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Sakurazaka46
Sakurazaka46 logo.svg
Background information
OriginJapan
Genres
Years active
  • As Keyakizaka46: 2015–2020
  • As Sakurazaka46: 2020–
LabelsSony Music
Associated actsNogizaka46
Hinatazaka46
Yoshimotozaka46
Websitewww.sakurazaka46.com
MembersSee members

Sakurazaka46 (櫻坂46, Sakurazaka Forty-six), formerly Keyakizaka46 (欅坂46), is a Japanese idol girl group produced by Yasushi Akimoto. The group was created on August 21, 2015, becoming Nogizaka46's first sister group under the Sakamichi Series.[1][2] The group was renamed after their concert on October 13, 2020.[3] Sakurazaka46 is named after Sakurazaka street within Roppongi Hills in Minato, Tokyo.

As of 2020, the group has released a total of nine singles, all of which have topped the Oricon Singles Chart and Billboard Japan Hot 100.[4][5] The group has also released three compilation albums, one of which was released by Hiragana Keyakizaka46, a subgroup who split off into Hinatazaka46. Additionally, the group hosts multiple variety shows, radio programs, and television dramas.

History[edit]

Logo of Keyakizaka46

2015: Formation[edit]

On February 22, 2015, during the Nogizaka46 3rd Year Birthday Live at Seibu Dome, Nogizaka46 announced plans to recruit the first generation members for their new project.[6] It was revealed that the new group's name was Toriizaka46 (鳥居坂46), named after the Toriizaka area in the Roppongi district of Minato, Tokyo, and the recruitment was started on July 28.[7] The final examination of the audition took place on August 21, the same day as Nogizaka46 was created, and 22 passed out of 22,509 candidates. At the same time, it was announced that the group's name was suddenly changed to Keyakizaka46; however, its reason is unclear.[8] Furthermore, two members, Mizuho Suzuki and Mayu Harada, left the group before their first performance, bringing the total number of members to 20.[9][10]

Similar to Nogizaka46, Keyakizaka46 began airing a television show on October 4 titled Keyakitte, Kakenai? (欅って、書けない?) on TV Tokyo.[11] On November 29, the show announced a new member, Neru Nagahama. Nagahama had passed the auditions but did not join due to her parents' objections.[12] She debuted as a member of the subgroup Hiragana Keyakizaka46 (けやき坂46) and auditions for more members started soon after.[13]

On December 16, the group gave its first live performance at Fuji TV's music show FNS Music Festival. The center position in the choreography was held by the youngest member Yurina Hirate, 14 at the time.[14]

2016–2017: Early success[edit]

On April 6, 2016, the group debuted their first single, Silent Majority.[15] All members except Neru Nagahama were selected to perform in the title song.[16] It sold 261,580 copies in the first week and ranked first on the Oricon weekly chart.[17] The single also broke the debut week sales record for female artists, previously held by HKT48 with their single Suki! Suki! Skip!.[18]

Between April and May, eighteen people auditioning for Hiragana Keyakizaka46 live streamed on Showroom as part of the audition process.[19] Eleven of those passed and became official members, joining Neru Nagahama.[20][21] The expanded subunit performed "Hiragana Keyaki" as part of Keyakizaka46's second single, Sekai ni wa Ai Shika Nai.[22]

Keyakizaka46's first featured drama Tokuyama Daigorō o Dare ga Koroshitaka? premiered on the TX network on July 16, 2016.[23] Sekai ni wa Ai Shika Nai was used as the theme song.[24] The group was also featured in KeyaBingo!, a variety show similar to AKBingo! and NogiBingo![25]

2016 marked the first time the group appeared on NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen, an event that the group participated in every year since. Additionally, Mizuho Habu became the first member to make a runway debut, appearing in GirlsAward 2016 Spring/Summer.[26] Three more members, Yurina Hirate, Yui Kobayashi, and Risa Watanabe, would later make their debuts in GirlsAward 2016 Autumn/Winter.[27]

In 2017, Hiragana Keyakizaka46 added a second generation, with nine new members.[28] The subunit was featured on Re:Mind, a TV thriller series aired on Netflix.[29] In August, Keyakizaka46 made their first performance at the Rock in Japan Festival, and have appeared in every year since.[30]

