Sukima Switch is a Japanese rock/jazz fusion duo consisting of core members Takuya Ōhashi, born May 9, 1978, Shintarō Tokita, born February 25, 1978, formed in 1999. With BMG Japan, they signed with Sony Music Japan's Ariola Japan label in September 2009. Ōhashi's musical duties include vocals and harmonica, while Tokita plays piano/keyboards, numerous other instruments, oversees overall production. Most of the other instrumentation heard on their albums is handled by guests and studio musicians. In this sense, their band structure and chemistry could be compared to that of the American group Steely Dan, their style is heavily jazz influenced, yet it retains core pop elements and catchy melodies that have proved popular with Japanese audiences. Their song "Zenryoku Shounen" is featured as the first song in the Nintendo DS game Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2, released in Japan on May 17, 2007; the song is one of the many songs in the expansion pack to the Nintendo DS game Daigasso!
Band Brothers. Their eighth single, Guarana, is the theme song of the film adaptation of Rough, with their second and fifth singles used as inserts, their song "Shizuku" is the opening theme for the anime adaptation of the novel series The Beast Player. Their 12th single, "Golden Time Lover" is the 3rd opening of the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Ōhashi covered the song "Katamari on the Swing" in the PlayStation 3 game Katamari Forever. "Boku Note" was used as the theme song for Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur 2006. Their 12th single, "Golden Time Lover", is the third opening to the anime Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, their 13th single, "Ice Cream Syndrome", is the ending theme of the Pokémon movie Phantom Ruler: Zoroark. Their 17th single, "Eureka", is the second opening to the anime Space Brothers, their 19th single, "Hello Especially", is the ending song to the anime Silver Spoon. Their 20th single, "Ah Yeah!!", is the second opening to the anime Haikyuu!!. Their 22nd single, "Hoshi no Utsuwa", is the ending theme song for the anime film The Last: Naruto the Movie.
Their 23rd single, "LINE", is the eighteenth opening to the anime Naruto Shippuden. Debut single - view - July 9, 2003 2nd single - 奏で - March 10, 2004 3rd single - ふれて未来を - June 16, 2004 4th single - 冬の口笛 - November 24, 2004 5th single - 全力少年 - April 20, 2005 6th single - 雨待ち風 - June 22, 2005 7th single - ボクノート - March 1, 2006 8th single - ガラナ - August 16, 2006 9th single - アカツキの詩 - November 22, 2006 10th single - マリンスノウ - July 11, 2007 11th single - 虹のレシピ - May 20, 2009 12th single - ゴールデンタイムラバー - October 14, 2009 13th single - アイスクリームシンドローム - July 7, 2010 14th single - さいごのひ - January 26, 2011 15th single - 晴ときどき曇 16th single - ラストシーン 17th single - ユリーカ - August 8, 2012 18th single - スカーレット - June 19, 2013 19th single - Hello Especially - July 31, 2013 20th single - Ah Yeah!! - July 23, 2014 21st single - パラボラヴァ - November 19, 2014 22nd single - 星のうつわ - December 3, 2014 23rd single - LINE - November 11, 2015 Debut mini album - 君の話 - September 17, 2003 Debut album - 夏雲ノイズ - June 23, 2004 2nd album - 空創クリップ - July 20, 2005 3rd album - 夕風ブレンド - November 29, 2006 Best album - グレイテスト・ヒッツ - August 1, 2007 4th album - ナユタとフカシギ - November 4, 2009 5th album - musium - October 5, 2011 6th album - Sukima Switch - December 3, 2014 7th album - POPMAN'S ANOTHER WORLD - April 13, 2016 8th album - re:Action - February 15, 2017 Official website by Office Augusta Official website by Sony Music Japan Sukima Switch at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
NU'EST is a South Korean boy band formed by Pledis Entertainment. The group debuted on March 15, 2012, with the digital single "Face"; the group consists of five members: JR, Baekho and Ren. Prior to their debut, NU'EST made appearances in their labelmates' music releases, they were backup dancers for After School Blue's "Wonder Boy", featured in their label's Christmas release "Love Letter". They released their own music video for "Love Letter" as Pledis Boys. JR appeared in Orange Caramel's "Bangkok City" music video, was featured in Uee's solo song "Sok Sok Sok". Baekho appeared in After School's "Play Ur Love" music video, Minhyun starred in Orange Caramel's "Shanghai Romance" music video. JR, Minhyun and Ren were featured with After School's Lizzy in a commercial for New Balance. JR and Baekho appeared on the KBS television program Hello Counselor and were revealed by After School's Kahi as two members of the group; this drew attention from viewers and they became a topic of interest online.
