Yuya Matsushita at FanimeCon 2011 Opening Ceremony
Yuya Matsushita(松下優也,Matsushita Yūya?), born May 24, 1990 is a Japanese pop and R&B singer under Japanese Dream Records. His debut single "foolish foolish" was released on November 26, 2008. He had his first breakthrough as Sebastian Michaelis in the Black Butler Musical and since then, been popular in both Japan and overseas.
Born in Kobe, Japan, 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. 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 theme song.
In 2009, Matsushita had his stage debut as Sebastian Michaelis in the Black Butler Musical-His Butler, Friendship. 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. 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 Shoujo, which Yuya made an appearance in.
Matsushita reprised his role as Sebastian Michaelis in the Black Butler Musical-The Most Beautiful Death In The World, A Thousand Soul And The Fallen Grim Reapers. 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". 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. "4 Seasons" was used as theme song for the Kobe Collection 2010 Autumn/Winter and Hikari, Sono Saki E, which Yuya starred in.
In 2011, his 7th single, "Paradise" was used as the drama theme song for Quartet, which he had a lead role in. "Naturally" from his 7th single was featured in 3 Naturally Beauty Basic commercial. 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 4000 fans. Matsushita later starred in Asu No Hikari Wo Tsukame 2 as a high school soccer captain.
In 2012, Matsushita released his 2nd album, "2U" in February 22, a reference to the fact he is turning 22. Dressed up as a butler, Matsushita appeared in his 1st commercial to promote Shionogi's Popon-S Plus, a reference to the role he had as Sebastian Michaelis, a 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. Matsushita also played a supporting role as Kakeru in Pillow Talk ~Bed Of Speculation~ as an oden store manager. 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 "Paco And The Magical Book Musical," "In the Heights," "Tumbling Final," and "Black Butler: Lycoris that Blazes the Earth," as well as reprising his role as Vlad in "The Alucard Show." He also returned to his role as Kageki in "Watashi no Host-chan" in the special YouTube-based drama series produced by TV Asahi. 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. On February 22 they released their debut album "XVISION". Matsushita will star in the movie "Akegarasu" in May 2015.