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SCANDAL (スキャンダル) is a is a Japanese all-female pop-rock band from Osaka. The band formed in August 2006 after staff at the vocal and dance school they attended invited them to start learning how to play instruments. They then signed to the indie label Kitty Records.

Indie debut[]

Scandal was formed in August 2006 at an Osaka vocal and dance school called Caless. Following a request from Kitty Rights & Entertainment to put together an all-female band, the school held auditions to find members. Haruna, Mami, Tomomi, and Rina were the final four members selected for the band. Shortly thereafter, they started performing street lives almost every weekend at Shiroten in Osaka Castle Park and at live music clubs around the Osaka area. The band's name originates from a sign near Studio Brotherz, a studio where they practiced in their early days. The studio is on the sixth floor of a building shared with other businesses, namely adult shops. The girls decided to choose the biggest sign among the shops, "Scandal" (スキャンダル Sukyandaru), as the name for their band. Scandal released three singles exclusive to Tower Records in 2008 via the indie label Kitty Records. The first, "Space Ranger", ranked #2 on the Tower indie charts and the other two, "Koi Moyō" and "Kagerō", ranked #1. 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: Maido! Scandal Desu! Yah Yah Yah!".

Major debut[]

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 song is a new version of their indie song, "Sakura", only heard live. The following month, their third major single "Shōjo 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 of that same year, SCANDAL released their fourth major single, "Yumemiru Tsubasa" which was followed with their major debut album, BEST★SCANDAL, the following 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. In December, SCANDAL embarked on their first one-man tour. Concluding the year, the band won a New Artist Award at the 51st Japan Record Awards, but lost the Best New Artist Award to BIGBANG.

2010 began with SCANDAL's fifth major single in February, "Shunkan Sentimental". It was used as the fourth ending theme for the anime Hagane no Renkinjutsushi FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST. The following month, they embarked on a spring tour, SCANDAL ~Shunkan Sakura Zensen TOUR~ 2010 SPRING. Prior to its start, the band conducted a Twitter poll to choose a song to cover for the tour. The winner was "secret base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~", which was chosen out of over 600 candidates. In June, SCANDAL released a pop tune for summer, "Taiyou to Kimi ga Egaku STORY", followed by their first original ballad, "Namida no Regret", in July.

Between the end of July and the beginning of August, SCANDAL traveled to Hong Kong. The band performed for the third consecutive year at the Animation-Comic-Game Hong Kong convention and held their first one-man live concert in Hong Kong, which sold out. SCANDAL was also featured on the cover of the Hong Kong magazine re:spect music magazine, and their previously released single "Taiyou to Kimi ga Egaku STORY" reached #1 on the RTHK J-pop chart.Earlier in the year, they were awarded a bronze newcomer award by RTHK, similar to the Hong Kong Grammys.

After returning to Japan, SCANDAL released their second album, TEMPTATION BOX, on August 11. The album debuted at #3 on the Oricon weekly chart, making them the first girl band to have an album chart in the top three in over a year since chatmonchy's Kokuhaku. The album was also released in 42 other countries worldwide.

Later in August, SCANDAL provided the theme, insert, and ending songs for the animated film Loups=Garous, which premiered on the 28th in most of Japan. The songs were "Midnight Television", "KOSHI-TANTAN", and "Sayonara My Friend", respectively. The band also appeared as themselves, marking their big-screen debut as a band. They were shown in a musical performance scene that was created with the help of motion capture, providing a realistic representation of the band's movements.Each member also had a role voicing a minor character.

Two months following TEMPTATION BOX, SCANDAL released their eighth major single, "SCANDAL Nanka Buttobase", on October 6, 2010. The title track was written and composed by the husband-and-wife duo Aki Yoko and Uzaki Ryudo, who are known for creating many songs for Yamaguchi Momoe. The limited edition DVDs contains performances from the band's first television show, Shiteki Ongaku Jijou, which ran for 13 episodes from July to September 2010. In November, SCANDAL released a cover mini-album called R-GIRL's ROCK!. It features songs by female artists that they respect from the last three decades, including their cover of "secret base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~" from May. RINA undertook her first lead vocal on the song "Sunny Day Sunday".

