KinKi Kids

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KinKi Kids
OriginJapan
Genres Pop
Years active 1993 (1993-present)–present
Labels Johnny's Entertainment
Associated acts J-Friends
Website Johnny's net
Members Koichi Domoto
Tsuyoshi Domoto

KinKi Kids are a Japanese duo consisting of Koichi Domoto and Tsuyoshi Domoto under the talent agency Johnny & Associates. Although the members share the same surname, the only relation they have to each other is that they both hail from the Kinki region, hence the duo's name. [1] KinKi Kids hold the Guinness World Records for having the most number of consecutive No.1 singles since debut. [2]

Koichi Domoto is a Japanese idol, singer, singer-songwriter, composer, lyricist, television personality, voice actor and actor. Along with Tsuyoshi Domoto, he is a member of KinKi Kids, which is a Japanese duo under the management of Johnny & Associates.

Tsuyoshi Domoto is a Japanese idol, singer, songwriter, actor, and television personality. Along with Koichi Domoto, he is a member of KinKi Kids, which is a Japanese duo under the management of Johnny & Associates and the record holder of Guinness World Records for having the record of the most number of consecutive number-one singles since their debut single.

Johnny & Associates Japanese talent agency

Johnny & Associates is a Japanese talent agency, formed by Johnny Kitagawa in 1962, which trains and promotes groups of male entertainers known as Johnny's.

Contents

History

1991–1996: Pre-debut activities

The duo first met each other during a Hikaru Genji concert at Yokohama Arena on May 5, 1991. [3] From then on, the two began to appear together in magazine photoshoots together though they did not have a formal name, going through several temporary names such as Johnny's Kansai Group(ジャニーズ関西組,Janīzu Kansai-gumi), Domoto Brothers(堂本ブラザーズ,Dōmoto Burazāzu) and W Domoto(W堂本,Daburu Dōmoto, "Double Domoto"), before being introduced as Kanzai Boya(カンサイボーヤ,Kansai Bōya, "Kansai Boys") by the end of 1992 when they were backup dancers for SMAP. [4] [5] On the first episode of SMAP's variety show Kiss Shita? SMAP(キスした?SMAP,Kisu Shita? SMAP), which began on April 4, 1993, SMAP leader Masahiro Nakai decided that the name was to be "KinKi Kids" when the two joined the show as regulars. Months later, Koichi and Tsuyoshi both appeared in their first drama together called Ningen Shikkaku(人間・失格, "Unfit Human"), which had a peak rating of 28.9% on its final episode. [4] [6] On December 31, 1994, KinKi Kids held their first concert at the Budokan. [3]

Hikaru Genji protagonist in Heian Chinese tale "The Tale of Genji"

Hikaru Genji is the protagonist of Murasaki Shikibu's important Heian-era Japanese novel The Tale of Genji. The story describes him as a superbly handsome man and a genius. Genji is the second son of a Japanese emperor, but he is relegated to civilian life for political reasons and lives as an imperial officer.

Yokohama Arena Indoor arena in Yokohama, Japan

Yokohama Arena is an indoor arena located in Yokohama, Japan. The capacity of the arena is 17,000 and was opened in 1989. The arena was modeled after US sports venue Madison Square Garden in New York City. It is a five-minute walk from the closest station, Shin-Yokohama Station on the JR/Yokohama Municipal Subway.

Kansai region Region

The Kansai region or the Kinki region lies in the southern-central region of Japan's main island Honshū. The region includes the prefectures of Mie, Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyōgo and Shiga, sometimes Fukui, Tokushima and Tottori. While the use of the terms "Kansai" and "Kinki" have changed over history, in most modern contexts the use of the two terms is interchangeable. The urban region of Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto is the second-most populated in Japan after the Greater Tokyo Area.

In 1996, the duo once again starred together in the drama Wakaba no Koro(若葉のころ, "Days of Youth") playing friends with very different backgrounds. Tsuyoshi played a boy with an alcoholic father who works to take care for his younger siblings while Koichi played a boy who comes from a wealthy yet unloving family.

