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KAT-TUN
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Pop, rock
Years active 2001-present
Labels J-One Records
Johnny's Entertainment
Associated acts Shūji to Akira
Koichi Domoto
Website J-One Records
Members
Kazuya Kamenashi
Jin Akanishi
Junnosuke Taguchi
Koki Tanaka
Tatsuya Ueda
Yuichi Nakamaru

KAT-TUN (カトゥーン Katūn?) is a Japanese boy band formed by Johnny & Associates (Johnny's) in 2001, released on their own label, J-One Records. The group's name is an acronym formed by the members' surname initials. Currently one of the most popular boy bands in Japan, all 11 singles, 4 studio albums and 7 DVDs released by the group have debuted at number one on the Oricon music and DVD charts.

Their debut was marked by a tripartite release, consisting of a single, an album and a DVD: "Real Face", Best of KAT-TUN and Real Face Film. All three shattered sales records.

Contents

Members

  • Kazuya Kamenashi (亀梨 和也 Kamenashi Kazuya?, born February 23, 1986)
  • Jin Akanishi (赤西 仁 Akanishi Jin?, born July 4, 1984)
  • Junnosuke Taguchi (田口 淳之介 Taguchi Junnosuke?, born November 29, 1985)
  • Koki Tanaka (田中 聖 Tanaka Koki?, born November 5, 1985)
  • Tatsuya Ueda (上田 竜也 Ueda Tatsuya?, born October 4, 1983)
  • Yuichi Nakamaru (中丸 雄一 Nakamaru Yūichi?, born September 4, 1983)

Kazuya Kamenashi is the youngest member of KAT-TUN. Often described as the most dependable, he serves as the unofficial frontman/leader and is co-lead vocalist with Akanishi. Voted as the most popular of the group by the Jrs. He is noted for his talent in baseball, having once represented Japan in a world tournament as a child though he had to give up dreams of playing professionally after joining Johnny's. Kamenashi debuted before the rest of the group as part of Shūji to Akira whose only song, "Seishun Amigo", became 2005's number one single in Japan with over 1.6 million copies sold to date. An established actor with award-winning performances in television dramas Nobuta wo Produce, Gokusen 2 and Kami no Shizuku, he has also appeared in Yūki, Tatta Hitotsu no Koi, Suppli and 1 Pound no Fukuin. He made his film debut in the final installment of the Gokusen series, Gokusen: The Movie, on July 11, 2009. The movie has earned more than half a billion yen in its opening weekend and is expected to gross over 4 billion yen at the box office by the end of its run. Besides an award-winning actor, he also is a song writer. His first composed song was "Kizuna" which was composed last 2005 then "Special Happiness" which was composed last 2006 in which he sang with his co-band member Taguchi Junnosuke and his latest written song which is now sang in their BTR Summer Concert Tour 2009 "Because I Love You". He wrote this songs under his pen name, Talk:K².

Jin Akanishi is the second lead vocalist and arguably one of the most popular members in KAT-TUN along with Kamenashi. He went on hiatus from October 2006 to April 2007 to study English in Los Angeles just as KAT-TUN were six months into their debut. Akanishi plays the guitar and is a budding songwriter having written several songs for the group and himself. Also an actor, he has had roles in Gokusen 2, Anego, Yukan Club and made his debut as a seiyū in 2008 providing the voice for Speed Racer in the Japanese-dubbed version. He will make his film debut in Bandage which is scheduled for release in 2010.

Junnosuke Taguchi is recognized for being good at acrobatics. He needed an operation in February 2004 after sustaining a bad knee injury during rehearsals and did not return until August 2004. Taguchi is known as the most light-hearted member with a carefree-like nature. Often picked on by the other members for his frequent use of dajare (Japanese word puns), he also has a tendency to randomly jump between topics during meetings and interviews leading the others to label him "KY" (a person who is unable to read an atmosphere properly). Taguchi is an award-winning actor[1][2] with roles in Mohou-han, Ganbatte Ikimasshoi, Happy!, Happy! 2, Hanayome to Papa and Yukan Club.

