In the first part of this series, I wrote about the active state of girl group Morning Musume 19 and here we go with Morning Musume 19 part 2. This part will be about what is Morning Musume 19 and how the group came to be known by its present name.
What is Morning Musume 19?
Morning Musume 19 is the name of the dance pop music group that was once known as Morning Musume from 1997 through 2013. The group’s producer TSUNKU decided that the group’s name should be changed to Morning Musume 14 in 2014, Morning Musume 15 in 2015 and so on.
But many fans will always remember the group simply as Morning Musume. So how did the group get to this point where they are now named Morning Musume 19? It actually goes back to the year 2013.
A photo of the members of Morning Musume 19 including Chisaki Morito their newest member. Source: hello-online picture board.
TSUNKU announced that the name change was being made so that fans could know what single was released in what year. At the end of 2013, the group was 16 years old and they had survived the scandal of Miki Fujimoto, the injuries of Aika Mitsui, and the departures of long-time members Ai Takahashi and Risa Niigaki.
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It would be in September 2013 that the group would achieve massive success once again. Their 54th single called Wagamama ki no Mama Ai no Joke / Ai no Gundan got the #1 ranking in sales during its first week of release! It was the highest selling single of any of the Hello! Project associated groups in 2013. It was the group’s highest selling single since 2002’s Koko ni Iruzee! The English title for the song would be Selfish Easy Going Jokes of Love / “Gundan” of the Love. On January 29, 2014, the group would release their 55th single called What is Love. This would be their first single under the name of Morning Musume 14. The single was an instant success reaching #1 on the Oricon weekly music charts. It was the 4th straight #1 single for the group and the longest such streak in the group’s history.
It would be in March 2014 that auditions were held again to choose the members for the 12th generation. Sakura Oda was the only one that was chosen for the 11th generation. On April 16, 2014, as Morning Musume 14 they released the 56th single called Password is 0. The single was another #1 hit on the Oricon weekly music charts.
So there is a brief history of how the girl group known as Morning Musume is now known by their current name.
The members of Morning Musume 19 also were involved in various fun activities such as posing in bikinis for the recording of the Alo Hello 7 DVD. That was when the group was known by the name of Morning Musume 15.