Aya Kamiki

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Aya Kamiki
上木彩矢
Birth name Ayako Tsukada (塚田綾子)
Also known as Cream (久里夢)
Born (1985-09-10) September 10, 1985 (age 28)
Origin Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Genres Pop, rock, rhythm and blues
Occupations Singer
Years active 2003–present
Labels FLME (2003–2004)
WEED (2005)
Giza Studio (2006–2009)
avex trax (2009–present)

Aya Kamiki (上木 彩矢 Kamiki Aya?, born September 10, 1985, in Sapporo, Hokkaido) is a Japanese singer-songwriter. Her style ranges from pop, rock to rhythm and blues. She resides in Osaka, and is signed with Tokyo-based AVEX recording label. She speaks moderate Chinese, and because of this, she has a notable fanbase in China.[citation needed]

Biography[edit]

Kamiki learned to play the piano when she was 4 years old. In junior high school, she began singing live. Influenced by punk rock, she also learned how to play the guitar.

In 2005, Kamiki released her two mini-albums "Constellation" and "Rock On" from the independent record label Weed Records. Kamiki's singing career was mainly active in Osaka, where she garnered positive results. Her voice was so full of force that it was part of her reputation. She made appearances in music and fashion magazines, which caught people's attention.

In 2006, Kamiki signed on with Giza Studio and released her first major label single "Communication Break" on March 15. On April 12, her second single "Pierrot" was released. The song was respectively written and composed by B'z members Koshi Inaba and Tak Matsumoto, although the lyrics in Kamiki's version were slightly modified. It was released on the same day as the B'z single "ゆるぎないものひとつ" (Yuruginaimono Hitotsu), which contained "Pierrot" as its 2nd Beat (B-side). The single reached 9th place on the Oricon charts. Her third single "Mou Kimidake-wo Hanashitari-wa Shinai" peaked at the 11th place, and her first full album "Secret Code" debuted at 5th place. In order to promote Secret Code's release, Kamiki held two mini-concerts. One was as "Black Kamiki" and was performed at Tower Records in Shibuya. The other (later on the same day), was as "White Aya" and was performed at HMV in Shibuya. Entrance was free, provided that you had purchased Secret Code at the corresponding store.

Early 2007, Kamiki was one of the winners of the 21st Japan Gold Disc Award's New Artist of the Year. In 2009, she moved the Avex Trax label and before leaving Ginza Studio, she released a best album titled, "Greatest Best" and she released her 12th single named "WBX (W-Boiled Extreme)"[1] on November 11. In 2010, her fourth album, Individual Emotion, was released on January 27, and one track, "The Light" was released as a PV. Then on July 14, her 13th single, "Revolver" was released, then shortly after on August 11, she released her mini-album, "Gloriosa".

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Single # Information Sales
indie "Breath"
  • Released: May 21, 2003
  • Studio Album: N/A
  • Oricon Top 200 Weekly Peak: /
/
copies sold
Debut /
1st
"Communication Break" (1st Major)
  • Released: March 15, 2006
  • Studio Album: Secret Code
  • Oricon Top 200 Weekly Peak: #48
7,825
copies sold
2nd "Pierrot"
  • Released: April 12, 2006
  • Studio Album: Secret Code
  • Oricon Top 200 Weekly Peak: #9
38,127
copies sold
3rd "Mou Kimi Dake wo Hanashitari wa Shinai"
  • Released: May 31, 2006
  • Studio Album: Secret Code
  • Oricon Top 200 Weekly Peak: #11
21,967
copies sold
4th "Nemutteita Kimochi Nemutteita Kokoro" 12,605
copies sold
5th "Misekake no I Love you" 9,505 
copies sold
6th "Ashita no Tame ni" 7,168
copies sold
7th "SUNDAY MORNING"
  • Released: March 5, 2008
  • Studio Album: Are you happy now?
  • Oricon Top 200 Weekly Peak: #28
5,885
copies sold
8th "Kimi Sarishi Yuuwaku"
  • Released: June 18, 2008
  • Studio Album: Are you happy now?
  • Oricon Top 200 Weekly Peak: #34
4,302
copies sold
9th "Summer Memories"
  • Released: August 6, 2008
  • Studio Album: Are you happy now?
  • Oricon Top 200 Weekly Peak: #35
5,469
copies sold
10th "Sekai wa Sore demo Kawari wa Shinai" 4,378
copies sold
11th

as Kamiki Aya
w TAKUYA

"WBX (W-Boiled Extreme)"
  • Released: November 11, 2009
  • Studio Album: Individual Emotion
  • Oricon Top 200 Weekly Peak: #8
53,886
copies sold
12th "Revolver"
  • Released: July 14, 2010
  • Studio Album: Gloriosa
  • Oricon Top 200 Weekly Peak: #34
2,351
copies sold

EPs[edit]

  1. Constellation (EP) (Indies) (May 25, 2005)
  2. Rock On (Indies) (September 21, 2005)
  3. Gloriosa (August 11, 2010)
  4. EVILÄLIVE (March 9, 2011)

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart positions Informations
Sales
JP
(Japanese)
2006 Secret Code 5
  • Secret Code is Kamiki Aya's first full length album. Available in one edition, CD only.
65,004
copies sold
2007 Ashita no Tame ni ~Forever More~
  • Released: October 10, 2007
  • Label: GIZA studio
  • Formats: CD, digital download
8
  • Ashita no Tame ni ~Forever More~ is Kamiki Aya's second album. Available in two editions.
24,572
copies sold
2008 Are you happy now?
  • Released: September 10, 2008
  • Label: GIZA studio
  • Formats: CD, digital download
10
  • Are you happy now? is Kamiki Aya's third album. Available in three editions.
18,006
copies sold
2010 AYA KAMIKI Greatest Best
  • Released: January 27, 2010
  • Label: GIZA Studio
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download
30
  • Last album best under label GIZA studio of Aya Kamiki.
8,340
copies sold
2010 Individual Emotion
  • Released: January 27, 2010
  • Label: avex trax
  • Formats: CD, 2 CDs, Digital Download
23
  • Individual Emotion is her first album by the label Avex Trax.
9,921
copies sold
2011 THE FINAL JOURNEY
  • Released: September 7, 2011
  • Label: avex trax
  • Formats: 2 CDs, 2 CDs+DVD, Digital Download
/
  • Commemoration album in the music industry for her 5th years as a major artist. Latest album before leaving avex trax.
/
copies sold

DVD[edit]

  1. AYA KAMIKI FIRST LIVE (2 May 2007)
  2. AYA KAMIKI MUSIC VIDEO#1 (7 November 2007)
  3. THE FINAL JOURNEY -FINAL EDITION- (7 September 2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard Japan Top 100". Billboard. December 5, 2009. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 

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