2018–2020: Departures, 9th single, and renaming[edit]

In 2018, Yui Imaizumi became the first member to leave the group, intending to pursue other forms of entertainment.[31] Afterwards, more members left the group, including Nanami Yonetani and Manaka Shida in 2018[32][33] and Neru Nagahama in 2019.[34] Meanwhile, on November 29, 2018, the two Sakamichi Series groups held joint audition, where thirty-nine people passed. Out of those members, eleven went to Nogizaka46, nine went to Kanji Keyakizaka46, one went to Hiragana Keyakizaka46, and the remaining fifteen became kenshūsei (研修生, lit. trainees) that are not assigned to any group. Shortly afterwards, Hiragana Keyakizaka46 formed an independent group known as Hinatazaka46,[35] and released their debut single, "Kyun", in March 2019.[36]

During this time, Keyakizaka46 still held multiple concerts, including their largest one September 18–19, 2019 at Tokyo Dome, attracting roughly 50,000 fans per day.[37] On September 24, a rhythm game titled Uni's On Air was released that featured Keyakizaka46 and Hinatazaka46.[38][39]

Keyakizaka46 held an senbatsu (selection of members) for their 9th single during Keyakitte, Kakenai? on September 8, 2019. Historically, the senbatsu included every single member, but with the addition of the second generation, not all members were allowed to participate in the 9th single.[40] Originally set to be released at the end of the year, the release was first delayed due to production issues,[41] and then further delayed with the sudden departure of Yurina Hirate, the 9th single's planned center.[42][43]

On February 16, 2020, the remaining fourteen kenshūsei members were assigned to their respective Sakamichi Series group through Showroom. Six of these members became part of Keyakizaka46's second generation.[44]

On July 16, 2020, Keyakizaka46 live streamed a concert titled Keyakizaka46 Live Online, but with YOU! The concert was the first one held since their Tokyo Dome concert in September 2019 and the first without Yurina Hirate. During the concert, the group unveiled the 9th single, "Dare ga Sonokane o Narasunoka?", which is schedule to be released digitally only on August 21. Additionally, captain Yūka Sugai announced that the group will be renamed and will go on hiatus, with a final concert planned in October.[45][46] On September 21, it was announced Sakurazaka46 will be their new name, with the change occurring after their last concert on October 12 and 13.[3][47]

Controversy[edit]

In 2016, Keyakizaka46 was criticized by the Simon Wiesenthal Center for wearing outfits resembling the Schutzstaffel military uniforms of Nazi Germany at a concert. Sony Music responded with an official apology.[48]

Members[edit]

Since its founding, Sakurazaka46 had a total of 59 members from five generations, including members from Hiragana Keyakizaka46 (now Hinatazaka46). 26 of those members are still in the group.[49]

Second generation members marked with an asterisk (*) joined after the initial second generation members on February 15, 2020.[50]

