Igarashi Hiroyuki (五十嵐広行), better known by his stages names HIRO and EXILE HIRO, is a producer, CEO and former performer. He's the leader and former performer of the group EXILE. HIRO is also the founder of the group and the agency they're in, LDH.

Early Life

Hiroyuki Igarashi was born on June 1st, 1969 in Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture and grew up in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.[1][2][3] He graduated from Yokohama City Hama Junior High School and Yokohama City Kanazawa High School.[3] During his time in high school, he met Matsuura Masato, who was the manager of the rental record store “Tomo & Ai” in Kamiooka at that time. After graduating from high school, Hiroyuki refined his dancing skills while working at Disco Maharaja and Circus in Roppongi.[3]

In 1989, at the age of 20, the circus store manager asked Hiroyuki to advertise the store which led him to participate as the runner-up in the dance contest of the TV program “DADA”. The scout who was watching the contest suggested that Hiroyuki should become part of a dance team from the program, which led to the group LMD being formed.[3]

Career

1989-2001

HIRO started his career in 1989, debuting as member of the coed group LMD a.k.a. ZOO. In 1991, the dance team Japanese Soul Brothers was formed which he was part of. They participated in Bobby Brown's Japan tour.[4]

In 1995, ZOO disbanded. In that same year, HIRO participated as a backup dancer in DREAMS COME TRUE's tour and got support by the group's member Yoshida Miwa, which helped him to change his mind on his own.[5]

In 1996, he joined the group LUV DELUXE but they disbanded the following year.

In 1999, HIRO met MAKIDAI, MATSU and ÜSA, and after discussing with them and avex's CEO Matsuura Max, he created the group J Soul Brothers.

On August 24, 2001, after recruiting two vocalists and one member leaving the group, J Soul Brothers changed their name to EXILE and re-debuted.

2002-2003

On October 17, 2002, EXILE established the agency Exile Entertainment.

On September 18, 2003, the agency LDH was established by the group with HIRO serving as its president.

2013

On April 3, 2013, on the same day of the release of EXILE's 41st single "EXILE PRIDE ~Konna Sekai wo Aisuru Tame~", HIRO announced that he would retire from being a performer at the end of the year and focus on the producer business.[6][7]

On September 27, 2013, during the final concert of EXILE LIVE TOUR 2013 "EXILE PRIDE", he announced the first EXILE PERFORMER BATTLE AUDITION to find a new performer for the group.

On December 31, 2013, at the 64th Kouhaku Uta Gassen, HIRO retired from his position as performer of EXILE but remained as the group's leader and producer.[8]

2015

In March 2015, he became a member of the Tokyo 2020 Culture and Education Commission. Later that year he was awarded the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Award by the Japanese Government's Agency for Cultural Affairs for his contribution to Japan's artistic culture.[9]

In July 2015, HIRO formed the creative unit PKCZ® and started working as their producer.

2017

On January 1, 2017, it was announced that HIRO would become the CCO of LDH WORLD.[10] At the same time, he retired from his president position within LDH and became a chairman of the company.[11]

2019

On November 8, 2019, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced the appointment of Exile Hiro as the director of the Tokyo 2020 cultural segment of the Olympic Flame Handover Ceremony. The ceremony, during which the Olympic Flame would be passed from the Hellenic Olympic Committee to Tokyo 2020 representatives, would be held at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on 19 March 2020. After a cultural performance by Greek dancers and entertainers, the host country of Japan would stage its own cultural performance, under HIRO's direction. HIRO himself expressed his goal to center the performance on children, who embody Japan's hope for the future, and to make it the highest priority "that the children will experience something they can take with them for the rest of their lives and to have it be an experience that will inspire them to build a bright future together". The concept for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay would be: “Hope Lights Our Way”.[12]

2020

Personal Life

Family

On September 14, 2012, it was personally announced by HIRO and actress Ueto Aya that they registered their marriage after 2 years of dating.[13][14] They had met through an acquaintance of HIRO who was the dance instructor for the idol group Z-1 of which Aya had been a member in the past.[15][16]

On April 12, 2015, Ueto revealed to be pregnant with the couple's first child.[17] Their first daughter was born on August 19, 2015.[18][19]

On June 12, 2019, it was reported via official news outlets that the couple were expecting their second child.[20] On July 27, 2019, the birth of their first son was announced.[21]

Other

On April 17, 2014, Hiro attended the “Spring Garden Party” hosted by the Emperor and Empress of Japan.[22] On October 6 of the same year, he was invited to attend the wedding reception for Noriko Senge and Kunimaro Senge due to his friendship with the Senge family.[23]

