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Momoclo

Live in August 2011.
Background information
Also known as MCZ
Pink Clover
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres dance-pop, power pop, bubblegum pop, teen pop, J-pop, pop rock, pop punk, contemporary R&B, comedy music
Years active 2008 (2008)–present
Website Official website (English)
Official channel
Members
Kanako Momota
Shiori Tamai
Ayaka Sasaki
Momoka Ariyasu
Reni Takagi
Past members
Akari Hayami et al.

Momoiro Clover Z (ももいろクローバーZ?, "Z" is pronounced as /zɛt/) is a Japanese idol group. It is commonly called Momoclo (ももクロ momokuro?).

This group is ranked as the most popular female idol group according to 2013 and 2014 surveys.[1][2]

Music style

Kanako Momota, the leader, is famous for performing Shrimp Jump (エビぞりジャンプ?)

Momoclo's songs are "hyperactive J-pop numbers".[3] Their live performances are heavily choreographed and acrobatic.[4] The group is known for their chaotic energy that is similar to that of punk bands.[5] The response from the audience is also enthusiastic.[6] Because of the hard dances, the girls' voices are not very stable. Nevertheless, they never lipsynch on stage.[7][8] Overall, the group and its music are progressive and forward-thinking.[3]

The group has worked with many famous songwriters and musicians, belonging to different genres of music, from pop to punk and heavy metal.[5] For example, Marty Friedman played the guitar for "Mōretsu Uchū Kōkyōkyoku Dai 7 Gakushō «Mugen no Ai»" (猛烈宇宙交響曲・第七楽章「無限の愛」?), one of the singles, and also appeared on the group's concert.

Members

On stage, the members can be easily found by the colors of their clothes.

Name[9] Color Birth date Age Notes
Kanako Momota (百田 夏菜子?)
 
Red July 12, 1994(1994-07-12) 24 Leader
Shiori Tamai (玉井 詩織?)
 
Yellow June 4, 1995(1995-06-04) 24 Nickname: Shiorin
Ayaka Sasaki (佐々木 彩夏?)
 
Pink June 11, 1996(1996-06-11) 23 Nickname: Ārin
Momoka Ariyasu (有安 杏果?)
 
Green March 15, 1995(1995-03-15) 24
Reni Takagi (高城 れに?)
 
Purple June 21, 1993(1993-06-21) 26
Past members
Akari Hayami (早見 あかり?)
 
Blue March 17, 1995(1995-03-17) 24 Nickname: Akarin

There were some other members before releasing the debut CD:

  • Runa Yumikawa (弓川 留奈?)
  • Tsukina Takai (高井 つき奈?)
  • Miyū Wagawa (和川 未優?)
  • Manami Ikura (伊倉 愛美?)
  • Sumire Fujishiro (藤白 すみれ?)
  • Yukina Kashiwa (柏 幸奈?)

Discography

Singles

No. Title Release date Oricon
Weekly
Singles
Chart
Official
video
Independent label
1 "Momoiro Punch" (ももいろパンチ?) Aug. 5, 2009 23
2 "Mirai e Susume!" (未来へススメ!?) Nov. 11, 2009 11
Major label
1 "Ikuze! Kaitō Shōjo" (行くぜっ!怪盗少女?) May 5, 2010 (2010-05-05) 3 Music
2 "Pinky Jones" (ピンキージョーンズ?) Nov. 10, 2010 8 Live
3 "Mirai Bowl / Chai Maxx"
  (ミライボウル / Chai Maxx?)
March 7, 2011 (2011-03-07) 3 Music
4 "Z Densetsu: Owarinaki Kakumei"
  (Z伝説 ~終わりなき革命~?)
July 6, 2011 (2011-07-06) 5 Live
5 "D' no Junjō" (D'の純情?) 6 Music
6 "Rōdō Sanka" (労働賛歌?) Nov. 23, 2011 7 Music
7 "Mōretsu Uchū Kōkyōkyoku
  Dai 7 Gakushō «Mugen no Ai»"
  (猛烈宇宙交響曲・第七楽章「無限の愛」?)
March 7, 2012 (2012-03-07) 5 Music
8 "Otome Sensō" (Z女戦争?) June 27, 2012 (2012-06-27) 3 Music
9 "Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimitachi yo"
  (サラバ、愛しき悲しみたちよ?)
Nov. 21, 2012 2* Music
10 "Gounn" (GOUNN?) Nov. 6, 2013 2 Music
11 "Naitemo-iindayo" (泣いてもいいんだよ?) May 8, 2014 (2014-05-08) 1 Music
12 "Moon Pride" (MOON PRIDE?) July 30, 2014 (2014-07-30)

*Billboard Japan Hot 100 number one

Albums

No. Title Release date Oricon
Weekly
Albums
Chart
1 Battle and Romance (バトル アンド ロマンス?) July 27, 2011 (2011-07-27) 2
2 5th Dimension (5TH DIMENSION?) April 10, 2013 (2013-04-10) 1
Iriguchi no Nai Deguchi (入口のない出口?) June 5, 2013 (2013-06-05) 2

