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EXILE is a Japanese dance & vocal boy group managed by LDH JAPAN and signed to the record label rhythm zone.

EXILE originated from J Soul Brothers and is the center of the collective supergroup EXILE TRIBE.

The group was formed in 2001 with 6 members after vocalist SASA left J Soul Brothers and performers HIRO, MATSU, ÜSA and MAKIDAI were joined by vocalists ATSUSHI and SHUN. They made their major debut on September 27, 2001 with the single "Your eyes only ~Aimai na Boku no Katachi~".

Today, the group has 19 members, with 14 of them being active and 5 being retired.




HIRO, who debuted as a member of pop music group ZOO in 1989, presented the idea of a vocal and dance unit called Japanese Soul Brothers in 1991. That dance unit, consisted of HIRO, BOBBY, KOJI and LUKE, participated of many dance contests and as supportive performers for Bobby Brown's tours. When ZOO disbanded in 1995, HIRO continued with the unit. In 1997, DJ DARUMA, ÜSA, MATSU, MAKIDAI and Ryuzy were added to the unit. In 1999, HIRO, alongisde ÜSA, MATSU, MAKIDAI and SASA created the group J Soul Brothers and released their first self-titled single on October 20, 1999.

In 2001, member SASA left J Soul Brothers, new members and vocalists ATSUSHI and SHUN were added to the group. In August 24, 2001, HIRO changed the group's name to EXILE.


After the name change, on September 27, 2001, EXILE debuted with the single "Your eyes only ~Aimai na Boku no Katachi~".

In November 2003, EXILE remade ZOO's hit single "Choo Choo TRAIN", which became a strong promotional single for their third studio album EXILE ENTERTAINMENT. The album sold over a million copies. They took part in the NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen of the year, singing "Choo Choo TRAIN". At first, their music style was influenced by R&B, but their style later became more pop-oriented form. Their 2004 single "real world" became their first number-one single on Oricon weekly charts. They released the collaboration "Scream" with Japanese rock band GLAY in July 2005, peaking at #1 and selling over 500,000 copies on Oricon charts. [1] The group released the singles "Tada... Aitakute" in December 2005 and "YES!" in March 2006. Both singles topped the Oricon weekly charts.

On March 3, 2006, SHUN left the group to pursue a solo career.

On June 6, 2006, AKIRA, former member of the group RATHER UNIQUE, joined EXILE.

After the group sought a new vocalist from the public by the EXILE VOCAL BATTLE AUDITION, TAKAHIRO joined the group on September 22, 2006.[2]


On February 14, 2007, the group released the single "Michi", which became their first number-one single on the Oricon charts since TAKAHIRO joined the group. Their 2007 studio album, EXILE LOVE, became the highest selling album of Japan in 2008, selling nearly 1.5 million copies on Oricon charts. Their compilation album EXILE BALLAD BEST sold nearly 1 million copies in its first week on Oricon charts, making it the highest first week sales for an album of Japan in 2008. The song, "Ti Amo", was certified Million by the RIAJ for 1,000,000 full-track ringtone digital music downloads (Chaku Uta Full).[3] They also won the Grand Prix Award at the 50th edition of Japan Record Awards for "Ti Amo".

In 2009, EXILE's song "THE NEXT DOOR" was featured as the theme of the Japanese edition of Street Fighter IV. The song was released at the iTunes Store on February 22, 2009. The English version "THE NEXT DOOR -Indestructible-" was used for the international edition of the game. The English version was released as the third track of their single "THE HURRICANE ~FIREWORKS~" on July 22, 2009, featuring American rapper Flo Rida.

On March 1, 2009, EXILE and Nidaime J Soul Brothers announced that they would merge to become a 14-member group.[4] They released their first studio album with 14 members, Ai Subeki Mirai e, on December 2, 2009. They won the Grand Prix Award for the song, "Someday", at the 51st Japan Record Awards.

For the 52nd Japan Record Awards, the group earned their third consecutive win with the song "I Wish For You".

The group was the 3rd artist by total sales revenue in Japan in 2011, with ¥5.603 billion,[5] and the 2nd in 2012, with ¥12.177 billion.[6]

On January 1, 2012, the group released their ninth album EXILE JAPAN / Solo, which is also ATSUSHI's first solo album.

