Da-ice (stylized as Da-iCE), is a 5-member Japanese male vocal and dance group signed to Universal Music Japan's Universal Sigma label. They are managed by Avex Management Inc.
The group, consisting of 2 vocalists with a four-octave vocal range and 3 dancers, was formed in 2011. They made their major debut in 2014.
Despite the hyphen in the group's name, it is pronounced as "dice". Five sides of a dice represent the members, while the last side represents the fans. The "a-i" in the name is intentionally spelt in lowercase, as "ai" means love in the Japanese language.
In January 2011, Yudai Ohno, Toru Iwaoka, Taiki Kudo, Sota Hanamura and Hayate Wada were gathered and formed into a group by their current manager. Then named Blackout, they quickly decided to change their name as "blackout" meant a power outage.
In April, they held their first concert in Shibuya Vuenos.
From May to September 2012, Da-ice performed as the opening act for their agency mates AAA in "AAA Tour 2012 -777- Triple Seven". This significantly widened their exposure to the public, and by the end of the tour their Twitter followers had grown from about 2,000 to over 10,000. On 12 December 2012, the group released their self-titled debut indie mini-album. It ranked 1st on the Recochoku ringtone daily chart, and reached a peak of number 15 on the Oricon Daily Albums Chart.
Following the release of the album, Da-ice held their first tour in January 2013. In May the same year, they held their second tour. On 5 June 2013, they released their first indie single, "I'll be back". The single ranked in at 14 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, and achieved a number 1 on the Recochoku ringtone daily chart again. In July, they announced they would be making their major debut in 2014, and in October, they announced that the major debut single would be decided by nationwide voting online.
On 15 January 2014, the group released their major debut single, "Shout It Out", which achieved 4th place on the Oricon Weekly Charts. In March, they held their third tour. Following the release of 2 subsequent singles, Da-ice released their 1st major and full album, Fight Back, as well as a DVD of their third tour, on 15 October.
Yūdai Ohno (大野雄大?) - Vocalist (1 April 1989)
Tōru Iwaoka (岩岡徹?) - Dancer (6 June 1987)
Taiki Kudō (工藤大輝?) - Leader/Dancer (28 June 1987)
Sōta Hanamura (花村想太?) - Vocalist (15 August 1990)
Hayate Wada (和田颯?) - Dancer (3 February 1994)
Fight Back (December 15, 2014)
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia
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