Name Birth date (age) Prefecture
of origin
Generation Notes
Rina Uemura (上村莉菜) (1997-01-04) January 4, 1997 (age 23) Chiba 1
Rika Ozeki (尾関梨香) (1997-10-07) October 7, 1997 (age 23) Kanagawa 1
Minami Koike (小池美波) (1998-11-14) November 14, 1998 (age 21) Hyōgo 1
Yui Kobayashi (小林由依) (1999-10-23) October 23, 1999 (age 21) Saitama 1
Fuyuka Saitō (齋藤冬優花) (1998-02-15) February 15, 1998 (age 22) Tokyo 1
Yūka Sugai (菅井友香) (1995-11-29) November 29, 1995 (age 24) Tokyo 1 Captain[51]
Mizuho Habu (土生瑞穂) (1997-07-07) July 7, 1997 (age 23) Tokyo 1
Aoi Harada (原田葵) (2000-05-07) May 7, 2000 (age 20) Tokyo 1
Akane Moriya (守屋茜) (1997-11-12) November 12, 1997 (age 22) Miyagi 1 Vice-Captain[51]
Rika Watanabe (渡辺梨加) (1995-05-16) May 16, 1995 (age 25) Ibaraki 1 Oldest
Risa Watanabe (渡邉理佐) (1998-07-27) July 27, 1998 (age 22) Ibaraki 1
Rina Inoue (井上梨名) (2001-01-29) January 29, 2001 (age 19) Hyōgo 2
Yumiko Seki (関有美子) (1998-06-29) June 29, 1998 (age 22) Fukuoka 2
Yui Takemoto (武元唯衣) (2002-03-23) March 23, 2002 (age 18) Shiga 2
Hono Tamura (田村保乃) (1998-10-21) October 21, 1998 (age 22) Osaka 2
Karin Fujiyoshi (藤吉夏鈴) (2001-08-29) August 29, 2001 (age 19) Osaka 2
Rina Matsuda (松田里奈) (1999-10-13) October 13, 1999 (age 21) Miyazaki 2
Riko Matsudaira (松平璃子) (1998-05-05) May 5, 1998 (age 22) Tokyo 2
Hikaru Morita (森田ひかる) (2001-07-10) July 10, 2001 (age 19) Fukuoka 2
Ten Yamasaki (山﨑天) (2005-09-28) September 28, 2005 (age 15) Osaka 2 Youngest
Hikari Endō (遠藤光莉)* (1999-04-17) April 17, 1999 (age 21) Kanagawa New 2
Rei Ōzono (大園玲)* (2000-04-18) April 18, 2000 (age 20) Kagoshima New 2
Akiho Ōnuma (大沼晶保)* (1999-10-12) October 12, 1999 (age 21) Shizuoka New 2
Marino Kōsaka (幸阪茉里乃)* (2002-12-19) December 19, 2002 (age 17) Mie New 2
Kira Masumoto (増本綺良)* (2002-01-12) January 12, 2002 (age 18) Hyōgo New 2
Rena Moriya (守屋麗奈)* (2000-01-02) January 2, 2000 (age 20) Tokyo New 2

Former members[edit]

Name Birth date (age) Prefecture
of origin
Notes
Mizuho Suzuki (鈴木泉帆) Unknown Unknown Left in September 2015 before the group officially debuted.
Mayu Harada (原田まゆ) (1998-05-02) May 2, 1998 (age 22) Tokyo Left on November 11, 2015 after pictures of her and her boyfriend, her former middle school teacher, surfaced.[52][53]
Yui Imaizumi (今泉佑唯) (1998-09-30) September 30, 1998 (age 22) Kanagawa Graduated from Kanji Keyaki on November 3, 2018.[54]
Manaka Shida (志田愛佳) (1998-11-23) November 23, 1998 (age 21) Niigata Graduated from Kanji Keyaki on November 16, 2018.[55]
Nanami Yonetani (米谷奈々未) (2000-02-24) February 24, 2000 (age 20) Osaka Graduated from Kanji Keyaki on December 22, 2018.[56]
Neru Nagahama (長濱ねる) (1998-09-04) September 4, 1998 (age 22) Nagasaki Joined on November 30, 2015 as a member of Hiragana Keyaki.[57]
Transferred permanently to Kanji Keyaki on September 24, 2017.
Graduated on July 30, 2019.[58]
Miyu Suzumoto (鈴本美愉) (1997-12-05) December 5, 1997 (age 22) Aichi Graduated on January 23, 2020[43]
Nana Oda (織田奈那) (1998-06-04) June 4, 1998 (age 22) Shizuoka Graduated on January 23, 2020[43]
Yurina Hirate (平手友梨奈) (2001-06-25) June 25, 2001 (age 19) Aichi Withdrew from group on January 23, 2020[43]
Nanako Nagasawa (長沢菜々香) (1997-04-23) April 23, 1997 (age 23) Yamagata Graduated on March 31, 2020[59]
Nijika Ishimori (石森虹花) (1997-05-07) May 7, 1997 (age 23) Miyagi Graduated on September 30, 2020[60]
Shiori Satō (佐藤詩織) (1996-11-16) November 16, 1996 (age 23) Tokyo Graduated on October 13, 2020[61]

Discography[edit]

Studio album[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
JPN
[62]
JPN
Hot

[63]
Oricon Billboard
Japan
First week Total
Masshiro na Mono wa Yogoshitaku naru
(真っ白なものは汚したくなる)
1 1 279,093[64] 423,236[65] 277,901[66]

