King & Prince

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King & Prince
Also known asMr. King vs Mr. Prince (2015–2017)
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres J-pop
Years active2018 (2018)–present
Labels Johnny's Universe
Members
  • Sho Hirano
  • Ren Nagase
  • Kaito Takahashi
  • Yuta Kishi
  • Yuta Jinguji
Past members
  • Genki Iwahashi

King & Prince is a five-member Japanese idol group under Johnny & Associates that debuted in 2018. [1] The group was originally a Johnny's Jr. unit, Mr. King vs Mr. Prince that was composed of 2 separate units: Mr. King and Prince. [2] The units later performed as one group for TV Asahi's Roppongi Hills Natsu Matsuri Summer Station in June 2015. [3] Their debut was announced at a press conference on January 17, 2018 along with the establishment of Johnny & Associates' new record label under Universal Music, Johnny's Universe, with King & Prince becoming the first artists to sign under the label. [4] They have sold more than 6.3 million physical copies in Japan.

The group used to have six members: Sho Hirano, Ren Nagase, Kaito Takahashi, Yuta Kishi, Yuta Jinguji and Genki Iwahashi. However, Genki Iwahashi withdrew from King & Prince and Johnny & Associates on 31st March, 2021 due to panic disorder.

History

2015–2017: Beginnings

Johnny & Associates announced the group's formation in a press conference on 5 June 2015. The group was formed to be special supporters for TV Asahi's Summer Station event. [5] Mr. King vs Mr. Prince was divided into two subgroups: "Mr. King", consisting of Sho Hirano, Ren Nagase, and Kaito Takahashi and "Mr. Prince", consisting of Yuta Kishi, Yuta Jinguji, and Genki Iwahashi. [6] Producer Johnny Kitagawa chose their name in hopes that each member would "spark off each other" and "improve themselves through friendly rivalry". [7] The group's first original song, "Summer Station" was used as the official theme song for the Summer Station event, which ran from July to August 2015. [8] The group was meant to disband after the event. However, in August 2015, the members announced that they would continue activities as a group. [9]

By 2016, Mr. Prince had changed their name to "Prince" and the six members predominately worked within their respective units. [10] Mr. King released a photo book and were special supporters for Summer Station 2016, [11] while Prince performed in the Johnny's Ginza musical and started to host their own variety show, Mayonaka no Prince. In September 2017, the six members performed in the Johnny's Jr. concert Summer Sta (Kimi ga) King's Treasure. After the concert, they asked Johnny Kitagawa to let them debut together. [12]

2018–present: Debut and success

On 17 January 2018, their debut was announced in a press conference, along with the establishment of Johnny & Associates' new record label under Universal Music, Johnny's Universe, with King & Prince becoming the first artists to sign under the label. Their debut single "Cinderella Girl" was released on 23 May 2018. It was used as the theme song for the drama Boys Over Flowers Season 2 which stars member Sho Hirano. [13] "Cinderella Girl" was a commercial success; it sold over 577,000 copies in its first week, making it the first debut single in over 12 years to exceed initial sales of 500,000 copies. This also made it the most commercially successful debut of the decade. [14] By late June King & Prince had become the highest earning new artist, with a total gross of ¥870,000,000. [15] In September 2018, "Cinderella Girl" was certified 3x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for shipments of 750,000 units. [16]

Following the success of "Cinderella Girl", King & Prince embarked on a nationwide arena tour titled King & Prince First Concert Tour 2018. The tour began in August at the Yokohama Arena with a sold out show to 15,000 guests. When the tour concluded, the audience totaled about 260,000 fans. [17] On 10 October 2018, King & Prince released their second single titled "Memorial". The single was used as the theme song for the television drama Bukatsu, Suki Janakya Dame Desu ka? starring members Kaito Takahashi, Yuta Jinguji, and Genki Iwahashi. [18] Another song included in the single, "High On Love", was used as the theme song for the film You, I Love which stars member Hirano. [19] "Memorial" sold more than 400,000 copies in its first week, and topped the Oricon Singles Chart. [20] In the same month of release, it was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAJ for shipments of 500,000 units. [21]

In November 2018, Genki Iwahashi went on hiatus indefinitely to concentrate on treatment for his panic disorder. [22] [23] The group's management announced in February 2019 that he would rejoin the group and participate on their third single, "Kimi wo Matteru", but in March it was noted that he was to continue receiving treatment. [24] On March 31, 2021, Genki Iwahashi officially left King & Prince and retired from the entertainment industry.

