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Keyakizaka46

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Keyakizaka46 promoting "Glass wo Ware!" (2018)

Keyakizaka46 (欅坂46) is a Japanese idol group produced by Akimoto Yasushi signed to Sony Music Entertainment. They are a sister group to Nogizaka46.

Members

Kanji Keyaki (February 2018)
Hiragana Keyaki (February 2018)
Hiragana Keyaki 2nd gen (February 2018)

Names with an asterisk (*) denote that the member has announced their graduation. Names in bold denote captain.

Kanji Keyakizaka46

1st Generation

Hiragana Keyakizaka46

1st Generation

2nd Generation

Former Members

Information

Keyakizaka46 (2015)

2015: Formation

Known initially as Toriizaka46 (鳥居坂46), an idea for a new sister group to Nogizaka46 was first introduced to the public during Nogizaka's 3rd Year Birthday Live at Seibu Dome. The group was to be second in the "Sakamichi" (or slopes) series. Sony started accepting applications for potential members on June 28, 2015. Finals auditions were held on August 21st, when 22 girls were confirmed to have passed. Their identities were revealed during a press conference on the same day, where it was also announced that the group would change its name to Keyakizaka46. On October 4th, the group debuted its first regular television programming Keyakitte, Kakenai? on TV Tokyo's Sunday night line-up. In mid-November, they also appeared in their first live event in front of fans at Zepp DiverCity. At the end-of-year FNS Kayousai program, they performed live on television for the first time alongside AKB48 and sister group Nogizaka46 in the song "Seifuku no Mannequin", of which Hirate Yurina was chosen as center.

2015-16: Hiragana Keyaki and Single Debut

During the last airing of Keyakitte, Kakenai? in November, the show introduced a new member Nagahama Neru, who was one of the finalists from the original audition, but was unable to participate in the final selection. The show also announced the formation of Hiragana Keyaki (ひらがなけやき), a secondary group to the main Kanji Keyaki line-up, of which Nagahama was to hold a concurrent position in. In April 2016, the group released their first single "Silent Majority", which managed to chart at #1 on the Oricon and sell over 260,000 copies in its first week, a best for any female artist debut in Japan and a record that was previously held by HKT48. In May, 11 members were announced to have passed the Hiragana Keyaki audition. The following July, Keyakizaka's first feature drama Tokuyama Daigoro wo Dare ga Koroshita ka? aired on TV Tokyo. Its theme song "Sekai ni wa Ai Shika Nai" was released on August 10th as the group's second single. At the end of October, Hiragana Keyaki held their first standalone event "Hiragana Omotenashikai" at the Akasaka BLITZ, with entry costing just 500 yen. On November 24, Keyakizaka46 was announced as a participant at the 67th NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen, less than a year shy of their music debut. They also held their first concert at the Ariake Coliseum on Christmas Eve and Christmas night.

2017

At the handshake event for their third single "Futari Saison", Sugai Yuuka was announced to be captain and Moriya Akane the sub-captain. At the Japan Gold Disk award, the group received the New Artist of the Year award in the domestic category from the RIAJ in February. On March 21 and 22, Hiragana Keyaki held their first concert at Zepp Tokyo separate from the main group, and announced a Zepp tour.

Discography

Albums

Other Albums

Singles

See Also

External Links