Little Glee Monster is a female vocal group formed in July 2012 and made their major debut on October 29, 2014. They belong to the Watanabe Entertainment agency and signed a contract with the gr8!records label from Sony Music Records.

Members

Current members

Former members

  • Yoshimura Lina (吉村リナ) Purple - withdrew on July 2013
  • Sakamoto Yuka (坂本有香) Orange - withdrew on October 2013
  • Arai Maju (荒井麻珠) Red - officially left on May 2017

History

2012

  • On March 27, a group of four under the name of "Saikyou Uta Shoujo (Kari)" (only Asahi and YUKA are the members of Little Glee Monster) made an appearance in Shibuya VUENOS' music event "NEXT BREAK vol.8".
  • The "Saikyou Uta Shoujo Audition" started in July. Serina, Maju, MAYU, Karen, and LINA who passed the audition joined Asahi and YUKA from "Saikyou Uta Shoujo (Kari)", and formed "Little Glee Monster".

2013

  • On May 6, the group held their first live performance Nakameguro LGM Theater.[1] Immediately after the live, manaka was auditioned.
  • In July, LINA withdrew and leaving the group with six members.[2]
  • On August 14, manaka joined and became a seven-member group.
  • On August 28, the group was introduced on Nippon TV's "ZIP!", and made their first appearance on television as a group.[3]
  • In October, YUKA withdrew and leaving the group with six members.

2014

  • On March 16, the first mini album "Little Glee Monster" was released exclusively for HMV/Loppi.
  • On August 14, Little Glee Monster made a live appearance on Nippon TV's "SUKKIRI!!", and announced their major debut.[4]
  • On October 8, the first regular radio program "Little Glee no Hamoredio" began broadcasting on Tokai Radio Broadcasting.
  • On October 29, they made a major debut with the release of the single "Houkago High Five".[5]

2015

  • On June 27, Little Glee Monster appeared on TBS's "TBS TV 60th Anniversary Special Project Music Day 2015" and chorused and sang the TBS theme music medley.
  • On July 24, they made their first appearance on TV Asahi's "Music Station".
  • On August 7-9, the group made their first overseas performance at J-POP SUMMIT, which was held in San Francisco, USA.[6]
  • On September 23, the fourth single "Suki da." which was the theme song of the TBS series drama "Omotesando High School Chorus!", was released. The single was ranked 4th place (6th place per week) on the Oricon Daily Chart, and achieved the first TOP 10 entry. The YouTube videos have been viewed more than 20 million times.

2016

  • On January 6, the group released their first studio album "Colorful Monster" and ranked at 2nd place (4th place per week) on the Oricon Daily Chart. It also took 3rd place at Billboard Japan weekly ranking.
  • On July 10, they appeared in "MBS presents Watashi no Dorikamu in Expo Park" for the second consecutive year.
  • On August 15, the group made an appearance in "Mezamashi Live" in the "Odaiba Minna no Yume Continent 2016", an event sponsored by Fuji TV. They announced their first solo performance at Nippon Budokan to be held on January 8t, 2017. Also on the same day, the official website announced the start of the "DREAM20" project, which aims to realize 20 dreams by 2020.
  • On October 29, on the day of the second anniversary of their major debut, it was reported that the tickets for their Nippon Budokan performance were sold out immediately from the start of acceptance, according to the media coverage. In addition, it was announced that the second studio album "Joyful Monster" to be released on January 6, 2017.[7][8]

2017

  • On January 8, the group succeeded their one-man live at Nippon Budokan, which has been the goal since debut. It was recorded and broadcasted at WOWOW Live on January 15 of the same year.
  • On April 16, Maju suspended her activities as Little Glee Monster indefinitely.[9]
  • On May 22, the group made a guest appearance at Nippon Budokan performance of Earth, Wind & Fire.
  • On June 30, Maju officially withdrew due to the termination of her contract. The group soon became five members.[10]
  • On July 12-13, the group appeared as the opening act for Ariana Grande's performance in Japan at Makuhari Messe.
  • On November 16, the group announced their first appearance in the "68th NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen".[11]
  • On December 28, COUNTDOWN JAPAN 17/18, the group opened the MOON STAGE performance on the first day, and announced the release of the third album "juice".
  • On December 31, Little Glee Monster made their first performance in the "68th NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen" with "Suki da. ~Yume wo Utaou ver.~" and "Jupiter".

