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Aya Matsuura
松浦 亜弥

Aya Matsuura at V Power "Music Storm", December 9, 2006
Background information
Also known as Ayaya
Born June 25, 1986 (1986-06-25) (age 23)
Origin Himeji, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
Genres Japanese pop
Occupations Singer, actress, model
Years active 2001–present
Labels Zetima (2001–2009)
Associated acts GAM, Gomattou, DEF.DIVA, 3nin Matsuri, Odoru 11, Salt5, H.P. All Stars
Website http://www.up-front-agency.co.jp/artist/matsuura-aya

Aya Matsuura (松浦 亜弥 Matsuura Aya?) (born June 25, 1986) is a J-pop artist from Himeji, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

Contents

Career

2001–2009: Hello! Project

Aya auditioned in 2000 for the fourth Morning Musume & Heike Michiyo Protegee Audition and was selected along with Sheki-Dol to become a part of what was later known as Hello! Project. It is a common misconception that Aya originally auditioned to be a part of Morning Musume, which she did not.[1] After being chosen from that audition, Matsuura began her solo career. In time, she would become one of Hello! Project's biggest acts.

Aside from a successful solo career, Matsuura (nicknamed Ayaya), also did numerous collaborations with other members of Hello! Project, including special, usually short lived groups Gomattou with Maki Goto and Miki Fujimoto; Nochiura Natsumi with Maki Goto and Natsumi Abe; and DEF.DIVA with Maki Goto, Natsumi Abe, and Rika Ishikawa. She also did the "Folk Song" series which feature Yuko Nakazawa and other Hello! Project artists, as well as Hello! Project's shuffle groups (3nin Matsuri in 2001, Odoru 11 in 2002, Salt5 in 2003, and the larger H.P. All Stars in 2004).

She also collaborated with Miki Fujimoto as a duo named GAM that debuted September 2006. Their first single, "Thanks!" reached the #2 position on the Oricon.

Matsuura starred in the Japanese film Sukeban Deka: Codename = Asamiya Saki (known internationally as Yo-Yo Girl Cop) opposite Rika Ishikawa, released on September 30, 2006.

On October 9, 2006 both concerts she was supposed to hold that day were cancelled due to her not feeling well.[2] Soon several unsourced rumours emerged considering the possibility she might be suffering from Temporomandibular joint disorder.[3] Following the cancellation of the two concerts, Matsuura's management confirmed the rumours, reported the young idol had been taking painkillers to continue working and scheduled a press conference to discuss her condition.[4][5] On the following day Matsuura made a public statement on PBS apologizing to her fans and expressing her desire to get back to her singing career as soon as possible.

Since her press conference, Matsuura returned to her normal hosting duties on her weekly radio show, "Matsuura Aya no All Night Nippon" and returned to singing in a limited capacity, as demonstrated on her appearance on Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ on October 23, 2006.

On March 8, 2008, Matsuura—as a secret guest—performed at the opening ceremony of the Fourth Special Olympics Japan Winter National Games, a national event in preparation of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Boise, Idaho.[6][7] She performed the song "Kizuna", which was released on May 21, 2008 as her 20th single.[8]

It was officially announced on October 19, 2008 that Matsuura would be graduating from Hello! Project along with the rest of Elder Club.[9] Before her graduation, Matsuura released her fifth studio album, Omoi Afurete, on January 21, 2009,[10] and her 21st single, "Chocolate Damashii", was released on February 11 for Valentine's Day.[11]

Matsuura finally graduated from Hello! Project on March 31, 2009.[9]

2009–present

On August 26, 2009, Matsuura launched her own blog called Ayablog and spectacularly announced that her upcoming tour will be her last for two or three years.[12]

Other Appearances

Matsuura has appeared in many commercials for various companies; notably Pretz snack foods, Epson color printers, and Kirin beverages. She has also took part and co-hosts the television show Utawara with other names in Japanese entertainment such as Johnny Jimusho's Jun Matsumoto.