Minhyun and Ren gained attention modeling for designer Park Yoon-so's F/W 2012–13 Seoul Fashion Week show, titled'Big Park'. NU'EST made their debut with their first single, "Face", on 15 March 2012, their debut stage was on M! Countdown on the same day; the group began airing their own reality show, Making of a Star: NU'EST Landing Operation, during the promotional period. They returned with their first EP, Action, on 11 July, became ambassadors for Korea's Scout Association. During their promotional period and the rest of the year, NU'EST began to expand to the global market, holding events in Japan, other parts of Asia, the United States, including performances at KCON. During December, NU'EST began endorsements with McDonald's. Baekho and Ren made acting appearances in the drama Jeon Woo-chi alongside label mate Uee in January 2013; the group returned with their second EP, Hello, on 13 February. They held their first exclusive concert, Show Time NU’EST Time, on the same day to commemorate the release.
During the promotional period, they were cast for SBS MTV Diary along with their then-label mate Hello Venus. In March, NU'EST celebrated their first anniversary through a concert in Japan, NU′EST Debut 1st Anniversary Live Show Time. On 8 April, Aron became a DJ for Arirang's Music Access. On 22 August 2013, NU'EST released their third EP, Sleep Talking, with the title track of the same name. To celebrate Music Core's 400th episode in March 2014, Ren performed Girl's Day's "Something" alongside BtoB's Minhyuk, A-Jax's Seungjin, VIXX's Hongbin. On 9 July 2014, NU'EST released their first full album, Re:BIRTH, with the lead single "Good Bye Bye", they debuted in Japan on 5 November, with the single "Shalala Ring". NU'EST released the digital single "I'm Bad" on 27 February 2015, with a limited edition physical release on 15 March to celebrate their third anniversary. Baekho did not participate in the title track as he was recovering from vocal cord polyps surgery, but he did contribute to the B-side track, "A Scene Without you."
On 2 April, Minhyun collaborated with Korean indie artist Fromm on the single "The Aftermath". On 19 April, Aron ended his position as a DJ at Arirang's Music Access; the group held their first solo showcase in North America in Dallas, put together by My Music Taste, on 3 May. NU'EST released their second Japanese single, "Na. Na. Na", on 20 May. On 14 August, Aron took up a position as a DJ on SBS PopAsia with his own show Aron's Hangout. NU'EST released their first Japanese studio album, Bridge the World, on 18 November, after pre-releasing the tracks "Bridge the World", "Cherry", "Access to You", "Eternal Rain", their fourth EP, Q Is, was released on 17 February 2016 with the lead single "Overcome". They began promotions for the album the following day. NU'EST released their fifth EP Canvas and the accompanying single "Love Paint" on 29 August 2016. After four years of promotions, the group received their first music show nomination on The Show. On 6 October 2016, the music video for the duet track "Daybreak" from Canvas was released.
"Daybreak" was a special unit track, sung by Minhyun and JR. Four members participated in the reality television series Produce 101 Season 2 during the first half of 2017. During their appearance on the show released albums, including Q Is and Canvas, rose on South Korean album charts, reflecting a sudden surge in popularity of the group. NU'EST's previous releases shot back up on music charts after the final episode of Produce 101 Season 2 aired, topped the Gaon Chart; the group returned to music shows to promote their single "Hello", ranked number 11 on Inkigayo. Produce 101 Season 2 concluded with one of the four competing members, ranking ninth and becoming a member of the temporary boy group Wanna One. On the final episode, Baekho ranked 13th, JR ranked 14th, Ren ranked 20th. Due to the nature of the contract between Wanna One members and CJ E&M, Minhyun will promote as a member of Wanna One until January 2019, after which he will return to NU'EST. Following the conclusion of Produce 101 Season 2, JR and Ren became models for the cosmetics company Labiotte.
