Sexy Zone is a five-member Japanese boy band managed by Johnny & Associates, consisting of Shori Sato, Kento Nakajima, Marius Yo, Fuma Kikuchi and Sou Matsushima. When they debuted their group age average was 14.6. In 2013 they appeared in Kouhaku for the first time performing their hit song. Sexy Zone is the 5th group from Johnny & Associates to debut as special supporters for the "FIVB World Cup Volleyball" in 2011 after V6 (1995), Arashi (1999), NEWS (2003) and Hey! Say! JUMP (2007) from the same agency. They sold 3 million copies in Japan.
|Labels||Pony Canyon Inc.|
Sexy Zone was announced as a group in a press conference in September 29, 2011. Johnny & Associates's CEO Johnny Kitagawa said, "The group name came from Michael Jackson's sexiness". The members were revealed to be Kento Nakajima, Fuma Kikuchi, Shori Sato, So Matsushima, and Marius Yo. Kitagawa chose the members considering the "sexiness of men".
After the press conference, the members appeared in Teigeki Johnnys Imperial Theatre Special "Kis-My-Ft2 with Johnny's Jr.", and premiered their debut song "Sexy Zone", which was subsequently released on November 16, 2011 from Pony Canyon. This song was also the image song of the 2011 FIVB Women's World Cup and the 2011 FIVB Men's World Cup. The group were special supporters of 2011 FIVB World Cup. this song was ranked in the Oricon charts.
|Name||Date of birth||Birthplace||Height||Colors|
|Kento Nakajima (中島健人)||March 13, 1994||Tokyo, Japan||176 cm||Blue|
|Fuma Kikuchi (菊池風磨)||March 7, 1995||Tokyo, Japan||178 cm||Purple|
|Shori Sato (佐藤勝利)||October 30, 1996||Tokyo, Japan||171 cm||Red|
|So Matsushima (松島聡)||November 27, 1997||Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan||166 cm||Green|
|Marius Yo (マリウス葉)||March 30, 2000||Heidelberg, Germany||183 cm||Orange|
Sexy Zone was named Musical Ambassadors of the FIVB Volleyball World Cup on March 2, 2015. On the FIVB world cup they performed their 10th singe Cha-Cha-Cha- Champion and announced the players as they entered the court. In 2016, their official Japanese Volleyball team cheering song "Shouri no hi made" was released to cheer on the volleyball team.
TV variety programsEdit
- Yan Yan Jump (April 2011- TV Tokyo)
- Johnnys'Jr. land (October 2011- Sky Perfect TV)
- Waratte Iitomo! (2011-11-03 Fuji TV)
- Music Station (2011-11-11, 2011-11-18, 2012-04-27 TV Asahi)
- Sexy Zone Channel (Start 2014-02-26 - Fuji TV)
Temporary member disbandmentEdit
It was reported by NikkanSports in 2014 that the group's then-upcoming single was only recorded by three of its five members. Their seventh single "Otoko Never Give Up", eighth single "Kimi ni Hitomebore" and their ninth single "Cha-Cha-Cha Champion" only featured members Kento Nakajima, Fuma Kikuchi and Shori Sato. This resulted in rumours amongst fans about the future of Marius Yo and Sou Matsushima, the two youngest members of the group. The reason behind their temporary removal from the group was that Sexy Zone had become popular and the schedule was almost packed, resulting in Sou Matsushima unable to travel from Shizuoka to his work. Marius Yo was disbanded from the group temporarily to balance the group formation. In 2015, for their 12th single, Marius Yo and Sou Matsushima returned to Sexy Zone from Johnny's Jr groups, as Sou Matsushima had enrolled into a high school in Tokyo.
- セクシーさ売りにジャニーズに新ユニット. Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
- ジャニーズ歴代最年少14・2歳！新グループ誕生. スポニチ Sponichi Annex (in Japanese). Sports Nippon. 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
- "ジャニーズ新ユニット「Sexy Zone」最年少デビュー". Sports Hochi (in Japanese). Hochi Shimbun. 2011-09-30. Archived from the original on 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
- "新しい時代を創る…国際派ジャニーズ新ユニットが誕生!! スペシャルサポーターにSexy Zoneが就任!!". とれたてフジテレビ (in Japanese). Fuji Television. 2011-10-05. Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
- "MUSICAL AMBASSADORS NAMED FOR WORLD CUP IN JAPAN". FIVB. FIVB. 2015-10-05. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
- "Sexy Zone Official Site". Sexyzone.ponycanyon.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2012-10-27. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
- "ジャニーズJr.ランドのなかまたち | ジャニーズJr.ランド". Bs-sptv.com. Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
- "テレビ朝日｜ミュージックステーション". Tv-asahi.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
- "テレビ朝日｜ミュージックステーション". Tv-asahi.co.jp. 2011-11-18. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
- "テレビ朝日｜ミュージックステーション". Tv-asahi.co.jp. 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
- セクシーゾーンのプロフィールdate=2015-09-24 (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. Retrieved 2016-09-13.