Release date: 1997.11.05
Catalog nr: WPDV-7125
Label: WARNER MUSIC JAPAN
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«GET» is Michiyo Heike‘s debut single, and the very first single to be made in what would become known as Hello! Project.
Heike won an audition aired on the music television show ASAYAN (which goal was to find talents and launch them as new artists) on August 31st 1997. The goal of the audition was to find a female vocalist for the (then) famous band Sharam Q. The leader of the band, Tsunku, had a change of plans and made Heike a solo singer instead. His bandmate Hatake would become her producer, and along with Tsunku, and Makoto they wrote, composed and arranged Heike’s debut single. The song was later used as the opening theme song to the same show airing the audition Heike won; ASAYAN.
The single was released on November 5th, 1997, on the record label Warner Music Japan.
It sold a total of 100.692 copies, her best selling single (by far), and ranked at #24 on the Oricon music charts.
Her first live event was held at the Nippon Budokan (a venue for big musical events) the next day to an audience of ten thousand people. Asayan wrote a report about it on their website:
Michiyo Heike’s first live concert!!!
Produced by SharamQ, Michiyo Heike had her first spectacular live concert at Nihon Budokan. Under a strict guideline by Tsunku, the event had been kept secret till the last minute. Her very first concert began at 7:10pm on November 6th! Everyone held their breath and waited for her to appear on stage. Surrounded by bright laser beams, 10,000 fans, and the thick white smoke, she made an appearance and the crowd went absolutely wild with cheers and applause.
Performing the very first concert in front of 10,000 people is certainly nerve-wrecking. She said her legs were shaking right after coming out on stage. SharamQ was there to loosen up the atmosphere and trying to make her feel at ease. SharamQ must’ve been thinking that this was just the beginning of many obstacles in near future, so they wanted her to get used to being under pressure and overcome the experience.
They were impressive MCs!
And her very first concert began…
Michiyo Heike: “Nice to meet you everyone, my name is Michiyo Heike! Thank you all for coming! I’m about to make my childhood dream come true… Thank you. Here I am, to perform my debut single, ‘GET’ !”
They dimmed the lights on stage…And now it’s show time!
The fans could feel her nervousness, but as soon as the band began playing her song, she put on an awesome performance without hesitation!
Michiyo successfully finished performing her song in front of 10,000 fans. All her life, her dream was to become a singer and no one else. And she finally made her dream come true on this very special night. But it’s just getting started, for more challenges to come in near future. I’m looking forward to upcoming successes in her career!
After finishing her very first concert…
Michiyo Heike: “Thank you very much for everything! My legs are still shaking… I was very moved by how loud the applauses were.””
02. プリペアー (Prepare)
03. GET (Instrumental)
Lyrics: Tsunku | Music & Arrangement: Hatake
Reiko Tanaka (田仲玲子) sings the background vocals to this track.
This song is the lead track to Heike’s debut single of the same name, released 4 months before her debut album. It is also the song she won the ASAYAN audition with (despite forgetting the lyrics).
The record company For Life issued a double cd compilation album in 2003, featuring some of the artists and their debut songs aired on Asayan from 1996 to 2003. It includes both Heike’s «GET» and Taiyou to Ciscomoon’s «Tsuki to Taiyou».
Lyrics: Makoto | Music & Arrangement: Hatake
Hatake also sings the background vocals to this track.