Subsequently and Aron joined their groupmates in promoting the brand. Ren joined. Aron featured on Raina's single "Loop". NU'EST continued to promote as NU'EST W, until Minhyun would return. Following Wanna One's official disbandment on December 31, 2018, Minhyun returned to NU'EST shortly after participating in a farewell concert with Wanna One towards the end of January. On 8 October 2013, Pledis Entertainment announced to launch a
Avex Inc. is an entertainment conglomerate led by founder Max Matsuura and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Avex manages J-pop talents like internet sensation PikoTaro, it has shifted into other business domains like anime, video games and live music events like partnering with Ultra Music Festival and hosting the annual A-nation. Avex is an acronym of the English words Audio Visual Expert. Since its foundation, its corporate name was Avex D. D. Incorporated, ten years it was changed to Avex, Incorporated; the current name, Avex Group Holdings, was adopted in 2004 as part of reconstruction process after Tom Yoda's resignation. Avex Group Holdings, Incorporated was used for the main subsidiaries, while the old name was for entertainment components of the Group. In 2005, Incorporated became Avex Entertainment and stayed on as part of the Group. Avex was registered June 1, 1973 as Avex D. D. Incorporated, although it did not become established until 1988, they began as a CD wholesaler based in Tokyo. In September 1990, they created Avex Trax as a music label.
In the same year, they created "Musique Folio Inc.", a music publishing company, which became "Prime Direction Inc." During its early years, the company affiliated itself with the Mitsubishi group of companies. In 1993, they transferred to Aoyama and created a U. S. branch, called "AV Experience America Inc." The year marked the first of Avex's yearly events. It was held in Tokyo Dome under the name "avex rave'93" and attracted 50,000 attendees. In December 1993, they created a joint venture with Toshiba-EMI, called Cutting Edge. In 1994, they formed two UK subsidiaries, "Rhythm Republic Limited" and "Avex U. K. Limited." That year, they opened a disco, claimed on their website to be "the world's largest scale disco", named Velfarre. In 1997, they opened. In early 1999, they signed an agreement with Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records to handle the companies' Japanese CD releases; that year "Avex Mode", an animation company, was established. In December, the company was listed on the 1st section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol 7860.
In 2001, Avex opened the "avex artists academy" music school. In 2002, they released the "CCCD", a type of copy-protected CD, opened their building in Aoyama, paid for by Sumitomo Life and worth 205 billion yen. In 2003, they opened a classical music business. In 2004, they began selling Japanese music CDs in South Korea and Avex President Max Matsuura "spotted" former idol Ami Suzuki performing live at the annual festival of their school, Nihon University, he subsequently signed her to the Avex label. In 2005, Avex acquired distribution rights for Aozora Records' catalogue including all future Hitomi Yaida releases. In early 2008, Avex partnered with Victor JVC to create the label D-topia Entertainment as a business partnership between the labels and its founder, Terukado Onishi, with the sales promotion handled by Victor while the area promotion handled by Avex; as part of the Avex Group's 20th anniversary celebration, a big project occurred with avex trax's "produced by avex trax" artists.
Avex Group launched BeeTV, May 2009 in partnership with NTT DoCoMo. In August 2004, a feud between Max Matsuura and co-founder Tom Yoda affected group, it started because of Yoda's ambition to expand Avex into other entertainment-related ventures producing movies. In addition, he accused Ryuhei Chiba, the company's executive director and president of Avex Inc. of pursuing personal profit from a few big artists. July 30: In a board meeting, Yoda introduced a resolution calling on Chiba to resign because of an alleged conflict of interest. A source says the disagreement arose because Chiba had signed an artist managed by a member of his family; the board backed Yoda's resolution in a 6-1 vote. However, Matsuura — described by insiders as a close ally of Chiba — introduced a second resolution demanding that Yoda step down due to "a difference of opinion in management principles." Matsuura's motion was defeated 5-2. He and Chiba resigned the next day. August 2: Matsuura and Chiba announced their resignations in a meeting with employees of Avex.
