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Did last weekend’s shocking graduation/audition announcement cause thousands to call it quits with Momusu? How did S/mileage’s quirky new single affect their following? Did anyone new hit the radar this month? The following fan group membership numbers taken from Mixi in July and August are one tool we can use to help us find the answers:

Active H!P and Related Groups

Group Name Members on July 12 Members on August 9 Change
Morning Musume 7678 7851 173
Berryz Koubou 6435 6593 158
C-ute 5868 5953 85
Buono! 5048 5147 99
S/mileage 3102 3483 381
Hello Pro Egg 800 799 -1
Hangry & Angry 769 771 2
Ongaku Gatas 508 502 -6
High-King 477 470 -7
YuiKaori 144 189 45
SI☆NA 179 176 -3
Happy! Style 126 128 2
Ice Creamusume 88 87 -1
Shin Minimoni 62 61 -1
Pucchimoni V 59 59 0
Tanpopo# 57 57 0
Zoku Biyuuden 44 47 3
ZYX-a 18 21 3
Team Dekaris 17 19 2
Da Xiao Jie 16 16 0

This month’s big winners are S/mileage. In this case, it seems the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, as the group as a unit gained nearly 100 more followers on Mixi this month than all four individual girls put together. The girls did make several TV appearances as a group which may have attracted new fans. I also found their performances of some classic H!P songs as part of the Fankora concerts pretty impressive – maybe others did as well.

That said, for a month without any new releases Morning Musume gained a good number of fans. I look forward to seeing how their numbers change over the next few months with the pending addition of a 9th generation.

Maji Bomber may not have charted particularly well, but with the membership numbers Berryz is posting it appears that it might have drawn a different audience from the norm, which is good because it means more people are watching them overall! I’ll look forward to seeing what kind of style and strategy is adapted for their next single.

Yes, the title of this post is a bit misleading, but you’ll see I included “related” groups as well. On the Up Front Kansai end of things YuiKaori seem to be getting some attention (though still not as much as they deserve) for their new single Vivivid Party. I’m somewhat surprised to see that SI☆NA didn’t gain any Mixi fans from their Fankora appearance – in fact, they’ve been slowly dropping since I started collecting numbers for them in February, with almost a 10% loss in membership on the year so far.

Here’s a fun question to consider: Which former H!P member gained more fans over the past month than all current H!P members combined? The answer is coming soon!

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It’s been a crazy summer in more ways than one! Here are the Mixi membership statistics for current Hello! Project members as of August 9, 2010. You’ll also see July numbers as well as growth.

Morning Musume

Performer Name Members – July 12 Members – August 9 Change
Takahashi Ai 3634 3695 61
Niigaki Risa 1555 1575 20
Michishige Sayumi 3334 3424 90
Kamei Eri 2797 3006 209
Tanaka Reina 4025 4071 46
Mitsui Aika 730 730 0
Junjun (Li Chun) 593 611 18
Linlin (Qian Lin) 385 386 1

Berryz Koubou

Performer Name Members – July 12 Members – August 9 Change
Shimizu Saki 933 960 27
Tsugunaga Momoko 3012 3047 35
Sudou Maasa 884 898 14
Tokunaga Chinami 745 752 7
Kumai Yurina 1203 1238 35
Natsuyaki Miyabi 2076 2096 20
Sugaya Risako 2464 2519 55

C-ute

Performer Name Members – July 12 Members – August 9 Change
Yajima Maimi 2001 2028 27
Nakajima Saki 1353 1363 10
Suzuki Airi 3682 3708 26
Okai Chisato 933 931 -2
Hagiwara Mai 1217 1202 -15

Mano Erina

Performer Name Members – July 12 Members – August 9 Change
Mano Erina 2421 2443 22

S/mileage

Performer Name Members – July 12 Members – August 9 Change
Wada Ayaka 1038 1127 89
Maeda Yuuka 1553 1671 118
Fukuda Kanon 1142 1186 44
Ogawa Saki 805 853 48

