Shall I give a history of NEWS? Well, you can always look them up on Wikipedia, but basically, NEWS was formed at the end of 2003 to support the women's volleyball team. It was really sudden and unexpected for all of the members, and they didn't even know that they were going to be a permanent group. The NEWS Nippon single wasn't an official debut, and was only sold in 7-11. As most of you know, there were nine members at this time, the ninth being Moriuchi, who left before NEWS' offical debut in 2004. He's now in the band ONE OK ROCK, which is actually kind of an awesome band. Anyway, NEWS officially debuted in 2004 with Kibou~ Yell~ and now has, let's see, 9 singles? Maybe? I'm not sure if I'm counting right, haha. And two albums, but I'm figuring we'll see a third before the year ends. The biggest drama was in the end of 2005 when Uchi was suspended for underage drinking, and then early 2006, I think, Kusano was accused of underage drinking, even though he denies that he did it, and was basically asked to leave the group. As a result, the entire group was suspended for 2006, and while Uchi and Kusano weren't doing any work for JE, the other members of NEWS did various things, like acting in dramas, Yamapi's solo work and also Kitty GYM with Thai singers Golf and Mike (so random), Tegoshi and Massu releasing Miso Soup in Sweden and later in Japan, Koyama hosting Shonen Club like always, etc. They returned in 2007 at the Johnny's Countdown as a six-member group, and it seems unlikely that Uchi and Kusano will ever rejoin NEWS, although who knows what evil Johnny has in store. Well, now that I've bored everyone with stuff they probably already know...
I think I'll spare you all long biographies of the members, and will instead just give a brief descrpition of each. Warning: I fail at html. Deal.
Yamashita Tomohisa aka Yamapi: My all-time favorite JE boy. Not only is he gorgeous, but he's a good actor, singer, and dancer, and he's funny too.
Proof of how incredibly hot he is: http://youtube.com/watch?v=idl97aq4jWY
A bit old, but I love this performance (and this song): http://youtube.com/watchv=vqq_KEgCF8AD
Dorky cuteness: http://youtube.com/watch?v=YX1odrzfa3k
Yamapi is so very special XD: http://youtube.com/watch?v=95yqMC8JQek (around 3:00, especially 3:30 to the end)
Koyama Keiichiro: I love him almost as much as I love Yamapi. He's freaking hilarious, adorable, just all around awesome. He's known for taking care of the group, especially clingly little Tegoshi. XD
Best Koyama performance EVAR: http://youtube.com/watch?v=_PYW9tZRboc
This is an awesome performance too. A kind of remix of a really old KKKitty song (the group Koyama was in before NEWS): http://youtube.com/watch?v=7OXAIxwABhE
This is why I love Koyama really, though- best part of the Never Ending Wonderful Story DVD: http://youtube.com/watch?v=L7fXRETLFH8
Nishikido Ryo: Ryo-chan tries to act like a tough guy, but would a tough guy be called Ryo-chan by all his friends (such as Yamapi, Jin, etc.)? I don't think so. He might seem mean, since he says mean things sometimes (hence why he's been called "poison tongue," haha), but it seems like that's just a defense against his shyness. He gets embarrassed easily. It's actually quite adorable. I've grown to love him quite a lot.
Kato Shigeaki: Okay, so I've never been a real big fan of Shige. XD'' Sorry, Shige fans. He's grown on me more as of late. He and Koyama are really good friends, hence them being so funny together. Shige has also become more attractive in recent months. Hmmmm. Shige is known for being really smart.
Shige became infamous for this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=8VugH9Lb_xo I really don't see what's so hot about it, personally. XD The other members think it's gross, haha. They make fun of it.
Tegoshi Yuya: This kid is an absolutely amazing singer. Amazing. It's the first thing I ever noticed about him. The other crazy thing about Tegoshi is his almost complete transformation between NEWS' debut and now. He seriously looked like he was 12 when he was actually 15. He was this quiet, innocent little boy. But when NEWS came back after the suspension, it was like, BAM. He became all hot and stuff. It was weird at first. Very weird. He's got these...moves now. Haha. He can be pretty funny, but he's rather clingy with Koyama, who he calls Kei-chan. I think he gets on Koyama's nerves sometimes. XD'' But Tegoshi is so adorable that it's pretty much impossible to not like him.
