Six Tones is a Japanese idol boy band formed by Johnny & Associates in 2015. The group was previously a sub-unit of Johnny & Associates’ pre-debut trainee group, Johnny’s Jr. SixTONES made their official debut on 22 January 2020. They sold 5.2 million physical copies in Japan. The members of this band are Hokuto Matsumura, who is the leader of the band, Taiga Kyomoto, Juri Tanaka, Jesse, Yugo Kochi and Shintaro Morimoto. In The Shounen Club episode broadcast in January 2015, the six members came together to perform a cover of Hell No by KAT-TUN. This was the first performance together as six on the show after a two-year gap. In April 2015, five of the members, excluding Taiga Kyomoto, performed in the Johnny’s Ginza 2015 shows. Taiga Kyomoto was in the Elizabeth musical at that time and could not join the show. In order to announce their group name as 6, Taiga Kyomoto rushed over from the Imperial Theatre to the Theatre Creation on the 1 May 2015, where the 6 members announced their group formation as SixTones. The group name was later changed to be SixTones and read as Stones and officially announced in SHounen Club on 10 June 2015.
SixTones held concerts as part of Johnny’s Ginza 2016 from 27 to 30 May 2016. From 18 to 26 February 2017, SixTones and four Kansai Johnny’s Jr. (Daigo Nishihata, Kōji Mukai, Ryusei Onishi and Ryūta Muro) held joint concerts together as part of the East SixTones × West Kansai Johnny’s Jr. SHOW Battle. Upon the opening of Johnny’s Jr’s official YouTube channel on 21 March 2018, SixTones were announced to be in charge of each week’s Friday contents for the channel. In July 2018, SixTones held concerts as part of Summer Paradise 2018, with 4 additional shows later announced in August 2018. In October 2018, it was announced that SixTones were chosen for YouTube first Japan’s Artist Promotion Campaign, a promotional campaign for emerging artists that YouTube launched in several countries. On November 5, 2018, SixTones released their first music video, “Japonica Style”, as part of the campaign on the Johnny’s Jr Channel. On November 16, 2018, the group held its first YouTube Livestream at YouTube Space Tokyo, which was also the first YouTube Livestream held by the talents of Johnny & Associates. SixTones later went on to perform at Japan’s first YouTube FanFest Music on December 11.
At Johnny’s Jr. 8.8 Festival~Tokyo Dome Kara Hajimaru~ on August 8, 2019, it was announced that SixTones will release their debut single in 2020. SixTones made their debut on January 22, 2020, with a double A-side CD single with another Johnny’s group Snow Man called “SixTones vs SnowMan” with SixTones’ track being “Imitation Rain”. “Imitation Rain” . On July 22, 2020, SixTones released another album single titled “Navigator”, which was used as the opening of The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited. Another song, “New Era”, was released on November 11, 2020, and was used as the first opening of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon. SixTones released their first album, “1ST” on 6th of January. The album was released in 3 editions, Rough Edition, Tone Colors, and the regular edition. The album topped both in Oricon Album Chart and Billboard Japan Hot Album Chart, selling over 467,000 copies in Japan for the first week. The 5th single the band released on November 8, 2021, it is called “マスカラ”.
Six Tones has a YouTube channel where people can listen to their songs. The channel is Six TONES and has over 1.35 million subscribers. They also have an Instagram account, which is sixtones_official. The audience of this platform exceeds 1.4 million followers. The boys also have their official website, sixtones.jp.
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