Kōki Tanaka performs most of the rap lyrics, which he writes himself. Though he wanted to leave KAT-TUN when it was first formed, he changed his mind after the group held their first concert. Influenced by hip-hop and reggae at an early age, he found the task of rapping in an idol group made easier due to Shō Sakurai's breakthrough for Arashi.[3] Artistically inclined, Tanaka can illustrate well and designs his own apparel. With bandmate Nakamaru, they make up a comedic unit, TaNaka (a portmanteau of their surnames), and perform skits together during concerts. An actor who won multiple awards for his performance in My Boss, My Hero[4], he has also appeared in Byakkotai, Tatta Hitotsu no Koi and took on his first lead role in 2007 in Tokkyu Tanaka 3 Go. He is currently starring in the third season of TV Asahi's Hissatsu Shigotonin as Ren, an assassin, opposite senpai Noriyuki Higashiyama (of Shōnentai) and Masahiro Matsuoka (of Tokio). He is the older brother of Johnny's Jr. member, Jūri Tanaka.

Tatsuya Ueda is the quietest member and rarely speaks unless spoken to. Ironically, he was chosen as KAT-TUN's leader at first but later quit because as he said later all members have too strong and individual personalities to need a leader. Ueda plays the piano and guitar and is an able composer and lyricist, has written songs for the group and himself. He was the first KAT-TUN member to hold a series of solo concerts entitled "Mouse Peace" in September 2008 performing songs across various genres, such as rock, dance, ballad, and folk, all of which he penned himself.[5] Ueda is an avid boxer and has enough skill in the sport for him to be advised by professionals to get a professional boxing license.[6] He made his acting debut as a stage actor in the play Romeo and Juliet in March 2009. In the spring of 2009, he starred in his first drama role in Fuji TV's dramedy series, Konkatsu!, opposite senpai Masahiro Nakai (of SMAP) and popular actress, Aya Ueto.[7] In July 2009, Ueda won his first award for TV Navi's Best New Actor category for his role in the drama Konkatsu! [8]

Yuichi Nakamaru is the oldest member of the group. The first and only Johnny's idol to prominently showcase beatboxing and vocal percussion ability, Nakamaru learned by diligently studying hundreds of examples from hip-hop albums after KAT-TUN was formed. His primary motivation was to set himself apart from the rest of the members since he did not want to be seen as dull.[9] He often shares MC duties with Kamenashi but in private, is rather shy and reserved and whose meek nature particularly shows when amongst strangers. He also has a well-documented fear of heights - one that the group has attempted to lessen by making him bungee jump continuously for 10 consecutive days during their historic concert run at Tokyo Dome in May 2009. He is currently studying at Waseda University majoring in Environmental Studies.[10] He is also a songwriter and the first member to do a solo stage show - performing songs, dance, beat boxing and skits for two weeks in August 2008.[11] Nakamaru is also a budding actor with roles in Sushi Ōji! and took on his first lead role in early 2009 in the drama Rescue.

History

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2001 – 2006: Formation and pre-debut activities

Before becoming KAT-TUN, each member belonged to different junior units within the company. In 2001, eight members were chosen to become a temporary dancing unit in order to support KinKi Kids member Koichi Domoto in the NHK music program, Pop Jam. Of these members, it did not include Tanaka; however, members were switched before it officially became KAT-TUN, with the current six members. Although the formation was only meant to be a temporary support unit, KAT-TUN gained a great deal of attention, so the formation was kept and KAT-TUN remains a solid unit.

In 2002, in response to many requests, KAT-TUN held their first concert, Okyakusama wa Kamisama - Concert 55man nin Ai no request ni Kotaete, which was later released on DVD. That same year, they performed 11 shows in a single day. This is the current record in Japan for the most performances in one day. Since then, KAT-TUN has held concerts in Japan almost every season.

In 2003-2004, their popularity rose to that of a debuted group, to the point where they performed on Music Station multiple times before debuting. In 2005, KAT-TUN released their first major DVD, Live Kaizokuban, which topped the Oricon yearly chart for the best-selling DVD. At the 20th Japan Gold Disc Awards, Live Kaizokuban placed on the Music Video Of The Year list.[12]

2006: Debut

Their debut was announced on January 29, 2006 for March 22, 2006. This was a five-year long-awaited event for both the members and their fans. On the official date, KAT-TUN released their debut single "Real Face", accompanied by an album, Best of KAT-TUN and a DVD Real Face Film. These were released on their own label, J-One Records. The group also went on a nationwide tour, Live of KAT-TUN "Real Face", in support of the album.