Alcoholism broad term for problems with alcohol

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a broad term for any drinking of alcohol that results in mental or physical health problems. The disorder was previously divided into two types: alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. In a medical context, alcoholism is said to exist when two or more of the following conditions are present: a person drinks large amounts over a long time period, has difficulty cutting down, acquiring and drinking alcohol takes up a great deal of time, alcohol is strongly desired, usage results in not fulfilling responsibilities, usage results in social problems, usage results in health problems, usage results in risky situations, withdrawal occurs when stopping, and alcohol tolerance has occurred with use. Risky situations include drinking and driving or having unsafe sex, among other things. Alcohol use can affect all parts of the body, but it particularly affects the brain, heart, liver, pancreas and immune system. This can result in mental illness, Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome, irregular heartbeat, liver cirrhosis and increased cancer risk, among other diseases. Drinking during pregnancy can cause damage to the baby resulting in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Women are generally more sensitive than men to the harmful physical and mental effects of alcohol.

1997–present: Debut and onwards

The duo made their debut in 1997 with a double release of a single "Garasu no Shōnen"(硝子の少年, "Glass Boy") and an album A Album . According to Oricon, both went on to sell over one million copies, [3] [7] making the duo the second artist from Johnny's to have a debut single sell over one million after their agency senior Masahiko Kondo's debut single "Sneaker Blues"(スニーカーぶる〜す,Sunīkā Burūsu) [8] and the first to have a debut album sell over one million. [7] Their second single "Aisareru Yori Aishitai"(愛されるより愛したい, "I'd Rather Love Than Be Loved") went on to become a major hit as well, selling over half a million in its first week and over a million copies by the end of its chart run. [7] By the end of the year, "Garasu no Shōnen" ranked 2nd on the annual Oricon charts, behind Namie Amuro's "Can You Celebrate?". From August 23 to August 24, they were appointed the main personality supporters with Noriko Katō(加藤 紀子,Katō Noriko) for NTV's annual telethon 24-Hour Television(24時間テレビ,24 Jikan Terebi) with Tokio member Tatsuya Yamaguchi(山口 達也,Yamaguchi Tatsuya) as the marathon runner. Additionally, from October 18 to December 20, KinKi Kids starred in their third drama together called ぼくらの勇気(Bokura no Yūki: Miman Toshi, "Our Courage: Miman City") with Mai Hosho(宝生 舞,Hōshō Mai), former Johnny's Jr. Yuki Kohara and Arashi members Jun Matsumoto and Masaki Aiba.

<i>A Album</i> studio album by KinKi Kids

A Album is the debut album of the Japanese group KinKi Kids. It was released on July 21, 1997, on the same day as their debut single "Garasu no Shōnen". The album debuted at the top of the Oricon charts, selling 315,330 copies in its first week. It was certified Million by RIAJ and is currently the duo's second best-selling album.

Oricon Inc., established in 1999, is the holding company at the head of a Japanese corporate group that supplies statistics and information on music and the music industry in Japan. It started as Original Confidence Inc., which was founded by Sōkō Koike in November 1967 and became known for its music charts. Oricon Inc. was originally set up as a subsidiary of Original Confidence and took over the latter’s Oricon record charts in April 2002.

Namie Amuro Japanese actress and singer

Namie Amuro is a Japanese recording artist, producer, songwriter, dancer, model, actress and entrepreneur. A leading figure of the Japanese entertainment industry since the early 90s, Amuro is known for breaking the youthful idol stereotype of J-Pop, her experimentation across music styles, and for her visual imagery in music videos and live performances. Due to her career longevity, resilience, professionalism, efforts behind-the-scenes in the music industry, and lifestyle, she is a pop culture icon in Japan and Asia. She has been referred to as "the diva of the Heisei era" and the "Queen of Japanese Pop", and has been recognized as having the influence and career impact domestically as artists such as Janet Jackson and Madonna in Western music and pop culture.

In 1998, KinKi Kids, along with fellow Johnny's groups V6 and Tokio, came together to form a special charity-oriented duo called J-Friends, [4] in which they collaborated with famous musicians such as Maurice White, Diane Warren, Elton John, Jon Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson. [9] [10] [11] J-Friends's single "Ashita ga Kikoeru/Children's Holiday"(明日が聴こえる/Children's Holiday, "Can You Hear Tomorrow/Children's Holiday"), released on January 21, 1998, went on to sell over a million copies and ranked 12th on the annual Oricon charts by the end of the year. The year was successful for KinKi Kids as well. The duo's singles "Zenbu Dakishimete/Ao no Jidai"(全部だきしめて/青の時代, "Hold on to Everything/Blue Days") sold over a million and ranked 10th on the charts and "Jetcoaster Romance"(ジェットコースター・ロマンス,Jettokōsutā Romansu) sold over 900,000 copies and ranked 18th; their album B Album sold over 850,000 copies and over a million by the end of its chart run. [12] Furthermore, their 1997 single "Aisareru yori Aishitai" managed to rank 8th.