Members

Mr. King

Prince

  • Yuta Kishi (Leader)
  • Yuta Jinguji

Former Member

  • Genki Iwahashi

Discography

Albums

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, certifications and sales
Title Information Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
JPN
[25]
JPN
Hot

[26]
TWN
EA
[27]
King & Prince 1 1
  • RIAJ: 2× Platinum [29]
L&
  • Released: 2 September 2020 (JPN)
  • Label: Johnny's Universe
  • Formats: CD/DVD, CD
1 1 1
  • RIAJ: 2× Platinum [31]
Re:Sense
  • Released: 21 July 2021 (JPN)
  • Label: Johnny's Universe
  • Formats: CD/DVD, CD
  • RIAJ: ?
  • JPN: ?

Video albums

List of video albums, with selected chart positions, certifications and sales
Title Video details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
JPN
DVD

[32]
JPN
BD

[33]
King & Prince First
Concert Tour 2018
  • Released: 12 December 2018
  • Label: Johnny's Universe
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray
1 1
King & Prince
Concert Tour 2019
  • Released: 15 January 2020
  • Label: Johnny's Universe
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray
1 1
King & Prince Concert Tour 2020 ~L&~
  • Released: 24 February 2021
  • Label: Johnny's Universe
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray
1 1

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions, certifications and sales
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Certifications Album
JPN
[38]
JPN
Hot

[39]
TWN
EA
[40]
"Cinderella Girl" 2018 1 1 King & Prince
"Memorial" 1 1
  • RIAJ: 2× Platinum [21]
"Kimi wo Matteru" 2019 1 1
  • RIAJ: 2× Platinum [41]
"Koi-Wazurai" 1 1
  • RIAJ: 2× Platinum [42]
L&
"Mazy Night" 2020 1 1 1
  • RIAJ: 2× Platinum [43]
"I Promise" 1 1 3
  • RIAJ: 2× Platinum [44]
Re:Sense
"Magic Touch / Beating Hearts" 2021 1 1 1
  • RIAJ:

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee / work Result Ref.
2018 97th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Theme Song "Cinderella Girl" Nominated [45]
Yahoo! Japan Search Awards Grand Prize King & Prince Won [46]
Idol Category Won
2019 33rd Japan Gold Disc Award New Artist of the Year Won [47]
Best 5 New Artists Won
GQ Men of the Year 2019 Pop Icons of the Year Won [48]
2020 34th Japan Gold Disc Award Best 5 Albums King & Prince Won [49]
2021 35th Japan Gold Disc Award L& Won [50]
Best 3 Music Videos King & Prince Concert Tour 2019 Won

References

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  26. ^ Sources for chart positions are as follows:
  27. ^ Sources for chart positions are as follows:
    • "L&" (in Chinese). G-Music. 25 September 2020. Archived from the original on 28 September 2020. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
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  31. ^ "Japanese certifications – King & Prince – L&" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Select 2020年9月 on the drop-down menu
  32. ^ Sources for chart positions are as follows:
  33. ^ Sources for chart positions are as follows:
  34. ^ AKB48がミリオン、米津玄師、BTS、星野源がダブル・プラチナ 12月度レコ協認定 (in Japanese). Oricon. 15 January 2019. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
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  36. ^ King & Prince、最新ライブDVD&BD2作連続3部門同時1位獲得【オリコンランキング】 (in Japanese). Oricon. 23 January 2020. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  37. ^ "Japanese certifications – King & Prince – King & Prince Concert Tour 2020 ~L&~" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Select 2021年2月 on the drop-down menu
  38. ^ Sources for chart positions are as follows:
  39. ^ Sources for chart positions are as follows:
    • "Cinderella Girl". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). 4 June 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
    • "Memorial". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). 22 October 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
    • "Kimi o Matteru". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). 15 April 2019. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
    • "Koi-Wazurai". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). 9 September 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
    • "Mazy Night". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). 22 June 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
    • "I Promise". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). 28 December 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
    • "Magic Touch". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). 31 May 2021. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  40. ^ Sources for chart positions are as follows:
  41. ^ "Japanese certifications – King & Prince – 君を待ってる" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Select 2020年6月 on the drop-down menu
  42. ^ "Japanese certifications – King & Prince – Koi-Wazurai" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Select 2021年2月 on the drop-down menu
  43. ^ "Japanese certifications – King & Prince – Mazy Night" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Select 2020年6月 on the drop-down menu
  44. ^ "Japanese certifications – King & Prince – I Promise" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Select 2020年12月 on the drop-down menu
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