Deen (band)

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Deen
Origin Japan
Genres Pop, pop rock, classical, folk, album-oriented rock
Years active 1992–present
Labels B-Gram Records (1993–1998)
BMG Japan/Berg (1998–2003)
BMG Japan (2003–2009)
Ariola Japan/Sony Music Entertainment Japan (2009- )
Website www.deen.gr.jp
Members Shuichi Ikemori
Koji Yamane
Shinji Tagawa
Past members Naoki Utsumoto
Tatsumi Nakai
Keisuke Kurasawa

Deen (ディーン Dīn?) is a Japanese popular music band, formed in 1993. Members frequently changed until the release of the first album, and from there Deen has had four members: vocalist Shuichi Ikemori, keyboardist and leader Koji Yamane, guitarist Shinji Tagawa and drummer Naoki Utsumoto. In January 2000, Utsumoto left the group. The band has sold over 15 million compact discs.[1]

History[edit]

In the "Being" agency, Show Wesugi (original vocalist with Wands) and Tetsurō Oda made song "Konomama Kimidake wo Ubaisaritai" (lit. "Now, I want to make off with only you"). The group was formed for singing this song. The band debuted by the single on March 10, 1993. The single was certified a million-seller by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ).[2] Their 1994 song "Hitomi Sorasanaide" (lit. "Don't Avert Your Eyes"), written by Izumi Sakai and Tetsurō Oda, reached number-one position on the Japanese Oricon charts.[3] Their first album Deen was also certified a million-seller by RIAJ.[4]

The group originally seemed to be just a project, but they began to perform live concerts in 1996. They also began to release their self-produced singles, but their sales declined. Their 1997 song "Yume de Aru Youni" (lit. "hope that it will be a dream"), written by themselves, was adopted by Tales of Destiny. It was no longer able to reach Top 10 on the Oricon charts.[5] But for fans, this song remained most popular over a decade.[6]

In 1998, the band partly moved to BMG Japan under the Berg label, which consisted of the "being" agency artists. Since their 1999 single "Just One", almost all singles has been produced by them, but Utsumoto left Deen in 2000. They introduced classical music into their music.[7] In 2002, they released a cover version of Kyu Sakamoto's "Miagete Goran Yoru no Hoshi o", featuring solo violinist Diana Yukawa. They began to call their style "Neo-AOR" after album Pray.[8]

The band completely moved from the "being" agency to BMG Japan in 2003. Their next album Utopia, released on November 5, 2003, enlisted the help of Al Schmitt. In 2006, baseball manager Bobby Valentine participated in the music video of their song "Diamond".[9]

On June 8, 2008, they performed their first live concert at the Nippon Budokan.[10] On December 10, 2008, they released the single "Eien no Ashita" (lit. "Eternal Tomorrow"), adopted by Tales of Hearts. The single debuted at #6 on the Oricon weekly single charts.[11] It was their highest position after 1996.[12] So far, they have released 44 singles, 15 studio albums, 6 best albums, 2 live and 3 cover albums.[13]

Members[edit]

  • Shuuichi Ikemori (池森秀一) (1993-): vocalist, composer and lyricist
  • Kouji Yamane (山根公路) (1993-): keyboardist,chorus, composer
  • Shinji Tagawa (田川伸治) (1994-): guitarist, bassist, chorus, composer

Former Members[edit]

  • Tatsuma Nakai (仲居辰磨) (1993): guitarist
  • Keisuke Kurasawa (倉澤圭介) (1993-1994): drummist
  • Naoki Utsumoto (宇津本直紀) (1993-1999): drummist,composer, chorus

