KAT-TUN is a Japanese boy band formed back in 2001 by Johnny & Associates, although they work under J-One Records. The groups name is based on the first letter of the family name of each original member.

 

The original members were Kazuya Kamenashi, Jin Akanishi, Junnosuke Taguchi, Koki Tanaka, Tatsuya Ueda and Yuichi Nakamaru.
They started as Johnny’s trainees and at first, there were 8 members that became temporary dancers for Koichi Domoto. Their talent made the executives change their mind and create a band of their own.
They started giving concerts in 2002 and that year, they had so many shows that they even had eleven in just one day.
They hadn’t officially debuted but they were so famous as of 2003/04 that they performed on national television.
They didn’t debut until March 2006 with both a CD single called  “Real Face” and a DVD release. They went on a national tour to promote their music and it was very successful.

 

2007 was a good year for them as not only did they released more music but they also started hosting their own variety show “Cartoon KAT-TUN”.
In 2008, things got bigger and bigger. Their music was used as the theme song for some dramas. They also released their seventh single and, by June, their third album.
2010 marked the difference. They started working abroad, having shows in other countries such as the USA. It was also a difficult year, as it was also the year that Jin Akanishi decided to part ways with the band. The band continued as a five member band and they have still had a lot of success.

 

The following year, 2011 marked the tenth anniversary since they got together and they had huge shows across the country to celebrate it. As of today, they have released 6 albums, 1 mini album and 21 singles.

 

Some of the members have left the band. Jin Akanishi left in 2010 to pursue a solo career. Koki Tanaka was fired from the band due to several contract violations in 2013.

 

 

Chelo – May 2014

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