Momoiro Clover Z (ももいろクローバーZ) is a female idol group of selected members from Stardust Promotion Agency’s 3-B Jr Department. The group formed in 2008 as Momoiro Clover and made their musical debut a year later with the single “Momoiro Punch” under the indies label Happy Music Record. In early 2010 they signed with Universal Music Japan, however they only released one single under this label, “Ikuze! Kaitou Shoujo”, before moving to King Records’ sub-label StarChild.
On April 10, 2011, Hayami Akari graduated and the group decided to be renamed Momoiro Clover Z.
Momoiro Clover Z songs are intentionally ridiculous “hyperactive J-pop numbers”. Their live performances are heavily choreographed and feature acrobatic stunts. The group is noted for their “anarchic energy” that is similar to that of punk bands. The response from the audience has been characterised as “seismic”. Although the girls’ voices are not very stable when coupled with an intense dance, the group performs on stage live and does not lip-synch.
Some of Momoiro Clover’s works are quite complex, switching from one musical style to another during one song and connecting “seemingly unconnected melodies”. The group has worked with many noted songwriters and musicians, belonging to different genres of music, from pop to punk and heavy metal. Overall, Momoiro Clover Z and its music has been noted as progressive and forward-thinking. Ian Martin from The Japan Times dubbed Momoiro Clover “a pop group who provoke squealing, teenage admiration from punks, indie kids, noise musicians and heavy-psychedelic longhairs throughout the Japanese underground music scene”. Momoiro Clover “is known for upbeat tunes, eccentric choreography and the members’ costumes”. A music critic from The Japan Times cites Momoiro Clover as an example of “a seamless integration of personality, image, and music, with each element mutually complementary”.
Momoiro Clover Z
Momota Kanako (百田夏菜子) (Leader)
Takagi Reni (高城れに)
Ariyasu Momoka (有安杏果)
Tamai Shiori (玉井詩織)
Sasaki Ayaka (佐々木彩夏)
Also known as Momoclo, MCZ, Pink Clover
Years active 2008 – Present
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres J-pop, dance pop, bubblegum pop, power pop
Official Website www.momoclo.net
Official YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/user/stardustdigital/