Works

Music

Producer
Composition
Radio
  • [2001-2005] OH MY RADIO

Cinema/Television

TV Shows
  1. Shuukan EXILE (General Producer)
Films
  1. Tatara Samurai (Executive Producer)
  2. Cinema Fighters (Executive Producer)
Anime
  1. Examurai (Planning & Draft)
Videography
  1. [2005] ZOO→JSB→EXILE
TV Dramas
  • [2005-2008] Shin Tokyo Hyakkei

Publications

Books
  1. [2005] B Boy Salaryman (Bボーイサラリーマン)
  2. [2009] B Boy Perfectly
  3. [2014] Bibiri (ビビリ)
  4. [2018] Hiro in Exile: The Creation of a J-Pop Empire

Manga

  1. Examurai Sengoku (Planning & Draft)
  2. Examurai Sengoku G (Planning & Draft)

Magazines

  1. Gekkan EXILE (Editor-in-chief)

Gallery

Main article: HIRO/Gallery

Trivia

  • Even after his retirement as a performer of EXILE he occasionally appears in the group's music videos.

References

  1. https://www.sponichi.co.jp/entertainment/news/2013/04/03/kiji/K20130403005536110.html
  2. http://www.asahi.com/worldcup/column/theroad/TKY201004090340.html
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 https://natsumikoizumi.com/240
  4. http://www.tokyo-dance-magazine.com/people/koji/
  5. https://mdpr.jp/music/detail/1405754
  6. EXILE HIRO、年内でパフォーマー引退「第四章への新たなスタート」
  7. https://www.sponichi.co.jp/entertainment/news/2013/04/03/kiji/K20130403005532980.html
  8. EXILE・HIRO、満面の笑みでラストパフォーマンス ガッツポーズで締めくくる<紅白本番>
  9. https://www.sponichi.co.jp/entertainment/news/2015/03/30/kiji/K20150330010082130.html
  10. https://www.daily.co.jp/gossip/2016/10/24/0009606719.shtml
  11. https://ldhpictures.co.jp/170603_01/
  12. https://tokyo2020.org/en/news/news-20191108-03-en
  13. https://beauty.oricon.co.jp/news/2016815/full/
  14. https://www.tokyohive.com/article/2012/09/ueto-aya-and-hiro-are-officially-married/
  15. https://www.daily.co.jp/gossip/2012/09/15/1p_0005380138.shtml
  16. https://www.nikkansports.com/entertainment/news/p-et-tp0-20120915-1017156.html
  17. https://www.oricon.co.jp/news/2051468/full/
  18. http://www.daily.co.jp/newsflash/gossip/2015/08/19/0008318309.shtml
  19. https://mdpr.jp/mama/detail/1514021
  20. https://natalie.mu/music/news/335202
  21. https://www.oricon.co.jp/news/2141098/full/
  22. https://www.daily.co.jp/newsflash/olympic/sochi/2014/04/03/0006832444.shtml
  23. https://www.news24.jp/articles/2014/10/06/07260739.html

