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    Koda Kumi

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    Genre:Dance, R&B, Pop
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    Alive lyrics
    2Make It Bump lyrics
    Far*East Movement feat. Koda Kumi
    3Moon Crying lyrics
    4Believe lyrics
    5Your Love lyrics
    6Himitsu (Secret) lyrics
    7Get It On lyrics
    8Cherry Girl lyrics
    9Ningyo Hime (Mermaid Princess) lyrics
    10Come Back lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1BEST -second session- [2006]
    2BEST -first things- [2005]
    3Secret [2005]
    4affection [2002]
    5Kingdom [2008]
    6Black Cherry [2006]
    7feel my mind [2004]
    8Trick [2009]
    9grow into one [2003]
    10BEST -BOUNCE & LOVERS- [2007]


    Koda Kumi is the older sister of Japanese pop singer misono. She did not achieve major success until her seventh single, Real Emotion / 1000 no Kotoba. Her popularity reached new levels in 2005 after the release of Secret and Butterfly . Later that year she became one of the best selling artists of 2005 with the success of Best ~first things~. At the end of 2006, Oricon named her the top seller of 2006.


    Before signing onto Avex, Koda auditioned alongside Maki Goto for the 3rd generation of the Japanese group of entertainers known as Morning Musume. She ultimately ended up signing a contract with Avex, and it is uncertain whether she forfeited the Morning Musume competition or if she really did lose to Maki Goto.

    She officially debuted as a singer under Avex with the single, Take Back, released December 6, 2000. It sold poorly and failed to chart. It was also released in the United States in March 2001 and debuted at #20 in Billboard Hot Dance Music Sales, which can be considered a general flop. Koda continued with a second single, Trust Your Love, also released in the United States, and the last of hers to be released in The United States. It held the 19th position on Billboard's Hot 100 singles sales chart and went to number one on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. Two more singles were released; Color Of Soul and So Into You, which led to production of her first album, affection, released March 27, 2002.

    Koda remained active despite the charting failure. Her fifth single, Love Across the Ocean, debuted at #19, and her sixth single, m·a·z·e, fared much worse on the charts. However, she finally enjoyed success with her seventh single, real Emotion / 1000 no Kotoba, which were tied to the popular Final Fantasy franchise. The songs were the main vocal themes of Final Fantasy X-2, and Koda had also voiced the character of Lenne in the Japanese version of the game. The single debuted at #3 and outsold all her previous work. Her second album, Grow Into One, came out shortly after real Emotion / 1000 no Kotoba and was a modest success.

    From then on, Koda would continue a string of top twenty hits with Come with Me, Gentle Words, and Crazy 4 U. These singles were included in her next album, Feel My Mind. The best performing single off that album was Come with Me, which sold 42,000 copies. During the mastering of Feel My Mind, Koda was asked to cover the theme song of the anime series, "Cutie Honey". The song, also titled "Cutie Honey", was included as a bonus track on the album and became the title track of her first single after the release of Feel My Mind.

    Koda's fourth album, Secret, was released in February 2005 and charted third on Oricon Top 200 Chart. This was her highest charting release, and her first album to debut in the top five. The album included title tracks from singles: Love & Honey, Chase, Kiseki, Hands, and Hot Stuff. The album ended up being certified two times platinum by RIAJ for selling 521,000 copies in total.

    After secret, Koda released her sixteenth single, Butterfly. This is her highest charting single at this point in her career, debuting second on the weekly Oricon charts. The single had a great reception from the Japanese public; the single ended up ranking fifth in the monthly charts, and Koda won the Grand Prix prize for the single at the 47th Nihon Record Taishō and Japan Gold Disc Awards, and Butterfly was named song of the year for 2005.

