Buono!’s upcoming album, Café Buono!, has nine new tracks, out of a total of twelve. This struck me as quite an impressive number, so I decided to look at H!P’s total album output and see how many original tracks were on each.

I considered all official albums containing work primarily by Hello! Project artists, including mini-albums, best-of albums, and compilation albums, but not including singles, soundtracks, or remix albums. For the purposes of this assessment, “original” refers to tracks not previously released on an official Hello! Project CD, and does not include alternate versions, remixes, rearrangements, instrumentals, covers of recordings previously released by Hello! Project, or openings, endings, and interludes that aren’t complete songs. Covers of non-H!P recordings are included if the artist is the first H!P artist to cover the respective recording, since I have no easy way to determine with certainty whether a song is a cover or not.

Results appear below in Table A, sorted by number of original tracks, and Table B, sorted by release date. I haven’t double-checked these figures, so there may be some errors.

Assuming all of the 9 new tracks are complete songs (this preview suggests that at least 8 of them are), it looks as though Café Buono! beats out most of the competition. Given that the Iida and W albums consist largely of covers, and that Ai no Dai 6 Kan‘s count includes two tracks originally from a musical that weren’t released on CD, I think we can say that Café Buono! and Matsuura’s Double Rainbow tie for the title of “most original” H!P album, by number of new tracks alone, if all new tracks on these albums are non-covers.

Can’t wait … ^_^

EDIT: I just realized I completely forgot about the FOLK SONGS and Douyou Pops series. But these are cover albums anyway. I’ll fill them in later…

 

Table A: Sorted by Original Tracks

Album Title Artist Name Release Date Total Tracks Original Tracks
Duo U&U W 2004-06-02 15 14
Plein d’Amour ~Ai ga Ippai~ Iida Kaori 2005-12-21 12 12
Osavurio ~Ai wa Matte Kurenai~ Iida Kaori 2003-04-23 10 10
Paradinome ~Koi ni Mi wo Yudanete~ Iida Kaori 2003-10-22 10 10
Avenir ~Mirai~ Iida Kaori 2004-12-29 12 10
Double Rainbow Matsuura Aya 2007-10-10 11 9
Café Buono! Buono! 2008-02-20 12 9
Ai no Dai 6 Kan Morning Musume 2004-12-08 12 9
2nd W W 2005-03-02 13 9
3rd-LOVE Paradise Morning Musume 2000-03-29 12 8
4th “Ikimasshoi!” Morning Musume 2002-03-27 13 8
Rainbow 7 Morning Musume 2006-02-15 12 8
Dai 1 Shou Nakazawa Yuko 1998-12-12 12 8
1st GOODSAL Ongaku Gatas 2008-02-06 10 8
2nd ~Shimiwataru Omoi~ Abe Natsumi 2006-03-29 12 7
1st Cho Berryz Berryz Koubou 2004-07-07 12 7
4th Ai no Nanchara Shisuu Berryz Koubou 2007-08-01 11 7
