Becky (television personality)

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Becky
Born Rebecca[1] (レベッカ Rebekka?, surname unknown)
(1984-03-06) March 6, 1984 (age 30)
Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Other names Becky♪♯ (ベッキー♪♯ Bekkī?)
Occupation Singer, model, actress
Years active 1999–present
Employer Sun Music Productions
EMI Music Japan
Website
www.becky.ne.jp

Becky (ベッキー Bekkī?, born March 6, 1984) is a Japanese television personality, or tarento, signed with the entertainment company Sun Music Productions. Beginning in late 2009, she began a music career under the name Becky♪♯, with the eighth note and sharp representing "a different half of Becky stepping up".[2]

History[edit]

Becky was born in Kanagawa Prefecture[3] to her British father Simon and Japanese mother. She has a younger sister named Jessica who lived in the United States to study dance and has other family in England, as seen in an episode of Sekai no Hatemade Itte Q! (世界の果てまでイッテQ!?).[4] Becky held dual citizenship status in both Japan and the United Kingdom,[5] but upon her twentieth birthday gave up her British citizenship in accordance with Japanese nationality law.

She debuted as a regular on the popular children's show Oha-Suta in 1999 reading out the English names of various Pokémon characters in a section of the show called Pokémon: The World.

She became a popular mascot of the show, and eventually started landing spots on various Japanese variety shows. On television, she has also appeared in numerous commercials and has lent her voice to the characters of many anime shorts and movies.

She graduated from Tokyo's Asia University with a degree in business administration on March 15, 2006.[6]

In 2008, she was named by Japan Today as the most popular female television personality because she appeared in more commercials (14) than any other female in Japan. Australian airline Jetstar Airways used her in advertisements and promotions aimed towards Japanese audiences.[7] Jetstar reported her full name as being "Rebecca-Eri Rabone",[8] but neither Becky nor her representation agency have stated this in Japan.

Television[edit]

Television series[edit]

Variety shows[edit]

Becky is currently a regular panelist on the following programs:

Movies[edit]

  • Monsters vs. Aliens (2009, Japanese Voice over for Susan Murphy/Ginormica)
  • The Simpsons Movie (2007, Japanese Voice over for Lisa)
  • Makoto (2005)
  • Mask 2 (2005)
  • Hello! Oswald (2001)

Discography[edit]

The 2009 single "Kokoro Komete" is the debut of Becky's recording career as "Becky♪♯", as well as her first top 10 single on the Oricon. Its B-side "Hapi Hapi" is used as a theme song for Crayon Shin-chan.

In addition to her work as an actress and model, Becky has also had several musical releases. Beginning in late 2009, Becky began recording under the name "Becky♪♯" (ベッキー♪♯ Bekkī?), and her first single under EMI Music Japan debuted in the top 10 of the Oricon's Daily and Weekly Charts.[9]

Albums[edit]

Title Release date
Kokoro no Hoshi (心の星?) February 24, 2010 (2010-02-24)
Kaze to Melody (風とメロディー Kaze to Merodī?) July 13, 2011 (2011-07-13)

Singles[edit]

Stage name Title Release date Notes Album
Becky "Sora Tobu Pokémon Kids"
(そらとぶポケモンキッズ Sora Tobu Pokemon Kizzu?)
July 17, 1999 (1999-07-17) N/A
"Densetsu no Stafy"
(伝説のスタフィー Densetsu no Sutafī?)
September 4, 2002 (2002-09-04) Densetsu no Stafy theme
"Sarara"
(さらら?)
December 4, 2002 (2002-12-04)
"Horiken Size II"
(ホリケンサイズII Horiken Saizu II?)
March 12, 2003 (2003-03-12)
"Hello! Thank You!"
(ハロー!サンキュー! Harō! Sankyū!?)
April 29, 2005 (2005-04-29) Pokémon The Park theme
"Himawari"
(向日葵?)
February 22, 2006 (2006-02-22)
Becky♪♯ "Kokoro Komete"
(心こめて?)
December 2, 2009 (2009-12-02) B-side serves as Crayon Shinchan theme Kokoro no Hoshi
"Suki Dakara"
(好きだから?)
February 3, 2010 (2010-02-03)
"Emerald"
(エメラルド Emerarudo?)
July 20, 2010 (2010-07-20) How to Train Your Dragon Japanese theme Kaze to Melody
"Fuyusora no Love Song"
(冬空のLove Song?)
December 1, 2010 (2010-12-01) Happy Music theme
Goocky (グッキー Gukkī?) "Good Lucky!!!!!" March 2, 2011 (2011-03-02) Universal Studios Japan 10th anniversary theme, Collaboration with Greeeen
Becky♪♯ "Kaze no Shirabe"
(風のしらべ?)
June 15, 2011 (2011-06-15) Universal Stuidos Japan 10th anniversary summer TV commercial song
"Yaruki Switch"
(ヤルキスイッチ Yaruki Suitchi?)
June 27, 2012 (2012-06-27) Onegai! Ranking July ending theme TBA
"My Friend ~Arigato~" (MY FRIEND ~ありがとう~ MY FRIEND ~Arigatō~?) December 12, 2012 (2012-12-12) B-side used for "Vis" advertisement campaign

Other appearances[edit]

  • Act4 (December 8, 2004)
    • Features the songs "Himawari", "Deco Boco", and "Chocorate" off of her single "Himawari"
  • Tribute to Avril Lavigne: Master's Collection (October 25, 2006)
  • Yesterday Once More: Tribute to the Carpenters

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tunnels no Minasan no Okagedeshita (とんねるずのみなさんのおかげでした Tonneruzu no Minasan no Okagedeshita?) May 1, 2008, episode
  2. ^ New Domoto Brothers (新堂本兄弟 Shin Dōmoto Kyōdai?), March 7, 2010, episode
  3. ^ "べき子製鉄所/所長". Archived from the original on 2 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  4. ^ "世界の果てまでイッテQ!". 2008-05-11. Archived from the original on 25 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  5. ^ "ゲスト ベッキー♪# | 関西コレクション/KANSAI COLLECTION/2011 AUTUMN-WINTER/関コレオフィシャルweb". Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  6. ^ nikkansports.com March 16, 2006 経営学部に入学,亜大卒業
  7. ^ Easdown, Geoff (1 January 2009). "Against all odds, Jetstar rocks Japan". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 3 February 2009. 
  8. ^ "Jetstar Enlists Japanese Icon ‘Becky’ to Boost Gold Coast Tourism". etravelblackboardasia.com. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "歌手デビューのベッキー♪♯が初のTOP10入り". Oricon (in Japanese). 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2009-12-28. 

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