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Natsumi Abe (安倍 なつみ Abe Natsumi?, born August 10, 1981 in Muroran, Hokkaidō, Japan) is a Japanese singer and actress, a former member of Morning Musume, and currently a member of Dream Morning Musume.
On August 13, 2003, she released her first single, "22 Sai no Watashi," which means "Me, 22 years old," just a few days after her 22nd birthday. Her first full length album, Hitoribotchi, was then released on February 4, 2004, containing many solo versions of Morning Musume songs.
In August 2005, her fifth single, "Koi no Hana," which means "Flower of Love," was released, and she also became a member of the Hello! Project special unit Def.Diva together with Maki Goto, Rika Ishikawa and Aya Matsuura in October. The single "Takaramono" was also released in November credited as "Sen", who is the main character of the drama "Takaramono", played by Abe. In the spring of 2006, Abe released a new single, "Sweet Holic", together with a new album, "2nd ~Shimiwataru Omoi~". June 2006 saw Abe release "The Stress," a cover of the 1989 song by pop idol Chisato Moritaka.
On October 5, 2008, Abe performed in an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Sunshine City building in Ikebukuro. She was joined by other artists who were popular in the 1980s, such as Hiroko Moriguchi and Ayumi Nakamura.
It was announced on October 19, 2008, on the official Hello! Project website, that Abe will graduate from Hello! Project along with the rest of Elder Club on March 31, 2009.
In 2010, it was announced that Natsumi Abe was going to form a new group named "Dream Morning Musume" with several other former Morning Musume members.
In summer 2011, Natsumi Abe was cast in the live action drama Arakawa Under the Bridge as P-ko.
On October 7, 2007, Abe's car collided with a motorcyclist in Shibuya, Tokyo. The motorcyclist suffered minor injuries, but Abe was unhurt. She had only obtained her driver's license in July of that year.
For releases as a member of Morning Musume, please see the Morning Musume discography.===Singles===
|Title||Release date||Peak chart position||Copies sold||Miscellaneous info|
|"Haha to Musume no Duet Song" (母と娘のデュエットソング?)||April 30, 2003||18||15,689||A duet with Okeisan (おけいさん?)|
|"22 Sai no Watashi" (22歳の私?)||August 12, 2003||2||81,460||Used as the theme song for 17 Sai ~Tabidachi no Futari~ (17才〜旅立ちのふたり〜?).|
|"Pi~hyara Kōta" (ピ～ヒャラ小唄?)||November 19, 2003||22||16,410||Abe is credited as "Pudding-chan" (プリンちゃん?), the song was a double A-side together with MiniHams (ミニハムズ?)'s Mirakururun Grand Purin! (ミラクルルン グランプリン!?).|
|"Datte Ikitekanakucha" (だって 生きてかなくちゃ?)||June 1, 2004||7||55,113|
|"Koi no Telephone Goal" (恋のテレフォン Goal?)||August 10, 2004||5||47,351|
|"Yume Naraba" (夢ならば?)||April 19, 2005||5||36,248|
|"Koi no Hana" (恋の花?)||August 30, 2005||9||30,450|
|"Takaramono" (たからもの?, "Treasure")||November 30, 2005||23||11,851||Abe is credited as "Sen" (千?) on this release.|