Chiba denied any fault, while Matsuura complained that Avex had lost its love of music and said he wanted to start over. They had the support of many staff who said they would quit. More the label's top star, Ayumi Hamasaki, said would leave; as a result, Avex's stocks in the TSE fell by 16 percent that day. August 3: Due to pressure by employees and artists and to save the company from bankruptcy, Yoda resigned and was replaced by Toshio Kobayashi. AGHD is listed at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and Börse München of Germany under the ticker symbol AX8. More K-pop artists from other agencies continued to sign with Avex such as YG Entertainment's 2NE1, S-plus Entertainment's SS501 member Kim Hyung Jun, Pledis Entertainment's After School, NH Media's U-KISS and Yejeon Media's Shu-I. On July 21, 2011, it was announced that Avex had paired with Korean management label YG Entertainment to form YGEX Entertainment. In 2012, the group began offering limited releases for sale, DRM-free for the first time within Japan on Amazon MP3.
Max Matsuura and Toshio Kobayashi, the company's top two individual shareholders, launched their own investment companies to anchor their shares in 2012. As a show of modernization, Avex Group moved to Izumi Garden Tower in
Crossfaith is a Japanese heavy metal band from Osaka, formed in 2006. The band released their first demo "Blueprint of Reconstruction" in 2008; the band consists of vocalist Kenta Koie, guitarist Kazuki Takemura, Hiroki Ikegawa on bass guitar, drummer Tatsuya Amano and Terufumi Tamano on keyboards. They are characterized by a fusion of metal and hardcore with dubstep and others forms of electronic music, for their intense live performances, they released their first studio album, The Artificial Theory for the Dramatic Beauty, through Zestone Records in 2009, their second studio album "The Dream, The Space" in 2011 through Tragic Hero Records. Crossfaith released their second EP "Zion" in September 2012, this acted as a promotional release to countries outside Japan; the band started when vocalist Kenta Koie, now guitarist Kazuki Takemura and turntablist Terufumi Tamano were in a nu metal band which they covered Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit songs. This used to feature Kenta rapping as well as screaming.
After their cover band broke up Kenta wanted to start up a new metal band. To do this he asked drummer Tatsuya Amano, a fellow student at his school, in Kenta's music club to audition. Amano's drum cover of Slipknot's "" impressed Kenta and the others so much they knew they wanted him a part of the band. Turntablist Terufumi joined the new project with an inspiration from electronic dance music groups such as Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy, Terufumi would work to connect his electronica inspirations with the heavy metal covers the band was doing at the time; the band formed fuelled by their hatred of Japan’s enormous pop music culture. In 2010, Koie was featured in Manafest's song "No Plan B" on Avalanche/No Plan B EP. In 2010, the band covered the song "Omen" by The Prodigy, featured as a bonus track on the Japanese version of Fearless Records' Punk Goes Pop 3 In their early touring history they supported bands like: Hatebreed, Machine Head, In This Moment, Bleeding Through, The Used, August Burns Red, Memphis May Fire.
In March 2011 Tragic Hero Records signed Crossfaith for an American release of their second album "The Dream, The Space". In 2012 Crossfaith's tour schedule for around the Europe expanded, supporting Of Mice & Men with Bury Tomorrow and in the year supporting While She Sleeps alongside Bleed From Within and Polar in September. In August the band went to Japan to play the Summer Sonic festival, the largest festival in the country, where they played at 3am to 10,000 people. In September 2012 the band released their second extended play Zion, used as an introductory sampler designed to break into a bigger market. Zion was named after the human city in The Matrix film series; the extended play revived a popular response from mainstream critics such as Kerrang! and The Sydney Morning Herald. Three promotional videos spawned out of the promotion of the ep: music videos for'Monolith' and'Jägerbomb' and one typography style video for Photosphere. On 10 November the band performed at the 2012 Warped Tour at the Alexandra Palace in London on the'Kevin Says Stage'.
