Melon Kinenbi to Disband
Submitted 2010-02-19 10:33 AM
Former Hello! Project group Melon Kinenbi are to officially disband. The announcement comes with the release of their final album "MELON'S NOT DEAD", and will happen on May 3rd at the end of their tour to promote the album.
Over the last year they have released a string of rock collaborations as indie singles, with groups such as BEAT CRUSADERS and GOING UNDER GROUND.
While never achieving huge success, the group have been together for over 10 years with an unchanged line up.
Official Announcement (translated)
v-u-den are to disband
Submitted 2008-01-26 06:29 AM
The Hello! Project trio v-u-den (alternately romanized over the years as Biyuuden, Byuuden, and Viyuuden) will separate from June this year. The announcement was made at the end of todays Hello! Project concert at the Yokohama arena.
The group was formed in August 2004 as a vehicle for Ishikawa Rika in preparation for her graduation from Morning Musume. Miyoshi Erika was discovered from an audition in 2003, and Okada Yui was chosen from the Hello! Project eggs.
v-u-den's highest selling single was their first single "Koi no Nukegara", which sold over 33k copies and reached number 6 in the charts. Their last two singles have both sold just over 10k. A tenth single had been scheduled for release in February, but was postponed several weeks ago. It is not clear if it will now be released at all.
All three girls will apparently remain with the company in solo roles.
Official Annoucement (Japanese)
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