On July 1, 2012, the unit THE SECOND from EXILE, EXILE's first sub-unit, was announced on EXILE's tour EXILE TRIBE LIVE TOUR 2012 ~TOWER OF WISH~.

On April 3, 2013, HIRO announced to be retiring from his position as performer of the group through the year. In the same day, EXILE released their 41st single "EXILE PRIDE ~Konna Sekai wo Aisuru Tame~". In October, the single crossed the 1 million mark, being EXILE's best selling single.[7]

On September 27, 2013, LDH announced the EXILE PERFORMER BATTLE AUDITION, to find a new performer for the group due to HIRO's retirement.[8]

On December 31, 2013, HIRO retired from his position as performer of the group on 64th NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen but will remain part of the group as the leader and producer.


On April 27, 2014, the EXILE PERFORMER BATTLE AUDITION results were revealed through EXILE's concert EXILE PERFORMER BATTLE AUDITION FINAL in NIPPON BUDOKAN. The audition winners were Sato Taiki, Sekai, Sandaime J Soul Brothers' member Iwata Takanori and GENERATIONS' members Sekiguchi Mandy and Shirahama Alan.[9] Their first single in EXILE, "NEW HORIZON", was released a few months later, on July 23, 2014.

On March 25, 2015, the group released their tenth studio album 19 -Road to AMAZING WORLD-.

On June 22, 2015, members Matsumoto Toshio, ÜSA and MAKIDAI announced to be retiring from their positions of performers on the group within the year.[10]

On December 31, 2015, Matsumoto Toshio, ÜSA and MAKIDAI retired from their positions of performers on the group on the New Year's special show CDTV Special! New Year's Eve Premiere Live 2015 → 2016. ÜSA although was revealed to remain as performer on the unit DANCE EARTH PARTY.

On August 31, 2016, ATSUSHI announced that he would restrict his Japanese activities and move his base of activities to United States until 2018. Subsequently, it would also affect EXILE activities as a group too.[11]

On September 27, the group released the best album EXTREME BEST, celebrating the group's 15th anniversary.


On January 1, LDH announced the comeback of the group with a new studio album and a new Dome tour titled EXILE LIVE TOUR 2018 "STAR OF WISH". It was also announced that the group would release six digital singles as part of the EXILE FRIDAY special.

On February 2, the first song of the EXILE FRIDAY chronology, "PARTY ALL NIGHT ~STAR OF WISH~", was released.

On March 2, the second song, "Melody", was released.

On April 6, the third song, "My Star", was released.

On May 4, the fourth song, "Turn Back Time", which featured FANTASTICS, was released.

On June 1, the fifth song, "Awakening", was released.

On July 6, the sixth and final song, "STEP UP", was released.

On July 25, the group released their 11th album STAR OF WISH.

From September 15 to February 11, 2019, the group held the dome tour EXILE LIVE TOUR 2018-2019 "STAR OF WISH".


On January 3, the group released the digital single "Love of History".


On January 1, the group released their 49th single in a joint release with EXILE THE SECOND, titled "Ai no Tame ni ~for love, for a child~". This was EXILE's first CD single release since "Joy-ride ~Kanki no Drive~", released in August 2016.

From January 19 to February 25, the group held the dome tour EXILE PERFECT LIVE 2001▶︎2020, as part of LDH PERFECT YEAR 2020.

On November 2, ATSUSHI announced that he retired from his position as a vocalist of EXILE to focus on his solo activities but would remain as part of the group. EXILE will continue their activities with the remaining 14 active members.[12]

On December 16, the group released their 50th single "SUNSHINE". The single includes a footage of the tour EXILE PERFECT LIVE 2001▶︎2020 and it is the last release to feature ATSUSHI.

2021: 20th Anniversary


On February 27, it was announced that the group will be revealing various contents of the group on each 27th of every month until the group's debut anniversary date, September 27, to celebrate the group's 20th anniversary. Additionally, the group will be holding a TITLE BATTLE AUDITION for deciding the titles of upcoming musical projects on every 27th.

On April 27, the group released their 51st single "PARADOX". This was their first single with the 14-member line-up and first without ATSUSHI.

On May 27, the group released the song "One Nation" digitally. The song serves as theme for the game Sengoku Musou 5.

On July 1, the group released a new song named "HAVANA LOVE".

