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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

SweetS Disbanding!!!

This news is from SweetS Official Website

2006年3月25日(土):
私たちは6月7日発売のシングルをもってSweetSとしての活動を卒業する事となりました。
2003年8月27日デビューから約3年が経とうとしています。
学校とSweetSの活動で大忙しだったこの3年間は、永い様であっという間でした。
気がつけば小学生だったHARUNA、MAI、MIORIも春から中学3年生になり、中学1年生だったAKI、AYAは高校生になります。
これまでファンの皆様と共に歩んできた時間は私たちにとってかけがいのない宝物です。
決して忘れる事はありません。今まで私たちをずっと応援し、支えて下さったファンの皆様に心から感謝致します。
本当にありがとうございました。

これからの活動に関しては、近いうちに御報告致します。
今後SweetSとしての活動ではなくなりますが、一人一人のこれからの歩みを見守っていて下さい。

SweetS
AKI
AYA
HARUNA
MAI
MIORI


These articles or posts are courtesy of SweetS Official Thread@Jpopmusic Forum

chaos_gurl@JPM:
SweetS is breaking up because Aya and Aki are going to concentrate with their school stuff. I never thought I'd really believe in this reason for the first time lol. But I think this is true.

I think Haruna, Mai, and Miori will still be around tho. I dunno what they will do. But if they are going to be as serious as Aya and Aki with school later this year, I see no point in sticking around.

The 9th Soul@JPM:
As chaos_gurl mentioned on the previous page, this is one of the few times you SHOULD believe that members will be concentrating on their studies. Accusing this decision on low sales or bad production since their first few singles and mini album is baseless considering that 2/3rds of Avex's roster has pretty low sales as well.

Sad news, but I think that this is just as much the girls' decision as it is their managers and label's decision.

rll@JPM:
Berryz hasn't won anything cause SweetS are still better than them. Berryz just sells more cause they have the MM fans to buy their stuff. I guess it's natural to compare them cause they came out around the same time and because of age. But seriously, SweetS have better performers (singing and dancing) and better songs. There's just no comparison, they're on a different level.

Okay, here's the only thing I can think off. Haruna, Mai and Miori were bound to take a break to study for their exams too and because of the drop in sales across the board, there was no way for SweetS to survive for several months with just Aya and Aki. So, why not just disband the group, make the fans miss them, have the three study for their exams and then reform the group (same five) after the exams, and make SweetS stage a comeback and be stronger than ever cause it's a new start.

I know that's not gonna happen but hey, I really miss them and that's the only thing positive I can think off. And I guess continuing with their studies is a good thing cause at this point, everything they've done is a gain for them whereas if they miss out on school and not have successful careers, then they would have lost something. Argh, don't know what I'll do without SweetS.

Sephiroth_FF@JPM:
That'd be great if it happend but by the time they finish their studies, they might not be interested in this anymore, their style would be completely different if they were and who knows how many people would actually be interested in them. They could gain more fans with a new style but they could very well lose them too.

I wish they wouldn't disband. I wonder if they realize they have fans outside of Japan?

The 9th Soul@JPM:
Let me put it like this: most teen J-Pop stars go to a certain school in Tokyo (forget the name) where they really don't have to work hard, they're allowed as much time off as they need, and they could drop out easily without a second thought.

Aki and Aya passed an entrance exam for one of the most prestegious high schools in Tokyo, but unlike "celebrity school" where some others go, the school they applied to is one where they HAVE to devote their primary focuses to their studies - or else they'll fail out before they even start.

People who are still believing it's low sales are either fans just jumping the gun and overreacting too quickly, or people unfamiliar with WHY Aki and Aya took time off in the first place. Two members of Parago and Hinoi Asuka also passed their High School entrance exams, but they're going to that celebrity school that I was talking about, not a school where studying and school work is your ONLY priority.

The 9th Soul@JPM:
Actually, their official site's press release is vague, but put A+B together:

At the very same show at LaQua last saturday we got two announcements back to back:

A) Aki and Aya passed their entrance exams into one of the best high schools in Japan! yaaay!

B) Oh yeah, we're disbanding after June.

