GANG PARADE (ギャングパレード), formerly Pla2me (プラニメ) and POP (ピォピ) is a Japanese idol group formed in 2014.
They were originally a duo consisting of Mizuta Mari and ex-BiS member Kamiya Saki, but rebranded following the former's graduation. Pla2me, alongside This is not a business, were the first artists to be signed to WACK.
Their catchphrase is "Minna no Asobiba" (みんなの遊び場; "Everyone's Playground").
- Yamamachi Miki (Joined 2015)
- Yumeno Yua (Joined 2015)
- Can GP Maika (Joined 2016)
- Yui Ga Dockson (Joined 2016)
- Coco Partin Coco (Joined 2016)
- Terashima Yuka (Joined 2016)
- Tsukino Usagi (Joined 2018)
- Naruhaworld (Joined 2019)
- Kila May (Joined 2020)
Former Members Edit
- Mizuta Mari (Founding member, graduated May 31st, 2015)
- Shigusawa Ao (Joined 2015, graduated August 11th, 2016)
- Inukai Maaya (Joined 2015, withdrew October 10th, 2016)
- Aya Eightprince (Joined 2017 in a trade with Kamiya Saki. Returned to BiS March 6th, 2018)
- Haruna Bad Chiiiin (Joined 2018, withdrew February 20th, 2020)
- Kamiya Saki (Founding member, graduated May 22nd, 2020)
2014-2015: Pla2me Edit
The group was initially announced at BiS' disbandment live on July 8th, under the name "Pla2me" with former BiS member Kamiya Saki and soloist Mizuta Mari They held their first stage on August 2 & 3 at TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL 2014.
In September they released their debut single, "Plastic 2 Mercy". Their second single, UNIT, was released January 30th 2015.
On March 31st, Mari announced her graduation and auditions to find new members was announced.
2015-2016: POP Edit
The new members of Pla2me, Yamamachi Miki, Yumeno Yua, Shigusawa Ao and Inukai Maaya were announced at Mari's graduation live on May 31st. At the same show, it was announced that Pla2me would change their name to POP (Period of Plastic 2 Mercy).
Their first album, P.O.P, was released August 8th and their first one-man live was held the next day at Tokyo Daikanyama UNIT.
In August, POP, along with their sister group BiSH, were kicked out of Tokyo Idol Festival due misbehavior from their fans. Shortly after, Kamiya Saki announced that she had been suspended from the group indefinitely due to repeatedly committing prohibited acts. Despite this, she appeared in the group's next single Happy Lucky Kirakira Lucky and it was announced that Kamiya would be allowed to return to POP if she successfully ran a 100km marathon.
On December 4th Kamiya completed the marathon with two hours to spare, and successfully re-joined the group.
They would release one more single as POP, QUEEN OF POP, on March 3rd 2016.
2016-2018: Renaming to GANG PARADE and merging with SiS Edit
In the summer of 2016, POP changed their name to GANG PARADE and released the single WE ARE the IDOL, which would turn out to be the final release with the POP-era lineup.
Shigusawa Ao graduated at their Tokyo Idol Festival show in August.
On October 1st, Inukai Maaya announced her withdrawal due to family circumstances.
The group held a one-man live Barely Last TOUR the same month in Nagoya and Osaka, showing off new member Can Maika.
Kamiya Saki/Aya Eight Prince Rental Trade and further changes, 2017-2018 Edit
In February 2018, GANG PARADE released the single BREAKING THE ROAD, released in February.
On March 4th, Aya Eightprince and Kamiya Saki were swapped back to their former groups. Also in March, a joint WACK audition was held and Maika joined the boot camp as an advisor.
At the end of the audition, it was announced that Tsukino Usagi and Haruna Bad Chiiiin would join GANG PARADE. Their first single, as well as Kamiya's comeback single, GANG 2, was released on May 29th. Not long after, their eleventh single, CAN'T STOP, was announced for a September release.