On September 19, a collaboration project with Smart News titled "Special Comment" was released for a limited amount of time. As part of the project, EXILE members' comments were published daily for 15 days only on the <LDH channel> of the application.

On September 27, the group celebrated their 20th anniversary since debut. On the same day, 14 different special MUSIC & MOVIE CARDs titled "EXILE 20th Anniversary Memorial MUSIC & MOVIE CARD" were released for purchase at the official fan club, mobile store and mu-mo store, with each MUSIC & MOVIE CARD being linked to a specific member. On each card of the members, there are 5 songs that were selected as the playlist by each member among more than 200 songs of EXILE.[13] Additionally, the television stations CS Nittele Plus and NTV broadcasted the specials The Day. ~Artists' Special Day~ [EXILE] First Night (The Day.~アーテイストたちの特別なあの日~【EXILE】第一夜) and EXILE 20th Anniversary Special (EXILE 20周年スペシャル). To commemorate the implementation of this project, limited collaboration goods of NTV and EXILE were also sold.[14][15][16] To conclude the anniversary, the group held a special fan meeting at Izakaya EXILE in Yokohama which was broadcasted live on ABEMA (as part of the project "ABEMA × LDH 2021 Special Fan Meeting @EXILE TRIBE STATION in YOKOHAMA"). During the event, it was announced that the groups of Jr.EXILE would release a series of EXILE covers as a project titled EXILE TRIBUTE in the following months as part of the 20th Anniversary celebration.[17][18][19][20]


On January 1, the group released their 12th studio album PHOENIX.[21]

From February 26 to May 26, the group held the arena tour EXILE 20th ANNIVERSARY EXILE LIVE TOUR 2021 "RED PHOENIX".[22] Although it was held in 2022, it's part of the group's 20th anniversary.

On May 27, the group released the digital single "BE THE ONE".

On June 10, it was announced that member Kuroki Keiji will leave the group, LDH JAPAN and retire from the entertainment world by the end of October 2022.[23]

On July 1, the group will release the digital single "POWER OF WISH" which is the theme song of the dome tour EXILE LIVE TOUR 2022 "POWER OF WISH", with retired member ATSUSHI singing once again for this occasion.[24]

From July 6 to September 4, the group will hold the dome tour EXILE LIVE TOUR 2022 "POWER OF WISH" with retired member ATSUSHI re-appearing once again for this occasion. This will be the last tour to feature Kuroki Keiji.[25]


Studio Albums
  1. [2002.03.06] our style
  2. [2003.02.13] Styles Of Beyond
  3. [2003.12.03] EXILE ENTERTAINMENT
  4. [2006.03.29] ASIA
  5. [2007.03.07] EXILE EVOLUTION
  6. [2007.12.12] EXILE LOVE
  7. [2009.12.02] Ai Subeki Mirai e
  8. [2011.03.09] Negai no Tou
  9. [2012.01.01] EXILE JAPAN
  10. [2015.03.25] 19 -Road to AMAZING WORLD-
  11. [2018.07.25] STAR OF WISH
  12. [2022.01.01] PHOENIX
Best Albums
  1. [2005.01.01] PERFECT BEST
  2. [2008.03.26] EXILE CATCHY BEST
  4. [2008.12.03] EXILE BALLAD BEST
  6. [2016.09.27] EXTREME BEST
Other Albums