    She released two more singles, Flower and Promise/Star; both peaked fourth in the weekly Oricon charts and continued her string of top ten hits before releasing her first Best Of collection of her singles, which served as a monument of her achievement and evolution in five years as an artist. Titled "Best ~First Things~", it was released on September 21, 2005 and ranked second to Mr. Children's I♥U album, even though Koda's album took the top position in the daily charts after four days of charting. Though in its second week on the charts it grabbed the #1 one spot, earning Kumi her first #1 album. By end of 2006, the album sold 1,850,635 copies and ranked 17th on the yearly chart, dropping from sixth place in 2005.

    In December 2005, Koda began a project called the "~12 Singles~ Collection" in which she released twelve singles for twelve consecutive weeks. Nine of the singles were limited to 50,000 copies while three of the singles remained normal editions (for future references, a "maxi single"). If all twelve singles were purchased, the cases could be put together to form a bigger image of Koda from the OBI strips and the back covers.

    The first single of the project, a maxi single titled "you", ranked first on the Oricon weekly charts selling 72,000 copies and gave Koda her first single to hit the top spot in the weekly charts. Birthday Eve was released the week after and charted sixth on the weekly charts right after you.

    The fourth and fifth singles of the twelve singles, Shake It Up and Lies, respectively released December 28, 2005, and January 4, 2006, grabbed the sixth and seventh position while you was still charting at ninth. This feat made Koda the first female artist to have three singles in the top ten of the Oricon Weekly Singles chart.

    The ~12 Singles~ Collection ended with the release of Someday/Boys♥Girls and later with the "00″ single of the collection, Get It On, released exclusively online via cellphone.

    Because Koda's project was a massive success, her management wrapped all of the twelve singles into one best album: Best ~second session~. The album contained all the title tracks of the ~12 Singles~ Collection, with the exception of Boys♥Girls and all the music videos of the project. The album came in three versions: a CD-only version, a CD+DVD version, and a limited CD+2DVD version. The extra DVD in the CD+2DVD version contains footage of from her first live tour in Japan, specifically footage from her performance at Osaka.

    The limited edition of the album, limited to 650,000 copies, sold out within days of news about the album. The album charted first on its debut week on the Oricon weekly charts with 983,000 copies sold. This accomplishment makes this album the first to surpass 900,000 copies after Ken Hirai's Utabaka: Single Collection in December 2005 and the highest debut sales since Utada Hikaru's Single Collection Vol. 1 released in March 2004 with debut sales of 1,400,000 copies sold.

    Oricon reports that 1,768,628 copies of Best~second session~ have been sold for the Oricon 2006 year, making it the album with the second highest sales in 2006.

    Koda's first single after the ~12 Singles~ Collection was Koi no Tsubomi (Love Bud), released in May 2006. It charted second in its debut week with sales of 140,000 copies sold. This was the highest debut week sales for female artists in 2006 until Ayumi Hamasaki surpassed it with Blue Bird in June. Soon afterwards, Koda reclaimed the title with the release of 4 hot wave, which also ranked second behind KinKi Kids, nearly breaking their streak of consecutive #1 singles. Up until 4 hot wave, it makes it Koda's 19th consecutive single to debut in the top 10 since Kiseki.

    After the release of Koi no Tsubomi, there was news of Koda's first photobook in the making. The photobook was confirmed and titled "MAROC" and photographed by Leslie Kee in Morocco. It was later revealed that the photobook will be tied with her quadruple A-side 32nd single, 4 hot wave. Both items were released on the same date and have similar covers.

    The title tracks in 4 hot wave were used in advertisements. "I'll be there" was used in the Seabreeze ad for a sun tanning lotion, "Ningyo-Hime" (Mermaid princess) was used in advertisements of the Vodafone 705T mobile phone, "With your smile" was the theme for NTV's 2006 Japan Pro Baseball, and "JUICY" was used by Gemcerey, a Japanese jewelery company, to promote their product, "Binary Face". Binary Face is designed by Koda and the concept is said to be based on her. The "lion" is to represent the dark, sexy and powerful woman while the "rabbit" is for the innocent, weak and cute side of a woman.

