ALI (acronym for Alien Liberty International) is a multinational hip hop/funk band formed in Shibuya, Tokyo. All members of the band are mixed with roots in Japan, Europe, America, Asia, and Africa.[1][2][3][4]

ALI
OriginShibuya, Japan
Genres
Years active2016–present
LabelsAlien Liberty International
Sony Music Japan (2020–present)
Websitealienlibertyinternational.com
MembersLeo Imamura
Luthfi Rizki Kusumah
César Aiichiro
Alexander Taiyo Fidel
Past membersJua
Zeru
Kahadio
Yu Hagiwara
Jin Inoue

ALI released their first single "Wild Side", which was chosen to be the opening theme song for the first season of anime Beastars,[5] and their self-titled debut album, both in 2019. A year later, ALI released their second single "Lost in Paradise" featuring rapper AKLO, used as the ending theme for the anime Jujutsu Kaisen.[6]

On May 14, 2021, it was announced on the band's official website that they will be suspended indefinitely due to the drummer Kahadio's controversy.[7]

On November 18, 2021, it was announced on the band's official website that activities would return to normal, but drummer Kahadio would no longer be part of the group.[8]

Band membersEdit

Current members
  • Leo Imamura — vocals (2016–present)
  • Luthfi Rizki Kusumah — bass guitar (2016–present)
  • Alexander Taiyo Fidel — percussion (2016–present)
  • César Aiichiro — guitar (2020–present)
Former members
  • Jua — rapping (2016–2020)
  • Zeru — guitar (2016–2020)
  • Kahadio (Kadio Shirai) — drums (2016–2021)
  • Yu Hagiwara — saxophone (2016–2021)
  • Jin Inoue — keyboard (2016–2021)

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Mini albumsEdit

List of mini albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
JPN
Oricon

[9]
JPN
Billboard

[10]
ALI
  • Released: November 27, 2019
  • Label: Alien Liberty International
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Love, Music and Dance
  • Released: January 27, 2021
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
110 75
"—" denotes items which did not chart.

SinglesEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak positions Notes Album
JPN
Oricon

[11]
JPN
Hot
100

[12]
"Wild Side" 2019 113 OP for the anime Beastars Season 1.[5] Non-album singles
"Lost in Paradise"
(featuring AKLO)
2020 28 44 ED for the anime Jujutsu Kaisen.[6]
"Teenage City Riot" 2021

Music videosEdit

Year Song Director(s)
[13]
Album Link
2019 "Vim" Un­known ALI [1]
"Staying in the Groove" Masanori Kobayashi,
Takuya Chiba
[2]
"Temptations" Un­known [3]
"Tokyo Pharaoh" Un­known [4]
"No Tomorrow (Give It Up)" Yusuke Kasai [5]
"Wild Side" Naohiro Ohashi Non-album singles [6]
2020 "Muzik City"
(featuring Nami Chie, Alonzo, 6B)
Un­known [7]
"Better Days"
(featuring Dos Monos)
Katsuki Kuroyanagi [8]
"Lost In Paradise"
(featuring AKLO)
Kento Yamada & The Monaco Club [9]
2021 "Fight Dub Club"
(featuring J-Rexxx, Rueed)
Un­known Love, Music and Dance [10]
"Feelin' Good"
(featuring Umeda Saifā, Koperu, Peko, KZ, R-Shitei)
Un­known [11]

ControversyEdit

In November 2020, it was announced that the band would perform the opening theme song for the 2021 anime The World Ends with You: The Animation with "Teenage City Riot".[14] On April 4, 2021, however, it was announced that the opening song would be changed due to drummer Kahadio being arrested for participating in a refund scam.[15][16] On April 23, 2021, Kahadio was arrested again for a separate fraud case. Kahadio and his friends were offering an elderly woman a refund for medical expenses in exchange of transferring her money to an account. He then withdrew half of the money from the same account.[17] Due to the controversy, the band went on indefinite hiatus on May 14, 2021, as well as pulling most of their songs off streaming platforms.[18]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work/Nominee Result Ref.
2020 Crunchyroll Anime Awards Best Opening "Wild Side"
(from anime Beastars Season 1)
Won [19]
Best Ending "Lost in Paradise" (featuring AKLO)
(from anime Jujutsu Kaisen Season 1)
Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ALI | プロフィール" [ALI | Profile] (in Japanese). Tower Records Japan. November 18, 2019. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  2. ^ Ogawa, Riku (June 20, 2019). "音楽万歳 東京・渋谷発多国籍バンドALI" [Multinational band ALI from Shibuya, Tokyo]. WWD Japan (in Japanese). INFAS Publications. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  3. ^ Kuroda, Takanori (November 29, 2019). "ALIが明かす、『BEASTARS』にも通じるアイデンティティの葛藤と音楽に対するピュアな気持ち" [ALI reveals the conflict of identity and pure feelings for music that are similar to "Beastars"]. Real Sound (in Japanese). Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  4. ^ Miyamoto, Toru (February 8, 2020). "【インタビュー】LEO(ALI)| やっぱ音楽がくそ楽しい" [[Interview] Leo (ALI) | After all music is fun]. AWA (in Japanese). Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Komatsu, Mikikazu (September 16, 2019). "TV Anime 'Beastars' 4th PV Announces October 9 Premiere, OP Song "Wild Side" by ALI". Crunchyroll. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Hodgkins, Crystalyn (August 10, 2020). "Eve, ALI Perform Theme Songs for 'Jujutsu Kaisen' Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  7. ^ "【ご報告】ALIから重要なお知らせ" [Report | Important Notice from ALI] (in Japanese). ALI Official Website. May 14, 2021. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  8. ^ Mateo, Alex (November 18, 2021). "Rock Band ALI Returns from Hiatus". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 20, 2021.
  9. ^ "ALIのアルバム" [ALI albums] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  10. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot Albums". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  11. ^ "ALIのシングル" [ALI singles] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  12. ^ "Japan Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  13. ^ "ALI music videos information" (in Japanese). Space Shower TV. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
  14. ^ Mateo, Alex (November 23, 2020). "'The World Ends with You' Anime Unveils 2nd Video, Opening Song, Visuals, April 2021 Debut". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  15. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (April 8, 2021). "'The World Ends With You' Anime Replaces Opening Song After ALI Band Drummer's Arrest". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  16. ^ "詐欺容疑でALIドラマー逮捕" [ALI Drummer Arrested on Suspicion of Fraud]. Reuters (in Japanese). April 9, 2021. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  17. ^ Mateo, Alex (April 23, 2021). "Police Arrest ALI Band Drummer Again for Separate Fraud Case". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  18. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (May 15, 2021). "ALI Band Goes on Indefinite Hiatus After Drummer's Arrest Last Month". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  19. ^ Leblanc, Wesley (February 20, 2021). "Crunchyroll's Anime Awards Winners Announced". IGN. Retrieved November 20, 2021.

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