EXILE is a 19-member Japanese male group under the avex trax sub-label rhythm zone, and managed by LDH JAPAN agency. The group is originated from J Soul Brothers. In 2001, after SASA left J Soul Brothers, dancers HIRO, MATSU, ÜSA and MAKIDAI were joined by vocalists ATSUSHI and SHUN to form EXILE.
- Current Active Members
- Tachibana Kenchi (橘ケンチ)
- Kuroki Keiji (黒木啓司)
- Kobayashi Naoki (小林直己)
- Iwata Takanori (岩田剛典)
- Shirahama Alan (白濱亜嵐)
- Sekiguchi Mandy (関口メンディー)
- Sekai (世界)
- Sato Taiki (佐藤大樹)
- Retired as Performers
- SHUN (2001-2006)
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 in October 20, 1999.
After the name change, on September 27, 2001, EXILE officially 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 "CChoo 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.  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.
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). 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. They released their first studio album with 14 members, Aisubeki Mirai e, on December 2, 2009. They won the Grand Prix Award for the song, "Someday", at the 51st Japan Record Awards.
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.
On September 27, 2013, LDH announced the EXILE PERFORMER BATTLE AUDITION, to find a new performer for the group due to HIRO's retirement.
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. 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 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 limit his Japanese activities and move his base of activities to America until 2018. Consequently, it would also affect EXILE activities as a group until 2018 too.
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.
On September 15, the group started the tour EXILE LIVE TOUR 2018-2019 "STAR OF WISH".
On January 3, the group released the digital single "Love of History", which is expected to be on their upcoming twelfth studio album.
On February 11, the group finished the STAR OF WISH tour, all while announcing LDH PERFECT YEAR 2020. The challenges in LDH PERFECT YEAR 2020 have yet to be determined.
- [2002.03.06] our style
- [2003.02.13] Styles Of Beyond
- [2003.12.03] EXILE ENTERTAINMENT
- [2006.03.29] ASIA
- [2007.03.07] EXILE EVOLUTION
- [2007.12.12] EXILE LOVE
- [2009.12.02] Ai Subeki Mirai e
- [2011.03.09] Negai no Tou
- [2012.01.01] EXILE JAPAN
- [2015.03.25] 19 -Road to AMAZING WORLD-
- [2018.07.25] STAR OF WISH
- [2005.01.01] PERFECT BEST
- [2008.03.26] EXILE CATCHY BEST
- [2008.07.23] EXILE ENTERTAINMENT BEST
- [2008.12.03] EXILE BALLAD BEST
- [2012.12.05] EXILE BEST HITS -LOVE SIDE / SOUL SIDE-
- [2016.09.27] EXTREME BEST
- [2004.03.31] Shuku Million Shokai Album Sanmai-Gumi BOX SET ~Appreciation to the million breakthrough~
- [2009.03.25] EXILE PERFECT YEAR 2008 ULTIMATE BEST BOX
- [2003.09.10] The other side of EX Vol.1
- [2019.02.11] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2018-2019 "STAR OF WISH" Set List
- [2001.09.27] Your eyes only ~Aimai na Boku no Katachi~
- [2001.12.12] Style
- [2002.02.20] Fly Away
- [2002.04.17] song for you
- [2002.08.07] Cross ~never say die~
- [2002.11.13] EX-STYLE ~Kiss you~
- [2003.02.05] We Will ~Ano Basho de~
- [2003.05.28] Breezin' ~Together~
- [2003.07.09] LET ME LUV U DOWN feat. ZEEBRA & MACCHO (OZROSAURUS)
- [2003.11.06] Choo Choo TRAIN
- [2003.11.12] Eternal...
- [2003.11.19] ki・zu・na
- [2003.11.27] O'ver
- [2004.05.12] Carry On / Unmei no Hito
- [2004.06.30] real world
- [2004.08.18] HEART of GOLD
- [2004.12.01] HERO
- [2005.08.24] EXIT
- [2005.12.14] Tada... Aitakute
- [2006.03.01] YES!