  1. [2001.09.27] Your eyes only ~Aimai na Boku no Katachi~
  2. [2001.12.12] Style
  3. [2002.02.20] Fly Away
  4. [2002.04.17] song for you
  5. [2002.08.07] Cross ~never say die~
  6. [2002.11.13] EX-STYLE ~Kiss you~
  7. [2003.02.05] We Will ~Ano Basho de~
  8. [2003.05.28] Breezin' ~Together~
  9. [2003.07.09] LET ME LUV U DOWN
  10. [2003.11.06] Choo Choo TRAIN
  11. [2003.11.12] Eternal...
  12. [2003.11.19] ki・zu・na
  13. [2003.11.27] O'ver
  14. [2004.05.12] Carry On / Unmei no Hito
  15. [2004.06.30] real world
  16. [2004.08.18] HEART of GOLD
  17. [2004.12.01] HERO
  18. [2005.08.24] EXIT
  19. [2005.12.14] Tada... Aitakute
  20. [2006.03.01] YES!
  21. [2006.12.06] Everything
  22. [2007.01.17] Lovers Again
  23. [2007.02.14] Michi
  24. [2007.05.16] SUMMER TIME LOVE
  25. [2007.08.29] Toki no Kakera / 24karats -type EX-
  26. [2007.11.21] I Believe
  27. [2008.02.27] Pure / You're my sunshine
  28. [2008.09.27] The Birthday ~Ti Amo~
  29. [2008.11.26] LAST CHRISTMAS
  30. [2009.04.15] THE MONSTER ~Someday~
  31. [2009.07.22] THE HURRICANE ~FIREWORKS~
  32. [2009.11.11] THE GENERATION ~Futatsu no Kuchibiru~
  33. [2010.06.09] FANTASY
  34. [2010.09.15] Motto Tsuyoku
  35. [2010.10.06] I Wish For You
  36. [2011.02.09] Each Other's Way ~Tabi no Tochuu~
  37. [2011.09.14] Rising Sun
  38. [2011.11.23] Anata e
  39. [2012.06.20] ALL NIGHT LONG
  40. [2012.07.25] BOW & ARROWS
  41. [2013.04.03] EXILE PRIDE ~Konna Sekai wo Aisuru Tame~
  42. [2013.06.19] Flower Song
  43. [2013.09.25] No Limit
  1. [2014.07.23] NEW HORIZON
  2. [2015.03.04] Jounetsu no Hana
  3. [2015.08.19] 24karats GOLD SOUL
  4. [2015.12.09] Ki・mi・ni・mu・chu
  5. [2016.08.17] Joy-ride ~Kanki no Drive~
  6. [2020.01.01] Ai no Tame ni ~for love, for a child~
  7. [2020.12.16] SUNSHINE
  8. [2021.04.27] PARADOX
Digital Singles
  1. [2009.02.17] THE NEXT DOOR
  2. [2010.06.16] One Wish
  3. [2018.02.02] PARTY ALL NIGHT ~STAR OF WISH~
  4. [2018.03.02] Melody
  5. [2018.04.06] My Star
  6. [2018.05.04] Turn Back Time
  7. [2018.06.01] Awakening
  8. [2018.07.06] STEP UP
  9. [2019.01.03] Love of History
  10. [2021.05.27] One Nation
  11. [2021.07.01] HAVANA LOVE
  12. [2022.05.27] BE THE ONE
  13. [2022.07.01] POWER OF WISH
Pre-release Digital Singles
  1. [2011.11.16] Beautiful Life
  2. [2013.05.29] Flower Song
  3. [2015.11.11] Ki・mi・ni・mu・chu
  4. [2019.12.11] Ai no Tame ni ~for love, for a child~
  5. [2020.11.03] SUNSHINE
  6. [2020.11.23] RED PHOENIX
  7. [2021.03.24] YELLOW HAPPINESS
  8. [2021.03.28] PARADOX
Split Singles

Main article: EXILE/Videography
Music Video Collections
  1. [2002.03.20] EXPV 1
  2. [2003.03.05] EXPV 2
  3. [2004.03.31] EXPV 3
  4. [2012.01.01] EXILE MUSIC VIDEO BEST
Live Concerts
  2. [2006.03.29] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2005 ~PERFECT LIVE "ASIA"~
  3. [2007.10.17] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2007 EXILE EVOLUTION
  4. [2009.03.18] EXILE LIVE TOUR "EXILE PERFECT LIVE 2008"
  5. [2009.10.28] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2009 "THE MONSTER"
  6. [2010.12.01] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2010 FANTASY
  7. [2012.03.14] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2011 TOWER OF WISH ~Negai no Tou~
  8. [2013.10.16] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2013 "EXILE PRIDE"
  9. [2014.03.31] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2013 "EXILE PRIDE" 9.27 FINAL
  10. [2016.04.13] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2015 "AMAZING WORLD"
  11. [2019.07.31] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2018-2019 "STAR OF WISH"
  • [2010.04.14] EXILE GENERATION SEASON 3
  • [2010.04.14] EXILE GENERATION SEASON 4
  • [2010.04.14] EXILE GENERATION Christmas SP
  • [2011.01.26] EXILE GENERATION SEASON 5
  • [2011.01.26] EXH ~EXILE HOUSE~
  • [2011.06.01] HIRUXILE 1st half Box
  • [2012.01.18] HIRUXILE 2nd half BOX