Top Ten – Fastest Growing

Performer Name Membership Growth
Kamei Eri 209
Maeda Yuuka 118
Michishige Sayumi 90
Wada Ayaka 89
Takahashi Ai 61
Sugaya Risako 55
Ogawa Saki 48
Tanaka Reina 46
Fukuda Kanon 44
Tsugunaka/Kumai 35

Top Ten – Largest Communities

Performer Name # of Members
Tanaka Reina 4071
Suzuki Airi 3708
Takahashi Ai 3695
Michishige Sayumi 3424
Tsugunaga Momoko 3047
Kamei Eri 3006
Sugaya Risako 2519
Mano Erina 2443
Natsuyaki Miyabi 2096
Yajima Maimi 2028

 

Commentary

If I had taken these numbers on the seventh rather than the ninth I think this would have looked a little different, don’t you? The vast majority of Eri’s community growth probably came from the graduation announcement. Yuuka seems to have gotten a boost from her PB release. In fact, all of S/mileage is gaining members at a good clip, though with the amount of promotion they are getting I kind of wish we’d see more. Reina and Sayumi are probably getting additional attention from their regular TV shows, and the promise of a Risako solo debut (albeit as a voice actress) seems to have given her a boost as well.

Suzuki Airi has upset Ai-chan and claimed the #2 spot in terms of current H!P members, but the numbers are close. It’s likely we’ll see Airi maintain #2 going into September due to the C-ute single release, but Ai-chan may reclaim that position as MM’s next single release nears and details of the 9th generation auditions are made known. Eri and Momoko are also extremely close. I suspect that Eri will overtake Momoko this month and maintain that position until her graduation. With Mano’s crazy new single coming out in September she’s probably going to give Risako a run for her money – it depends on the announcement regarding the Risako single as well as any new work for either girl.

So… have the graduation and audition announcements helped or hurt Morning Musume’s community membership? Did S/mileage as a group benefit from the new single promotion? Stay tuned!

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Sayumi is once again leaping headfirst into controversy. This is twice in less than two weeks! Think it doesn’t matter? Check this out and you might think again.

Earlier this week Sayumi was a guest on “Himitsu no Arashi-chan” which features the group Arashi. To put this in perspective for those who don’t follow J-music outside of girl idols or who are new to the J-pop scene: these gentlemen were responsible for four of the top five selling singles in Japan last year. Out of the 30 singles they’ve released, 26 have reached #1 on the weekly charts. In fact, they’ve never been lower than a weekly #1 since 2004.

So Sayumi appeared on a segment of this show to evaluate the guys’ style and apparently she was none too kind to one of the boys in particular, Matsumoto Jun. As I write this, her post about the show on her blog has 6,763 replies. Some of them are from her fans, some of them are from angry Arashi fans, and I’m sure some of them are from others who got caught in the crossfire because of news buzz and wanted to weigh in.

So now let’s look at Mixi again. As I write this Sayumi has a grand total of 3160 followers on her largest Mixi community. What does this mean?

  • It means that since I last posted about Sayumi eleven days ago she’s gained another 175 followers.
  • It means that since June 3rd Sayumi’s following has grown by 392 people. For the first five months of the year her following grew by 383 people. These two weeks have been bigger for her than the entire year leading up to this point.
  • She was already one of the fastest rising H!P members in terms of Mixi popularity – now she is the hands-down fastest. While it’s unlikely that she’s going to continue to be the center of a drama whirlwind, at the rate she is going she could realistically overtake Ai-chan in the next few months in terms of total following on Mixi.

Sayumi is winning fans and gaining serious exposure. Let’s hope that her notoriety leads to increased attention for Morning Musume as a whole!

