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
Years active 2001–2012, 2017–present
Labels DefSTAR Records
Associated acts
Website www.chemistry-official.net
Members Yoshikuni Dōchin
Kaname Kawabata

Chemistry (styled as CHEMISTRY) is a Japanese pop duo, consists of Yoshikuni Dōchin (堂珍 嘉邦, born November 17, 1978) and Kaname Kawabata (川畑要, born January 28, 1979).

History[edit]

They were the winners of the Asayan audition (similar to the American Idol series) in 2000 organized by Sony Music Entertainment Japan.[2]

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."[3]

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.

After going went on hiatus in 2012 so both members could pursue solo careers, the pair resumed activities as a musical duo in 2017. Their new song "Windy" will be used as the second ending theme song for the anime adaptation of Altair: A Record of Battles.[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Details Oricon chart[5] Rating
2001 The Way We Are
  • 1st studio album
  • Released: November 7, 2001
1
2003 Second to None
  • 2nd studio album
  • Released: January 8, 2003
1
Between the Lines
  • 3rd studio album
  • Released: June 18, 2003
1
2004 One X One
  • 4th studio album
  • Released: February 18, 2004
1
2005 Hot Chemistry
  • 5th studio album
  • Released: January 26, 2005
1
Fo(u)r
  • 6th studio album
  • Released: November 16, 2005
2
2006 Re:fo(u)rm
  • 7th studio album
  • Released: August 9, 2006
25
All the Best
  • 8th studio album
  • Released: November 22, 2006
1
2008 Face to Face
  • 9th studio album
  • Released: January 30, 2008
3 AllMusic 3/5 stars[6]
Winter of Love
  • 10th studio album
  • Released: November 19, 2008
7 AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[7]
2009 The Chemistry Joint Album
  • 11th studio album
  • Released: March 11, 2009
10 AllMusic 3/5 stars[8]
2010 Regeneration
  • 12th studio album
  • Released: February 24, 2010
7 AllMusic 3/5 stars[9]
2011 Chemistry 2001–2011
  • 13th studio album
  • Released: March 2, 2011
6
2012 Trinity
  • 14th studio album
  • Released: January 25, 2012
8

Singles[edit]

Year Title Oricon chart[10] Album
Peak
position
Weeks
on chart
2001 "Pieces of a Dream" 1 32 The Way We Are
"Point of No Return" 1 22
"You Go Your Way" 1 14
2002 "Kimi o Sagashiteta (New Jersey United)"
(君をさがしてた ~New Jersey United~)
2 12 Second to None
"Floatin'" 1 6
"It Takes Two" 1 14
"My Gift to You" 4 2
2003 "Ashita e Kaeru"
(アシタヘカエル)
1 13 One X One
"Your Name Never Gone" 2 13
2004 "So in Vain" 3 6
"Mirage in Blue" 4 7
"Long Long Way" 4 6 Fo(u)r
"Shiroi no Toiki"
(白の吐息)
8 6 Hot Chemistry
2005 "Kimi ga Iru"
(キミがいる)
4 9 Fo(u)r
"Wings of Words" 2 12
"Almost in Love" 6 8
2006 "Yakusoku no Basho"
(約束の場所)
4 11 Face to Face
"Tōkage" (feat. John Legend
(遠影)
9 5
"Top of the World" 28 5 All the Best
2007 "Sora no Kiseki"
(空の奇跡)
9 4 Face to Face
"This Night"[11] 13 5
"Saigo no Kawa" 4 11
"Kagayaku Yoru" (supported by Monkey Majik)
(輝く夜)
18 3
2008 "Life goes on" 12 5 Regeneration
"Koisuru Yuki Aisuru Sora"
(恋する雪 愛する空)
16 4 Winter of Love
2009 "A Place for Us" (with Toko Furuuchi) 21 2 The Chemistry Joint Album
"Ano Hi" (feat. Dohzi-T/Once Again
(あの日 (feat. Dohzi-T))
19 4 Regeneration
2010 "Period" 12 1
"Shawty" (Chemistry + Synergy) 18 3 Chemistry 2001–2011
"Keep Your Love" (Chemistry + Synergy) 11 3
2011 "A Better Tomorrow" 16 2
"Merry-go-round" 19 1
"Independence" 17 1 Trinity
"Eternal Smile" 19 1

Videos[edit]

Year Title Oricon chart[12][13]
2002 R.A.W. ~Respect and Wisdom- Chemistry Acoustic Live
  • Released: April 10, 2002
  • Formats: DVD, VHS
2003 Chemistry the Videos: 2001-2002 ~What You See is What You Get~
  • Released: February 14, 2003
  • Formats: DVD, VHS
Two as We Stand ~Live and Documentary 2002-2003~
  • Released: September 10, 2003
  • Formats: DVD, VHS
2005 Chemistry in Suntory Hall ~Hibiki~
  • Released: January 26, 2005
  • Formats: DVD, UMD
2006 Chemistry the Videos: 2003-2006 ~We Sing, Therefore We Are~
  • Released: August 9, 2006
  • Formats: DVD, VHS
16
Chemistry 2006 Tour Fo(u)r
  • Released: November 22, 2006
  • Formats: Blu-ray

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eremenko, Alexey. "Chemistry | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved December 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ "J!-ENT's Dennis A. Amith interviews CHEMISTRY - 10th Year Anniversary (September 2011 J!-ENT Interview)" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "Civilian, Chemistry Perform Altair: A Record of Battles Anime's New Theme Songs". Anime News Network. August 23, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  5. ^ Oricon (in Japanese). CHEMISTRY albums on Oricon
  6. ^ Greenberg, Adam. "Face to Face - Chemistry Review". AllMusic. Retrieved December 11, 2017. 
  7. ^ Greenberg, Adam. "Winter of Love - Chemistry Review". AllMusic. Retrieved December 11, 2017. 
  8. ^ Greenberg, Adam. "The Chemistry Joint Album - Chemistry Review". AllMusic. Retrieved December 11, 2017. 
  9. ^ Greenberg, Adam. "Regeneration - Chemistry Review". AllMusic. Retrieved December 11, 2017. 
  10. ^ Oricon (in Japanese). CHEMISTRY singles on Oricon
  11. ^ "Chemistry Club: Latest release" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2007-06-07. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  12. ^ Oricon (in Japanese). CHEMISTRY DVDs on Oricon
  13. ^ Oricon (in Japanese). CHEMISTRY Blu-rays on Oricon

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