|Birth name||赤西 仁 (Akanishi Jin)|
July 4, 1984 |
|Origin||Koto, Tokyo, Japan|
|Genres||Pop, dance, electronic, R&B, hip hop|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, arranger, artist, actor, television personality|
|Instruments||Vocals, Guitar, Piano|
|Labels||Go Good Records (current)
, J-One Records, Warner Music Group
|Associated acts||KAT-TUN , LANDS, Jason Derulo, Crystal Kay|
Jin Akanishi (赤西 仁 Akanishi Jin?, born July 4, 1984) is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter, actor, voice actor, and former radio host. Akanishi used to be a member of the J-pop boy band, KAT-TUN, and was one of the two lead vocalists. Since the group's debut in 2006, it has achieved 14 consecutive number ones (including studio albums) on the Oricon charts.
Akanishi is also a budding actor with roles movies like 47 Ronin, Bandage and Japanese dramas such as the second season of popular NTV school dramas Gokusen 2, Yukan Club, and the romantic comedy Anego. He was also a co-host of KAT-TUN's own variety show, Cartoon KAT-TUN, and used to host a radio program called "KAT-TUN Style" with ex-bandmate Junnosuke Taguchi from October 2007 to March 2008.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Recording career
- 3 Acting career
- 4 Artistry
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Discography
- 7 Filmography
- 8 Awards and nominations
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Akanishi was born in Chiba, Japan on July 4, 1984 and is the eldest of two sons. His family consists of his parents and his younger brother, Reio. His given name, Jin ("benevolence"), comes from one of the five Confucian virtues. He moved to Tokyo in the first grade. In 1997, when he was still in grade school, a classmate sent in a photo of him to [Japanese idol|idol magazine], Myojo, and he was featured in the "Cool Classmates" corner of the issue. Akanishi expressed interest in the entertainment industry and his mother thus sent in an application to Johnny's Entertainment on his behalf in 1998. Though he technically failed his audition on November 8, 1998, he was told to stay when he tried to return his number plate to a man who happened to be Johnny Kitagawa himself.
2001–2006: Early career
After he was made a Johnny's Jr. member in 2000, Akanishi was part of a number of groups like Musical Academy Dancing, J2000 and B.A.D. before being drafted into a six-member unit in 2001 with other juniors Kazuya Kamenashi, Junnosuke Taguchi, Koki Tanaka, Tatsuya Ueda and Yuichi Nakamaru. Though the group was originally meant to only be backup dancers for Koichi Domoto of KinKi Kids, the sextet's unexpected popularity led their agency to allow them to expand into a separate group called KAT-TUN, an acronym formed by the first letter of the members' surnames. Despite the group's popularity (they even released DVDs of their live concerts in 2003 and 2005—a first for JE groups that hadn't debuted), they were not allowed to make their bow until five years later.
2006–2010: Debut as a member of KAT-TUN
KAT-TUN's debut on March 22, 2006 was marked by a tripartite release of their debut single, debut album and a DVD chronicling the making of their first music video. All three releases were immensely successful on the Oricon charts with "Real Face" and "Real Face Film" certified as the best-selling single and domestic music DVD of 2006 respectively. The group's next single, "Signal", was also a massive hit debuting at number 1 and selling more than 500,000 copies.
Much to the Japanese public's surprise, Akanishi announced in a press conference on October 13, 2006 that he was leaving the country to study English abroad for an indefinite amount of time. Despite his absence, KAT-TUN were obliged to continue its activities and released their third single and second studio album, "Bokura no Machi de" and Cartoon KAT-TUN II You, which both topped the charts. Akanishi finally returned from Los Angeles, the United States after six months on April 19, 2007. He quickly resumed work by joining his bandmates on their nationwide tour on April 21. All of KAT-TUN's subsequent singles and albums have since debuted at number 1 and the band has sold more than 6 million records in just over three years.
Akanishi is also a songwriter having written songs for KAT-TUN and for himself, including "Hesitate", "Love or Like" (from Cartoon KAT-TUN II You), "Lovejuice" (B-side of the limited edition 2 of "Don't U Ever Stop"), "Care" (from Break the Records: By You & For You, and "Wonder." The song "Wonder" is a collaboration with R&B artist, Crystal Kay. Akanishi is also featured in the song "Helpless Night" from Crystal Kay's greatest hits album Best of Crystal Kay, released on September 2, 2009. He can play the guitar and has composed both music and lyrics for "Murasaki (ムラサキ?)", "ha-ha" and "Pinky". He also collaborated with bandmate Ueda to create the song, "Butterfly" (from Best of KAT-TUN).