1st GAM ~Amai Yuuwaku~ GAM 2007-05-23 11 7
How to use SEXY Goto Maki 2007-09-19 10 7
Teenage Dream Heike Michiyo 1998-03-25 11 7
First Kiss Matsuura Aya 2002-01-01 11 7
T.W.O Matsuura Aya 2003-01-29 12 7
THE Nimaime Melon Kinenbi 2004-12-01 12 7
Mini Moni Song Daihyakka 1 Kan Mini Moni 2002-06-26 16 7
First Time Morning Musume 1998-07-08 10 7
SEXY 8 BEAT Morning Musume 2007-03-21 11 7
3rd ~LOVE Escalation~ C-ute 2008-03-12 10 6
3rd Station Goto Maki 2005-02-23 11 6
X3 Matsuura Aya 2004-01-01 11 6
Second Morning Morning Musume 1999-07-28 12 6
No. 5 Morning Musume 2003-03-26 13 6
2nd STAGE T&C Bomber 2000-09-27 11 6
Tanpopo 1 Tanpopo 1999-03-31 10 6
Suite Room Number 1 v-u-den 2005-10-26 13 6
Hitoribocchi Abe Natsumi 2004-02-04 12 5
25 ~Vingt-Cinq~ Abe Natsumi 2007-03-14 7 5
Dai 2 Seichouki Berryz Koubou 2005-11-16 12 5
2 mini ~Ikiru to Iu Chikara~ C-ute 2007-04-18 5 5
Naked Songs Matsuura Aya 2006-11-29 12 5
Melon Juice Melon Kinenbi 2007-12-12 7 5
7.5 Fuyu Fuyu Morning Musume. Mini! Morning Musume 2006-12-13 6 5
Taiyo & Ciscomoon 1 Taiyo to Ciscomoon 1999-10-27 15 5
Kirarin Land Tsukishima Kirari starring Kusumi Koharu 2007-12-19 11 5
MIKI 1 Fujimoto Miki 2003-02-26 11 4
Makking GOLD 1 Goto Maki 2003-02-05 11 4
2 Paint It Gold Goto Maki 2004-01-28 11 4
Mini Moni Songs 2 Mini Moni 2004-02-11 16 4
Mitsuboshi Tsukishima Kirari starring Kusumi Koharu 2007-02-28 10 4
Cutie Queen VOL.1 C-ute 2006-10-25 9 3
1st Anniversary Melon Kinenbi 2003-03-12 13 3
Dai 2 Shou ~Tsuyogari~ Nakazawa Yuko 2004-07-22 12 3
Zenbu! Pucchi Moni Pucchi Moni 2002-08-21 11 3
Pucchi Best 3 various 2002-12-18 17 3
3 Natsu Natsu Mini Berryz Berryz Koubou 2006-07-05 6 2
Country Musume Daizenshuu 1 Country Musume 2001-12-12 11 2
Pucchi Best 4 various 2003-12-17 17 2
Pucchi Best 5 various 2004-12-22 16 2
Special! Best Mini ~2.5 Maime no Kare~ Berryz Koubou 2005-12-07 6 1
Country Musume Daizenshuu 2 Country Musume 2006-08-23 12 1
Goto Maki Premium Best 1 Goto Maki 2005-12-14 17 1
For ourself ~Single History~ Heike Michiyo 2000-09-13 10 1
FRUITY KILLER TUNE Melon Kinenbi 2006-12-06 14 1
Best! Morning Musume 1 Morning Musume 2001-01-31 15 1
Best! Morning Musume 2 Morning Musume 2004-03-31 12 1
Morning Musume ALL SINGLES COMPLETE ~10th ANNIVERSARY~ Morning Musume 2007-10-24 35 1
All of Tanpopo Tanpopo 2002-09-04 13 1
v-u-den Single Best 9 Vol.1 Omaketsuki v-u-den 2007-11-21 10 1
Pucchi Best 7 various 2006-12-20 17 1
Pucchi Best 8 various 2007-12-12 17 1
Aya Matsuura Best 1 Matsuura Aya 2005-03-24 16 0
Hawaiian de Kiku Morning Musume Single Collection Takagi Boo et al. 2002-07-10 12 0
Pucchi Best Ki Ao Aka various 2000-04-26 16 0
Together! various 2001-04-18 14 0
Pucchi Best 2 various 2001-12-19 15 0
Pucchi Best 6 various 2005-12-21 16 0

