Mr. Children

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Mr. Children, in Japanese "Misutā Chirudoren" (ミスターチルドレン?), commonly called "Misuchiru" (ミスチル?), is a Japanese rock band formed in 1988 by Kazutoshi Sakurai, Kenichi Tahara, Keisuke Nakagawa, and Hideya Suzuki. As a group, they are one of the most successful Japanese rock artists, having sold over 50 million records[1] and creating the "Misuchiru Phenomenon" (ミスチル現象?) in the mid 1990s in Japan.[2][3] They also currently hold the record for the highest first week sales of a single in Japan, with 1.2 million copies of their 10th single "Namonaki Uta" (名もなき詩?),[4] have 29 consecutive number 1 singles,[5] replaced Glay as the all-male band (with 3 or more members) to have the most number 1 albums on the Oricon charts,[6] and won the Japan Record Award in 1994 for "Innocent World" and in 2004 for "Sign". As of 2010, Mr. Children has published thirteen original studio albums and 33 physical singles, along with three 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 Takeshi Kobayashi.[a]


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