Sweets (group)

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Sweets (スイーツ, Suītsu, stylized as SweetS) was a Japanese girl group formed by Avex Trax in 2003. It consists of five members: Aki, Aya, Haruna, Miori, and Mai. The group debuted in 2003 with the song "Lolita Strawberry in Summer" and released in 2004 the song "Love Like Candy Floss." While active as a group, Sweets was also part of the supergroup Girl's Box along with other Avex artists. After three years of activity, Sweets disbanded in 2006.

Sweets
OriginJapan
GenresJ-pop
Years active2003–2006
LabelsAvex Trax
Associated actsGirl's Box
Websitewww.avexnet.or.jp/sweets
Past members

HistoryEdit

2003: DebutEdit

During the Avex Auditions 2002, five 12-year-old girls were selected out of fifteen finalists to create a new girl group, with the project planned by TV Tokyo's variety show Platinum Ticket.[1] They first performed at A-nation '03 Avex Summer Festa on April 12, 2003.[2] Later, on August 27, they released their first single, "Lolita Strawberry in Summer", as the fourth ending theme to Monkey Typhoon.[3] The song was produced by Bounceback, who had previously written songs for BoA and Ayumi Hamasaki. On November 19, 2003, Sweets released their second single, "Love Raspberry Juice",[4] which was featured as the theme song in the commercial for the game Tokyo Friend Park II: Friend Park e Asobi ni Ikō!![5] 100 girls appeared as extras in the music video.[6] At the end of 2003, Sweets collaborated with Dream and Fruits Punch as the supergroup Girl's Box to release the single 1st X'mas.[7]

2004: "Love Like Candy Floss", SweetsEdit

Sweets' third single, "Love Like Candy Floss", was released on February 11, 2004 as the theme song in the commercial for Circle K's bakery.[8] The song's theme was described as "falling in love with a friend."[2] The music video was filmed in Nagano, making it the first of their videos to be filmed outside of a studio, and was described as "drama-like", featuring Haruna following an older man.[2] The music video was featured on the television show Pop Jam for four weeks.[2] On March 3, 2004, Sweets released their first mini album, Sweets.[1] On June 16, 2004, they released their fourth single, a triple A-side titled "Growin' into Shinin' Stars / Never Ending Story / Shochū Omimai Mōshiagemasu."[9] The song "Growin' into Shinin' Stars" was the official cheer song for the Yomiuri Giants beginning April 2004; "Never Ending Story" was the ending theme song to the variety show Doubutsu Kisou Tenkai from April to September 2004; and "Shochū Omimai Mōshiagemasu", a cover of the Candies song of the same name, was used as the theme song for a promotional campaign.[9] On November 3, 2004, Sweets released the song "Sky" as the ending theme to Genseishin Justirisers.[10] By the end of the year, Sweets was voted number 1[clarification needed] in the magazine CD-Data.[citation needed] Later, Sweets participated in a second Christmas collaboration single with Dream and Aiko Kayō, which released on December 1, 2004.[11]

2005: Keep On Movin', first tour, Aki and Aya's hiatus, 5 ElementsEdit

On February 2, 2005, Sweets released the double A-side single "Countdown / Our Song (Wakare no Toki)",[12], which was followed up with the release of their second mini album, Keep On Movin', on February 23, 2005.[13][14] "Mienai Tsubasa" was released on June 1, 2005.[15] The music video, as well as their behind-the-scenes DVD Wings of My Heart, were shot in Hawaii.[2] Several members became ill during the shooting because of the rain.[2]

On August 10, 2005, Sweets released their 8th single, "Earthship (Uchūsen Chikyūgō)",[16] which was then followed up by their first concert tour named after the song, with three shows in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo.[17] Shortly after their tour, they performed at A-nation '05 and released their first photo book, Sweets #1.[17] Afterwards, Aki and Aya went on hiatus from September 2005 to April 2006 to focus on their high school entrance exams.[18] The remaining three members continued to promote without them and released "On the Way (Yakusoku no Basho e)" as their 9th single.[19] On October 5, 2005, Sweets released their first studio album, 5 Elements.[20] On November 16, 2005, Sweets collaborated with Dream, Nao Nagasawa, Nanase Hoshii, Aiko Kayō, Paradise Go! Go!, and Michi Saito for Girl's Box's third Christmas collaboration single.[21]