Major debut, 2019 Edit
On January 10th, during the opening show of the GOING GOING WACK Tour, GANG PARADE announced that they had signed with FUELED BY MENTAIKO, a Warner Music Japan subsidiary, and would release their first major single in April. Further details on the single, BRAND NEW PARADE, were later released in March.
On March 30th, it was announced at WACK EXHiBiTiON that WAgg trainee Naruhaworld would join GANG PARADE. While she joined prior to the release of BRAND NEW PARADE, she would not take part in the single due to the song and promotional material having already been recorded.
In April, GANG PARADE provided several tracks for the PC game "Magicami". The track "Hontouni Boku ga Ikitakatta no wa Konnan ja mu e!" would be the game's theme song, and three additional tracks would be used as insert songs throughout the game. These songs will be released on an extended play, THE MUSIC AND THE GAME CREATES MAGIC, on June 19th.
From August 25th to September 1st, at Tokyo Metropolitan Theater, the group will be starring in the musical Playhouse written by Nemoto Shuko. A solo performance in Osaka will happen at Morinomiya Piloti Hall on September 28th.
On July 8th, 2019, GANG PARADE announced through a live stream that they would release their first major album, LOVE PARADE, in November, and a concert blu-ray of their CHALLENGE the LIMIT TOUR in September. Another blu-ray release, PARADE GOES ON TOUR at Nakano Sunplaza, was also announced for February 29th, 2020.
Lineup Changes And Eventual Split, 2020 Edit
On January 3rd, 2020, founding member and leader Kamiya Saki announced that she would graduate from GANG PARADE at the end of their first hall tour.
GANG PARADE released the double A-side single, Namida no Stage / FiX YOUR TEETH on January 29th, in a collaboration between Matsukuma Kenta and famous producer Hyadain.
On February 20th, Haruna Bad Chiiiin suddenly withdrew from the group just a few hours prior to a concert, without giving any explanation. A week later, GANG PARADE won "Best New Artist" at the 35th Gold Disc awards (despite having existed for five years).
A mini-album, titled GP? was guerilla-released to TOWER RECORDS stores on March 17th. It was seemingly released by GANG PARADE, however, no credits, song titles or metadata were given on the release.
On March 28th, 2020, WAgg member Kila May was promoted to GANG PARADE. It was then announced that GANG PARADE would split into two separate units, effective immidiately; GO TO THE BEDS, (Yamamachi Miki, Yumeno Yua, Can GP Maika, Yui Ga Dockson and Coco Partin Coco) and PARADISES (Terashima Yuuka, Tsukino Usagi, Naruhaworld and Kira May). The split had been decided by the members themselves, who felt that their growth and progress as GANG PARADE had been stalling and they wanted to do something different. Kamiya Saki had previously hinted at this cause in an interview published in late 2019 where she said the group dynamic had changed (implied for the worse) after GANG PARADE's major label debut.
It was later clarified that, while these two groups would be the main units for the members now, GANG PARADE would not entirely disappear after Kamiya Saki's graduation, essentially becoming a side-project instead. However, comments later made by Kamiya about "not wanting to prolong GANG PARADE's life" by postponing her graduation due to the COVID-19 epidemic suggested otherwise.
Kamiya Saki officially graduated from GANG PARADE on May 22nd, and the group's activities halted, with the two split groups "inheriting" GANG PARADE's spirit. As her original graduation concert was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, an official final performance was planned for some date in the future.
Other Media Edit
Live Video Edit
- [2018.12.11] GANG PARADE oneman live at Zepp Tokyo
- [2019.09.04] CHALLENGE the LIMIT TOUR at Hibiya ga Daiongakudo
- [2020.02.29] PARADE GOES ON TOUR at Nakano Sunplaza
- Until its split, GANG PARADE had the most openly LGBT members (two; Kamiya Saki and Terashima Yuka) out of any WACK group.
- Are the first group to feature a promoted member of WAgg.
- Members Terashima Yuka and Naruhaworld share the same birthday.