The stage they played on was only a 500 capacity room but security had to block the entrance to the room as it exceeded capacity during their performance. Their performance at the festival garnered a lot of attention for the band. On 4 February 2013 the Zion EP was released in Europe by Search and Destroy Records and just a few days after that the extended play was streamed online at SoundCloud. Crossfaith performed at the Australian 2013 Soundwave festival for all 5 dates in: Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth between 23 February and 4 March, they have announced Sidewaves shows prior to the festival dates with Periphery. Just two days after their appearance in Australia the band is started their March tour across the United States in support of Enter Shikari and Architects. In May the band is main supporting band on Bring Me the Horizon's headline tour of the United Kingdom. After their tour with Bring Me the Horizon they performed two headline shows at the Barfly in London and the Sugarmill in Stoke supported by We Butter The Bread With Butter, but due to the success of the London show sold they upgraded the venue to the Camden Underworld.
Their performances were praised as offering "constant energy" and how Amano Tatsuya's drum solos were "stunning". This show was at the Underworld just a year after their show there supporting Of Men. Across July and August Crossfaith United States touring festival Warped Tour and will perform at Reading and Leeds Festival in the United Kingdom. Crossfaith will release their third studio album Apocalyze in Japan on 4 September 2013 and on 9 September in the United Kingdom; the album was recorded at Machine Shop Studios in New York City in January 2013 and will be released on Search and Destroy and Sony Music. Prior to the release of Apocalyze, Crossfaith released three music videos: We Are the Future, Eclipse and "The Evolution". On October 8, 2014, the band released a three track long single titled "Madness"; the track listing consists of the three songs: "Madness", "Dance with the Enemy", "S. O. S.". Crossfaith has announced they will be playing the entire Vans Warped Tour in 2015 for North America, as well as playing SlamDunk Festival in the United Kingdom in the May of 2015.
Crossfaith released their fourth full length album Xeno on September 18, 2015. On July 27, 2016, the band released another maxi single titled "New Age Warriors", featuring three new songs: "Rx Overdrive", which had an accompanying music video, "Kill'Em All" and "Revolution". In an interview with DEAD PRESS! in April 2017, the band confirmed that they had two new singles ready for release for the summer, that they planned to release a follow-up full-length to "Xeno" in 2018. Crossfaith have used clea
JYP Entertainment Corporation is one of the largest entertainment companies in South Korea. It was established by J. Y. Park in 1997, it operates as a record label, talent agency, music production company, event management and concert production company, music publishing house. Notable artists include 2PM, JJ Project, 15&, Got7, Day6, Stray Kids, Itzy, it has handled Rain, G. O. D, Wonder Girls, 2AM, Miss A. Founder Park continues to be involved with the music production scene. JYP Entertainment was founded in 1997 by South Korean singer-songwriter J. Y. Park as Tae-Hong Planning Corporation, which became JYP Entertainment in 2001. In December 2000, JYP Entertainment signed Rain as a trainee, he became the first Korean Global solo artist. Rain opened a subsidiary label named J. Tune Entertainment. In 2004, after the boy band g.o.d.'s group contract with Sidus HQ ended, they signed a contract with JYP Entertainment. In May 2006, JYP formed its first girl group, Wonder Girls, who became a commercial success and was the first South Korean group to enter the Billboard Hot 100 in 2009 when their song "Nobody" charted at No. 76.
Their success lead to a management deal with the Jonas Group, which allowed the Wonder Girls to open the Jonas Brothers's world tour in select cities. In 2008, the competitive reality series Hot Blood Men was created, pitting two teams of male trainees against each other for the chance to debut; the winning group, One Day, was split into two boy band, 2PM and 2AM. 2AM was jointly contracted with Big Hit Entertainment. In October, JYP Entertainment opened the JYP Beijing Center as their China branch; the same year, CAA included JYP Entertainment in its roster of high-profile clientele. Expanding its endeavors in 2010, JYP Entertainment acquired J. Tune Entertainment. KMP Holdings was established via a joint venture between JYP Entertainment and several other large record labels; the subsidiary AQ Entertainment was formed and introduced the Chinese-Korean girl group Miss A. In November 2011, the US-based subsidiary JYP Creative was established and it was reported that Park invested US 1.2 million dollars in the branch.
