Tsunku (つんく) often written as Tsunku♂ (つんく♂), is a prolific Japanese record producer, songwriter, and vocalist.
He is best known for having two major roles in the Japanese music landscape: first as the lead singer of the popular rock group Sharam Q, and now as the producer, primary composer, lyricist and main studio backing vocalist for idol supergroup Morning Musume, in addition to Aya Matsuura and other associated artists under the Hello! Project banner, for whom he has written and produced vast majority of their chart-topping hits. He has also produced music for other Japanese artists, including Ayumi Hamasaki's first number one single. His musical influences include The Beatles and Queen.
In June 2006, Tsunku married Kanako Idemitsu, a 25 year-old former model from Fukuoka. The couple have fraternal twins (one boy, one girl) born in 2008 and one daughter who was born in 2011.
Tsunku later worked with Nintendo and J.P.ROOM to create the music video game, Rhythm Tengoku. It was released for the Game Boy Advance on August 3, 2006, and later as an arcade on September 20, 2007. He also worked on Rhythm Heaven for the DS and Rhythm Heaven Fever for Wii.
On October 1, 2006, it was announced that Tsunku had created a new company called TNX consisting of singers such as Ami Tokito and other people including Tatsuya Naka, a magician who appeared on Hello! Morning.
On September 26, 2007, Tsunku released a compilation album with the temporary title of "Sharam Q ~ Morning Musume" ~Tsunku 15 Years in Entertainment Commemoration Album~, containing songs by both Sharam Q and Morning Musume, and another one on December 5, 2007 titled Tsunku Best Work Collection, containing songs sung by Tsunku himself.
In Rhythm Heaven
Tsuku wrote majority of the music used in Rhythm Tengoku, Rhythm Heaven, Rhythm Heaven Fever, and Rhythm Heaven Megamix. Some of his most notable examples include "Tonight", "I Love You, My One and Only" and "Beautiful One Day".
Composition and Lyrical Works
|Release date||Name||Music composition / lyric||Performer||Single||Album||Reference & notes|
|1992-7-22||Jū Hakka Getsu (18ヶ月 18 Months )||music composition* & lyrics||Sharam Q||Jū Ha18 ka Getsu||*music co-composed with Hatake|
|1992-9-23||Sakuretsu! Henachoco Punch (炸裂!へなちょこパンチ Explosion! Novice Punch )||music composition & lyrics||Sharam Q||---||Sakuretsu! Henachoco Punch|
|1992-9-23||ラーメン大好き小池さんの唄||lyrics||Sharam Q||---||Sakuretsu! Henachoco Punch|
|1992-9-23||お嬢様||lyrics||Sharam Q||---||Sakuretsu! Henachoco Punch|
|1992-9-23||現代の不良になれない少年たち||music composition & lyrics||Sharam Q||---||Sakuretsu! Henachoco Punch|
|1992-9-23||パパとイきたい！||music composition* & lyrics||Sharam Q||---||Sakuretsu! Henachoco Punch||*music co-composed with Hatake|
|1992-9-23||どうして「スキ」と言えなかったの？||music composition* & lyrics||Sharam Q||---||Sakuretsu! Henachoco Punch||*music co-composed with Hatake|
|1993-2-24||Tottemo Merry-Go-Round (とってもメリーゴーランド Really Merry-Go-Round )||music composition & lyrics||Sharam Q||Tottemo Merry-Go-Round|
|1993-3-24||友達はいますか||music composition* & lyrics||Sharam Q||Urekko e no Michi Jūtaichū (売れっ子への道 渋滞中 The Road to My Favourite Kid (Congested) )||*music co-composed with Shū|
|2012-3-28||"Mirai no Watashi o Matteiru" (未来が私を待っている)||lyrics||Afilia Saga East||*music composed by Chiyomaru Shikura|
|1||A Hard Day's Night||December 6, 2000|
|2||Take 1||February 18, 2004|
|3||Type2 (タイプ2)||July 13, 2005|
|4||V3~Seishun Cover~ (V3～青春カバー～)||June 28, 2006|
|5|| "Sharam Q ~ Morning Musume" ~Tsunku 15 Years in Entertainment Commemoration Album~|
|September 26, 2007|
|6||"Tsunku Best Work Collection" (「つんく♂ベスト作品集」)||December 5, 2007|
|1||"Love ~Dakiatte~" (Love～抱き合って～)||April 28, 1999|
|2||"Touch Me"||November 3, 1999|
|3||"Suggoi Ne!" (すっごいね!)||February 27, 2002|
|4||"Shoppai ne" (しょっぱいね)||September 26, 2012|
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