Angela Aki discography

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Angela Aki discography
A woman with black glasses seated at a grand piano on a stage, wearing a blue singlet, pink tights and sneakers.
Aki performing in 2013, in Iwamizawa, Hokkaido.
Releases
Studio albums 7
Compilation albums 2
EPs 1
Singles 13
Video albums 5

The discography of Japanese musician Angela Aki consists of seven studio albums, two compilation albums, one extended play, thirteen singles and five video albums. Her debut album, These Words, was released independently in the United States in early 2000, and was sung entirely in English.[1] After returning to Japan in 2003, Aki followed this with a Japanese-language extended play One, released under Virgo Music in 2005.[2][3][4]

Game musician Nobuo Uematsu offered Aki the chance to sing the theme song for the game Final Fantasy XII, after hearing one of her demos in 2003.[2] Aki made her major debut under the Sony Music Japan sub-label Epic Records Japan in 2005 with the single "Home", and released the Final Fantasy XII theme song "Kiss Me Good-Bye" in 2006.[5] Her debut album Home (2006) was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.[6]

Her most commercially successful singles were released between 2006 and 2008: "This Love" (2006), which was used as an ending theme song for the anime Blood+, "Sakurairo" (2007) and "Tegami (Haikei Jūgo no Kimi e)" (2008), which was the compulsory song learnt by junior high choirs for the 2008 Nationwide Contest of Music sponsored by NHK.[5] "Sakurairo" has been certified gold twice by the Recording Industry Association of Japan, while "This Love" and "Tegami (Haikei Jūgo no Kimi e)" have been certified multi-platinum.[7][8][9][10] Aki's second and third albums, Today (2007) and Answer (2009) both debuted at number number one on the Oricon albums chart.[11][12] For the fifth anniversary since her major-label debut single "Home", Aki released White (2011), an album composed of a mix of new songs, re-recordings and covers.[13] In 2012, Aki released Songbook, a collection of Western music covers from her discography that she had performed on her NHK Educational TV television show Angela Aki no Songbook in English.[14]

After releasing her first greatest hits album Tapestry of Songs: The Best of Angela Aki in 2014, Aki took an indefinite hiatus from music in Japan, moving to the United States in order to enrol in a music school to learn how to write musicals.[5]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales (JPN)[15][A] Certifications
JPN
[16]
KOR
Overseas

[17][B][C]
TWN East Asian
[20][D][E]
These Words
  • Released: January 4, 2000 (US)[21]
  • Label: independently released
  • Formats: CD
Home 2 6 553,000
Today
  • Released: September 19, 2007 (JPN)
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download
1 9 202,000
  • RIAJ: Platinum[22]
Answer
  • Released: February 25, 2009 (JPN)
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download
1 10 171,000
Life
  • Released: September 8, 2010 (JPN)
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download
5 37 54,000
White
  • Released: September 28, 2011 (JPN)
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download
4 37 33,000
Blue
  • Released: July 18, 2012 (JPN)
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download
14 10 19,000
"—" denotes items which did not chart, were not released in the listed regions, or released before the creation of the Gaon Albums Chart.

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales (JPN)[15]
JPN
[16]
Songbook
  • Cover re-recording compilation
  • Released: January 11, 2012 (JPN)
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download
11 13,000
Tapestry of Songs: The Best of Angela Aki
  • Released: March 5, 2014 (JPN)
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD, 2CD/DVD, digital download
3 66,000

Extended play[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales (JPN)[15]
JPN
[16]
One
  • Released: June 20, 2005 (JPN)
  • Label: Virgo Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
88 9,000

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales (JPN)[15] Certifications Album
Oricon Singles Charts
[16]
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[24][F][G]
"Home" 2005 38 15,000 Home
"Kokoro no Senshi" 2006 13 37,000
"Kiss Me Good-Bye" 6 69,000
  • RIAJ (physical): Gold[31]
"This Love" 6 63,000
  • RIAJ (ringtone): 2× Platinum[10]
  • RIAJ (cellphone): Platinum[32]
  • RIAJ (physical): Gold[33]
"Sakurairo" 2007 8 72[H] 106,000
  • RIAJ (cellphone): Gold[7]
  • RIAJ (physical): Gold[8]
Today
"Kodoku no Kakera" (孤独のカケラ?, "Fragments of Solitude") 9 32,000
"Tashika ni" 15 15,000
"Tegami (Haikei Jūgo no Kimi e)" 2008 3 1 239,000
  • RIAJ (digital): 3× Platinum[9]
  • RIAJ (physical): Platinum[35]
Answer
"Ai no Kisetsu" 2009 7 6 17,000 Life
"Kagayaku Hito" 2010 6 6 20,000
"Hajimari no Ballad" 2011 17 12 17,000 White
"I Have a Dream"
"Kokuhaku" 2012 40 17 4,000 Blue
"Yume no Owari, Ai no Hajimari" (夢の終わり 愛の始まり?, "The End of a Dream, the Start of Love") 2013 30 14 3,000 Tapestry of Songs
"—" denotes items which were released before the creation of the Billboard Japan Hot 100 in 2008.

