|Years active||1993 –present|
|Members|| Koichi Domoto |
KinKi Kids (キンキ キッズ, Kinki kizzu) is 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. KinKi Kids was formed in 1993 and officially debuted on July 21, 1997.
KinKi Kids holds the Guinness World Records for having the most consecutive No.1 singles since debut (42 works) and the most consecutive years with a Japanese No.1 single (24 years, 1997 - 2020).They have 20 No.1 albums of which 14 are consecutive, making them the artist who has the third most No.1 albums in Japan. With 28 million physical copies, they are one of the best selling boy groups in Asian history and top 20 best-selling artists of all time in Japan. Since 1998, the duo has held 58 concerts in Tokyo Dome, making them the artist to hold the most concerts at the Dome.
For all their achievement in dramas and hosting, KinKi Kids is mostly praised for their music since they are able to self-produce and composed many songs despite being an idol group. The duo also actively participates in solo activities. Koichi stars in and directs SHOCK series, which is now the most-performed musical in Japan, while Tsuyoshi pursues his career as a singer-songwriter.
The duo first met each other during a Hikaru Genji concert at Yokohama Arena on May 5, 1991.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, Domoto Brothers and W Domoto, before being introduced as Kansai Boya by the end of 1992 when they were backup dancers for SMAP. On the first episode of SMAP's variety show Kiss Shita? SMAP, which began on April 4, 1993, SMAP leader Masahiro Nakai announced that the name was to be "KinKi Kids" when the two joined the show as regulars.
From July 1994 to September 1994, Koichi and Tsuyoshi both appeared in their first drama together called Ningen Shigaku, which had a peak rating of 28.9% on its final episode.The duo gained popularity in a short time and held their first concert at the Budokan on December 31, 1994. In 1995 and 1996, Tsuyoshi played Kindaichi in dramas Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo 1 and 2, while Koichi also starred as main roles in dramas Ie Naki Ko 2 and Ginrō Kaiki File, which all achieved average rating of more than 20%.
From April 1996 to June 1996, the duo once again starred together in the drama Wakaba no Goro, 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. One of the most watched music varieties in Japan LOVE LOVE Aishiteru hosted by KinKi Kids and Takuro Yoshida started to air since 1996, creating a boom of studying guitar among the Japanese younger generation. The duo also had their name-entitled variety shows such as Sore Ike KinKi Daiboken and Sore Ike KinKi Daihoso in 1996. On December 31 1996, they performed as supporting guest for Masahiko Kondō in Kohaku Uta Gassen, singing part of Midnight Shuffle, which was the main theme song of Koichi's drama Ginrō Kaiki File sung by Masahiko Kondō.
Despite holding concerts and having several high-rating varieties and dramas, the duo did not made their CD debut until July 21, 1997. They debuted with a double release of a single Garasu no Shōnen and an album A Album . According to Oricon, both went on to sell over one million copies,making the duo the second artist whose first single and first album both sold over one million copies. From August 23 to August 24, they were appointed the main personality hosts for NTV's annual telethon 24-Hour Television. From October 18 to December 20, KinKi Kids starred in their third drama together called Bokura no Yūki Miman City, and the main theme song Aisareru Yori Aishitai, which was also their second single, was released on November 12. This single ranked No.1 for 4 weeks in Oricon in total and sold over a million copies by the end of its chart run. By the end of the year, Garasu no Shōnen ranked 2nd on the annual Oricon charts, behind Namie Amuro's "Can You Celebrate?".
In 1998, KinKi Kids, along with fellow Johnny's groups V6 and TOKIO, came together to form a special charity-oriented group called J-FRIENDS,in which they collaborated with famous musicians such as Maurice White, Diane Warren, Elton John, Jon Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson. J-FRIENDS's single Ashita ga Kikoeru/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 duo's singles Zenbu Dakishimete/Ao no Jida released on July 29, 1998 peaked in No.1 for 4 consecutive weeks and ranked 10th on the annual charts with more than a million sales. Furthermore, their 1997 single "Aisareru yori Aishitai" managed to rank 8th on the annual chart. On December 31 1998, KinKi Kids held concerts in Tokyo Dome and started to hold Tokyo Dome concerts during New Year every since until 2016. In 1999, the duo's 7th single Flower ranked 10th on the annual Oricon charts for selling over a million copies, making it the duo's fourth million-selling single. The duo was invited to perform as special guest in Kohaku Uta Gassen on December 31,1999.
