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Happiness is a Japanese pop vocal and dance unit under the agency LDH, signed to the label rhythm zone and part of the E.G.family. The group was formed in 2008 and released their debut DVD single, titled "Happy Talk", under LDH's own indies label in 2009. 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, the group moved from UNIVERSAL SIGMA to NAYUTAWAVE RECORDS. In 2014, the group moved from Universal Music to rhythm zone.

MembersEdit

Main article: Happiness/Members
Current Members
Former Members

HistoryEdit

Happiness - REWIND promo 2

Happiness promoting "REWIND" (January 2017)

Happiness - GIRLZ N' EFFECT promo

Happiness promoting GIRLZ N' EFFECT (September 2016)

Happiness - Sexy Young Beautiful promo

Happiness promoting "Sexy Young Beautiful" (December 2015)

Happiness - Holiday promo

Happiness promoting "Holiday" (September 2015)

Happiness - Seek a Light promo

Happiness promoting "Seek A Light" (October 2014)

Happiness - Juicy Love promo

Happiness promoting "JUICY LOVE" (April 2014)

Happiness - Sunshine Dream promo

Happiness promoting "Sunshine Dream ~Ichido Kiri no Natsu~" (July 2013)

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Happiness (May 2013)

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Happiness promoting Happy Time (May 2012)

Happiness - We Can Fly promo

Happiness promoting "We Can Fly" (April 2012)

Happiness - Wish promo

Happiness promoting "Wish" (July 2011)

Happiness - Friends promo

Happiness promoting "Friends" (March 2011)

Happiness - Kiss Me promo

Happiness promoting "Kiss Me" (January 2011)

Happiness - Happy Talk promo

Happiness promoting "Happy Talk" (September 2009)

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,[1] before the group made their major debut on February 9, 2011 with the release of their first major label single, "Kiss Me".[2] 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,[3] including their single "We Can Fly", before leaving the group in October 2012, citing she wanted to focus on her studies.[4]

In November 2011, Happiness was confirmed to be joining sister groups Dream and Flower in the collective group E-girls.[5] Member MAYU also went on a hiatus in August 2012 to undergo medical treatment after being diagnosed with infectious mononucleosis.[6]

E-girls members Suda Anna and Kawamoto Ruri joined the group in May 2013 as a dancer and vocalist respectively,[7] and the group released their fifth single, "Sunshine Dream ~Ichido Kiri no Natsu~".

MIYUU was announced as the new leader of the group on January 30, 2014.[8] Sugieda Mayu, after months of hiatus, left both Happiness and E-girls on April 7, 2014.[9]

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

After 11 months since "Seek A Light"'s release, the group released the single "Holiday" on October 14.

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.

On November 26, 2016, the unit SudannaYuzuYully, including members Suda Anna and YURINO announced to be debuting on March 1, 2017 with the single "OH BOY".

2017Edit

On February 8, the group released their 10th single "REWIND".

On August 27, the group participated on the annual festival a-nation, being their first time participating on it.

The group released their 11th single "GOLD" on September 10. The single ranked #1 on Oricon's weekly singles chart on the following week, being their first #1 single.

DiscographyEdit

Main article: Happiness Discography

AlbumsEdit

  1. [2012.06.20] Happy Time
  2. [2016.10.12] GIRLZ N' EFFECT

SinglesEdit

  1. [2011.02.09] Kiss Me
  2. [2011.04.27] Friends
  3. [2011.08.17] Wish
  4. [2012.05.16] We Can Fly
  5. [2013.08.07] Sunshine Dream ~Ichido Kiri no Natsu~
  6. [2014.05.28] JUICY LOVE
  7. [2014.11.19] Seek A Light
  8. [2015.10.14] Holiday
  9. [2016.02.03] Sexy Young Beautiful
  10. [2017.02.08] REWIND
  11. [2017.09.20] GOLD

Digital SinglesEdit

  1. [2013.07.31] Sunshine Dream ~Ichido Kiri no Natsu~

Video ReleasesEdit

  1. [2009.10.21] Happy Talk (DVD single) (indies)

Compilations / OtherEdit

  1. [2011.06.29] DJ MAKIDAI - "Really Into You" feat. Happiness
  2. [2011.07.06] DJ MAKIDAI - Treasure MIX 3 (#1 Really Into You feat. Happiness)
  3. [2014.06.18] DJ MAKIDAI - EXILE TRIBE PERFECT MIX (#6 Really Into You <Sound Goes Around Remix> / DJ MAKIDAI feat. Happiness)
  4. [2017.02.01] DANCE EARTH PARTY - (#17 Pocket feat. Happiness)

Concerts/ToursEdit

Tours
  1. [2016.11.09-2017.01.17] Happiness LIVE TOUR 2016 GIRLZ N' EFFECT

FilmographyEdit

Music Videos
  1. [2009] EXILE - "Someday (Kodomo Version)"
  2. [2011] EXILE - "24karats STAY GOLD (KIDS & GIRLS version)"
  3. [2011] EXILE - "Rising Sun"
Commercials

TriviaEdit

Main article: Happiness/Trivia

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://ameblo.jp/happiness-official/entry-10747989513.html
  2. http://www.tokyohive.com/article/2011/01/dance-unit-happiness-announces-major-debut-single-kiss-me/
  3. http://aramatheydidnt.livejournal.com/3314356.html
  4. http://www.dramanewsnetwork.com/happiness-performer-mimu-to-withdraw-from-the-group/
  5. http://www.tokyohive.com/article/2011/11/e-girls-to-release-their-1st-single-celebration
  6. http://www.universal-music.co.jp/happiness/news/2012/08/20120810live/
  7. http://www.universal-music.co.jp/happiness/news/2013/05/20130527topics/
  8. http://ameblo.jp/happiness-official/entry-11761178337.html
  9. http://ameblo.jp/happiness-official/entry-11816007132.html

External LinksEdit

Happiness
Trivia | Category | Happiness songs template
Members
Current Members SAYAKA | Kaede | Fujii Karen | MIYUU (Leader) | YURINO | Suda Anna | Kawamoto Ruri
Former Members MIMU | Sugieda Mayu
Discography
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