Beni (singer)

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Beni
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Beni in July 2010
Background information
Birth name Beni Daniels
Also known as Beni, Beni Arashiro
Born (1986-03-30) March 30, 1986 (age 28)
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Origin Japan, United States
Genres Pop, R&B
Occupations Singer, songwriter, actress, model, TV personality
Instruments Vocals, Piano
Years active 2004–present
Labels Avex Trax
Nayutawave Records
Associated acts Dohzi-T, Makai, Daisuke Imai, Kohei Japan
Website www.benibenibeni.com
www.universal-music.co.jp/beni

Beni Daniels (born March 30, 1986 in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan), is an American and Japanese R&B recording artist, who debuted in 2004 under the Avex Trax label under the name Beni Arashiro (安良城 紅 Arashiro Beni?). In 2008, Arashiro left Avex Trax and transferred to Universal Music Japan where she started to perform under the mononym, Beni (stylized as BENI).

She was initially best known for her 2004 single "Here Alone," though later singles after her move to Universal (such as "Mō Ichi do..." with Dohzi-T, "Mō Nido to..." and "Kiss Kiss Kiss") have surpassed this.

Life and career[edit]

Start of her career[edit]

Born in Okinawa she moved to California and then Yokohama.[1][2][3] Her father is American of European descent, and her mother is Japanese.[4][5] She was influenced by Namie Amuro, Alicia Keys and her father's favorite singer Janet Jackson.[6] She graduated from Nile C. Kinnick High School in Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. She majored in Sociology at Sophia University.

From a young age she wanted to become a singer and because of her musical parents she took up piano. Because her parents were living overseas she was traveling between Japan and America a lot which exposed her to both Japanese as well as overseas music. When she was in Japan she participated in the Kokuminteki Bishōjo Contest the largest talent contest. She made it all the way to the finals. This was quite special since she had no formal training. When her demotape was seen by Avex Trax they were so impressed by her clear voice, natural beauty, and English pronunciation that they decided to sign her to the label and prepare her for a debut.[7] She became a member of Bishōjo Club 31. Beni was the first from the group to pursue a solo career while being active as a member of the group.[8] Her first solo single named "Harmony" was released on June 9, 2004. The song "Harmony" was a theme song for the Japanese drama Reikan Bus Guide Jikenbo.

2004–2005: Rising popularity and first album[edit]

Her second single named "Infinite..." showcased a different side of Beni. The song had a more R&B tune and Beni showed dance skills in the music video. The song "Infinite..." was also an intro song for the music TV program Count Down TV in October 2004.

Her third single, released November 25, was "Here Alone" from which the leading song was the ending song for the popular Japanese drama Kurokawa no Techo. Although the single wasn't a hit, the song itself was a hit. A few months after "Here Alone", an album named Beni and single named "Miracle" were released on February 9, 2005. Although the single charted low, the album was well received because of the variations in music styles and vocal range. After her album release, she won at the 19th Japan Gold Disc Awards the title "New Artist of the Year".[7]

2005–2006: Decline in sales and Girl 2 Lady[edit]

Because of her popularity, she got a contract with KOSE to promote KOSE's new VISE line of makeup. In the first official CM her new single song was promoted named "Hikari no Kazu dake Glamorous". The single also included a cover of Christina Milian's "Call Me, Beep Me!" which is the theme song for Disney's popular animated series, Kim Possible. The music video was not only promoted in the US, but also in 68 counties worldwide. However the single charted at the No. 40 place on the Oricon chart. She also became the face of Glico confectionery.