Makes way more sense than just "we only sold 10k in the first week...we must be getting fired." I'm sure Avex knows that it's incredibly hard these days for female idol groups NOT named Morning Musume, and I'd be willing to bet that at this point they're not holding these girls against not selling in the same range as Kumi or Ayu. In fact, Avex's GB groups don't even get 1/4th as much promotion as some of the other Avex acts, so there's no way they'd be able to sell over a certain amount. I've only seen one advertisement for the recent SweetS single in Tokyo (and this was while watching an Avex program at 1:30 in the morning).

montevi@JPM:
The "celeb school" you are talking about would be Horikoshi. (Which is the one the SweetS girls are going again?) You may be right but I still tend to think that they might not have made this decision (or Avex might not have let them, who knows) if they had been bigger sellers.

Sephiroth_FF@JPM:
Believe it or not, I've heard many people say how they don't like Hikki's old music and that her new music is actually more enjoyable. Same with BoA. Many people didn't take notice of her until her last four or five singles and they seem to like them better.

As for sales, we're living in a world were you can download just about anything now. It wasn't so easy to download so much music so easily as it is now and many people do that instead of buying. Besides, when Hikki came out with First Love, it was a new style then and that's one of the reasons she sold so well. If she tried it now, it just woudn't work. She may not be selling as well now because so many people are over her now and want to find something different but while she's lost some fans, she's also gained some new ones with her current style. She'll never ever sell as much as she did in the past though.



Monday, February 20, 2006

SweetS Members

All About SweetS!

☆☆☆ Background Info ☆☆☆

In the 2002 Avex auditions, 5 girls aged 12-13 were selected out of a group of hopefuls to form a new group called "SweetS". After a whole year of training, they finally debuted on 27th August 2003 with a single titled LolitAStrawberry in summer. Their well-developed voices and mesmerizing dance moves quickly garnered the support and admiration of many fans, despite being so young. Voted number 1 in the popular J-Music magazine CD-DATA (beating out various big names like Ootsuka Ai and Nakashima Mika) in November of 2004, they look set for an explosive future in the Japanese music world, and are not to be missed out on if you enjoy pop songs, though they have also branched out into other genres such as techno.

☆☆☆ Members' Profiles ☆☆☆

柏木亜季子 KASHIWAGI AKIKO aka AKI
Birthdate: 24th August 1990
Birthplace: Osaka prefecture
Zodiac: Virgo
Blood type: B
Height: 150 cm
Skill: Typing mail quickly
Idol: Hamasaki Ayumi-san
Fav. color: White, Black
Fav. phrase: ありがとう (arigatou = thank you)
Aspires: to improve her singing and dancing by 2 times

吉村綾花 YOSHIMURA AYAKA aka AYA
Birthdate: 22nd September 1990
Birthplace: Osaka prefecture
Zodiac: Virgo
Blood type: O
Height: 159 cm
Skill: English
Idol: Amuro Namie-san
Fav. color: Yellow
Fav. phrase: 笑顔 (egao = smile)
Aspires: to start writing lyrics, especially challenging ones

竹輪春奈 TAKEWA HARUNA
Birthdate: 23rd April 1991
Birthplace: Nagasaki prefecture
Zodiac: Taurus
Blood type: AB
Height: 156 cm
Skill: Dancing
Idols: DA PUMP-san, BoA-san
Fav. color: Orange
Fav. phrase: 努力 (doryoku = effort)
Aspires: to keep improving her singing and dancing

岩崎舞 IWASAKI MAI
Birthdate: 1st October 1991
Birthplace: Nagasaki prefecture
Zodiac: Libra
Blood type: B
Height: 150 cm
Skill: Singing, Dancing
Idol: BoA-san
Fav. color: Light blue
Fav. phrase: ありがとう♥♥ (arigatou = thank you)
Aspires: to be able to sing songs with more emotion

瀧本美織 TAKIMOTO MIORI
Birthdate: 16th October 1991
Birthplace: Tottori prefecture
Zodiac: Libra
Blood type: O
Height: 153 cm
Skill: Rhythmic gymnastics
Idols: Hamasaki Ayumi-san, Shimatani Hitomi-san
Fav. color: almost all colors
Fav. phrase: 何事もチャレンジ!! (nanigoto mo charenji!! = take on all challenges!!)
Aspires: to be able to do all things through perseverence

