Juju (singer)

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Juju
ジュジュ
Birth name Sonoda Jun (園田淳)
Born (1976-02-14) February 14, 1976 (age 38)
Origin Shōbara, Hiroshima, Japan
Genres J-pop, R&B, jazz
Occupation(s) Singer, lyricist, Singer-songwriter
Instruments Singing
Years active 2004 (2004)–present
Labels Sony Music Associated Records Inc
Website www.jujunyc.net

Juju (ジュジュ?) (stylized as JUJU) (born February 14, 1976)[1] is a Japanese jazz singer. She is represented by Sony Music Associated Records Inc.[2]

Biography[edit]

She currently resides in New York City. She dreamed of being a jazz singer while growing up in Kyoto, and participated in all sorts of music-related activities. At age 18, she left for the US alone. While in New York, she was very taken with the "New York sound," including jazz, R&B, hip-hop, soul, Latin music, and house. Around 2001, Juju began to be featured in a number of works by other artists. In 2002, she provided music for the film Kyōki no Sakura. In 2004, she debuted with her first single "Hikaru no Naka e". The same year, concurrent with her musical activities in New York, she started performing live in Japan. When her third single, "Kiseki wo Nozomu nara", was released, it topped the USEN charts and remained on the chart for a record length of 22 weeks. At this point, while she received support from a small group of listeners, she remained mostly unknown. On August 23, 2008, with the release of "Kimi no Subete ni", a collaboration between Spontania and Juju, she broke out onto the Japanese popular music scene, with the single receiving over 2.5 million downloads. Again, on November 26, 2008, another collaboration with Spontania named "Sunao ni Naretara" earned her even more fame, with the song receiving 2.2 million downloads.[3]In 2010, Juju released her third album called "JUJU" and it won the Excellence Album Award at the 52nd Japan Record Awards.[4]

Discography[edit]

Original albums[edit]

Year Album Information Oricon
albums
chart
[5]
Reported
sales
[6]
Certifications
2007 Wonderful Life 13 42,000
2009 What's Love?
  • Released: March 4, 2009
  • Label: Sony (AICL-1996)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3 265,000
  • RIAJ: Platinum
2010 JUJU
  • Released: March 17, 2010
  • Label: Sony (AICL-2092)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 145,000
  • RIAJ: Gold
2011 You
  • Released: July 13, 2011
  • Label: Sony (AICL-2263)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 353,000
2014 Door
  • Released: March 5, 2014
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 -

Cover album[edit]

Year Album Information Oricon
albums
chart
[5]
Reported
sales
[6]
Certifications
2010 Request
  • Female vocalist cover album
  • Released: September 29, 2010
  • Label: Sony (AICL-2178)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 478,000
  • RIAJ: Double platinum
2011 Delicious
  • Jazz cover album
  • Released: November 30, 2011
  • Label: Sony (AICL-2327~2328,AICL-2329)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5 117,000

Compilations[edit]

Year Album Information Oricon
albums
chart
[5]
Reported
sales
[6]
Certifications
2012 Best Story (Love Stories)
  • Released: November 7, 2012
  • Label: Sony (AICL-2460~2461,AICL-2464)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 269,000
Best Story (Life Stories)
  • Released: November 7, 2012
  • Label: Sony (AICL-2462~2463,AICL-2465)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 300,000

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album Information Oricon
Albums
Charts
[5]
Reported
sales
[6]
2007 Open Your Heart: Sugao no Mama de (素顔のままで?, "Staying Honest")
  • Released: June 6, 2007
  • Label: Sony (AICL-1826)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
16 36,000
2008 My Life
  • Released: June 11, 2008
  • Label: Sony (AICL-1826)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
117 1,800

