Lead (band)

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Lead
Origin Japan
Genres Pop, hip-hop
Years active 2002–present
Labels Pony Canyon
Flight Master
Website Official Lead Website
Members Shinya Taniuchi,
Akira Kagimoto,
Keita Furuya
Past members Hiroki Nakadoi

Lead is a Japanese hip-hop group, under the Record of Pony Canyon/ Flight Master. Their debut was on July 31, 2002 with their single Manatsu no Magic (Mid-Summer Magic).

Biography[edit]

Hiroki Nakadoi, Shinya Taniuchi, and Akira Kagimoto all attended Osaka's "Caless Vocal and Dance School" and became good friends. By March 2002, they began doing live street performances, on the streets of Shiroten, Osaka; under the dance unit name of "remix". By May 2002, they renamed the group from "remix" to "flow". After having the name change, the three decided to recruit a fourth member.

Meanwhile, on April 13, 2002 - the "Kyushu/Fukuoka Starlight Audition" was held in Okinawa, Japan on a search for new talent. At the time, thirteen-year-old Keita Furuya and another contestant were declared winners out of the 8,751 hopefuls that had auditioned. Flow tracked down Keita and he soon joined the now four member group "flow" as of May 18, 2002.

On May 23, 2002 - The group underwent another and final name change, officially becoming "Lead", as they hoped to become a leading group of the age.

Around early July 2002 - They held their first live street performance as a four-member group "Lead" at Osaka Castle Park. Giving the public a taste of not only their dancing, but singing and rapping as well. The event was a huge success with around 7,000 attendees. Lead also became the opening act for budding group w-inds. for their first live tour - "1st Message", and performed in front of 120,000 people each opening.

Lead then soon released their first single "Manatsu no Magic (Mid Summer Magic)" on July 31, 2002.

That same year, Lead had won 'Best Newcomer' on the 44th Japan Record Awards.

Six years later, Lead has released to this date a total of 14 singles, five albums, seven DVDs, and have done five tours. As well as making numerous guest appearances on talk shows, hosting their own TV shows, and starring in movies and dramas, not to mention winning a total of three Japan Record Awards.

On August 5, 2009 they released their 16th single "Gira Gira Romantic". July 28, 2010, their 17th single "Speed Star" was released. Their 18th single "Hurricane" was released on August 10, 2011.[dated info]. Their 19th single "Wanna Be With You" (released on March 14, 2012) peaked to No. 3 on the Oricon Weekly Chart making the single their highest ranking single in Oricon.

On December 12, 2012 their 20th single "Still" was released.

Members[edit]

Shinya Taniuchi / 谷内伸也 D.O.B.: September 23, 1987 Birthplace: Osaka, Japan

Keita Furuya / 古屋敬多 D.O.B.: June 13, 1988 Birthplace: Fukuoka, Japan

Akira Kagimoto / 鍵本輝 D.O.B.: August 20, 1988 Birthplace: Nara, Japan

Past Members[edit]

Hiroki Nakadoi / 中土居宏宜 D.O.B.: July 26, 1985 Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan (But he grew up in Osaka.)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album # Album information Sales
1st / Debut Album Life on Da Beat
  • Released: April 23, 2003
  • Oricon top 200 position: 5
  • RIAJ Certification:
30,214
copies sold
2nd Brand New Era
  • Released: August 25, 2004
  • Oricon top 200 position: 11
  • RIAJ Certification:
22,415
copies sold
3rd Lead! Heat! Beat!
  • Released: August 10, 2005
  • Oricon top 200 position: 15
  • RIAJ Certification:
17,594
copies sold
4th 4
  • Released: July 19, 2006
  • Oricon top 200 position: 18
  • RIAJ Certification:
9,784
copies sold
5th Feel the Vibes
  • Released: March 5, 2008
  • Oricon top 200 position: 44
  • RIAJ Certification:
5,409
copies sold
6th Lead Tracks: Listener's Tracks
  • Released: August 6, 2008
  • Oricon top 200 position:
  • RIAJ Certification:
7th Now or Never
  • Released: July 18, 2012
  • Oricon top 200 position: 6
  • RIAJ Certification:
20,479
copies sold

Special Remix Album (ft. w-inds., Flame, And Lead) Buddies

Singles[edit]

Single # Single information Sales
1st /
Debut Single
Manatsu no Magic (真夏のMagic)
  • Released: July 31, 2002
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #18
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :
  • From Album: Life on Da Beat
27,330
copies sold
2nd "Show Me the Way"
  • Released: October 17, 2002
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #7
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :
  • From Album: Life on Da Beat
37,100
copies sold
3rd Fly Away
  • Released: February 3, 2003
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #10
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :
  • From Album: Life on Da Beat
35,393
copies sold
4th Funky Days! (ファンキーデイズ!)
  • Released: July 30, 2003
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #10
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :
  • From Album: Brand New Era
34,843
copies sold
5th Get Wild Life
  • Released: December 3, 2003
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #9
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :
  • From Album: Brand New Era
25,000
copies sold
6th Night Deluxe
  • Released: July 16, 2004
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #5
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :
  • From Album: Brand New Era
33,000
copies sold
7th Tenohira wo Taiyou ni/Delighted (手のひらを太陽に/Delighted)
  • Released: October 27, 2004
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #8
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :
  • From Album: Lead! Heat! Beat!
29,000
copies sold
8th Atarashii Kisetsu e (あたらしい季節へ)
  • Released: April 13, 2005
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #6
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :
  • From Album: Lead! Heat! Beat!
28,000
copies sold
9th Baby Running Wild (ベイビーランニンワイルド)
  • Released: July 6, 2005
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #11
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :
  • From Album: Lead! Heat! Beat!
16,000
copies sold
10th Virgin Blue/Lead (バージンブルー/Lead)
  • Released: March 8, 2006
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #9
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :
  • From Album: 4
16,000
copies sold
11th Summer Madness
  • Released: July 21, 2006
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #17
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :
  • From Album: 4
13 000
copies sold
12th Drive Alive
  • Released: March 14, 2007
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #14
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :
  • From Album: Feel The Vibes
14,000
copies sold
13th Umi (海)
  • Release Date: July 18, 2007
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #27
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :
  • From Album: Feel the Vibes
6,199
copies sold
14th Stand Up!
  • Release Date: February 6, 2008
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #20
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :
  • From Album: Feel The Vibes
12 000
copies sold
15th Sunnyday
  • Release Date: July 7, 2008
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #34
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :
  • From Album: Lead Tracks ~Listener's Choice

copies sold
16th Giragira Romantic (ギラギラRomantic)
  • Release Date: August 5, 2009
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #12
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :
  • From Album:NOW OR NEVER (Limited Edition B Only)
12 000
copies sold
17th SPEED STAR★
  • Release Date: July 28, 2010
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #11
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :
  • From Album:NOW OR NEVER
11 000
copies sold
18th HURRICANE
  • Release Date: August 10, 2011
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #8
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :
  • From Album:NOW OR NEVER

18 715 copies sold
19th Wanna Be with You
  • Release Date: March 14, 2012
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #3
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :
  • From Album:NOW OR NEVER

25 937 copies sold
20th Still
  • Release Date: December 12, 2012
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #4
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :

30,190 copies sold
21st Upturn
  • Release Date: June 19, 2013
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #5
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :

41,224 copies sold
22nd GREEN DAYS / strings
  • Release Date: September 18, 2013
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #4
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :

41,178 copies sold
23rd Sakura
  • Release Date: February 26, 2014
  • Oricon Top 20 Weekly Peak: #3
  • Oricon Top 100 Yearly :

41,559 copies sold

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