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Momoiro Clover Z (ももいろクローバーZ Momoiro Kurōbā Zetto?, lit. "Pink Clover Z") is a Japanese female idol group. It currently consists of 5 members.

The group was originally named Momoiro Clover and is also referred to as Momoclo (ももクロ?) for short. It is nicknamed "Weekend Heroines" (週末ヒロイン Shūmatsu Heroin?) for performing on weekends (on weekdays its members are at school).

Members

Each member has her own personal color that is reflected in her costume and accessories. In some songs and music videos, Momoiro Clover Z loosely parodies Japanese sentai shows and themes.

Name Color Birth date Age Slogan Notes
Kanako Momota (百田 夏菜子?) Red (1994-07-12)July 12, 1994 23 Cinderella from a tea garden (Her hometown is famous for tea.) Leader
Shiori Tamai (玉井 詩織?) Yellow (1995-06-04)June 4, 1995 22 Everyone's kid sister (She's like a spoiled child.) Nickname: Shiorin
Ayaka Sasaki (佐々木 彩夏?) Pink (1996-06-11)June 11, 1996 21 The idol of Momoclo (She behaves as a typical Japanese idol.) Nickname: Ārin
Momoka Ariyasu (有安 杏果?) Green (1995-03-15)March 15, 1995 22 Little big performer (She belonged to a top class dance school.) The shortest member
Reni Takagi (高城 れに?) Purple (1993-06-21)June 21, 1993 24 Electric shock girl (She dances intensely as if being electroshocked.) Previous leader

Former members

  • Runa Yumikawa (弓川留奈?, born February 4, 1994 (1994-02-04))
  • Tsukina Takai (高井 つき奈?, born July 6, 1995 (1995-07-06)) (later a member of SKE48, from which she graduated in 2009)
  • Miyū Wagawa (和川 未優?, born December 19, 1993 (1993-12-19))
  • Manami Ikura (伊倉 愛美?, born February 4, 1994 (1994-02-04))
  • Sumire Fujishiro (藤白 すみれ?, born May 8, 1994 (1994-05-08))
  • Yukina Kashiwa (柏 幸奈?, born August 12, 1994 (1994-08-12)) (now a member of Nogizaka46)
  • Akari Hayami (早見 あかり?, born March 17, 1995 (1995-03-17)) (color: Blue)

History

2008–2009

The group was formed on 17 May 2008 during Stardust Agency's audition event for 3-B Jr. After a number of line-up changes, Momoiro Clover made their debut on August 5, 2009 with their first indie single "Momoiro Punch". Shortly after this, Momoka Ariyasu was added to the group.

2010

In early 2010, Momoiro Clover was signed to the major label Universal Records but soon left. In the second half of the year, they signed to King Records.

2011

In 2011, sub-leader Akari Hayami (blue) stated that she had decided to graduate down from the group.[1] She graduated from the group on April 10. The group changed its name to Momoiro Clover Z after her departure.[2][3][4] The group mentions her absence in the song "Z Legend: Endless Revolution". The "announcer" shouts out "Blue!" with no response.

On Christmas Day, December 25, 2011, Momoiro Clover Z performed at Saitama Super Arena to a sold-out crowd of 10,000, their largest to date.[5]

2012

On June 25, 2012, Momoiro Clover Z took part in Yubi Matsuri, an idol festival produced by Rino Sashihara from AKB48. The concert was held at Nippon Budokan before a crowd of 8,000 people and featured such girl groups as Idoling!!!, Shiritsu Ebisu Chūgaku, Super Girls, Tokyo Girls' Style, Nogizaka46, Passpo, Buono!, and Watarirouka Hashiritai 7.[6][7]

It is confirmed that Momoiro Clover Z will sing the theme song to the new Sailor Moon anime coming Summer 2013.

Discography

Singles

Total sales update: December 26, 2012

# Title Release date Chart positions Sales
(Oricon)
Certification
(RIAJ)
Album
Oricon
Weekly
Singles
Chart
Billboard
Japan