Discography and releases

Albums

# Title Release date Peak rank Total sales Weeks on chart
1 First Kiss January 1, 2002 #2 301,530 13
2 T.W.O January 29, 2003 #2 316,986 18
3 X3 January 1, 2004 #10 124,939 9
Matsuura Aya Best 1 (松浦亜弥ベスト1?) March 24, 2005 #2 121,361 13
Naked Songs November 29, 2006 #24 18,961 2
4 Double Rainbow (ダブル レインボウ?) October 10, 2007 #22 11,764 2
5 Omoi Afurete (想いあふれて?) January 21, 2009[10] #29 4,873 1

Singles

# Title Release date Peak rank Total sales Weeks on charts
1 "Dokki Doki! Love Mail" (ドッキドキ! Loveメール?) April 11, 2001 #10 72,070 6
2 "Tropical Koishiteru" (トロピカ~ル恋して~る?) June 13, 2001 #7 64,490 6
3 "Love Namidairo" (Love涙色?) September 5, 2001 #3 172,340 9
4 "100Kai no Kiss" (100回のKiss?) November 28, 2001 #2 102,820 7
5 "Momoiro Kataomoi" (♥ 桃色片思い ♥?) February 6, 2002 #2 224,480 13
6 "Yeah! Meccha Holiday" (Yeah! めっちゃホリディ?) May 29, 2002 #2 130,960 19
7 "The Bigaku" (The 美学?) September 19, 2002 #2 115,480 18
8 "Sōgen no Hito" (草原の人?) December 11, 2002 #2 92,995 11
9 "Ne~e?" (ね~え??) March 12, 2003 #3 121,776 10
10 "Good Bye Natsuo" (Good Bye 夏男?) June 4, 2003 #3 88,483 11
11 "The Last Night" September 26, 2003 #3 57,451 8
12 "Kiseki no Kaori Dance" (奇跡の香りダンス?) January 28, 2004 #3 80,322 7
13 "Hyacinth" (風信子 (ヒヤシンス)?) March 10, 2004 #7 56,400 13
14 "Your Song ~Seishun Sensei~" (Your Song ~青春宣誓~?) July 14, 2004 #3 41,306 10
15 "Watarasebashi" (渡良瀬橋?, "Watarase Bridge") October 20, 2004 #6 47,857 6
"Tensai! Let's Go Ayayamu" (天才! Let's Go あややム?)
Theme song of "Hamtaro the Movie 4"
November 26, 2004 #47 5
16 "Zutto Suki de Ii desu ka" (ずっと 好きでいいですか?) February 23, 2005 #7 45,022 8
17 "Ki ga Tsukeba Anata" (気がつけば あなた?) September 21, 2005 #5 56,822 9
18 "Suna wo Kamu you ni... Namida" (砂を噛むように・・・Namida?) February 1, 2006 #14 20,212 5
19 "Egao" (笑顔?) August 29, 2007 #16 13,286 5
20 "Kizuna" (きずな?) May 21, 2008 #20 6,007 3
21 "Chocolate Damashii" (チョコレート魂?)†† February 11, 2009[11] #19 4,028 2

A cover of Chisato Moritaka's 1993 original. The bridge in the title is one of twelve bridges that cross the Watarase River in the city of Ashikaga.

†† Last release within Hello! Project, as she graduated soon after its release.

