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Number of songs: 2 | Total weeks on charts: 11
Appearing in a total number of: 2 charts | Total period running: 61 days

SKE48 is a Japanese idol girl group produced by Yasushi Akimoto. The group performs at SKE48 Theater on 2F of Sunshine Sakae in Sakae, Nagoya. Avex Group is its current official label.

SKE48 was founded based on the concept of "idols you can meet". The group's chief producer Yasushi Akimoto once said that his aim was to create an idol group that is unlike any other ordinary idol groups which only give occasional concerts and mostly seen on TV; SKE48 would perform in its own theater regularly, and the fans would always be able to watch the girls performing live. The SKE48 Theater is located in the Sunshine Sakae of Nagoya, Aichi. Members of this group are dispatched into three teams, chronologically named "Team S", "Team KII" and "Team E". Kenkyūsei (trainees) is the group of members training to be promoted into one of these teams.

Yasushi Akimoto was offered the chance to start a production in Nagoya along with the renewal of the Sunshine Sakae 2F, when he was thinking of expanding his "48 project" nationwide. He had offers even from outside Japan, so he decided to use Nagoya as the place to move on with the project. The Name "SKE" comes from "Sakae" in the Naka district in Nagoya. Akimoto has said that selected members from both AKB48 and SKE48 may release a single, rather than releasing two different singles. But they released their first single in 2009.

In AKB48's single "Ōgoe Diamond", Jurina Matsui became the Center and the first and only member of SKE48 to be featured on a single cover and in the song itself. Including Matsui, some members of SKE48 have appeared in the PV marking the first collaboration made by the two groups, so far.

On May 28, 2011, avex picked up SKE48, and will be releasing their debut single under the label called “Pareo wa Emerald” on July 27, 2011.

On August 25, it was announced that SKE48 member Yui Matsushita would leave the group at the end of September 2011 due to her ankle injuries.

On August 7, 2012, SKE48 member and Captain of Team S, Hirata Rikako announced her graduation in order to pursue a career as a reporter.

On the first day of the Tokyo Dome Concert held on August 24, 2012, it was announced that Rie Kitahara of AKB48, Team K would hold a concurrent position in SKE48. Also, Anna Ishida of Team KII would hold a concurrent position in AKB48, Team B.

On November 1, it was announced that Kumi Yagami, one of the group's first generation members, would graduate from the group, but the date of graduation was not announced.

On December 9, "SKE48CAFE&SHOP with AKB48" was opened to the building 5F with a theater. There is a cooking menu which the member of SKE48 devised.

On January 15, 2013, it was announced that 8 members, 3 from Team S, 2 each from Team KII and E, and 1 kenkyusei, would graduate from the group, along with Yagami, whose graduation was already announced in November 2012, sometime in the spring 2013.

On April 13, it was announced that teams were to be reorganized and nine kenkyusei members would be promoted to full members. Yuka Nakanishi became the captain of SKE48 as well as leader of Team S, and Rena Matsui was promoted to leader of Team E. Rie Kitahara, who was in both SKE48 and AKB48 was removed from SKE48's lineup during the final concert of "AKB48 Group Rinji Soukai" concert series at the Nippon Budokan on 28 April, with her final theater performance as a SKE48 member occurring on May 9.

On February 24, 2014 it was announced that Rena Matsui would hold a concurrent position with Nogizaka46 after teams were reorganized and kenkyusei members were promoted to full members. Concurrent member with SKE48 and AKB48 Oba Mina was fully transferred to SKE48 Team KII and other members from AKB48, NMB48, and HKT48 were permanently transferred or given concurrent positions within SKE48.

On March 15, 2015, the members who passed the 7th Generation audition were revealed.

On June 6, 2015, SKE48 became the first sister group to have more members rank in the annual Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo than AKB48.
Sources:, Wikipedia

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