NEWS (also seen as NewS) is a Johnny & Associates Japanese pop group composed of four members.
NEWS stands for the four compass directions: North, East, West and South.
The group was originally formed in 2003 as a 9 member group under the label Johnny’s Entertainment and released their debut single entitled NEWS NIPPON.
In September 2003 this group was formed as NewS and the original nine members were handpicked from the larger group of Johnny’s Jr. and several smaller groups.
Their first single, NEWS Nippon, which was released in 2003.
This single, Kibou ~Yell~, became their official debut single and reached the #1 spot on the weekly Oricon charts. It then went on to become the 13th best selling single of 2004 with only 8 members.
Moriuchi Takahiro left NEWS and Johnnys entirely in December 2003. He is currently in the band ONE OK ROCK.
Two of the NEWS members Ryo Nishikido and Uchi Hiroki were members of the band Kanjani8 Which later debuted in 2004.
In 2005, Uchi Hiroki, 19 at the time, was caught drinking in public while underage and was suspended from the agency therefore leaving NEWS with 7 members but , in early 2006 Kusano Hironori, who was 17 at the time, was also accused of drinking but when questioned about it, he denied the accusation but still decided to withdraw leaving NEWS with 6 members.
For a short term NewS performed with only six members and they released the single Sayaendou / Hadashi no Cinderella Boy. Later, the group was temporarily suspended from further group activities, so that they could reflect on the misdeeds done by some of its members.
Later They made a comeback as a 6 membered band in 2007 followed by the release of a new single and their activities went on smoothly until 2011 October when two of NEWS’ members Yamashita Tomohisa and Ryo Nishikido announced on October 7th 2011 that they will be leaving the group. Tomohisa says that his wish is to continue on as a solo artist while Nishikido has scheduling conflicts and feels partly at fault for the lack of activity from the group.
The Quartet NEWS made a comeback in 2012 relasing a BEST album and the single “CHANKAPANA”
Therefore leaving NEWS as a quartet with only the following members :
- KOYAMA KEIICHIRO
- KATO SHIGEAKI
- MASUDA TAKAHISA
- TEGOSHI YUYA