Princesses of J-Pop

Well, this post will focus on my muse concerning music. I love symphonic metal, euro pop, ambient, opera, but I think what most would influence me in my style and hobbies is J-pop. 


Full name Olivia Lufkin, she has a very wide range of influences to her music. She does a lot ambient, pop, rock, whatever she feels like doing. Some of her past hits were very commercial but as she goes further on in her career she puts more creativity in her music which sometimes scares her listeners. She started her career in a euro beat/70’s-influenced group called D&D, and after only an album taken out by the trio, she started her solo career with many sigles out composing her first album, “Synchronicity”. After that she released many mini albums and released a second, not so successful album named “The Lost Lolli”. She had a long break until she did theme songs for the hit anime “NANA” which led her to release more singles and an album with songs written for her, based on the show and her “character” that she gave her singing voice to. She had a much better turn-out for her last two mini albums, one out in 2007 and the other in 2008, “The Cloudy Dreamer” and “Trinka Trinka”, respectfully.



Mika Nakashima

A reggea/pop/jazz singer who mixes all these elements into hit singles when she started out. Her first three albums, “TRUE”, “LOVE”, and “MUSIC” proved her to be very successful and win the hearts of her many fans. After this era, she showed her acting abilities in the movie adaptation of “NANA”, not to be confused with the mention of the anime above. She sang a couple of songs, releasing them as singles and an album titled “The End” with her NANA hits as well as additional songs. Between the two NANA films in which she both starred in, she released other non-NANA related singles such as “Cry No More” (used in the ending theme of the anime “Blood +”), “All Hands Together”, and “My Sugar Cat”. Finally after her NANA era, she had very slow ballads as singles taken out, initializing that there would be a new album. Her singles from in between her NANA films were included in her album “YES” as well as her more recent ones “Sunao no Mama” and “Mienai Hoshi”. Another album titled “VOICE” was released in 2008 with singles like, “Eien no Uta”, used in a movie, “LIFE”, used in a drama series, her ballad “Sakura Hanagasumi”, and her most recent single, “Orion”.



Utada Hikaru

Very much loved in Japan as well as the US and the whole word, really, she is a more electronic/pop/R&B singer. She first made an album in the US since she lived in New York, but it didn’t sell or get as popular as her album “First Love” did in Japan. She then made her career there, popping out singles every year and releasing albums such as “Deep River” and “Distance”. Before this, she released singles that won her a lot of popularity over the nation and world because of their appearances on the game “Kingdom Hearts”. She then was able to come back to the United States and make her album “Exodus” which were all songs in English. She kept on with her career in Japan, with her album “Ultra Blue” in 2006, and two years later released her most recent album, “Heart Station”.



All these artists have great voices unlike most you would hear in the Japan scene or anywhere else for that matter and have some tremendous creativity as far as their songs go! They have been a major influence in my singing, especially since it’s a challenge to sing their songs and thus being very good practice! I hope you can look them up and enjoy their music as much as I do!


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