However, after a year of operation, the company saw a net loss of around US 1.5 million dollars by the end of 2012, forcing the CEO to liquidate the branch and close all US operations, including the New York branch. The same year, Park Jimin, winner of the competitive TV series K-pop Star, Baek Yerin, a female trainee and contestant on the show Star King, debuted as the duo 15&. In 2012, JYP Pictures signed a contract with China Eastern Performing Arts Group to co-produce a movie Hold Your Hand, featuring actors whom belonged to JYP Entertainment; the subsidiary AQ Entertainment became defunct that December,after which the girl group Miss A was moved to the main label JYP Entertainment. In January 2014, the seven talent agencies behind KMP Holdings, formed a collective bond partnership and bought 13.48% of KT Music's stocks, leaving KT Corporation with only 49.99%. That same month, Got7, the labels' first boy group since the debut of 2PM and 2AM in 2008, made their debut. 2AM's joint contract of Big Hit Entertainment with JYP Entertainment expired that April, after which three of the 2AM members returned to JYP, while member Lee Chang-min stayed with Big Hit in order to continue with his solo career and as part of the duo Homme.
In late August, JYP Pictures and Dongyang World Culture Communication produced the drama Dream Knight, starring Got7 members. Season three K-pop Star winner Bernard Park signed a contract with JYP to start his solo career. On December 17, 2014, it was reported that J. Y. Park sold the JYP Entertainment's HQ building in Cheongdamdong, Seoul to Choi Ki Won, the sister of SK Group's chairman Choi Tae Won, for about $7 million on the term that, JYP Entertainment will still use the building for three years on rent. In 2015, the subsidiary Studio J was formed, debuting its first artist G soul on January 9. Two groups were formed that year: the girl group Twice, whose members were chosen from the competitive reality show Sixteen, Day6. In March 2015, 2AM members Seulong and Jinwoon departed from JYP Entertainment because of their contract expiration, while Jo Kwon renewed his contract. JYP Entertainment signed a contract with JaxCoco, a Hong Kong-based coconut product company. JYP and Jax Coco planned to launch coconut oil, coconut flakes and other related products at major department stores and supermarkets in South Korea.
Venturing into the Chinese market, JYP Entertainment established music distribution partnership with China Music Corporation in February 19, 2016. This was followed by JYP Entertainment jointly establishing the Beijing Xin Sheng Entertainment Co. Ltd. with Tencent Music Entertainment the same year, which oversaw the debut of the boy band Boy Story. The member of Got7, Jackson Wang announced his solo endeavors in the country. On July 1, 2017, JYP Entertainment acquired a property worth 20.2 billion won in Seongnae-dong, Gangdong District, South Korea to be used as its new office. A partnership with DailyMotion, Europe's largest video platform, was signed to open its artist channel on its platform to secure a more global fan base, they entered into a music business agreement at SK Telecom headquarters in Euljiro in 2018 with SM Entertainment, Big Hit Entertainment, SK Telecom to Start a Contents Distribution Business and to cooperate with the development of B2B music distribution business and B2C music service platform business.
In the first half of 2018, JYP Entertainment became the second largest entertainment company in South K
Oh My Girl
Oh My Girl is a South Korean girl group formed by WM Entertainment. The group is composed of seven members: Hyojung, YooA, Jiho and Arin. An eight-piece group, JinE left the group in October 2017 due to health issues. Oh My Girl debuted on April 2015, with an eponymous mini-album. Oh My Girl was publicized as the sister group of label-mate group B1A4. On March 29, 2015, teaser images of the eight members were released as well as their concept images. On April 20, the group released their first mini album, Oh My Girl, which included the single "Cupid", they held their debut showcase the same day. They first performed the single on SBS MTV's The Show on April 21. On June 21, the group announced that they were preparing a new album, their second mini album, was released on October 7. The single of the same name was promoted on music shows. On December 11, Oh My Girl flew to Los Angeles for a photoshoot for their next album jacket and to perform at a special event, but could not get cleared by customs to enter the U.
S. The group's management claimed that customs mistook the girls for underage prostitutes due to props and outfits for their special performance at an event on the Saturday of that week, that they were detained for 15 hours. However, an official with the U. S. Customs and Border Protection stated that management was lying about the reason for being denied entry. Upon seeing the contents of the performers' luggage, customs officials determined the group was entering the U. S. to perform, not to go sightseeing as the group had claimed. As the group did not have the required P1 performance visa, they were denied entry; the customs official denied that the group was "detained" for 15 hours, noting that they were put on the first available flight back to Korea on the airline they traveled with. Oh My Girl's third EP, Pink Ocean, was released on March 28, 2016 with the title track "Liar Liar", a pre-released single "Step by Step". On the same day, Oh My Girl announced their official fandom name, "Miracle", at their comeback showcase for Pink Ocean and on the group's V-app.
