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Tsunku (つんく?) often written as Tsunku♂ (つんく♂?), is a prolific Japanese record producer, songwriter, and vocalist.[1]

Tsunku♂

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[2]. His musical influences include The Beatles[1] and Queen.

Biography

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".[1]

Composition and Lyrical Works

List of 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

Discography

Albums

# Title Release date
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~
(「シャ乱Q~モーニング娘。」~つんく♂芸能生活15周年記念アルバム~?)
September 26, 2007
6 "Tsunku Best Work Collection" (「つんく♂ベスト作品集」?) December 5, 2007

Singles

# Title Release date
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

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tsunku on Rhythm Heaven". IGN Entertainment, Inc. 2009-04-09.
  2. "つんく♂オフィシャルウェブサイト" (in Japanese). tsunku.jp.

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This page uses content from Wikipedia. The original article was at Tsunku. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with Rhythm Heaven Wiki, the text of Wikipedia is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.

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