History of °C-ute
After Tsunku gave them the name °C-ute the group got a lot of attention. Kanna Arihara became a member (she is the only H!P EGG girl). Four indie single were sold at events and they got their first concert tour. In October 2006 their first album was released. After that it was announced that Megumi Murakami will leave the group.
In December 2006 Chisato and Mai were support singers at Morning Musume Mini Album and in February 2007 their long-awaited debut single “Sakura Chirari” was released. In the first week it sold nearly as much as the most successful single of their “rival goup” Berryz Koubou during this time. But that was to expect after so much attention and promotion. “Tokkaikou Junjou” became their most successful single with over 38.000 sold copies in 2007! They won the Newcomer Award 2007.
In the beginning of 2009 Kanna Arihara was absend (due to heath problems) so °C-ute performed and released only with six members. Kanna left °C-ute and the H!P in July 2009. Erika did the same in October 2009 to work as a fashion model.
In November 2011 °C-ute released a single featuring Beryz Koubou called “Amazuppai Haru ni Sakurasaku”. In April 2012 °C-ute release the single “Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Densha de Kitaku” which outsold “Tokkaiko Junjou” and became their most successful single. The reason for that success is easy to explain: The single got five limited editions and each one had a solo song sang by one of °C-ute´s members on it. In July 2012 another single featuring Berryz Koubou will be released “Cho Happy Song”. It sold over 53.000 copies and became the best selling H!P kids single so far. °C-utes “Aitai Aitai Aitai” topped the record of their previous single with ~50.000 sold copies.
In February 6th 2013 °C-ute released their next single a cover song called “Kono Machi”. In April the single “Crazy Kanzen na Otona” followed which became their most successful single with over 50k sales. The girl group will also perform in July in Paris and in September in Nippon Budokan for the first time.