All About Jin Akanishi (Profile and Photo Gallery)

Profile
Name : 赤西 仁 (Akanishi Jin)
Birth Name : Hitoshi Akanishi
Nickname : Bakanishi, JinJin
Height : 5′ 10″ (1.78 m)
Birth of Date : July 4, 1984
Origin : Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Genres : Pop
Occupations : Singer-songwriter, arranger, actor, television personality
Instruments : Vocals, Guitar
Years active : 1998-present
Labels : J-One Records, Warner Music Group
Associated acts : KAT-TUN, Koichi Domoto, Crystal Kay, Lands
Official Website : jinakanishi.us

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Born in the Chiba Prefecture on July 4, 1984, Akanishi is the eldest child. His family consists of his parents and a younger brother, Reio, who also works in the entertainment industry as an actor under the stage name, Fuuta. His given name, Jin (“benevolence”), comes from one of the five Confucian virtues. He moved to Tokyo in the first grade. He is the best friend of Tomohisa Yamashita and the two remain close today. In 1997, when he was still in grade school, a classmate sent in a photo of him to idol magazine, Myojo, and he was featured in the “Cool Classmates” corner of the issue. Akanishi expressed interest in the entertainment industry and his mother thus sent in an application to Johnny’s Entertainment on his behalf in 1998. Though he technically failed his audition on November 8, 1998, he was told to stay when he tried to return his number plate to a man who happened to be Johnny Kitagawa himself. He entered Johnny & Associates at the same time as future bandmates Kazuya Kamenashi and Yuichi Nakamaru.

Akanishi is a former member of the J-pop group, KAT- TUN, and was one of the two lead vocalists.Since the group’s debut in 2006, it has achieved 14 consecutive number ones (including studio albums) on the Oricon charts.

As the former lead vocal in the popular J-pop group KAT-TUN, JIN AKANISHI helped establish numerous records. Their 11 CD singles, 4 CD albums, and 7 DVDs all reached #1 in the Japanese trade magazine Oricon (the Japanese equivalent of Billboard magazine), and in 2009, KAT-TUN became the first musician to perform eight consecutive days at Tokyo Dome, the largest and most prestigious arena in Japan.

In 2009, while still officially a member of KAT-TUN, AKANISHI began his activities as a solo artist upon the release of the film BANDAGE, in which he starred. His first solo CD single, also titled BANDAGE, quickly climbed to the #1 spot on Oricon Magazine and was eventually certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.

Immediately following BANDAGE, AKANISHI delivered 28 solo shows titled “Akanishi Jin Star Live You & Jin”, at the historic Nissei Theater throughout February of 2010. The success of “You & Jin” inspired an overseas performance, leading to “You & Jin U.S.A” in June 2010. AKANISHI became the first solo artist from the renown Johnny & Associates Agency to perform in the U.S.

After the success of “You & Jin U.S.A”, AKANISHI officially announced his pursuit of a solo career. He will continue his activities in Japan, but is also seeking to expand his craft and talents to audiences across the world.

Having written and produced most of his songs for “You & Jin,” AKANISHI believes this new path will allow him to fully express the musical talents he has acquired over the years. He is currently in the midst of producing songs for his first solo album, as well as preparing for the release of a CD single soon. His first activity in the U.S as an official solo artist will be the “Yellow Gold Tour”.

Akanishi is also a budding actor with roles in the second season of popular NTV school drama, Gokusen 2, Anego and Yukan Club. He is also a co-host of KAT-TUN’s own variety show, Cartoon KAT-TUN, and used to host a radio program called “KAT-TUN Style” with bandmate Junnosuke Taguchi from October 2007 to March 2008.

Discography
KAT-TUN
KAT-TUN discography

Solo Recordings
* “Bandage” (2009)
* Olympos (2010)

Songs featured on CD releases by other artists
* Crystal Kay – Best of Crystal Kay – 2009 – “Helpless Night”

Filmography
Movies
* Bandage starring Natsu(2010)

Dramas
* Yukan Club (有閑倶楽部) as Shochikubai Miroku (NTV, 2007)
* Anego (アネゴ) as Kurosawa Akihiko (NTV, 2005)
* Gokusen 2 (ごくせん 2005) as Yabuki Hayato (NTV, 2005)
* Xmas Nante Daikirai as Kitagawa Sho (NTV, 2004)
* Omae no Yukichi ga Naiteiru (TV Asahi, 2001)
* Haregi, Koko Ichiban (NHK, 2000)
* Taiyō wa Shizumanai (Fuji TV, 2000)
* Best Friend (TV Asahi, 1999)
* Kowai Nichiyōbi (NTV, 1999)
* P.P.O.I. (NTV, 1999)

Voice acting
* Speed Racer (2008)

Musicals
* Dream Boys (2006)
* Summary (2004)
* Dream Boy (2004)
* Shock Digest (2002)

Awards
2006
* Gained a total of 16 Jr. Awards

2007
* 11th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix : Best Actor – “Yukan Club”
* 17th TV LIFE Drama award: Best Actor – “Yukan Club”

2008
* Anan Magazine 2008 Ranking: Most Favourite – #2
* Anan Magazine 2008 Ranking: Most Wanted To Be Hugged By – #1
* Anan Magazine 2008 Ranking: Most Wanted To Hug – #2
* Anan Magazine 2008 Ranking: Most Wanted Lover – #1
* Anan Magazine 2008 Ranking: Most Sexy – #1

2009
*TBS TV Station Progra Countdown 2009: Most Trendy Male Artist – #1

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