2009–2010: Rocking with LANDS
At the event of Tokyo Girls Collection on September 5, 2009, Jin appeared as a special guest to promote his new movie, BANDAGE, he performed the movie's theme song which marked this as the solo debut under the temporary unit LANDS with Takeshi Kobayashi, the producer of Mr. Children. Kobayashi wrote the lyrics and music of their debut single "Bandage". The song features drummer Nobuaki Kaneko of Rize. It was released on November 25, 2009. And each copy contained a postcard to enter the drawing for tickets to LANDS' special concert, held on January 16, 2010 in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area.
2010: Solo concerts and United States tour
Akanishi had a series of solo concerts, "Akanishi Jin Star Live You & Jin", comprising a total of 32 shows from February 7, 2010 to February 28, 2010. The song "A Page" featured at his concerts, was released as part of KAT-TUN's 11th single, "Love Yourself (Kimi ga Kirai na Kimi ga Suki)," on the 2nd limited edition on February 10, 2010. He composed and arranged the song "A Page." He also co-wrote its lyrics. Announced on March 24, 2010, Akanishi's solo tour "You & Jin" had a 3 show tour in Los Angeles, California on June 19 and June 20. The solo tour tickets were sold out in the first hour when it began to sell on April 15.
In the last show of his You&Jin concert Akanishi announced a tour in the United States. In July 2010, Akanishi announced that he would leave the band KAT-TUN, becoming a solo artist of Johnny & Associates. On September 16, 2010, dates for Akanishi's fall tour were released and the cities included were: Chicago, New York, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The tour was named 'Yellow Gold Tour 3010' after the tour's title song "Yellow Gold" written by Jin Akanishi, Jovette Rivera, and Joey Carbone.
The tour featured was held entirely in English, including 14 English-language songs that are mostly written and produced by the singer himself. On December 9, 2010, it was announced that Jin will be joining the Warner Music family. Warner Music Group and Warner Music Japan signed Jin on a global basis and became responsible for his recording career in both English and Japanese language.
After the Yellow Gold tour 3010 ended with success, Jin returned to Japan. To thank his fans for their support and love, Jin held in total 12 concerts in Osaka-jō Hall, World Memorial Hall, Nippon Budokan and Saitama Super Arena.
Jin's first solo single titled "Eternal", was released on March 2, 2011 under Warner Music Group Japan. His debut single in the U.S entitled "Test Drive" is a collaboration with singer-songwriter Jason Derulo and produced by J. R. Rotem. A DVD of his "Yellow Gold Tour 3011" concert tour was released on May 4, 2011.
2011–2012: Japonicana, the beginning of the U.S. debut
In December 2010, Jin Akanishi signed a global deal with Warner Music Group. It was announced that Jin Akanishi will be releasing his first U.S. debut single titled "Test Drive" featuring Jason Derulo. The release will be released on November 8, 2011 at 7AM PST. In addition to his U.S. debut, Akanishi will hold a LIVE U-STREAM to answer questions from his fans.
Documenting his US debut journey, Akanishi released the first episode of his web series, The Takeover, on October 27.
After debuting on November 8, 2011, Jin Akanishi's U.S. debut single "Test Drive" featuring Jason Derülo reached the #1 spot on iTunes Dance Album Chart. In the single's Japanese release, it has peaked at number 14 on the Japan Hot 100, while the EP debuted at number 1.
Akanishi released his second single "Sun Burns Down" on January 26 which reached the #1 spot on iTunes Dance Album Chart again, this would be his second continuous #1 spot on iTunes Dance Album Chart. He also plans to release his debut album titled "JAPONICANA" and to embark on another US tour in March.
His further plans were abruptly cancelled due to a penalty by his own agency.
2013–present: A fashionable comeback
On August 7, 2013, he released a new Japanese single titled "Hey, What's Up!", which was chosen as the first official theme song for the Tokyo Girls Collection fashion show, which was held on the 31st of that same month at the Saitama Super Arena. In addition to it, the fashion event also marked his first public performance as a special musical guest. Another single is planned to be out in October, and he is expected to release a new album titled "#JUSTJIN" on November 6. It's a self-produced album, which includes all the singles released in Japan since his solo debut in 2011, plus a bonus CD featuring songs written in English during his Japonicana era. Moreover, as of February 28, he decided not to renew his contract with Johnny & Associates, thus turning into an independent artist. It is not clear whether his joint contract with Warner Music was also terminated.
Akanishi made his debut as an actor in 1999 in a cameo appearance in the second episode of NTV's romance comedy, P.P.O.I., and also had small roles in TV Asahi's Best Friend, Omae no yukichi ga naiteiru and in NHK series, Haregi, Koko Ichiban. He also started appearing in musicals from 2000 taking on supporting roles in Millennium Shock (2000), Show Geki Shock (2001–2002), Dream Boy (2004) and Dream Boys (2006). Akanishi returned to the small screen in 2005 in the second season of the award-winning and popular NTV school drama, Gokusen, starring opposite Yukie Nakama and former bandmate Kazuya Kamenashi. The show won "Best Drama" at the 44th Television Drama Academy Awards and ended its run with an average viewership rating of 27.8%. He also had a supporting role in NTV's romance series, Anego, the same year.