The year 2000 saw the duo's first Asian 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,and their second million-selling album KinKi Single Selection . The duo released their 9th single Sukininatteku Aishitteku on March 8, 2000, with the lyrics written by Tsuyoshi and the music composed by Koichi, reaching No.1 in Oricon, making them the first Japanese idol artist to have a No.1 single composed by oneself.
After all 13 of KinKi Kids' singles since their debut ranked the first in Oricon, they were listed in the 2002 edition of the reference book Guinness World Records for having the record of the most consecutive number-one singles since their debut single.It was the first case for a musical artist in Japan to be recognized by the Guinness World Records. 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.
From December 26, 2002 to July 28, 2003, KinKi Kids held their first five dome tour "KinKi Kids Dome F Concert 〜Fun Fan Forever" in Tokyo Dome, Osaka Dome, Nagoya Dome, Fukuoka Dome and Sapporo Dome.
On December 24, 2004, KinKi Kids released their 20th single Anniversary and second complication album KinKi Single Selection II, both ranked the first in Oricon's single and album chart. This was the 7th time a single and an album of one artist ranked the first in Oricon at the same time, and was the duo's second such achievement after their debut single and album. Moreover, Anniversary managed to rank the 6th on 2005 annual chart. The duo held concerts "KinKi Kids H TOUR -Have A Nice Day-" at Osaka Dome and Tokyo Dome from December 24, 2005 to January 1, 2006. With 24 concerts held at Tokyo Dome, they overtook The Rolling Stones to become the artist to hold the most concerts at the Dome.
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. 39 went on to sell about 301,000 copies in its first week. In the same month, the duo was once again recognized by the Guinness World Records for their feat of achieving the most consecutive number-one singles by extending their own record to twenty-five number one singles since debut. 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.
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.
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. 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. Their 14th album J album was released on December 9, 2009, ranked the first in Oricon. 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. The duo released K album on November 9, 2011, which debuted at the top of Oricon charts. 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"). The duo released their 16th and 17th album L album and M album on December 4, 2013 and December 10, 2014, both ranked the first in Oricon.
The duo started their 20th anniversary by the release of single Bara to Taiyou on July 20, 2016, followed by the release of album N album on September 21, 2016 and single Michi wa Tezukara Yume no Hana on November 2, 2016, all ranked the first in Oricon. From September 29 to November 12, 2016, KinKi Kids held their first Arena tour in 16 years, returning to the Budokan where they had first concert in 1994. On December 31, 2016, the duo made their first appearance in Kohaku Uta Gassen as formal participant (although they have performed there in 1996 and 1999 as guest), performing their debut single Garasu no Shonen. On 12 July, 2017, the duo released their 38th single The Red Light , reached No.1 in Oricon. With No.1 winning singles every year since 1997, KinKi Kids overtook B'z to become the artist to have the most consecutive years with a Japanese No.1 single. The duo held their 20th anniversary events on July 15 and 16 at Yokohama Stadium.On 21 July 2017, the day commemorate the 20th anniversary of debut, the sequel of 1997 drama Bokura no Yūki Miman City starred Koichi and Tsuyoshi was aired as a special drama Bokura no Yūki Miman City: 2017 in NTV, and the music show LOVE LOVE Aishiteru, hosted by KinKi Kids and ended in 2001, revived for one night only in Fuji Television.
KinKi Kids released their 39th single Topaz Love/Destiny on January 24, 2018, which is their third self-composed single (lyrics by Tsuyoshi and music by Koichi). It reached No.1 again and is the best-selling single for the duo since 2009. The three succeeding singles released between 2018 and 2020 all reached No.1, extending their record of the most consecutive No.1 singles since debut and the most consecutive years with a Japanese No.1 single to 42 works and 24 years respectively. The duo released their first studio album in four years in December 23, 2020, ranked No.1 in Oricon, which is their 20th No.1 albums. Releasing 21 albums of which 20 reached No.1, they tie up with Ayumi Hamazaki to become the artist who has the third most No.1 albums in Japan.