Compilation album[edit]

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions, sales and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
JPN
[62]
JPN
Hot

[63]
Oricon Billboard
Japan
First week Total
Eien Yori Nagai Isshun: Ano Koro, Tashika ni Sonzaishita Watashitachi
(永遠より長い一瞬 〜 あの頃、確かに存在した私たち 〜)
  • Released: October 7, 2020
  • Label: Sony Music Records
  • Format: CD, 2CD+Blu-ray, digital download, streaming
1 1 145,147[68] TBA 137,817[69] TBA

Video albums[edit]

List of video albums, with selected chart positions, sales and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
JPN
DVD
[70]
Blu-ray[71]
Keyaki Republic 2017
(欅共和国2017)
  • Released: September 26, 2018
  • Label: Sony Music Records
  • Format: DVD, Blu-ray
1 1
  • JPN: 115,073
Keyaki Republic 2018
(欅共和国2018)
  • Released: August 14, 2019
  • Label: Sony Music Records
  • Format: DVD, Blu-ray
1 1
  • JPN: 101,028
Keyakizaka46 Live at Tokyo Dome: Arena Tour 2019 Final
(欅坂46 LIVE at 東京ドーム ~ARENA TOUR 2019 FINAL~)
  • Released: January 29, 2020
  • Label: Sony Music Records
  • Format: DVD, Blu-ray
1 1
Keyaki Republic 2019
(欅共和国2019)
  • Released: August 8, 2020
  • Label: Sony Music Records
  • Format: DVD, Blu-ray
1 1

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, sales, certifications and album name
No. Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Certifications Albums
JPN
[72]
JPN
Hot

[73]
Oricon Billboard
Japan
First week Total
Keyakizaka46
1 "Silent Majority" (サイレントマジョリティー) 2016 1 1 261,580[74] 376,871[75] 434,196 Masshiro na Mono wa
Yogoshitaku naru
2 "Sekai ni wa Ai Shika Nai" (世界には愛しかない) 1 1 323,066[78] 392,719[75] 484,102[79]
3 "Futari Saison" (二人セゾン) 1 1 442,322[80] 376,871[75] 685,018[81]
  • RIAJ: 2× Platinum[67]
4 "Fukyōwaon" (不協和音) 2017 1 1 632,667[82] 768,141[83] 825,762[84]
  • RIAJ: 3× Platinum[67]
    • Gold (digital)[76]
    • Silver (streaming)[77]
5 "Kaze ni Fukarete mo" (風に吹かれても) 1 1 642,936[85] 723,517[83] 912,807[86]
  • RIAJ: 3× Platinum[67]
Eien Yori Nagai Isshun:
Ano Koro, Tashika ni
Sonzaishita Watashitachi
6 "Glass wo Ware!" (ガラスを割れ!) 2018 1 1 833,346[87] 1,021,450[88] 1,087,527[89]
7 "Ambivalent" (アンビバレント) 1 1 811,214[90] 970,268[88] 1,063,793[91]
8 "Kuroi Hitsuji" (黒い羊) 2019 1 1 750,382[92] 920,842[93] 914,492[94]
9 "Dare ga Sonokane o Narasunoka?" (誰がその鐘を鳴らすのか?) 2020 [a] 14 34,245 (DL) [95]
Sakurazaka46
1 "Nobody's fault"[96] 2020 To be release