DVDs

Title Release date
Matsuura Aya First Concert Tour 2002 Haru "First Date" at Tokyo Kokusai Forum (松浦亜弥First Concert Tour 2002春「First Date」at東京国際フォーラム?) August 7, 2002
Matsuura Aya Single M Clips 1 (松浦亜弥シングルMクリップ1?) October 9, 2002
Bi-Shojo Nikki I, II (美・少女日記 I, II?) December 11, 2002
Aya no DNA (亜弥のDNA?) January 16, 2003
Yeah! Meccha Live at Nakano Sun Plaza (Yeah! めっちゃライブ at 中野サンプラザ?) February 19, 2003
Alo-Hello! (アロハロ!?) February 26, 2003
Sōgen no Hito (草原の人?)With the original casting March 5, 2003
Ne~e? (ね~え??) March 12, 2003
Kotomikku Daijiten Jōkan, Gekan (ことミック大辞典 上巻, 下巻?) May 2, 2003
Musical "Sōgen no Hito" (ミュージカル 「草原の人」?) May 21, 2003
Good Bye Natsuo (Good Bye 夏男?) June 4, 2003
Moero! Manābu 1, 2 (燃えろ!マナー部1, 2?) July 2, 2003
Concert Tour 2003 Haru ~Matsu Ringu Pink~ (コンサートツアー2003春~松リングPink~?) September 18, 2003
Kiseki no Kaori Dance (奇跡の香りダンス。?) January 28, 2004
Matsuura Aya Concert Tour 2003 Aki ~Ayaya Hit Parade!~ (松浦亜弥コンサートツアー2003秋 ~あややヒットパレード!~?) February 4, 2004
Matsuura Aya Single V Clips 2 (松浦亜弥シングルVクリップス2?) April 14, 2004
Musical Real Audition!! (ミュージカル リアルオーディション!!?) May 12, 2004
Alo-Hello! 2 Matsuura Aya (アロハロ!2 松浦亜弥?) July 7, 2004
Single V Your Song ~Seishun Sensei~ (シングルV Your Song ~青春宣誓~?) July 28, 2004
Matsuura Aya Concert Tour 2004 Haru ~Watashi to Watashi to Anata~ (松浦亜弥コンサートツアー2004春~私と私とあなた~?) August 11, 2004
Single V Watarasebashi (シングルV 渡良瀬橋?) November 10, 2004
Matsuura Aya Concert Tour 2004 Aki ~Matsu Crystal Yoyogi Special~ (松浦亜弥コンサートツアー2004秋 ~松クリスタル 代々木スペシャル~?) December 1, 2004
Single V Zutto Suki de Ii desu ka (シングルV ずっと 好きでいいですか?) May 2, 2005
Matsuura Aya Concert Tour 2005 Haru 101 Kaime no Kiss ~Hand in Hand~ (松浦亜弥コンサートツアー2005春 101回目のKiss~Hand in Hand~?) June 20, 2005
Single V Ki ga Tsukeba Anata (シングルV 気がつけば あなた?) September 28, 2005
Hello Pro Party! 2005 ~Matsuura Aya Captain Koen~ (ハロ☆プロ パーティ~!2005 ~松浦亜弥キャプテン公演~?) December 7, 2005

Videos

  • 2001-04-25 – Bi Shojo Nikki Part 1 (美・少女日記 1?)
  • 2001-06-27 – Bi Shojo Nikki Part 2 (美・少女日記 2?)
  • 2001-09-05 – Bi Shojo Nikki Part 3 (美・少女日記 3?)
  • 2001-12-12 – Bi Shojo Nikki Part 4 (美・少女日記 4?)
  • 2002-08-07 – Concert Tour 2002 Haru "First Date" at Tokyo Kokusai Forum (ファーストコンサートツアー2002春「ファーストデート」 at 東京国際フォーラム?)
  • 2002-10-09 – Matsuura Aya Single M Clips 1 (松浦亜弥シングルMクリップス1?)
  • 2003-02-19 – Yeah! Meccha Raibu at Nakano Sun Plaza (Yeah! めっちゃライブ at 中野サンプラザ?)
  • 2003-02-26 – Alo-Hello! (アロハロ!?)
  • 2003-03-12 – Ne~e? (ね~え??)

Photobooks

Solo photobooks
  • 2001-12-01 – Matsuura Aya 1st Photobook (松浦亜弥 1st写真集?)
  • 2003-02-14 – Alo-Hello! (アロハロ!?)
  • 2004-01-15 – Ma'! Chura (まっ!ちゅら?)
  • 2004-06-25 – Alo-Hello! 2 (アロハロ!2?)
  • 2005-03-19 – a
Concert photobooks
  • 2002-06-04 – First-Date (ファースト・デート?)
  • 2004-07-07 – ~Watashi to Watashi to Anata~ (~私と私とあなた~?)
Other photobooks
  • 2003-04-11 – Ayaya to Mikitty (アヤヤとミキティ?)
  • 2003-09-30 – Matsuura Aya in Hello! Project 2003 Summer
  • 2004-03-13 – Matsuura Aya in Hello! Project 2004 Winter
  • 2004-09-28 – Matsuura Aya in Hello! Project 2004 Summer
  • 2005-07-06 – Nochiura Natsumi Live Photobook "Triangle Energy" (後浦なつみライブ写真集「Triangle Energy」?)