|"Sweet Holic" (スイートホリック?)||April 12, 2006||8||17,087|
|"The Stress" (ザ・ストレス?)||June 28, 2006||14||14,015|
|"Amasugita Kajitsu" (甘すぎた果実?)||October 4, 2006||5||22,204|
|"Too Far Away ~Onna no Kokoro~" (Too far away ～おんなの心～?)||May 9, 2007||15||11,817|
|"Iki o Kasanemashō" (息を重ねましょう?)||October 24, 2007||13||11,531|
|"16sai no Koi Nante" (16歳の恋なんて?)||January 16, 2008||9||14,538||A duet with Yajima Maimi (矢島舞美?) of °C-ute.|
|"Screen" (スクリーン?)||December 3, 2008||29||6,474|
|"Ameagari no Niji no Yō ni" (雨上がりの虹のように?, "Like a Rainbow After the Rain")||September 15, 2010||22||3,741|
|Title||Release date||Peak chart position||Copies sold||Type|
|Hitoribotchi (一人ぼっち?)||February 4, 2004||2||79,483||Studio album|
|2nd ~Shimiwataru Omoi~ (２ｎｄ～染みわたる想い～?)||March 29, 2006||9||23,972||Studio album|
|25 ~Vingt-Cinq~||March 14, 2007||21||12,825||Mini album|
- Aiken Rosinante no Sainan ~Mukai Ryūta no Dōbutsu Nikki! (向井荒太の動物日記～愛犬ロシナンテの災難～?, January – March 2001)
- Nurseman (ナースマン?, January – March 2002)
- Angel Hearts (2002)
- Koinu no Waltz (仔犬のワルツ?, April – June 2004)
- Takaramono (November 2005)
- Arakawa Under the bridge (2012)
- Morning Cop
- Pinch Runner
- Last Present
- Koinu Dan no Monogatari
- Prison Girl
|Title||Release date||ISBN||Photobook information|
|Nacchi (ナッチ?)||December 1999||ISBN 4-8470-2556-3||First solo photobook.|
|Natsumi (なつみ?)||November 11, 2001||ISBN 4-8470-2685-3||Second solo photobook.|
|Deai (出逢い?)||February 25, 2004||ISBN 4-8470-2794-9||Third solo photobook.|
|Natsumi Abe in Hello! Project 2004 Summer||September 28, 2004||ISBN 4-8124-1836-4|
|Fu (Fū) (Fu (ふう)?)||May 27, 2005||ISBN 4-8470-2864-3||Forth solo photobook.|
|Abe Natsumi - Triangle Energy (後浦なつみ Triangle Energy?)||July 6, 2005||ISBN 4-8124-2249-3|
|Abe Natsumi - Alo-Hello! (Abe Natsumi アロハロ!?)||November 1, 2005||ISBN 4-04-894262-X||Fifth solo photobook.|
|Écru||June 12, 2006||ISBN 4-8470-2938-0||Sixth solo photobook.|
|sCene||March 28, 2007||ISBN 978-4-04-894487-8||Seventh solo photobook.|
|Cám Ơn||November 25, 2007||ISBN 4-8470-4053-8||Eighth solo photobook. Photographed in Vietnam.|
|Pocket Morning Musume (Vol.2) (ポケットモーニング娘。〈Vol.2〉?)||September 2003||ISBN 4-8463-0526-0|
|Natsumi Abe & Berryz Kobo - Hello! Project 2005 Summer||May 25, 2005||ISBN 4-902577-05-4|
|Natsumi Abe & v-u-den - Hello! Project 2006 Winter||April 2006||ISBN 4-8124-2677-4|
|Album - 1998–2003||April 2003||ISBN 4-8470-1499-5|
|Sensei no Dōyōki Ushitsu Isshoni Utaō! Kuizu Tsuki Dōyō Zenshū (せんせいのどうようきょうしついっしょにうたおう!―クイズつき童謡全集?)||July 2003||ISBN 4-06-104696-9|
|22 Sai no Nacchi (22歳のなっち?)||September 2003||ISBN 4-88469-335-3|
|Believe||October 2003||ISBN 4-89809-137-7|
|Abe Natsumi Photo & Essay Yōkō (Hikari) (安倍なつみフォト&エッセイ 陽光（ひかり）?)||May 21, 2004||ISBN 4-8124-1664-7|
- Natsumi Abe 2004 Calendar (安倍なつみ 2004カレンダー?, Released October 2003)
- Natsumi Abe 2005 Calendar (September 2004)
- Natsumi Abe 2006 Calendar (October 12, 2005)
- Natsumi Abe 2007 Calendar (October 2006)