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Albums
JPN
Hot

[97]
"Kataru Nara Mirai o…" (語るなら未来を…) 2017 80 "Sekai ni wa Ai Shika Nai"
"W-KEYAKIZAKA no Uta" (W-KEYAKIZAKAの詩) 2017 42 "Fukyōwaon"
"Wareta Sumaho" (割れたスマホ) 76
"Tuning" (チューニング) 81
"Eccentric" (エキセントリック) 12
"Getsuyōbi no Asa, Skirt o Kirareta" (月曜日の朝、スカートを切られた) 14 Masshiro na Mono wa
Yogoshitaku naru
"Natsu no Hana wa Himawari Dake Ja Nai" (夏の花は向日葵だけじゃない) 66
"Hiraishin" (避雷針) 22 "Kaze ni Fukarete mo"
"Soredemo Aruiteru" (それでも歩いてる) 92
"Mō Mori e Kaerou ka?" (もう森へ帰ろうか?) 2018 81 "Glass wo Ware!"
"Hi ga Noboru Made" (日が昇るまで) 94 "Ambivalent"
"10gatsu no Pool ni Tobikonda" (10月のプールに飛び込んだ) 2020 [b] Eien Yori Nagai Isshun:
Ano Koro, Tashika ni
Sonzaishita Watashitachi
"Kado o Magaru" (角を曲がる) [b]
"Sajin" (砂塵) [b]
"Deadline" [b]
"Concentration" (コンセントレーション) [b]
"Kaleidoscope" (カレイドスコープ) [b]

Collaborations[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Albums
JPN
Hot

[99]
"Dare no Koto o Ichiban Aishiteru?" (誰のことを一番 愛してる?)
(with AKB48 and Nogizaka46 (SakamichiAKB))
2017 37 "Shoot Sign"
"Kokkyo no Nai Jidai" (国境のない時代)
(with AKB48 and Nogizaka46 (SakamichiAKB))
2018 "Jabaja"
"Hatsukoi Door" (初恋ドア)
(with AKB48, Nogizaka46 and Hinatazaka46 (SakamichiAKB))
2019 "Jiwaru Days"
"Hitsuzensei" (必然性)
(with AKB48, Nogizaka46 and IZ*ONE (IZ4648))

Filmography[edit]

Television shows[edit]

  • Keyakitte, Kakenai? (欅って、書けない?) (TV Tokyo, October 4, 2015 –)[11]
  • KeyaBingo! (NTV, July 5 – September 26, 2016)[100]
  • Tokuyama Daigorō o Dare ga Koroshitaka? (徳山大五郎を誰が殺したか?) (TV Tokyo, July 17 – October 2, 2016)[101]
  • KeyaBingo!2 (NTV, January 9, 2017 – March 27, 2017)[102]
  • Zankokuna Kankyakutachi (残酷な観客達) (NTV, May 18 – July 20, 2017)
  • KeyaBingo!3 (NTV, July 17 – September 25, 2017)
  • Re:Mind (TV Tokyo & Netflix, October 2017)[103][104]
  • Hiragana Oshi (ひらがな推し) (TV Tokyo, April 8, 2018 –)[105]
  • KeyaBingo!4 Hiragana Keyakitte Nani? (KEYABINGO!4 ひらがなけやきって何?) (NTV, April 16, 2018 –)[106]

Radio shows[edit]

Awards[edit]

The following table lists some of the major awards received by the group.

Year Ceremony Award Nominated Work Result
2016 Yahoo Japan Search Grand Prix[109] Idol Group Award Won
2017 31st Japan Gold Disc Award[110] NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR Won
The 5th V Chart Awards[111][112] Top New Artist Award (Japan) Won
Yahoo Japan Search Grand Prix[113] Idol Group Award Won
59th Japan Record Awards Excellent Work Award "Kaze ni Fukarete mo" Won
50th Japan Cable Awards Excellent Music Award Won
MTV VMAJ[114] Best Buzz Award (special award) Won
2018 60th Japan Record Awards Excellent Work Award "Ambivalent" Won
MTV VMAJ[115] Best MV of Japanese Group Won
10th CD shop Awards[116] Finalist Award Masshiro na Mono wa Yogoshitaku naru Won
The 31st Shogakukan DIME Trend Award[117] Best Character Award Won
2019 MTV VMAJ[118] Best MV of Japanese Group "Kuroi Hitsuji" Won
61st Japan Record Awards Excellent Work Award Won

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Dare ga Sonokane o Narasunoka?" did not enter the Oricon Singles Chart, but peaked at number 1 on the Oricon Digital Singles Chart.[95]
  2. ^ a b c d e f "10gatsu no Pool ni Tobikonda", "Kado o Magaru", "Sajin", "Deadline", "Concentration" and "Kaleidoscope" did not enter the Billboard Japan Hot 100, but peaked at number 21, 37, 41, 58, 66, 72 on the Billboard Japan Download Songs Chart, respectively.[98]

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