HAPPY 13TH ANNIVERSAR!!!!! ARASHI ♥♥♥♥♥
HAPPY 9TH ANNIVERSARY!!!! NEWS ♥♥♥♥
September 15th ♥ 嵐's Debut (1999)Debut Single: A・RA・SHI
- 大野智 (Ohno Satoshi) – 1980.11.26 <leader>
- 櫻井翔 (Sakurai Sho) – 1982.01.25
- 相葉雅紀 (Aiba Masaki) – 1982.12.24
- 二宮和也 (Ninomiya Kazunari) – 1983.06.17
- 松本潤 (Matsumoto Jun) – 1983.08.30
In the midst of Voleyball World Cup 1999, the agency announced the debut of a group which members were yet to be announced. Few days before debuting, the 5 members were notified about the decision, thinking that it would be just a temporary thing they attended a press conference aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii. Releasing their first major hit, and making next releases top charts until 2002.
In 2002, their own record label was formed and their sells kept decreasing. They didn’t top charts for a few years. In 2003, Sakurai incorporated rap and his own lyrics to their singles. In 2004, they released the theme song of their second movie “Pika☆nchi Life is Hard Dakara Happy”, their lowest-selling single to date. Despite the bad times, they were thankful to the fans and made a few surprises for them during their 5th Anniversary.
In 2005, Matsumoto invented the “Johnny’s Moving Stage” to allow them to move closer to the audience seated at a distance from the main stage. A major improvement incorporated now to Johnny’s Concerts. Jun was also slowly getting recognized by his roles in doramas and this dragged attention to the others. Members started getting individual assignments and getting recognized, as well. Since 2006, their influence over the agency has exceeded expectations and they are considered a major national and international personality, participating and hosting Kouhaku Uta Gassen and 24hr Television in repeated ocassions.
Currently, because of renovations of the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo they will be having a different type of concerts from the usuals by listening to fans’ requests and performing according to that, they will hold「Arafes」concerts since Thursday.Happy 13th Anniversary! 幸せな13周年記念！
September 15th ♥ NEWS's Debut (2003)Debut Single: NEWSニッポン
- 小山慶一郎 (Koyama Keiichiro) – 1984.05.01 <leader>
- 増田貴久 (Masuda Takahisa) – 1986.07.04
- 加藤シゲアキ (Kato Shigeaki) – 1987.07.11
- 手越祐也 (Tegoshi Yuya) – 1987.11.11
To support 2003 Women’s Volleyball Tournament the agency announced the formation of a junior unit. Their single was a limited edition but due to their popularity they were announced as a formal group and released 2nd single “Kibou ~Yell~” which is considered as their debut single, by the agency. Before this release, Moriuchi Takahiro became the first member to leave the group and the agency.
Since NEWS stands for “North East West South”, they not only had kanto juniors but also kansai juniors; Uchi and Nishikido were also part of debuted group Kanjani8. Due to schedule problems. In 2005, Uchi Hiroki was caught drinking underage and was removed from the group. Soon after, Kusano Hironori was also under the same situation, and voluntarily decided to withdraw.
In 2006 group activities were suspended because of all the controversy around them. Yamashita pursued an acting and solo career, also Tegoshi and Masuda formed unit “Tegomasu”. At the end of that year, during countdown, they announced their comeback as a 6 members group. They had the chance to host 24hr Television, and had many activities at that point but because of individual schedule conflicts sometimes they were seen with fewer members. In 2011, Yamashita Tomohisa decided to leave the group to pursue a solo career for good and Nishikido Ryo did the same arguing feeling partly at fault for the lack of activity of the group because of schedules. Remaining NEWS announced they will keep through it and Kato Shigeaki released the book “Pink & Grey”.
On April 2012, Masuda organized a surprise countdown in their official site to Koyama’s radio show. During that episode, all 4 members announced their comeback with a new single, a fan favorite’s best album and a tour. These releases were a success and they are currently going through a very emotional tour in order to reunite with fans. Reborn NEWS has a leader now, Koyama Keiichiro, who according to agency tradition is constantly bullied by younger members but also carefully watches over the group.Happy 9th Anniversary! 幸せな9周年記念！
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