Within the first week, Best of KAT-TUN sold 556,548 copies, "Real Face" sold 754,234 copies and Real Face Film sold 374,202 copies.[a] These releases topped all three weekly Oricon charts. They are the second artists to do so, the first being Ayumi Hamasaki. With these numbers, KAT-TUN holds the record for the highest weekly single debut sales (previously held by Arashi with their debut single "Arashi" (1999)) as well as the record for highest weekly DVD debut sales. In addition, "Real Face" topped the Oricon charts for three weeks straight, making them the first artist in the millennium to do so in Japan. The single sold over a million copies in nine weeks, making "Real Face" the highest selling single for the year 2006.[13]

In March 2006, KAT-TUN became the first group to hold their own performances in Japan's most popular stadium, Tokyo Dome, before debuting. They performed to 110,000 people over two days and about 630,000 people in total during the tour. About three months after releasing "Real Face", KAT-TUN released their second single, "Signal", on July 19, 2006. As expected, it topped the Oricon weekly chart by exceeding 400,000 in sales.

On October 12, 2006, Akanishi announced a hiatus from the group in order to study linguistics abroad in the United States, leaving KAT-TUN as a five-member group for six months. The remaining members continued activities by releasing their third single, "Bokura no Machi de" (as the theme song to Kamenashi and Tanaka's drama, Tatta Hitotsu no Koi), and their second album, Cartoon KAT-TUN II You, on December 7, 2006. Despite the fact that one of their lead vocalists was missing, the releases still topped the charts.

KAT-TUN is the first group in Japan to have all three singles from debut to exceed 500,000 in yearly sales, taking first, fifth and 13th place on the yearly singles chart.

2007: Cartoon KAT-TUN II You

Under the same name as their second album, KAT-TUN started their second nationwide tour, Tour 2007 Cartoon KAT-TUN II You, still without Akanishi, on April 3, 2007. The next day, KAT-TUN began to host their own variety show cartoon KAT-TUN, which airs every Wednesday from 11:55 P.M. to 12:26 A.M..

Akanishi returned to Japan on April 19, 2007 and officially resumed work activities on April 20, 2007.[14] His return excited a massive nationwide media frenzy. Akanishi joined the rest of KAT-TUN during their tour on April 21, 2007 in Sendai for the encore. The appearance marked his official return to KAT-TUN.

On June 6, 2007, KAT-TUN released their fourth single, "Yorokobi no Uta", as the theme song to Tanaka's drama, Tokkyu Tanaka 3 Go. The single hit number one on the weekly chart. Although "Yorokobi no Uta" is KAT-TUN's official fourth single, it is speculated that "You", the theme song to Kamenashi's drama, Sapuri, was supposed to be the fourth, but Akanishi's sudden hiatus delayed any production of "You" being a single.

On November 21, 2007, they simultaneously released their fifth single, "Keep the Faith", as the theme song to Akanishi and Taguchi's drama, Yukan Club, and the DVD to their Tokyo Dome Live of KAT-TUN "Real Face" concert. The DVD marked their fifth consecutive release topping the Oricon musical DVD chart, and set the opening week record for the year.[15] KAT-TUN took the annual number one position on the Oricon musical DVD charts for the third time in a row with the release. A runaway hit, "Keep the Faith" topped weekly single charts throughout Japan.

After KinKi Kids, KAT-TUN is the second artist to have all singles since debut to exceed 300,000 in sales during their first week.[16]

At the 21st Japan Gold Disc Awards,[17] "Real Face" took Single of the Year. In addition to this, "Real Face", "Signal" and "Bokura no Machi de" were included in the list of The Best 10 Singles for 2007.[17] Furthermore, their debut album, Best of KAT-TUN, placed in the The Best 10 Albums of 2007[17] and their DVD, Real Face Film, was also included in the The Best Music Videos of 2007 list.

