24 April 2015

NEWS - Kibou ~Yell~ (1st major single)

Limited edition
Officially this single is considered to the the group's debut single and it is either this release date or the date that the group was first announced that is used for anniversary dates for them. This is their first major release and the first to chart on the Oricon chart.

The title track of the single was used as the theme song for the 2003 Volleyball World Cup

Between the previous single and this one Moriuchi Takahiro left the agency and the group continued on as an eight member unit.

By this time Yamashita Tomohisa, Koyama Keiichiro, Kusano Hironori and Kato Shigeaki were no longer being placed with their Junior groups, which signaled the disbandment of K.K.Kity but 4TOPS continued on as 3TOPS for a while longer. Nishikido Ryo and Uchi Hiroki though were still allowed to remain members of Kanjani8, as that group was picking up in popularity which would later lead to a debut later in the year.

While Masuda Takahisa did not have a prior Junior group he was in before NEWS he was asked to join one post-debut. He was a member of Kis-My-Ft. (which would later change membership to become Kis-My-Ft2) as they needed someone who could roller skate, a main feature for the group. But he was not always present for Kis-My-Ft. activities as NEWS was his priority.

The B-side Stand Up was actually performed by several of the members of NEWS before the group was even announced (see the October 5th, 2003 Shounen Club episode). It was an English version of the song though but it had the same title.

The single topped the Oricon charts at number one which began their streak of number one singles from their debut.

Regular edition
Release date: 12 May, 2004

Versions: Limited, Regular

Limited track listing:
1. Kibou ~Yell~
2. Stand Up
3. Good News!
4. Kibou ~Yell~ (original karaoke)
5. Stand Up (original karaoke)
6. Good News! (original karaoke)

Regular track listing:
1. Kibou ~Yell~
2. Stand Up
3. Good News!

Group members: Yamashita Tomohisa, Nishikido Ryo, Uchi Hiroki, Koyama Keiichiro, Kusano Hironori, Kato Shigeaki, Masuda Takahisa, Tegoshi Yuya

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