YAMASHITA TOMOHISA (YAMAPI)
Tomohisa Yamashita (山下 智久 Yamashita Tomohisa, born April 9, 1985), also widely known as Yamapi, is a Japanese idol, actor, and singer. Yamashita joined the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates in 1996 at the age of 11 and made his official CD debut with NEWS in 2004. He debuted as a solo artist in 2006 with the hit single "Daite Senorita". Yamashita graduated from Meiji University's faculty of commerce in the fall of 2008 with a degree in marketing.
His first solo album, Supergood, Superbad, was released on January 26, 2011. Like all of his previous releases, the album debuted on top of the Oricon weekly charts. Yamashita left NEWS to pursue a career as a solo artist on October 7, 2011.It was announced on January 6, 2012 that Yamashita would be releasing a single entitled I, Texas (愛, テキサス?) under Warner Music Japan.
In September 2003, Yamashita and eight other boys from Johnny's Juniors were chosen to form the group NEWS. NEWS made its formal debut on May 12, 2004. Yamashita was often referred to as the leader of NEWS but members of the group, including Yamashita himself, have stated at times that he was not the de facto leader.
Yamashita released his third solo single "One in a Million" which debuted atop the Oricon charts.
His first full fledged solo tour, "Supergood, Superbad: Asia Tour 2011" kicked off on January 29 in Hong Kong.
Composing & song-writing Role Song Single/Album Lyricist Time N/A (Performed on Shonen Club, May 9, 2004) Composer/lyricist Ashita E N/A (Performed on Shonen Club, December 11, 2005) Composer/lyricist Let Me N/A (Performed on Shonen Club, March 5, 2006) Co-composer/co-lyricist Road N/A (Performed on NEWS Spring Concerts, April 2006) Composer/co-lyricist Kiss de Tsutaete N/A (Performed on Shonen Club, February 4, 2007) Discography For releases as NEWS, Shuuji to Akira and Kitty GYM, please see NEWS' Discography, Shuuji to Akira's Single and Kitty GYM. Studio albums Release Date Title Label Track listing 26 January 2011 Supergood, Superbad Johnny's Entertainment WMG Japan Singles Release Date Title Label Album Track listing 31 May 2006 Daite Señorita (抱いてセニョリータ?) Johnny's Entertainment Supergood, Superbad (はだかんぼー?) (愛, テキサス?) WMG Japan Ero ( 怪・セラ・セラ?) WMG Japan TBA DVD & blu-ray Release Date Title Label 21 December 2011 Tomohisa Yamashita Asia Tour 2011: Super Good Super Bad Johnny's Entertainment 11 April 2012 Tomohisa Yamashita Route 66: Tatta Hitori no America (山下智久・ルート66〜たった一人のアメリカ〜?) VAP 12 December 2012 Tomohisa Yamashita Live Tour 2012 ~EroP~ WMG Japan Collaborations & Features Release Date Track Title Label Notes 2 November 2005 Seishun Amigo Johnny's Entertainment Single released as Shuuji to Akira in collaboration with Kazuya Kamenashi 30 August 2006 Fever to Future Johnny's Entertainment Single released as GYM in collaboration with Golf & Mike 7 January 2009 Home Party avex trax Voice featuring on the track released by Hideaki Takizawa 23 March 2011 UNUSUAL avex trax Song and PV featuring on Amuro Namie's Checkmate album 28 November 2012 Monsters Victor Entertainment Single released as The MONSTERS in collaboration with Shingo Katori; originally released on the Gift of SMAP album 28 November 2012 Monster Victor Entertainment Song released as The MONSTERS in collaboration with Shingo Katori; cover of the Pink Lady's Monster