Acts

Television shows

Show Start date End date Network
Hello! Morning (ハロー!モーニング。?) April 2000 April 1, 2007 TV Tokyo, etc.
Victory! ~Foot Girls no Seishun~ (Victory!~フットガールズの青春~?) November 22, 2003 Fuji TV and others
Aijo Ippon! (愛情イッポン!?) July 17, 2004 September 18, 2004 Nippon TV and others
Minna no TV (ミンナのテレビ?) April 13, 2005 September 28, 2005 Nippon TV and others
A April 2005 June 26, 2005 Nippon TV and others
Utawara Hot Hit 10 → Utawara (歌笑Hotヒット10 → ウタワラ?) October 16, 2005 January 28, 2007 Nippon TV and others
Ayaya Golf (あややゴルフ?) April 4, 2006 September 26, 2006 Nippon TV
Inochi no Kiseki (命の軌跡?, the 50th anniversary of Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting Co. Ltd. starting telecasting) October 25, 2006 CBC, TBS, and others
Ayaya Golf 2 (あややゴルフ2?) April 4, 2007 September 26, 2007 Nippon TV
Meringue (メレンゲの気持ち?) April 7, 2007 Ongoing Nippon TV
Collaboration Lab. (コラボ☆ラボ 〜夢の音楽工房〜?) April 8, 2008 April 1, 2009 WOWOW

Movies

Radio

  • Matsuura Aya Let's do it!! (松浦亜弥 Let's do it!!?)JOLF, etc. (April, 2001—2005-03-27)
  • Matsuura Aya All Night Nippon (松浦亜弥のオールナイトニッポン?) – JOLF and other thirty-five radio stations in Japan (2005-03-30 — 2006-12-27)
  • Matsuura Aya FIVE STARSInterFM 76.1 (TUESDAY 松浦亜弥) (Start date 2007-10-02)October 2007-September 2009 (End date 2009-09-29)

Commercials

  • Pretz (2002 – 2006, Ezaki Glico)
  • Tessera (2002 – 2004, Shiseido)
  • Gogo no Kocha (2003 – 2008, Kirin Beverage)
  • Colorio Printer (2003 – 2005, Epson)
  • Sega PuyoPuyo Fever (2004)
  • Papico (2004 – 2006, Ezaki Glico)
  • Pocky (2004 – 2005, Ezaki Glico)
  • Sky PerfecTV! (2004 – 2005, SKY Perfect Communications)
  • Super Mild (2004 – 2005, Shiseido)
  • Scooter Let's 4 (2004 – 2005, Suzuki)
  • Nissin Yakisoba UFO (2005 – 2006, Nissin)
  • Aoyama Trading (Youfuku Aoyama) (2005 – 2008)
  • Youpack (2005 – 2006, Japan Post)
  • Scooter Address V50 (2006, Suzuki)
  • Expressway ETC (2007, Organization for Road System Enhancement) -- song only
  • Center-in (since 2007, Unicharm)
  • Fried Chicken (since 2008, FamilyMart) -- also the song "Kichin to Chicken" lyrics and music by Fujioka Fujimaki, a folk song duo.
  • Mezamashi Gohan (since 2009, MAFF)
  • Top "Clear Liquid" (since 2009, Lion)
  • Vitamin Water (since 2009, Suntory), etc.

