Fairies (フェアリーズ) was a Japanese all-girl dance and vocal group formed in 2011.

On June 17, 2020, they announced the end of their activities as a group.

Members

Final Line-Up

Former Members

History

Pre-debut

Fairies was formed by talent agency Vision Factory (now Rising Production), famous for successful artists such as Namie Amuro, MAX, DA PUMP 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]

2011

The group debuted with the double A-side single "More Kiss / Song for You" on September 21, 2011, after a year of training together and with the 7 members having an average age of 13.1. 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. Among other nominees, they beat 2NE1 and SUPER☆GiRLS. 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.

2013

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.[3] Although the group had been using the name "Fairies" in Latin script until then, from February onward 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 sub-unit "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.[4]

2014

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.[5] 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.[6]

2017

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

2019

On July 17, about a year and a half after the release of their last single, Fairies released their 17th single titled "Metropolis~メトロポリス~". Additionally, the three tracks of the new release received their own music videos.[7]

2020

On June 17, 2020, it was announced by Rising Production that after several discussions with the members, Rikako Inoue, Sora Nomoto and Mahiro Hayashida had decided to terminate their contracts with the agency, with Rikako also retiring from the show business. Momoka Ito and Miki Shimomura would remain in the agency and start working individually.[8] Although Fairies' activities ended as a group, the agency revealed that they had not disbanded and their future activities were "undecided".[9]

Discography

Albums

  1. [2014.03.26] Fairies
  2. [2018.06.20] JUKEBOX

Singles

  1. [2011.09.21] More Kiss / Song for You
  2. [2011.12.21] HERO / Sweet Jewel
  3. [2012.04.04] Beat Generation / No More Distance
  4. [2012.07.25] Tweet Dream / Sparkle
  5. [2012.11.14] White Angel
  6. [2013.07.24] Hikari no Hate ni (光の果てに)
  7. [2014.02.19] RUN with U
  8. [2014.05.28] Super Hero / Love Me, Love You More.
  9. [2014.09.03] BLING BLING MY LOVE
  10. [2015.03.25] Kiss Me Babe / Hirari (Kiss Me Babe/ひらり)
  11. [2015.07.15] Soushisouai☆desination (相思相愛☆destination)
  12. [2015.11.18] Mr.Platonic
  13. [2016.08.10] Crossroad (クロスロード)
  14. [2017.03.31] Synchronized ~Synchro~ (シンクロ)
  15. [2017.07.05] Koi no Roadshow (恋のロードショー)
  16. [2018.02.28] HEY HEY ~Light Me Up~
  17. [2019.07.17] Metropolis (メトロポリス)

Filmography

Video Releases

  1. [2014.12.10] Fairies LIVE TOUR 2014 - Summer Party - (フェアリーズ LIVE TOUR 2014 - Summer Party -)
  2. [2016.03.09] Fairies LIVE TOUR 2015 - Kiss Me Babe -/- PUZZLE - (フェアリーズ LIVE TOUR 2015 - Kiss Me Babe -/- PUZZLE -)
  3. [2017.10.11] Fairies LIVE TOUR 2017 -Fairytale- (フェアリーズ LIVE TOUR 2017 -Fairytale-)
  4. [2018.09.19] Fairies LIVE TOUR 2018 ~JUKEBOX~ (フェアリーズ LIVE TOUR 2018 ~JUKEBOX~)
  5. [2019.11.06] Fairies LIVE TOUR 2019 -ALL FOR YOU- (フェアリーズLIVE TOUR 2019-ALL FOR YOU-)

Music Videos

Year Title Director[10]
2011 "More Kiss" Unknown
"Song for You" Hideaki Sunaga
"Hero" Tatsuya Murakami
"Sweet Jewel"
2012 "Beat Generation"
"No More Distance" Unknown
"Tweet Dream" Hideaki Sunaga
"Sparkle" Masaki Takehisa
"White Angel" Tatsuya Murakami
2013 "Yumemiru Dancing Doll" (by M Three) Ryōtarō Muramatsu
"Hikari no Hate ni"
2014 "Run with U" Tatsuya Murakami
"Super Hero" Daisuke Ninomiya (Nino) / Ikioi
"Poker Face" (by Momoka Ito) Shintarō Ehara
"Your Love" (by M Three) Tatsuya Murakami
"Bling Bling My Love" Shintarō Ehara
2015 "Kiss Me Babe"
"相思相愛☆destination" Tomoo Noda
"Mr.Platonic"
2016 "Crossroad" Ippei Morita
2017 "Synchronized ~シンクロ~" Yoshiharu Seri
"Koi no Roadshow"
2018 "HEY HEY ~Light Me Up~"
"Bangin'" Takuro Okubo
"ALIVE" Takatomo Niwa
"Fashionable"
2019 "Tell Me How You Feel" Unknown
"Metropolis~メトロポリス~" Takuro Okubo
"Change My Life" Unknown

Awards

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

Gallery

References

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