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 is a female technopop group from Hiroshima, Hiroshimamarker, Japanmarker consisting of Ayano Ōmoto, Yuka Kashino and Ayaka Nishiwaki, who debuted locally in 2001, making their transition to a major label in 2005. As of June 2009, the group has released nine major label singles to great success.


Since 2003, Perfume has been produced by Yasutaka Nakata, founder of the group capsule and the contemode label. The group's original post-Shibuya-kei sound made a sharp transition to electro house and technopop upon their signing to a major label.

Marty Friedman, ex-guitarist of Megadeth, named Perfume "The group which had the biggest influence on the Japanese music industry in 2008". The group has often been compared to Yellow Magic Orchestra and Aira Mitsuki.

History

Formation and indie labels

Perfume was formed in 2001 and originally consisted of Ayaka "A~chan" Nishiwaki, Yuka "Kashiyuka" Kashino, and Yuuka Kawashima. Shortly after the band's formation, Kawashima left the group to concentrate on her studies and was replaced by Ayano "Nocchi" Ōmoto. The group's name came from the kanji 香, meaning "fragrance", in the three original members' given names. On early singles, the name Perfume was written in hiragana as "ぱふゅーむ". It was around this time they met choreographer MIKIKO, who has worked with the group ever since.

In 2002, Perfume released two limited edition singles, "Omajinai Perori" and "Kareshi Boshūchū", sold only in Hiroshima on Momiji Label. The band moved to Tokyomarker in 2003 to be produced by capsule's Yasutaka Nakata, and by 2004 had released three more singles: "Sweet Donuts", "Monochrome Effect", and "Vitamin Drop", all of which were released on Bee-Hive Records. The group's first three live performances were given around this time, gaining fans with their energetic performances.

Major label debut: Complete Best

Perfume transitioned to a major label in 2005, releasing "Linear Motor Girl" through Tokuma Japan Communications on September 21st of that year. Two further singles, "Computer City" and "Electro World", saw the group christening themselves as a "near future technopop unit". Their debut album, Perfume ~Complete Best~, compiled their six most recent singles and charted as high as #33 on the Oricon charts when it was first released. The album re-entered the charts after the release of their second album, reaching #25.

Success: Game and Triangle

Perfume's first major commercial success came from their single "Polyrhythm", which was used by NHKmarker for their Kankyō Recycle Campaign. On the day of its release, "Polyrhythm" debuted at number #4 on the Oricon charts, settling at #7 for the weekly ranking; the single sold over 60,000 copies. Shortly after, Perfume released their sixth single, "Baby Cruising Love/Macaroni", which achieved greater success than "Polyrhythm" by achieving #3 on the daily and weekly charts. Their second album, Game, became the second technopop album in history to debut at #1, behind Yellow Magic Orchestra's Naughty Boys in 1983. Game was certified double-platinum by RIAJ for shipment of 500,000 copies. Perfume engaged on their first major tour of Japan from April 27 to June 1st of 2008. The tour, Perfume First Tour "GAME", was released on DVD on October 15, 2008.

On July 9, 2008, Perfume's seventh major label single, "Love the World", debuted on the Oricon sales chart at #1, becoming the first technopop song ever to do so, breaking Yellow Magic Orchestra's record of "Kimi ni, Mune Kyun." debuting at #2 in 1983. Two follow-up singles, "Dream Fighter" and "One Room Disco", would perform just as well (the latter also reaching #1 on Oricon.)

During this time, Perfume began limited engagement live shows at famous venues. The first concert, Budoukaaaaaaaaaan!!!!!, took place at the famous Nippon Budokanmarker on November 6th and 7th, 2008 and was filmed for broadcast on NHK and was released on DVD on April 22, 2009. The second, Disco!Disco!Disco!, took place at the Yoyogi National Gymnasiummarker on May 9th and 10th, 2009. Perfume began broadcast of a comedy sketch program titled Perfume's Chandelier House in April of 2009, shortly after the release of "One Room Disco".

Perfume released their third album, Triangle on July 8th, 2009, with a second tour of Japan which began in August.

Members

Perfume members use their nicknames on stage or TV rather than their real names. Kashino was called "Yuka-chan" in the group's early activity, but was later named "Kashiyuka" in order to distinguish her from Yuuka, then named "Kawayuka". Although there is no leader, Nishiwaki is regarded as the "head" of the group, and the program of the songs in live performances are mainly determined by her.

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Discography

Studio albums

  • 2006.8.22: Perfume~Complete Best~ (Limited Edition)
  • 2007.2.14: Perfume~Complete Best~ (Normal Edition)
  • 2008.4.16: Game
  • 2009.8.7: Triangle, ⊿


Singles



Photobooks

  • 2008.12.17: Perfume Portfolio
  • 2009.12.17: Perfume Livefolio


Live performances

Date(s) Title of Performance Venue
January 3, 2004 BEE-HIVE New Year Live '04 〜Perfume day〜 SHIBUYA-BOXX
April 11, 2004 Perfume Record Release!Sing Ravure SPECIAL!! SHIBUYA O-Crest
December 16, 2004 〜Play a trick on YOU 〜 Dreamy☆World SHIBUYA O-Crest
July 7, 2005 Play a trick on YOU 〜Electrical ♪girls〜 SHIBUYA O-West
December 21, 2006 Perfume's POPpokePiiiii- Night Harajuku ASTRO HALL
December 21, 2006 Perfume presents 〜Perfume Gaippoi Center Yonjaimashita♪〜 Harajuku ASTRO HALL
July 5, 2007

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July 6, 2007
Perfume Hikoboshi☆Boshuu Chuu Daikanyama UNIT
October 31, 2007

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November 3, 2007
Thankful!Grateful!Poly-invasion! 〜We're Perfume〜 Nagoya Electric Lady Land/OSAKA MUSE/Shin-Hiroshima Telecasting Shinkan Ninth Storey Studio
November 8, 2007 Perfume 〜SEVENTH HEAVEN pleasant feeling♪〜 LIQUIDROOM
December 31, 2007 Perfume Masaka no Countdown!? 〜Ride Room- That Night Once Again, in Zepp Tokyo〜 Zepp Tokyo
February 12, 2008 Perfume 〜Socks, Fix, Max〜 SHIBUYA-AX
February 13, 2008 Eve of P.T.A. Launch 「Patto Fun Playing Gathering」 LIQUIDROOM
April 27, 2008

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June 1, 2008
Perfume First Tour「GAME」 Zepp Osaka/Takamatsu Olive Hall/Hiroshima CLUB QUATTRO/Fukuoka DRUM LOGOS/Zepp Tokyo/Zepp Nagoya/NIIGATA LOTS/Sendai FORUS/Sendai CLUB JUNK BOX/Sapporo PENNY LANE 24/Yokohama BLITZ
June 21, 2008 Hot Stuff 30th Anniversary『BLACK AND BLUE』 Zepp Tokyo
November 6, 2008

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November 7, 2008
BUDOUKaaaaaaaaaaN ! Nippon Budokanmarker
May 9, 2009

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May 10, 2009
Disco!Disco!Disco! Yoyogi National Gymnasiummarker
August 7, 2009

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October 30, 2009
Chokkaku Nitouhen Sankakkei Perfume 2nd Tour Toda City Culture Kaikan/Fukuoka Sun Palace Hotel and Hall/Hiroshima Kouseinenkin Kaikan/Himegin Hall/Ishikawa Kouseinenkin Kaikan/Niigata People's Kaikan/Sapporo City People's Hall/Sendai Sun Plaza Hall/Nagoya Nippon Gaishi Hallmarker/Osaka City Hall/Yokohama Arenamarker


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