    The single following 4 hot wave, Yume no Uta / Futari de, (Dream Song/Two of us,), was released on October 18, 2006. Named the "2 Story Ballad", it was released in CD and CD+DVD format. The first pressing for the CD+DVD version contained one of nine special photo liners and two bonus tracks, while a special 8 page booklet was available only in the CD-only version.

    The "2 Story Ballad" single originally started out as a single song about "happy love". When Koda listened to the original melody given to her, she commented that the melody had both the elements of happiness and sadness. As a result, she collaborated with her staff on producing two songs but with the same melody, and her staff agreed to it. She wrote another set of lyrics for the song to represent sadness. This is the first single Koda had control over; she wrote the lyrics, chose the outfits, and produced the concepts for the videos of both songs. She confidently remarked that "it was a first time experiment for me, but I was able to convey how happiness and sadness are two sides of the same coin."

    After the success of Yume no Uta / Futari de,, Koda and EXILE released their duet covering a pop classic called Won't Be Long, originally by the Bubblegum Brothers. The single charted second in its debut week and sold 130,710 copies.

    She followed it up with Cherry Girl / Unmei, released on December 6, 2006. It contained two major tie-ins; "Cherry Girl" is set to be the theme song of a drama starring herself, and "Unmei" (Destiny) will be the theme song of a movie named "Ōoku". Toshiba also signed the usage of Cherry Girl in their television commercials to promote their new mobile phone, the SoftBank 811T. This single charted third in its debut week, with 61,817 copies sold.

    Two weeks after the release of Cherry Girl / Unmei, Koda's 5th studio album titled Black Cherry was released. The album has three versions: the CD-only version, the CD+DVD version, and the limited CD+2DVD version.

    The album includes her singles from 2006: Koi no Tsubomi, 4 hot wave, Yume no Uta / Futari de,, and Cherry Girl / Unmei, with the exception of Yume no Uta / Futari de, in which "Futari de," will be excluded from the album. The number of tracks is totaled to fifteen, which is raised to eighteen in first pressings of the album. Announced on her official site, the last track on the album, "Milk Tea", will be Koda's first composition. Typical of album releases, the first DVD disc will contain most of Koda's music videos produced in 2006, including a video she made collaborating a duet with Taiwanese singer "Show Luo" of the English version of "Twinkle". This video of Twinkle will be on both Koda's and Show Luo's albums. According to Koda's official site, the second DVD disc, available only in the limited CD+2DVD editions, contains "Cherry Girl", a drama starring herself. It also includes famous drama actors such as Megumi, Yuko Ito, Masaharu Takeda, Mari Hoshino and Mari Hamada.

    Oricon reports that Black Cherry is the first female studio album to stay at number one for four weeks in four years, selling 802,000 copies. The last female studio album to have done that is Ayumi Hamasaki's 2000 album, Duty.

    Koda began 2007 with three releases: But / Aishō, Best ~Bounce & Lovers~, and a DVD release of her second tour in Japan. But / Aishō, her 35th single, debuted second and sold 63,692 copies. Best ~Bounce & Lovers~ charted second as well, selling 161,458 copies. Her tour DVD fared better on the charts; it debuted first, selling 75,000 copies. Best ~Bounce & Lovers~ also managed to top the Taiwanese G-Music Charts with 5.48% of the sales.

    Her second single of 2007, titled "Freaky", was released on June 27, 2007 and features four songs. This maxi single contains four tracks, Freaky, Run For Your Life, Sora, and Girls.

    Freaky debuted at #1 on Oricon's Weekly Single charts for the week ending on July 4th, making this her 4th #1 single, after "you", "feel", and "Yume no Uta/Futari de,".

    Her next single, a love ballad, is to be released on September 12, 2007, to be titled "Ai no Uta," or "Love Song," translated into English.

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