NEWS (ニュース Nyūsu), is a four-member Japanese boy band consisting of Keiichiro Koyama, Takahisa Masuda, Shigeaki Kato and Yuya Tegoshi. The group's name is an acronym based on the cardinal directions (North, East, West, South) and the members locations. Formed in 2003 by Johnny Kitagawa as a nine member group under the label Johnny's Entertainment, NEWS released a promotional single "NEWS Nippon" (NEWS ニッポン NEWS Japan), which was used for the World Cup of Volleyball Championships. In 2004, Takahiro Moriuchi left the group and the remaining eight members released their debut single, "Kibō: Yell" (希望 ~Yell~ Hope ~Yell~), which debuted atop the Oricon charts.
The News was a short-lived New Wave band formed in 1977, by Sam Smith (lead vocals, guitar), Graham Culpin (bass), Lindsay Elliott (drums) (previously with Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel), Richard James Burgess (of Landscape) (drums) and Michael Taylor (keyboards).