Nearly 6 months later, her 6th single "Cherish" was released. The leading song "Cherish" served as theme song for NTV's Ongaku Senshi MUSIC FIGHTER and POWER PLAY. The B-side song named "Goal" was used as the third ending theme song for Eyeshield 21. Two months later, on 22 February 2006 (a year after debut album Beni), her second album named Girl 2 Lady was released. The album was promoted by the 2nd KOSE VISEE CM song "FLASH" which was a digital release. The album however reached the No. 87 spot on the Oricon.[7][9] Shortly after the release, she started playing in an Andrew Lloyd Webber play named The Beautiful Game in Japan. In the musical, she was the female heroine.[5]

2006–2008: Gem, first live tour and compilation album[edit]

Because of her participation in the musical, it took a long time for Beni to release new material. When the musical stopped touring in 2006, she began modeling as the face of Cecil McBee, one of the largest and most popular Japanese clothing lines that appeals to teenage and college girls. She was also the host of the NHK fashion program, Tokyo Kawaii TV, where Beni discusses the latest fashion trends in Japan. When she became the face of Orion Beer a new single was announced to be released on September 20. Her seventh single was named How Are U?. This single was her first single not to chart on the Oricon chart and is considered a total flop. Her eighth single named Luna was an ending theme song for the Japanese drama Warui Yatsura. This single charted at the No. 77 spot making it a small comeback from Beni. On April 25, 2007, Beni released her third studio album named Gem. The album charted at the No. 114 place on the Oricon chart.[5]

Shortly after the album's release, she went on her first one-man live tour. After the tour, it was announced that Beni would make a movie debut in a movie called Bra Bra Ban Ban to be released nationwide in theater in March.[10][11] She would also sing the theme song for the movie that would be released as a single. However, the official website removed the single and replaced it by a Greatest Hit album album named Chapter One: Complete Collection. The DVD included a digest of her first live tour.

2008–2011: Going from Beni Arashiro to Beni[edit]

In June 2008, Japanese rapper Dohzi-T featured her in the song "Mō Ichi do...," which sold over two million ringtone downloads.[12] In October 2008, it was announced that she left her label Avex Trax and moved to Universal Music Japan and she would write her own songs. At the same time, she changed her stage name to Beni and suspended her acting career.[13] Her first single in Universal, "Mō Nido to...," was her answer song to "Mō Ichi do...". The digital download for the song started on November 12 and debuted at No. 1 on the Recochoku ringtone daily rankings.[14][15] The official PV began to be aired on November 28 on YouTube.[16] It ranked at No. 1 on the YouTube favourite music video ranking in Japan at the first week.[17] The physical CD, released on December 10, 2008, was charted at No. 20 on Oricon.

Her next single, "Kiss Kiss Kiss", was released on April 8, 2009. Despite the fact that it ranked at the No. 40 spot on the Oricon ranking, the song hit the No. 1 spot for weekly full-track download sales on the RIAJ Digital Track Chart. Her single "Koi Kogarete" was released on June 10. The single features the theme song for the clothing brand Forever 21.[18] Although the song debuted at the No. 9 place on the RIAJ Digital Track Chart, the single charted at the No. 70 place on the weekly chart of the Oricon charts. On August 12, 2009, "Zutto Futari de" was released. The single included an Orion beer commercial song named "With U".[19] The song debuted at No. 6 on the RIAJ Digital Track Chart, but the single charted at the No. 67 place on the Oricon weekly charts.

BENI's new album named Bitter & Sweet was released on September 2, 2009.[20] The album ranked No. 5 on the weekly Oricon chart selling about 30,000 copies in the first week, making it one of Beni's highest ranked and best sold album. Bitter & Sweet was certified Gold by RIAJ for shipment of 100,000 copies.[21] She went on a club tour named Bitter & Sweet Release Tour.[22] The tour was so successful that new tour dates were added.[23] On October 9, Beni's official website announced a limited re-cut single named "KIRA☆KIRA☆" to be released on November 11.[24][25]

On December 16, Beni's official website announced a new single named "Sign."[26] With it came the collaboration with the popular brand MURUA.[27] One week after the release of "Sign" a new single was announced. The single was named "Bye Bye" and would be the outro theme for the TV series Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ. Along came the album release of her Bitter & Sweet Tour named Bitter & Sweet Release Tour Final which also contains a DVD of the tour. Both were released on March 10, 2010.[28][29] On April 15, Beni's official website announced a double a-side single named "Yurayura/Gimme Gimme." The song "Gimme Gimme" would serve as the new Kao Biore Body Deli commercial song.[30] The single reached the No. 20 spot on the Oricon weekly chart which is, next to her single "Mō Nido to...", the highest Oricon single ranking Beni got since she moved the Universal label. After the successful chart of "Yurayura/Gimme Gimme" on the Oricon chart, Beni's official website announced her second studio album named Lovebox which was released on June 2, 2010.[31] Lovebox debuted at No. 1 on the Oricon weekly charts, becoming her first album to get the No. 1 spot on the weekly charts.

