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News (band)

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Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Japanese Pop
Years active 2003 (2003)–present
Labels Johnny's Entertainment
Associated acts Tegomass
Johnny's net
Members Keiichiro Koyama
Takahisa Masuda
Shigeaki Kato
Yuya Tegoshi
Past members Ryo Nishikido
Tomohisa Yamashita
Takahiro Moriuchi
Hiroki Uchi
Hironori Kusano

News, stylized as NEWS, is a four-member Japanese band consisting of Keiichiro Koyama, Takahisa Masuda, Shigeaki Kato and Yuya Tegoshi. The group's name is an acronym based on the cardinal directions (North, East, West, South).[1] Formed in 2003 by Johnny Kitagawa as a nine-member group under the label Johnny's Entertainment, NEWS released a promotional single "NEWS Nippon" (News ニッポン, News Japan), which was used for the World Cup of Volleyball Championships. In 2004, Takahiro Moriuchi (present-day Taka of One Ok Rock) left the group and the remaining eight members released their debut single, "Kibō: Yell" (希望 ~Yell~, Hope ~Yell~), which debuted atop the Oricon charts.

In 2006, the group released their fifth consecutive number-one single, "Sayaendō/Hadashi no Cinderella Boy" (サヤエンドウ/裸足のシンデレラボーイ, Sayaendō/Hadashi no Shinderera Bōi, Peas/Barefoot Cinderella Boy), as a six-member group due to the controversy surrounding then-members Hiroki Uchi and Hironori Kusano.[2] After a brief hiatus, they released their seventh number-one single, "Hoshi o Mezashite" (星をめざして, lit. Aim for the Stars). In 2008, they performed at the Tokyo Dome for the first time, and released their tenth single, "Happy Birthday," which made News the second Japanese group after label-mates KinKi Kids to have ten consecutive number-one singles since their debut.[3][4] NEWS became a quartet following the departures of Ryo Nishikido and Tomohisa Yamashita from the group in 2011.[5]


2003–2006: Debut and Departure of Members[edit]

Formed in September 2003, NEWS released a promotional single, "News Nippon" (News ニッポン, News Japan), which was used as the theme song for the World Cup of Volleyball Championships.[1][6] Before holding their first concert, NEWSnow Concert: News' Concert (NEWSnowCONCERT〜ニュースのコンサート〜), Takahiro Moriuchi left the group. News later released their debut single, "Kibō: Yell", which topped the Oricon chart.[7] Their next two singles, "Akaku Moyuru Taiyō" (紅く燃ゆる太陽, Burning Red Sun) (2004) and Cherish (チェリッシュ, Cherisshu) (2005), both debuted atop the charts, as did News' first album, Touch, which sold 164,016 copies in its first week.[8][9][10]

In July 2005, Uchi Hiroki was caught for underage drinking and suspended indefinitely from both News and Kanjani8, another group he was a part of.[11][12] Despite having lost a member, News released their fourth single, "Teppen" (てっぺん, Top), which like its predecessors debuted at number one.[13] In January 2006, News was reduced to six members when Hironori Kusano was suspended indefinitely for the same charge as Uchi.[2][12] News released their fifth single, "Sayaendō/Hadashi no Cinderella Boy" (サヤエンドウ/裸足のシンデレラボーイ, Peas/Barefoot Cinderella Boy) (March 2006), which was their fifth consecutive number-one single.[14] On May 1, 2006, after News finished their "News Spring Tour", the group went on hiatus.[12][15]

2007–2010: NEWS' Six Member Years[edit]

On December 30, 2006, it was announced that News would make their return at Johnny's Concert Countdown 2006-2007 as a six-member group, since Hiroki Uchi and Hironori Kusano had been demoted to trainees.[6][12][16] To mark their return, News embarked on a tour and released their sixth single "Hoshi wo Mezashite" (星をめざして, Aim For the Stars).[17] "Hoshi wo Mezashite" became their sixth number-one single, which went on to be used as the theme song for the Japanese version of Happy Feet.[17][18]

