A Biography of Atsuko Maeda Acchan of AKB48
Atsuko Maeda Acchan AKB48 idol singer is the most popular member in the history of idol group AKB48. Although I have written about her several times, I have written about her when single special events have happened in her career. But I have never written a biography of this amazingly talented and beautiful pop singer, movie actress, and swimsuit model. Who is Atsuko Maeda “Acchan”?
Atsuko Maeda Acchan is a Japanese idol singer, film actress, and swimsuit model. She began her career with idol group AKB48 back in 2005 when she was just 14! Maeda was born on July 10, 1991 in Chiba, Japan. She was part of the group’s first generation and was one of the original members along with Minami Takahashi. AKB48 was created by producer Yasushi Akimoto. He wanted to create a musical group with the theme of “idols you can meet.” Maeda sang as an AKB48 member from 2005 through 2012. She was a member when the band released their first ever single called Sakura no Hanabiratachi in 2006. The last single that Maeda would sing on before she announced her graduation was Manatsu no Sounds Good! In 2015 as Maeda celebrates her 10th year in the entertainment business, there were fan events held in the cities Miyagi, Tokyo, Aichi, Osaka, and Fukuoka. AKB48 would make their theatrical debut on December 8, 2005. I wrote about Maeda when she celebrated her 23rd birthday on July 10, 2014 and I have said that she is one of my favorite Japanese singers.
Maeda would announce her intention to graduate from AKB48 in March 2012 at the Saitama Super Arena in front of 25,000 fans. She would leave AKB48 in August 2012. Her graduation was the biggest shock for fans who have loved her. Maeda is considered to be the “face of AKB48.” She was chosen as the most popular member of AKB48 in 2009 and 2011. In 2010, she came in 2nd place, losing in the Senbatsu Elections to Yuko Oshima. Maeda has released four solo singles. They are Flower, Kimi wa Boku Da, Time Machine Nante Iranai, and Seventh Chord. Maeda held solo concerts in Osaka and Tokyo back in April 2014 to celebrate the release of Seventh Chord. Maeda’s popularity is so high that she became the most searched celebrity in Japan back in 2012.
What makes Atsuko Maeda Acchan such a diverse celebrity?
Maeda is a very versatile celebrity, taking her talents to other areas of the entertainment industry. She appeared in a commercial for Sapporo Beer, did modeling work for magazines, and even appeared in the movie Sayonara Kabukicho. Not only is Maeda a pop singer but she is also a gravure idol or gravure model. She has released a photo book called Acchan in Hawaii in 2010. Maeda also took part in a photo session for Weekly Playboy Magazine in 2010. That photo shoot saw the singer relaxing poolside while wearing a gorgeous pink bikini! She was relaxing in her bikini with several AKB48 members including Tomomi Itano, Haruna Kojima, Mayu Watanabe, Yuko Oshima, and the mentioned Takahashi. Kojima is the oldest active member of AKB48 at 27 years and six months old. Takahashi known as Takamina will graduate from AKB48 on December 8, 2015. I have already written about Minami Takahashi and Yuki Kashiwagi so this tribute to Maeda is one of the best things that I can do. Maeda is one of my biggest role models! She is a very good singer, she has a great stage presence and she is a very classy woman! Maeda has enabled other girls to get a chance to join these idol groups. She was one of the biggest reasons why singers such as Ayaka Umeda and Sae Miyazawa got their chances to grow and advance in their careers. Fans will always love, admire, and respect Maeda for what she has done for the pop music genre and Japan’s entertainment industry. There are a few reasons why Atsuko Maeda is so important to Japan’s entertainment industry. She can do it all; she can sing, dance, is a fan favorite and she has one heck of a bikini body!
Here is a video of Atsuko Maeda Acchan showing her impressive bikini body while in Phuket, Thailand. The video was filmed around 2007.