☆☆☆ Detailed Profiles ☆☆☆

AKI
Fav. hobby: Listening to music
Fav. animal: Dog
Fav. seaon: Winter
Fav. book: 世界の中心で愛を叫ぶ (sekai no chuushin de ai wo sakebu)
Fav. movie: Shrek
Nickname: Aki
Fav. time of the day: Bath time
School subject: Physical Education
Cares about: Friends
Thing she wants to try: Doing a Dome Concert
Place she wants to visit: Hawaii
Strength: Makes friends easily (I think)
Weakness: Unable to sing with the right tone, singing too fast
First live concert: Hamasaki Ayumi
Fav. SweetS song: Tear "Lemon" Drop
Fav. SweetS PV: Grow into shinin' stars

AYA
Fav. hobby: Snowboarding
Fav. animal: Dog
Fav. seaon: Summer
Fav. book: Deep Love
Fav. movie: 名探偵コナン (Detective Conan)
Nickname: Aya, Aya-neechan (big sister Aya)
First thing in the morning: Go to the toilet
Fav. thing to do during off days: Sleep late
Cares about: Family, friends
School subject: Social studies, English
Place she wants to visit: Australia
Strength: Able to persevere to the end in all things
First live concert: SPEED
Fav. SweetS song: Peace no Kakera meaning Pieces of Peace (only performed live)
Fav. SweetS PV: Sky
Type of Song she wants to do next: an english song, and she wants to start writing lyrics

HARUNA
Fav. hobby: Using her computer
Fav. animal: Dog
Fav. season: Fall
Fav. book: Harry Potter
Fav. movie: Harry Potter
Nickname: Haruna, Haruu~
First thing in the morning: Dress up
Fav. time of the day: Night-time
Cares about: Accessories
School subject: Physical Education
Thing she wants to try: Seeing a big crowd at live performances at the Dome
Place she wants to visit: New York
Strength: Dancing
First live concert: Amuro Namie
Fav. SweetS song: Sky
Fav. SweetS PV: LolitA ☆ Strawberry in summer

MAI
Fav. hobby: Reading manga
Fav. animal: Dog, Turtle
Fav. season: Winter
Fav. movie: Finding Nemo
Nickname: Mai!, Ganmai (an elementary school nickname - thanks cool beans!)
First thing in the morning: Wash her face
Fav. time of the day: Chatting simultaneously with friends (online I guess)
Fav. thing to do during off days: Shopping
School subject: Physical Education, Music, Art & Craft
Cares about: Her dog 'ruru', accessories, clothes
Thing she wants to try: Nationwide live performance
Place she wants to visit: America, China
Strength: Brightening up a place
Weakness: Biting her fingernails
First live concert: Amuro Namie
Fav. SweetS song: Never ending story
Fav. SweetS PV: Sky

MIORI
Fav. hobby: Reading magazines
Fav. animal: Dog
Fav. season: All
Fav. book: Harry Potter
Fav. movie: Resident Evil/Biohazard
Nickname: Mii-chan
Fav. thing to do during off days: Playing with friends
School subject: Physical Education
Cares about: Family, friends, the other members
Thing she wants to try: Flying in the sky
Place she wants to visit: London, England
First live concert: DREAMS COME TRUE
Fav. SweetS song: Love like candy floss
Fav. SweetS PV: Sky

☆☆☆ Released Works ☆☆☆

シングル Singles

1st single: LolitAStrawberry in summer
Released on 27th August 2003

Track listing (CD):
01 LolitA ☆ Strawberry in summer
02 LolitA ☆ Strawberry in summer (Instrumental)

2nd single: LoveRaspberry Juice
Released on 19th November 2003

Track listing (CD):
01 Love★Raspberry Juice
02 Love★Raspberry Juice (Instrumental)

3rd single: Love like candy floss
Released on 11th February 2004

Track listing (CD):
01 Love like candy floss
02 Love like candy floss (Instrumental)

4th single: Grow into shinin' stars
Released on 16th June 2004

Track listing (CD):
01 Grow into shinin' stars
02 Never ending story (EXTENDED MIX)
03 暑中お見舞い申し上げます (shochuu omimai moshiagemasu)
04 Grow into shinin' stars (Instrumental)
05 暑中お見舞い申し上げます (Instrumental)