On November 7, News simultaneously released their seventh single, "Weeeek" and their second album, Pacific. Both releases debut topped their respective charts with "Weeeek" selling 263,000 copies in its first week and Pacific selling 196,000 copies in their first week. This marked the tenth in Oricon history that an artist had both their single and album debut top the charts simultaneously.[19] To further support their album, News went on a nationwide tour, News Concert Tour Pacific 2007-2008, from December 15, 2007 to January 27, 2008. Because tickets were in such high demand, two more dates were added to the concert, which resulted in News performing at the Tokyo Dome for the first time.[4]

In February 2008 News released their eighth number-one single, "Taiyō no Namida" (太陽のナミダ, Tears of the Sun), which was used as the theme song for the movie Kurosagi, starring Tomohisa Yamashita.[20] News released two more number-one singles, "Summer Time" (May 2008) and "Happy Birthday" (October 2008), before releasing their third studio album Color (November 2008).[21] The release of "Happy Birthday" made News the second group, after the KinKi Kids, to have ten consecutive number-one singles since their debut.[3] Color debuted at the number one position on the charts, giving News their third consecutive album.[22] News released their new single, "Koi no ABO" (恋のABO, Love's ABO) on April 29, 2009.[23] It became their 11th number-one single. Their 12th number-one single titled "Sakura Girl" was released on March 31, 2010. At the "Live! Live! Live! News Dome Party 2010" concert at Tokyo Dome, it was announced that News would be releasing their 13th single, “Fighting Man,” on November 3, which they did.[24]

2011 : Becoming a Quartet[edit]

On October 7, 2011, it was announced that both Ryo Nishikido and Tomohisa Yamashita left the group. The official press release from Johnnys & Associates explained that Nishikido was leaving because scheduling conflicts made it difficult for him to be active in both News and Kanjani8, while Yamashita was leaving to concentrate on solo projects. Nishikido continued his activities with Kanjani8 but not News. News continued as a four-member group with Keiichiro Koyama, Takahisa Masuda, Shigeaki Kato and Yuya Tegoshi.[5][25]

2012-2013 : NEWS' 4-Member Comeback[edit]

On April 15, 2012, a countdown appeared on the Johnny's Entertainment website, revealing the four current member's outlines, suggesting a comeback. On April 16, Johnny's special site for NEWS restarted its countdown, which hit "0:00:00" on April 18 (12 midnight, JST). The time coincided with News' member Keiichiro Koyama's radio program "K-chan News" to start its broadcast. Koyama's special guests were co-members Tegoshi Yuya, Takahisa Masuda, and Kato Shigeaki. Earlier, Keiichiro Koyama had mentioned something about a new single and best-of album.

Fans could participate in their Best of Album. Fans voted for their "Top Four Favorite News songs" on Johnny's Entertainment site starting April 18 at 12 noon, JST.

On May 7, JE side announced the new album titled News Best. It was released on June 13. The album came in a regular edition and a limited edition version.

Both versions included a CD containing all 15 of the group's A-side singles. The regular edition included an extra CD with the group's top 15 non-single songs as voted by fans. The limited edition included an extra CD with previously unreleased solo songs.

On July 18, News released "Chankapana", their first single as a quartet. The single is available in 5 different version and a limited box set collection of all versions. The music video premiered on TV on July 9, 2012. The single sold 121,097 on its first day and went on to become number one on Oricon Weekly Singles Chart.

On July 17, 2013, NEWS released their fifth studio album of the same name. The album contains seventeen tracks, four of them being solo songs. The new tracks were used in the group's tenth anniversary tour. The group's logo, a purple square, a pink heart, a yellow triangle, and a green circle, was commonly used in this time period. Each shape and/or represents one member, along with one letter (N, E, W, or S.)

2014-present: NEWS' Quartet Success[edit]

On February 25th, 2015 NEWS' released another album, "White."