2008: -Queen of Pirates-

KAT-TUN released their sixth single, "Lips", on February 6, 2008, as the theme song to Kamenashi's drama, One Pound Gospel.[18] The single topped at number one on the Oricon charts.

At the 22nd Japan Gold Disc Awards, "Bokura no Machi de" and "Keep the Faith" won two of the Best 10 Singles[19] Their concert DVD, Live of KAT-TUN "Real Face", had also won one of the three Best Music Videos awards.[20]

On March 30, 2008, it was announced that KAT-TUN would hold their third nationwide tour, beginning in Hiroshima on June 21, 2008.

On April 22, 2008 it was announced that KAT-TUN would release their third album, KAT-TUN III Queen of Pirates on June 4, 2008.

KAT-TUN released their seventh single, "Don't U Ever Stop", on May 14, 2008 which topped the weekly Oricon chart. The release included three limited edition versions featuring the members' duets. The first with Kamenashi and Taguchi, the second with Akanishi and Tanaka, and the third with Ueda and Nakamaru. It sold more than all other artists' sales on the top 50 list combined. Along with "Lips", KAT-TUN holds the record for the two highest first-week sales in 2008.

On May 15, 2008, during the MC segment promoting "Don't U Ever Stop" on Music Station, Kamenashi announced that two shows had been added to their Tokyo Dome tourdates, resulting in a total of four consecutive days at the Dome. This marked a historic event in the Dome's history, as KAT-TUN became the first Japanese artist to hold four consecutive days at the stadium since it opened in 1988. Other Japanese artists, such as SMAP, X Japan and Ayumi Hamasaki have had three consecutive days at the Dome. The Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson have played multiple days at the Dome, but they were not consecutive.

On December 3, 2008, KAT-TUN released White X'mas, their first Christmas single. The release consisted of a limited and regular edition, but both would only be sold during the holiday season. The single, with no drama tie-in and no B-side, still sold moderately well with more than 250,000 copies sold in its first week.

On December 21, 2008, it was announced that KAT-TUN would release a new single "One Drop" as a tie-in theme song to Kamenashi's new drama, Kami no Shizuku, just two months after their White X'mas single. The release consists of three versions: Limited Edition w/DVD, Regular Edition (First Press) and a Regular Edition.

On December 28, 2008, Avex Taiwan announced on their website of an overseas (OS) press release of KAT-TUN Live Tour 2008 Queen of Pirates on January 20, 2009, including traditional Chinese subtitles.

Before partaking in Johnny's annual countdown concert on December 31, 2008, KAT-TUN performed an unbroadcasted special medley for 10 minutes, consisting of "Keep the Faith", "One Drop" and "Yorokobi no Uta". It was their first time performing "One Drop" publicly, debuting the song.

2009: Break the Records: By You & For You

On January 1, 2009, it was announced that Kamenashi will continue starring in Dream Boys in September for 38 shows. The stage show is expected to continue for six more years. In addition, KAT-TUN released KAT-TUN Live Tour 2008 Queen of Pirates DVD, featuring their last day of four in Tokyo Dome.

On February 11, 2009 KAT-TUN released "One Drop" for Kazuya Kamenashi's drama, Kami no Shizuku. It became KAT-TUN's 9th consecutive number one single since debut, selling 281,359 copies in its first week.[21]

A month later, on March 11, 2009, KAT-TUN released "Rescue" for band member Nakamaru Yuichi's drama, Rescue: Tokubetsu Kodo Kyujotai. It became KAT-TUN's 10th consecutive number one single since debut, selling 322,597 copies in its first week. With this achievement KAT-TUN are now tied with NEWS for the 2nd most consecutive #1 singles from debut (Kinki Kids is #1 with 28).[22] A week after the release of "Rescue", it was revealed through their official website that KAT-TUN would be releasing their fourth studio album.