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Members
Current Active Members AKIRA | TAKAHIRO | Tachibana Kenchi | Kuroki Keiji | TETSUYA | NESMITH | SHOKICHI | NAOTO | Kobayashi Naoki | Iwata Takanori | Shirahama Alan | Sekiguchi Mandy | Sekai | Sato Taiki
Retired HIRO (L) | Matsumoto Toshio | ÜSA | MAKIDAI | ATSUSHI
Former Members SHUN
Discography
Studio Albums 1. our style | 2. Styles Of Beyond | 3. EXILE ENTERTAINMENT | 4. ASIA | 5. EXILE EVOLUTION | 6. EXILE LOVE | 7. Ai Subeki Mirai e | 8. Negai no Tou | 9. EXILE JAPAN | 10. 19 -Road to AMAZING WORLD- | 11. STAR OF WISH
Best Albums 1. PERFECT BEST | 2. EXILE CATCHY BEST | 3. EXILE ENTERTAINMENT BEST | 4. EXILE BALLAD BEST | 5. EXILE BEST HITS -LOVE SIDE / SOUL SIDE- | 6. EXTREME BEST
Other Albums The other side of EX Vol.1 | Shuku Million Shokai Album Sanmai-Gumi BOX SET ~Appreciation to the million breakthrough~ | EXILE PERFECT YEAR 2008 ULTIMATE BEST BOX | HiGH&LOW ORIGINAL BEST ALBUM | EXILE LIVE TOUR 2018-2019 "STAR OF WISH" Set List
Singles 1. Your eyes only ~Aimai na Boku no Katachi~ | 2. Style | 3. Fly Away | 4. song for you | 5. Cross ~never say die~ | 6. EX-STYLE ~Kiss you~ | 7. We Will ~Ano Basho de~ | 8. Breezin' ~Together~ | 9. LET ME LUV U DOWN | 10. Choo Choo TRAIN | 11. Eternal... | 12. ki・zu・na | 13. O'ver | 14. Carry On / Unmei no Hito | 15. real world | 16. HEART of GOLD | 17. HERO | 18. EXIT | 19. Tada... Aitakute | 20. YES! | 21. Everything | 22. Lovers Again | 23. Michi | 24. SUMMER TIME LOVE | 25. Toki no Kakera / 24karats -type EX- | 26. I Believe | 27. Pure / You're my sunshine | 28. The Birthday ~Ti Amo~ | 29. LAST CHRISTMAS | 30. THE MONSTER ~Someday~ | 31. THE HURRICANE ~FIREWORKS~ | 32. THE GENERATION ~Futatsu no Kuchibiru~ | 33. FANTASY | 34. Motto Tsuyoku | 35. I Wish For You | 36. Each Other's Way ~Tabi no Tochuu~ | 37. Rising Sun | 38. Anata e | 39. ALL NIGHT LONG | 40. BOW & ARROWS | 41. EXILE PRIDE ~Konna Sekai wo Aisuru Tame~ | 42. Flower Song | 43. No Limit | 41SP. EXILE PRIDE ~Konna Sekai wo Aisuru Tame~ (Special Edition) | 44. NEW HORIZON | 45. Jounetsu no Hana | 46. 24karats GOLD SOUL | 47. Ki・mi・ni・mu・chu | 48. Joy-ride ~Kanki no Drive~ | 49. Ai no Tame ni ~for love, for a child~| 50. SUNSHINE
Digital Singles 1. THE NEXT DOOR | 2. One Wish | 3. PARTY ALL NIGHT ~STAR OF WISH~ | 4. Melody | 5. My Star | 6. Turn Back Time | 7. Awakening | 8. STEP UP | 9. Love of History
Other Singles SCREAM | WON'T BE LONG | 24karats -type S- | Houshuku Kyoku Kumikyoku "Taiyou no Kuni"
Videography
Live DVD/Blu-rays 1. EXILE LIVE TOUR 2004 "EXILE ENTERTAINMENT" | 2. EXILE LIVE TOUR 2005 ~PERFECT LIVE "ASIA"~ | 3. EXILE LIVE TOUR 2007 EXILE EVOLUTION | 4. EXILE LIVE TOUR "EXILE PERFECT LIVE 2008" | 5. EXILE LIVE TOUR 2009 "THE MONSTER" | 6. EXILE LIVE TOUR 2010 FANTASY | 7. EXILE LIVE TOUR 2011 TOWER OF WISH ~Negai no Tou~ | 8. EXILE TRIBE LIVE TOUR 2012 ~TOWER OF WISH~ | 9. EXILE LIVE TOUR 2013 "EXILE PRIDE" | 10. EXILE LIVE TOUR 2013 "EXILE PRIDE" 9.27 FINAL | 11. EXILE LIVE TOUR 2015 "AMAZING WORLD" | 12. EXILE LIVE TOUR 2018-2019 "STAR OF WISH"
Music Video Collections 1. EXPV 1 | 2. EXPV 2 | 3. EXPV 3 | 4. EXILE MUSIC VIDEO BEST
Concerts & Tours
Tours 1. Styles Of Beyond | 2. EXILE ENTERTAINMENT | 3. PERFECT LIVE "ASIA" | 4. EXILE EVOLUTION | 5. EXILE SHOWCASE LIVE 2008 | 6. EXILE PERFECT LIVE 2008 | 7. THE MONSTER | 8. FANTASY | 9. TOWER OF WISH ~Negai no Tou~ | 10. EXILE PRIDE | 11. AMAZING WORLD | 12. STAR OF WISH | 13. PERFECT LIVE 2001▶︎2020
Concerts EXILE VOCAL BATTLE AUDITION 2006 ~ASIAN DREAM~ | EXILE PERFORMER BATTLE AUDITION FINAL in NIPPON BUDOKAN
Concerts Featured In EXILE TRIBE: EXILE TRIBE LIVE TOUR 2012 ~TOWER OF WISH~ | EXILE TRIBE PERFECT YEAR LIVE TOUR TOWER OF WISH 2014 ~THE REVOLUTION~
Other: HiGH&LOW THE LIVE | LDH PERFECT YEAR 2020 COUNTDOWN LIVE 2019▶︎2020 "RISING"
Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts J Soul Brothers | DEEP | EXILES | EXILE TRIBE | Nidaime J Soul Brothers | Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS | EXILE THE SECOND | GENERATIONS | FANTASTICS | Jr.EXILE | ACE OF SPADES | RED DIAMOND DOGS
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