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Who are SCANDAL?

 Also spelt スキャンダル Sukyandaru & stylized as SCANDAL.

 SCANDAL was formed in August 2006 with 4 high school girls who went to the same vacal & dance school in Osaka called Caless Vocal & Dance School. As they became closer friends they decided to write & play their own songs. And so they juggled regular school lives & being the singer, song writers… & band! They started out performing in the streets of Shiroten in Osaka Castle Park on the weekends and that lead to offers to gig at clubs & music halls. The band’s name originates from a sign near Studio Brotherz, which is the jamming studio they practiced at in their early days. The studio is on the 6th floor of a building shared with other businesses, namely adult shops. The girls decided to choose the biggest sign among shops, “SCANDAL” (スキャンダル), as the name for their band.

The lineup:

HARUNA Ono– Vocals & Guitar

MAMI Sasazaki– Lead Guitar & Vocals

TOMOMI Ogawa– Bass & Vocals

RINA Suzuki – Drums & Vocal

In March 2008, they were invited to Japanese Culture convention Sakura-Con in Seattle & they went around 6 cities in the U.S. seeing over 7,000 of their fans. In July 2008, they attracted 10,000 people to Japan Expo in France & in August of the same year 8,000 at the Anime Comic Festival in Hong Kong. In October 2008 they released “DOLL” as their debut single. “DOLL” was rewarded for Power Play from over 40 FM/AM/CS radio stations in Japan.

SCANDAL at Sakura-Con 2008, Seattle U.S.A.

They released “Sakura Goodbye” in March 2009 to commemorate Mami and Tomomi’s high school graduation. In June 2009, they released their 3rd single “Shoujo S” & it debuted at 6th on the Oricon chart and 5th on the Reco-Choku Chakuuta (full digital download provider) weekly chart. On October 21st, they released their 1st album “BEST SCANDAL” which debuted at #5 on the Oricon weekly chart, making them the first Japanese girl band since Zone to have a debut album chart in the top five. On December 30, 2009, the 51st Japan Record Awards was held, of which Scandal was nominated for Best New Artist.

 2010 was a busy year for the group. Their single, “Shunkan Sentimental” was released, in which the title song was used as the fourth ending theme of the anime series Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. In June, the band released their single, “Taiyō to Kimi ga Egaku Story”, and their first live concert DVD, Scandal First Live: Best Scandal 2009.

In August 2011, SCANDAL released their 3rd Album “BABY ACTION” and went on their first Asian Tour, rocking over 2,500 fans at their stops in Taiwan, Hong Kong & Singapore. The video footage of this tour is on DVD which is included in the Malaysia release of the album SCANDAL SHOW by Sony Music.

On 28th March 2012, SCANDAL had their first concert in the legendary high status venue in Budokan. And recently they just launched their eagerly-awaited 4th album Queens are Trumps (Kirifuda Wa Queen) on September 26th. With this they kick-off their nationwide tour titled “SCANDAL HALL TOUR 2012 – Queens are Trumps” on October 12th before coming to Malaysia.

Their 4th album, recently released on 26th September 2012.

Album Discography

  • Best Scandal (2009)
  • Temptation Box (2010)
  • Baby Action (2011)
  • Scandal Show (2012) [Best of]
  • Queens Are Trumps: Kirifuda wa Queen (2012)

You May Have Heard Them on:

  • Bleach (Anime – featured twice)
  • Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Anime)
  • Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto (Anime)
  • Kyoto Sports Weekly (TV Show)
  • Corazon de Melon (Movie)
  • Star Ocean: Second Evolution (Video game)
  • Loups = Garous (Anime Movie)

For more details on the SCANDAL Special Live in Malaysia 2012 go to this article. The things to remember are:

Date: Saturday, 1st December 2012
Venue: KL Live, Jalan Sultan Ismail, KL
Time: 8:00pm
Tickets: RM300, RM250, RM150 or
Early bird price before 1st Nov = RM250, RM200, RM100.
Available at ALL Ticket Pro outlets = click here

This concert is organized by INEXNINE Communications Sdn. Bhd. & the music label – Sony Music Malaysia (Epic Records Japan). Article sourced from INEXNINE Communications & Wikipedia.


One response

  1. looking forward for more updates on the concert here!~<3

    20/10/2012 at 5:42 pm

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