  • [2009.01 - 2010.03] EXILE GENERATION
  • [2009.04 - 2010.03] EXH ~EXILE HOUSE~
  • [2010.01 - 2021.09] Shuukan EXILE
  • [2010.04 - 2011.03] Hiruxile
  • [2010.04 - 2010.09] EXE
  • [2010.10 - 2012.09] EXILE Tamashii
  • [2012.11 - 2013.03] EX-LOUNGE
  • [2021.10.02] EXILE to Odorou


  • [2003.03.20] EXILE BOND OF SIX
  • [2007.03.01] EXILE ROAD TO CHAPTER 2 -Dai Ni Shou e no Michi–
  • [2011.11.26] EXILE Yume no Mukou no Kokorozashi


  1. [2003.04.28-2003.07.01] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2003 Styles Of Beyond
  2. [2004.05.14-2004.07.14] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2004 "EXILE ENTERTAINMENT"
  3. [2005.09.24-2005.12.18] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2005 ~PERFECT LIVE "ASIA"~
  4. [2007.05.11-2007.08.05] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2007 EXILE EVOLUTION
  5. [2008.10.02-2008.10.28] EXILE SHOWCASE LIVE 2008
  6. [2008.11.29-2008.12.31] EXILE LIVE TOUR "EXILE PERFECT LIVE 2008"
  7. [2009.05.09-2009.08.16] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2009 "THE MONSTER"
  8. [2010.07.17-2010.09.26] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2010 FANTASY
  9. [2011.11.26-2011.12.25] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2011 TOWER OF WISH ~Negai no Tou~
  10. [2013.04.16-2013.09.27] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2013 "EXILE PRIDE"
  11. [2015.09.11-2015.12.27] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2015 "AMAZING WORLD"
  12. [2018.09.15-2019.02.11] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2018-2019 "STAR OF WISH"
  13. [2020.01.19-2020.02.25] EXILE PERFECT LIVE 2001▶︎2020
  14. [2022.02.26-2022.05.26] EXILE 20th ANNIVERSARY EXILE LIVE TOUR 2021 "RED PHOENIX"
  15. [2022.07.06-2022.09.04] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2022 "POWER OF WISH"

Fanclub Events
  • [2005.12.31] EXILE COUNTDOWN LIVE 2005-2006 CLOSED CIRCUIT
  • [2007.08.xx] "EX FAMILY" in HAWAII ~Live Tour Uchiage 2007~ ("EX FAMILY" in HAWAII 〜ライブツアー打ち上げ2007〜)
  • [2010.09.27] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2010 FANTASY Goya-sai ~EXILE Tamashii~ (FANTASY後夜祭 〜EXILE魂〜)
  • [2012.07.xx] FAN CLUB TOUR 2012 "EX FAMILY" in HAWAII


  • On December 27, 2019, Avex revealed the top 5 artists with the highest number of views in total on their YouTube channel. On this list, EXILE took the 4th spot with a total number of about 410 million views.[26]


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  5. http://www.tokyohive.com/article/2011/12/oricon-announces-2011s-yearly-ranking-for-artist-total-sales
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  9. http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/2036834/full/
  10. http://www.hochi.co.jp/entertainment/20150622-OHT1T50110.html
  11. EXILE ATSUSHI、活動拠点を海外へ 18年まで国内活動を制限
  12. 【LDH JAPANより】いつもEXILEを応援してくださっている多くのファンの皆様へ
  13. https://m.ex-m.jp/news/detail?news_id=34872
  14. https://natalie.mu/music/news/445794
  15. https://www.barks.jp/news/?id=1000208115
  16. https://mdpr.jp/news/detail/2775229
  17. https://www.oricon.co.jp/news/2208419/full/
  18. https://www.nikkansports.com/entertainment/news/202109270001092.html
  19. https://www.tokyoheadline.com/574262/
  20. https://www.sanspo.com/article/20210928-7CH6HUHRJFKLLPNYVH4TYGXXKU/
  21. https://natalie.mu/music/news/446929
  23. Notice on artist Keiji Kuroki from LDH JAPAN
  24. EXILE 新曲『POWER OF WISH』7/1(金)配信リリース決定!
  25. "EXILE LIVE TOUR 2022 'POWER OF WISH'" to be held!
  26. Avex MV views announcement

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