Happiness is a Japanese pop vocal and dance unit under the agency LDH and the label rhythm zone. The group formed in 2009 and released their debut DVD single, titled "Happy Talk", under LDH's own indies label. They are considered to be one of EXILE's sister groups and have been backup dancers for them. They made their major debut with the single "Kiss Me" in February 2011.
In 2013, Suda Anna and Kawamoto Ruri, from non debuted groups included on E-girls, joined the group. They also changed Universal Music Japan's sub-label from UNIVERSAL SIGMA to NAYUTAWAVE RECORDS. In 2014, the group moved from Universal Music to rhythm zone.
- Main article: Happiness/Members
- Current Members
- Former Members
Pre-debut and indie debutEdit
Happiness first appeared during EXILE's 2008 Live Tour as backup dancers, at the time being a five-member unit consisting of MIYUU, MIMU, KAREN, SAYAKA, and KAEDE. YURINO was then added to the group after an LDH audition in 2009 before the group was set to debut as a group. They released their indie debut DVD single, "Happy Talk", on October 21, 2009. It was also used as the theme song for Japanese brand Mister Donuts.
2009-2014: Major label and E-girls formationEdit
MAYU was added to the group and announced on December 25 2009, before the group made their major debut on February 9, 2011 with the release of their first major label single, "Kiss Me". They went on to release several more singles throughout 2011. MIMU was absent from the group's promotions after going on hiatus in December 2011, including their single "We Can Fly", before leaving the group in October 2012, citing she wanted to focus on her studies.
In November 2011, Happiness was confirmed to be joining sister groups Dream and Flower in the collective group E-girls. Member MAYU also went on a hiatus in August 2012 to undergo medical treatment after being diagnosed with infectious mononucleosis.
Happiness changed labels in 2014, moving from Universal Music to E-girls label rhythm zone and continued to promote with them, releasing their sixth single, "JUICY LOVE", on May 28, 2014 and their seventh single, "Seek A Light", on November 19, 2014, between E-girls singles.
2015-2016: GIRLZ N' EFFECT and first tourEdit
On December 27, 2015, Happiness announced their ninth single, "Sexy Young Beautiful", released on February 3, 2016.
On August 11, 2016, it was revealed on E-girls' last day of their third tour E-girls LIVE TOUR 2016 "E.G. SMILE", that Happiness will be releasing their second album GIRLZ N' EFFECT on October 12, 2016. They also announced the group's first tour Happiness LIVE TOUR 2016 GIRLZ N' EFFECT that will go from November 9 until December 20, 2016. It was also announced that Fujii Karen will be part of the sub-unit ShuuKaRen, alongside her sister and Flower member Fujii Shuuka.
In November 1, 2016, the group announced their 10th single "REWIND", that it was released on February 8, 2017.
The group will be releasing their 11th single "GOLD" in September 10.
- Main article: Happiness Discography
- [2011.02.09] Kiss Me
- [2011.04.27] Friends
- [2011.08.17] Wish
- [2012.05.16] We Can Fly
- [2013.08.07] Sunshine Dream ~Ichido Kiri no Natsu~
- [2014.05.28] JUICY LOVE
- [2014.11.19] Seek A Light
- [2015.10.14] Holiday
- [2016.02.03] Sexy Young Beautiful
- [2017.02.08] REWIND
- [2017.09.20] GOLD
- Digital Singles
- [2013.07.31] Sunshine Dream ~Ichido Kiri no Natsu~
- Video Releases
- [2009.10.21] Happy Talk (DVD Single) (indies)
- Compilations / Other
- [2011.06.29] DJ MAKIDAI - "Really Into You" feat. Happiness
- [2011.07.06] DJ MAKIDAI - Treasure MIX 3 (#1 Really Into You feat. Happiness)
- [2014.06.18] DJ MAKIDAI - EXILE TRIBE PERFECT MIX (#6 Really Into You <Sound Goes Around Remix> / DJ MAKIDAI feat. Happiness)
- [2017.02.01] DANCE EARTH PARTY - Ⅰ (#17 Pocket feat. Happiness)
- [2016.11.09-2017.01.17] Happiness LIVE TOUR 2016 GIRLZ N' EFFECT
- Music Videos
-  EXILE - "Someday (Kodomo Version)"
-  EXILE - "24karats STAY GOLD (KIDS & GIRLS version)"
-  EXILE - "Rising Sun"
-  Mister Donut
Happiness through the yearsEdit
- Main article: Happiness/Trivia
- ↑ http://ameblo.jp/happiness-official/entry-10747989513.html
- ↑ http://www.tokyohive.com/article/2011/01/dance-unit-happiness-announces-major-debut-single-kiss-me/
- ↑ http://aramatheydidnt.livejournal.com/3314356.html
- ↑ http://www.dramanewsnetwork.com/happiness-performer-mimu-to-withdraw-from-the-group/
- ↑ http://www.tokyohive.com/article/2011/11/e-girls-to-release-their-1st-single-celebration
- ↑ http://www.universal-music.co.jp/happiness/news/2012/08/20120810live/
- ↑ http://www.universal-music.co.jp/happiness/news/2013/05/20130527topics/
- ↑ http://ameblo.jp/happiness-official/entry-11761178337.html
- ↑ http://ameblo.jp/happiness-official/entry-11816007132.html
- Official Website
- Universal Music Official Profile
- LDH artist profile
- Official Ameblo Blog
- Official Gree Blog
- Official YouTube
- Official Twitter
|Trivia | Category | Happiness songs template|
|Current Members||SAYAKA | Kaede | Fujii Karen | MIYUU (Leader) | YURINO | Suda Anna | Kawamoto Ruri|
|Former Members||MIMU | Sugieda Mayu|
|Indie Singles||1. Happy Talk|
|Major Singles||1. Kiss Me | 2. Friends | 3. Wish | 4. We Can Fly | 5. Sunshine Dream ~Ichido Kiri no Natsu~ | 6. JUICY LOVE | 7. Seek A Light | 8. Holiday | 9. Sexy Young Beautiful | 10. REWIND | 11. GOLD|
|Digital Singles||1. Sunshine Dream ~Ichido Kiri no Natsu~|
|Albums||1. Happy Time | 2. GIRLZ N' EFFECT|
|Concerts & Tours|
|Tours||1. Happiness LIVE TOUR 2016 GIRLZ N' EFFECT|
|Units & Other Acts|
|Associated Acts||E-girls | ShuuKaRen | SudannaYuzuYully|