Who were the victims of changing trends in the early part of this year? Who’s popular among H!P grads? Here are the Mixi stats for graduated H!P members for January 10, June 3, and the difference between the two, with some surprising results:

Performer Name Members on Jan 10 Members on Jun 03 Change
Tsuji Nozomi 5371 5040 -331
Yaguchi Mari 4202 4466 264
Kago Ai 4212 4394 182
Satoda Mai 3883 3855 -28
Goto Maki 2941 3461 520
Koharu Kusumi 3200 3322 122
Fujimoto Miki 3158 3102 -56
Matsuura Aya 2647 2687 40
Abe Natsumi 2440 2603 163
Konno Asami 2389 2408 19
Yoshizawa Hitomi 1917 2113 196
Ishikawa Rika 1878 2014 136
Umeda Erika 798 865 67
Ichii Sayaka 918 833 -85
Arihara Kanna 761 747 -14
Shibata Ayumi 604 629 25
Tsunku 566 617 51
Murakami Megumi 601 587 -14
Nakazawa Yuko 558 581 23
Yasuda Kei 494 580 86
Iida Kaori 400 408 8
Ogawa Makoto 399 399 0
Noto Arisa 396 397 1
Murata Megumi 350 355 5
Miyoshi Erika 350 327 -23
Ishimura Maiha 329 326 -3
Okada Yui 300 283 -17
Ohtani Masae 205 222 17
Fukuda Asuka 206 216 10
Saitou Hitomi 210 216 6
Kominato Miwa 201 200 -1
Hirota Shion x 190 N/A
Ishiguro Aya 178 173 -5
Nagate Ayaka 165 160 -5
Nakayama Nana x 129 N/A
Korenaga Miki 122 114 -8
Heike Michiyo 103 109 6
Mutou Mika 79 80 1
Honda Ruru 66 71 5
Sawada Yuri 73 71 -2
Maeda Yuki 62 64 2
Mika Todd 45 44 -1
Inaba Atsuko 32 34 2
Shinoda Miho 14 16 2

I hesitate to call Gocchin the “big winner” for the first part of the year largely because her community grew immensely in the wake of her mother’s death. Presumably the growth came from former fans who heard the news and wanted to share their caring and support for her in some way. Hopefully they will turn out to support her comeback as her new album goes on sale next month.

Mari continues to perform strongly. She’s appearing regularly on Aimaina along with Sayumi and several others, and she was able to support her beloved One Piece during the first half of this year by both performing the theme song and voicing a character in the movie.

Yossie’s community growth is a pleasant surprise! I didn’t expect her to be among the leaders in this group. It seems that Hangry & Angry has been a great thing for both her and Rika.

Kago’s support base continues to grow. Her jazz album didn’t draw overwhelming support, nor was it really meant to – like Kaori with her French language albums, Kago’s attempting to create her own special art now, and the audience for her music is much different. However, a quick look at CD Japan revealed to me that she’s got two movies coming out on DVD this summer, and she released a fair number last year that slipped under my radar. I suspect that from here on out acting is going to be Aibon’s main vehicle while her music will be a hobby that she can continue to enjoy and share with her fans. I watched footage of her recent open mic performance in New York and she seemed to be enjoying herself – I certainly hope this is the case. I’d like to think that music is an enriching and refreshing part of her life now. =)

I think Nono was considered pretty trendy for a while. To be honest, I’m not too sure what happened. She is still queen of the mountain for the time being, though!

Did you know that Abe Natsumi actually had a release this year? She’s a guest vocalist on an album by a children’s singing group called Kamome Jidou Gasshoukan. According to natalie.mu the group consists of 25 kids ranging from 4 years old to 6th grade. Nacchi sings on “beautiful” which is track 3 of their album “Yaita Sakana no Ban Gohan“. From the sample I’ve heard it’s a really sweet sounding track, well suited to Nacchi and featuring her very prominently. Be sure to check it out!

All in all, it wasn’t a bad first few months of the year for our OGs. Let’s hope the year is even better from here on out!

As many fans are aware, Sayumi recently experienced some backlash on her blog because she said that she liked AKB48. Out of curiosity, I decided to see if her statement and the resulting flip-out on the part of an indeterminate number of wota had dramatically affected her Mixi following – and wow, was I surprised!

I took my initial numbers for this month on June 3rd. Today, on June 7th:

Sayumi's mixi community

Welcome to Sayumiland, Population... 2985!