2018

  • In January, the group was in charge of the image song for the "96th National High School Soccer Tournament".
  • In February and March, the group's first arena tour "Little Glee Monster Arena Tour 2018 -juice!!!!!-" was performed at Yokohama Arena on February 3-4 and at Osaka-Jo Hall on March 24-25, respectively.
  • On May 9, the DVD/Blu-ray of the "Little Glee Monster Arena Tour 2018 -juice!!!!!- at YOKOHAMA ARENA" containing the recording of the second day of the arena tour in Yokohama Arena was released. Topped the Oricon's weekly DVD ranking and weekly music DVD/BD ranking as of 5/21. This is their first time to win the top spot.
  • On July 9, the group became the Japan Ambassador of the American movie "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" scheduled to be released in Japan in August of the same year.[12]
  • On July 14-15, the group's first overseas solo performance "Little Glee Monster Asia Tour 2018 -juice!!!!!-" to be held in Taiwan on the 14th and Hong Kong on the 15th, respectively.[13]
  • In October, "Sekai wa Anata ni Waraikakete Iru" won the MTV VMAJ 2018 Best Cinematography Award.
  • From September 24 to December 19, the "Little Glee Monster Live Tour 2018 ~Calling!!!!!~" to be held for a total of 23 performances.
  • On October 29, the first major debut anniversary fan club event "4th Anniversary! Little Glee Monster 1st Fan Club Event" to be held at Zepp Tokyo.
  • On November 14, Little Glee's first analog record "Natsu ni Natte Utae" was released.
  • On December 6, a live performance with Ohara Sakurako was held at EX THEATER ROPPONGI to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the venue.
  • On December 31, the group made their second appearance in the "69th NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen" with "Sekai wa Anata ni Waraikakete Iru".

2019

  • On January 16, the fourth studio album "FLAVA" was released and made it's first appearance in the Oricon Weekly Album Ranking on January 28, and won the first place in the music single album excluding the video work.[14]
  • On February 5-6, the group hold their second performance at Nippon Budokan "Little Glee Monster Live in BUDOKAN 2019~Calling Over!!!!!".
  • On March 7, they appeared in "Mezamashi TV 25th Anniversary, Mezamashi Live - Nihon wo Genki Caravan in Kokugikan 3DAYS Special" held at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
  • On July 24, NHK announced that Little Glee Monster would sing the theme song "ECHO", which was written by Imai Ryosuke, for NHK rugby broadcasts, including the "2019 Rugby World Cup".[15]
  • On October 14, the group was decided to do the theme song for the "87th NHK National School Music Contest - Junior High School Division". They are also to be in charge of writing the lyrics for the song.[16]
  • On October 29, in commemoration of the group's fifth anniversary, a collaboration song with Earth, Wind & Fire "I Feel The Light" was released and distributed via LINE LIVE.
  • On November 1-3, a performance was held at Yoyogi National Gymnasium, which was undergoing renovation work before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.[17] It was the final venue for the "Little Glee Monster 5th Celebration Tour 2019 ~MONSTER GROOVE PARTY~". Due to the flood of applicants, an additional performance was decided on the first day.[18]
  • On November 1, the release of the 5th anniversary E.P. "I Feel The Light" was announced at the live performance held at Yoyogi National Gymnasium.
  • On November 3, the "Little Glee Monster Live Tour 2020 >BRIGHT NEW WORLD<" to be held at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium. In addition, this performance will achieve a one-man live performance all over Japan.
  • On November 16, the single "ECHO" won the Excellent Work Award at the "61st Shining! Japan Record Awards".[19]
  • On December 31, Little Glee Monster made their third appearance in the "70th NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen" with "ECHO". The enthusiasm of Serina's tears also became a hot topic.

