Fairies (Japanese group)

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Fairies (フェアリーズ) was a Japanese girl group, formed in 2011 and ended in 2020. They were managed by the talent agency Rising Production and produced by the Avex record label Sonic Groove.

Fairies
Fairies on July 26, 2013
Fairies on July 26, 2013
Background information
OriginJapan
Genres
Years active2011–2020
LabelsSonic Groove (Avex Group)
Associated actsM Three
Websiterising-pro.jp/artist/fairies/
Past membersRikako Inoue
Sora Nomoto
Momoka Ito
Mahiro Hayashida
Miria Fujita
Miki Shimomura
Kawane Kiyomura

HistoryEdit

Pre-debutEdit

Fairies was formed by talent agency Vision Factory (now Rising Production), famous for successful artists such as Namie Amuro, MAX and Speed. Their concept was "a world class talented group that is able to compete overseas." Members were chosen from 100 candidates who were attending dance schools affiliated with Vision Factory, coming from 13 regions of Japan.[1] The group name was open for suggestions from the public through a special corner in Nippon TV programme Sukkiri!!, and "Fairies" was chosen with the explanation that their dancing form resembled a group of fairies fluttering.[2]

The group debuted with the double A-side single "More Kiss / Song for You" on September 21, 2011. At the 53rd Japan Record Awards, held on December 30, 2011, Fairies were named the best newcomer of the year, receiving the Best New Artist award.[3] Among other nominees, they beat 2NE1 and Super Girls.[4] At the time of receiving the award, Fairies' average age of 13.6 was the lowest for this award, a record shared with °C-ute that won in 2007.

On January 17, 2013, member Kiyomura announced that she would be "restraining" from activities with Fairies in order to concentrate on her studies, leaving the remaining six to continue.[5] Although the group had been using the name "Fairies" in Latin script until then, from February onwards it was changed to Japanese on all their official sites and single jacket covers. However, no announcement was ever made about which was the official notation. On February 1, 2013 the subunit "M Three" (Mスリー) with Hayashida Mahiro, Fujita Miria, and Shimomura Miki as members was announced. The name was due to "M" being the initial of all three girls' given names. Their debut single "Yumemiru Dancing Doll" was released on March 27.[6]

Fairies released their eponymous first album on March 26, 2014. Included as a new song on the album was Ito's solo song "Poker Face", which later became the title song on Ito's solo debut single, released July 23.[7] From August 9 to August 14, the group held their first live tour "Fairies LIVE TOUR 2014: Summer Party," which was released on DVD that December.[8]

In January 2017, Fujita Miria announced that she would be withdrawing from the group in order to focus on her studies.

On June 17, 2020, it was announced by Rising Production that after several discussions with the members, Rikako Inoue, Sora Nomoto and Mahiro Hayashida has decided to end their contract with the agency, with Rikako also retiring from the show business. Momoka Ito and Miki Shimomura will remain in the agency working individually.[9] Although the activities ended as a group, the agency revealed that the group have not disbanded and their future activities are "undecided".[10]

MembersEdit

Former MembersEdit

  • Rikako Inoue (井上理香子) (2011-2020)
  • Sora Nomoto (野元空) (2011-2020)
  • Momoka Ito (伊藤萌々香) (2011-2020)
  • Mahiro Hayashida (林田真尋) (2011-2020)
  • Miria Fujita (藤田みりあ) (2011-2017)
  • Miki Shimomura (下村実生) (2011-2020)
  • Kawane Kiyomura (清村川音) (2011-2013)

TimelineEdit

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Title Album details Charts
JPN
Oricon

[11]
Fairies 14
Jukebox
  • Released: June 20, 2018 (2018-06-20)
  • Label: Sonic Groove
  • Format: CD, CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray
4

