Exile (エグザイル) is a 14-member Japanese pop music band. On artwork and promotional material, the band name is typeset in all capitals as “EXILE”.
The current leader Hiro was originally in the band Zoo before they split up in the mid-1990s. In 1999, he started a new group called J Soul Brothers, which later changed its name to Exile in 2001. (But the name of J Soul Brothers was later revived by Hiro again in 2007 when he helped to form another 7-member group under the new J Soul Brothers monicker.)
Exile has released their singles and albums under Avex Group’s label Rhythm Zone. Hiro and Avex’s president Max Matsuura came from the same high school.
In November 2003, Exile remade Zoo’s hit single “Choo Choo Train”, which became a strong promotional single for their third studio album Exile Entertainment. The album sold over a million copies.
Their latest studio album, Exile Love, became the highest selling album of Japan in 2008, selling nearly 1.5 million copies. Their compilation album Exile Ballad Best sold nearly 1 million copies in its first week, making it the highest first week sales for an album of Japan in 2008. Their song “Ti Amo” won the grand prix award at the 50th Japan Record Awards in 2008.
In 2009, Exile’s song “The Next Door -Indestructible-” (The Japanese version is called “The Next Door”) was featured as the theme of Street Fighter IV.
On March 1, 2009, Exile and J Soul Brothers announced to merge as a 14-member group.
taken from Wikipedia
merge as 14 member group O__O!
no wonder that it became bigger.. and 10 performers (dancers) is way too much!! it’s like they are performing yosakoi dance 😄 but it’s okay.. i love to watch the dance anyway ^^
curious with their songs? just download their single, FIREWORKS.. it’s catchy, for me 😛 heuheuheu.. if you like their songs, support EXILE by buy their singles and album.. and don’t do piracy.. okay?
Exile’s official website: http://exile.jp/index.html
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