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The male Japanese pop/R&B duo Chemistry got their start via the highly popular TV show Asayan, and then went on to become one of the top-selling J-pop artists of the 2000s. The Japanese counterpart to American Idol, Asayan has launched the careers of other big names on the national scene, including Ami Suzuki and Morning Musume; Chemistry, consisting of Kaname Kawabata and Yoshikuni Dochin, won its 2000 edition, besting 19,000 other contestants and winning a contract with Sony Music. The band pre-debuted with the single "Saigo No Yoru" in 2000, and its first release for Sony was the single "Pieces of a Dream" (2001), produced by Kiyoshi "KC" Matsuo, who worked with Hirai Ken. The single shot to number one and sold over two million units in 2001, and Chemistry's debut studio album, The Way We Are, topped the charts as well, selling three million copies the same year. This success allowed the band to start its international career, debuting in Taiwan at a MTV event in the summer of 2001.

Chemistry proved they weren't one-time wonders in 2002, when they became one of the official artists of that year's FIFA World Cup (held jointly by Japan and South Korea), contributing to the Voices of Korea/Japan CD and thus gaining a significant Korean fan base. (They also worked together with K-pop artist Lena Park, featured on Voices of Korea/Japan as well -- she appeared on the B-side of Chemistry's single "Kimi Ga Iru" in 2005.) The band's second album, 2003's Second to None, topped the charts again, its sales exceeding two million units. Also in 2003, Chemistry broke up with Kiyoshi Matsuo, but that move didn't undermine their chart performance -- their third LP, 2004's One X One, delivered after the previous year's remix collection Between the Lines, sold about one million units, despite the fact that it featured a more varied sound credited to the bandmembers, who took over the production for most of the album. Both of these releases scored number one on the Oricon charts as well. Chemistry had a chance to extend their regional fan base further in 2003 as well, as the band performed in an anti-piracy event in Shanghai along with Mika Nakashima.

The group's fourth studio album, Fo(u)r (2005), was the first not to top the charts, but that was only due to heavy competition from the boy band Kinki Kids, who beat Chemistry to number one. Despite that, Chemistry remained a J-pop force to be reckoned with, their compilation All the Best bringing them back to the top of the charts in 2006 and being followed by a streak of successful singles in 2007, of which "Saigo No Kawa" was featured in the movie Zou No Senaka, "This Night" was heard in the anime Chikyuu He, and "Kagayaku Yoru" was another Chemistry single to be used in the FIFA ceremonies. The group's fifth studio album, Face to Face, was released in 2008 and scored number three on the Oricon charts. ~ Alexey Eremenko, Rovi

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::Dochin Yoshikuni (堂珍嘉邦)
Born 17 November 1978.
Blood Type: O
Status: Married to Douchin Atsuko
Children: 4 (3 son, 1 daughter)

::Kawabata Kaname (川畑要)
Born 28 January 1979
Blood Type: A
Status: Married to Kawabata Miki
Children: 1 (daughter)

::Associated : thewayweare
Sony Music JP
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 [2001.11.07] The Way We Are
 [2003.01.08] Second to None
 [2004.02.01] One x One
 [2005.11.16] fo(u)r
 [2008.01.30] Face to Face
 [2010.02.24] regeneration
 [2012.01.25] Trinity

Other Albums
 [2003.06.18] Between the Lines (Summer Premium Album)
 [2005.01.26] Hot Chemistry (Winter Premium Album)
 [2006.08.09] Re:fo(u)rm (Remix Album)
 [2006.11.22] ALL THE BEST (Best Album)
 [2008.11.26] Winter of Love (Winter Album)
 [2009.03.11] the CHEMISTRY joint album (Joint Album)
 [2011.03.02] CHEMISTRY 2001-2011

 [2001.03.07] PIECES OF A DREAM
 [2001.06.06] Point of No Return / Kimi wo Sagashiteta (Point of No Return / 君をさがしてた)
 [2001.10.11] You Go Your Way
 [2002.05.09] Kimi wo Sagashiteta ~New Jersey United~ (君をさがしてた; I Searched for You)
 [2002.07.17] FLOATIN'
 [2002.11.13] It Takes Two
 [2002.12.18] My Gift to You
 [2003.08.06] Ashita e Kaeru / Us (アシタへカエル; Returning to Tomorrow)
 [2003.11.19] YOUR NAME NEVER GONE / Now Or Never / You Got Me
 [2004.02.04] So in Vain
 [2004.07.07] mirage in blue / Itoshii Hito (Single Ver.) (いとしい人; My Love)
 [2004.10.27] Long Long Way
 [2004.12.01] Shiro no Toiki (白の吐息; Long White Breath)
 [2005.02.23] Kimi ga Iru (キミがいる; You're Here)
 [2005.07.27] Wings of Words
 [2005.11.02] almost in love
 [2006.10.04] Yakusoku no Basho (約束の場所; Promise Place)
 [2006.11.01] Tokage feat. John Legend (遠影; Distant Shadow)
 [2006.12.06] Top of the World
 [2007.04.07] Sora no Kiseki (空の奇跡; Miracle of the Sky)
 [2007.08.01] This Night
 [2007.10.24] Saigo no Kawa (最期の川; River of Death)
 [2007.12.05] Kagayaku Yoru (輝く夜; Glowing Night) (CHEMISTRY SUPPORTED BY MONKEY MAJIK)
 [2008.08.20] Life goes on
 [2008.11.05] Koisuru Yuki Aisuru Sora (恋する雪 愛する空; Lovely Snow Lovely Sky)
 [2009.02.18] a Place for Us (CHEMISTRY×Furuuchi Toko)
 [2009.11.04] Ano Hi... feat. DOHZI-T / Once Again (あの日…feat.童子-T / Once Again; That Day...)
 [2010.01.27] Period
 [2010.08.18] Shawty (CHEMISTRY×Synergy)
 [2010.11.03] Keep Your Love (CHEMISTRY×Synergy)
 [2011.02.16] a better tomorrow
 [2011.03.02] merry-go-round
 [2011.08.10] Independence
 [2011.11.30] eternal smile

 [2001.09.12] BROTHERHOOD

Compilation / Collaboration
 [2001.08.08] Usher - 8701 (#18 U Remind Me (KC's Smooth Remix) (featuring CHEMISTRY) (Japan Bonus Track)
 [2002.09.26] Skoop On Somebody - Save Our Souls (#3 Two of a Kind / Skoop On Somebody meets CHEMISTRY)
 [2003.03.19] velfarre Cyber TRANCE 07 - BEST HIT TRANCE (#18 We Are One)

 [2002.04.10] R.A.W ~respect and wisdom~ CHEMISTRY ACOUSTIC LIVE 2002
 [2003.02.14] CHEMISTRY THE VIDEOS:2001-2002 ~What You See Is What You Get~
 [2003.09.10] Two as We Stand ~Live and Documentary 2002-2003~
 [2005.01.26] CHEMISTRY in SUNTORY HALL ~Hibiki~ (響)
 [2005.08.09] CHEMISTRY THE VIDEOS: 2003-2006 ~We Sing, Therefore We Are~
 [2006.11.22] CHEMISTRY 2006 TOUR fo(u)r ~Live at Saitama Super Arena~
 [2008.11.19] CHEMISTRY 2008 TOUR "Face to Face" BUDOKAN FINAL
 [2009.03.11] CHEMISTRY THE VIDEOS: 2006-2008
 [2010.11.03] CHEMISTRY TOUR 2010 regeneration IN TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FORUM
 [2011.12.21] 10th Anniversary Tour -neon- at Saitama Super Arena (2011.07.10)
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