On July 7, 2010, it was announced that BENI would release a new single named "Heaven's Door".[32] With the single came the promotion for BENI's own wedding dress line named Rouge de BENI which she all designed by herself. The single was released on August 11, 2010.[33] On 8 October, BENI started her Lovebox 2010 tour accompanied with Rouge de BENI. On 15 October, BENI's official website announced a limited single named 2FACE to be released on 24 November.[34] According to Beni's blog, this song should showcase a New Beni. On November 5, Beni's official website announced a third studio album named "Jewel" to be released on 8 December 2010.[35] On 9 February 2011, Beni's official website announced the release of her second Live album "Lovebox Live Tour" that contains a DVD with live footage.[36]

2011 - present: Continuing success[edit]

After the release of Lovebox Live Tour, Beni planned to go on tour to promote Jewel from the end of March till the end of April. However the tour got postponed due to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan and so started at the end of June.[35] On 9 May, Beni's official website announced a new single named "Suki Dakara" which was released on 8 June 2011.[35] Though the single wasn't physicly selling strong, it did pretty well on the online downloads. On 16 August, Beni's official website announced a new double A-side single named "Koe wo Kikasete / Crazy Girl" to be released on September 14.[35] Again it charted well on the online downloads. Very quickly a new single was announced named "Darlin'" and was set to release on 12 October. The song would serve as the new Kansai Collection theme song.[35] And very quickly after that it was announced her 4th album named "Fortune" would be released on 2 November.[35]

On 7 December, Beni's website announced the release of her 3rd Live album named "Jewel Concert Tour" and a new single named "Eien". Both were released on 25 January 2012.[35] On 6 February 2012, Beni's official website announced that Beni would release her first English cover album named Covers. The album contains English covers from Japanese songs from popular Japanese male artists.[35] The album became a huge success: ranking #2 on the Oricon weekly charts and selling even more copies then "Lovebox (Beni album)" (which ranked #1 on Oricon weekly charts) and her debut album "Bitter & Sweet". On 18 April 2012, Beni's official website announced another live album named "MTV Unplugged" to be released on 23 May.[35] The website announced on 21 August, that a Deluxe version of Covers was going to be released on 12 September 2012. The new version would include a DVD with music video's and live video footage.[37] On 27 September 2012, Beni's official website announced the release on a second cover album named "COVERS2".[37] Next to this new album, BENI announced her first artist book named Cover Girl.[37] Covers 2 debuted on the Oricon weekly chart at #5 selling over 50,000 copies, making it Beni's best debut sales ever.

In March 2013, Beni's official website announced a new single named "Satsuki Ame" to be released on 24 April 2013. This marks the first time that BENI written and composed the title track.[35] On June 26, 2013, Beni release a new single named "Our Sky". Shortly after that, a new album named "Red" was announced. The album is set to be released on 31 July 2013.[38]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Information Chart positions
[39]
Total sales
[39]
2005 Beni 1 541,130
2006 Girl 2 Lady
  • As Beni Arashiro
  • Released: February 22, 2006
  • Label: Avex Trax (AVCD-17879)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 502,990
2007 Gem
  • As Beni Arashiro
  • Released: April 24, 2007
  • Label: Avex Trax (AVCD-23220)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 500,000
2009 Bitter & Sweet
  • Released: September 2, 2009
  • Label: Universal (UPCH-29033)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1(蟬連兩週) 1,300,000
2010 Lovebox
  • Released: June 2, 2010[40]
  • Label: Universal (UPCH-29050)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 1,018,410
Jewel
  • Released: December 8, 2010[35]
  • Label: Universal (UPCH-29060)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 841,900
2011 Fortune
  • Released: November 2, 2011[35]
  • Label: Universal (UPCH-29076)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 672,000

