon -sentimental-
- [2018.11.23] winter moon -hot chocolate-
- [2019.02.20] spring moon -happiness-
- [2012.01.09] FULLMOON LIVE SPECIAL 2011 Chuushuu no Meigetsu @ Nakano Sun Plaza (FULLMOON LIVE SPECIAL 2011 中秋の名月 @ 中野サンプラ) (Digital)
- [2012.11.28] "FULLMOON LIVE TOUR 2012 ~Nounai Land Tour~" FINAL in NHK Hall (Rental)
- [2015.12.23] moumoon FULLMOON LIVE TOUR 2015 ~It's Our Time~ IN NAKANO SUNPLAZA 2015.9.28 (Digital)
- [2018.01.15] moumoon FULLMOON LIVE SPECIAL 2017 ~Naka Akino Meigetsu~ IN AKASAKA BLITZ (Digital)
- [2019.02.06] FULLMOON LIVE SPECIAL 2018 ～Nakaaki no Meigetsu～ IN Hitomi Kinenkoudou (FULLMOON LIVE SPECIAL 2018 ~中秋の名月~ IN 人見記念講堂) (Digital)
- [2019.05.15] Happy New Year Acoustics! IN Kudan Kyoukai 2018.01.27 (Digital)
- [2019.05.22] ~Flyways~ IN YEBISU GARDEN HALL 2018.06.09 (Digital)
- [2019.05.29] ~OFUTARISAMA~ IN YEBISU GARDEN HALL 2019.2.17 (Digital)
- [2020.03.04] FULLMOON LIVE SPECIAL 2019 ～Chushu no Meigetsu～ IN CULTTZ KAWASAKI 2019.10.6 (Digital)
- [2006.07.26] Flowers / pride (Indie)
- [2007.12.05] Do you remember?
- [2008.06.04] Tiny Star
- [2008.10.15] more than love
- [2009.02.25] EVERGREEN
- [2009.07.22] On the right
- [2009.11.25] Aoi Tsuki to Ambivalence na Ai (青い月とアンビバレンスな愛; Blue Moon and Ambivalent Love)
- [2010.05.12] Sunshine Girl
- [2010.05.26] Let's dance in the moonlight
- [2010.11.10] moonlight / Sky High / YAY (moonlight / スカイハイ / YAY)
- [2010.12.01] my Secret Santa
- [2011.08.03] Chu Chu
- [2011.12.14] Uta wo Utaou (うたをうたおう;Sing a Song)
- [2012.03.14] "Love is Everywhere"
- [2012.05.02] Wild Child
- [2012.08.29] Hanabi (儚火; Fireworks)
- [2012.12.12] DREAMER DREAMER / Doko e mo Ikanai yo (DREAMER DREAMER / どこへも行かないよ; Not Going Anywhere)
- [2014.05.08] Jewel
- [2014.08.27] I'm Scarlet
- [2015.02.25] Hello,shooting-star
- [2007.11.28] Do you remember? (moumoon exclusive Ver.)
- [2008.06.04] Tiny Star Exclusive
- [2008.10.15] more than love ~Special Edition~
- [2009.02.25] EVERGREEN
- [2009.09.16] Destiny
- [2009.11.25] Aoi Tsuki to Ambivalence na Ai + Acoustic version (青い月とアンビバレンスな愛)
- [2010.10.13] One Step
- [2012.10.10] Vanitas (バニタス)
- [2013.10.25] Lovin' You
- [2013.11.06] Emerald no Oka (エメラルドの丘)
- [2013.12.17] winter fall
- [2014.01.15] I say You say I ♥ You
- [2014.04.16] Jewel
- [2014.08.06] I'm Scarlet
- [2014.10.22] BF
- [2017.09.16] Hikari no Kage (光の影)
- [2017.10.18] Eiga "Boukyou" Shudaika Special (映画「望郷」主題歌スペシャル) (moumoon & MONKEY MAJIK)
- [2017.12.06] Let it shine
- [2018.07.05] Afureru Hikari (あふれる光)
- [2019.10.07] Ai wa Tsuzuku yo Dokomade mo (demo ver.) (愛は続くよどこまでも)
- [2020.09.02] Ai wa Tsuzuku yo Dokomade mo (愛は続くよどこまでも)
- [2008.11.12] Aoi Tsuki to Ambivalence na Ai (青い月とアンビバレンスな愛) (Fanclub Limited)
- [2013.08.14] PAIN KILLER TOUR IN NAKANO SUNPLAZA 2013.04.06
- [2015.03.18] FULLMOON LIVE SPECIAL 2014 ~Chuushuu no Meigetsu~ IN NAKANO SUNPLAZA 2014.9.9 (FULLMOON LIVE SPECIAL 2014 ～中秋の名月～ IN NAKANO SUNPLAZA 2014.9.9)
- [2015.12.23] moumoon FULLMOON LIVE TOUR 2015～It's Our Time～ IN NAKANO SUNPLAZA 2015.9.28
- [2020.03.40] FULLMOON LIVE SPECIAL 2019 ～Chushu no Meigetsu～ IN CULTTZ KAWASAKI 2019.10.6
Other Video Releases
- [2008.11.26] a-nation'08 ~avex ALL CAST SPECIAL LIVE~ (#32 Do you remember?)
- [2013.03.13] a-nation 2012 stadium fes. (#3 Sunshine Girl, #4 "Love is Everywhere")
Compilations / Other
- [2009.01.14] Fafa Compi -Lovely & Sunny Day- (#9 my darling)
- [2009.12.18] TO Music File (#23 Aoi Tsuki to Ambivalence na Ai Special Edit ver.)
- [2010.03.24] Owaranai Koi ga Shitai (#7 Do you remember?)
- [2011.02.16] RUN (#1 Sunshine Girl)
- [2011.04.20] m-flo TRIBUTE ~stitch the future and past~ (#6 Come Back To Me)
- [2011.06.22] C-love FRAGRANCE Eternal Glitter (#3 15 Doors)
- [2012.02.08] Sweet Love Songs
- [2013.03.13] TRF TRIBUTE ALBUM BEST
- [2013.03.27] Joshiryoku wo Migaku Uta (#2 Sunshine Girl)
- [2013.09.25] Disney Japanese Artists Best (#16 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah)
- [2013.11.29] One Piece Episode of Merry: Mou Hitori no Nakama no Monogatari (#2 memories, #4 memories (Instrumental))
- [2014.12.03] A-Rock Nation -NANASE AIKAWA TRIBUTE- (#7 Konna ni Aishitemo)
- [2021.03.10] tricolor meets Tabo Koichi - A Place In My Heart (feat. moumoon)
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