For solo activities, please refer to Koichi Domoto or Tsuyoshi Domoto respectively.
|1993-1994||Kayō Binbin House||Assistant|
|1993-1996||Kiss Shita? SMAP||Regular|
|1993-1997||Idol on Stage||Performer|
|1994||Chōjin Dojji Ball Densetsu||Performer||TV Special|
|1994||Itsumo Kagayaku Idols||Performer||TV Special|
|1995-2020||Music Station||Performer||116 episodes|
|1996||Sore Iki KinKi Daibōken||Host|
|1996-1998||Sore Iki KinKi Daihōsō||Host|
|1996-1997||Barikin 7 Kenjya no Senryaku||Host|
|1996-2001||LOVE LOVE Aishiteru||Host|
|1996-2016||Kohaku Uta Gassen||Perfomer||3 episodes (special guest: 1996,1999; |
formal guest: 2016)
|1997||24 Hour Television||Host||Telethon|
|1997||Star Dokkiri Daisakusen||Host|
|1998||Gyu! To Dakishimetai||Host|
|1998-1999||KinKi Kids no Gyu!||Host|
|2001-2014||Domoto Brothers||Host||Succeeding of LOVE LOVE Aishiteru|
|2006||LOVE LOVE Domoto Brothers 10 Shunen Special||Host||TV Special|
|2013-2017||SONGS||Themselves||4 episodes (documentary)|
|2014-Present||KinKi Kids no Bun Bun Bun||Host|
|2015||Domoto Brothers 2015||Host||TV Special|
|2015||Inochi no Uta||Host||TV Special|
|2016||Domoto Brothers 2016||Host||TV Special|
|2016||Domoto Brothers Mōsugu Christmas Special||Host||TV Special|
|2017||LOVE LOVE Aishiteru Returns Back in 16 Years Revival Special||Host||TV Special|
|2017||Domoto Brothers 2017||Host||TV Special|
|2018||Domoto Brothers 2018||Host||TV Special|
|2019||Domoto Brothers 2019||Host||TV Special|
|2020||Domoto Brothers 2020||Host||TV Special|
|1994||Ningen Shigaku||Koichi - Ryuka Kageyama |
Tsuyoshi - Makoto Ōba
|1996||Wakaba no Goro||Tsuyoshi - Takeshi Aizawa |
Koichi - Kai Fujiki
|1997||Bokura no Yūki Miman City||Koichi - Yamato |
Tsuyoshi - Takeru
|2000||Mahhabuiroku Big Daisakusen||Themselves||TV Special; Guest|
|2003||Mukudono||Themselves||Episode 6; Guest|
|2017||Bokura no Yūki Miman City: 2017||Koichi - Yamato Shindō |
Tsuyoshi - Takeru Takikawa
|TV Special; Lead roles; Sequel of the 1997 drama|
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.
|2000||26th Television Drama Academy Awards||Best Theme Song||"Natsu no Ōsama" (Summer Snow)||Won|
|2003||35th Television Drama Academy Awards||Best Theme Song||"Solitude: Shinjitsu no Sayonara" (Remote)||Won|
Koichi Domoto is a Japanese idol, singer, actor, singer-songwriter, composer, lyricist, television personality, voice actor. Along with Tsuyoshi Domoto, he is a member of the duo KinKi Kids, who holds the Guinness World Records for having the most consecutive No.1 singles since debut and the most consecutive years with a Japanese No.1 single, and is one of the top 20 best-selling artists of all time in Japan.
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 consecutive number-one singles since their debut single.
Arashi was a Japanese boy band consisting of five members formed under the Johnny & Associates talent agency. The members are Satoshi Ohno, Sho Sakurai, Masaki Aiba, Kazunari Ninomiya, and Jun Matsumoto. Arashi officially formed on September 15, 1999, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and made their debut CD on November 3, 1999. The group was initially signed to Pony Canyon and released one studio album and six singles—beginning with their 1999 eponymous debut single before moving to the Johnny's subsidiary label J Storm in 2001, which was initially set up for their succeeding releases. While their debut single sold close to a million copies, the group took a mixture of pop and alternate/contemporary approach to its music which attracted core followers, but subsequently faced commercially slow sales.
Tokio is a Japanese rock/pop band formed by Johnny & Associates that debuted in 1994. It is made up of four men who were signed with Sony Music Entertainment from 1994 to 2001, with Universal Music Japan from 2001 to 2008, and are now signed under J Storm, a label owned by Johnny & Associates. In addition to their activities as a band, the members of Tokio also act in dozens of dramas and host variety programmes, both as a group and individually.
