Cocco

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Cocco
Birth name Satoko Makishi
真喜志智子
Born (1977-01-19) January 19, 1977 (age 37)
Origin Naha, Japan
Genres J-pop, Folk, Pop, Rock, Alternative rock, Grunge
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1996–2001
2006–
Labels Speedstar Records
Associated acts Singer Songer
Website www.cocco.co.jp

Cocco (真喜志 智子 Satoko Makishi?, born January 19, 1977 in Naha, Okinawa) is a female J-pop / folk rock singer.

Early life[edit]

Cocco went to many ballet auditions, hoping to become a professional ballerina. She went to singing auditions to earn the traveling expenses for a ballet audition in Tokyo. She did not pass it, but after impressing the judges, she was later signed by Victor Entertainment.

Career[edit]

Cocco made her debut on an indie label under the name "Cocko" with a self-titled EP Cocko on November 21, 1996. A track from the EP, Sing a Song ~No Music, No Life~, was used in an advertising campaign for Tower Records Japan.

On March 21, 1997, Cocco changed the official spelling of her name to "Cocco" and released her major label debut single Countdown. A full-length album followed shortly after. It was not until 1998 when she scored a big hit in Japan with Tsuyoku Hakanaimonotachi, which sold more than 250,000.

Cocco went on to record three more albums – Kumuiuta in 1998, Rapunzel in 2000, and Sangurōzu in 2001. Before the release of Sangurōzu, Cocco announced she was retiring from the music business. Later that year, her label released a career retrospective, Best + Ura Best + Mihappyōkyokushū, which contained her singles, some b-sides and five unreleased tracks.

Her retirement did not last long. In 2002, she published her first art book, Minami no Shima no Hoshi no Suna. In August 2003, she organized a benefit concert to raise awareness about cleaning up beaches in Okinawa. A DVD documentary entitled Heaven's Hell followed in December.

2004 saw her appearance on the Yutaka Ozaki cover album "BLUE" and the publication of her second book, Minami no Shima no Koi no Uta, which was accompanied by a limited edition single, "Garnet/Celeste Blue". In 2005, Cocco collaborated with photographer/singer Nanaco on a CD/book combination titled The Bird.

In late 2004, Cocco teamed up with Shigeru Kishida of the Japanese rock group Quruli to re-record "Sing a Song" for Tower Records' 25th Anniversary in Japan. The sessions inspired the formation of Singer Songer, a band featuring Cocco, Kishida, Quruli bassist Masashi Sato, Cornelius support keyboardist Hirohisa Horie and former FEED drummer Dai Taro.

Singer Songer made its live debut as special guests at Quruli's year-end concert in December 2004, and in May 2005, the band released a single, "Shoka Rinrin". An album, Barairo Pop was released in June 2005. It contains a selection of country-flavored tracks that are much happier than Cocco's previous works.

In April, 2006, she wrote a series of essays for Mainichi Shimbun. Since then, Cocco has continued to write for various newspapers and magazines.

On July 7, 2007, Cocco performed at the Japanese leg of Live Earth at the Makuhari Messe, Chiba. After releasing the album Kira Kira, she started living in the UK and went to college to learn photography.

In 2010, Cocco published her first long novel "Polomerria". She appeared at the World Happiness 2010 rock festival in Tokyo on August 8. She released Emerald, her first self-produced album, on August 11. Cocco provided 14-year-old Director Ryugo Nakamura's first feature film Yagi no Boken with the theme song Yagi no Sanpo. She got a letter from the youngest film director in Japanese film history, and she decided to help the boy.

In 2011, the production costs 0 yen indie film Inspired movies produced by Cocco and her fellow video artists was released.