5th single: Sky
Released on 3rd November 2004

Track listing (CD):
01 Sky
02 into the daylight ~ヒカリ射す方へ~ (HIKARI sasu basho e)
03 Sky (Instrumental)
04 into the daylight ~ヒカリ射す方へ~ (Instrumental)

6th single: countdown/oursong ~別れの詩~ (wakare no uta)
Released on 2nd Febuary 2005

Track listing (CD):
01 countdown
02 oursong ~別れの詩~
03 countdown (TV mix)
04 oursong ~別れの詩~ (Instrumental)

7th single: ミエナイツバサ (mienai tsubasa)
Released on 1st June 2005

Track listing (CD):
01 ミエナイツバサ
02 Waiting for U
03 ミエナイツバサ (Instrumental)
04 Waiting for U (Instrumental)

8th single: Earthship ~宇宙船地球号~ (uchuusen chikyuugou)
Released on 10th August 2005

Track listing (CD):
01 Earthship ~宇宙船地球号~
02 賛美歌 第24番 父のかみよ (sanbika dai nijuuyon ban chichi no kamiyo)
03 Earthship ~宇宙船地球号~ (Instrumental)

9th single: on the way ~約束の場所へ~ (yakusoku no basho e)
Released on 2nd November 2005

Track listing (CD):
01 on the way ~約束の場所へ~
02 Waiting for U (Live Version)
03 暑中お見舞い申し上げます (Live Version)
04 on the way ~約束の場所へ~ (Instrumental)

10th single: Bitter sweets
Released on 23nd March 2006

Track listing (CD):
01 Bitter sweets
02 pieces of peace ~ピースのかけら~ (PI-SU no kakera)
03 Bitter sweets (Instrumental)
04 pieces of peace ~ピースのかけら~ (Instrumental)

アルバム Albums

1st mini-album: SWEETS
Released on 3rd March 2004

Track listing (CD):
01 Tear "Lemon" Drop
02 Love like candy floss
03 LolitA ☆ Strawberry in summer
04 Lonesome Cherry
05 Love★Raspberry Juice
06 虹色の永遠 (niijiro no eien)
07 Never ending story (ALBUM MIX)
08 LolitA ☆ Strawberry in summer (5SweetS 04'remix)


2nd mini-album: Keep on movin'
Released on 23rd Febuary 2005

Track listing (CD):
01 countdown
02 resistance ~マケナイキモチ~ (makenai kimochi)
03 Sky
04 snow crystals
05 Grow into shinin' stars
06 into the daylight ~ヒカリ射す方へ~
07 oursong ~別れの詩~
08 未来へ (mirai e)
Bonus: Love like candy floss (EUROBEAT STYLE) Remixed by Y & Co.

1st full album: 5 elementS
Released on 5th October 2005

Track listing (CD):
On CD 1:
01 moongrow
02 ミエナイツバサ
03 captain smiley / AKI
04 One / MIORI
05 I am I / MAI
06 after the rain / HARUNA
07 Wishing upon the shooting star ~獅子座流星群~ / AYA (shishiza ryuuseigun)
08 rising sun ~ヒカリ~ (hikari)
09 Earthship ~宇宙船地球号~
10 ありがとう (arigatou)

On CD 2:
01 LolitA ☆ Strawberry in summer
02 Love★Raspberry Juice
03 Love like candy floss
04 Grow into shinin' stars
05 Sky
06 countdown
07 暑中お見舞い申し上げます
08 Sentimental Journey
09 oursong ~別れの詩~
10 Never ending story

DVDs

1st DVD: Wings of my heart
Released on 20th July 2005

Track listing:
Prologue
Episode.1 ルーベンに会いたい (RUUBEN ni aitai)
Episode.2 SweetS'n Blue
Episode.3 SUNSET
SweetSのOahuで見つけたオキニなお店は♥ (part.1) (SweetS no Oahu de mitsuketa OKINI na omise wa)
Episode.4 MeetS street dancers ★
SweetSのOahuで見つけたオキニなお店は♥ (part.2)
Episode.5 空を飛びたい・・・ (sora wo tobitai)
SweetSのOahuで見つけたオキニなお店は♥ (part.3)
Episode.6 プレゼント (PUREZENTO)
Episode.7 HAWAII SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
Episode.8 SHOW TIME
Epilogue
Sentimental Journey

