The Morning Musume 60th single has been released. It is called “Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi / ENDLESS SKY / One and Only.” It was released on December 29th 2015. It sold 143,000 copies during its first week and also made it to the top of the Oricon Music charts! It was the last single for Riho Sayashi who graduated from the group on December 31, 2015. Morning Musume’s 60th single is the follow-up to the one called Oh My Wish! This is the group’s first single in 4 releases to reach the top of the charts in almost two years! The last time that this happened was when the single called “Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe / Password is 0” was released in April 2014. With the release of the Morning Musume 60th single, they have updated their own record of the total number of singles ranked in the top 10. The group’s first single to reach #1 on the Oricon charts was Daite HOLD ON ME!
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Morning Musume is now under the name of Morning Musume 16. They were known as Morning Musume 15 in 2015 and Morning Musume 14 in 2014. They have come a long way since the release of the single called Morning Coffee. Their first leader was Nakazawa Yuko, now 42. Note: each one of these Japanese idol groups has a leader. The one exception is AKB48. AKB48 and its other groups are divided into teams. Each of these teams has a captain and a sub-captain. Morning Musume has had 12 generations of members.
It was in September 2014 that the 12th generation made its debut. There were four girls. These girls were Haruna Ogata, Miki Nonaka, Akane Haga, and Maria Makino. The group is now led by Mizuki Fukumura. They are coming off of their Fall Concert Tour at Nippon Budokan. The former leader for this group was Sayumi Michishige. She holds the record for the most amount of days spent as a member of Morning Musume.