2020

  • On January 6, the new song "STARTING OVER" was decided as the theme song for the TV Asahi series drama "Wasteful Days of High School Girls".[20] It was the first time that a song has become a drama theme song since "Suki da.".
  • From January 9, Little Glee Monster was appointed as the fifth personality of the NHK-FM music program "Muse Note" with two members will appear on a weekly basis, but all members may appear for the first time or some times.
  • On February 12, the fifth studio album "BRIGHT NEW WORLD" was released. It won the 1st place on the Oricon chart, which is the second work in total from the previous work "FLAVA".[21]
  • On February 21, "Ashiato" was selected as the theme song for the "87th NHK National School Music Contest - Junior High School Division". Since the competition was canceled due to the influence of the COVID-19 epidemic, the song will be adopted as the theme song for 2021.
  • On March 20, "Little Glee Graduation Live SP" was distributed on YouTube for students whose graduation ceremonies were canceled or reduced due to the COVID-19 epidemic.[22]
  • On June 3, the members announced the postponement of all the performances of the tour scheduled from March, and the members devised to share the same time as much as possible, and the live distribution of "Little Glee Monster >BRIGHT NEW WORLD< Special On Demand Live" was decided.[23]
  • On September 25-26, the only live performance of the year "Little Glee Monster Live on 2020 -Ashiato-" was held live from Tokyo Garden Theater. Also, at the live, costumes and set lists was different on both days.[24]

Discography

Mini albums

  1. [2014.03.16] Little Glee Monster

Studio albums

  1. [2016.01.06] Colorful Monster
  2. [2017.01.06] Joyful Monster
  3. [2018.01.17] juice
  4. [2019.01.16] FLAVA
  5. [2020.02.12] BRIGHT NEW WORLD

EPs

  1. [2019.12.11] I Feel The Light

Singles

  1. [2014.10.29] Houkago High Five
  2. [2015.03.04] Seishun Photograph/Girls be Free!
  3. [2015.07.15] Jinsei wa Ichidokiri/Gao Gao All Star
  4. [2015.09.23] Suki da.
  5. [2016.05.11] My Best Friend
  6. [2016.08.17] Watashirashiku Ikitemitai/Kimi no You ni Naritai
  7. [2016.11.09] Hajimari no Uta
  8. [2017.05.31] Dakara, Hitori Janai
  9. [2017.09.13] Ashita e
  10. [2017.11.08] OVER/Hikaru Kakera
  11. [2018.03.14] Gyutto/CLOSE TO YOU
  12. [2018.08.01] Sekai wa Anata ni Waraikakete Iru
  13. [2018.11.14] Natsu ni Natte Utae
  14. [2019.05.29] Kimi ni Todoku Made
  15. [2019.09.25] ECHO
  16. [2020.09.02] Ashiato
  17. [2020.12.16] Dear My Friend feat. Pentatonix

Digital singles

  1. [2017.12.03] Jupiter
  2. [2018.11.09] Sekai wa Anata ni Waraikakete Iru -winter ver.-

Video releases

  1. [2017.04.05] Little Glee Monster Live in Budokan ~Hajimari no Uta~
  2. [2018.05.09] Little Glee Monster Arena Tour 2018 - juice !!!!! - at YOKOHAMA ARENA
  3. [2018.10.31] Little Glee Monster MTV Unplugged
  4. [2019.06.19] Little Glee Monster Live in BUDOKAN 2019~Calling Over!!!!!
  5. [2020.04.08] Little Glee Monster 5th Celebration Tour 2019 ~MONSTER GROOVE PARTY~

Collaborative works

  • [2014.09.24] Nakagawa Shoko "TOKYO SHOKO☆LAND 2014 ~RPG-like Unknown Memory~" Shokotan☆Kaba Extra Edition Produced by Kohei Tanaka [participated as a chorus]
  • [2014.12.10] Kawabata Kaname "ON THE WAY HOME" - Yasashisa de Afureru You ni [participated as a chorus]
  • [2015.01.28] miwa "fighting-φ-girls" [Serina, manaka, Maju, and MAYU participated as a chorus]
  • [2015.02.04] Sakai Yu "Sakai Yu to Issho" - Bara to Rose feat.Little Glee Monster [collaboration song]
  • [2015.04.01] "Watashi to Drecom 2 -Drecom Wonderland 2015 Kaisai Kinen BEST COVERS-" - Asa ga Mata Kuru
  • [2016.09.07] "THE PEANUTS -TRIBUTE SONG-" - Furimukanaide [manaka and Asahi participated in the recorded song as a duo]
  • [2017.04.22] FM802 Spring Campaign "FM802 X TSUTAYA ACCESS!" campaign song - STAY TUNE [participated as a unit "Buzz Connections" with Shimizu Shota, Ohashi Trio, Omori Motoki (Mrs. GREEN APPLE), SKY-HI, Chara, Dream Ami, HIROKI (ORANGE RANGE), and Makihara Noriyuki]
  • [2017.07.07] "The best covers of DREAMS COME TRUE Doriuta Vol.1" - "Ring! Ring! Ring!"
  • [2018.03.21] "Elephant Kashimashi Cover Album 3 ~A Tribute to The Elephant Kashimashi~" - Kanashimi no Hate [manaka participated in the recorded song]

