Alright so, I’m a little late on this but better late than never. D,=
Melon Kinenbi. One of my favorite groups of Hello! Project, will disband on May 3rd. The group lasted a total of 10 years and released 22 singles and 6 albums. While never achieving much success, Melon Kinenbi only ever released one single that sold over 20,000 copies, Akai Freesia. Melon Kinenbi was also the longest lasting H!P group with the most stable line-up. After graduating with the rest of Elder Club from Hello! Project, Mel-Kin went on to release 5 collaboration singles and one final album, MELON’S NOT DEAD.
UpFront Agency’s Statement
As always, thank you for supporting Melon Kinenbi.
Today, during the stage of Melon Kinenbi’s 10th ANNIVERSARY LIVE ‘3654 days since birth’ which was held at SHIBUYA-AX’, the members announced that Melon Kinenbi is going to disband.
Keeping their idol status for 10 years, the members gave their united statement, “We would like to end Melon Kinenbi’s activity at this 10-year milestone”, and after numerous discussions and assistance from the staff, it was decided we would be announcing it publicly today.
This March’s stage performance, “Melon Kinenbi Story” (12 performances at the Ikebukuro Theater Green, all tickets SOLD OUT) and the final tour in April~May are the group’s final activities until official disbanding.
Furthermore, February 21st (Sunday) the Osaka performances which were planned (Nanba HATCH noon performance 15:00 START/night performance 19:00 START) will be held without any changes.
Please keep supporting them until the end.
Melon Members’ Comment
Thank you, as always, for your warm support!
On February 19th, 2010, we’ve reached Melon Kinenbi’s 10-year anniversary of existence!!
The Melon road had both mountains and valleys to cross, but together with our wotamodachi [wotamodachi = wota (fan)+tomodachi (friend)], the staff, and our families who have supported us during good times and bad, we were able to build up a 10-year history. And all that without a member change!!
Before we reached the 10-year point, the four of us talked thoroughly about the future. The result was, “10 years is a good turning point, where we should get new challenges in our real life”, so we firmly decided to disband the group.
We think that there will people who will be shocked, thinking, “Oh no, so it’s really happened now…” , but we promise we will keep running in Melon-style until the very end. Everyone! Please keep running with us with all your energy!!
I was really hurt when first saw the announcement. Not only were they one of my favorites, I honestly thought they would last a while longer. I didn’t want it to end so quickly. But you know, 10 years is a long time and maybe it is time for them to move on. Whether Masae goes on to create a band or Ayumi goes solo, I’ll always support them. Best of luck to the four girls of Mel-Kin. And to end this post, I’ll add the PV for sweet suicide summer story, a collaboration with Midori.