Hot 100
First
week
Total[8]
Independent label
1 "Momoiro Punch" (ももいろパンチ Momoiro Panchi?, "Pink Punch") August 5, 2009 (2009-08-05) 23 4,167 10,338
2 "Mirai e Susume!" (未来へススメ!?, "Advance to the Future!") November 11, 2009 (2009-11-11) 11 15,292 20,109
Major label
1 "Ikuze! Kaitō Shōjo" (行くぜっ!怪盗少女?, "Let's Go! Prodigious Girl Thiefs") May 5, 2010 (2010-05-05) 3 19 22,537 39,459 Battle and Romance
2 "Pinky Jones" (ピンキージョーンズ?) November 10, 2010 (2010-11-10) 8 22,936 38,282
3 "Mirai Bowl / Chai Maxx" (ミライボウル/Chai Maxx Mirai Bōru / Chai Makkusu?, "Future Bowl / Chai Maxx") March 7, 2011 (2011-03-07) 3 12 25,070 44,418
4 "Z Densetsu: Owarinaki Kakumei" (Z伝説 ~終わりなき革命~?, "Z Legend: Neverending Revolution") July 6, 2011 (2011-07-06) 5 22 13,193 19,696
5 "D' no Junjō" (D'の純情?, "Dash for the Pure Heart") 6 59 12,969 18,044
6 "Rōdō Sanka" (労働賛歌?, "Hymn to Labor") November 23, 2011 (2011-11-23) 7 39,976 66,206 TBA
7 "Mōretsu Uchū Kōkyōkyoku. Dai Nana Gakushō “Mugen no Ai”"
(猛烈宇宙交響曲・第七楽章「無限の愛」?, "Furious Space Symphony. 7th Movement 'Infinite Love'")
March 7, 2012 (2012-03-07) 5 2 39,858 83,506
8 "Otome Sensō" (Z女戦争?, "MaidenZ' War") June 27, 2012 (2012-06-27) 3 3 67,596 106,570 Gold[9]
"Nippon Egao Hyakkei" (ニッポン笑顔百景?, "One Hundred Famous Views of the Japanese Smile")
  • released under the name of Momoclo Tē Ichimon (桃黒亭一門?)
September 5, 2012 (2012-09-05) 6 34,478 50,229
"Ikuze! Kaitō Shōjo (Special Edition)" (行くぜっ!怪盗少女 ~Special Edition~?)
  • re-release
September 26, 2012 (2012-09-26) 7 10,003 18,772
9 "Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimitachi yo" (サラバ、愛しき悲しみたちよ?, "Farewell, My Dear Sorrows") November 21, 2012 (2012-11-21) 2 1 73,745 104,098

Albums

Total sales update: August 7, 2012

# Title Release date Oricon
Weekly
Albums
Chart
Sales
(Oricon)
Certification
(RIAJ)
First
week
Total
1 Battle and Romance (バトル アンド ロマンス Batoru ando Romansu?)
  • Label: STARCHILD (KICS-91678 (Limited A), KICS-91679 (Limited B), KICS-1678 (Regular))
  • Formats: CD
July 27, 2011 (2011-07-27) 3 23,967 97,162 Gold[10]

Live DVDs and Blu-rays

Total sales update: May 21, 2012

# Title Release date Chart positions Total
sales
(Oricon)
Oricon
Weekly
DVD
Chart
Oricon
Weekly
BD
Chart
DVD BD
1 Momoiro Christmas in Nihon Seinenkan ~Dappi:DAPPI~
(ももいろクリスマス in 日本青年館 〜脱皮:DAPPI〜?,
"Momoiro Christmas at Nihon Seinenkan -Moulting:MOULTING-")
March 23, 2011 (2011-03-23) 26 17,848
2 4.10 Nakano Sun Plaza Taikai Momoclo Haru no Ichidaiji ~Mabushisa no Naka ni Kimi ga Ita~
(4.10中野サンプラザ大会 ももクロ春の一大事 〜眩しさの中に君がいた〜?,
"4.10 Live at Nakano Sun Plaza, Momoclo's Big Deal in Spring -You Were There in Brightness-")
August 24, 2011 (2011-08-24) 14 45,549 — 
3 Summer Dive 2011 Gakuraku-mon kara Konnichiwa
(サマーダイブ2011 極楽門からこんにちは?, "Summer Dive 2011, Hello from Gokuraku-mon")
December 11, 2011 (2011-12-11) 19 27,094
4 Momoclo Aki no 2 Dai Matsuri "Otoko Matsuri 2011"
(ももクロ秋の2大祭り「男祭り2011」?, "Momoclo's Two Autumn Grand Festivals "Men's Festival 2011"")
March 7, 2012 (2012-03-07) 4 18,486
5 Momoclo Aki no 2 Dai Matsuri "Onna Matsuri 2011"
(ももクロ秋の2大祭り「女祭り2011」?, "Momoclo's Two Autumn Grand Festivals "Women's Festival 2011"")
March 7, 2012 (2012-03-07) 3 18,662
6 Momoiro Christmas 2011 Saitama Super Arena Taikai
(ももいろクリスマス2011 さいたまスーパーアリーナ大会?,
"Pink Christmas 2011, Live at Saitama Super Arena")
April 11, 2012 (2012-04-11) 2 1 38,413 21,466
7 Momoclo Haru no Ichidaiji 2012: Momoclo All Stars
(ももクロ春の一大事2012〜ももクロ☆オールスターズ〜?)
September 5, 2012 (2012-09-05) 4 3
8 Momoclo Haru no Ichidaiji 2012: Miwataseba Ō Panorama Jigoku
(ももクロ春の一大事2012〜見渡せば大パノラマ地獄〜?)
3 2

