Jasmine (Japanese singer)

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Jasmine
Birth name Asumi[1]
Born (1989-05-19) May 19, 1989 (age 25)
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres R&B, urban, gospel
Occupations Singer-songwriter, radio DJ
Instruments Singing
Years active 2009–present
Labels Sony Music Associated
Associated acts Jeff Miyahara
Website www.jasmine-world.net

Jasmine (stylized as JASMINE) (born May 19, 1989), is a Japanese singer, songwriter and producer whose real given name is Asumi (あすみ?).[1] She is represented by Sony Music Japan, and is a DJ for the Japanese radio station J-Wave. In June 2009, she released her debut single "Sad to Say". Described as "the next Hikaru Utada", Jasmine cites Utada as her influence.

Biography[edit]

Background information[edit]

Jasmine first experienced singing at thirteen years old, in a gospel choir at Yokota Air Base. It was here that her interest in gospel music began.[2] Jasmine soon joined the American Expedition Choir. She decided to become a professional singer at the age of seventeen, and began writing her own lyrics and music.[2] She soon signed a contract with Sony Music in Japan.

2009–present: Debut and first album[edit]

Jasmine released her debut single "Sad to Say" on June 24, 2009. Previous to this date the song was released as a ringtone on the Chaku-Uta Full chart, were it debuted at number one. With this, Jasmine became the first singer to debut at number one with their debut song on the chart.[1] Soon after the release of "Sad to Say", critics began calling Jasmine "the reincarnation of Hikaru Utada" and compared the two's choice of promoting only through radio appearances.[1] After debuting at number thirteen on the Oricon singles chart,[3] the single later peaked at number ten in its second week.[4] The single has since become her most successful, peaking at number one on the digital charts and selling in excess of 30,000 physical copies in Japan.[5]

On October 25, 2009, Jasmine had her debut live performance at the Saitama Super Arena, as a special guest for American singer Ne-Yo.[6] Her performance coincided with the release of her second single "No More" on October 28. The song became her second top five entry on the digital charts when it debuted at the fifth position.[7] It was also a top twenty single on the Oricon chart, debuting at number fifteen.

Jasmine returned in 2010 with set of three singles, each released within a month of each other. The first of the three, "This Is Not a Game", was released on March 3 and was limited to 10,000 copies. The song was used the opening theme for NTV's Music Fighter that month. A cover of "My Life, My Love, My All" by Kirk Franklin was featured as the single's b-side, a reference to Jasmine's gospel roots.[8] The single debuted at twenty-three on the Oricon charts and charted for four weeks.[8] Follow up single "Jealous" was released on April 7 and was again limited to 10,000 copies. The single featured a second gospel cover. This time it was "I Need You to Survive" by Hezekiah Walker. The single became Jasmine's third top twenty single on the Oricon chart. Jasmine's fifth single "Dreamin'" was then released on May 12. This single was produced by Jeff Miyahara, much like Jasmine's four previous A-sides, and became a top forty single on the Oricon chart.[9]

Over a year after her debut, Jasmine's debut album, Gold, was released throughout Japan on July 21, 2010.[10] Her second album, Complexxx followed three years later.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album information Chart positions
[11]
Total sales
[12]
2010

Gold

3 50,000
2013

Complexxx

28 3,000+

Singles[edit]

Release Title Notes Chart positions Oricon
sales
[12]
Album
Oricon singles charts
[11]
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[13]
RIAJ digital tracks
[14]
2009 "Sad to Say" Certified platinum for full-length cellphone downloads[15] 10 6 1 31,200 Gold
"No More" Certified gold for full-length cellphone downloads[16] 15 8 5 9,200
2010 "This Is Not a Game" Limited production run of 10,000 copies 23 55 16 4,600
"Jealous" 20 55 9 3,800
"Dreamin'" 38 50 13 5,500
2011 "One" Stargate produced 32 38 27 3,600 Complexxx
"Only You" 59 19 2,300
2012 "Best Partner" 50 TBA TBA 2,191
2013 "High Flying" Limited editions come with an autographed cover jacket 46 TBA TBA 2,167
"Hero" 93 TBA TBA 1,111
2013 "Countdown" Produced by Nervo TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "ポスト宇多田!JASMINE、デビュー前史上初1位!:芸能:スポーツ報知" (in Japanese). June 30, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "若干20歳の驚異の新人、JASMINEがデビュー曲を着うた配信(livedoor) - livedoor ニュース" (in Japanese). Livedoor. June 2, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ "検索結果-ORICON STYLE アーティスト/CD検索" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ "検索結果-ORICON STYLE アーティスト/CD検索" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ "一般社団法人 日本レコード協会|各種情報 (2009/06/17~2009/06/23)" (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  6. ^ "JASMINE : JASMINE、デビュー後初ライヴはNE-YOのアリーナ公演 / BARKS ニュース" (in Japanese). August 25, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  7. ^ "一般社団法人 日本レコード協会|各種情報 (2009/10/21~2009/10/27)" (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "THIS IS NOT A GAME (1万枚限定生産) JASMINEのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  9. ^ "DREAMIN' JASMINEのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  10. ^ "YESASIA: Gold (ALBUM+DVD)(First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version) CD - Jasmine, Sony Music Entertainment - Japanese Music - Free Shipping - North America Site". YesAsia. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "アーティスト: JASMINE". Oricon. Retrieved December 14, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved December 14, 2010.  (subscription only)
  13. ^ "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard. 
  14. ^ "有料音楽配信チャート" (in Japanese). RIAJ. 
  15. ^ "レコード協会調べ 10月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:10月度認定>". RIAJ (in Japanese). November 22, 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2010. 
  16. ^ "レコード協会調べ 10月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:10月度認定>". RIAJ (in Japanese). November 22, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2010. 

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