Chemistry (band)

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Chemistry
Chemistry Concert at Otakon 2011 - 58.jpg
Chemistry performing at Otakon 2011
Background information
Also known as Kemi
Origin Japan
Genres Pop, R&B
Years active 2001–present
Labels DefSTAR Records
Associated acts Kiyoshi Matsuo, Shigeaki Tanaka, Lena Park, John Legend, Dohzi-T, Synergy
Website www.chemistryclub.net/pc/top.jsp
Members Yoshikuni Dōchin
Kaname Kawabata

Chemistry (styled CHEMISTRY) is a Japanese Pop/R&B duo, composed of Yoshikuni Dōchin (堂珍 嘉邦?, born November 17, 1978) and Kaname Kawabata (川畑要?) born January 28, 1979. They were the winners of the Asayan audition (similar to the American Idol series) in 2000 organized by Sony Music Entertainment Japan.[1]

Their first single "Pieces of a Dream" was released on March 3, 2001, and was the best selling single that year (over 2 million). Most of their singles have reached #1 on the Oricon charts; all five albums have reached #1 the day they were released. Their #1 streak was broken by the KinKi Kids' album H Album: Hand, scoring them a #2 rank for Fo(u)r.

Chemistry is also known in Korea for the popular collaboration song "Let's Get Together Now," featuring talents from both Korea and Japan and for collaborating with Korean singer Lena Park who appears in the b-side "Dance with Me" on the "Kimi ga Iru" single.

On March 6, 2008, Kaname Kawabata married model Miki Takahashi. They met after she appeared in the PV for "This Night."[2]

Their single "Period" was selected as the fourth opening for the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

In 2010, Chemistry worked together with the 4-person dance group Synergy to release "Shawty". Another joint work of the two groups will be released November 3, 2010, titled "Keep Your Love".

In 2011, Chemistry was tapped by Bandai Visual to record a song for the OVA series, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, due to be the title song for the 3rd episode, The Ghost of Laplace. merry-go-round, is due for release on March 2, 2011 as a follow up before the OVA's actual release on March 5, 2011.

Their 15th single "Wings of Words" was used as the fourth opening theme for Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY from PHASE-38 to 49

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

No. Title Release date Ranking[3]
1 The Way We Are 2001-11-17 1
2 Second to None 2003-01-08 1
3 Between the Lines 2003-06-18 1
4 One X One 2004-02-18 1
5 Hot Chemistry 2005-01-26 1
6 Fo(u)r 2005-11-16 2
7 Re:fo(u)rm 2006-08-09 25
8 All the Best 2006-11-22 1
9 Face to Face 2008-01-30 3
10 Winter of Love 2008-11-19 7
11 The Chemistry Joint Album 2009-03-11 10
12 Regeneration 2010-02-24 7
13 Chemistry 2001-2011 2011-03-02 6
14 Trinity 2012-01-25 8

Singles[edit]

No. Title Release date Ranking[3] No. of weeks in Charts[3]
1 "Pieces of a Dream" 2001-03-07 1 32 weeks
2 "Point of No Return" 2001-06-06 1 22 weeks
3 "You Go Your Way" 2001-10-11 1 14 weeks
4 "Kimi o Sagashiteta (New Jersey United)" (君をさがしてた ~New Jersey United~?) 2002-05-09 2 12 weeks
5 "Floatin'" 2002-07-17 1 6 weeks
6 "It Takes Two" 2002-11-13 1 14 weeks
7 "My Gift to You" 2002-12-18 4 2 weeks
8 "Ashita e Kaeru" (アシタヘカエル?) 2003-08-06 1 13 weeks
9 "Your Name Never Gone" 2003-11-19 2 13 weeks
10 "So in Vain" 2004-02-04 3 6 weeks
11 "Mirage in Blue" 2004-07-07 4 7 weeks
12 "Long Long Way" 2004-10-27 4 6 weeks
13 "Shiroi no Toiki" (白の吐息?) 2004-12-01 8 6 weeks
14 "Kimi ga Iru" (キミがいる?) 2005-02-23 4 9 weeks
15 "Wings of Words" 2005-07-27 2 12 weeks
16 "Almost in Love" 2005-11-02 6 8 weeks
17 "Yakusoku no Basho" (約束の場所?) 2006-10-04 4 11 weeks
18 "Tōkage feat. John Legend" (遠影?) 2006-11-01 9 5 weeks
19 "Top of the World" 2006-12-06 28 5 weeks
20 "Sora no Kiseki" (空の奇跡?) 2007-04-25 9 4 weeks
21 "This Night"[4] 2007-08-01 13 5 weeks
22 "Saigo no Kawa" 2007-10-24 4 11 weeks
23 "Kagayaku Yoru" (輝く夜?) (supported by Monkey Majik) 2007-12-05 18 3 weeks
24 "Life goes on" 2008-08-20 12 5 weeks
25 "Koisuru Yuki Aisuru Sora" (恋する雪 愛する空?) 2008-11-05 16 4 weeks
26 "A Place for Us" (with Toko Furuuchi) 2009-02-18 21 2 weeks
27 "Ano Hi feat. Dohzi-T/Once Again" (あの日 (feat. Dohzi-T)?) 2009-11-04 19 4 weeks
28 "Period" 2010-01-27 12 1 weeks
29 "Shawty" (Chemistry+Synergy) 2010-08-18 18 3 weeks
30 "Keep Your Love" (Chemistry+Synergy) 2010-11-03 11 3 weeks
31 "A Better Tomorrow" 2011-02-16 16 2 weeks
32 "Merry-go-round" 2011-03-02 19 weeks
33 "Independence" 2011-08-10 17 weeks
34 "Eternal Smile" 2011-11-30 19 weeks

Videos[edit]

  • 2002-04-10 R.A.W. ~Respect and Wisdom- Chemistry Acoustic Live (in DVD and VHS)
  • 2003-02-14 Chemistry the Videos: 2001-2002 ~What You See is What You Get~ (in DVD and VHS)
  • 2003-09-10 Two as We Stand ~Live and Documentary 2002-2003~ (in DVD and VHS)
  • 2005-01-26 Chemistry in Suntory Hall ~Hibiki~ (in DVD and UMD)
  • 2006-08-09 Chemistry the Videos: 2003-2006 ~We Sing, Therefore We Are~ (in DVD and VHS)
  • 2006-11-22 Chemistry 2006 Tour Fo(u)r (Blu-ray Disc)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "J!-ENT's Dennis A. Amith interviews CHEMISTRY - 10th Year Anniversary (September 2011 J!-ENT Interview)". Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  2. ^ "CHEMISTRYの川畑要、人気モデル高橋美紀と入籍" (in Japanese). 2008-03-06. Archived from the original on 2008-03-09. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  3. ^ a b c Based on the Oricon Charts.
  4. ^ "Chemistry Club: Latest release" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-07-25. 

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