Yuya Matsushita

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Yuya Matsushita
Yuya Matsushita at Fanime 2011 Opening Ceremony.jpg
Yuya Matsushita at FanimeCon 2011 Opening Ceremony
Background information
Native name 松下優也
Birth name Yuya Matsushita
Born (1990-05-24) May 24, 1990 (age 26)
Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
Genres J-pop, R&B, hip hop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, rapper, dancer, actor, producer
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2008–present
Labels Epic Records Japan (past), Japanese Dream Records, XVISION
Associated acts BRIGHT, SHUN, Sista, SUGER, X4
Website www.matsushitayuya.com, xxxx4.jp
Notable instruments
Piano, Vocals

Yuya Matsushita (松下 優也 Matsushita Yūya?, born May 24, 1990) is a Japanese pop and R&B singer and actor under Japanese Dream Records. His debut single "foolish foolish" was released on November 26, 2008.[1] He had his first breakthrough as Sebastian Michaelis in the Black Butler Musical and since then, been popular in both Japan and overseas.

In 2014, he started a boy band called X4, and the group released their debut album "XVISION" in 2015. The group held their major debut October 7th of the same year with their single "Killing Me".

Biography[edit]

Born in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, on May 24, 1990, Yuya Matsushita was raised by his mother and grandmother. At the age of 12 in 2002, Matsushita decided to pursue a career in music, enrolling in Caless Vocal & Dance School.[2] Despite disagreements with his mother regarding his future plans, a trip to New York City in October 2005 strengthened his determination to become an artist. This became the turning point of his life as Matsushita decided to pursue music instead of going to high school. In 2007, Matsushita met producer Jin Nakamura who made the song "foolish foolish" for him.

In 2008, after being signed to Epic Records Japan Inc., the filming for Matsushita's 1st single, "foolish foolish" took place in New York. At the same time, Matsushita appeared in his 1st movie, Kanashii Boyfriend and his song, "Mr. "Broken Heart"" was also chosen to be the movie's theme song.[3]

In 2009, Matsushita had his stage debut as Sebastian Michaelis in the Black Butler Musical-That Butler, Friendship.[4] The solo version of the theme song, "彼方へ" was also featured in his 3rd single, "Honesty / 願いがかなうなら…".

In 2010, Matsushita's 4th single, "Trust Me" was used as the first ending theme song in the Durarara!! anime, and peaked at 10th in the weekly Oricon charts.[5] The song was also widely used in a series of Durarara!! ending theme song parodies where characters from the ending sequence were replaced with characters from other anime. "ふたり" from his 4th single was used as the movie insert song of Toki o Kakeru Shōjo, which Yuya made an appearance in as Tetsuo Toi.[6]

Matsushita reprised his role as Sebastian Michaelis in Musical Black Butler: The Most Beautiful Death in The World – A Thousand Souls and The Fallen Grim Reaper.[7] The solo version of the theme song, "Hallucination" was also featured in his 5th single, "YOU". Matsushita subsequently collaborated with Mahou No Island and released "声にならなくて Feat. Sista", "first snow Feat. Sista" and "その時までのサヨナラ" for the novel "No Title".[8] All 3 songs were released in his 1st album, "I AM ME". "Bird" from his 6th single, "Bird / 4 Seasons" gained popularity as the first ending theme song for the Black Butler II anime.[9] "4 Seasons" was used as a theme song for the Kobe Collection 2010 Autumn/Winter and Hikari, Sono Saki E, which Yuya starred in as himself.[10]

In 2011, his 7th single, "Paradise" was used as the drama theme song for Quartet, which he had a lead role in as Takeru.[11] "Naturally" from his 7th single was featured in three Natural Beauty Basic commercials.[12] He was also the Guest of Honor for MusicFest at FanimeCon in 2011 where he performed for the first time overseas to a crowd of over 4,000 fans.[13] Matsushita later starred in Asu no Hikari wo Tsukame 2 as Ren Kagami, a high school soccer captain.[14]

In 2012, Matsushita released his 2nd album, "2U" on February 22, a reference to the fact he was turning 22. Dressed up as a butler, Matsushita appeared in his 1st commercial to promote Shionogi's Popon-S Plus,[15] a reference to the role he had as Sebastian Michaelis, the butler in Black Butler. Matsushita played the role of Song Sam Dong in the Dream High musical, which is adapted from the hit Korean drama from July 3 to July 20.[16] Matsushita also played a supporting role as Kakeru in Pillow Talk ~Bed Of Speculation~ as an oden store manager.[17] On December 5, he released "U 〜BEST MUSIC VIDEOS〜" and "U 〜BEST of BEST〜" simultaneously.