2006: DisbandmentEdit

Aki and Aya returned from hiatus, and Sweets released the single "Bitter Sweets" on March 23, 2006.[22] During a promotional event at Tokyo Dome City Hall on March 26, 2006, all five members of Sweets announced that they were disbanding, citing interest in different career paths, as well as Aki and Aya retiring to focus on high school.[23] Afterwards, on June 7, 2006, they released "Color of Tears" as their final single along with Hi Ma'am, their "graduation" photo book, and Precious Memories, their final behind-the-scenes DVD.[2][24]

MembersEdit

  • Aki (Akiko Kashiwagi (柏木亜季子))[25] - leader[23]
  • Aya (Ayaka Yoshimura (吉村綾花))[26]
  • Haruna (Haruna Takewa (竹輪春奈))[27]
  • Miori (Miori Takimoto (瀧本美織))[28]
  • Mai (Mai Iwasaki (岩崎舞))[29]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Year Details Peak chart positions Sales
JPN
5 Elements 2005
  • Released: October 5, 2005 (2005-10-05)
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Format: CD
Track listing
Disc 1
  1. "Moongrow"
  2. "Mienai Tsubasa" (ミエナイツバサ)
  3. "Captain Smiley"
  4. "One"
  5. "I Am I"
  6. "After the Rain"
  7. "Wishing Upon the Shooting Star (Shishiza Ryūseigun)" (Wishing upon the shooting star ~獅子座流星群~)
  8. "Rising Sun (Hikari)" (rising sun ~ヒカリ~)
  9. "Earthship (Uchūsen Chikyūgō)" (Earthship ~宇宙船地球号~)
  10. "Arigatō" (ありがとう)
Disc 2
  1. "Lolita Strawberry in Summer"
  2. "Love Raspberry Juice"
  3. "Love Like Candy Floss"
  4. "Grow into Shinin' Stars"
  5. "Sky"
  6. "Countdown"
  7. "Shochū Omimai Mōshiagemasu" (暑中お見舞い申し上げます)
  8. "Sentimental Journey"
  9. "Our Song (Wakare no Toki)" (oursong ~別れの詩~)
  10. "Never Ending Story"
50[30]

Extended playsEdit

Title Year Details Peak chart positions Sales
JPN
Sweets 2004
  • Released: March 3, 2004 (2004-03-03)
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Format: CD
Track listing
  1. "Tear "Lemon" Drop"
  2. "Love Like Candy Floss"
  3. "Lolita Strawberry in Summer"
  4. "Lonesome Cherry"
  5. "Love Raspberry Juice"
  6. "Nijiro no Eien (虹色の永遠)"
  7. "Never Ending Story" (Album Mix)
  8. "Love Raspberry Juice" (hi-q 146 Mix) (bonus track)
35[31]
Keep On Movin' 2005
  • Released: February 23, 2005 (2005-02-23)
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Format: CD
Track listing
  1. "Countdown"
  2. "Resistance (Makenai Kimochi) (resistance~マケナイキモチ~)"
  3. "Sky"
  4. "Snow Crystals"
  5. "Growin' into Shinin' Stars"
  6. "Into the Daylight (Hikari Sasu Hou e) (into the daylight~ヒカリ射す方へ~)"
  7. "Our Song (Wakare no Toki) (oursong~別れの詩~)"
  8. "Mirai e (未来へ)"
56[32]

Compilation albumsEdit

Title Year Details Peak chart positions Sales
JPN
Delicious: Complete Best 2006
  • Released: August 2, 2006 (2006-08-02)
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Format: CD
Track listing
  1. "Lolita Strawberry in Summer"
  2. "Love Raspberry Juice"
  3. "Love Like Candy Floss"
  4. "Grow into Shinin' Stars"
  5. "Never Ending Story" (Extended Mix)
  6. "Shochū Omimai Mōshiagemasu" (暑中お見舞い申し上げます)
  7. "Sky"
  8. "Our Song (Wakare no Toki)" (oursong ~別れの詩~)
  9. "Mienai Tsubasa" (ミエナイツバサ)
  10. "Earthship (Uchūsen Chikyūgō)" (Earthship ~宇宙船地球号~)
  11. "On the Way (Yakusoku no Basho e)" (on the way ~約束の場所へ~)
  12. "Bitter Sweets"
  13. "Color of Tears"
234[33]