The group promoted "Liar Liar" and "Step by Step", a B-side written by B1A4's Jinyoung, on their comeback stages and at guerrilla concerts in Hongdae and Sinchon. In the beginning of May, the group promoted "Step by Step" for four days on the music programs M! Countdown, Music Core and Music Bank. On May 26, 2016, Pink Ocean was reissued as Windy Day with two new songs: "Windy Day" and "Stupid in Love", along with the Chinese version of "Liar Liar". On August 1, they released a special summer single album containing four remake songs, including Papaya's "Listen to My Word" featuring Skull and Haha; the album was the group's first to top the weekly charts. On August 20 and 21, Oh My Girl held their first solo concert titled Summer Fairytale at the Blue Square Samsung Card Hall in Seoul, South Korea. Tickets were available to purchase on July 22 and were sold out within three minutes, breaking the record for the fastest sold-out concert for a rookie group. On August 25, WM Entertainment released a statement announcing JinE's hiatus from Oh My Girl's activities while she received treatment for anorexia nervosa.
On March 13, WM Entertainment announced on Oh My Girl's fancafe that their next album is scheduled to be released in April. JinE will not be taking part in upcoming album promotions and activities in favor of continued treatment and recovery. WM has stated that JinE's health has improved since last year, WM is focusing on long-term treatment for JinE. Oh My Girl's fourth EP, Coloring Book, was released on April 3, along with the title track of the same name. During Oh My Girl's Comeback Showcase, it was revealed that the pink whale in the Coloring Book MV, was made in reference to JinE. On October 30, WM Entertainment confirmed that due to continued health issues, JinE's contract with the company had been terminated and that she had left the group. On December 23, 2017, WM Entertainment announced Oh My Girl's comeback on January 9, with their fifth EP Secret Garden. Oh My Girl held their second solo concert titled Oh My Girl's Secret Garden. Tickets were available to purchase on December 28 and were sold out within two minutes for 3,000 tickets, proved their popularity by selling out concert since last year.
The six-day sold-out concert held beginning January 22 to 26 February at the Shinsegae Mesa Hall in Seoul, South Korea. On January 23, 2018 Oh My Girl won their first music show trophy on The Show and the second trophy on Show Champion on January 24, 2018, with "Secret Garden", it was announced that the group would release a pop-up album titled Oh My Girl Banhana - Banana Allergy Monkey on April 2. The title track "Banana Allergy Monkey" is sung by the group's sub-unit Oh My Girl Banhana, which consists of Hyojung and Arin. In June, the group signed a recording deal with a Sony Music Japan label; the Banhana sub-unit debuted in August 2018 with a Japanese version of the Banana Allergy Monkey EP. On August 24, WM Entertainment confirmed. Oh My Girl's sixth EP, Remember Me, was released on September 10, along with the title track of the same name; the group's 2nd concert titled Autumn Fairy Tales was held on October 20 & 21. Hyojung Mimi YooA Seunghee Jiho Binnie Arin JinE Oh My Girl Banhana – Hyojung, Arin Korean extended plays Oh My Girl Closer Pink Ocean Coloring Book Secret Garden Remember Me Japanese albums Oh My Girl Japan Debut Album Oh My Girl Japan 2nd Album Oh My Girl
Misia stylized as MISIA, is a Japanese singer and record producer. Born in Nagasaki, Misia moved to Fukuoka at the age of 14 to pursue a recording career. There, she continued her secondary education and attended Seinan Gakuin University before withdrawing to focus on her musical career, she was signed after auditioning for record producer Haruo Yoda. Misia came to prominence following the release of her debut album, Mother Father Brother Sister, which became the seventh best-selling Japanese debut album of all time, earning her two Japan Gold Disc Awards and one Japan Record Award. In 2000, Misia released her second studio album, Love Is the Message, which earned her another Japan Gold Disc Award and Japan Record Award, her third studio album, spawned her first number-one single on the Oricon singles chart, "Everything". The song became the fourth best-selling single of the 2000s in Japan, as well as the fourth best-selling single by a Japanese solo female artist of all time. In 2001, Misia and her agency, signed a recording contract with Avex and formed their own label, Rhythmedia Tribe.
