SNH48, January 2019

SNH48 (short for Shanghai48) is a Chinese all-female idol group. The group performs at a theater based in Shanghai, and is the second currently active AKB48 sister group outside of Japan. Currently the group consists of four teams: Team SII, Team NII, Team HII, and Team X. In addition, the group also has trainees called kenkyuusei. In June 2016, it was announced that SNH48 and its sister groups (GNZ48 and BEJ48) became fully independent from AKB48.



SNH48 Logo

SNH48's formation under AKS and Chinese company Ninestyle was announced in April 2012. The group was based on the "idols that you can meet" concept of AKB48. SNH48 was the third international sister group of AKB48 to be announced, but was the second to become active. Before the group was created, AKB48 members Miyazawa Sae and Suzuki Mariya were temporarily transferred to SNH48 under Team Kaigai. This announcement was made during the Tokyo Dome Team Shuffle in August 2012. The 26 first generation SNH48 members were revealed in October. Construction of the SNH48 Theater, also called the Star Dream Theater, began shortly afterwards.

The stage debut and first handshake event of the group took place in January 2013. In April, 18 girls from the 1st Generation were promoted to official member status. Later that same month, RIVER, the first music video of SNH48 was released. In June the group released Heavy Rotation, their first extended play. The SNH48 Theater was opened in August, after 10 months of construction. In September SNH48's 2nd Generation was announced, and 31 new members were added to the group. The first theater performance of the 2nd Generation took place on November 2. Team SII and Team NII were formed on November 11, debuting at the theater soon after. On December 15, SNH48 joined the fifth season of China's Got Talent.

The SNH48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2014 was held in January 2014, with Team SII winning the competition. SNH48's 3rd Generation auditions also began in January. The first Senbatsu Election of SNH48 was announced in April, and began about a month later. Fans could vote only be purchasing SNH48's first album Mae Shika Mukanee online. The results of the election were revealed on July 26, with the elected members featured in the senbatsu of SNH48's fifth single. After the 3rd Generation members were announced in July, the next SNH48 auditions began. SNH48's first variety show SNHELLO!, based on AKB48's show AKBINGO!, was also first aired in July. On September 5, the third generation was promoted into the teams of SNH48. The third team of SNH48, Team HII, was announced on this same day. SNH48's first national tour, by Team SII and Team NII, began on December 18.

In January 2015, SNH48's first original song Yuan Jin Shi Jian was released as a digital single. The SNH48 Request Hour Setlist Best 30 2015 was held later that same month. At this event the 4th Generation members of SNH48 were revealed. The 5th Generation auditions for SNH48 started on March 18. Team X, the fourth team of SNH48, was formed in April. This made SNH48 the first sister group of AKB48 to have more than three teams. The voting period of the second election of SNH48 began on May 20.

On June 9, 2016, AKB48 removed all SNH48-related content on their website, declaring the group to be fully independent, after violating a contract.

On June 10, 2016, SNH48 management side insisted that they were an independent unit from the start and were never a sub-unit of AKB48, and there was never a contract to begin with. On the same day, AKB48 removed Mariya Suzuki's concurrent position with SNH48, and SNH48-related materials were removed from JKT48's website.

On June 11, 2016, according to a report by Southern Metropolis Entertainment Weekly, AKB48 founder Kotaro Shiba made a call to the SNH48 management, saying that he fully understood and supported SNH48's move towards originality.



Former Members

Sister Groups 


Former Units

One-Shot Units


Within SNH48

Outside SNH48



Extended Plays

Digital Singles


Stage Albums=


Team SII

  • 1st Stage (最後的鐘聲響起 / Saishuu Bell ga Naru) [2013.11.23 - 2013.12.15]
    • Revival: [2014.03.20 - 2014.08.03] & [2016.03.16]
  • 2nd Stage (永恒之光 / Nagai Hikari) [2013.12.27 - 2014.05.16]
    • Revival: 2014.08.08
  • 3rd Stage (不眠之夜 / Pajama Drive) [2014.05.30 - 2014.11.01]
  • 4th Stage (勇气重生 / RESET) [2014.11.07 - 2015.06.20]
  • 5th Stage (讓夢想閃耀 / Yume wo Shinaseru wake ni Ikanai) [2015.06.26 - 2016.02.18]
  • Waiting Stage (十八个閃耀瞬間 / Shíbā gè Shǎnyào Shùnjiān) [2016.02.26 - 2016.05.14]
  • 6th Stage (心的旅程 / Xīn de Lǚchéng) [2016.05.20 - 2017.06.10]
  • 7th Stage (第48区 / Dì 48 Qū) [2017.06.30 - ]

Team NII

  • 1st Stage (剧场女神 / Theater no Megami) [2013.11.23 - 2013.12.15]
    • Revival: [2014.06.29 - 2014.11.02]
  • 2nd Stage (逆流而上 / Saka Agari) [2014.04.25 - 2014.10.04]
  • 3rd Stage (前所未有 / Zenjin Mitou) [2014.10.11 - 2015.04.18]
  • 4th Stage (我的太阳 / Boku no Taiyou) (2015.04.24 - 2016.01.10)
  • Waiting Stage (十八个閃耀瞬間 / Shíbā gè Shǎnyào Shùnjiān) [2016.01.15 - 2016.07.16]
  • 5th Stage (专属派对 / Zhuānshǔ Pàiduì) [2016.07.22 - ]

Team HII

  • 1st Stage (青春派对 / Seishun Girls) [2014.10.24 - 2015.05.24]
  • 2nd Stage (手牽手 / Te wo Tsunaginagara) [2015.05.29 - 2016.03.20]
  • 3rd Stage (偶像的黎明 / Idol no Yoake) [2016.03.26 - ]
  • Waiting Stage (十八個閃耀瞬間 / Shíbā gè Shǎnyào Shùnjiān) [2016.12.16 - 2017.04.01]
  • 4th Stage (Beautiful World / Beautiful World) [2017.04.08 - ]

Team X

  • 1st Stage (最後的鐘聲響起 / Saishuu Bell ga Naru) [2015.04.17 - 2015.10.24]
  • 2nd Stage (逆流而上 / Saka Agari) [2015.11.06 - 2016.06.10]
  • Waiting Stage 「十八個閃耀瞬間 / Shíbā gè Shǎnyào Shùnjiān) [2016.06.17 - 2016.10.20]
  • 3rd Stage 「梦想的旗帜 / Mèngxiǎng de Qízhì) [2016.10.28 - ]

Team XII

  • 1st Stage (剧场女神 / Theater no Megami) [2015.12.04 - 2016.12.15]
  • 2nd Stage 「代號XII / Dàihào XII) [2016.12.23 - 2017.06.09] and [2017.06.16 - ]


  • 1st Stage (Give Me Power!) [2013.01.12 - 2013.11.11]
  • 2nd Stage (剧场女神 / Theater no Megami) [2013.11.02 - 2013.11.10]

Special Stages

  • 1st Stage (我们向前冲 / We rush forward) [2017.04.28 - ]'

SNH48 Events

Senbatsu Election

Request Hour

Kouhaku Utagassen

Fashion Awards

  • [2015.10.31] SNH48 Fashion Awards
  • [2016.11.05] SNH48 Fashion Awards 2nd Edition

Theater Events

  • [2015.09.13] SNH48 Theater 2nd Anniversary Stage
  • [2016.02.01] Monkey's Year Stage
  • [2016.03.08] Tang AnQi Special Stage
  • [2016.09.15] SNH48 Theater 3rd Anniversary Stage
  • [2016.10.06] TOP 16 Tour Stage

Variety Show

  • Dead End Travel

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