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[24][I]
"Rain"[40] 2005 One
"On & On"[41] 2006 Today
"Power of Music"[41] "Sakurairo" (single)
"Again"[5] 2007 Today
"Knockin' on Heaven's Door"[42] 2009 61 Answer
"Answer" 93
"Every Woman's Song" (with Janis Ian)[43] 2010 53 Life
"Tsugaru Kaikyō Fuyugeshiki" 2011 93 White
"—" denotes items which were released before the creation of the Billboard Japan Hot 100 in 2008.

Video albums[edit]

List of media, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions
JPN
[16]
Angela Aki My Keys 2006 in Budokan
  • Released: March 28, 2007 (JPN)
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray
13
Angela Aki Concert Tour 2007-2008 Today
  • Released: October 1, 2008 (JPN)
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray
14
Piano Hikigatari Live Naniwa no My Keys 2008 in Osakajō Hall & My Keys 2008 in Budokan
  • Released: September 16, 2009 (JPN)
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray
23
Angela Aki Concert Tour 2009 Answer Documentary & Live
  • Released: September 22, 2010 (JPN)
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray
53
Home Sweet Home: 5 Years Best Hit & All Request in Budokan + Awa no My Keys: Piano Hikigatari in Asty Tokushima
  • Released: July 18, 2012 (JPN)
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray
65
Angela Aki Concert Tour 2014 Tapestry of Songs: The Best of Angela Aki in Budokan 0804
  • Released: December 17, 2014 (JPN)
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray
TBA

Other appearances[edit]

List of non-studio album or guest appearances that feature Angela Aki
Title Year Album
"Oshinagaki (Konishi no Osobayasan)" (おしながき ~コニシのおそばやさん~?, "Menu (Konishi's Soba Shop)") (Yasuharu Konishi featuring Angela Aki)[44] 2003 Soba-a-mbient! Music for Your Favorite Soba Shop
"Fuyu no Hi no W." (冬の日のW.?, "W. on a Winter Day") (Mimori Yusa featuring Angela Aki)[45] 2006 Kyūka Goya
"Eyes on Me (Live)"[46] Voices: Music from Final Fantasy[J]
"Kiss Me Good-Bye (Live)"[46]
"Meguriuta" (めぐり唄?, "Return Song") (Kenta Ebara with Angela Aki)[47] 2008 Meguriuta
"Black Glasses" (Ben Folds with Angela Aki)[48] 2009 Ben Folds File
"Kiss Me Good-Bye (Live)" (Angela Aki with Taro Hakase)[49] 2011 Jounetsu Tairiku Live Best