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Release Day Title (Romanized) Title (Kanji) Peak Album
1st 1993/3/10 Kono mama Kimi dake wo Ubaisaritai このまま君だけを奪い去りたい 3 Deen
2nd 1993/7/17 Tsubasa wo Hirogete 翼を広げて 5 DEEN Singles +1
3rd 1993/9/22 Memories 4 Deen
4th 1993/11/28 Eien wo Azukete kure 永遠をあずけてくれ 3 Deen
5th 1994/6/22 Hitomi Sorasanaide 瞳そらさないで 1 Deen
6th 1995/3/27 Teenage Dream 2 I wish
7th 1995/6/19 Mirai no Tame ni 未来のために 1 DEEN Singles +1
8th 1995/12/11 Love Forever/Shounen LOVE FOREVER/少年 4 I wish
9th 1996/04/15 Hitori ja Nai ひとりじゃない 3 I wish
10th 1996/07/1 Sunshine on Summer Time 10 I wish
11th 1996/08/5 Sugao de Waratteitai 素顔で笑っていたい 8 I wish
12th 1997/08/27 Kimi ga Inai Natsu 君がいない夏 10 DEEN Singles +1
13th 1997/12/17 Yume de Aru You ni 夢であるように 13 DEEN Singles +1
14th 1998/02/18 Tooi Sora de 遠い空で 18 DEEN Singles +1
15th 1998/05/27 Kimi Sae Ireba 君さえいれば 11 The DAY
16th 1998/11/18 Tegotae no Nai Ai 手ごたえのない愛 13 The DAY
17th 1999/03/25 Tooi Tooi Mirai he 遠い遠い未来へ 22 DEEN PERFECT SINGLES +
18th 1999/07/23 Just One 19 'need love
19th 1999/11/3 My Love 21 'need love
20th 1999/04/19 Power of Love 18 'need love
21st 2000/11/15 Kanashimi no Nukou Gawa 哀しみの向こう側 20 DEEN PERFECT SINGLES +
22nd 2002/01/30 Miagete Goran Yoru no Hoshi wo 見上げてごらん夜の星を 18 DEENAGE MEMORY -20th Anniversary Best Album-
23rd 2002/05/22 Yume de Aetara 夢で逢えたら 44 DEENAGE MEMORY -20th Anniversary Best Album-
24th 2002/10/2 Birthday eve ~Dare Yori mo Hayai Ai no Uta~ Birthday eve 〜誰よりも早い愛の歌〜 11 pray
25th 2003/04/2 Tsubasa wo Kaze ni Nosete -fly away- 翼を風に乗せて〜fly away〜 7 UTOPIA
26th 2003/08/13 Taiyou no Hanabira 太陽と花びら 20 UTOPIA
27th 2003/10/1 Utopia wa Mieteru noni ユートピアは見えてるのに 10 UTOPIA
28th 2004/04/28 Reru no Nai Sora he レールのない空へ 18 ROAD CROASIN'
29th 2004/06/30 Strong Soul 14 ROAD CROASIN'
30th 2004/12/22 Ai no Kane ga Sekai ni Hibikimasu you ni 愛の鐘が世界に響きますように… 18 DEEN PERFECT SINGLES +
31st 2005/10/26 Kono mama Kimi dake wo Ubaisaritai/Tsubasa wo Hirogete このまま君だけを奪い去りたい/翼を広げて 9
32nd 2006/05/24 Starting Over 22 Diamonds
33th 2006/08/2 Diamond ダイヤモンド 26 Diamonds
34th 2008/12/10 Eien no Ashita 永遠の明日ド 9 DEEN NEXT STAGE
35th 2009/04/29 Celebrate 15 LOVERS CONCERTO
36th 2009/11/04 Negai feat. Mizunonari Negai feat. ミズノマリ 23 LOVERS CONCERTO
37th 2010/07/14 coconuts feat. kokomo 14 Crawl
38th 2011/04/6 Brand New Wing 18 Graduation
39th 2012/07/27 Kokoro kara Kimi ga Suki ~Marriage~ 心から君が好き〜マリアージュ〜 22 Marriage
40th 2013/08/7 Hatachi/Ame no Roppongi 二十歳/雨の六本木 27 Circle
41st 2013/11/27 Mou Nakanaide もう泣かないで 36 Circle
42nd 2014/10/1 Kimi ga Boku wo Wasurenai you ni Boku ga Kimi wo Oboeteiru 君が僕を忘れないように 僕が君をおぼえている 19 Zen Kai Koigokoro ~Missing you~
43rd 2015/06/24 Sen Kai Koigokoro! 千回恋心! 18 Zen Kai Koigokoro ~Missing you~
44th 2015/10/7 Zutto Tsutaetakatta I love you ずっと伝えたかった I love you 18 TBA
45th 2016/11/2 Kioku no Kage/Asobi ni Ikou! 記憶の影/遊びにいこう! 28 TBA

Classics (conceptual maxi single)[edit]

Release Day Title Peak
1st 1999/11/25 Classics One White Christmas Time 18
2nd 2000/09/13 Classics Two Sepia Aki Zakura -more & more- 16
3rd 2007/04/25 Classics Three Pastel Yume no Tsubomi 29
4th 2007/08/22 Classics Four Blue Smile Blue 30

Studio albums[edit]

Release Day Title Peak
1st 1994/9/14 Deen 1
2nd 1996/9/9 I Wish 2
3rd 1998/12/16 The Day (Deen album) 9
4th 2000/05/24 Need Love 10
5th 2002/11/20 Pray (Deen album) 12
6th 2003/11/5 Utopia (Deen album) 20
7th 2004/08/18 Road Crusin 13
8th 2006/10/11 Diamonds (Deen album) 20
9th 2009/03/25 Deen Next Stage 16
10th 2009/12/2 LOVERS CONCERTO (Deen album) 21
11th 2010/07/28 Crawl (Deen album) 23
12th 2011/06/15 Graduation (Deen album) 19
13th 2012/08/8 Mariage (Deen album) 23
14th 2013/12/18 CIRCLE (Deen album) 21
15th 2015/07/29 Zen Kai Koigokoro ~Missing you~ 23
16th 2016/06/1 Butterfly (Deen album) 18