Name origin

The group formed in the spring of 2008 and officially debuted as a six-member unit a year later. It was originally named "Momoiro Clover", which means "Pink Clover". The name was chosen to show that the band was composed of innocent girls who wanted to bring happiness to people.[10][11][12][13]

In 2011, the group faced a crisis because subleader Akari Hayami suddenly quit. Then, the management added the letter "Z" to the name. In Japan, "Z" is a symbol of evolution.[14][15]

The group is nicknamed "Weekend Heroines" (週末ヒロイン Shūmatsu Hiroin?), because most of its members are students and the group is active mainly on weekends.[16][17]

The group gives a special emphasis to closeness to the fans and its slogan is "Idols you can meet right now" (いま、会えるアイドル Ima, aeru aidoru?). They used to perform on park walkways for passers-by. They also gave free concerts in electronics stores and sold CDs by themselves. Though the group made it big, their deep appreciation of the fans can be seen at their live concerts and events, when they make deep and long ojigi, a bow to say thanks.[18]

References

  1. "ももクロ、初のAKB超え タレントパワーランキング" (in Japanese). Nihon Keizai Shimbun. 24 June 2013. http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNASFK17032_X10C13A6000000/. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  2. (in Japanese)Nikkei Entertainment (Nikkei BP) (June, 2014). 2014-05-02.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Rihanna, Grimes and J-pop rule at this year’s Summer Sonic". Japan Times. 2013-08-23. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2012/08/23/music/rihanna-grimes-and-j-pop-rule-at-this-years-summer-sonic/. Retrieved 2013-04-24.
  4. "Momoiro Clover Z dazzles audiences with shiny messages of hope". The Asahi Shimbun. 2012-08-29. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/cool_japan/culture/aj201208290008.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "The not-so-odd coupling between noise acts and J-pop". Japan Times. 2013-02-23. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2012/02/23/music/the-not-so-odd-coupling-between-noise-acts-and-j-pop/. Retrieved 2013-04-24.
  6. "海外バイヤーに、ももいろパンチ!!  TIMMショーケースライブにももクロ参上(その2 完)". 47news (Yonnana News). 2011-10-28. http://www.47news.jp/culture/47gmen/dailyreport/post_107.html. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
  7. "進化するアイドル ももクロが凄いワケ" (in Japanese). hotexpress. 2011-12-16. http://www.hotexpress.co.jp/news/111216_momocloz/. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
  8. "Live report: Summer Sonic 2012". Time Out Tokyo. 2012-08-23. http://www.timeout.jp/en/tokyo/feature/6090/Live-report-Summer-Sonic-2012. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  9. "PROFILE 週末ヒロイン ももいろクローバーZ オフィシャルサイト". Momoiro Clover Z official site. http://www.momoclo.net/profile/. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
  10. "[Momoiro Clover] Momoiro Clover debut from major label releasing "Ikuze! Kaito Shojo" (2010-05-06)". Kawaii Girl Japan. 2010-05-06. http://www.kawaii-girl.jp/kawaiijapan/368?lang=en. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  11. "[Momoiro Clover] 2 Years Anniversary Live Concert! (2010-06-18)". Kawaii girl Japan. 2010-06-18. http://www.kawaii-girl.jp/video/867?lang=en. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  12. "Japan Expo - Momoiro Clover Z". Japan Expo. 2012-03-22. http://www.japan-expo.com/en/invite/momoiro-clover-z_199.htm. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  13. "【エンタがビタミン♪】「悲しみでいっぱいだった」。"ももクロ"から"ももクロZ"になり1年。早見あかりの脱退を高城れにが語った。" (in Japanese). TechinsightJapan. 2012-04-13. http://japan.techinsight.jp/2012/04/momokuro-takashiro-12-04-12.html. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  14. "ももいろクローバーZが"アニキ"ことアニソンの帝王・水木一郎と対戦!" (in Japanese). WebNewtype. 2011-04-17. http://anime.webnt.jp/report/view/2558. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
  15. Gagget Tsūshin (2011-07-16). "Zとは何か?ももいろクローバーZ、その「終わりなき革命」を考える" (in Japanese). http://getnews.jp/archives/129825. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
  16. "スペシャル企画-ももいろクローバー特集". Fumi Komyu!. 2011. http://www.fumi23.com/music/special/110307_momoclo/. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
  17. "アイドル特集『2010年 アイドルグループ最前線!アイドルグループを一挙紹介!!』-ORICON STYLE ミュージック" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2010-11-24. http://www.oricon.co.jp/music/special/2010/idol1124/index7.html. Retrieved 2013-05-10.
  18. "ももいろクローバーZ コンサート". 構成作家ポッター平井のコラム. http://ameblo.jp/potter-hirai/entry-10921638042.html. Retrieved 2012-1-24.

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