V6 is a six-member Japanese boy band formed by Johnny & Associates. The group debuted on November 1, 1995 with the single "Music for the People", which was used as the image song for the World Cup of Volleyball in 1995. Their first four singles, including "Music for the People", were all cover versions of the same-titled Eurobeat songs composed by Italian producers such as Giancarlo Pasquini, Andrea Leonardi, Alberto Contini, Sandro Oliva.

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In 1999, the duo's 7th single "Flower"(フラワー,Furawā) ranked 10th on the annual Oricon charts for selling over a million copies, making it the duo's fourth million-selling single. The year 2000 saw the duo's first Asia tour in Taiwan and Hong Kong, which was held at Taipei 101 and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre respectively and ran from February 22 to February 27, [13] and their second million-selling album KinKi Single Selection . [14]

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Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre architectural structure

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After all 13 of KinKi Kids' singles since their debut single "Garasu no Shōnen" debuted at the top of the charts, they were listed in the 2002 edition of the reference book Guinness World Records for having the record of the most number of consecutive number-one singles since their debut single. [15] It was the first case for a musical artist in Japan to be recognized by the Guinness World Records. [15] Irish group Westlife was listed as this record holder by the Guinness World Records before the duo's accreditation because of making seven consecutive UK number-one singles since their debut as a group. [15]

To commemorate their 10th anniversary on July 21, 2007, KinKi Kids released a best-hits album entitled 39 on July 18, 2007. The numbers three and nine are pronounced as "San Kyū"(三九) in Japanese and sound similar to "Thank You" in English, signifying KinKi Kids' gratitude to their fans for their support for the past 10 years. The album features the top 11 song favorites, as voted by fans as well as two individual 14-song favorites lists from Koichi and Tsuyoshi, coming to a total of 39 songs, hence the title. [16] 39 went on to sell about 301,000 copies in its first week. [17] In the same month, the duo was once again recognized by the Guinness World Records for their feat of achieving the most number of consecutive number-one singles by extending their own record to twenty-five number one singles since debut. [18] [19] On July 22, 2007, the duo held their 10th anniversary concert at Tokyo Dome, which drew a crowd of about 67,000 fans, making it the biggest concert ever held at the Dome. The record was previously held by Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi in 1992 when his concert drew an audience of 65,000. [20]

On May 31, 2008, the duo announced their first summer tour in eight years. The tour started at Tokyo Dome on July 21, 2008—coinciding with their 11th anniversary—and extended the duo's record for holding the most Tokyo Dome concerts. [21] [22] They released their 28th single "Yakusoku"(約束, "Promise") on January 28, 2009, which debuted at the top of the Oricon charts, not only extending their Guinness record but also improving their own Oricon record for the most consecutive years with a number-one single. [23] The duo's 29th single "Swan Song"(スワンソング,Suwan Songu), released on October 28, 2009, debuted at the top of the Oricon charts, extending their record. [24] At the end of 2010, the duo released their 30th single "Family: Hitotsu ni Naru Koto"(Family ~ひとつになること, "Family: To Become One"), with the lyrics written by Tsuyoshi and the music composed by Koichi. Their 31st single "Time," also used as the theme song for Dynasty Warriors 7 , has extended their Guinness World Record again. KinKi Kids started year 2012 with a new single "Kawatta Katachi no Ishi"(変わったかたちの石, "Odd-shaped stone"). [25]

Discography

Activities

For solo activities, please refer to Koichi Domoto or Tsuyoshi Domoto respectively.

Dramas

Movies

Stage

Dubbing roles

Reception

In a 2006 survey of people between 10 and 49 years of age in Japan, Oricon Style found the number one selling song "Happy Happy Greeting" (608,790 copies) to be the fourth most popular Valentine's Day song in Japan. The most popular song was Sayuri Kokushō's 1986 debut single "Valentine Kiss", which sold only 317,000 copies. The other songs in the top five were (in order) "Love Love Love" from Dreams Come True (2,488,630 copies), "Valentine's Radio" from Yumi Matsutoya (1,606,780 copies), and "My Funny Valentine" by Miles Davis. [27]

Awards

YearCeremonyAwardNominee/WorkResult
200026th Television Drama Academy AwardsBest Theme Song"Natsu no Ōsama" (Summer Snow)Won
200335th Television Drama Academy AwardsBest Theme Song"Solitude: Shinjitsu no Sayonara" (Remote) [28] Won

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