- [2006.12.06] Everything
- [2007.01.17] Lovers Again
- [2007.02.14] Michi
- [2007.05.16] SUMMER TIME LOVE
- [2007.08.29] Toki no Kakera / 24karats -type EX-
- [2007.11.21] I Believe
- [2008.02.27] Pure / You're my sunshine
- [2008.09.27] The Birthday ~Ti Amo~
- [2008.11.26] LAST CHRISTMAS
- [2009.04.15] THE MONSTER ~Someday~
- [2009.07.22] THE HURRICANE ~FIREWORKS~
- [2009.11.11] THE GENERATION ~Futatsu no Kuchibiru~
- [2010.06.09] FANTASY
- [2010.09.15] Motto Tsuyoku
- [2010.10.06] I Wish For You
- [2011.02.09] Each Other's Way ~Tabi no Tochuu~
- [2011.09.14] Rising Sun
- [2011.11.23] Anata e
- [2012.06.20] ALL NIGHT LONG
- [2012.07.25] BOW & ARROWS
- [2013.04.03] EXILE PRIDE ~Konna Sekai wo Aisuru Tame~
- [2013.06.19] Flower Song
- [2013.09.25] No Limit
- [2014.07.23] NEW HORIZON
- [2015.03.04] Jounetsu no Hana
- [2015.08.19] 24karats GOLD SOUL
- [2015.12.09] Ki・mi・ni・mu・chu
- [2016.08.17] Joy-ride ~Kanki no Drive~
- [2009.02.17] THE NEXT DOOR
- [2010.06.16] One Wish
- [2018.02.02] PARTY ALL NIGHT ~STAR OF WISH~
- [2018.03.02] Melody
- [2018.04.06] My Star
- [2018.05.04] Turn Back Time
- [2018.06.01] Awakening
- [2018.07.06] STEP UP
- [2019.01.03] Love of History
Pre-release Digital SinglesEdit
- [2005.07.20] GLAY x EXILE - SCREAM
- [2006.11.22] EXILE & Koda Kumi - WON'T BE LONG
- [2007.08.29] Sowelu, EXILE, DOBERMAN INC - 24karats -type S-
- [2010.05.19] Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra & EXILE - Houshuku Kyoku Kumikyoku "Taiyou no Kuni"
Compilations / OtherEdit
- [2004.01.28] DJ YUTAKA - EPISODE I (#6 "self belief")
- [2011.06.01] Sandaime J Soul Brothers - J Soul Brothers (#11 "24karats STAY GOLD" - EXILE feat. Sandaime J Soul Brothers)
- [2002.03.20] EXPV 1
- [2003.03.05] EXPV 2
- [2004.03.31] EXPV 3
- [2004.09.29] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2004 "EXILE ENTERTAINMENT"
- [2006.03.29] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2005 ~PERFECT LIVE "ASIA"~
- [2007.10.17] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2007 EXILE EVOLUTION
- [2009.03.18] EXILE LIVE TOUR "EXILE PERFECT LIVE 2008"
- [2009.10.28] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2009 "THE MONSTER"
- [2010.12.01] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2010 FANTASY
- [2012.03.14] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2011 TOWER OF WISH ~Negai no Tou~
- [2012.10.17] EXILE TRIBE LIVE TOUR 2012 ~TOWER OF WISH~
- [2013.10.16] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2013 "EXILE PRIDE"
- [2014.03.31] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2013 "EXILE PRIDE" 9.27 FINAL
- [2016.04.13] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2015 "AMAZING WORLD"
- [2019.07.31] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2018-2019 "STAR OF WISH"
- [2009.01 - 2010.03] EXILE GENERATION
- [2009.04 - 2010.03] EXH ~EXILE HOUSE~
- [2010.01 - Present] Shuukan EXILE
- [2010.04 - 2011.03] Hiruxile
- [2010.04 - 2010.09] EXE
- [2010.10 - 2012.09] EXILE Tamashii
- [2012.11 - 2013.03] EX-LOUNGE
- [2009.04.29] EXILE GENERATION SEASON 1 BOX
- [2009.03.18] EXILE GENERATION SEASON 2 BOX
- [2009.03.18] EXILE GENERATION SEASON 2 SPECIAL BOX
- [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
- [2003.04.28-2003.07.01] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2003 Styles Of Beyond
- [2004.05.14-2004.07.14] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2004 "EXILE ENTERTAINMENT"
- [2005.09.24-2005.12.18] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2005 ~PERFECT LIVE "ASIA"~
- [2007.05.11-2007.08.05] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2007 EXILE EVOLUTION
- [2008.10.02-2008.10.28] EXILE SHOWCASE LIVE 2008
- [2008.11.29-2008.12.31] EXILE LIVE TOUR "EXILE PERFECT LIVE 2008"
- [2009.05.09-2009.08.16] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2009 "THE MONSTER"
- [2010.07.17-2010.09.26] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2010 FANTASY
- [2011.11.26-2011.12.25] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2011 TOWER OF WISH ~Negai no Tou~
- [2013.04.16-2013.09.27] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2013 "EXILE PRIDE"
- [2015.09.11-2015.12.27] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2015 "AMAZING WORLD"
- [2018.09.15-2019.02.11] EXILE LIVE TOUR 2018-2019 "STAR OF WISH"
- [2016.09.22] EXILE VOCAL BATTLE AUDITION 2006 ~ASIAN DREAM~
- Concerts Featured In
- [2012.04.14-2012.07.01] EXILE TRIBE LIVE TOUR 2012 ~TOWER OF WISH~
- [2014.09.03-2014.12.28] EXILE TRIBE PERFECT YEAR LIVE TOUR TOWER OF WISH 2014 ~THE REVOLUTION~
- [2016.07.22-2016.10.03] HiGH&LOW THE LIVE
- [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] FANTASY Goyasai ~EXILE Tamashii~ (FANTASY後夜祭 〜EXILE魂〜)
- [2012.07.xx] FAN CLUB TOUR 2012 "EX FAMILY" in HAWAII
- [2019.02.09] EXILE TRIBE FAMILY SPECIAL LIVE "STAR OF WISH" ~Hoshi ni Negai wo~ (EXILE TRIBE FAMILY SPECIAL LIVE "STAR OF WISH" 〜星に願いを〜)
- [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
- ↑ http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/ranking/6142/
- ↑ http://www.asahi.com/culture/music/NIK200703020009.html
- ↑ http://www.riaj.or.jp/data/others/chart/w090220_3.html
- ↑ http://www.tokyohive.com/article/2011/12/oricon-announces-2011s-yearly-ranking-for-artist-total-sales
- ↑ http://www.tokyohive.com/article/2012/12/oricon-reveals-artist-total-sales-revenue-ranking-for-2012/
- ↑ http://www.musicman-net.com/artist/30112.html
- ↑ http://web.archive.org/web/20140222002352/https://www.ldh.co.jp/news/detail.php?lang=jpn&site=EXILE&newsid=0000008052
- ↑ http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/2036834/full/
- ↑ http://www.hochi.co.jp/entertainment/20150622-OHT1T50110.html
- ↑ http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/2077679/full/