History

2015 (Pre-debut)

A total of 22,509 applicants auditioned to become part of the 1st Generation of Toriizaka46 (鳥居坂46). On August 21, 2015, 22 applicants were chosen as 1st Generation members. Simultaneously, the group’s name changed to Keyakizaka46 (欅坂46). This is the second group in the “Sakamichi Series” following Nogizaka46 (乃木坂46). 2 members left the group before debuting in September and October respectively.

© Seed & Flower, LLC || From Keyakizaka46 Official Site

The group held their first event “Omitatekai” at Tokyo Zepp DiverCity on November 14, 2015. This event showcased the members’ different skills and appeal to the attendees. On November 30, 2015, Nagahama Neru was introduced as the first member of “Hiragana Keyakizaka46” (けやき坂46) on the group’s crown program, “Keyakitte, Kakenai?” (欅って、書けない?). Auditions for 1st Generations members of Hiragana Keyakizaka46 also began.

2016

© Seed & Flower, LLC || From Silent Majority Music Video

Keyakizaka46 held their first live “Keyakizaka46 Debut Countdown Live” at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 1 on March 17, 2016 where they performed all their songs from their upcoming Debut Single, “Silent Majority.” On April 6, 2016, the group’s debut single was released. After it’s release, it ranked first on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, with 261,580 copies sold on its first week. They broke the record for the most number of copies sold in a week for a debut single for a female artist at the time. It also ranked No.1 on the Billboard Japan weekly chart and No. 10 on its yearly chart. On May 16, 2016, 11 members were chosen to join Nagahama Neru as 1st Generation members of Hiragana Keyakizaka46.

© “Tokuyama Daigoro wo Dare ga Koroshitaka?” Production Committee || From TV Tokyo 

Keyakizaka46’s 2nd variety program “KEYABINGO!” (similar to AKBINGO and NOGIBINGO) aired from July 5 – September 27, 2016. Keyakizaka46’s first drama “Tokuyama Daigoro wo Dare ga Koroshitaka?” (徳山大五郎を誰が殺したか?) also aired on TV Tokyo from July 16 – October 1, 2016. The group’s 2nd Single “Sekai ni wa Ai Shikanai” was used as the theme song for the drama. On August 10, 2016, the group’s 2nd single was released and debuted at No.1 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, with 323,066 copies sold in its first week. Nagahama Neru joined the title song as a concurrent member of Keyakizaka46 while Hiragana Keyakizaka46 participated in their first song “Hiragana Keyakizaka.” On October 28, 2016, Hiragana Keyakizaka46 1st Generation members held their “Omitatekai” at Akasaka BLITZ.

On November 24, 2016, Keyakizaka46’s appearance in the “67th NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen” was decided. The group’s 3rd single “Futari Saison” was released on November 30, 2016 and debuted at No.1 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, with 442,322 copies sold on its first week. Keyakizaka46 held their first one-man live “Keyakizaka46 One Man Live” at Ariake Colosseum on December 24 – December 25, 2016. On December 31, 2016, the group made their first appearance in the “67th NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen.” They performed their debut single, “Silent Majority” with all 21 members. 

The group’s program “KEYABINGO!” was renewed for season 2 called “KEYABINGO! 2″ which aired from January 10 – March 28, 2017. At the mini-live held on January 21, 2017 at the National Handshake event at Makuhari Messe, Sugai Yuuka and Moriya Akane were appointed as captain and vice captain respectively.

2017

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On April 5, 2017, the group’s 4th single “Fukyouwaon” was released and debuted at No.1 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, with 632,667 copies sold on its first week. Keyakizaka46 celebrated their one year debut with the “Keyakizaka46 Debut 1st Anniversary Live” at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 1 on April 6, 2017. Auditions for Hiragana Keyakizaka46 2nd Generation members were also announced at the live. 

Keyakizaka46’s member, Imaizumi Yui went on an indefinite hiatus from April 13, 2017 due to her poor health condition. Keyakizaka46’s second drama “Zankokuna Kankyakutachi” (残酷な観客達) aired on Nippon TV network from May 18 – July 20, 2017. The group’s 4th Single coupling track “Eccentric” was used as the theme song for the drama.

Photographed by 上山陽介 (Yosuke Kamiyama) || From Realsound

The group’s program “KEYABINGO!” was renewed for season 3, titled “KEYABINGO! 3″ which aired from July 18 – September 26, 2017. This is the first season of “KEYABINGO!” that featured both Keyakizaka46 and Hiragana Keyakizaka46 members. Keyakizaka46’s first album “Masshiro na Mono wa Yogoshitaku naru” was released on July 19, 2017, and debuted at No.1 on the Oricon Weekly Album Chart, with 279,093 copies sold on its first week. The group also held its first outdoor live, “Keyaki Republic 2017” at FujiQ Highland Conifer Forest from July 22 – July 23, 2017. 

