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Coconuts Musume

 

Coconuts Musume

Coconuts Musume
Coconuts Musume in concert, 2002.
From left to right, Mika Todd, Ayaka Kimura, Lehua Sandbo.
Background information
Also known as Coconuts Musume Ayaka
Origin Japan
Genres Pop
Years active 1999–2008
Labels Sony Music Entertainment Japan, Zetima
Associated acts Morning Musume
Hello! Project shuffle units
MiniMoni
Petitmoni
Website Hello! Project.com
Past members Ayaka Kimura
Mika Todd
Lehua Sandbo
Danielle DeLaunay
April Barbaran
Chelsea Ching

Coconuts Musume (ココナッツ娘。 Kokonattsu Musume.) was a group from Hello! Project that was formed and promoted as the "girls from Hawaii." After nine years, the group officially disbanded when Ayaka Kimura graduated from Hello! Project.[1][2]

Contents

  • Members 1
  • History 2
  • Discography 3
    • Singles 3.1
    • Videos 3.2
  • Appearances 4
    • Television 4.1
    • Musicals 4.2
    • Radio 4.3
    • Books 4.4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Members

History

While in Hawaii, Tsunku's fellow band-mate from Sharam Q, Makoto, discovered the five girls who were to become Coconuts Musume. He had requested that Tsunku pick up the act, and in 1999, Coconuts Musume debuted on a Japanese television program, Asayan.

The group originally consisted of Ayaka Kimura, Mika Todd, Chelsea Ching, Danielle DeLaunay, and April Barbaran, with Chelsea taking lead vocals. After two singles, Chelsea and April left the group due to the difficulties of adjusting to life as a J-pop idol (neither spoke any Japanese when the group was formed) and to pursue other careers, such as modeling.

Lehua Sandbo was then recruited as a member, and the group made two more singles until DeLaunay, who also had difficulties adjusting, left to pursue a career in theater. After DeLaunay left, the group switched from the Sony Music Entertainment Japan label to the Zetima label. Between "Watashi mo 'I Love You'" of Sony Music Entertainment Japan and "Jōnetsu Yuki Miraisen" of Zetima, sales increased by almost a quarter according to Oricon charts.

After one more single, Sandbo, too, retired from the group, went on to the American pageant circuit, and eventually married and gave birth to a daughter. The remaining duo, Todd and Kimura, never released anything else under the Coconuts Musume name, though they contributed to Hello! Project compilations, performed songs (including English covers) during Hello! Project concerts, and became Japanese spokespersons for Dole pineapples. They also appeared on and hosted various radio and television shows separately.

Todd became famous as a member of Minimoni, but retired in 2004 to study singing in California. Meanwhile, Kimura was part of Romans and Petitmoni's third generation. At this time, Kimura was the only member left in Coconuts Musume; however, she was still referred to within Hello! Project as "Coconuts Musume Ayaka."

On April 30, 2008, it was announced on Hello! Project's official website that Kimura was retiring to pursue a career in acting, thus disbanding Coconuts Musume.

Discography

Singles

# Title Release date First week sales[3] Total sales
1 "Halation Summer" (ハレーションサマー) 1999-07-23 6,840 9,730
2 "Dance & Chance" 1999-08-25 2,740
3 "Tokonatsu Musume" (常夏娘) 2000-05-17 2,820
4 "Watashi mo 'I Love You'" (私も「I Love You」 Me too "I Love You") 2000-07-26 2,540
5 "Jōnetsu Yuki Miraisen" (情熱行き 未来船) 2001-08-22 3,420

Videos

# Title Release date
1 1st Video "Coconuts Musume" (1stビデオ『ココナッツ娘』) 1999-10-21

Appearances

Television

Musicals

Radio

Books

  • 2002-05-01 – Mika no Iketeru Eikaiwa (Mikaのイケてる英会話)
  • 2002-08-05 – Coconuts Musume no Tanoshii Hawaii Ryūgaku (ココナッツ娘。の楽しいハワイ留学)

References

  1. ^ "Hello! Project Announcement" (in Japanese). helloproject.com. 2008-04-30. 
  2. ^ "Coconuts Musume Ayaka has graduated from Hello Pro as a future actress" (in Japanese). sankei.jp.msn.com. 2008-04-30. 
  3. ^ Sales based on numbers from Oricon charts.

External links

  • Official Hello! Project profile
  • Coconuts Musume discography on the Up-Front Works official website
  • Coconuts Musume discography on Tsunku.net
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