Sexy Zone

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Sexy Zone
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Pop
Years active 2011 (2011)–present
Labels Pony Canyon Inc.
Associated acts B.I.Shadow
Website http://sexyzone.ponycanyon.co.jp/
Members Kento Nakajima
Fuma Kikuchi
Shori Sato
So Matsushima
Marius Yo

Sexy Zone is a five-member Japanese boy band managed by Johnny & Associates, consisting of Shori Sato, Nakajima Kento, Marius Yo, Kikuchi Fuma and Sou Matsushima.When they debuted their group age average was 14.6. In 2013 they appeared in Kouhaku for the first time performing their hit song. Sexy Zone is the 5th group from Johnny & Associates to debut as special supporters for the "FIVB World Cup Volleyball" in 2011 after V6 (1995), Arashi (1999), NEWS (2003) and Hey! Say! JUMP (2007) from the same agency.

Sexy Zone temporarily member disbandment[edit]

It was reported by NikkanSports that the upcoming single from Johnny & Associates boy band Sexy Zone was only recorded by three of its five members. Their 7th single ‘Otoko never give up‘ , 8th single Kimi ni hitomebore and their 9th single Cha-Cha-Cha Champion only featured members Kento Nakajima, Fuma Kikuchi and Shori Sato. Resulting in rumours amongst the fans about the future of Marius Yo and Sou Matsushima, the two youngest members of the group. The reason behind their disbandment from the group was that Sexy Zone had become popular and the schedule was almost packed, resulting in Sou Matsushima unable to travel from Shizuoka to his work. Marius Yo was disbanded from the group temporarily to balance the group formation. In 2015, for their 12th single Marius Yo and Sou Matsushima returned to Sexy Zone from Johnny's jr groups, because Sou Matsushima had enrolled into a highschool in Tokyo. [1]

Overview[edit]

Sexy Zone was announced as a group in a press conference in September 29, 2011.[2][3][4] Johnny & Associates's CEO Johnny Kitagawa said, "The group name came from Michael Jackson's sexiness".[4] The members were revealed to be Kento Nakajima, Fuma Kikuchi, Shori Sato, So Matsushima, and Marius Yo. Kitagawa chose the members considering the "sexiness of men".[2]

After the press conference, the members appeared in Teigeki Johnnys Imperial Theatre Special "Kis-My-Ft2 with Johnny's Jr.", and premiered their debut song "Sexy Zone", which was subsequently released on November 16, 2011 from Pony Canyon.[3] This song was also the image song of the 2011 FIVB Women's World Cup and the 2011 FIVB Men's World Cup. The group were special supporters of 2011 FIVB World Cup.[5] this song was ranked in the Oricon charts.

Members[edit]

Name Date of birth Birthplace Height
Kento Nakajima (中島健人?) March 13, 1994 Tokyo, Japan 178cm
Fuma Kikuchi (菊池風磨?) March 7, 1995 Tokyo, Japan 178cm
Shori Sato (佐藤勝利?) October 30, 1996 Tokyo, Japan 168cm
So Matsushima (松島聡?) November 27, 1997 Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan 166cm
Marius Yo (マリウス葉?) March 30, 2000 Heidelberg, Germany 180cm

Volleyball supporter[edit]

Sexy Zone was named Musical Ambassadors of the FIVB Volleyball World Cup on March 2 2015. On the FIVB world cup they performed there 10th singe Cha-Cha-Cha- Champion and announced the players as they entered the court.[6] In 2016, there official Japanese Volleyball team cheering song "Shouri no hi made" was released to cheer on the volleyball team.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Release date Title Charts Sales
JPN[7]
November 14, 2012 One Sexy Zone 1 JPN: 95,421
February 19, 2014 Sexy Second 1 JPN: 160,905
March 11, 2015 Sexy Power3 1 JPN: 115,806
February 24, 2016 Welcome to Sexy Zone 1 JPN: 126,860

Singles[edit]