Studio albums[edit]

Year Information Oricon weekly
peak position
Sales Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2005 Touch
  • Released: April 27, 2005
1 250,000+ (JP) RIAJ: Platinum[26]
2007 Pacific
  • Released: November 7, 2007
1 250,000+ (JP) RIAJ: Platinum[27]
2008 Color
  • Released: November 19, 2008
1 250,000+ (JP) RIAJ: Platinum[28]
2010 Live
  • Released: September 15, 2010
1 185,204 (JP) RIAJ: Gold[29]
2013 News
  • Released: July 17, 2013
1 120,702 (JP) RIAJ: Gold[30]
2015 White
  • Released: February 25, 2015
1 114,972 (JP) RIAJ: Gold[31]
2016 Quartetto
  • Released: March 9, 2016
1 119,659 (JP) RIAJ: Gold[32]
2017 Neverland
  • Released: March 22, 2017
1 124,000+ (JP) RIAJ: Gold[33]


Year Information Oricon weekly
peak position
Sales Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2012 News Best
  • Released: June 13, 2012
1 133,943 RIAJ: Gold[34]


Year Title Oricon charts information Album
Daily Weekly Monthly Yearly Sales
2003 "News Nippon" (NEWSニッポン, lit. News Japan) Touch
2004 "Kibō (Yell)" (希望~Yell~, Hope (Yell)) 1 1 3 13 395,406
"Akaku Moyuru Taiyō" (紅く燃ゆる太陽, Burning Red Sun) 1 1 5 31 251,223
2005 "Cherish (News song) (Cherish", チェリッシュ, Cherisshu) 1 1 4 32 261,980
"Teppen" (てっぺん, Summit) 1 1 2 34 245,209 Pacific
2006 "Sayaendō/Hadashi no Cinderella Boy" (サヤエンドウ/裸足のシンデレラボーイ, lit. Peas/Barefoot Cinderella Boy) 1 1 1 39 222,848
2007 "Hoshi o Mezashite" (星をめざして, Aim for the Stars) 1 1 2 13 310,505
"weeeek" 1 1 2 10 376,261 Color
2008 "Taiyō no Namida" (太陽のナミダ, Tears of the Sun) 1 1 2 19 291,447
Summer Time" 1 1 2 23 258,820
"Happy Birthday" 1 1 2 26 242,581
2009 "Koi no ABO" (恋のABO, lit. Love's ABO) 1 1 1 11 286,978 Live
2010 "Sakura Girl" (さくらガール, lit. Cherry Blossoms Girl) 1 1 3 25 232,752
"Fighting Man" 1 1 3 32 179,137 News Best
2012 "Chankapāna" (チャンカパーナ, lit. My Dear Woman) 1 1 2 20 305,407 News
"World Quest/Pokopon Pekōrya" (WORLD QUEST/ポコポンペコーリャ) 1 1 3 46 148,348
2014 "One -for the win-" 1 1 1 34 199,007 White
2015 "Kaguya" 1 1 3 45 156,862
"Chumu Chumu" (チュムチュム lit.Sound of kiss in Hindi) 1 1 3 52 124,088 Quartetto
2016 "Hikari no Shizuku/Touch" (ヒカリノシズク/Touch) 1 1 1 N/A 157,413
"Koi wo Shiranai Kimi e" (恋を知らない君へ) 1 - - - - Neverland
2017 "Emma" (EMMA) 1 10 - - 149,291
"—" denotes a title that did not reach the chart.

DVD Singles[edit]

Year Information Oricon weekly
peak position
(sales thresholds)
2015 Yon Juushi (四銃士 lit. The Four Musketeers)
  • Released: November 25, 2015
1 RIAJ: Gold


Year Information
2004 News Nippon 0304
  • Released: April 7, 2004
2005 Summary of Johnny's World
  • Released: April 19, 2005
2007 Never Ending Wonderful Story
  • Released: August 8, 2007
2008 News Concert Tour Pacific 2007-2008 - The First Tokyo Dome Concert
  • Released: August 13, 2008
2009 News Live Diamond
  • Released: November 4, 2009
2010 News Live! Live! Live! Dome Concert 2010
  • Released: December 22, 2010
2013 News Live Tour 2012 ~Utsukushii Koi ni Suruyo~
  • Released: January 30, 2013
2014 News 10th Anniversary in Tokyo Dome
  • Released: March 19, 2014
2016 News Live Tour 2015 White
  • Released: April 20, 2016

News Live Tour 2016 Quartetto

  • Released: December 14, 2016


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  33. ^ "RIAJ Certifications for April 2017". Retrieved 2017-05-29. 
  34. ^ "RIAJ Certifications for June 2012" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016-04-09. 

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