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Release Title Notes Chart positions Oricon
sales
[6]
Album
Oricon Singles Charts
[5]
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[7]
2004 "Into the Light" (光の中へ?, "Hikari no Naka e") N/A Open Your Heart
"CRAVIN'" N/A
2006 "If You Wish for a Miracle..." (奇跡を望むなら...?, "Kiseki o Nozomu Nara...") 85 8,700 Wonderful Life
2007 "Summer Flower" (ナツノハナ?, "Natsu no Hana") 78 6,500
"Wish for snow/If You Wish for a Miracle...Xmas story" (Wish for snow/奇跡を望むなら...Xmas story?) 55 2,800 N/A
2008 "No Matter How Far..." (どんなに遠くても...?, "Donna ni Tōkutemo...") 84 56 3,000 What's Love?
"Sky" (?, "Sora") 88 49 1,200
"If I Could be Honest/I can be free" (素直になれたら/I can be free?, "Sunao ni Naretara/I Can Be Free") (Juju feat. Spontania) "Kimi no Subete ni" answer song 6 2 84,000
2009 "Overflowing with Kindness" (やさしさで溢れるように?, "Yasashisa de Afureru Yō ni") 11 3 18,000
"If Tomorrow Comes" (明日がくるなら?, "Ashita ga Kuru Nara") (Juju with Jay'ed) April Bride Movie OST 2 3 150,000 Juju
"Present" 29 14 7,300
2010 "Cherry Blossom Rain/Ready for Love/S.H.E./Last Kiss" (桜雨/READY FOR LOVE/S.H.E./Last Kiss?, "Sakura Ame") 20 8 7,700
"Trust in You" 30 18 7,400 You
"Hello, Again" My Little Lover cover 15 19 23,000 Request
"Stop This Night" (この夜を止めてよ) RIAJ #1 for three weeks 10 12 80,000 You
2011 "Instead of a Goodbye/Wish" (さよならの代わりに/願い?, "Sayonara no Kawari ni/Negai") 14 39 12,000
"See You Tomorrow..." (また明日...?, "Mata Ashita...") 9 11 47,000
"You/Beloved" Re-cut single, "Beloved" Glay cover 28 65 6,400 N/A
"Lullaby Of Birdland/Aqua Shadow" (Lullaby Of Birdland/みずいろの影?, "Lullaby Of Birdland/Mizuiro no Kage") 59 87 2,800 Delicious
2012 "sign" 11 8 26,000 Door
"I'm Back" (ただいま?, "Tadaima") 7 6 29,000
"Thank You" (ありがとう?, "Arigatou") 10 7 12,000
2013 "Dreamer" 20 10 N/A
"Distance" 14 8 N/A
"I Want to Protect You" (守ってあげたい?, "Mamotteagetai") 27 7 N/A
2014 "Door/Hot Stuff" 25 30/7 N/A

†Japan Hot 100 established February 2008.

As featured artist[edit]

Release Title Chart positions Oricon
sales
[6]
Album
Oricon Singles Charts
[5]
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[7]
RIAJ digital tracks†
[8]
2003 "In-mail" (Dohzi-T feat. Juju) 79 3,500 Dai San no Otoko
2008 "Kimi no Subete ni" (君のすべてに?, "All of You") (Spontania feat. Juju) 7 3 2* 83,000 Music

Other appearances[edit]

Release Artist Title Album
2001 K Dub Shine feat. Juju "Sex Friend" (セックスフレンド Sekkusu Furendo?) Save the Children
DJ Masterkey feat. Hi-Timez + Juju "Meaning of Life" Daddy's House Vol. 1
2002 Juju "Family (Is One of Nature's Masterplaces)" Kyōki no Sakura Original Soundtrack
"I Confess"
"Kako no Nai Mirai" (過去のない未来 Pastless Future?)
2003 Chris feat. Juju "Horoscope Love" Love Me or Not
DJ Masterkey feat. Juju "Free Your Mind" Daddy's House Vol. 2
2005 Juju "Come, Fly with Me" Jam Films S Original Soundtrack
Hi-Timez feat. Juju "How You Feel" Goo Goo Hoo
2007 One Draft feat. Juju "Sakura Saku Koro" (桜咲く頃 When Cherry Blossoms Flower?) "Furusato" (single)
Bliss feat. Juju "Another Day" Tokyo Calling 2
Nobodyknows feat. Juju "Go My Way" Vulgarhythm
Dohzi-T feat. Mumy-D, Juju "Best Friends" One Mic
Juju "The Power of Love" Tribute to Celine Dion
Juju "Corcovado" Jobiniana: Ai to Hohoemi to Hana
2008 Delta Goodrem and Juju "Live! Together (Tokyo Girls Anthem)" Delta (Deluxe edition)
Pax Japonica Groove feat. Juju "Funtime" Pax Japonica Groove
Dohzi-T feat. Juju "In-mail ('08 Ver.)" 12 Love Stories
Jazztronik feat. Juju "Yume no Tsuzuki" (ユメノツヅキ After the Dream?) JTK
2009 I-Dep feat. Juju "Now, and Now" Pop Out!! What!!!
2010 Toshinobu Kubota feat. Juju "Is It Over?" Timeless Fly
2011 GLAY feat. Juju "Time for Christmas" Hope and The Silver Sunrise

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JUJU、限定80人のファンの前でスペシャル・ライヴ" (in Japanese). Barks. 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  2. ^ "JuJu." Sony Music Online Japan. Retrieved on February 22, 2009.
  3. ^ "[1]." goo Music profiles. Retrieved on July 1, 2009.
  4. ^ "tokyohives.com Winners and nominees for the 52nd Japan Record Awards" (in Japanese). Retrieved April 16, 2014, 2010.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ a b c d e f "アーティスト: JUJU". Oricon. Retrieved June 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ 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 June 14, 2011.  (subscription only)
  7. ^ a b "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard. 
  8. ^ 有料音楽配信チャート (in Japanese). RIAJ. 

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