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Exile The Second (stylized as EXILE THE SECOND), or simply The Second, is a Japanese music group comprising Exile members Kenchi, Keiji, Tetsuya, Nesmith, Shokichi and Akira. Formed in 2012, the group is managed by LDH and is signed to the Avex Group record label Rhythm Zone.

Also known asNidaime J Soul Brothers (2007 (2007)–09 (09))
OriginTokyo, Japan
Years active2012 (2012)–present
LabelsRhythm Zone
Associated acts
MembersKenchi Tachibana
Keiji Kuroki

The members of The Second debuted in 2007 as members of Nidaime J Soul Brothers (二代目J Soul Brothers), the second generation of the music group J Soul Brothers. The group retired after releasing one album, and the members officially joined their main group Exile in 2009.



In January 2007, Exile announced that it would hold an audition to recruit new members for the second generation of J Soul Brothers. Nesmith and Shokichi, finalists of the Exile Vocal Battle Audition, were the first members to join the new generation in August 2007. Performers Kenchi, Keiji, and Tetsuya were soon added. Three months later, performers Naoto and Naoki were added, and they gave their debut performances at Color's 2007 nationwide tour, Live Tour 2007: Blue. The second generation, called the Nidaime J Soul Brothers, released their debut single "We!" in May 2008 under the indies label, Rhythm Republic. Nidaime J Soul Brothers announced their hiatus after the release of their first self-titled album J Soul Brothers in February 2009. A month later, the Nidaime members joined the lineup of Exile. Members Naoto and Naoki stayed behind to re-join J Soul Brothers' third generation, the Sandaime J Soul Brothers.

In 2012, during the live of Exile Tribe, was announced the formation of The Second from Exile, and they debuted with the single THINK 'BOUT IT.

After the release of their album "The II Age" in 2014, the group went on an indefinite hiatus, only doing activities as members of EXILE.

In 2016 the group has changed their name to Exile The Second and was announced that they would be making a comeback with the single YEAH!! YEAH!! YEAH!!, to be released on July 13, 2016.[1] At same year on September 5, was announced that Akira, from Exile, would be joining to the group as new member.


Date of birth
Kenchi Tachibana Leader & Performer (1979-09-28) September 28, 1979 (age 39)
Keiji Kuroki Performer (1980-01-21) January 21, 1980 (age 39)
TETSUYA (1981-02-18) February 18, 1981 (age 38)
NESMITH Vocalist, performer (1983-08-01) August 1, 1983 (age 35)
SHOKICHI (1985-10-03) October 3, 1985 (age 33)
AKIRA Performer (1981-08-23) August 23, 1981 (age 37)


Studio albumsEdit

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales
The II Age 1
  • JPN: 63,236
  • Released: March 11, 2017 (JPN)
  • Label: Rhythm Zone
1 -
Highway Star
  • Released: March 28, 2018 (JPN)
  • Label: Rhythm Zone
3 -


As lead artistsEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Release date Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"THINK 'BOUT IT!" 2012/11/07 1 3 The II Age
"SURVIVORS feat. DJ MAKIDAI from EXILE / Pride (プライド)" 2013/08/14 2 8
"YEAH!! YEAH!! YEAH!!" 2016/07/13 2 2 BORN TO BE WILD
"Shut up!! Shut up!! Shut up!!" 2016/08/24 4 9
"WILD WILD WILD" 2016/09/21 1 2
"SUPER FLY" 2017/02/22 4 7
"Summer Lover" 2017/06/28 2 2 Highway Star
"ROUTE 66" 2017/09/27 2 3
"Acacia (アカシア)" 2018/02/22 3 5
"—" denotes items that did not chart.


  • Exile The Second Live Tour 2016-2017 "Wild Wild Warriors" (2016-2017)
  • Exile The Second Live Tour 2017-2018 "Route 6・6" (2017-2018)

Awards and nominationsEdit

MTV Video Music Awards JapanEdit

The MTV Video Music Awards Japan is a music awards show hosted annually by MTV Japan.[9][10][11]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2016 "Shut up!! Shut up!! Shut up!!!" Best Group Video Won


  1. ^ Sources for chart positions are as follows: "Think 'bout It",[4] "Survivors",[5]


  1. ^ "EXILE THE SECOND makes your summer fun with YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! PV | Japanese Entertainment News". Retrieved 2016-07-11.
  2. ^ a b THE SECOND from EXILEの作品 [THE SECOND from EXILE Products]. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  3. ^ "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard.
  4. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). November 19, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  5. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). August 26, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  6. ^ "List of certified albums of November 2012" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  7. ^ "List of certified albums of November 2013" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  8. ^ "List of certified albums of July 2016" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  9. ^ "3 awards again for Koda at VMAJ". Tokyograph. 2007-05-27. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  10. ^ "VMAJ 2009: EXILE triumphs again". Tokyograph. 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  11. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2010". Tokyograph. 2010-05-30. Retrieved 2010-07-13.

External linksEdit ‹See Tfd›(in Japanese)