X4 was formed in 2015 as a four member vocal and dance group in Osaka, Japan. The group was designed around Yuya Matsushita, an independent singer and actor specializing in J-Pop, who was previously signed with Sony Music. In February of 2015, their first album XVISION had reached #1 on the iTunes R&B chart despite being an indie release. This was quickly followed by a 20 date tour which sold out at most of the venues.
During a June 2015 live event at Unit in Daikanyama, the group announced that they had launched their own label XVISION under Teichiku Entertainment and were making their major record label debut. In the same month, their single “Koe Ni Shinagara” was released and got the #1 spot on the iTunes R&B chart. In July, the group embarked on their second nationwide tour, “X4 LIVE TOUR2015 -NEXTVISION-”. That October, their single “Killing Me” charted at #1 on the iTunes R&B list. “Killing Me” was the first and last single X4 released as a 4 member band, with member SJ departing shortly after.
In early 2016, X4 released a series of singles, starting with “obsession” in January, and then “IDKYN (I don’t know your name)” in February. Both reached the #1 spot on the iTunes R&B chart. March 2016 saw the release of “Party Up!!” with new members SHOTA and JUKIYA joining the group, plus a new tour.
X4’s first major record album, Funk,Dunk,Punk, was released in May 2016. It reached the 10th spot on ORICON’s Weekly album charts, followed by another tour. In December of 2016, their new single “KIZUNA” was released and the group’s first live concert video, “X4 LIVE TOUR 2016 –Funk,Dunk,Punk-” was released in January 2017.
X4’s latest album, Xross Mate, was released in March 2017. Currently, the group is gearing up for an 18 venue tour in April, to be called “X4 LIVE TOUR 2017”. From the group’s formation until now, every single they have released has hit #1 on the iTunes R&B music charts.
Fans may remember Yuya Matsushita as being a part of MusicFest in 2011. FanimeCon is proud to welcome Yuya Matsushita and the rest of X4 as the MusicFest headliner for 2017!