On April 1, 2009 the title of the album, Break the Records: By You & For You, as well as the track list for KAT-TUN's fourth studio album were released; the release of the album itself is slated for April 29, 2009.[23]

As far as news on KAT-TUN's concerts for 2009, it was announced on January 23 that KAT-TUN would hold 7 consecutive days at Tokyo Dome, Japan's largest and most prestigious arena. Also, making KAT-TUN the first artists in history to do so. However, by the end of March, due to the large number of pre-reserved tickets, KAT-TUN's record breaking concert added extra tour dates. Making KAT-TUN's 2009 concert 8 consecutive days in Tokyo Dome from May 15 to the 22, 3 days in Osaka from May 29 to the 31, and 2 more days in Tokyo Dome from June 14 to the 15. For a total of 13 concert performances in two cities, and 10 days in total for Tokyo Dome.[24][25]

Sales for KAT-TUN's 8 consecutive days in Tokyo Dome concert went on sale on April 4, 2009. On the very same day all 440,000 seats were sold out.[26]

On their last of the 8 days at Tokyo Dome, it was announced that KAT-TUN would once again embark on another summer tour of Japan starting from July 7.

Also, it was reported on May 24 that Johnny Kitagawa was after the acknowledgement of KAT-TUN's 8 days by the Guinness World Records company, for the record of the largest number of consecutive days at a stadium seating more than 50,000 spectators.[27]

2010: Love Yourself ~Kimi ga Kirai na Kimi ga Suki~ (Single)

On November 29, 2009 it was announced that Kazuya Kamenashi would become the lead actor in the live-action drama adaptation of Tomoko Hayakawa's manga Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge to premiere January 15, 2010 on the TBS network.[28] On February 10, 2010 KAT-TUN released their first single since March 2009, which was used for band member, Kazuya Kamenashi's live-action drama Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge. The single, Love Yourself (Kimi ga Kirai na Kimi ga Suki), debut at number one selling 157,788 copies on its first day. By the end of the week, KAT-TUN gained their 11th consecutive number one single on the weekly Oricon charts since their debut, selling 354,231 copies.[29] This was KAT-TUN's first single to sell more than 350,000 copies in its first week since the May 2008 release of their single Don't U Ever Stop, which sold more than 381,000 copies in its first week.[30]

Discography

Studio albums

#1 singles

DVDs

  • 2003: Okyakusama wa Kamisama - Concert 55 Man Nin Ai no Request ni Kotaete!!
  • 2005: KAT-TUN Live Kaizokuban
  • 2006: Real Face Film
  • 2006: Dream Boys
  • 2007: Live of KAT-TUN "Real Face"
  • 2007: Tour 2007 Cartoon KAT-TUN II You
  • 2008: Dream Boys [Kamenashi Kazuya & Tanaka Koki]
  • 2008: KAT-TUN Live Tour 2008 Queen Of Pirates
  • 2009: KAT-TUN Live Break the Records

The above releases only include group activities. For solo releases, please visit individual members' pages. Note that KAT-TUN has also been prominently featured in other Johnny's groups' concerts and musical releases as well (such as Shock Digest and Dream Boy).

Photobook

KAT-TUN's first official photobook, entitled KAT-TUN 1st in New York (photographer Harumi Yoshimura) was published in December 2003 by Wani Books.

On August 31, 2009, KAT-TUN released their second official photobook entitled "KAT-TUN Live Document Photobook: Break the Records". KAT-TUN Live Document Photobook: Break the Records documents their amazing journey from rehearsal and behind-the-scenes photos to concert photos. Plus, the book includes exclusive interviews with the members.

Activities

TV shows

Pre-KAT-TUN, individual members have been featured in many NHK variety shows with prominent Johnny's presence, such as Yoru mo Hippare and Hadaka no Shōnen.

They regularly appeared on NHK's Johnny's Junior show, The Shōnen Club, and became the regular hosts and leaders of the show from 2003 to when they graduated from the show with their debut.

In 2005, KAT-TUN also became a regular participant in the variety show Utawara Hot Hit 10, formerly known as Minna no Terebi, with senior Jun Matsumoto from Arashi, until the show ended in January 2007.

In 2006, Nakamaru and Tanaka pioneered the show You!tachi and continued to host the show every Sunday with their juniors. Nakamaru also continued on with The Shōnen Club, becoming a regular MC with Keiichiro Koyama from NEWS with the first two Sundays of every month.