Video albumsEdit

Title Year Details Peak chart positions Sales
JPN
Sweets 1st Live Tour: Earthship (Uchūsen Chikyūgō) 2005
  • Released: December 7, 2005 (2005-12-07)
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Format: DVD
Track listing
  1. Opening
  2. "Countdown"
  3. "Mienai Tsubasa" (ミエナイツバサ)
  4. "Sky"
  5. MC
  6. "Waiting for U"
  7. "Snow Crystals"
  8. "Nijiro no Eien" (虹色の永遠)
  9. "One"
  10. "I Am I"
  11. "After the Rain"
  12. "Captain Smiley"
  13. "Wishing Upon the Shooting Star (Shishiza Ryūseigun)" (Wishing upon the shooting star ~獅子座流星群~)
  14. "Shochū Omimai Mōshiagemasu" (暑中お見舞い申し上げます)
  15. "Resistance (Makenai Kimochi)" (resistance~マケナイキモチ~)
  16. "Mirai e" (未来へ)
  17. "Tear "Lemon" Drop"
  18. "Lolita Strawberry in Summer"
  19. "Love Raspberry Juice"
  20. "Lonesome Cherry"
  21. "Love Like Candy Floss"
  22. MC
  23. "Earthship (Uchūsen Chikyūgō)" (Earthship ~宇宙船地球号~)
  24. "Grow into Shinin' Stars"
  25. "Our Song (Wakare no Toki)" (oursong ~別れの詩~)
  26. MC
  27. "Never Ending Story"
  28. Endroll
  29. "On the Way (Yakusoku no Basho e)" (on the way ~約束の場所へ~) (music video)
  30. "On the Way (Yakusoku no Basho e)" (making)
196[34]

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
JPN
"Lolita Strawberry in Summer" 2003 23[3][1] Sweets
"Love Raspberry Juice" 28[5]
"Love Like Candy Floss" 2004 26[8]
"Grow Into Shinin' Stars / Never Ending Story / Shochū Omimai Mōshiagemasu (暑中お見舞い申し上げます)" 19[35] Keep On Movin'
"Sky" 37[10]
"Countdown / Our Song (Wakare no Toki) (oursong ~別れの詩~)" 2005 48[12] 5 Elements
"Mienai Tsubasa" (ミエナイツバサ) 39[15]
"Earthship (Uchūsen Chikyūgō)" (Earthship ~宇宙船地球号~) 42[16]
"On the Way (Yakusoku no Basho e)" (on the way ~約束の場所へ~) 62[19] Delicious: Complete Best
"Bitter Sweets" 2006 44[22]
"Color of Tears" 60[24]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
JPN
"1st X'mas"
(feat. Dream, Fruit Punch, and Sweets)
2003 [7] Girl's Box: Best Hits Compilation Winter
"2nd X'mas"
(feat. Dream, Sweets, and Aiko Kayō)
2004 [36]
"3rd X'mas"
(feat. Dream, Nao Nagasawa, Sweets, Nanase Hoshii, Aiko Kayō, Paradise Go! Go!, and Michi Saito)
2005 62[21]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Video singlesEdit

Title Year Details Peak chart positions Sales
JPN
Lolita Strawberry in Summer 2003
  • Released: September 10, 2003 (2003-09-10)
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Format: DVD
Track listing
  1. "Lolita Strawberry in Summer"
  2. "Lolita Strawberry in Summer" (making flash)
[37]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

DVDsEdit

Title Year Details Peak chart positions Sales
JPN
Wings of My Heart 2005
  • Released: July 20, 2005 (2005-07-20)
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Format: DVD
Track listing
  1. Prologue
  2. Episode 1: "I Want to See Reuben" (ルーベンに会いたい)
  3. Episode 2: "Sweets 'n Blue"
  4. Episode 3: "Sunset / Sweets' Favorite Shops in Oahu (Part 1)" (SUNSET/SweetSのOahuで見つけたオキニなお店は(Part.1))
  5. Episode 4: "Meets Street Dancers / Sweets' Favorite Shops in Oahu (Part 2)" (MeetS street dancers★/SweetSのOahuで見つけたオキニなお店は(Part.2))
  6. Episode 5: "I Want to Jump into the Sky... / Sweets' Favorite Shops in Oahu (Part 3)" (空を飛びたい・・・/SweetSのOahuで見つけたオキニなお店は(Part.3))
  7. Episode 6: "Present" (プレゼント)
  8. Episode 7: "Hawaii School for Girls"
  9. Episode 8: "Showtime / Epilogue / Sentimental Journey"
98[38]
Precious Memories 2006
  • Released: June 7, 2006 (2006-06-07)
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Format: DVD
150[39]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

PublicationsEdit

Photo booksEdit

Year Title Publisher ISBN
2005 Sweets #1 Kindaieigasha ISBN 9784-764820449
2006 Hi Ma'am Kindaieigasha ISBN 978-4764820869

ReferencesEdit

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