Rie Kitahara

Rie Kitahara is a Japanese singer and actress formerly associated with the Japanese idol girl group NGT48 and former member of AKB48 and SKE48. She debuted in 2008 in Team A and was later co-captain of Team K. In March 2015, it was announced Kitahara would be transferred to NGT48 as captain of the group. She has sung on many of the groups' main singles, having been voted number 13, 16, 13, 13, 21, 19, 11 and 12 in AKB48's General Elections. In 2017, for her final participation, she was voted number 10 which is her best rank ever.
Since 2011, Kitahara is also a member of the AKB48 subgroup Not Yet.
She is currently represented with Ohta Production.


Kitahara was born in Ichinomiya, Aichi. In 2009, she was placed 13th overall in AKB48's general election to determine the participants in its next single.
On August 13, 2010, Kitahara debuted as a voice actress in the anime series '.
In AKB48's 2012 general election, Kitahara placed 13th with 26,531 votes. She made her acting debut in the movie Graffreeter Toki, which was released on July 14, 2012 in Japan. At the end of the year, she was a cast member on the first season of the reality television show
', where she lived together with five other people.
On August 24, 2012, the first day of AKB48's 3-Tokyo-Dome-concert series, the group announced a reorganization, which placed Kitahara from Team B to Team K, and also made her a concurrent member of AKB48 and SKE48. She debuted with Team S on February 13, 2013. She was transferred from Team S to Team KII, but did not debut with the new team.. In April, SKE48 announced it was ending Kitahara's concurrency with the group, which leaves her only with AKB48's Team K.
As a member of the sub-group Not Yet, she is credited for the lyrics of "Guilty Love"
Kitahara starred in the Japanese horror movie Joker Game, released on December 22, 2012. She also appeared in the drama remake, Kazoku Game, which aired on Fuji TV starting April 2013, as a girlfriend of a son of a prominent family member.
On August 21, 2017, she announced she will be leaving NGT48. She graduated on April 18, 2018.


Singles with AKB48

200810"Ōgoe Diamond"A-sideDebut with Team A.
200911"10nen Sakura"A-side
200912"Namida Surprise!"A-side
200913"Iiwake Maybe"A-sideRanked 13th in 2009 General Election.
201015"Sakura no Shiori"A-side, Team Young JumpDebut with Team B. Also sang on "Choose Me!" as Team Young Jump.
201016"Ponytail to Shushu"A-sideAlso sang on "Majijo Teppen Blues".
201017"Heavy Rotation"A-sideRanked 16th in 2010 General Election. Also sang on "Yasai Sisters" and "Lucky Seven".
201019"Chance no Junban"B-sideDid not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Yoyakushita Christmas"; and "Love Jump" with Team B.
201120"Sakura no Ki ni Narō"A-side
2011--"Dareka no Tame ni - What can I do for someone?"--charity single
201121"Everyday, Katyusha"A-sideAlso sang on "Korekara Wonderland" and "Yankee Soul".
201122"Flying Get"A-side, Yasai Sisters 2011Ranked 13th in 2011 General Election. Also sang on "Seishun to Kizukanai Mama"; and on "Yasai Uranai" as Yasai Sisters 2011
201123"Kaze wa Fuiteiru"A-side
201124"Ue kara Mariko"A-sideLineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament; She sang on "Noël no Yoru"; and on "Yobisute Fantasy" as Team B.
201225"Give Me Five!"A-side, Special Girls BSang in chorus with Baby Blossom; She also sang on "Hitsujikai no Tabi" as Special Girls B.
201226"Manatsu no Sounds Good!"A-sideAlso sang on "Gugutasu no Sora" and "Kimi no Tame ni Boku wa..."
201227"Gingham Check"A-sideRanked 13th in 2012 General Election.
201228"Uza"New Team KDid not sing on title track. Sang on "Scrap & Build" as New Team K.
201229"Eien Pressure"B-side, OKL48Debut as concurrent member of AKB48 Team K and SKE48. Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Totteoki Christmas"; on "Tsuyogari Tokei" as SKE48; and on "Eien Yori Tsuzuku Yo Ni" as OKL48.
201330"So Long!"A-sideConcurrent member of AKB48 Team K and SKE48 team S. Also sang on "Yuuhi Marie" as Team K.
201331"Sayonara Crawl"A-sideFirst single as AKB48 Team K. Also sang on "How Come?" as Team K.
201332"Koi Suru Fortune Cookie"Under GirlsDid not sing on title track. Ranked 21st in 2013 General Election. Sang on "Ai no Imi wo Kanagete Mita" as Under Girls.
201333"Heart Electric"Under Girls, Team KDid not sing on title track. Sang on 'Kaisoku to Doutai Shiryoku' as Under Girls and 'Sasameyuki Regret' as Team K.
201334"Suzukake Nanchara"A-sidePlaced 10th in rock-paper-scissors tournament.
201435"Mae Shika Mukanee"Beauty GiraffesDid not sing on title track. Sang on 'Kimi no Uso wo Shitteita' as 'Beauty Giraffes'.
201436"Labrador Retriever"A-sideAlso sang "Kyou made no Melody" and "Itoshiki Rival" as part of Team K.
201437"Kokoro no Placard"B-sideSang "Dareka ga Nageta Ball" as part of Undergirls. Ranked #19 in general elections.
201438"Kibōteki Refrain"B-sideSang "Hajimete no Drive" as part of Team K and "Utaitai".
201539"Green Flash"B-sideSang "Haru no Hikari Chikadzuita Natsu"
201541"Halloween Night"A-sideRanked 11th in 2015 General Election.
201542"Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby"A-sideAlso sang "365 Nichi no Kamihikōki" and "Senaka Kotoba".
201643"Kimi wa Melody"A-sideMarked as the 10th Anniversary Single. Also sang "Max Toki 315 Gou" as part of NGT48.
201644"Tsubasa wa Iranai"A-sideAlso sang "Kimi wa Doko ni Iru?" as NGT48.
201645"LOVE TRIP / Shiawase wo Wakenasai"A-sideRanked 12th in 2016 General Election. Also sang "Hikari to Kage no Hibi".
201747"Shoot Sign"A-sideAlso sang "Midori to Mori no Undokouen " as part of NGT48.
201748"Negaigoto no Mochigusare"A-sideAlso sang "Ima Para".
201749"#SukiNanda"A-sideRanked 10th in 2017 General Election.
201750"11gatsu no Anklet"A-side
201851"Jabaja"B-sideSang "Tomodachi de imashō" as NGT48.

Singles with SKE48

201311"Choco no Dorei"A-sideDebut with Team S.
201312"Utsukushii Inazuma"Magical BandDid not participate in title track. She sang on "Band wo Yarou yo" as Magical Band and was associated with AKB48 Team K.

Singles with NGT48

20171"Seishun Dokei"A-sideDebut with NGT48. Also sang "Akigan Punk" and "Kurayami Motomu".
20172"Sekai wa Doko Made Aozora na no ka?"A-sideAlso sang "Nani ka ga Iru" and "Gikochinai Tsuugaku Densha".
20183"Haru wa Dokokara Kurunoka?"A-sideAlso sang "Watashi no Tame ni".