Video games

References

  1. ^ The only Hello! Project members to date that have done so, and been placed elsewhere are Mai Satoda, Miuna Saitou and Miki Fujimoto; Fujimoto would be later inserted into Morning Musume anyway.
  2. ^ Official statement on the Odyssey Website
  3. ^ October 9, 2006 entry of the Ikimasshoi Weblog
  4. ^ Sponichi News, Entertainment Section, October 10, 2006 entry
  5. ^ Daily Sports Online, October 10, 2006
  6. ^ "Ayaya to promote Special Olympics" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports News. March 8, 2008. http://www.nikkansports.com/entertainment/news/p-et-tp0-20080308-332748.html. Retrieved April 30, 2008. 
  7. ^ "あやや応援歌「きずな」心こめて歌う" (in Japanese). sponichi.co.jp. March 8, 2008. http://www.sponichi.co.jp/entertainment/news/2008/03/08/05.html. Retrieved April 30, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Aya Matsuura will sing the Special Olympics Official Support Song" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. http://www.helloproject.com/newslist/aya_0803071600.html. Retrieved April 30, 2008. 
  9. ^ a b "Elder Club members to graduate from Hello! Project". Hello!Online. 2008-10-19. http://www.hello-online.org/index.php?act=helloonline&CODE=article&topic=558. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  10. ^ a b "Omoi Afurete" (in Japanese). Up-Front Works. http://www.up-front-works.jp/discography/zetima/25/a_10/. Retrieved January 21, 2009. 
  11. ^ a b "Chocolate Damashii" (in Japanese). Up-Front Works. http://www.up-front-works.jp/discography/zetima/25/s_23/. Retrieved January 21, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Ayablog" (in Japanese). Up-Front Works. http://blog.oricon.co.jp/ayablog/. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 

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Aya Matsuura (松浦亜弥?)
File:061209 Aya Matsuura at V Power "Music Storm" (2).jpg
Background information
Birth name Aya Matsuura (松浦亜弥?)
Also known as Ayaya
Born June 25, 1986 (1986-06-25) (age 24)
Origin Himeji, Hyōgo, Japan
Genres J-pop
Occupations Singer, actress
Years active 2001–Present
Labels Zetima
Website Hello! Project.com

Aya Matsuura (松浦亜弥 Matsuura Aya, born June 25, 1986) is a female Japanese singer, an idol, an actress, and a TV performer. She is a member of Hello! Project of UP-FRONT AGENCY Co. Her nickname is "Ayaya".[1]

She was born and raised in Himeji, Hyōgo, with group type B blood. In 2000, she passed an audition (Morning Musume and Michiyo Heike Jr. Audition), and debuted as an actress in a short TV play. In 2001, she debuted as a solo singer. She did not joined in Morning Musume, but became one of the most famous members of Hello! Project.

Contents

Discography

Original albums

  • First KISS (2002-1-1)
  • T.W.O (2003-1-29)
  • ×3 (2004-1-1)
  • Double Rainbow (2007-10-10)

Best albums

  • Matsuura Aya Best1 (2005-3-24)
  • Naked Songs (2006-11-29)

Singles

  • "Dokki Doki! Love Mail" (ドッキドキ! Loveメール) (2001-4-11)
  • "Tropical Koishiteru" (トロピカ~ル恋して~る) (2001-6-13)
  • "Love Namidairo" (Love涙色) (2001-9-5)
  • "100Kai no Kiss" (100回のKiss) (2001-11-28)
  • "Momoiro Kataomoi" (♥ 桃色片思い ♥) (2002-2-6)
  • "Yeah! Meccha Holiday" (Yeah! めっちゃホリディ) (2002-5-29)
  • "The Bigaku" (The 美学) (2002-9-19)
  • "Sōgen no Hito" (草原の人) (2002-12-11)
  • "Ne~e?" (ね~え?) (2003-3-12)
  • "Good Bye Natsuo" (Good Bye 夏男) (2003-6-4)
  • "The Last Night" (2003-9-26)
  • "Kiseki no Kaori Dance" (奇跡の香りダンス) (2004-1-28)
  • "Hyacinth" (風信子 (ヒヤシンス)) (2004-3-10)
  • "Your Song ~Seishun Sensei~" (Your Song ~青春宣誓~) (2004-7-14)
  • "Watarasebashi" (渡良瀬橋) (2004-10-20)
  • "Tensai! Let's Go Ayayamu" (天才! Let's Go あややム)

Theme song of "Hamtaro the Movie 4" (2004-11-26)

  • "Zutto Suki de Ii desu ka" (ずっと 好きでいいですか) (2005-2-23)
  • "Ki ga Tsukeba Anata" (気がつけば あなた) (2005-9-21)
  • "Suna wo Kamu you ni... Namida" (砂を噛むように・・・Namida) (2006-2-1)
  • "Egao" (笑顔) (2007-8-29)

References

  1. "Aya Matsuura". The Internet Movie Database. IMDb.com, Inc.. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1564255/. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 

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