Keyakizaka46 held their first national tour “Keyakizaka46 National Tour 2017: Masshiro na Mono wa Yogoshitaku naru” from August 2 – August 30, 2017 which was held in 5 venues with the final at Makuhari Messe. Imaizumi Yui returned from her hiatus after 4 months of rest on August 29, 2017, the first day of the final leg of the tour at Makuhari Messe. On August 15, 2017, it was announced that 9 new members joined the group as Hiragana Keyakizaka46 2nd Generation members.

© Seed & Flower, LLC || From Keyakizaka46 Official Website

On September 24, 2017, it was announced that Nagahama Neru will end her concurrency with Hiragana Keyakizaka46 and become a full-time member of Keyakizaka46 with the release of the group’s newest single on “Keyakitte, Kakenai?”. The group’s 5th single “Kaze ni Fukarete mo” was released on October 25, 2017, and debuted No.1 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, with 642,936 copies sold on its first week. 

Keyakizaka46 won the 59th Japan Record Award’s “Excellent Works Award” for the first time and was also for nominated the Grand Prix Award with their 5th single, Kaze ni Fukarete mo. On December 31, 2017, the group made their second appearance in the “68th NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen” with their 4th Single “Fukyouwaon.”

2018

 Photographed by 上山陽介 (Yosuke Kamiyama) || From Realsound

Keyakizaka46 was originally scheduled to do a concert at Nippon Budokan from January 31 – February 1, 2018 but due to Hirate Yurina’s injuries, it was cancelled and the concert was rescheduled to “Hiragana Keyaki Nippon Budokan 3 DAYS!” with Hiragana Keyakizaka46 as the main act. Hiragana Keyakizaka46 2nd Generation members held their “Omitatekai” at Makuhari Messe on February 13, 2018.

On March 7, 2018, the group’s 6th single “Garasu wo Ware!” was released. It debuted at No.1 on the Oricon Weekly Single Chart, with 833,346 copies sold on its first week and went on to be the group’s first single to reach one million copies sold. It was announced on March 9, 2019 that Hirate Yurina would suspend all group activities due to scheduling conflicts as she was filming the movie “Hibiki” at the time.

“Sakamichi Joint New Member Audition Seminar” was held all over Japan on April 1, 2018. Keyakizaka46 held their second anniversary live, “Keyakizaka46 2nd YEAR ANNIVERSARY LIVE” at Musashino Forest Sports Plaza on April 6 – April 8, 2018. This is the first live where different members performed as center for the songs. 

The group’s program “KEYABINGO!” was renewed for season 4 called “KEYABINGO! 4” which featured only Hiragana Keyakizaka46 members and was aired from April 17 to June 26, 2018. Hiragana Keyakizaka46 were cast to their first stage performance stage performance “Ayumi” from April 20 – May 6, 2018.

It was announced on May 3, 2018 that Keyakizaka46’s member, Shida Manaka will go on an indefinite hiatus due to poor health condition while Harada Aoi will be on hiatus to focus on her studies.

Photographed by 上山陽介 (Yosuke Kamiyama) || From Natalie Music

On June 20, 2018, Hiragana Keyakizaka46 released their first album “Hashiridasu Shunkan” which marked their official debut. Keyakizaka46 held a one-man live “Keyaki Republic 2018” at FujiQ Highland Conifer Forest for the second year in a row from July 20 – July 22, 2018. On August 15, 2018, the group’s 7th single, “Ambivalent” was released and debuted at No.1 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, with 811,214 copies sold on its first week.

Keyakizaka46 held a nationwide Arena Tour, “Keyakizaka46 Summer Zenkoku Arena Tour 2018” from August 11 – September 8, 2018. The group also released their first DVD/Bluray, “Keyaki Republic 2017 DVD/Bluray” on September 28, 2018 with 83,244 copies sold on its first week. On November 16 – November 25, 2018 the Zambi stage play was held at Tokyo Dome City Hall as part of the “Zambi” project. Members from Nogizaka46, Keyakizaka46, and Hiragana Keyakizaka46 (Sakamichi Series) were cast as the leads in the said stage play. 

In November, two Keyakizaka46’s members graduated from the group; Imaizumi Yui graduated on November 4, 2018 at the group’s individual handshake event at Kyoto Pulse Plaza and Shida Manaka graduated on November 16, 2018.

On November 29, 2018, the assignments for the 39 passed applicants from the Sakamichi Joint New Member Auditions were announced. 9 new members joined the group as Keyakizaka46 2nd Generation while 1 new member joined the group as Hiragana Keyakizaka46 3rd Generation on November 29, 2018. The Keyakizaka46 2nd Generation members and Hiragana Keyakizaka46 3rd Generation member held their “Omitatekai” at Nippon Budokan on December 10, 2018. Later that month, Keyakizaka46 member, Yonetani Nanami graduated from the group on December 22, 2018 at the group’s handshake event at INTEX Osaka.

