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A photo of Aya Matsuura back in 2005
Something interesting that you may not have known about Aya Matsuura and Miki Fujimoto
GAM was a pop music duo consisting of two members. These members are Miki Fujimoto and Aya Matsuura. The group was one of those Hello! Project units that lasted only until 2009. The formation of GAM goes back to June 2006 because of the creative idea of Morning Musume 20 producer TSUNKU. He is also in charge of production duties for Hello! Project. The initial draft for this article goes back to 2016 but the careers of Aya Matsuura and Miki Fujimoto are still progressing.
What is GAM?
The group GAM released one full length album and four singles including their 3rd one called Lu Lu Lu. This one reached #10 on the charts but only sold about 21,836 copies. The musical style of GAM is Japanese dance pop which can give you a surge of good feelings especially upon your first listen. According to TSUNKU, GAM stands for Great Aya and Miki. Whatever it stands for, the music is of high quality. GAM is a unit similar to the musical units like Not Yet and French Kiss. Aya Matsuura and Miki Fujimoto are both Japanese pop music singers that now have their own solo careers. They have also done modeling work for magazines. It would be a great disservice if we did not pay tribute to these two singers who are also VERY beautiful! Here is a look at Aya Matsuura and Miki Fujimoto in photos! The two beautiful singers are also best friends. At the end of the article, there is a perspective on what the name of the group really means so please stay tuned for that.
GAM: the singles of this group
The group’s first single is called Thanks! It was released on September 13, 2006 and it was an immediate success. The single reached as high as #5 on the Oricon Weekly Ranking Chart. It stayed in the Top 200 for five straight weeks. On October 18, 2006, the group released their second single called Melodies. This one would also do very well on the Oricon charts, peaking at #8. On March 24, 2007, the 4th single called Daisuki Rakuten Eagles was released. This was released as a theme song for the baseball team Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.
A few awesome photos of Aya Matsuura and Miki Fujimoto
What Album Did GAM Release and How Well Did it Do on the Japanese Musical Charts?
Matsuura expressed a desire to go on a tour but Fujimoto insisted that the duo would need to record more songs in order to do this. So GAM released their only album called 1st GAM: Amai Yuwaku on May 23, 2007. The album reached the peak at #12 on the Oricon charts.
What happened to Matsuura and Fujimoto after GAM?
TSUNKU’s original intention was to permanently keep the group going but since Matsuura and Fujimoto decided to graduate from Hello! Project in March 2009, the plan could no longer be carried out. As for Matsuura, she has gotten married and given birth to a baby girl. However, Aya and her husband did not reveal any details about when the baby was born. Fujimoto who is now 35 years old has two children, a son named Toranosuke and a daughter by the name of Tsubasa which she gave birth to on August 1, 2015. I am addressing the personal lives of these two singers also to show that they do have a life outside of just being celebrities. Matsuura however did announce the birth of her baby girl on December 24, 2014.
A performance of the song called Thanks!
Photos of Matsuura and Fujimoto during the career of GAM (2006-2009) and after
Further Perspective On the Deeper Meaning of the Unit GAM
UPDATE: this unit did briefly reunite for a LIVE performance of the Song Thanks! This was at the event called Hello! Project Countdown Party 2013 Goodbye & Hello. This is an annual LIVE concert that takes place at the end of every year and this even was the very first one that they did. It must also be mentioned that Fujimoto and Matsuura did not think of the idea of this unit all by themselves. There was the initial idea by TSUNKU (also sometimes just simply spelled as Tsunku) himself and he made a big announcement by first stating that there was going to be something new. There were questions as to how long this group would last and he simply said that he needed to think about it. He did some research about the meaning of the group’s name. As it turned out, GAM is actually a slang term for attractive legs. He also said that this duo has a theme. That theme is to deliver a song which “radiates from their legs and echoes within your heart.” That’s a very creative plan for a theme and he was doing this to say that this unit was going to sing a song with attractive dresses that attracts audiences with their beautiful legs. That was what TSUNKU said was the main objective of this group. He also said during this statement that the song Thanks is lyrically about expressing gratitude towards precious glorified youth times as he called it. Whatever the theme was, this group GAM is another award winning achievement for Matsuura and Fujimoto.
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