Sayumi has made no secret of her enjoyment of Idoling!!!, so the response to her comment regarding AKB48 was a bit more violent than expected. But since many AKB members have spoken of their admiration for Morning Musume, perhaps all that fans caught between the two groups were waiting for was a sign of respect from Musume’s side before they felt comfortable showing their support. And with that, her community grew over 200 members – from 2768 to 2985 – in less than a week.

Will this increased show of support for Sayu translate to increased sales for Seishun Collection this week? Only time will tell!

The following are the Mixi community size statistics for currently active H!P members as of March 9, 2010:

Morning Musume

Performer Name # of Members Change from Feb 9
Takahashi Ai 3345 89
Niigaki Risa 1450 29
Michishige Sayumi 2555 78
Kamei Eri 2572 -74
Tanaka Reina 3617 105
Mitsui Aika 719 23
Junjun (Li Chun) 576 19
Linlin (Qian Lin) 323 25

 

Berryz Koubou

Performer Name # of Members Change from Feb 9
Shimizu Saki 844 18
Tsugunaga Momoko 2840 62
Sudou Maasa 826 12
Tokunaga Chinami 730 2
Kumai Yurina 1127 10
Natsuyaki Miyabi 2013 16
Sugaya Risako 2319 27

 

C-ute

Performer Name # of Members Change from Feb 9
Yajima Maimi 1870 2
Nakajima Saki 1268 14
Suzuki Airi 3475 46
Okai Chisato 895 0
Hagiwara Mai 1185 -1

 

Mano Erina

Performer Name # of Members Change from Feb 9
Mano Erina 2146 89

 

S/mileage

Performer Name # of Members Change from Feb 9
Wada Ayaka 585 28
Maeda Yuuka 1028 58
Fukuda Kanon 816 29
Ogawa Saki 476 37

 

S/mileage’s drastic growth has slowed but is still going strong.  The hachiki members of Morning Musume have seen higher growth than usual.  Not sure what happened with Kamei – perhaps it has to do with her role on Jewel Pet which I believe is coming to an end. C-ute’s numbers aren’t terrifically surprising given the line distribution on SHOCKING 5 but Nakky seems to be getting some help from either G4 or the announcement that she’ll be in Musume’s summer play.  I wonder if Chisato or Maimai would do as well with the same publicity?

Here are the membership and monthly growth statistics for the largest Mixi communities for Idoling!!! groups and members as of February 15, 2010.

Members (past and present)

Performer Name # of Members Change since January 10
#1 Kato Sayaka (G) 731 3
#2 Koizumi Rumi (G) 445 6
#3 Endo Mai 687 35
#4 Eto Maria (G) 242 -1
#5 Takiguchi Mira (G) 619 1
#6 Tonooka Erica 716 24
#7 Yazawa Erika 883 34
#8 Fonchi 550 11
#9 Yokoyama Rurika 872 47
#10 Kobayashi Maia (G) 64 1
#11 Morita Suzuka 1468 131
#12 Kawamura Yui 188 N/A
#13 Nagano Serina 281 18
#14 Sakai Hitomi 463 21
#15 Asahi Nao 695 69
#16 Kikuchi Ami 300 24
#17 Miyake Hitomi 504 32
#18 Michelle Miki (G) 125 3
#19 Tachibana Yurika 151 N/A
#20 Oogawa Ai 423 N/A
#21 Hashimoto Kaede 258 N/A

 

Groups

Group Name # of Members Change since January 10
Idoling!!! 3408 170
Ban Ban Idoling!!! 94 0
Furifuri Idoling!!! 157 -1
Gizagiza Idoling!!! 104 -2
Kyun Kyun Idoling!!! 108 -4
AKBIdoling!!! 975 25

 

Note: A (G) denotes graduated members. Also, January numbers were missing for some members.

Observations: It seems like a great month of growth all around. Morita Suzuka led the charge in the last month of Shinkenger – it will be interesting to see how the end of the series affects her, and how the release and sales of the third album affect the group on the whole.

Many of the girls have blogs and I’ll be adding them to the sidebar as I find them!