|Genres J-pop, pop music|
Associated acts AKB48, Diva
Years active 2006, 2008-present
Movies Ultraman Saga
Role Japanese idol
Name Ayaka Umeda
|Born January 3, 1989 (age 26) (1989-01-03) |
Origin Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
Albums Team A 4th Stage "Tadaima, パジャマドライブ, Tsugi no Ashiato, 1830m, Team A 5th Stage "Renai Ki
Music groups AKB48 (2006 – 2014), Diva
Occupation(s) Japanese idol, singer
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Ayaka Umeda (梅田 彩佳, Umeda Ayaka, born January 3, 1989 in Fukuoka Prefecture) is a former Japanese idol and singer from the girl group NMB48, in which she is the co-captain of Team BII. She was also a member of the AKB48 and its subunit DiVA.
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- 2004 2007 Early career debut injury
- 2008 2011 Return to AKB48
- 2011 Diva rise in AKB48
- 2012 Team B captain
- 2013 Senbatsu Election
- 2014 Transfer to NMB48
- 2016 Departing NMB48
- AKB48 stage units
- TV series
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2004-2007: Early career, debut, injury
In 2004–2005, Umeda took part in the Morning Musume Lucky 7 Audition for the idol group Morning Musume, but only advanced to the second round.
On February 26, 2006, Umeda passed the second generation auditions for AKB48, and became one of 19 founding members for the group's Team K. Her on-stage debut was on April 1. She performed on the title track for AKB48's first single on a major label, "Aitakatta", released on October 26, 2006. As part of Team K 1st Stage, she was a front member for the song "Skirt, Hirari", along with Sayaka Akimoto, Yuko Oshima, Sae Miyazawa, and Kana Kobayashi.
Later in the year, Umeda developed a stress fracture in her foot, and was recommended by her manager to take a break from her performances to rehabilitate, starting December 23. Her rehabilitation took about a year, during which she was active on TV in Fukuoka Prefecture.
2008-2011: Return to AKB48
On May 31, 2008, Umeda returned to public performances with the premiere of a new seasonal Team K's show at the AKB48 Theater, titled Team K 4th Stage "Saishū Bell ga Naru". Prior to her injuries, she was one of the faces of Team K, but after her return, she was placed at the very end of the stage, extremely far from the center position where she used to stand.
In February 2009, Umeda was chosen as the D1 Grand Prix image girl.
In April, she was named the Tokyo Tower image girl for the year 2009, succeeding fellow AKB48 member Ayumi Orii.
In the AKB48 general election for 2010, Umeda placed 32nd, with 2,499 votes.
2011: Diva, rise in AKB48
On February 27, 2011, it was announced to the public that a new pop group named DiVA, consisting of Sayaka Akimoto, Yuka Masuda, Sae Miyazawa, and Ayaka Umeda had been formed. The group's debut single "Tsuki no Uragawa", whose release was originally scheduled for April 27, and postponed until May 18 due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, reached number 3 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart.
In the annual election, she placed 22nd, and headlined the Under Girls on the single's coupling track. In the AKB48 rock-paper-scissors tournament, which took place on September 20, she finished in the top 16, which earned her a spot on the title track. The song "Ue kara Mariko" became her first A-side of an AKB48's single in three and a half years, since "Baby! Baby! Baby!".
2012: Team B captain
On June 6, in the AKB48 general election, she placed 16th and landed a spot on the title track for "Gingham Check".
On August 24, AKB48 announced a major reorganization, where Umeda moved to Team B and became the team's captain.
In the third AKB48 rock-paper-scissors tournament, which took place in September 2012, Umeda advanced to the top 16, and secured a title track spot on the group's 29th single, "Eien Pressure".
2013: Senbatsu Election
Umeda ranked 19th in AKB48's general election, placing her in Undergirls and subsequently giving her a spot on the main B-side track of the election single, Koi Suru Fortune Cookie.
2014: Transfer to NMB48
On February 24, 2014, in the AKB48 Dai Sokaku Matsuri Shuffle, Umeda was completely transferred to NMB48 and became co-captain of Team BII.
2016: Departing NMB48
On January 23, 2016, at AKB48 Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2016, Umeda announced of leaving NMB48. On March 20, she graduated from the group and her graduation ceremony will be held on March 31, 2016 at Zepp Namba.