Remioromen

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Remioromen
レミオロメン
Genres Alternative rock, pop rock
Years active 2000 (2000)–present (on hiatus)
Labels Daizawa Records (2003),
Speedstar Records (2003-2008),
Oorong Records (2009-present)
Associated acts Takeshi Kobayashi, Makoto Minagawa
Website www.remioromen.jp
Members Ryota Fujimaki
Keisuke Maeda
Osamu Jinguji

Remioromen (レミオロメン?) is a Japanese rock band, formed by Ryota Fujimaki, Keisuke Maeda and Osamu Jinguji in 2000, one song that spent eight weeks on the charts in the USA.

History[edit]

Remioromen was formed in December 2000 with their current three person line up. They say that the name of the band has no real significance and was instead the result of wordplay. On November 25 of 2003 they did their first one-man live at Shibuya-AX. Since their inception the band has been steadily climbing to the top of the Oricon charts. For the release of Sangatsu Kokonoka (3月9日) (March 9) they returned to their home town in the Yamanashi Prefecture to perform live in their old school's gymnasium. In 2005 Sangatsu Kokonoka was used in a choral arrangement for the drama Ichi Rittoru no Namida (1 Litre Of Tears) and Konayuki was used as the insert song. For the release of the single Sangatsu Kokonoka was included in an arrangement with a string quartet. This gained the band a great deal of popularity and Konayuki became one of the best selling singles of 2005. Their third album Horizon has had high sales, making it # 1 on the Oricon Album charts for three weeks.

The first track in their album Kaze no Chroma, entitled Tsubasa, was the ending theme in the movie Major: Yuujou no Winning Shot which was based on the hit baseball manga made by Takuya Mitsuda.

Though Remioromen has never had a single rank at number 1, their recent releases have stayed on the charts for long periods of time and their overall sales have been quite high. Remioromen generally sticks to laid back pop/rock with catchy hooks.

In MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2006 (MTV VMAJ 2006) Remioromen Music Video "Konayuki" won The Best Pop Video Award.

On 1 February 2012, an official announcement was made on their website, stating the suspension of the group. No explanations were given for the suspending of the band's activity.

Ryota Fujimaki, the lead vocalist and guitarist, will be debuting on 17 October 2012, with a solo album titled Ookami Seinen (オオカミ青年).

Members[edit]

  • Ryota Fujimaki (藤巻亮太 Fujimaki Ryōta?) (b. January 12, 1980) is vocalist and plays guitar.
  • Keisuke Maeda (前田啓介 Maeda Keisuke?) (b. September 11, 1979) plays bass guitar.
  • Osamu Jinguji (神宮司治 Jingūji Osamu?) (b. March 5, 1980) plays drums.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

Album # Album information Weekly
Albums
Charts
Year-End
Albums
Charts
Tracklisting Copies Sold
1st Asagao (朝顔?)
  • Released: November 19, 2003
  • First Week Sales: 19,725
  • Chart Run: 65 weeks
  • Certification: Gold (RIAJ)
17 - 113,152
2nd ether (ether[エーテル]?)
  • Released: March 9, 2005
  • First Week Sales: 95,427
  • Chart Run: 71 weeks
  • Certification: Platinum (RIAJ)
2 - 402,205
3rd Horizon
  • Released: May 17, 2006
  • First Week Sales: 320,255
  • Chart Run: 56 weeks
  • Certification: Double Platinum (RIAJ)
1 16 676,672
4th Kaze no Chroma (風のクロマ?)
  • Released: October 29, 2008
  • Oricon Weekly Ranking: No. 3
  • First Week Sales: 55,229
  • Chart Run: 21 weeks
3 - 89,801
5th Kachōfūgetsu (花鳥風月?)
  • Released: March 3, 2010
  • First Week Sales: 52,950
  • Chart Run: Still Charting
2 - 85,129

Compilation Albums[edit]

Album # Album information Weekly
Albums
Charts
Year-End
Albums
Charts
Tracklisting Copies Sold
1st Remio Best (レミオベスト?)
  • Released: March 9, 2009
  • First Week Sales: 280,599
  • Chart Run: 49 weeks
1 8 508,679

Live Albums[edit]

Album # Album information Weekly
Albums
Charts
Year-End
Albums
Charts
Tracklisting Copies Sold
1st Flash and Gleam
  • Released: November 1, 2006
  • First Week Sales: 51,318
  • Chart Run: 22 weeks
  • Certification: Gold (RIAJ)
4 - 108,861

Singles[edit]

  • Ameagari (雨上がり?) (21 May 2003) {#43 Oricon}
  • Denwa (電話?) (20 August 2003) {#29 Oricon}
  • Sangatsu kokonoka (3月9日?) (9 March 2004) {#11 Oricon}
  • Akashia (アカシア?) (19 May 2004) {#17 Oricon}
  • Moratorium (モラトリアム?) (12 January 2005) {#8 Oricon}
  • Minami kaze (南風?) (9 February 2005) {#9 Oricon}
  • Ao no sekai (蒼の世界?) (12 October 2005) {#2 Oricon}
  • Konayuki (粉雪?) (16 November 2005) {#2 Oricon}
  • Taiyō no shita (太陽の下?) (1 March 2006) {#2 Oricon}
  • Akanezora (茜空?) (14 March 2007) {#3 Oricon}
  • Hotaru (?)/RUN (9 May 2007) {#4 Oricon}
  • Wonderful & Beautiful (12 December 2007) {#3 Oricon}
  • Motto Tooku E (30 July 2008) {#6 Oricon}
  • Yume no Tsubomi (7 January 2009) {#3 Oricon}
  • Starting Over (15 July 2009) {#4 Oricon}
  • Koi no Yokan Kara (恋の予感から?) (25 November 2009) {#10 Oricon}
  • Tatsun da joe (立つんだジョー?) (28 July 2010) {#13 Oricon}

Digital Singles[edit]

  • Sakura (14 February 2009)
  • Kachōfūgetsu (花鳥風月?) (17 February 2010)
  • Your Song (19 January 2011)

External links[edit]