 

Table B: Sorted by Release Date

Album Title Artist Name Release Date Total Tracks Original Tracks
Teenage Dream Heike Michiyo 1998-03-25 11 7
First Time Morning Musume 1998-07-08 10 7
Dai 1 Shou Nakazawa Yuko 1998-12-12 12 8
Tanpopo 1 Tanpopo 1999-03-31 10 6
Second Morning Morning Musume 1999-07-28 12 6
Taiyo & Ciscomoon 1 Taiyo to Ciscomoon 1999-10-27 15 5
3rd-LOVE Paradise Morning Musume 2000-03-29 12 8
Pucchi Best Ki Ao Aka various 2000-04-26 16 0
For ourself ~Single History~ Heike Michiyo 2000-09-13 10 1
2nd STAGE T&C Bomber 2000-09-27 11 6
Best! Morning Musume 1 Morning Musume 2001-01-31 15 1
Together! various 2001-04-18 14 0
Country Musume Daizenshuu 1 Country Musume 2001-12-12 11 2
Pucchi Best 2 various 2001-12-19 15 0
First Kiss Matsuura Aya 2002-01-01 11 7
4th “Ikimasshoi!” Morning Musume 2002-03-27 13 8
Mini Moni Song Daihyakka 1 Kan Mini Moni 2002-06-26 16 7
Hawaiian de Kiku Morning Musume Single Collection Takagi Boo et al. 2002-07-10 12 0
Zenbu! Pucchi Moni Pucchi Moni 2002-08-21 11 3
All of Tanpopo Tanpopo 2002-09-04 13 1
Pucchi Best 3 various 2002-12-18 17 3
T.W.O Matsuura Aya 2003-01-29 12 7
Makking GOLD 1 Goto Maki 2003-02-05 11 4
MIKI 1 Fujimoto Miki 2003-02-26 11 4
1st Anniversary Melon Kinenbi 2003-03-12 13 3
No. 5 Morning Musume 2003-03-26 13 6
Osavurio ~Ai wa Matte Kurenai~ Iida Kaori 2003-04-23 10 10
Paradinome ~Koi ni Mi wo Yudanete~ Iida Kaori 2003-10-22 10 10
Pucchi Best 4 various 2003-12-17 17 2
X3 Matsuura Aya 2004-01-01 11 6
2 Paint It Gold Goto Maki 2004-01-28 11 4
Hitoribocchi Abe Natsumi 2004-02-04 12 5
Mini Moni Songs 2 Mini Moni 2004-02-11 16 4
Best! Morning Musume 2 Morning Musume 2004-03-31 12 1
Duo U&U W 2004-06-02 15 14
1st Cho Berryz Berryz Koubou 2004-07-07 12 7
Dai 2 Shou ~Tsuyogari~ Nakazawa Yuko 2004-07-22 12 3
THE Nimaime Melon Kinenbi 2004-12-01 12 7
Ai no Dai 6 Kan Morning Musume 2004-12-08 12 9
Pucchi Best 5 various 2004-12-22 16 2
Avenir ~Mirai~ Iida Kaori 2004-12-29 12 10
3rd Station Goto Maki 2005-02-23 11 6
2nd W W 2005-03-02 13 9
Aya Matsuura Best 1 Matsuura Aya 2005-03-24 16 0
Suite Room Number 1 v-u-den 2005-10-26 13 6
Dai 2 Seichouki Berryz Koubou 2005-11-16 12 5
Special! Best Mini ~2.5 Maime no Kare~ Berryz Koubou 2005-12-07 6 1
Goto Maki Premium Best 1 Goto Maki 2005-12-14 17 1
Pucchi Best 6 various 2005-12-21 16 0
Plein d’Amour ~Ai ga Ippai~ Iida Kaori 2005-12-21 12 12
Rainbow 7 Morning Musume 2006-02-15 12 8
2nd ~Shimiwataru Omoi~ Abe Natsumi 2006-03-29 12 7
3 Natsu Natsu Mini Berryz Berryz Koubou 2006-07-05 6 2
Country Musume Daizenshuu 2 Country Musume 2006-08-23 12 1
Cutie Queen VOL.1 C-ute 2006-10-25 9 3
Naked Songs Matsuura Aya 2006-11-29 12 5
FRUITY KILLER TUNE Melon Kinenbi 2006-12-06 14 1
7.5 Fuyu Fuyu Morning Musume. Mini! Morning Musume 2006-12-13 6 5
Pucchi Best 7 various 2006-12-20 17 1
Mitsuboshi Tsukishima Kirari starring Kusumi Koharu 2007-02-28 10 4
25 ~Vingt-Cinq~ Abe Natsumi 2007-03-14 7 5
SEXY 8 BEAT Morning Musume 2007-03-21 11 7
2 mini ~Ikiru to Iu Chikara~ C-ute 2007-04-18 5 5
1st GAM ~Amai Yuuwaku~ GAM 2007-05-23 11 7
4th Ai no Nanchara Shisuu Berryz Koubou 2007-08-01 11 7
How to use SEXY Goto Maki 2007-09-19 10 7
Double Rainbow Matsuura Aya 2007-10-10 11 9
Morning Musume ALL SINGLES COMPLETE ~10th ANNIVERSARY~ Morning Musume 2007-10-24 35 1
v-u-den Single Best 9 Vol.1 Omaketsuki v-u-den 2007-11-21 10 1
Pucchi Best 8 various 2007-12-12 17 1
Melon Juice Melon Kinenbi 2007-12-12 7 5
Kirarin Land Tsukishima Kirari starring Kusumi Koharu 2007-12-19 11 5
1st GOODSAL Ongaku Gatas 2008-02-06 10 8
Café Buono! Buono! 2008-02-20 12 9
3rd ~LOVE Escalation~ C-ute 2008-03-12 10 6

 

Hmm… interesting facts:

  • H!P released more albums in 2007 (13) than in any previous year.

  • The only completely original (no covers at all) album H!P has ever released is C-ute’s 2 mini ~Ikiru to Iu Chikara~ (2007).
  • A total of 48 albums (not counting the Pucchi Best series) have been subject to “Tsunkudexing”, the practice of incorporating an album’s ordinal index into its title.
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