Keyakizaka46 won the 60th Japan Record Awards “Excellent Works Award” and was also for nominated the Grand Prix Award with their 7th single, “Ambivalent.” On December 31, 2018, the group made their third appearance in the “69th NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen” with their 6th Single, “Garasu wo Ware!” Kobayashi Yui was the center for the live performance as Hirate Yurina was absent due to her injuries.

2019

Photographed by 上山陽介 (Yosuke Kamiyama) || From M-On Music

On February 7 – February 17, 2019, a new Zambi stage play, “Zambi ~Theather’s end~” was held at The GALAXY Theatre as part of the 4th “Zambi” project. The stage play casts were different from the first stage play but still consisted of members from Nogizaka46, Keyakizaka46, and Hiragana Keyakizaka46 (Sakamichi Series). It was announced on a SHOWROOM Live on February 11, 2019 that Hiragana Keyakizaka46 will be releasing their first single and will be renamed as Hinatazaka46, a new group part of the Sakamichi Series. Keyakizaka46 released their 8th Single, “Kuroi Hitsuji” on February 27, 2019 which debuted at No.1 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, with 750,382 copies sold on its first week. This was the last single where Hiragana Keyakizaka46 participated.

The group held their third anniversary live, “Keyakizaka46 3rd YEAR ANNIVERSARY LIVE” at Osaka Festival Hall on April 6 – April 8, 2019, and at Nippon Budokan on May 7 – May 9, 2019. Keyakizaka46 2nd Generation members held their second “Omitatekai” at Maruzen Intec Arena Osaka on April 20 – April 21, 2019 and at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza Main Arena on April 27 – April 28, 2019. Keyakizaka46 held a one-man live “Keyaki Republic 2019” at FujiQ Highland Conifer Forest for the third year in a row from July 5 – July 7, 2019. During this live, Keyakizaka46’s member, Harada Aoi returned from her hiatus after being away from the group for more than a year. Keyakizaka46’s member, Nagahama Neru graduated from the group at her graduation event “Nagahama Neru Graduation Event” on July 30, 2019.

Photographed by 上山陽介 (Yosuke Kamiyama) || From Natalie Music

Keyakizaka46 released “Keyaki Republic 2018 DVD/Bluray” on August 14, 2019 with 75,919 copies sold in its first week. Keyakizaka46 held a nationwide Arena Tour, “Keyakizaka46 Summer Zenkoku Arena Tour 2019” from August 16 – September 6, 2019 though Hirate Yurina didn’t participate for some of the tour due to her injuries. The group also held an additional 2 day lives “Keyakizaka46 LIVE at Tokyo Dome ~ARENA TOUR 2019 FINAL~” at Tokyo Dome for the first time in the group’s history on September 18 – September 19, 2019.

Keyakizaka46’s member, Hirate Yurina released a solo song, “Kado wo Magaru” which was used as ending song for the movie “Hibiki” digitally on streaming services on October 9, 2020. Keyakizaka46 announced the group’s 9th Single on “Keyakitte, Kakenai?” on September 8, 2019 however on December 8, 2019, the 9th single release was announced be postponed and it was eventually cancelled. Keyakizaka46 won the 61st Japan Record Awards “Excellent Works Award” and was also for nominated the Grand Prix Award with their 8th single, Kuroi Hitsuji. On December 31, 2019, the group made their fourth appearance in the “70th NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen” performing their 4th Single, “Fukyouwaon” once again.

2020

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On January 23, 2020, it was announced that Keyakizaka46’s members, Oda Nana and Suzumoto Miyu had graduated from the group while Hirate Yurina announced her withdrawal. On the same day, it was also announced that Sato Shiori would be taking a hiatus to further her studies overseas, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic she resumed her activities with the group. Keyakizaka46 released “Keyakizaka46 LIVE at Tokyo Dome ~ARENA TOUR 2019 FINAL~” DVD/Bluray on January 29, 2020 with 98,739 copies sold on its first week.

On February 16, 2020, the remaining 14 Sakamichi trainees were assigned to their respective Sakamichi Series groups in “Sakamichi Trainee Assignment Announcement SHOWROOM.” Six of these trainees joined the group as new members of Keyakizaka46 2nd Generation. Keyakizaka46’s member, Nagasawa Nanako graduated from the group on March 31, 2020.

On April 15 – April 16, 2020, the planned Keyakizaka46 anniversary live “Keyakizaka46 4th YEAR ANNIVERSARY LIVE” was cancelled due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection. Instead on July 4th, the group held a special livestream on Youtube that included a series of “fragments” interviews from the members and a special “Futari Saison” acapella performance.