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. The single also includes the tracks "CUTE!", a collaboration with Sanrio's Cinnamoroll, and "Emotion", their first song that was written solely by a band member.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 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. In July, they released their thirteenth major single, "Taiyou Scandalous". This single marked the first official release of their subunits, Dobondobondo (MAMI x TOMOMI) and Almond Crush (HARUNA x RINA). This was followed by their fourteenth 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 the Osaka Jo Hall in March. Later that month they also performed to sellout crowds on their 2nd Asian Tour in Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. During this period they also announced their fourteenth major single "Awanai Tsumori no, Genki de ne" released in May, with the title track being used as the theme song for the movie "Ore wa Mada Honki Dashitenai Dake". Then they performed their summer live tour "SCA wa Mada Honki Dashitenai Dake". In August, they released their 16th single "Kagen no Tsuki", with the song "Kimi to Mirai to Kanzen Douki" being used as part of a collaboration with a robot project called "ROBOT SCANDAL".


Members[]

  • HARUNA(小野春菜)Leader
  • MAMI (笹崎まみ)Lead Guitar
  • TOMOMI (小川ともみ)Bass Guitar
  • RINA (鈴木理菜)Drummer

Discography[]

  • [2009.10.21] BEST★SCANDAL
  • [2010.08.11] TEMPTATION BOX
  • [2011.08.10] BABY ACTION
  • [2012.09.26] Queens are trumps -Kirifuda wa Queen- (切り札はクイーン)
  • [2013.10.02] STANDARD
  • [2014.12.3] Hello World
  • [2016.03.16] Yellow

  • DOLL (2008.10.22)
  • SAKURA Goodbye (2009.03.04)
  • Shoujo S (2009.06.17)
  • Yumemiru Tsubasa (2009.10.14)
  • Shunkan Sentimental (2010.02.03)
  • Taiyou to Kimi ga Egaku STORY (2010.06.02)
  • Namida no Regret (2010.07.28)
  • SCANDAL Nanka Buttobase (2010.10.06)
  • Pride (2011.02.09)
  • Haruka (2011.04.20)
  • Love Survive(2011.07.27)
  • HARUKAZE (2012.02.22)
  • Taiyou Scandalous (2012.07.11)
  • Pin Heel Surfer (2012.09.12)
  • Awanai Tsumori no, Genki de ne (2013.05.22)
  • Kagen no Tsuki (2013.08.14)
  • OVER DRIVE (2013.09.18)
  • Runners High (2014.02.12)
  • Departure (2014.04.23)
  • Yoake no Ryuuseigun (2014.07.16)
  • Image (2014.11.19)
  • Stamp! (2015.07.22)
  • Sisters (2015.09.09)

  • Space Ranger (2008.03.03)
  • Koi Moyou (2008.04.04)
  • Kagerou (2008.05.05)

  • [2012.03.07] SCANDAL SHOW
  • [2013.02.06] ENCORE SHOW

  • Trivia[]

    • Friends with Stereopony.
    • Friends with Oreskaband.
    • HARUNA and MAMI both love Dragonball.
    • HARUNA and MAMI tend to tap their left leg and swing their guitars in the same rhythm while playing songs.
    • HARUNA and RINA went to see a Prince of Tennis musical (TeniMyu).
    • Loves Bleach, One Piece and K-On!.
    • Studied at Caless Vocal & Dance School. Met at the main branch at Osaka.
    • They spent only a year and a half (from mid-2006) learning to play their respective musical instruments before they started performing on a regular basis.
    • The band's name originates from a sign near STUDIO BROTHERZ., a studio where they practiced in their early days. The studio is on the sixth floor of a building shared with other businesses, namely adult shops. The girls decided to choose the biggest sign among the shops, "SCANDAL" (スキャンダル), as the name for their band.
    • In a January 2011 episode of the NHK program J-MELO, SCANDAL was revealed as the number-one requested artist from males worldwide.
    • The prop guitars and bass that were used for the rain scenes in the "Shoujo S" PV and MUSIC STATION performance were later destroyed in the BEST★SCANDAL photobook. In March 2011, the remains were auctioned for charity on the website MOBAOKU.

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