Kana Nishino

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Kana Nishino
Native name 西野 カナ
Born (1989-03-18) March 18, 1989 (age 25)
Origin Matsusaka, Mie, Japan
Genres Pop, R&B, J-pop
Occupation(s) Singer, lyricist
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2008–present
Labels Aniplex (2008-2009)
SME Records (2009-)
Associated acts Giorgio Cancemi, Verbal (M-Flo), Wise
Website www.nishinokana.com

Kana Nishino (西野 カナ Nishino Kana?, born March 18, 1989 in Matsusaka, Mie, Japan) is a J-Pop singer and lyricist signed with SME Records' Newcome Inc. She debuted on February 20, 2008, with the single "I". CNN said that she was the favorite singer of teenage girls in Shibuya, Tokyo, signalling Sony's jump on the bandwagon effect started by Avex.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early life (1989-2007) and early career (2008-2010)[edit]

Nishino studied English from an early age, and went to America twice. She became interested in various genres of music, including hip-hop, R&B and reggae, but she also enjoyed Japanese literature, and started singing Japanese folk songs. Her dream of becoming a singer started in junior high school. When she was 16, her mother secretly sent a demo tape of hers to the Miss Phoenix Audition, and she was rated the top singer entrant out of approximately 40,000 applicants. A year later in 2006, she was signed to SME Records.

In 2007 while preparing to be a singer, she was also studying English literature at college. At the time she met Australian duo Nervo, who offered Nishino a song called "I Don't Wanna Know" for use in her music project. Nishino rewrote the song's lyrics into Japanese herself, and re-titled it "I".

In December 2007 her official site opened, and from that time onwards "*I* ~Merry Christmas ver.~" was available as a digital download from several Japanese sites, including Mora. Interestingly, the original version of the song "I Don't Wanna Know" was available as a digital download on the American iTunes site from New Year's Day onwards. The physical version was released two months later, on February 20, 2008.

Nishino's second single was called "Glowly Days". Her third single, "Style", was used as the second ending theme song for the anime series Soul Eater and her fourth single "Make Up" is used in the ONA Chocolate Underground from UK's miniseries Bootleg with one of its b-sides, "Kirari", as an insert song.

After her first four singles, her music took a more R&B feel to it. Her fifth single "Tōkutemo feat. Wise" was released as a full-track digital song (Chaku Uta Full) on March 11, 2009. The physical CD was released on March 18, 2009. It is her first physical single to enter the top 50 in the Japanese Oricon single charts. Wise's digital single "Aenakutemo feat. Kana Nishino" debuted at number 9 on the RIAJ Digital Track Chart.[2]

Nishino released her sixth single "Kimi ni Aitaku Naru Kara" on June 3, 2009. The single hit number 14 on the Oricon weekly single charting, being her best single release of the six. The digital version of the single debuted at number 5 on the RIAJ Digital Track Chart.[3]

Her album Love One. was released on June 24, 2009, and features all six singles, a b-side, "Celtic", a pro and epilogue (featuring "kirari"), along with five completely unreleased songs: "doll" (track 3), "Girlfriend" (track 4), "Kimi no Koe o feat. Verbal (M-Flo)" (track 5), "Life goes on..." (track 7), and "candy" (track 9). "Kimi no Koe o" reached number 5 on RIAJ's digital track charts.

Nishino released her seventh single "Motto...". The full-track ringtone digital download of the song began on October 14 and the physical CD was released on October 21, 2009. The song debuted at the number 1 spot on the RIAJ Digital Track Chart.[4] She released the double A-side single "Dear.../Maybe" on December 2, 2009. After releasing two more singles "Best Friend" and "Aitakute Aitakute", she released her second album To Love on June 23, 2010.

On August 4, 2010, Kana Nishino released her eleventh single, "If." This song was used as the theme and ending song of the movie "Naruto Shippuden 4: The Lost Tower".The single reached number 5 on the Oricon charts and sold over 85,000 copies. Her 12th single, "Kimi tte", was released on November 3, 2010.

Big success in Japan (2010-2013)[edit]

Kana competed in the 61st Kohaku Uta Gassen, which took place on December 31, 2010, with "Best Friend." On February 9, 2011, the single "Distance" was released. She also collaborated with Wise on the single "By your side" which was released on March 16, 2011.[citation needed]. Two months later on May 18, 2011 her new single 'Esperanza' was released. In spring of 2012, Nishino's cute looks have her in the magazines "CUTiE" "JELLY", "JJ", "Popteen", "Ray", and "ViVi" (in alphabetical order). In September 2012, Nishino released her 4th album called Love Place. It was released in two versions: a limited CD+DVD edition and a regular CD-only edition. The song "Be Strong" was used to promote the album. The album was later re-released in Taiwan in a big package version including a unique 2013-year desk calendar. The album won the Best Prize in the "Grand prix record Nippon! Shining 54th" latest original album "Love Place".

Best albums and box albums (2013)[edit]

Discography[edit]

  • Love One. (2009)
  • To Love (2010)
  • Thank You, Love (2011)
  • Love Place (2012)
  • With Love (2014)

Awards[edit]

MTV Video Music Awards Japan[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2010 Motto... Most Popular Karaoke Song Won
2011 Kimi tte Best Pop Video
Most Popular Karaoke Song
Nominated
to Love Best Album Won
2012 Tatoe Donna ni... Best Female Artist Video Nominated
2013 Always Best Female Artist Video Won

Japan Record Awards[edit]

The Japan Record Awards is a major music awards show held annually in Japan by the Japan Composer's Association.

Year Recipient Award Result
2010 to LOVE Excellent Album Won
2011 Esperanza Excellent Work Won
2012 GO FOR IT!! Excellent Work Won
Love Place Excellent Album Won
2013 Sayonara Excellent Work Won

Japan Cable Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2010 Kimi tte Outstanding Performance Won
2011 Watashitachi Outstanding Performance Won
2012 Tatoe Donna ni... Outstanding Performance Won
2013 Sayonara Outstanding Performance Won

Japan Gold Disc Award[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2010 to LOVE The Best 5 Albums Won
Aitakute Aitakute Most Downloaded Song Won
if Top 5 Downloaded Songs Won
Best Friend Won
2012 Tatoe Donna ni... Top 5 Downloaded Songs Won

Billboard Japan Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2010 Kana Nishino Best Pop Artist Nominated

Best Hits Kayosai[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2009 Kana Nishino Gold Artist Won
2010 Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marx, W. David. "Kana Nishino: The gyaru's favorite new singer". CNN Go. CNN. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  2. ^ "RIAJ Digital Track Chart between May 6, 2009 and May 12, 2009" (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  3. ^ "RIAJ Digital Track Chart between May 20, 2009 and May 26, 2009" (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  4. ^ "RIAJ Digital Track Chart between October 14, 2009 and October 20, 2009" (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 

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