Japanese Music: Mr. Children (ミスターチルドレン)

Mr. Children (ミスターチルドレン), commonly called "Mis-chil" (ミスチル), is a Japanese pop rock band formed in 1988 by Sakurai Kazutoshi (桜井和寿)Tahara Kenichi (田原健一), Nakagawa Keisuke (中川敬輔), and Suzuki Hideya (鈴木英哉).

(Sakurai Kazutoshi)

(Tahara Kenichi)

(Nakagawa Keisuke)

(Suzuki Hideya)

As a group, they are one of the most successful Japanese rock artists. They are the second best selling artists in Japan, having sold over 50 million records and creating the "Mis-chil Phenomenon" (ミスチル現象) in the mid-1990s in Japan.

They held the record for the highest first week sales of a single in Japan for 15 years, with 1.2 million copies of their 10th single "Namonaki Uta" (名もなき詩), have 30 consecutive number 1 singles, replaced Glay as the all-male band (with 3 or more members) to have the most number 1 albums on the Oricon charts, and won the Japan Record Award in 1994 for "Innocent World" and in 2004 for "Sign".

As of 2012, Mr. Children has published fifteen original studio albums and 34 physical singles, along with five compilations, a live album, and fifteen home video releases. The band's music is mainly composed and written by lead singer Sakurai, with the exception of the Suzuki-penned songs "Asia" and "#2601" from the albums Atomic Heart and Discovery, and occasional collaborative song writing with producer Kobayashi Takeshi.

Listen to some of their songs below!

Visit their official website HERE!