In 2013, he appeared in multiple stage plays, including Bug’s Value ~Even More Bursting~, a reprisal of Black Butler: the Most Beautiful Death in the World, The Alucard Show, and My Host-chan S. Having departed from Sony earlier in the year, in July 2013, he launched the label Japanese Dream Records, releasing his 12th single "SWEET LOVE" in the same month. Additionally, on August 28, he released the album #musicoverdose under his new label.

In 2014, Matsushita continued to work mainly in musical theatre, appearing in musicals of Paco and the Magical Book, In the Heights,[18] Tumbling Final,[19] and Black Butler: Lycoris that Blazes the Earth,[20] as well as reprising his role as Vlad in The Alucard Show.[21] He also returned to his role as Kageki in Watashi no Host-chan in the special YouTube-based drama series produced by TV Asahi.[22] He released digital singles "ETERNAL NOW" on September 27 and "WHISPER MY NAME" on October 18. He was awarded "amesta. Of The Year 2014" (men's division) on December 15. On December 28, he announced that he would be halting his solo activities and forming a four-man group under his label to be known as X4.[23] On February 22, they released their debut album "XVISION". Matsushita starred in the movie Akegarasu in May 2015.[24]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Released Title
1st 2008.11.26 foolish foolish
2nd 2009.01.28 LAST SNOW (ja)
3rd 2009.08.26 Honesty / 願いがかなうなら… (Honesty / Negai Ga Kanau Nara...)
4th 2010.02.17 Trust Me
5th 2010.05.05 YOU
6th 2010.08.25 Bird / 4 Seasons
7th 2011.02.02 Paradise
8th 2011.05.04 Naturally
9th 2011.08.24 SUPER DRIVE
10th 2012.01.25 キミへのラブソング~10年先も~ (Kimi E No Love Song ~10 Nen Saki Mo~)
11th 2012.08.29 SEE YOU
12th 2014.02.22 She's A Liar (English & Japanese Version plus remix)
13th 2014.04.25 Slow Dancin′

Digital Singles[edit]

Released Title
1st 2013.07.31 SWEET LOVE
2nd 2014.09.27 ETERNAL NOW
3rd 2014.10.18 WHISPER MY NAME

Albums[edit]

Released Title
1st 2010.06.02 I AM ME
2nd 2012.02.22 2U
3rd 2012.12.05 U 〜BEST of BEST〜

Digital Albums[edit]

Released Title
1st 2013.08.28 #musicoverdose
2nd 2015.02.22 XVISION

Others[edit]

Released Title
1st 2010.06.08 I AM ME (Korean Version)
2nd 2010.10.08 Bird / 4 Seasons (Taiwan Version)
3rd 2012.02.28 2U (Korean Version)
4th 2012.04.02 2U (Thai Version)
4th 2012.12.18 U 〜BEST of BEST〜 (Korean Version)
4th 2013.05.23 U 〜BEST of BEST〜 (Thai Version)

Videos[edit]

Released Title
1st 2011.05.25 20101225 ~Last Night Show~
2nd 2012.03.14 Yuya Matsushita Live Tour 2011 ~SUPER DRIVE~
3rd 2012.12.18 U 〜BEST MUSIC VIDEOS〜

Featured[edit]

Released Title Artist
1st 2011.09.28 夢の中で会えるでしょう (Yume No Naka De Aerudeshou) Masayuki Suzuki (Original By Hiroshi Takano)
2nd 2012.08.22 Forever BRIGHT

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Released Title
1st 2009 悲しいボーイフレンド (Kanashii Boyfriend)
2nd 2010 時をかける少女 (Toki o Kakeru Shōjo)
3rd 2010 光の惑星 (Hikari no Wakusei)
4th 2012 ヒカリ、その先へ (Hikari, Sono Saki E)
5th 2015 アケガラス (Akegarasu)

Stages[edit]

