|Years active||1993 –present|
|Members|| Koichi 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.KinKi Kids hold the Guinness World Records for having the most number of consecutive No.1 singles since debut.
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 is a Japanese talent agency, formed by Johnny Kitagawa in 1962, which trains and promotes groups of male entertainers known as Johnny's.
The duo first met each other during a Hikaru Genji concert at Yokohama Arena on May 5, 1991. 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. On the first episode of SMAP's variety show Kiss Shita? SMAP(キスした?SMAPKisu 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. On December 31, 1994, KinKi Kids held their first concert at the Budokan.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
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 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.
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, 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.
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, 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) and the first to have a debut album sell over one million. 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. 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.
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 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, "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. Furthermore, their 1997 single "Aisareru yori Aishitai" managed to rank 8th.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
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, and their second million-selling album KinKi Single Selection .
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Taipei 101 / TAIPEI 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center – is a landmark supertall skyscraper in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. The building was officially classified as the world's tallest from 2004 until the 2010 completion of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. In 2011, the building received Platinum certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, and became the tallest and largest green building in the world. At one point it had the fastest elevator in the world, traveling at 60.6 km/h (37.7 mph) and transporting passengers from the 5th to 89th floor in 37 seconds.
The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is one of the two major convention and exhibition venues in Hong Kong, along with AsiaWorld-Expo. It is located in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong Island. Built along the Victoria Harbour, it is linked by covered walkways to nearby hotels and commercial buildings. The venue was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, in association with Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd. Larry Oltmanns led the design as the Design Partner with SOM.
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.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.
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 number of 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. "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. 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").They released their 28th single
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|
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.
NEWS is a four-member Japanese band consisting of Keiichiro Koyama, Takahisa Masuda, Shigeaki Kato and Yuya Tegoshi. 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.
Masahiko Kondō or Matchy is a Japanese singer, lyricist, actor, racing car manager and former semi-professional racing driver represented by Johnny & Associates. He was part of the Tanokin Trio.
"Keep the faith" is the fifth overall single by the Japanese boy band, KAT-TUN, and the second from their third studio album, KAT-TUN III: Queen of Pirates. It was released in three editions with three different covers; the regular edition contains all the songs and its instrumental versions, the first press edition came with a bonus track entitled "Lovin'U" and its instrumental track and the second limited edition was packaged with a DVD with the single's music video and a short film about the making of the music video.
All the Best! 1999–2009 is the third greatest hits album by Japanese pop boy band Arashi. The album was released on August 19, 2009 in Japan under their record label J Storm in two editions, a limited 3CD version and a regular 2CD version. The album debuted at number-one on the Oricon album weekly chart, selling 753,430 copies. Thirteen days after the release of All the Best! 1999–2009 the album sold over a million copies. As of September 22, 2009, All the Best! 1999–2009 had overtaken Supermarket Fantasy to claim the title of best-selling album of the year in Japan. On December 18, 2009, Oricon officially ranked All the Best! 1999–2009 as the bestselling album in Japan for 2009, with over 1.43 million copies sold.
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.
D Album is the fourth studio album of the Japanese group KinKi Kids. It was released on December 13, 2000. Debuting at the top of the Oricon charts, the album sold 354,830 copies in its first week.
E Album is the fifth studio album of Japanese group KinKi Kids. It was released on July 25, 2001. Debuting at the top of the Oricon charts, the album sold 400,480 copies in its first week. The album was certified platinum by the RIAJ for 400,000 copies shipped to stores in Japan.
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.
G Album: 24/7 is the seventh studio album of the Japanese duo KinKi Kids. It was released on October 22, 2003 and debuted at the top of the Oricon charts, selling 242,826 copies in its first week. The album was certified platinum by the RIAJ for 250,000 copies shipped to stores in Japan.
H Album: Hand is the eighth studio album of the Japanese duo KinKi Kids. After nearly a year without an album-release, the duo released H Album: Hand on November 16, 2005. It debuted at the top of the Oricon charts, selling 245,681 copies in its first week. The album was certified platinum by the RIAJ for 250,000 copies shipped to stores in Japan.
KinKi Single Selection is the first greatest hits album by Japanese duo KinKi Kids. The album was released on May 17, 2000 and debuted at the top of the Oricon charts, selling 712,340 copies in its first week. The album eventually went on to sell over 1,200,000 copies by the end of the year and was certified Million by RIAJ.
KinKi Single Selection II is the second greatest hits album by Japanese duo KinKi Kids. The album was released on December 22, 2004 and debuted at the top of the Oricon charts, selling 356,117 copies in its first week and 544,594 copies by the end of 2005 as it was counted for the 2005 Oricon year. It was certified Double Platinum by RIAJ.
Hiro is a Japanese music producer, associated with production company Digz, inc.. He began producing songs in 2007, beginning with dance group PaniCrew's single "Growing & Leaning." His most successful song is currently Kumi Koda's "Taboo," which reached #1 on Oricon's single charts in 2008. Other high-profile songs of Hiros include Kumi Koda's "Amai Wana," "Universe" and "Your Love," Namie Amuro's "My Love," BoA's "Best Friend" and Koichi Domoto of KinKi Kids' "Lose Control".
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.