Look how young he looks, even in 2005: http://youtube.com/watch?v=8bDL-Kp09Ks But man, the boy can SING.
I swear, his voice can break your heart. Much more recent- a fancam from their most recent tour: http://youtube.com/watch?v=ur2lRpHfmlg
Sunadokei, also a great song (usually a duet with Massu)- at the beginning, his trademark "Tegoshi desu" that Domoto Tsuyoshi gave him ages ago since the kanji in his name mean "hand" and "cover." Haha. http://youtube.com/watch?v=OQdVRfbo7yY
Masuda Takahisa aka Massu: I don't think I've ever heard anyone call Massu by his given name. XD Pretty much everyone calls him Massu. He's got an interesting voice, and he's probably one of the most consistent singers and dancers in NEWS. He loves food (maybe more than Yamapi, haha). He also has terrible fashion sense. XD'' Sorry, Massu.
I can't not link a video for Massu XD, so here's a pretty cool solo of his: http://youtube.com/watch?v=_haDsLXepU8
And now I will spam you all with random videos that I love. Let me mention here that I think all NEWS fans should watch the Summary Backstage 2004 (well, the concert too, it's freaking awesome, but the backstage is full of crack and amazingnes), the NEWS Nippon 0304 DVD, the Never Ending Wonderful Story DVD (lots of great backstage stuff), all of their appearances on Domoto Kyoudai, and pretty much any episode of Shonen Club they're on. ♥ I pretty much consider all of these must-watch videos.
This game is rather entertaining. I love Shonen Club. Yamapi is the best ever in this. I love how Ryo-chan is all bitter at the end when they have to do the penalty game of saying something really childish (not sure what it means, though).
NEWS wo Abake. So great. This is the newer one.
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And here's the older one. This one is the best ever. Kusano is in this. I miss him. ;_; He's so funny. But Koyama cracks me up the most. He just won't shut up. XD Voice changing mics ftw.
This is pretty funny too. I swear, Shonen Club has the best games. Ryo-chan gets embarrassed~ XD All eight members are here~ ♥
Wow, this is really back in the day, when Jimmy Mackey still hosted Shonen Club. o_0 Anyway, this is adorable and funny and they all get really embarrassed and it's great.
A little bit random. From the Hoshi wo Mezashite DVD. Yamapi is picking on poor Koyama. XD Koyama acts so helpless. LOL~
Also from the Hoshi wo Mezashite DVD, the KoyaTego "date." Very, very cute. Tegoshi makes a great girl. XD
All right, moving on to performances and PV's! I won't put all the PV's here, though. You all can find them yourselves. These are just my favorite ones.
Everything about the Taiyou no Namida PV is hot. Everything.
The weeeek PV is full of adorable. Seriously.
Their performances of weeeek were always super adorable too. They're all such dorks. XD Especially when someone else is singing. Koyama is the best ever. They must've all liked this song, cuz they were super genki in every performance. I was totally okay with this song having no dance. :D
I ADORE this song. So gorgeous. I especially love this performance from when NEWS first returned from being on hiatus for a year. Koyama crying makes me melt into a happy little puddle. Koyama, you softie. ♥ I think Shige is crying too. And Ryo-chan changing the words from "yume" to "NEWS." :D Man, I love these boys.
Snow Express. I hope they record this song someday. :D
This one's from Veoh, cuz I couldn't find a good one on YT. XD Shock Me. Another old but awesome song (Dreams is pretty old too). This is the best performance of it, I think. Although I still don't know what "Satisfaction Super Motion" is supposed to mean.
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Yume no Kazu dake (NEWS pwns at a capella) and Hadashi no Cinderella Boy, one of my very favorite NEWS songs. ♥
Summary, from the Summary 2004 concert. I love this song. ♥ They sang it later on Shonen Club, and also later in the concert, but I like this upbeat version the best. Besides, they fly in this one. Although for some reason the person who upload this put other random clips from Summary in it? Oh well. Sung with KAT-TUN, of course.
Everyone's favorite NEWS song, Cherish. Pink gloves ftw. I love how lame the dance is. XD
Say Hello. This is too adorable for words. I love Kusano. ♥
Kirameki no Kanata e. Like Say Hello, it's from their first album. I love this song. :D
Alright, I'm pretty sure I've already spent enough time on this. I hope at least a few people enjoyed this~ ♥