Released Title
1st 2009 音楽舞闘会『黒執事』-その執事、友好- (Black Butler Musical-That Butler, Friendship)
2nd 2010 ミュージカル「黒執事」-The Most Beautiful DEATH in The World- 千の魂と堕ちた死神 (Musical Black Butler: The Most Beautiful Death in The World – A Thousand Souls and The Fallen Grim Reaper)
3rd 2012 ミュージカル「ドリームハイ」 (Dream High)
4th 2013 バグズグバリュー~even more BURSTING~ (Bugs' Value ~Even More Bursting~)
5th 2013 ミュージカル「黒執事」-The Most Beautiful DEATH in The World- 千の魂と堕ちた死神 (Musical Black Butler: The Most Beautiful Death in The World – A Thousand Souls and The Fallen Grim Reaper)
6th 2013 THE ALUCARD SHOW
7th 2013 舞台「私のホストちゃん」 (My Host-chan)
8th 2014 舞台「Paco〜パコと魔法の絵本〜」 (Paco and the Magical Book)
9th 2014 イン・ザ・ハイツ (In the Heights)
10th 2014 タンブリング FINAL (Tumbling Final)
11th 2014 黒執事「地に燃えるリコリス」 (Black Butler - Lycoris that Blazes the Earth)
12th 2014 THE ALUCARD SHOW
13th 2015 モンティ・パイソンのSPAMALOT (Monty Python's Spamalot)

Dramas[edit]

Released Title Role
2011 カルテット (Quartet)
2011 Asu no Hikari wo Tsukame 2
2012 ピロートーク〜ベッドの思惑〜 (Pillow Talk ~Bed Of Speculation~)
2014 私のホストちゃんS (Watashi no Host-chan S)
2016 Beppinsan Eisuke Iwasa

Commercials[edit]

Released Title
1st 2012.02.25 ポポンSプラス (Pop-On S Plus)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Non-Non (27 November 2008). "Interview with Yuya Matsushita". JaME WORLD. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Dennis A. Amith (July 2011). "An Interview With Yuya Matsushita" (PDF). J!-ENT. p. 3. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "悲しいボーイフレンド Cast" (in Japanese). Epic Records Japan Inc. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "音楽舞闘会『黒執事』-その執事、友好- DVD -パッケージ情報-" (in Japanese). Aniplex Inc. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  5. ^ デュラララ!! エンディングテーマ (in Japanese). Aniplex Inc. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  6. ^ 時をかける少女 キャスト・プロフィール (in Japanese). Aniplex Inc. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "ミュージカル「黒執事」-The Most Beautiful DEATH in The World- 千の魂と堕ちた死神 CAST / STAFF - キャスト/スタッフ -" (in Japanese). Aniplex Inc. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  8. ^ 美しく、儚く、悲しい恋が始まります (in Japanese). Sony Music Networks Inc. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "黒執事Ⅱ DVD&CD" (in Japanese). Aniplex Inc. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  10. ^ ヒカリ、その先へ (in Japanese). Sony Music Networks Inc. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  11. ^ ドラマ「カルテット」が再編集され劇場版に!主演・松下優也が特別上映舞台挨拶に登壇 (in Japanese). Cinema Tribune. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  12. ^ kurumi (26 March 2011). "Matsushita Yuya reveals info for "Naturally" + endorses "NATURAL BEAUTY BASIC"". tokyohive. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  13. ^ 松下優也ついに海外進出! 米での初ライヴに4000人が殺到 (in Japanese). Biglobe Music. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  14. ^ 明日の光をつかめ2 人物相関図 (in Japanese). Tokai Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "ポポンSプラス CM情報" (in Japanese). Shionogi & Co., Ltd. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  16. ^ "ドリームハイ Cast" (in Japanese). Korean Broadcasting System. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  17. ^ ピロートーク〜ベッドの思惑〜 キャスト・スタッフ (in Japanese). Kansai Telecasting Corporation. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  18. ^ インザハイツ (in Japanese). Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "タンブリングFINAL" (in Japanese). Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  20. ^ ミュージカル「黒執事」-地に燃えるリコリス- (in Japanese). Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  21. ^ "The Alucard Show" (in Japanese). Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "ドラマ「私のホストちゃんS」" (in Japanese). Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "松下優也、新ユニット「X4」始動!" (in Japanese). Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  24. ^ http://akegarasu-movie.com

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