Tackey & Tsubasa (タッキー&翼) were a Japanese idol duo consisting of Hideaki Takizawa and Tsubasa Imai from the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates. Takizawa, nicknamed "Tackey", is best known for his drama works, and Tsubasa for his dancing ability. They have also been musically successful with hit singles such as "Venus" and "Yume Monogatari". Their works are produced by Avex Trax.
Kumiko Kōda, known professionally as Koda Kumi, is a Japanese singer from Kyoto, known for her urban and R&B songs.
KAT-TUN is a Japanese boy band formed under Johnny & Associates (Johnny's) in 2001. The group's name was originally an acronym based on the first letter of each member's family name: Kazuya Kamenashi, Jin Akanishi, Junnosuke Taguchi, Koki Tanaka, Tatsuya Ueda, and Yuichi Nakamaru. Their debut on March 22, 2006 was marked by a tripartite release of a CD single, album and music DVD on their exclusive record label J-One Records. Since then, all of their single, album and music DVD releases have debuted at number one on the Oricon music and DVD charts.
TVXQ, an initialism for Tong Vfang Xien Qi, is a South Korean pop duo consisting of U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin. They are known as Tohoshinki in Japanese releases, and are sometimes referred to as DBSK, an abbreviation of their Korean name Dong Bang Shin Ki (Korean: 동방신기). Their name roughly translates to "Rising Gods of the East".
NEWS is a three-member Japanese band consisting of Keiichiro Koyama, Takahisa Masuda and Shigeaki Kato. The group's name is an acronym based on the cardinal directions. Formed in 2003 by Johnny Kitagawa as a nine-member group under the label Johnny's Entertainment, NEWS released a promotional single "NEWS Nippon", which was used for the World Cup of Volleyball Championships. In 2004, Takahiro Moriuchi left the group and the remaining eight members released their debut single, "Kibō: Yell", which debuted atop the Oricon charts.
Tsubasa Imai is a Japanese retired singer, actor and dancer formerly in the Japanese agency Johnny & Associates. He joined Johnny & Associates in 1995 and officially debuted in 2002 in the duo Tackey & Tsubasa with Hideaki Takizawa. They are signed to the record label Avex Trax. Imai released his first solo single, "Backborn", on February 24, 2010.
Jin Akanishi is a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter and actor. He has been active since 1998, first as one of the two lead vocalists of the popular J-pop boy-band KAT-TUN. Since the group's official debut in 2006, they have achieved 14 consecutive number ones on the Oricon charts. In 2009, Akanishi started his solo career, and since then has released two studio albums, and two mini albums.
Subaru Shibutani is a Japanese singer, actor and lyricist. He was also the main vocalist of Japanese male idol group Kanjani Eight, which debuted with modern enka, before he left the group in 2018. His first solo album Nisai was released in October 2019. Shibutani was already a singer in his own right before the group's debut, immensely popular among Johnny's Jr. fans as the top Kansai Jr. of his time.
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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.
B Album is the second studio album of the Japanese duo KinKi Kids. It was released on August 12, 1998 and debuted at the top of the Oricon charts, selling 524,540 copies in its first week. The album was certified Million by RIAJ.
F Album is the sixth studio album of the Japanese duo KinKi Kids. It was released on December 26, 2002 and debuted at number two on the Oricon charts, selling 360,102 copies in its first week. The album was certified platinum by the RIAJ for 400,000 copies shipped to stores in Japan.
Toraji Haiji was a temporary idol unit formed in December 2004 by Taichi Kokubun of Tokio and Tsuyoshi Domoto of Kinki Kids. The unit was created to promote the 2005 comedy film Fantastipo, which stars Kokubun and Domoto.
"Mystery Virgin" (ミステリー ヴァージン) is the first solo single by the Japanese idol Ryosuke Yamada after his success as a member of the popular Japanese all-male band, Hey! Say! JUMP. The song was produced and written by Vandrythem, Erik Lidbom and Daichi. It was released to mainstream radio on November 30, 2012, and was available for digital download on December 26, 2012. The song was physically released on January 9, 2013. "Mystery Virgin" was written as the ending theme song for the fourth season of the popular Japanese drama television series, Kindaichi Case Files Neo SP1: Hong Kong Kowloon Treasure Murder Case in which Yamada also played the main role, Hajime Kindaichi.