Release date Title Charts Sales
JPN[7]
November 16, 2011 "Sexy Zone" 1 JPN: 240,964
April 11, 2012 "Lady Diamond" (Lady ダイヤモンド) 1 JPN: 144,573
October 6, 2012 "Sexy Summer ni Yuki ga Furu" (Sexy Summerに雪が降る) 1 JPN: 113,280
May 1, 2013 "Real Sexy! / Bad Boys" 1 JPN: 168,580
October 9, 2013 "Byebye Dubai: See You Again / A My Girl Friend" (バィバィDuバィ~See you again~) 1 JPN: 167,946
May 14, 2014 "King & Queen & Joker" 1 JPN: 172,503
October 1, 2014 "Otoko Never Give Up" (男 never give up) 1 JPN: 142,568
November 19, 2014 "Kimi ni Hitomebore" (君にHITOMEBORE) 1 JPN: 347,737
July 1, 2015 "Cha-Cha-Cha Champion" (Cha-Cha-Cha チャンピオン) 1 JPN: 119,783
December 16, 2015 "Colorful eyes" (カラフル Eyes) 1 JPN: 196,539
May 03, 2016 "Shouri no hi made" (勝利の日まで) 1 JPN: 104,799
October 19, 2016 "Yobisute" (よびすて) 1 JPN: 116,788

Video releases[edit]

Release date Title Oricon DVD overall
chart peak
Oricon Blu-ray
chart peak
August 15, 2012 Sexy Zone Arena Concert 2012[8] 1[9] 2[9]
February 13, 2013 Johnny's Dome Theatre: Summary 2012 Sexy Zone[10] 2[11] 1[11]
August 28, 2013 Sexy Zone Japan Tour 2013[12] 1[12] 4[12]
August 12, 2014 Sexy Zone Spring Tour Sexy Second[13] 1[13] 1[13]
September 9, 2015 Sexy Zone Sexy Power Tour
September 9, 2016 "Welcome to Sexy Zone"[14] Welcome to Sexy Zone Tour [14]

Appearances[edit]

TV variety programs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ セクシーゾーンのプロフィールdate=2015-09-24 (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  2. ^ a b セクシーさ売りにジャニーズに新ユニット. Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  3. ^ a b ジャニーズ歴代最年少14・2歳!新グループ誕生. スポニチ Sponichi Annex (in Japanese). Sports Nippon. 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  4. ^ a b "ジャニーズ新ユニット「Sexy Zone」最年少デビュー". Sports Hochi (in Japanese). Hochi Shimbun. 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  5. ^ "新しい時代を創る…国際派ジャニーズ新ユニットが誕生!! スペシャルサポーターにSexy Zoneが就任!!". とれたてフジテレビ (in Japanese). Fuji Television. 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  6. ^ "MUSICAL AMBASSADORS NAMED FOR WORLD CUP IN JAPAN". FIVB. FIVB. 2015-10-05. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  7. ^ a b Oricon Chart
  8. ^ "DISCOGRAPHY". Sexy Zone Official Site (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  9. ^ a b "Sexy Zoneが最年少新記録で快挙達成!". WEBオリ★スタ. Oricon. 2012-08-22. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  10. ^ "DISCOGRAPHY". Sexy Zone Official Site (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  11. ^ a b "【オリコン】Sexy Zone、史上最年少でBD首位 ももクロ抜く平均15.6歳". ORICON STYLE. Oricon. 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  12. ^ a b c "【オリコン】Sexy Zone、最新ライブDVDが総合首位". ORICON STYLE (in Japanese). Oricon. 2013-09-04. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  13. ^ a b c "【オリコン】Sexy Zone、映像作品2冠 DVD・BDで自己最高週間売上更新". ORICON STYLE (in Japanese). Oricon. 2014-08-20. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  14. ^ a b "【オリコン】Sexy Zone、Welcome to Sexy zone". ORICON STYLE (in Japanese). Oricon. 2014-08-20. Retrieved 2016-09-12. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Sexy Zone Official Site". Sexyzone.ponycanyon.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  16. ^ "ジャニーズJr.ランドのなかまたち | ジャニーズJr.ランド". Bs-sptv.com. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  17. ^ "テレビ朝日|ミュージックステーション". Tv-asahi.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  18. ^ "テレビ朝日|ミュージックステーション". Tv-asahi.co.jp. 2011-11-18. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  19. ^ "テレビ朝日|ミュージックステーション". Tv-asahi.co.jp. 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 

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