In 2012, Cocco made her acting debut, starring in KOTOKO, directed by Shinya Tsukamoto. She was also responsible for the art direction and music.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart positions
[1]
Total sales
[2]
1997 Bougainvillea (ブーゲンビリア Būgenbiria?) 33 122,000
1998 Kumuiuta (クムイウタ Lullaby?) 1 878,000
2000 Rapunzel (ラプンツェル Rapuntseru?) 1 380,000
2001 Sangu Rose (サングローズ Coral Rose?) 5 226,000
2006 Zancyan (ザンサイアン Mermaid Cyan?) 3 127,000
2007 Kirakira (きらきら Sparkling?) 6 91,000
2010 Emerald (エメラルド Emerarudo?) 5 39,000

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart positions
[1]
Total sales
[2]
2001 Best + Ura Best + Mihappyōkyokushū (ベスト+裏ベスト+未発表曲集?, "Best, B-side Best and Unreleased Songs Collection") 1 504,000
2011 The Best Ban (ザ・ベスト盤 The Best Disc?) 4

Singles[edit]

Indie label[edit]

Year Title Oricon singles sales chart Album
peak position
[1]
total sales
[2]
1996 "Cokco"

Major label[edit]

Year Title Oricon singles sales chart Album
peak position
[1]
total sales
[2]
1997 "Countdown" (カウントダウン?) 98 2,200 Bougainvillea
"Tsuyoku Hakanai Monotachi" (強く儚い者たち The Strong and Ephemeral?) 18 361,000 Kumuiuta
1998 "Raining" 17 128,000
"Kumoji no Hate" (雲路の果て End of the Road Through the Clouds?) 6 144,000 Rapunzel
1999 "Jukai no Ito" (樹海の糸 Threads in the Deep Forest?) 3 182,000
"Plumeria" (ポロメリア Poromeria?) 9 97,000
2000 "Mizu Kagami" (水鏡 Water Reflection?) 10 68,000
"Kemono Michi" (けもの道 Animal Trail?)
  • Re-cut single.
10 37,000
"Hoshi ni Negai o" (星に願いを When You Wish Upon a Star?) 25 32,000 Sangu Rose
2001 "Hane: Lay Down My Arms" (羽根~lay down my arms~ Feathers: lay down my arms?) 16 38,000
"Fūka Fūsō" (風化風葬 Burial in the Elements?)
  • Okinawa only VHS+8 cm single.
"Yakeno ga Hara" (焼け野が原 Burnt Field?)
  • Released on same day as Sangu Rose.
12 55,000
2006 "Onsoku Punch" (音速パンチ Speed of Sound Punch?) 5 80,000 Zancyan
"Hi no Teri Nagara Ame no Furu" (陽の照りながら雨の降る Rain Falls While the Sun Shines?) 4 48,000
2007 "Dugong no Mieru Oka" (ジュゴンの見える丘 The Hill Where Dugong Can Be Seen?)
  • September Okinawan release, November all-Japan release.
14 32,000
2009 "Cocco-san no Daidokoro CD" (こっこさんの台所CD Cocco's Kitchen CD?)
  • Four season-themed EP with lead track "Kinuzure."
6 18,000 Emerald
2010 "Nirai Kanai" 20 12,000

Others[edit]

Cocco-chan to Shigeru-kun[edit]

Cocco-chan to Shigeru-kun (こっこちゃんとしげるくん Miss Cocco & Mr. Shigeru?) is a prototype of Singer Songer, and the member doesn’t change.

Year Album details Chart positions
[1]
Total sales
[2]
2004 Sing A Song ~No Music, No Love Life~
  • Single
  • Released: November 23, 2004
  • Label: Tower Records (limited release)
  • Formats: CD

Singer Songer[edit]

Singer Songer is a musical group consists of five musicians, featuring Cocco as a lead singer.

