Yamashita Tomohisa 2017

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Yamashita joined the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates as a trainee in 1996 (age 11) and made his small acting debut for NHK's Shonentachi (1998) and has been active on Japanese TV since then. Yamashita made his official CD debut as part of idol group NEWS in 2004 and later debuted as a soloist in 2006. He gained popularity since he was very young and later got his successful acting career after his interesting protayal as Kusano Akira in the hit drama Nobuta Wo Produce (2005). His biggest break as an actor came in 2006 when he landed his first lead role for drama Kurosagi. On October 7, 2011, Johnny & Associates announced that Yamashita and Ryo Nishikido were no longer members of NEWS and Yamashita would be concentrating on his solo projects as actor and solo singer/idol. His solo music label were under Warner Music Japan until 2016. In mid-2018, Yamashita's music label moved to Sony Music Japan, also marked as his comeback to music activities after 4 years without any major solo release. His first Sony release, which is new album "UNLEASHED" to be released on November 28, 2018. Sony Music Japan only work as Yamashita's music label and sponsor for music activities while his management remain under Johnny & Associates.