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Ai Takahashi
高橋愛

Platinum 9 Tour Spring 2009, May 2009
Background information
Also known as Ai-chan, Lovely, Tettekete
Born September 14, 1986 (1986-09-14) (age 23)
Origin Sakai, Fukui, Japan
Genres Japanese pop
Occupations Singer
Years active 2001–present
Labels Zetima
Associated acts Morning Musume, Mini Moni, Sakuragumi, Happy 7, 7Air, H.P. All Stars, Elegies, High-King
Website Hello! Project.com

Ai Takahashi (高橋 愛 Takahashi Ai ?) (born September 14, 1986) is a Japanese pop singer associated with Hello! Project, best known as the current leader of Morning Musume, former member of its popular subgroup, Mini Moni, and most recently given the leadership role as Hello! Project's leader.[1]

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Biography

Ai Takahashi joined Morning Musume in 2001 as part of the group's fifth generation, along with Makoto Ogawa, Asami Konno, and Risa Niigaki. Her debut with the group was on their single "Mr. Moonlight: Ai no Big Band", and her first appearance on a Morning Musume full-length release was their fourth studio album, the appropriately named 4th Ikimasshoi!. Her first appearance within a Hello! Project shuffle unit release was on the 2002 single "Shiawase Beam! Suki Suki Beam!" under the group name Happy 7.

In 2003, Takahashi replaced Mari Yaguchi in the Morning Musume spinoff group Mini Moni, first appearing in the group's movie Mini Moni ja Movie: Okashi na Daibōken! and its accompanying soundtrack. Her best-known nickname amongst non-Japanese fans, "Takitty", was derived from the cat suit (complete with tail) which she wears in the movie.

Later in 2003, she was part of the Morning Musume splinter group Morning Musume Sakuragumi, which performed mainly slower numbers on the group's two EPs, "Hare Ame Nochi Suki" and "Sakura Mankai", and the shuffle group 7Air, an R&B-inspired septet.

Takahashi's vocals became more prominent on the second and final Mini Moni album, Mini Moni Songs 2 (2004), as well as on Morning Musume's singles from their Spring 2004 release "Roman: My Dear Boy" onward. She also had a duet with Tsunku on the cover version of Tsunku and Ayumi Hamasaki's duet "Love: Since 1999" on his solo album Take1.

In 2005, Morning Musume's first single release of the year, "The Manpower!!!", featured Takahashi in a prominent co-lead-vocal role, a role she has retained on subsequent singles since. In the summer of that year, she became part of the 2005 shuffle Group Elegies.

In 2006, Takahashi played the lead role, Sapphire, in the musical "Ribbon no Kishi The Musical" which was a collaboration work of Takarazuka Revue (a famous Japanese all-female musical group) and Hello! Project. The musical was based on Tezuka Osamu's manga and also starred v-u-den, Nozomi Tsuji, Aya Matsuura, and Natsumi Abe, as well as Marcia and Kaoru Ebira of the Takarazuka Revue. Soon thereafter, Takahashi released her first and only solo single to date, "Yume Kara Samete".

Following then-leader Hitomi Yoshizawa's graduation from Morning Musume on May 6, 2007, the current sub-leader, Miki Fujimoto ascended to the leader position, with Takahashi becoming the new sub-leader of the group. However, on June 1, 2007, after Fujimoto's resignation,[2][3] Takahashi took over as the new leader.

Takahashi is also captain of the Hello! Project kickball team, Metro Rabbits H.P..

In 2008 Takahashi became a member of Hello Project's new unit High-King,[4] a group created to promote Morning Musume's upcoming Cinderella the Musical, in which Takahashi will play the main character.

It was announced in July 2008, that Takahashi and fellow Morning Musume member Risa Niigaki would play the 80s J-Pop duo Pink Lady in the TV Drama Hitmaker Aku Yuu Monogatari.[5][6]

As of January 2009, she and Risa Niigaki have the longest tenures of any member. She is also one of only four members to remain in the group for seven years or more (the others being Kaori Iida, Yoshizawa and Niigaki) and one of two (along with Niigaki) to remain in the group for eight years.