Best albums[edit]

Release Day Title Peak
1st 1998/03/18 DEEN Singles +1 1
2nd 2001/06/6 Ballads in Blue : The greatest hits of DEEN 7
3rd 2007/12/25 DEEN The Best Classics 28
4th 2008/06/4 DEEN PERFECT SINGLES + 11
5th 2010/11/24 Another Side Memories〜Precious Best〜 35
6th 2013/03/13 DEENAGE MEMORY -20th Anniversary Best Album- 20
7th 2016/12/21 Another Side Memories〜Precious Best II〜 51

Cover albums[edit]

Release Day Title Peak
1st 2002/03/6 Waon -Songs for children- 25
2nd 2005/03/6 DEEN The Best Kiseki 10
3rd 2013/06/11 Kimi ga Iru Natsu -Everlasting Summer- 19

Live albums[edit]

Release Day Title Peak
1st 2008/09/3 DEEN at Budokan ~15th Anniversary Greatest Singles Live~ 32
2nd 2010/11/24 ALL TIME LIVE BEST 41

VHS[edit]

  • Deen Live Joy Special Yokohama Arena (21 June 2000)
  • on&off -tour document of 'need love- (6 June 2001)
  • on&off -tour document of unplugged live & recordings- (20 November 2001)
  • Greatest Clips 1993-1998 (2 April 2003)
  • Greatest Clips 1998-2002 (2 April 2003)

DVD[edit]

  • Deen Live Joy Special Yokohama Arena (6 June 2001)
  • on&off -tour document of 'need love- (6 June 2001)
  • on&off -tour document of unplugged live & recordings- (20 November 2001)
  • Greatest Clips 1993-1998 (2 April 2003)
  • Greatest Clips 1998-2002 (2 April 2003)
  • ONE DAY LIVE '04-END of SUMMER-& 6CLIPS (22 December 2004)
  • DEEN LIVE JOY COMPLETE 2002-2004 (26 April 2006)
  • BEST of DEEN Kiseki<LIVE COMPLETE> (24 May 2006)
  • DEEN LIVE JOY COMPLETE 2006-2007 (25 April 2007)
  • DEEN LIVE JOY 2007-2008~JAPAN ROAD 47+6~ (21 May 2008)
  • DEEN at Budokan "NO CUT" ~15th Anniversary Perfect Singles Live~ (10 December 2008)
  • DEEN at Budokan 2009 ~LIVE JOY SPECIAL~ (28 October 2009)
  • DEEN at Budokan 2010 ~LIVE JOY SPECIAL~ (27 April 2010)
  • DEEN at Budokan 2011 ~LIVE JOY SPECIAL~ (21 December 2011)
  • DEEN LIVE HISTORY -20th ANNIVERSARY- (13 March 2013)
  • DEEN JAPAN ROAD 47 ~Kizuna~ (3 July 2013)
  • DEEN at Budokan ~20th Anniversary~ <DAY ONE> (26 February 2014)
  • DEEN at Budokan ~20th Anniversary~ <DAY TWO> (26 February 2014)
  • THE GREATEST CLIPS 2008-2013 (1 October 2014)
  • DEEN at Budokan 2014 LIVE JOY SPECIAL (24 December 2014)
  • DEEN at Budokan 2015 LIVE JOY SPECIAL (24 February 2016)
  • DEEN at Budokan 2016 LIVE JOY SPECIAL -Ballad Night- (22 March 2017)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Deen Interview vol.1" (in Japanese). IY Card Service Co. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  2. ^ "List of million sellers in 1993" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  3. ^ 瞳そらさないで (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  4. ^ "List of million sellers in 1994" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  5. ^ 夢であるように (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  6. ^ DEEN・池森「心と心のつながり意識」…新曲「永遠の明日」10日発売 (in Japanese). Sports Hochi. 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2008-12-14. [dead link]
  7. ^ "DEEN biography" (in Japanese). Barks. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  8. ^ "Interview with DEEN" (in Japanese). Excite Music. 2003. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  9. ^ "Special – DEEN" (in Japanese). Biglobe. 2006-10-20. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  10. ^ "DEEN、武道館で感涙のオーディエンス" (in Japanese). Barks. 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  11. ^ "Oricon Weekly Single Charts for the fourth week of December 2008" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  12. ^ "DEEN、12年ぶりの快挙! 新曲がオリコン6位ランクイン" (in Japanese). goo. 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2008-12-23. [dead link]
  13. ^ DEEN discography (in Japanese) http://www.deen.gr.jp/disc/

External links[edit]

  • DEEN - The official website