Since April 4, 2007, KAT-TUN has been hosting their own talk show, cartoon KAT-TUN every Wednesday. However, in late February of 2010, it was revealed that their TV show would air its final episode on March 24, ending their nearly 3 year program. There has yet to be any news on whether the group will have a new show after the end of cartoon KAT-TUN.

Radios

  • KAT-TUN Style

Monday - Friday 11:30 P.M. - 11:40 P.M.
Host(s): Tanaka and Taguchi
October 1, 2007 to March 28, 2008: Akanishi and Taguchi
As of March 31, 2008: Tanaka and Taguchi, from Monday to Thursday

  • As of April 4, 2008: Kamenashi, every Friday, under the title Kamenashi Kazuya Kase by Kase
  • R-One KAT-TUN

Wednesday 12:00 A.M. - 12:30 A.M.
As of XXX, Tuesday 12:00 A.M. - 12:30 A.M.
Hosts: Ueda and Nakamaru

Musicals

KAT-TUN has appeared in numerous musicals, pre-debut and post-debut.

The first one was Shock Digest, with Koichi Domoto as lead. In 2004, they backed up Hideaki Takizawa in his first solo musical, Dream Boy, as well as performed in Summary, along with NEWS and Ya-Ya-yah.

In 2005, Hideaki Takizawa gave Kamenashi the lead role to Dream Boy. Kamenashi continues to lead the musical every year.

In 2006, he played the lead role in Dream Boy 2006, which was co-starred by Kanjani8, with major supporting roles by Subaru Shibutani, Ryo Nishikido and fellow bandmate Akanishi.

For Dream Boys 2007, Kamenashi co-starred with Tanaka and Tomoyuki Yara, of Musical Academy. This time, besides Kamenashi and Tanaka, no other KAT-TUN member starred in the musical.

For Dream Boys 2008, Kamenashi had returning lead roles with Tanaka, with Kota Yabu from Hey! Say! JUMP as their co-star.

For Dream Boys 2009 in September, Kamenashi was the lead with co-stars Subaru Shibutani from Kanjani8 and Tegoshi Yuya from NEWS. There was a total of 38 shows with boxing still as the main theme.

Concerts

Since their first concert in 2002, granted after overwhelming amounts of fan requests to Johnny's, KAT-TUN regularly holds concerts during almost every season of the year in Japan. This has helped them gain more popularity with their fans. It was considered remarkable for a Johnny's group which had not yet officially debuted to be able to hold its own concerts.

  • August 10, 2002 - August 28, 2002: Okyakusama wa Kamisama - Concert 55 Man Nin Ai no Request ni Kotaete!! (お客様は神サマーConcert 55万人愛のリクエストに応えて!!?) (Two cities, 26 performances)
  • August 8, 2003 - August 28, 2003: Ko Nen Mo Ah Tai Hen Thank U Natsu (Ko年モ Ah Taiヘン Thank U Natsu?) (Three cities, ten performances)
  • August 12, 2003 - August 20, 2003: KAT - TUN no dai Bouken de Show (KAT-TUNの大冒険 de SHOW?) (At Le Meridien Grand Pacific Tokyo, 20 performances)
  • December 28, 2004 - January 10, 2005: KAT-TUN Live Kaizokuban (KAT-TUN Live海賊帆?) (Three cities, 14 performances)
  • March 25, 2005 - March 27, 2005: Spring 05 Looking KAT-TUN (Yokohama Arena, four performances)
  • May 29, 2005 - June 26, 2005: Looking 05 KAT-TUN (Five cities, fourteen performances)
  • August 26, 2005 - August 28, 2005: Looking KAT-TUN 2005ing (Yokohama Arena, six performances)
  • March 17, 2006: KAT-TUN Special Tokyo Dome Concert Debut "Real Face" (One performance)
  • March 28, 2006 - May 7, 2006: Spring Tour '06 Live of KAT-TUN "Real Face" (Eight cities, 40 performances))
  • May 13, 2006 - May 14, 2006: Spring Tour '06 in Tokyo Dome Live of KAT-TUN "Real Face" (Tokyo Dome, two performances)
  • April 3, 2007 - June 17, 2007: Tour 2007 Cartoon KAT-TUN II You (Seven cities, 28 performances)
  • June 21, 2008 - August 5, 2008: 2008 Queen of Pirates Tour! (4 days Tokyo Dome performances, 8/2-8/5)
  • May 15, 2009 - May 22, 2009 (8 days Tokyo Dome performances)
  • May 29, 2009 - May 31, 2009 (3 days Osaka Dome performances)
  • June 14, 2009 - June 15, 2009 (2 days Tokyo Dome performances)
  • July 22, 2009 – August 23, 2009 KAT-TUN Summer’09 Break the Records Tour (6 cities, 17 performances)