Other albums[edit]

Year Album Information Chart positions
[39]
Total sales
[39]
2008 Chapter One: Complete Collection
  • Compilation
  • As Beni Arashiro
  • Released: March 5, 2008
  • Label: Avex Trax (AVCD-23524)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
166 1,000
2010 Bitter & Sweet Release Tour Final
  • Live album
  • Released: March 10, 2010
  • Label: Universal (UPCH-20189)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
50 6,000
2011 Lovebox Live Tour
  • Live album
  • Released: March 16, 2011
  • Label: Universal (UPCH-20228)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
48 1,700
2012 Jewel Concert Tour
  • Live album
  • Released: January 25, 2012
  • Label: Universal (UPCH-20266)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
42 2,800
2012 Covers
  • Cover album
  • Released: March 21, 2012
  • Label: Universal (UPCH-20270)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 224,000
2012 MTV Unplugged[41]
  • Live album
  • Released: May 23, 2012
  • Label: Universal (UPCH-20274)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
39 4,700
2012 COVERS2
  • Cover album
  • Released: November 7, 2012
  • Label: Universal (UPCH-20274)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5 140,000

Singles[edit]

Release Title Notes Chart positions Oricon
sales
[39]
Album
Oricon Singles Charts
[39]
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[42]
RIAJ digital tracks†
[43]
2004 "Harmony" 26 14,000 Beni
"Infinite..." 24 10,000
"Here Alone" 14 35,000
2005 "Miracle" Released same day as Beni. 98 1,000
"Hikari no Kazu Dake Glamorous" (光の数だけグラマラス Only As Glamorous As the Number of Lights?) 40 4,000 Girl 2 Lady
"Cherish" 96 1,000
2006 "How Are U" Gem
2007 "Luna" 77 3,000
2008 "Mō Nido to..." First single with Universal. 20 57 10* 14,000 Bitter & Sweet
2009 "Kiss Kiss Kiss" 40 58 1* 5,000
"Koi Kogarete" 70 9* 2,000
"Zutto Futari de" 67 89 6* 2,000
"Kira Kira" Re-cut single. 94 98* 800
2010 "Sign" 50 58 9* 2,000 Lovebox
"Bye Bye" 57 16* 1,000
"Yurayura / Gimme Gimme" 20 25 18*
16*
5,000
"Heaven's Door" 49 40 29* 3,000 Jewel
"2 Face" 68 51* 2,000
2011 "Suki Dakara" 46 8* 2,000 Fortune
"Koe wo Kikasete / Crazy Girl" 49 10*

1,500
"Darlin'" 74 19*
2012 "Eien" 75 20* 1,000 TBA
"Ti Amo" 20*
Covers
2013 "Satsuki Ame" 41 3,600 TBA
"Our Sky" 56 1,300 TBA
*charted on monthly Chaku-uta Reco-kyō Chart.
†Japan Hot 100 established February 2008, RIAJ Digital Track Chart established April 2009.

Collaborations[edit]

  1. 2008 June 11 - Mō Ichi do... #7 on Oricon
  2. 2008 September 24 - STAR IN MY SKY feat. BENI (MAKAI - Stars) #32 on Oricon
  3. 2008 September 24 - Mō Ichi do... feat BENI, summer days feat. BENI<08'ver> (Dohzi-T - 12 Love Stories) #3 on Oricon
  4. 2009 March 25 - BENI - Superstar (Yesterday Once more ~Tribute To Carpenters~)[44]
  5. 2009 March 25 - Finally feat. BENI (MAKAI - LEGEND)[45]
  6. 2009 August 12 - The Boy is Mine, Tynisha Keli feat. BENI
  7. 2009 September 16 - L.O.T. (Love or Truth) feat. BENI (M-flo - Tribute: Maison de m-flo) #8 on Oricon[46]
  8. 2009 December 16 - Heaven feat. BENI (Dohzi-T - 4 ever)[47]
  9. 2011 November 30 - Doko Made Mo (どこまでも; Anywhere) (Dohzi-T - 12 Love Stories 2)[48]

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