Award-winning

  • 2018 MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Cinematography (Sekai wa Anata ni Waraikakete Iru)
  • 2018 MTV Europe Music Award - BEST JAPAN ACT
  • 2018 60th Japan Record Awards - Best Composer (Sekai wa Anata ni Waraikakete Iru) (Composer: Marutani Manabu)
  • 2019 61st Japan Record Awards - Excellent Works (ECHO)
  • 2020 MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Pop Video Award (Ashiato)
  • 2020 62nd Japan Record Awards - Excellent Works (Ashiato)

Concerts

Gallery

References

  1. The "Saikyou Uta Shoujo" high school girl vocal group Little Glee Monster makes a major debut.
  2. Notification
  3. Junior High School Singer Unit "Little Glee Monster"
  4. Great Singing Six-Member Girl Group "Little Glee Monster", 10/29 Major Debut.
  5. Great Singing Six-Member Girl Group "Little Glee Monster", 10/29 Major Debut.
  6. Little Glee Monster Performing at J-POP SUMMIT in San Francisco in August
  7. Little Glee Monster New AL "Joyful Monster" released in 2017! New SG "Hajimari no Uta", which is sold out by reservation, is now available.
  8. An average of 17 years old "Little Glee" will release their 2nd album on January 6th next year
  9. Important Notice About Little Glee Monster
  10. Important Notice Regarding Little Glee Monster.
  11. Little Glee's First Kouhaku, the First Budokan Sold Out for 1 Minute
  12. Little Glee Monster, Movie "Mamma Mia!" Japan Ambassador "Be Happy"
  13. Little Glee, Taiwan & Hong Kong's First Overseas Solo Performance, Showing Local Music Cover
  14. Little Glee Wins First Place for the First Time in the Fifth Year of Their Debut "Dream is to Sing at the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics"
  15. NHK Special Series "2019 Rugby World Cup"
  16. Little Glee Monster N Contest Song
  17. Little Glee Monster Yoyogi National Gymnasium Performance Decision
  18. Little Glee Monster Tour Additional Performance Decided, Yoyogi National Gymnasium to 3DAYS
  19. Received the Excellent Work Award at the "61st Shining! Japan Record Awards"!
  20. Little Glee Monster "Wasteful Days of High School Girls" Theme Song
  21. Little Glee Monster, the Latest Album is the Second Work to Top the Chart, Karen "A Fulfilling and Important Piece"
  22. Little Glee Will Give a Yell Song to Graduates All Over Japan! ~Little Glee Graduation Live SP~ Will Be Distributed on YouTube! Call for Photos of Memories of People Graduating This Spring has Started!
  23. Little Glee Monster >BRIGHT NEW WORLD< Special On Demand Live Delivery Decision!
  24. Little Glee Monster Live on 2020 -Ashiato-

External links

Little Glee Monster
Members
Current members
Serina | Asahi | MAYU | Karen | manaka
Former members
LINA | YUKA | Maju
Discography
Studio albums Colorful Monster | Joyful Monster | juice | FLAVA | BRIGHT NEW WORLD
Mini albums Little Glee Monster | I Feel The Light
Singles Houkago High Five | Seishun Photograph/Girls be Free! | Jinsei wa Ichidokiri/Gao Gao All Star | Suki da. | My Best Friend | Watashirashiku Ikitemitai/Kimi no You ni Naritai | Hajimari no Uta | Dakara, Hitori Janai | Ashita e | OVER/Hikaru Kakera | Gyutto/CLOSE TO YOU | Sekai wa Anata ni Waraikakete Iru | Natsu ni Natte Utae | Kimi ni Todoku Made | ECHO | Ashiato | Dear My Friend feat. Pentatonix
Digital singles Jupiter | Sekai wa Anata ni Waraikakete Iru -winter ver.-
Video releases Little Glee Monster Live in Budokan ~Hajimari no Uta~ | Little Glee Monster Arena Tour 2018 - juice !!!!! - at YOKOHAMA ARENA | Little Glee Monster MTV Unplugged | Little Glee Monster Live in BUDOKAN 2019~Calling Over!!!!! | Little Glee Monster 5th Celebration Tour 2019 ~MONSTER GROOVE PARTY~
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