Hey! Say! JUMP is a nine-member Japanese boy band under the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates, Inc. The name Hey! Say! refers to the fact that all the members were born in the Heisei period and JUMP is an acronym for Johnny's Ultra Music Power. Like agency seniors 光GENJI and V6, the group is split into two subgroups: Hey! Say! BEST (Boys Excellent Select Team) and Hey! Say! 7 (not to be confused with the temporary group of the same name), which consists of the five oldest members and five youngest members respectively.
森本龍太郎|Morimoto Ryutaro (1995/04/06)
Early 2007: The temporary Hey! Say! 7
During a KAT-TUN spring concert on April 3, 2007, Johnny's Jr 高木雄也, 有岡大貴, 山田涼介, 中島裕翔 and 知念侑李 were named to be part of a new group called Hey! Say! 7. Initially, the temporary status of the group was unclear, worrying a lot of fans of Johnny Jr's groups J.J. Express as it could mean that the group was splitting up and that 高木雄也 and 有岡大貴 would permanently be in this group instead.
On June 16, 2007, it was announced that Hey! Say! 7 would release "Hey! Say!" as a single on August 1, 2007. While the A-side "Hey! Say!" was used as the second opening song for the anime Lovely Complex, the single's B-side "Bon Bon" was used as the second ending song for the same anime. The single went on to sell 120,520 copies in its first week, making the group the youngest male group to top the Oricon singles chart.
Late 2007—present: Debut of Hey! Say! JUMP
On September 24, 2007, Johnny & Associates announced the formation of Hey! Say! JUMP, the agency's largest Johnny's group in history. The five members of Hey! Say! 7 was joined by Johnny's Jrs 薮宏太, 伊野尾慧, 八乙女光, 岡本圭人 and 森本龍太郎, and the ten-member group was split into two subgroups of five based on age. It was also announced that they would make their CD debut on November 14, 2007 with "Ultra Music Power", which was used as Japan's Volleyball World Cup Relay 2007 theme song.
In July 2008 it was announced that the group's third new single "Your Seed" would be used as the image song for Japanese release of the animated film Kung-Fu Panda. In October 2008, the group released their fourth single "Mayonaka no Shadow Boy", which was used as the theme song for the drama Scrap Teacher starring members Yamada, Nakajima, Arioka and Chinen.
On February 24, 2010, the group released their fifth single "Hitomi no Screen", which topped the Oricon weekly single charts with 202,000 copies. Hey! Say! JUMP released their first album titled Jump No. 1 on July 7, 2010.
It has recently been announced that on December 15, 2010, the group would release a new single with the name of "Arigatou ~ Sekai No Doko Ni Itemo".
Hey! Say! JUMP and other Johnny's Juniors are currently starring in a new variety show called "Yan Yan JUMP". The show started on April, 16, 2011. It begins at 6:30 JST every Saturday. “Yan Yan JUMP” is an entertainment show that combines “SPORTS”, “GAME” and “LIVE”. The name and theme of the show is based on "Yan Yan Utau Studio," a program that aired roughly 20 years ago, featuring some of the senior Johnny's members.
On June 28, 2011, photos of Morimoto smoking underage were leaked onto the Internet. The following day, in response to the scandal, Johnny & Associates issued a statement of apology and planned to suspend Morimoto from all of his activities indefinitely.
On June 29, 2011, the group released a new single with the name of "OVER". It peaked at number one on the Oricon singles chart on its first day with 113,554 sales. This has made it Hey! Say! JUMP's highest selling single since 'Ultra Music Power' as their debut song back in 2007. It has sold over 30,000 copies more than 'Ultra Music Power'.
On September 21, 2011, they released their 8th single, "Magic Power".This was their first solo without Morimoto, due to the aforementioned smoking scandal and suspension. "Magic Power" was used as the theme for the Japanese dub of the 3D movie "The Smurfs".
On January 2, it was announced that the group will be holding their first Asian tour from March to June. The series of concerts will be held in five different countries, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea and their own country, Japan. It was also announced that they will be releasing their first single of the year and ninth in all, in February entitled "SUPER DELICATE"
* JUMP NO.1
* JUMP WORLD
* Ultra Music Power
* Dreams come true
* Your Seed / Bouken Rider (冒険ライダー)
* Mayonaka no Shadow Boy (真夜中のシャドーボーイ)
* Hitomi no Screen (瞳のスクリーン)
* "Arigato" ~Sekai no Doko ni Itemo~ (「ありがとう」～世界のどこにいても～)
* Magic Power
* SUPER DELICATE
* Hey! Say! JUMP Debut & First Concert Ikinari! in Tokyo Dome (Hey! Say! JUMP デビュー&ファーストコンサート いきなり!in 東京ドーム)
* Hey! Say! Jump-ing Tour ‘08-‘09
* Hey! Say! 2010 TEN JUMP
* SUMMARY 2010
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