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    Ringo Sheena

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Onaji Yoru lyrics
    2Yattsuke Shigoto lyrics
    3Haiiro No Hitomi [with Kusano Masamune] lyrics
    4Tadashii Machi lyrics
    5Souretsu lyrics
    6More lyrics
    Mellow lyrics
    8Tsumiki Asobi lyrics
    9Kimi Wo Aisu lyrics
    10Ringo No Uta lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Shouso Strip [2000]
    2Utaite Myouri ~Vol. I~ [2002]
    Kalk Samen Kuri No Hana [2003]
    4Muzaki Moratorium [1999]
    5Ze-Chyou Syuu [2000]


    Shiina Ringo is a famous Japanese musician, who is recognizable for her nasal voice. Her styles range from jazz to rock, and experimental to enka. In 1998 she debuted with the single Koufukuron. In 1999 Shiina became famous from her single Koko de Kiss Shite., which broke the top 10 on Oricon charts. In 2003, nearing the end of her ninth single, Shiina Ringo formed the band Tokyo Jihen which recieved similar success. In 2006, it was announced that Shiina would once again release solo music.

    Shiina was born in 1978 in Saitama, however moved to Fukuoka when her father was given a job transfer. Shiina was raised in a family of musicians, and studied piano and music at an early age. She was once asked to compose a song for her school play. Shiina also studied classical ballet, but gave up when she was 10 due to an operation she had on her esophagus (to cure a hereditary problem) effected her balance. Reputably, when she went to school she was called "Ringo" as a nickname from her classmates after the way her face would turn red like an apple due to embarrassment. By the time Shiina was 15 and in junior high school, she was a member in several bands, and occasionally performed by herself to clubs. By 16, she was the lead vocalist in a band called Marvelous Marble (an all girls band backed by Tsuda Yukiko [guitar], Nakagawa Ai [Bass], Matsue Izumi [Keyboard] and Tokitsu Rino [Drums]) who entered the 9th Yamaha Teens' Music Festival in 1995. They sung a cover of Danielle Brisebois' Just Missed the Train on national television. At Japan's 5th Annual Music Quest Competition, she also performed a song solo that would later become one of her singles, Koko de Kiss Shite.. This won her an award for excellence. In 1997, Shiina would travel to England to spend a two month homestay there (which improved her English and influenced her musically).

    In May 1998, Shiina would debut with the single Koufukuron. While this single did not sell very much (it did not even chart on Oricon charts) Shiina would persist and released her second single, Kabukichou no Joou three months later. This single, at least, broke into the charts and peaked at #50. Her third single, Koko de Kiss Shite., would become a long selling hit; breaking the top ten and staying within the top 200 for a total of 27 weeks. The following album, Muzai Moratorium, would take an even further jump in popularity for Shiina; propelling her up to #2 on the charts. Similarly, this album was a long-seller; becoming the #25 album of 1999.

    Following her massive rise in popularity, Shiina would release a new single called Honnou in October of 1999. This would be released no the same day as a re-release of her debut single, Koufukuron. The single (despite any major tie-ups) made it to #2 on Oricon charts. To start off the new year, Shiina would again release two singles on the same day; Gips (a ballad) and Tsumi to Batsu (a hard, angry-sounding rock track). Gips would beat Tsumi to Batsu in popularity, debuting at #3 (one place above Tsumi). Her following album, Shouso Strip, would exceed even the popularity of her debut album by debuting at #1 (her first), selling 2.3 million copies and becoming the #3 album for the year.

    Following this point, Shiina's releases would no longer be very predicable. Six months after her debut she would release a 3CD single set (classified as an album in Oricon) called Zecchoushuu which would become her second #1 album. Following the release of several live DVDs, Shiina would return with the #2 single Mayonaka wa Junketsu in March 2001 (an upbeat Jazz piece collaborating with the well-known Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra). In 2002, Shiina married Yayoshi Junji, a guitarist, and they would have a son together. However, they divorced 14 months later. In this period, Shiina took a break from making music to focus on her child. However, the hiatus was broken with a 2CD-set cover album entitled Utaite Myouri ~Vol. I~ (featuring a much publicised duet with labelmate Utada Hikaru).

    Shiina would return to the music business with the single Stem ~Daimyou Asobi Hen~ and the following album Kalk Samen Kuri no Hana. These two releases saw a major stylistic change for Shiina, as she created with a hybrid feel of merging traditional music with several different genres. The album and the songs on the album would promote and feature in the short movie Hyakuiro Megane (which Shiina herself acted in).

    In 2003, it was announced that Shiina would be putting a hold on her solo project and releasing music with a five member band she had formed, called Tokyo Jihen. She released her (seemingly) last single, Ringo no Uta, and even went as far as to remove her famous mole to show the change that she had made. However, it is unsure if the mole was removed for cosmetic or medical purposes. Tokyo Jihen debuted in 2004 and originally released two singles (Gunjou Biyori, Sounan) and a debut album (Kyouiku) which all reached #2 on Oricon charts. However, after the tour following the album the band had almost disbanded due to two of its members leaving. After a short hiatus from the band, they returned again in late 2005 for a third single (Shuraba, theme song to the drama Oh-oku ~Hana no Ran~) and a second album, Adult (released in early 2006). The album reached a top position of #1 on Oricon charts.

    It was announced on October 31st, 2006 that Shiina Ringo would be surprisingly returning to release a fourth solo album as an inspired album for the film Sakuran. The film, based on the manga of the same name (and starring Tsuchiya Anna) will feature several Shiina songs. A download only single, Karisome Otome (DEATH JAZZ ver.) (Shiina collaborated with SOIL&"PIMP"SESSIONS for the track), was first released on the 15th of November to promote the movie. The standard non-jazz version of the song is be the movie's theme song. Furthermore, a Sakuran-themed rearrangement of the Tokyo Jihen song Yume no Ato features in trailers for the film. Shiina's next single (to be released on 2007.01.17), Kono Yo no Kagiri, is the ending theme song for the movie and proceeds the release of the album to be released on 2007.02.21.

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