Music videos

Single # Title Official video
on YouTube
1 "Momoiro Punch" watch
2 "Mirai e Susume!" watch
1 "Ikuze! Kaitō Shōjo" watch
2 "Pinky Jones" watch
"Coco Natsu" (ココ☆ナツ?)
"Kimi to Sekai" (キミとセカイ?)
3 "Mirai Bowl" watch
"Chai Maxx" watch
4 "Z Densetsu: Owarinaki Kakumei" watch
5 "D' no Junjō" watch
6 "Rōdō Sanka" watch
"Santa-san" (サンタさん?) watch
7 "Mōretsu Uchū Kōkyōkyoku; Dai Nana Gakushō 'Mugen no Ai'" watch
8 "Otome Sensō" watch
"PUSH" watch
"Mite Mite Kocchichi" (みてみて☆こっちっち?) (choreography video) watch
9 "Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimitachi yo" watch
"Wee-Tee-Wee-Tee" watch

Overseas performances

  • September 9, 2011 - Japan Media Arts Festival in Dortmund, Germany
  • May 26, 2012 - Hari Belia Negara 2012 in Putrajaya, Malaysia[11]
  • July 5, 2012 - Japan Expo 2012 in Paris, France

Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2012 Battle and Romance (バトル アンド ロマンス?)[12] 4th CD Shop Awards
(Best CD in the previous year, selected by salesclerks all over Japan.)
Won

Appearances

Tours and live events

  • B.L.T.PRESENTS Girls Woodstock
  • 3-B Jr. LIVE Nenmatsu da yo! Zennin Shuugou (年末だヨ!全員集合)
  • Kaden Fair 2009 & Daishobun Nominoichi in Green Dome Maebashi (家電フェア2009&大処分蚤の市inグリーンドーム前橋)
  • [2009.05.24 - 2009.08.16] Yamada Tenki Presents: Momoiro Clover JAPAN tour 2009 Momoiro Typhooooon! (ヤマダ電機Presents ~ももいろクローバーJAPANツアー2009 ももいろTyphooooon!~)
  • [2009.10.3 - 2009.11.23] Momoiro Clover'09 shin aki Giant Series (ももいろクローバー’09 新秋ジャイアントシリーズ )
  • K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Final (during intermission)

Television

Movies

Radio

  • Shimokita FM DJ Tomoaki's Radio Show! every Thursday 19:00-20:00

See also

References

  1. http://grooveasia.com/news/28502/Momoiro-Clover-39-s-Akari-Hayami-to-quit-idol-career
  2. "ももクロ+たかみな「ミュージャック」でおバカ頂上決戦". Natalie. 2012-04-11. http://natalie.mu/music/news/67615. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  3. "ももクロ、爆笑あり涙あり「試練の七番勝負」で完全勝利" (in Japanese). Natalie. 2012-02-07. http://natalie.mu/music/news/64021. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  4. 【エンタがビタミン♪】「悲しみでいっぱいだった」。"ももクロ"から"ももクロZ"になり1年。早見あかりの脱退を高城れにが語った。(TechinsightJapan) - エキサイトニュース (Japanese) (2012-04-13). Retrieved on 2012-12-10.
  5. ももクロZ、Xマスライブに大感激 単独初公演から1年で1万席完売 (Japanese). Oricon (2011-12-26). Retrieved on 2012-12-09.
  6. 指原莉乃「ゆび祭り」で豪華コラボ版「ヘビロテ」実現 (Japanese). Natalie (2012-06-26). Retrieved on 2012-11-20.
  7. 指原莉乃プロデュース「第一回ゆび祭り」、DVD&Blu-rayでの発売が決定! (Japanese). My Navi (2012-11-02). Retrieved on 2012-11-20.
  8. オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」. Oricon. Retrieved on 2012-03-16. (subscription only)
  9. 一般社団法人 日本レコード協会|各種統計 (Japanese). Retrieved on 2012-08-26.
  10. 一般社団法人 日本レコード協会|各種統計 (Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved on 2012-12-13.
  11. Momoiro Clover Z to Perform in Malaysia. Anime News Network (2012-05-09). Retrieved on 2012-08-10.
  12. "ももクロがCDショップ大賞受賞「次はノーベル賞!」" (in Japanese). Natalie. 2012-02-27. http://natalie.mu/music/news/65122. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  13. ももクロ「ももドラ」舞台挨拶でまさかの七番勝負延長戦 (2012-02-05).

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