Earlier this month, singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada became the first Japanese musician to have a top 100 album on America’s Billboard 200 chart in over two decades. Utada‘s This is the One album debuted at #69 when it was released on physical CDs in the United States on May 12. With the album’s digital release in March, Utada became the first Japanese musician have a top 20 album on Apple’s online iTunes retail store in the United States.
The last Japanese representative on the chart was Loudness, which ranked #64 with Lightning Strikes back in 1986. The Japanese artists who previously earned this distinction were Kyu Sakamoto (1963), Isao Tomita (1974-1977), Tsutomu Yamashita (1976), Yellow Magic Orchestra (Haruomi Hosono, Yukihiro Takahashi, and Ryuichi Sakamoto during 1980-1984), and Yoko Ono (1980-1984).
Source: Oricon via Tokyograph
Went out to FYE this morning and picked up Hikaru Utada’s New Album This is The One. This is her new English Language Album and it is very good, it also includes the track Simple & Clean from Kingdom Hearts so it’s worth the buy.
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Ketchup Mania, Yuu Asakawa & Showtaro Morikubo Break Up
The punk pop band ketchup mania has announced on its website this week that the members will disband. The band made its American debut at A-Kon 2007 convention in Texas, and has since performed at the SXSW Music Festival, the Japan Nite tour, and Sakura Con 2008. The band’s “Your World” song became an opening theme song for the Idaten Jump racing anime series. The band will still release two best collections on April 8 and perform three “Bad x 2 Gig Final: Sayonara Ketchup” concerts in Tokyo and Nagoya in early May.
Yuu Asakawa revealed in her blog on Wednesday that she and fellow voice actor Showtaro Morikubo have divorced, citing differences in personalities. Asakawa voiced the roles in Love Hina (Motoko Aoyama) and Azumanga Daioh (Sakaki), and she just won the role of the next Vocaloid 2 virtual singer, Megurine Luka. Morikubo sang the theme songs in several incarnations of the Rockman (Megaman) game and anime franchises. He also plays Shikamaru Nara in Naruto and the main lead Goro Shigeno in Major.