SinglesEdit

No. Title Release date Charts Album
JPN
Oricon

[12]
JPN
Billboard

[13][A]
1 "More Kiss / Song for You" September 21, 2011 (2011-09-21) 11 6 Fairies
2 "Hero / Sweet Jewel" December 21, 2011 (2011-12-21) 9 10
37
3 "Beat Generation / No More Distance" April 4, 2012 (2012-04-04) 5 3
4 "Tweet Dream / Sparkle" July 25, 2012 (2012-07-25) 9 7
5 "White Angel" November 14, 2012 (2012-11-14) 5 18
6 "Hikari no Hate ni"
  (光の果てに, "At the End of the Light")
July 24, 2013 (2013-07-24) 6 17
7 "Run with U" February 19, 2014 (2014-02-19) 8 58
8 "Super Hero / Love Me, Love You More." May 28, 2014 (2014-05-28) 10 24 Jukebox
9 "Bling Bling My Love" September 3, 2014 (2014-09-03) 11 31
10 "Kiss Me Babe / Hirari"
  (ひらり, "Lightly")
March 25, 2015 (2015-03-25) 5 28
11 "Sōshisōai Destination"
  (相思相愛☆destination, "Mutual Love Destination")
July 15, 2015 (2015-07-15) 5 32
12 "Mr.Platonic" November 18, 2015 (2015-11-18) 6 47
13 "Crossroad" (クロスロード) August 10, 2016 (2016-08-10) 3 11
14 "Synchronized" (シンクロ) March 1, 2017 (2017-03-01) 4 17
15 "Koi no Roadshow"
  (恋のロードショー, "Love Roadshow")
July 5, 2017 (2017-07-05) 6 10
16 "Hey Hey ~Light Me Up~" February 28, 2018 (2018-02-28) 2 13
17 "Metropolis" (メトロポリス) July 17, 2019 6 N/A

Subunits' and solo singlesEdit

M ThreeEdit

No. Title Release date Charts Album
JPN
Oricon

[30]
1 "Yumemiru Dancing Doll"
(夢見るダンシングドール,
"Dreaming Dancing Doll")
March 27, 2013 (2013-03-27) 8 Non-album singles
2 "Your Love" July 30, 2014 (2014-07-30) 16

Momoka ItoEdit

No. Title Release date Charts Album
JPN
Oricon

[31]
1 "Poker Face" July 23, 2014 (2014-07-23) 16 Fairies

Music videosEdit

Year Title Director
2011 "More Kiss" Unknown
"Song for You" Hideaki Sunaga[32]
"Hero" Tatsuya Murakami[33]
"Sweet Jewel"
2012 "Beat Generation"
"No More Distance" Unknown
"Tweet Dream" Hideaki Sunaga[34]
"Sparkle" Masaki Takehisa[35]
"White Angel" Tatsuya Murakami[36]
2013 "Yumemiru Dancing Doll" (by M Three) Ryōtarō Muramatsu[37]
"Hikari no Hate ni"
2014 "Run with U" Tatsuya Murakami[38]
"Super Hero" Daisuke Ninomiya (Nino) / Ikioi[39]
"Poker Face" (by Momoka Ito) Shintarō Ehara[40]
"Your Love" (by M Three) Tatsuya Murakami[41]
"Bling Bling My Love" Shintarō Ehara[42]
2015 "Kiss Me Babe"
"相思相愛☆destination" Tomoo Noda[43]
"Mr.Platonic"
2016 "Crossroad" Ippei Morita[44]
2017 "Synchronized" Yoshiharu Seri[45]
"Koi no Roadshow"
2018 "Hey Hey ~Light Me Up~"
"Bangin'"

AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2011 Fairies (group) Japan Record Awards — New Artist[4] Won
Japan Record Awards — Best New Artist[3] Won
"More Kiss" Japan Cable Awards — New Artist[46] Won
2012 "White Angel" Japan Record Awards — Gold Award[47] Won
Japan Record Awards — Grand Prix[47] Nominated
"Beat Generation" Japan Cable Awards — Excellence Award[48] Won

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Sources for chart positions are as follows: "More Kiss",[14] "Hero",[15] "Sweet Jewel",[15] "Beat Generation",[16] "Tweet Dream",[17] "White Angel",[18] "Hikari no Hate ni",[19] "Run With U",[20] "Super Hero",[21] "Bling Bling My Love",[22] "Kiss Me Babe",[23] "Sōshisōai Destination",[24] "Mr.Platonic",[25] "Crossroad",[26] "Synchronized",[27] "Koi no Roadshow",[28] "Hey Hey ~Light Me Up~",[29]

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  37. ^ "夢見るダンシングドール". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2014-10-03.
    "光の果てに". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2014-10-03.
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  42. ^ "BLING BLING MY LOVE". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2014-10-03.
    "Kiss Me Babe". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2015-04-11.
  43. ^ "Soushisouai Destination". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
    "Mr.Platonic". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
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    "Hey Hey ~Light Me Up~". Space Shower TV. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
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External linksEdit

Preceded by
S/mileage
Japan Record Award for Best New Artist
2011
Succeeded by
Leo Ieiri