In 2009, while still officially a member of KAT-TUN, AKANISHI began his activities as a solo artist upon the release of the film BANDAGE, in which he starred. His first solo CD single, also titled BANDAGE, quickly climbed to the #1 spot on Oricon Magazine and was eventually certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.
Immediately following BANDAGE, AKANISHI delivered 28 solo shows titled “Akanishi Jin Star Live You & Jin”, at the historic Nissei Theater throughout February of 2010. The success of “You & Jin” inspired an overseas performance, leading to “You & Jin U.S.A” in June 2010. AKANISHI became the first solo artist from the renown Johnny & Associates Agency to perform in the U.S.
After the success of "You & Jin U.S.A", AKANISHI officially announced his pursuit of a solo career. He will continue his activities in Japan, but is also seeking to expand his craft and talents to audiences across the world.
Having written and produced most of his songs for “You & Jin,” AKANISHI believes this new path will allow him to fully express the musical talents he has acquired over the years. He is currently in the midst of producing songs for his first solo album, as well as preparing for the release of a CD single soon. His first activity in the U.S as an official solo artist will be the “Yellow Gold Tour”.