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sales provided by Oricon database and are rounded to the nearest thousand copies.
  2. ^ The Gaon Albums Chart chart was established in 2010.
  3. ^ Week references for Gaon: Life,[18] White,[19]
  4. ^ The G-Music chart was established in July 2005 and only archives the top 20 releases. The East Asian chart is a sub-chart, so releases may not have charted on the main top 20.
  5. ^ Position was taken from 2006 week 34 for Home, 2007 week 39 for Today, 2009 week 10 for Answer, 2014 week 18 for Blue.
  6. ^ The Japan Hot 100 was established in February 2008.
  7. ^ Sources for chart positions are as follows: "Tegami",[25] "Ai no Kisetsu",[26] "Kagayaku Hito",[27] "Hajimari no Ballad",[28] "Kokuhaku",[29] "Yume no Owari, Koi no Hajimari".[30]
  8. ^ Charted in 2008.[34]
  9. ^ Sources for chart positions are as follows: "Knockin' on Heaven's Door",[36] "Answer",[37] "Every Woman's Song",[38] "Tsugaru Kaikyō Fuyugeshiki".[39]
  10. ^ Live DVD concert release.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Story". Angela Aki Official Website. Archived from the original on December 16, 2001. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Chie Izawa (March 22, 2006). "アンジェラ・アキ Special Interview" (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ ONE アンジェラ・アキ (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "ONE". Virgo Music. Archived from the original on May 31, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d "ナタリー - [Power Push] アンジェラ・アキ「TAPESTRY OF SONGS -THE BEST OF ANGELA AKI」インタビュー" [Natalie Power Push: Angela Aki Tapestry of Songs: The Best of Angela Aki Interview] (in Japanese). Natalie. April 5, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2006年9月 [Works Receiving Certifications List (Gold, etc) (September 2006)] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. October 10, 2006. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b レコード協会調べ 3月度有料音楽配信認定 [Record Association Investigation: March Digital Music Download Certifications] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. April 20, 2007. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2007年3月 [Works Receiving Certifications List (Gold, etc) (March 2007)] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. April 10, 2007. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b レコード協会調べ 1月度有料音楽配信認定 [Record Association Investigation: January Digital Music Download Certifications] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. February 28, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b レコード協会調べ 8月度有料音楽配信認定 [Record Association Investigation: August Digital Music Download Certifications] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. September 20, 2006. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  11. ^ アンジェラ・アキがデビュー以来初の1位獲得! [Angela Aki acquired her first number one since her debut!] (in Japanese). Oricon. September 25, 2007. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ アンジェラ・アキが2作連続アルバム首位を奪取 [Angela Aki gets her second number number one in a row.] (in Japanese). Oricon. March 3, 2009. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ "ニューアルバム「WHITE」9月28日発売決定!" [New album White September 28 planned release!] (in Japanese). Sony Music Japan. August 26, 2011. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  14. ^ "2012年1月11日、ベスト・オブ・洋楽カバー・アルバム『SONGBOOK』発売決定!" [January 11, 2012 best of Western covers album Songbook planned release!] (in Japanese). Sony Music Japan. December 19, 2011. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c d "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" [Oricon Ranking Information Service 'You Big Tree']. Oricon. Retrieved September 3, 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  16. ^ a b c d e "アンジェラ・アキのリリース一覧" [List of Angela Aki's Releases]. Oricon. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Gaon Album Chart 국외". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  18. ^ "2010년 38주차 Album Chart 국외". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  19. ^ "2011년 47주차 Album Chart 국외". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  20. ^ "G-Music J-Pop Chart" (in Chinese). G-Music. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  21. ^ "These Words". Amazon. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  22. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2007年9月 [Works Receiving Certifications List (Gold, etc) (September 2007)] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. October 10, 2007. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  23. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2009年2月 [Works Receiving Certifications List (Gold, etc) (February 2009)] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. March 10, 2009. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  24. ^ a b "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard. 
  25. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2008/09/29". Billboard (in Japanese). September 29, 2008. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2009/09/28". Billboard (in Japanese). September 28, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2010/04/26". Billboard (in Japanese). April 26, 2010. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2011/06/20". Billboard (in Japanese). June 20, 2011. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2012/07/23". Billboard (in Japanese). July 23, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2013/07/15". Billboard (in Japanese). July 15, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  31. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2006年4月 [Works Receiving Certifications List (Gold, etc) (April 2006)] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. May 10, 2006. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  32. ^ レコード協会調べ 8月度有料音楽配信認定 [Record Association Investigation: August Digital Music Download Certifications] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. September 20, 2007. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  33. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2006年7月 [Works Receiving Certifications List (Gold, etc) (July 2006)] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. August 10, 2006. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  34. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2008/04/07". Billboard (in Japanese). April 7, 2008. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  35. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2009年4月 [Works Receiving Certifications List (Gold, etc) (April 2009)] (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. May 10, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  36. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2009/03/02". Billboard (in Japanese). March 2, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  37. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2009/03/09". Billboard (in Japanese). March 9, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  38. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2010/09/20". Billboard (in Japanese). September 20, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  39. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2011/10/10". Billboard (in Japanese). October 10, 2011. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  40. ^ "「Rain」着うた&着うたフル&PCダウンロード配信スタート! " ["Rain" ringtone and cellphone download & PC download start!] (in Japanese). Sony Music Japan. June 27, 2005. Archived from the original on July 3, 2006. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  41. ^ a b "新曲「On & On (映画『犬神家の一族』サウンドトラックver.)」「Power of MUSIC」、着うた(R)などで配信限定リリース! (2006.12.1)" [New songs "On & On" (film Inugamike no Ichizoku soundtrack ver.) "Power of Music" ringtones, etc download release!] (in Japanese). Sony Music Japan. December 1, 2006. Archived from the original on May 16, 2007. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  42. ^ "『Knockin' On Heaven's Door』着うたフル(R)が配信スタート!!" ["Knockin' on Heaven's Door" cellphone download start!] (in Japanese). Sony Music Japan. February 3, 2009. Archived from the original on May 31, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  43. ^ "ジャニス・イアンとの夢のコラボ曲「Every Woman's Song」が 着うた(R)、着うたフル(R)で好評配信中!" [Janis Ian dream collabo song, "Every Woman's Song" out as a ringtone and a cellphone download!] (in Japanese). Sony Music Japan. September 1, 2010. Archived from the original on May 31, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  44. ^ "SOB-A-MBIENT Music for your favorite soba shop" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  45. ^ Kyūka Goya (Media notes) (in Japanese). Mimori Yusa. Tokyo, Japan: Yamaha Music Communications. 2006. 
  46. ^ a b "VOICES music from FINAL FANTASY ファイナルファンタジー プレミアム・オーケストラコンサート (初回生産限定盤) [DVD]" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  47. ^ Meguriuta (Media notes) (in Japanese). Kenta Ebara. Tokyo, Japan: Link Jun. 2008. 
  48. ^ ベン・フォールズとアンジェラ・アキ、共作で「黒めがね」 [Ben Folds and Angela Aki, making 'black glasses' together] (in Japanese). Barks. February 8, 2009. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  49. ^ "情熱大陸LIVE BEST" (in Japanese). Sony Music Japan. Retrieved June 1, 2014.