On February 1, 2009, during the "Hello Pro Award '09 ~Elder Club Sotsugyō Kinen Special~" concert held at Yokohama Arena, Yuko Nakazawa passed on her leadership position in Hello! Project to Takahashi.[1]

Discography and releases

Singles

# Title Release Date Information
1 "Yume Kara Samete" (夢から醒めて ?) 2006 Only released for digital purchase and download;
later released as part of the Petit Best 7 compilation CD

Photobooks

# Romaji
Japanese
English
Title Release date Publisher
ISBN
Description
  • 5: Morning Musume 5 Ki Member Shashinshū
  • 5 モーニング娘。5期メンバー写真集
  • 5: Morning Musume 5th Generation Members Photobook
August 13, 2002 Wani Books
ISBN 4-8470-2721-3
Photobook starring all of the 5th generation members.
1
  • Takahashi Ai: Solo Shashinshū "Takahashi Ai Shashinshū"[7]
  • 高橋愛 ソロ写真集「高橋愛写真集」
  • Ai Takahashi: Solo Photobook "Ai Takahashi Photobook"
December 9, 2002 Wani Books
ISBN 4-8470-2741-8
First solo photobook.
2
  • Alo Hello! Takahashi Ai[7]
  • アロハロ!高橋愛
December 17, 2003 Kadokawa Shoten
ISBN 4-04-894253-0
Second solo photobook.
3
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "Wataame"[7]
  • 高橋愛写真集 わたあめ
  • Ai Takahashi Photobook Cotton Candy
May 27, 2004 Wani Books
ISBN 4-8470-2806-6
Third solo photobook.
4
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "Ai Gokoro"[7]
  • 高橋愛写真集 愛ごころ
June 25, 2005 Wani Books
ISBN 4-8470-2870-8
Fourth solo photobook.
5
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "19"[7]
  • 高橋愛写真集『19』
  • Ai Takahashi Photobook "19"
January 27, 2006 Wani Books
ISBN 4-8470-2913-5
Fifth solo photobook.
6
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū Zenshu "ai"[7]
  • 高橋愛写真集全集『ai』
  • Ai Takahashi Photobook Complete Works "ai"
October 27, 2006 Wani Books
ISBN 4-8470-2961-5
Compilation photobook.
7
  • Love Hello! Takahashi Ai Shashinshū in Phuket[7]
  • ラブハロ!高橋愛写真集inプーケット
  • Love Hello! Ai Takahashi Photobook in Phuket
March 14, 2007 Kadokawa Publishing Group
ISBN 4-0489-4485-1
Seventh solo photobook. Photographed in Phuket, Thailand.
8
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "Mizu"[7]
  • 高橋愛写真集『水』
  • Ai Takahashi Photobook "Water"
October 26, 2007 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-4049-8
Eighth solo photobook. Photographed in Bali.
9
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "Mō Hitotsu no Ai"[7]
  • 高橋愛写真集『もうひとつの愛』
May 25, 2008 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4847040887
Ninth solo photobook.
10
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "Watashi"[7]
  • 高橋愛写真集『私』
  • Ai Takahashi Photobook "I"
May 25, 2009 Wani Books Tenth solo photobook.

DVDs

# Title Release date
1 Alo Hello! Takahashi Ai DVD (アロハロ!高橋愛DVD ?) December 17, 2003
2 Love Hello! Takahashi Ai DVD (ラブハロ!高橋愛DVD ?) April 11, 2007

Acts

Television dramas

Title Start date End date
Angel Hearts 2002
Mini Moni's Brementown Musicians (ミニモニ。でブレーメンの音楽隊 ?) January 10, 2005 January 31, 2005
Hitmaker Aku Yuu Monogatari (ヒットメーカー 阿久悠物語 ?) August 1, 2008
Q.E.D Shōmei Shūryō (Q.E.D 証明終了 ?) January 8, 2009 March 12, 2009

Television shows

Show Start date End date Network
Hello! Morning (ハロー!モーニング。 ?) 2001 April 1, 2007 TV Tokyo
Matthew's Best Hit TV May 29, 2002 TV Asahi
Tin Tin Town! (ティンティンTown! ?) July 5, 2002 March 26, 2004 Nihon TV
Sore Yuke! Gorokkies (それゆけ!ゴロッキーズ ?) September 29, 2003 December 26, 2003 TV Tokyo
Futarigoto (二人ゴト ?) April 21, 2004 April 23, 2004 TV Tokyo
July 23, 2004 July 29, 2004
Majokko Rika-chan no Magical v-u-den (魔女っ娘。梨華ちゃんのマジカル美勇伝 ?) December 1, 2004 December 6, 2004 TV Tokyo
December 16, 2004 December 17, 2004
Musume Dokyu! (娘DOKYU! ?) April 4, 2005 June 8, 2005 TV Tokyo
Haromoni@ (ハロモニ@ ?) April 8, 2007 September 28, 2008 TV Tokyo
Yorosen! (よろセン! ?) October 6, 2008 Ongoing TV Tokyo

