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Lead is a Japanese Hip-Hop Group, under the Record of Pony Canyon/ Flight Master. They Debuted on July 31, 2002 with there Single Manatsu no Magic (Mid-Summer Magic).
Hiroki Nakadoi, Shinya Taniuchi, and Akira Kagimoto all attended Osaka's "Caless Vocal and Dance School" and became good friends. By March 2002, they began doing live street performances, on the streets of Shiroten, Osaka; under the dance unit name of "remix". By May 2002, they renamed the group from "remix" to "flow". After having the name change, the three decided to recruit a fourth member.
Meanwhile, on April 13, 2002 - the "Kyushu/Fukuoka Starlight Audition" was held in Okinawa, Japan on a search for new talent. At the time, thirteen year old Keita Furuya and another contestant were declared winners out of the 8,751 hopefuls that had auditioned. Flow tracked down Keita and he soon joined the now four member group "flow" as of May 18, 2002.
On May 23, 2002 - The group underwent another and final name change, officially becoming "Lead", as they hoped to become a leading group of the age.
Around early July 2002 - They held their first live street performance as a four member group "Lead" at Osaka Castle Park. Giving the public a taste of not only their dancing, but singing and rapping as well. The event was a huge success with around 7,000 attendees. Lead also became the opening act for budding group w-inds. for their first live tour - "1st Message", and performed in front of a 120,000 people each opening.
Lead then soon released their first debut single "Manatsu no Magic (Mid Summer Magic)" on July 31, 2002.
That same year, Lead had won 'Best Newcomer' on the 44th Japan Record Awards.
Now four years later, Lead has released to this date a total of twelve singles, four albums, five DVDs, and have done three tours. As well as making numerous guest appearances on talk shows, hosting their own TV shows, and starring in movies & dramas. Not to mention winning a total of three Japan Record Awards.
Hiroki Nakadoi / 中土居宏宜
Shinya Taniuchi / 谷内伸也
Keita Furuya / 古屋敬多
Akira Kagimoto / 鍵本輝