Rumors of an impending Johnnys group debut have been rampant since last year, which had fans guessing who among the current roster of popular Johnnys Jrs will be selected for debut. It was finally announced on January 17 that Johnny & Associates will be debuting a new group “King & Prince” consisting of 6 members. The members are from the Johnnys Jr unit Mr. KING (Hirano Sho, Nagase Ren, Takahashi Kaito) and Mr. PRINCE (Kishi Yuta, Jinguji Yuta, Iwahashi Genki). The group will be releasing their debut CD in Spring under Universal Music. The new Johnnys group debut comes 4 years since Johnnys West debuted in 2014.
As it seems, Hirano Sho might take on the role of frontman for the group given the push he’s given in movies, dramas, and CM. He is cast as lead in two movies to be released this year and is rumored to star in the TBS drama “Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season” with Sugisaki Hana, the supposed sequel for the popular Hana Yori Dango drama. It is reported to be slated for spring, right in time for the debut.
The group and its members have been busy in several dramas, films and shows. With the help of Wikipedia and some more research, relevant information have been gathered! Get to know their profile below!
A new music label “Johnny’s Universe” was established in collaboration with Universal Music and the group will be the first artist to release under said label. The establishment of a new music label in conjunction with a debut follows the pattern of KinKi Kids (Johnnys Entertainment) and KAT-TUN (J-One Records / subsidiary of J-storm).
In June 2015, the six members were formed under the unit “Mr.King vs Mr. Prince” to serve as supporters for “TV Asahi Roppongi Hills Summer Festival SUMMER STATION”.
Hirano Sho (20)
Nagase Ren (18)
Takahashi Kaito (18)
Kishi Yuta (22)
Jinguji Yuta (20)
Iwahashi Genki (21)