Radio

Program Start date End date Network
MBS Young Town Dōyōbi (MBSヤングタウン土曜日 ?) April 12, 2003 Ongoing MBS Radio
Ishikawa Rika no Chanchaka Charmy (☆石川梨華のちゃんちゃか☆チャーミー! ?) March 3, 2005 CBC Radio
TBC Fun Fīrudo Mōretsu Mōdasshu (TBC Funふぃーるど・モーレツモーダッシュ ?) May 16, 2005 May 27, 2005 TBC

References

External links

Honorary titles
Preceded by
Miki Fujimoto
Leader of Morning Musume
2007 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Miki Fujimoto
Sub-leader of Morning Musume
2007
Succeeded by
Risa Niigaki
Preceded by
Yuko Nakazawa
Leader of Hello! Project
2009 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Kaori Iida
Longest serving member of Morning Musume
2009 – present
(held with Risa Niigaki)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Yuko Nakazawa
Oldest Member of Hello! Project
April 1, 2009 – June 6, 2009
Succeeded by
Tomomi Hirano

Simple English

Ai Takahashi
高橋愛
File:Ai Takahashi - Platinum 9 Tour Spring
Platinum 9 Tour Spring 2009, May 2009
Background information
Birth name 高橋愛
Takahashi Ai
Also known as Ai-chan, Lovely, Tettekete
Born September 14, 1986 (1986-09-14) (age 24)
Origin Sakai, Fukui
Genres J-pop
Occupations Singer/Dancer
Years active 2001–present
Associated acts Morning Musume, Mini Moni, Sakuragumi, Happy 7, 7Air, H.P. All Stars, Elegies, High-King
Website Hello! Project
Notable instruments
Voice

Ai Takahashi (高橋 愛 Takahashi Ai?) (born September 14, 1986) is a Japanese female J-pop singer. She sings upbeat songs in the group Morning Musume which is a part of the Hello!Project unity. She is the leader of the group. She is 153cm tall and her bloodtype is A.

Contents

Biography

Her first appearance on TV was in 1999, on a children's talent show, where she won a prize.

She joined Morning Musume in 2001 with Asami Konno, Makoto Ogawa and Risa Niigaki. Her first single was "Mr. Moonlight ~Ai no BIG BAND~" which she sang with the group. In 2002 she launched her first photobook alone and joined the group Mini Moni. She also acted in a movie, MiniMoni Ja Movie: Okashina Daibouken. She was called "Takkity" by her fans because her dress in the film was like a black cat.

In 2003 she replaced Mari Yaguchi in the group Mini Moni. In 2007 she became leader of the group Morning Musume after Miki Fujimoto left the team. In 2008 she joined a new group, High King, created to promote the musical: "Cinderella the Musical". Takahashi plays the main character in this new group and Reina Tanaka is the leader.

In 2009 she was made the leader of the group Hello!Project. She is the only member of Morning Musume that plays a character in a dorama (Japanese drama).

Discography and releases

Singles

# Title Release Date Information
1 "Yume Kara Samete" (夢から醒めて?) 2006 Only released for digital purchase and download;
later released as part of the Petit Best 7 compilation CD

