EMPiRE are an idol group formed in August 2017 as a collaboration between WACK and Japanese record label Avex.
- YU-Ki EMPiRE (Founding member)
- MAYU EMPiRE (Founding member
- MiDORiKO EMPiRE (Founding Member)
- MAHO EMPiRE (Joined 2018)
- MiKiNA EMPiRE (Joined 2018)
Past Members Edit
On March 31st 2017, it was announced at the WACK EXHiBiTiON that the BiS, BiSH and GANG PARADE joint audition finalists YU-Ki EMPiRE and YUKA EMPiRE would be chosen as members for a new collborative group between WACK and Avex Trax, the record company that BiSH (and previously, BiS) were signed to. The group was given the temporary name "Project AW" and auditions opened for more members. Girls who had failed the previous WACK audition were especially encouraged to audition for this upcoming project.
The completed Project AW, now known officially as "EMPiRE", was revealed on August 23rd. The members' names were announced as YU-Ki EMPiRE, YUKA EMPiRE, MAYU EMPiRE, MiDORiKO EMPiRE and YUiNA EMPiRE, however, their faces were obscured by hoods until each member reached 10000 followers on Twitter. When YUiNA was the first member to reach this target, the goal was increased to 20000 in response to fans purchasing bot accounts to reach the goal faster. When all the members faces were finally unveiled, it was revealed that as well as the two members announced at WACK EXHiBiTiON, MAYU and YUiNA were also finalists from the joint audition.
In late 2017, EMPiRE appeared on the WACK & SCRAMBLES WORKS album, along with all other WACK artists.
In March 2018, another joint audition was held, resulting in the additions of MAHO EMPiRE and MiKiNA EMPiRE. It was also announced that YUiNA EMPiRE would be permanently transferred to BiS. EMPiRE's debut album, THE EMPiRE STRiKES START!! was released April 11th. During YUiNA's final show with EMPiRE, their first mini-album, EMPiRE originals was announced.
EMPiRE will release their debut single, Pierce, in January 2019. While originally scheduled for February, it was pushed forward a month after it was announced as an ending theme to the anime Fairy Tail.
On January 29th, 2019, EMPiRE announced a 24 hour live to take place on March 3rd to 4th. At the same time, YUKA announced that she would graduate from EMPiRE, in order to concentrate on studying.
YUKA graduated from EMPiRE at their 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE live on March 4th. Immediately afterwards, EMPiRE released a digital single, SELFiSH PEOPLE, for free on their website for 24 hours.
- [2018.04.11] THE EMPiRE STRiKES START!!
- [2018.09.05] EMPiRE originals
- [2019.02.27] Pierce
Digital Singles Edit
- [2019.03.04] SELFiSH PEOPLE
- [2017.12.06] WACK & SCRAMBLES WORKS (Tracks #4 and #6)
- As of 2018 they are the only WACK unit to not have an indies period and launch immediately on a major label.
- The name of every single member in the group's history begins with either an M or a Y.