On May 29, 2020, it was announced that the Keyakizaka46 live “Keyaki Republic 2020” that was scheduled for July 2020 would be postponed due to the pandemic. Instead, there was an online stream of the “Keyaki Republic 2017” concert. During the ending of the second date, a special “Taiyou wa Miageru Hito wo Erabanai” video shown.

Keyakizaka46’s first online one-man live “KEYAKIZAKA46 Live Online, but with YOU!” was held on July 16, 2020. During the live, it was announced that Keyakizaka46 will close their 5 years of history and would be rebranded into a new group. They also announced that the “Keyakizaka46 THE LAST LIVE” would be held some time in October 2020.

©Seed & Flower, LLC || From Keyakizaka46 Official Site

Keyakizaka46 released “Keyaki Republic 2019 DVD/Bluray” on August 12, 2020 with 61,506 copies sold on its first week. On August 21, 2020, Keyakizaka46’s Last Single “Dare ga Sono Kane o Narasuno ka?” was digitally distributed and debuted at No.1 on Oricon Weekly Digital Singles Chart with 34,245 downloads on its first week.

On September 4, 2020, Keyakizaka46’s first documentary movie “DOCUMENTARY of Keyakizaka46, Our Lies and Truths” was released in cinemas across the country. It was originally scheduled to be released on April 3, 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic. After its release, the documentary would gross 220 million yen in the Japanese box office. Keyakizaka46 held their second online concert exclusively for AEON Card customers where they performed the original 9th Single song “10gatsu no Pool ni Tobikonda” for the first time.

Photographed by 上山陽介 (Yosuke Kamiyama) || From Natalie Music

On September 20, 2020 at 8:00PM JST, a surprise announcement was made at Shibuya’s Scramble Crossing which announced that Keyakizaka46 will be renamed as “Sakurazaka46 (櫻坂46).” The official announcement was made on the Keyakizaka46 website the next day. Keyakizaka46’s member, Ishimori Nijika graduated from the group on September 30, 2020. On October 7, 2020, Keyakizaka46 released their first best-of album, “Best Album – Eien Yori Nagai Isshun 〜Ano Koro, Tashika ni Sonzaishita Watashitachi〜” and ranked No.1 on the Oricon Weekly Album Chart, with 145,547 copies sold on its first week.

Keyakizaka46’s crown program, “Keyakitte, Kakenai?” aired its finale on October 11, 2020 and the group’s new crown program would take over its slot on October 18, 2020. Keyakizaka46 held the final live “Keyakizaka46 THE LAST LIVE” (National Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 1 Gymnasium) as an unattended live stream on October 12 – October 13, 2020. With the end of live, the members’ activities as Keyakizaka46 ended and Keyakizaka46’s member, Sato Shiori also graduated from the group. At the end of the live, Keyakizaka46 was reborn to Sakurazaka46 and performed their 1st single title track “Nobody’s fault” for the first time. Sakurazaka46 members started their activities as Sakurazaka46 on October 14, 2020.

On October 17, 2020, Keyakizaka46 made their final appearance in SONGS (NHK music program), performing “Dare ga Sono Kane wo Narasuno ka?” and “Taiyou wa Miageru Hito wo Erabanai.”

2020/2021 (A NEW BEGINNING)

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On October 18, 2020, the group’s new crown program “Soko Magattara, Sakurazaka? ” (そこ曲がったら櫻坂 ?) started. It was announced on October 21, 2020 that alongside Morita Hikaru who would be serving as the center of the title track, Fujiyoshi Karin and Yamasaki Ten would also serve as centers for Sakurazaka46’s 1st Single “Nobody’s fault” in the the group’s new system, with the 3rd row members being rotated and the birth of “Sakura Eight”.

Sakurazaka46 also held their live “Sakurazaka46 Debut Countdown Live” on December 8, 2020 with live viewing in cinemas across the country. They performed all the songs from Sakurazaka46 1st Single “Nobody’s fault” and also unveiled a new song, “Sakurazaka no Uta” during the encore. On December 9, 2020, the group’s 1st Single “Nobody’s fault” was released and debuted at No.1 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, with 413,889 copies sold on its first week. On December 31, 2019, Sakurazaka46 made their first appearance (fifth overall) in the “71st NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen” performing their 1st Single “Nobody’s fault”. 

On January 4, 2020, with the start of the new group, it was announced that Sugai Yuuka will continue to be the captain, and Matsuda Rina will serve as the new vice captain. On January 8, 2020, it was announced that Sakurazaka46’s member, Matsudaira Riko will be graduating from the group at the end of the group’s 1st Single activities. A Sakamichi series collabration drama “Borderless” starring Morita Hikaru, Kobayashi Yui and Watanabe Risa with Nogizaka46 and Hinatazaka46 members will start airing on March 7, 2021. Matsudaira Riko officially graduated from the group on March 14, 2021 with the end of the 1st Single Online Meet & Greet.

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