Year Album details Chart positions
[1]
Total sales
[2]
2005 Shoka Rin-Rin (初花凛々 The dignified first bloom of flowers?)
  • Single
  • Released: May 25, 2005
  • Label: Speedstar Records
  • Formats: CD
Barairo Pop (ばらいろポップ Rose color Pop?)
  • Album
  • Released: June 29, 2005
  • Label: Speedstar Records
  • Formats: CD

Videography[edit]

Music video compilations[edit]

Year Album details Notes
2001 Otanoshimi Hizō Video + Zen Single Clip = Kei Jū Roku Kyokushū (お楽しみ秘蔵ビデオ+全シングルクリップ=計16曲集 Pleasure Treasure Video + All Single Clips = 16 Planned Song Collection?)
2011 Cocco Inspired movies
  • Contains the videos which the video creators inspired by the Cocco’s songs made and was showed on Ustream for a limited time.
  • Released to aid the disaster victims of the Tohoku Earthquake.
"The Best Clip Shū" (ザ・ベストクリップ集 The best clip collection?)
  • Best of music crips of Cocco associated with the album "The Best Ban".

Concert tour videos[edit]

Year Album details Notes
2008 "Kira-Kira Live Tour 2007/2008 ~Final at Nippon Budokan 2 Days~" (きらきら Live Tour 2007/2008 〜Final at 日本武道館 2 Days〜?)
  • Contains Kira-Kira Live Tour, shot live from Nippon Budokan.
  • The first day is the band performance and the second day is the acoustic live.
  • Limited Edition includes special DVD
2011 Emerald Tour 2010
  • Contains Emerald Tour 2010, shot live in Tokyo on November 11, 2010.
  • Limited Edition includes key case and clear box.

Documentaries[edit]

Year Album details Notes
2003 Heaven's Hell
  • Contains "Gomi Zero Daisakusen" (ゴミゼロ大作戦 Operation Zero Garbage?) broadcast on TBS "NEWS23" and Ryukyu Broadcasting Corporation "Ryū no Hige."
  • Limited Edition featured bonus 12 cm CD "Heaven's hell".
2009 Daijōbu de Aru Yōni: Cocco Owaranai Tabi (大丈夫であるように -Cocco 終らない旅- So I Can Be Alright: Cocco's Endless Journey?)
  • Documentary following Kira-Kira Live Tour.
  • Released in theaters on December 13, 2008.
  • Limited Edition featured bonus 12 cm CD Tori no Uta (鳥の歌 Song of the Birds?) & photobook.

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Year Film Name Character Name Film director
2008 Daijōbu de Aru Yōni: Cocco Owaranai Tabi (大丈夫であるように -Cocco 終らない旅- So I Can Be Alright: Cocco's Endless Journey?) (documentary) Hirokazu Koreeda
2010 Kotoko Kotoko (琴子?) Shinya Tsukamoto

Bibliography[edit]

Title Original Publication Date Publisher Category Book sources
南の島の星の砂
Minami no Shima no Hoshi no Suna
Star Sands in the South Ocean
September 27, 2002 Kawade Shobo Shinsha Picture book ISBN 978-4-309-26584-1
南の島の恋の歌
Minami no Shima no Koi no Uta
Love Songs from the South Ocean
August 15, 2004 Kawade Shobo Shinsha Picture book ISBN 978-4-309-26769-2
8.15 Okinawa Cocco December 21, 2006 The NHK publication, photographer: nanaco Photo-book ISBN 978-4-14-081161-0
想い事。
Omoi Goto.
Thoughts.
August 15, 2007 The Mainichi Newspapers Essays and photos ISBN 978-4-620-31826-4
大丈夫であるように -Cocco 終らない旅-
Daijōbu de Aru Yōni: Cocco Owaranai Tabi
So I Can Be Alright: Cocco's Endless Journey
December 5, 2008 Poplar Publishing, photographer: nanaco Photo-book ISBN 978-4-591-10719-5
こっこさんの台所
Cocco-san no Daidokoro
Miss Cocco's Kitchen
August 15, 2009 Gentosha Essays and recipes ISBN 978-4-344-01717-7
ポロメリア
Poromeria
Plumeria
May 26, 2010 Gentosha Novel ISBN 978-4-344-01835-8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "アーティスト: Cocco". Oricon. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved 2010-06-03.  (subscription only)

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