Photobooks

# Romaji
Japanese
English
Title Release date Publisher
ISBN
Description
  • 5: Morning Musume 5 Ki Member Shashinshū
  • 5 モーニング娘。5期メンバー写真集
  • 5: Morning Musume 5th Generation Members Photobook
August 13, 2002 Wani Books
ISBN 4-8470-2721-3
Photobook starring all of the 5th generation members.
1
  • Takahashi Ai: Solo Shashinshū "Takahashi Ai Shashinshū"[1]
  • 高橋愛 ソロ写真集「高橋愛写真集」
  • Ai Takahashi: Solo Photobook "Ai Takahashi Photobook"
December 9, 2002 Wani Books
ISBN 4-8470-2741-8
First solo photobook.
2
  • Alo Hello! Takahashi Ai[1]
  • アロハロ!高橋愛
December 17, 2003 Kadokawa Shoten
ISBN 4-04-894253-0
Second solo photobook.
3
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "Wataame"[1]
  • 高橋愛写真集 わたあめ
  • Ai Takahashi Photobook Cotton Candy
May 27, 2004 Wani Books
ISBN 4-8470-2806-6
Third solo photobook.
4
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "Ai Gokoro"[1]
  • 高橋愛写真集 愛ごころ
June 25, 2005 Wani Books
ISBN 4-8470-2870-8
Fourth solo photobook.
5
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "19"[1]
  • 高橋愛写真集『19』
  • Ai Takahashi Photobook "19"
January 27, 2006 Wani Books
ISBN 4-8470-2913-5
Fifth solo photobook.
6
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū Zenshu "ai"[1]
  • 高橋愛写真集全集『ai』
  • Ai Takahashi Photobook Complete Works "ai"
October 27, 2006 Wani Books
ISBN 4-8470-2961-5
Compilation photobook.
7
  • Love Hello! Takahashi Ai Shashinshū in Phuket[1]
  • ラブハロ!高橋愛写真集inプーケット
  • Love Hello! Ai Takahashi Photobook in Phuket
March 14, 2007 Kadokawa Publishing Group
ISBN 4-0489-4485-1
Seventh solo photobook. Photographed in Phuket, Thailand.
8
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "Mizu"[1]
  • 高橋愛写真集『水』
  • Ai Takahashi Photobook "Water"
October 26, 2007 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4-8470-4049-8
Eighth solo photobook. Photographed in Bali.
9
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "Mō Hitotsu no Ai"[1]
  • 高橋愛写真集『もうひとつの愛』
May 25, 2008 Wani Books
ISBN 978-4847040887
Ninth solo photobook.
10
  • Takahashi Ai Shashinshū "Watashi"[1]
  • 高橋愛写真集『私』
  • Ai Takahashi Photobook "I"
May 25, 2009 Wani Books Tenth solo photobook.

DVDs

# Title Release date
1 Alo Hello! Takahashi Ai DVD (アロハロ!高橋愛DVD?) December 17, 2003
2 Love Hello! Takahashi Ai DVD (ラブハロ!高橋愛DVD?) April 11, 2007

Acts

Television dramas

Title Start date End date
Angel Hearts 2002
Mini Moni's Brementown Musicians (ミニモニ。でブレーメンの音楽隊?) January 10, 2005 January 31, 2005
Hitmaker Aku Yuu Monogatari (ヒットメーカー 阿久悠物語?) August 1, 2008
Q.E.D Shōmei Shūryō (Q.E.D 証明終了?) January 8, 2009 March 12, 2009

Television shows

Show Start date End date Network
Hello! Morning (ハロー!モーニング。?) 2001 April 1, 2007 TV Tokyo
Matthew's Best Hit TV May 29, 2002 TV Asahi
Tin Tin Town! (ティンティンTown!?) July 5, 2002 March 26, 2004 Nihon TV
Sore Yuke! Gorokkies (それゆけ!ゴロッキーズ?) September 29, 2003 December 26, 2003 TV Tokyo
Futarigoto (二人ゴト?) April 21, 2004 April 23, 2004 TV Tokyo
July 23, 2004 July 29, 2004
Majokko Rika-chan no Magical v-u-den (魔女っ娘。梨華ちゃんのマジカル美勇伝?) December 1, 2004 December 6, 2004 TV Tokyo
December 16, 2004 December 17, 2004
Musume Dokyu! (娘DOKYU!?) April 4, 2005 June 8, 2005 TV Tokyo
Haromoni@ (ハロモニ@?) April 8, 2007 September 28, 2008 TV Tokyo
Yorosen! (よろセン!?) October 6, 2008 Ongoing TV Tokyo

Radio

Program Start date End date Network
MBS Young Town Dōyōbi (MBSヤングタウン土曜日?) April 12, 2003 Ongoing MBS Radio
Ishikawa Rika no Chanchaka Charmy (☆石川梨華のちゃんちゃか☆チャーミー!?) March 3, 2005 CBC Radio
TBC Fun Fīrudo Mōretsu Mōdasshu (TBC Funふぃーるど・モーレツモーダッシュ?) May 16, 2005 May 27, 2005 TBC

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 "Ai Takahashi Photobooks" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. http://www.helloproject.com/book/photo_takahashi.html. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 

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