The first album under Rhythmedia Tribe, Kiss in the Sky, became Misia's fourth consecutive number-one album on the Oricon albums chart. This made her the fourth solo female artist with the longest streak of number-one albums since their debut. Following a series of successful records, including Mars & Roses, Singer for Singer and Ascension, Misia returned to her former record label, BMG Japan. After Sony Music Entertainment Japan's acquisition of BMG Japan, Misia relocated to the Sony subsidiary Ariola Japan. Misia has released 10 studio albums and is among the all-time best-selling Japanese music artists, having sold more than 30 million records, she is one of the top-touring artists in Japan, becoming the first female artist to play all five of Japan's largest stadiums in 2004. Misia is famed for her over-three-octave vocal range and is recognized as the first Japanese R&B superstar. Besides her musical career, Misia is a committed philanthropist and involves herself in humanitarian causes and biodiversity conservation activities.
Misia was born on July 1978, to parents who were both doctors. BusinessWeek reported in 2002 that her real name was Misaki Ito, though her official site lists only her stage name, her father loved jazz, her mother loved Western music. Both her parents studied vocal music, she grew up in Tsushima and began to learn piano at the age of four under the influence of her elder brother and her elder sister. She joined the local chorus at the age of 9, she discovered her five-octave singing voice while at her older sister's private music lessons. From on she dreamed of becoming a singer and won a contest in Fukuoka, she came to want to leave Tsushima, where she was not able to get enough information about music, wanted to take voice lessons in earnest in Fukuoka. Subsequently, she left her home and moved to Fukuoka with her elder sister where she attended high school. During junior high and high school she played the trumpet in the brass band club. While going to the high school, she began to go to a music academy and met two African-American vocal trainers there while she was in the eleventh grade.
She began training with them in gospel and R&B. In April 1997, she was accepted into Seinan Gakuin University in commercial science. In May 1997, Misia passed a BMG Japan audition to find a soulful female R&B singer. Misia was chosen from about 3,000 candidates, she decided to pursue a music career instead of school education and took a leave of absence from university. She was conscious of the image of an R&B singer and styled her hair in dreadlocks that November, she used the stage name "MISIA" at the beginning her music career. Misia debuted on February 21, 1998, with "Tsutsumikomu Yō ni..." which peaked at number 11 on the Oricon single charts. Her second single "Hi no Ataru Basho" reached number 9 and was used in the soundtrack of the movie Hood, her first album, Mother Father Brother Sister, was released on June 24, 1998, entering the charts at number 3 and reaching number 1 after 4 weeks. In March 1999, she won Best New Artist of the Year and Best Pop Album of the Year at the Japan Gold Disc Awards.
Misia's second album, Love Is the Message was released on January 1, 2000, which went on to sell over 2 million copies. In October of the same year she released her most well-known song "Everything", which sold nearly 1.9 million copies. In 2001, one of Misia's dreams came true with the release of "I Miss You", a collaboration with Dreams Come True, her favorite band, she and Masato Nakamura, the leader of DCT, created the music. The single was released on January 1, 2001. In 2002, she transferred to Rhythmedia Tribe, affiliated with Avex Group, her single "Kokoro Hitotsu" released on August 27, 2003 was used as the theme song to the hit movie Dragon Head. The single "Namae no Nai Sora o Miagete", released on July 7, 2004, was used as the theme song for the drama Tenka. "Tobikata o Wasureta Chiisana Tori" is used as the theme song of the PlayStation 2 role-playing game Star Ocean: Till the End of Time and appears within the game as an orchestral arrangement. "Sea of Dreams" was used as the Tokyo DisneySea 5th Anniversary theme song.
Misia became the first female solo act to tour the five major dome stadiums of Japan in 2004, drawing 357,000 spectators in seven performances. It was announced on May 1, 2007 that Misia had left Avex Trax to return to her former record label, BMG Japan. "Any