As of May 2009 it has been rumored that a few concerts will be postponed due to the fears of swine flu. But still, their performances were pushed through.

KAT-TUN was the first Japanese artist to perform for 4 days in a row at Tokyo Dome during their Queen of Pirates tour, but they broke their own record becoming the first artists ever to perform for 8 consecutive days at Tokyo Dome, during their Break The Records: By You & For You 2009 tour. Now, Johnny's Entertainment submitted this new record to Guinness Book of World Records for KAT-TUN to be recognized as the Japanese boyband who broke the records in Tokyo Dome performances.

Commercials

KAT-TUN regularly stars in TV commercials of two brands, Crunky (chocolate) and +X (chewing gum) by Lotte.

But now, Crunky is more likely to be endorsed only mostly by Kamenashi.

Kamenashi and Akanishi also starred in the Nintendo commercial for "Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix," a game based loosely on the hit arcade series, created for the Nintendo GameCube game console

As well as an Oronamin C commercial with Ueto Aya and NTT docomo cellphone ads.

KAT-TUN in group, also had their NTT docomo commercials.

Akanishi and Tanaka also starred in a series of commercials for OXY facial cleanser.

Kamenashi had starred in solo in a contact solutions made by Rohto He also had endorsed KFC particularly the new "Black Pepper Chicken" that was made last 2007.

KAT-TUN has also appeared in commercials for a line of lip gloss and contact solutions by Rohto.

Events

  • August 26, 2006: KAT-TUN were the main personality supporters for the NTV 24Hour Television "Love saves the Earth" charity program.

Awards

Years Awards
2006
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards: Music Video Of The Year - "KAT-TUN Live Kaizokuban"
2007
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards: Single Of The Year - "Real Face"
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards: The Best 10 Singles - "Real Face"
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards: The Best 10 Singles - "Signal"
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards: The Best 10 Singles - "Bokura No Machi De"
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards: The Best 10 Albums - "Best of KAT-TUN"
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards: The Best Music Videos - "Real Face Film"
2008
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards: The Best 10 Singles - "Keep the Faith"
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards: The Best 10 Singles - "Yorokobi No Uta"
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards: The Best Music Videos - "Live of KAT-TUN 'Real Face'"
  • The 17th TV LIFE Drama award: Best Theme Song - "Keep the Faith" ("Yuukan Club")
2009
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards: The Best 10 Singles - "Lips"
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards: The Best 10 Singles - "Don't U Ever Stop"
2010
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards: The Best 5 Singles - "Rescue"

Notes

  • a.^  All sales numbers taken from the Oricon Charts.

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Simple English

KAT-TUN is a Japanese J-Pop band. The group is made up of six young Japanese men. Their debut was announced January 29, 2006. The debut was accompanied by a concert tour of Japan. They released a single ("Real Face"), an album ("Best of KAT-TUN"), and a DVD (Real Face Film) on the same day, March 22, 2006. The group's name is an acronym formed by the members' surname initials. KAT-TUN is made up of six members:

  • Kamenashi Kazuya (born February 23, 1986)
  • Akanishi Jin (born July 4, 1984)
  • Taguchi Junnosuke (born November 29, 1985)
  • Tanaka Koki (born November 5, 1985)
  • Ueda Tatsuya (born October 4, 1983)
  • Nakamaru Yuichi (born September 4, 1983).

KAT-TUN not only sings and dances, but also acts.

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