Bonus track(s):
ミエナイツバサ (Music Video & MusicVideo 5.1ch Mix)

1st LIVE DVD: SweetS 1st LIVETOUR Earthship ~宇宙船地球号~
Released on 7th December 2005

Track listing:
1. Opening
2. countdown
3. ミエナイツバサ
4. Sky
5. MC
6. Waiting for U
7. snow crystals
8. 虹色の永遠
Solo stage
9. One / MIORI
10. I am I / MAI
11. after the rain / HARUNA
12. captain smiley / AKI
13. Wishing upon the shooting star ~獅子座流星群~ / AYA
14. 暑中お見舞い申し上げます
15. resistance ~マケナイキモチ~
16. 未来へ
"SweetS" Special Medley
17. Tear "Lemon" Drop
18. LolitA ☆ Strawberry in summer
19. Love★Raspberry Juice
20. Lonesome Cherry
21. Love like candy floss
22. MC
23. Earthship ~宇宙船地球号~
24. Grow into shinin' stars
Encore
1. oursong ~別れの詩~
2. MC
3. Never ending story
4. Endroll
Bonus Tracks
1. on the way ~約束の場所へ~ (Music Video)
2. on the way ~約束の場所へ~ (Making)

Photobooks

1st photobook: SweetS #1
Released on 27th August 2005

Others

1st X'mas featuring dream + フルーッポンチ + SweetS
Released on 10th December 2003

Track listing:
01 I love world ~世界中のしあわせを歌おう~ [white X'mas version] / dream, フルーツポンチ, SweetS
(sekaijuu no shiawase wo utaou / dream, Fruitpunch, SweetS)
02 Everlasting Snow / dream
03 秘密のクリスマス / フルーツポンチ (himitsu no KURISUMASU)
04 Never ending story / SweetS

SINGLE HITS COLLECTION - Best of Avex anime (SILVER edition)
Released on 17th December 2003
Track 15 is done by SweetS: LolitA ☆ Strawberry in summer

2nd X'mas featuring dream + SweetS + 嘉陽愛子
Released on 1st December 2004

Track listing:
01 希望の歌 ~Merry Christmas to you~ (kibou no uta)
02 Let's Hang On
03 希望の歌 ~Merry Christmas to you~ (Instrumental)
04 Let's Hang On (Instrumental)

COUNTDOWN J-POP 2005
Released on 18th December 2004
Track 03 is done by SweetS: Grow into shinin' stars

Girl's BOX: Best Hits Compilation
Released on 16th March 2005
Track 01 features Mai and Miori in the chorus: Perseus -ペルセウス- (Perseus -perseus-)
Track 03 is done by SweetS: LolitA ☆ Strawberry in summer
Track 07 is from the 2nd X'mas collaboration: 希望の歌 ~Merry Christmas to you~

3rd X'mas featuring dream + 長澤奈央 + SweetS + 星井七瀬 + 嘉陽愛子 + PARADISE GO!! GO!! + 斉藤未知
Released on 16th November 2005

Track listing:
01 Giant X'mas ~友情にリボン~ (yuujou ni Ribbon)
02 希望の歌 '05 ~Merry Christmas to you~
03 Giant X'mas ~友情にリボン~ (Instrumental)
04 希望の歌 '05 ~Merry Christmas to you~ (Instrumental)

Girl's BOX ~Best Hits Compilation Winter~
Released on 30 November 2005
Track 01 is done by SweetS: 賛美歌 第24番 父のかみよ
Track 04 features Mai and Miori: 恋のマイアヒ (日本語バージョン) (koi no MAIAHI (nihongo Version))
Track 10 is from the 3rd X'mas collaboration: Giant X'mas ~友情にリボン~
Track 11 is from the 3rd X'mas collaboration: 希望の歌 '05 ~Merry Christmas to you~

Sunday, February 19, 2006


haruna_hamasaki is HERE!