In 2007, Akanishi starred in his first lead role in Yukan Club, a school comedy series, with ex-bandmate Junnosuke Taguchi and was voted "Best Actor" at the 11th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix. He made his debut as a voice actor in 2008 for the Japanese dub of Speed Racer, providing the voice for protagonist Speed played by Emile Hirsch.
In 2013, he made his Hollywood debut with the film 47 Ronin which also had Keanu Reeves in the lead role. Akanishi played the role of Chikara Oishi, the samurai leader's son, played by Hiroyuki Sanada and a close friend to Reeves' character, Kai. The film's director, Carl Erik Rinsch, said he was "impressed by Akanishi's English abilities and motivation".
Thus, he turned out to be the second Johnny's Entertainment artist within the agency after Ninomiya Kazunari in Letters From Iwo Jima to star in a Hollywood movie and the third overall to work with an American director. Technically speaking, Tegoshi Yuya from NEWS was the second in Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, but that movie is considered to be a Japanese production directed by Hans Canosa.
On February 2, 2012, Akanishi married actress Meisa Kuroki in a private ceremony. This caused quite an uproar among the Japanese media for, allegedly, not contacting his agency beforehand. Thus, resulting on his activities suspension as penalization. Their first daughter, Theia, was born on September 23, 2012.
|Year||Album Information||Track Listing||Chart positions
|Year||Album Information||Chart positions
|Oricon Singles Charts
||Billboard Japan Hot 100
|RIAJ digital tracks
|2009||"Bandage"||As a part of Lands||1||1||—||257,000||Olympos|
|"Test Drive" featuring Jason Derülo||US debut single||—||16||13||—||Japonicana|
|2012||"Sun Burns Down"||—||23||20||—||Japonicana|
|2013||"Hey, What's Up!"||Comeback single||2||126,793||#JUSTJIN|
|2013||"Ai naru hou e" (アイナルホウエ?)||4||48,815||#JUSTJIN|
Other charted songs
|Billboard Japan Hot 100
|RIAJ digital tracks
|2010||"Genki" (元気?, "Cheer up")||As a part of LANDS||57||—||Olympos|
|2011||"Tipsy Love"||—||50||Test Drive|
|2011||Yellow Gold Tour 3011||
As featured artist
Film and television
|2008||Speed Racer||Speed Racer (voice)||Dubbed the Japanese version of the movie.|
|2010||Bandage||Natsu Takasugi||Main role and singing voice|
|2013||47 Ronin||Chikara Oishi||Supporting role|
|1999||Nekketsu Ren-ai Dou||1999 TV series, NTV. Minor role|
|1999||P.P.O.I.||Hisashi Kimura||1999 TV series, NTV. Supporting role.|
|1999||Kowai Nichiyōbi||1999 TV series, NTV|
|1999||Best Friend||Ryota Shibuya||1999 TV series, TV Asahi. Supporting role|
|2000||Taiyō wa Shizumanai||2000 TV series, Episode 6, Fuji TV. Minor role|
|2000||Haregi, Koko Ichiban||2000 TV series, NHK. Supporting role|
|2001||Omae no Yukichi ga Naiteiru||Naoto Inoue||2001 TV series, TV Asahi|
|2005||Xmas Nante Daikirai||Sho Kitagawa||2004 TV series, NTV|
|2005||Gokusen 2 (ごくせん 2005)||Hayato Yabuki||2005 TV series, NTV. Ensemble cast|
|2005||Anego (アネゴ)||Akihiko Kurosawa||2005 TV series, NTV|
|2007||Yukan Club (有閑倶楽部)||Miroku Shochikubai||2007 TV series, NTV. Ensemble cast|
|2004||Dream Boy||Ensemble cast|
|2006||Dream Boys||Ensemble cast|
Awards and nominations
|17th TV LIFE Drama award||2007||Yukan Club||Best Actor||Won|
|11th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix||2008||Yukan Club||Best Actor||Won|
|Anan Magazine 2008 Ranking||2008||Jin Akanishi||Most Wanted Lover, Most Sexy, Most Wanted To Be Hugged By||Won|
|TBS TV Station Program Countdown||2009||Jin Akanishi||Most Trendy Male Artist||Won|
|35th Hochi Film Awards||2010||Bandage||Best Actor||Nominated|
|Billboard Japan Music Awards||2012||Jin Akanishi||Top Pop Artist ||Nominated|
|World Music Awards||2013||Jin Akanishi||World's Best Entertainer of the Year ||Nominated|
|World Music Awards||2013||Jin Akanishi||Worlds Best Male Artist ||Nominated|
|World Music Awards||2013||Jin Akanishi||Worlds Best Live Act ||Nominated|
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- Jin Akanishi at the Internet Movie Database
- Jin Akanishi at AllRovi
- Jin Akanishi at AllMusic
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