In August 2006 four high school girls from Osaka, Japan started a band called SCANDAL. They started performing almost every weekend in Shiroten and later at clubs and musical venues, by doing so they became more and more recognised in all of Japan. In August 2007 Tower Records approached them, and a couple of months later they came to an agreement. In 2008 they released three singles in three consecutive months. After the release of their first mini-album, due to the low number of units Tower Records produced, SCANDAL signed a contract with Sony's daughter company Epic Records in September 2008.
HARUNA: Vocals & Guitar
Blood type: A
MAMI: Guitar & Vocals
Blood type: AB
TOMOMI: Bass & Vocals
Blood type: A
RINA: Drums & Vocals
Blood type: B
SCANDAL was formed in August 2006 by four high school girls. The girls met in an Osaka vocal and dance school called Caless. Shortly thereafter, they started performing street lives every weekend at Shiroten in Osaka Castle Park. Soon, they started getting offers from clubs in Osaka and Kyoto. In March, they embarked on the Japan Nite US tour 2008, touring six major cities in the United States. They also performed at Sakura-Con, one of the largest anime conventions in the United States. In July, they performed in front of 10,000 people at France's Japan Expo and also at Hong Kong's Animation-Comic-Game Hong Kong in August. SCANDAL concluded their indie career with the release of their first mini-album, YAH! YAH! YAH! HELLO SCANDAL.
2008 continued to be an eventful year for SCANDAL. In October, they made their major debut on Epic Records Japan with the single "DOLL." It gave them more exposure, including appearances on mainstream music television shows like Music Station. The band released their second major single "Sakura Goodbye" in March 2009 to commemorate Mami and Tomomi's high school graduation. The following month, their then upcoming third major single "Shoujo S" was used as the tenth opening theme for the anime Bleach. This brought their popularity up even higher as the single ranked #6 on the Oricon charts when it was released two months later in June. On October 14th, SCANDAL released their fourth major single, "Yumemiru Tsubasa," which was followed with their major debut album, BEST★SCANDAL, the next week. The album ranked #5 on the Oricon weekly chart, making them the first girl band since ZONE to have a debut album chart in the top five.
2010 began with SCANDAL's fifth major single in February, "Shunkan Sentimental." It was used as the fourth ending theme for the anime Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. In June, SCANDAL released their sixth single, "Taiyou to Kimi ga Egaku STORY," followed by their first original ballad, "Namida no Regret," in July.
SCANDAL released their second album, TEMPTATION BOX, on August 11. The album debuted at #3 on the Oricon weekly chart. Two months later on October 6th, they released their eighth major single, "Scandal Nanka Buttobase." In November, they released a cover mini-album called R-GIRL's ROCK!. It features songs by female artists that they respect from the last three decades.
SCANDAL continued into 2011 with their ninth major single on February 9. Titled "Pride," the song was used as the second ending theme for the anime Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto. Their tenth major single, "Haruka," was released on April 20. The title track was used as the theme song for the animated film Tofu Kozou, while the song "Satisfaction" was later used as the promotional song for the release of Windows 8. This was followed by their eleventh major single, "LOVE SURVIVE," as well as their third studio album BABY ACTION. They also embarked on their first Asian tour, performing to sell out crowds in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.
2012 proved to be a year of firsts for SCANDAL. The title track of their twelfth single, "HARUKAZE," was used as the opening theme for the anime Bleach. The following month, they released their first best of album, SCANDAL SHOW, as well as holding their first concert at the Nippon Budokan, thus becoming the fastest girl band to perform there since their debut. This was followed by their 14th major single, "Pin Heel Surfer," and their fourth major album, Queens are trumps-Kirifuda wa Queen-. With this release, they became the first girl band to achieve four consecutive top 5 positions in the Oricon Weekly charts. They also held a concert in Malaysia in December, becoming the first Japanese band to hold a solo concert there.
SCANDAL started 2013 by fulfilling one of their biggest dreams they had since their formation by performing in their hometown at Osaka-Jo Hall in March. Later that month they also performed to sold out crowds on their second Asian tour, playing concerts in Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand. During this period they also announced their fifteenth major single, "Awanai Tsumori no, Genki de ne," released in May, with the title track used as the theme song for the movie Ore wa Mada Honki Dashitenai Dake.
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