Kyosuke Himuro

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Kyōsuke Himuro
Also known as Himurock
Born (1960-10-07) October 7, 1960 (age 54)
Origin Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan
Genres Rock, pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1979–present
Labels Toshiba-EMI
Associated acts Boøwy, Spinach Power, Death Penalty
Website himuro.com

Kyosuke Himuro (氷室 京介 Himuro Kyōsuke?, born October 7, 1960 in Takasaki, Gunma, Japan) is a Japanese singer-songwriter. He was a member of the rock group Boøwy from 1981 to 1988. After the group disbanded he started a successful solo career, becoming one of Japan's best-selling artists. In 2003, HMV Japan ranked Himuro at number 76 on their list of the 100 most important Japanese pop acts.[1] He currently lives in Los Angeles, California,[2] where he purchased a palatial residence in Beverly Hills in 2004, which was previously owned by Shaquille O'Neal.

He has frequently played music with Steve Stevens, best known as the backing guitarist Billy Idol. For example, Stevens participated in Himuro's album as a guitarist and his concert tour after his album I·De·A.

On August 22, 2004, he held a concert, entitled "21st Century Boøwys VS Himuro", at the Tokyo Dome. He sang many Boøwy songs, the first time in sixteen years.

"Wild Romance" was used as the ending theme music for the Japanese dubbed version of Van Helsing.

Most recently, Himuro's song "Calling", from his 1989 album Neo Fascio, was used in the ending credits to the highly anticipated 2005 CG Film Final Fantasy VII Advent Children. The film's director Tetsuya Nomura has noted that Himuro's music has been highly influential in his own work, and when asked about his contribution to the film, Himuro said that he was happy his work would be used in "the best CG movie ever made in Japan".

On August 5 and 6, 2006, he held a concert called "Kyosuke Himuro + Glay 2006 at Ajonomoto-Stadium "Swing Addition"" with Japanese band Glay in Ajinomoto Stadium. In addition, Himuro released first collaborated single with Glay called "Answer" on August 2, 2006.

The Japanese release of Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete features a new ending song by Himuro, replacing the original use of "Calling". "Safe and Sound" is the title and it features My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way. "Safe and Sound" was released on the iTunes Store on April 29, 2009. However, the North American release does not contain "Safe and Sound", but instead continues to feature "Calling".

Himuro donated 669,220,940 yen (around 8.7 million USD) to Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate prefectures, for recovery after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[2]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Angel" (July 21, 1988), Oricon Weekly Singles Chart Peak Position: No. 1[4]
  • "Dear Algernon" (October 7, 1988) No. 2[4]
  • "Summer Game" (July 26, 1989) No. 1[4]
  • "Misty" (MISTY〜微妙に〜?, September 6, 1989) No. 2[4]
  • "Jealousy" (JEALOUSYを眠らせて?, May 16, 1990) No. 1[4]
  • "Crime of Love" (February 27, 1991) No. 2[4]
  • "Urban Dance" (February 26, 1992) No. 2[4]
  • "Good Luck My Love" (November 7, 1992) No. 5[4]
  • "Kiss Me" (December 7, 1992) No. 1[4]
  • "Virgin Beat" (August 29, 1994) No. 1[4]
  • "Tamashii wo Daitekure" (魂を抱いてくれ?, lit. "Hug the Soul", October 25, 1995) No. 2[4]
  • "Stay" (June 24, 1996) No. 1[4]
  • "Squall" (August 15, 1996) No. 1[4]
  • "Waltz" (January 15, 1997) No. 4[4]
  • "Native Stranger" (June 4, 1997) No. 2[4]
  • "Heat" (October 29, 1997) No. 5[4]
  • "Sleepless Night" (SLEEPLESS NIGHT 〜眠れない夜のために〜?, August 18, 1999) No. 6[4]
  • "Diamond Dust" (ダイヤモンド・ダスト?, October 27, 1999) No. 3[4]
  • "Eternity" (永遠 〜Eternity〜?, February 23, 2000) No. 13[4]
  • "" (炎の化石?, June 28, 2000) No. 81[4]
  • "Girls Be Glamorous" (January 1, 2001) No. 10[4]
  • "Claudia" (July 20, 2003) No. 10[4]
  • "Wild Romance" (September 8, 2004) No. 6[4]
  • "Easy Love/Bitch as Witch" (February 8, 2006) No. 6[4]
  • "Answer" (August 2, 2006)
Glay feat. Kyosuke Himuro
  • "Sweet Revolution/In the Nude ~Even Not in the Mood~" (October 4, 2006) No. 3[4]
  • "Safe and Sound" (April 29, 2009)
Kyosuke Himuro feat. Gerard Way
  • "Bang the Beat/Safe and Sound" (July 14, 2010) No. 3[4]
  • "If You Want" (March 14, 2012) No. 4[4]
  • "Warriors" (September 26, 2012) No. 5[4]
  • "North of Eden" (May 1, 2013)

Compilations[edit]

  • Singles (July 19, 1995) No. 1[3]
  • Collective Souls ~The Best of Best~ (June 24, 1998) No. 4[3]
  • Ballad ~ La Pluie (September 27, 2001) No. 7[3]
  • Case of Himuro (March 19, 2003) No. 7[3]
  • 20th Anniversary All Singles Complete Best "Just Movin' On" ~All The-S-Hit~ (June 11, 2008) No. 1[3]

Live albums[edit]

  • The One Night Stands ~Tour "Collective Souls" 1998~ (December 9, 1998) No. 6[3]
  • 21st Century Boøwys Vs Himuro (December 24, 2004) No. 8[3]

Others[edit]

  • Lover's Day Double Happiness (August 21, 1991)
  • Masterpiece #12 (April 25, 1992) No. 1[3]
  • Lover’s Day II (January 27, 1999)
  • Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Original Soundtrack (September 28, 2005)
  • Tour 2010-11 Borderless "50x50 Rock' N' Roll Suicide" -Official Pirates Mix 20101231--Official Pirates Mix 20101230- (February 7, 2011)
  • Official Pirates Mix (February 3, 2012)
  • 「Crossover 12-13 Day 1 20121230」 (January 15, 2013)
  • 「Crossover 12-13 Day 2 20121231」 (January 15, 2013)

Home videos[edit]

  • King of Rock Show of 88's-89's Turning Process (June 28, 1989 / dvd 2009), Oricon DVDs Chart Peak Position: No. 20[5]
  • Neo Fascio Turning Point (July 25, 1990 / dvd 2009) No. 26[5]
  • Birth of Lovers (December 1990)
  • Over Soul Matrix (November 27, 1991 / dvd 2009) No. 30[5]
  • Captured Clips (April 28, 1993)
  • Live at the Tokyo Dome Shake the Fake Tour (December 25, 1995 / dvd 2009) No. 23[5]
  • Missing Piece (May 14, 1997)
  • The One Night Stands - Tour "Collective Souls" 1998 (December 24, 1998 / dvd 2009) No. 18[5]
  • 100152 (December 24, 1999 / dvd 2000) No. 14[5]
  • Digital BeatNix Tower (October 18, 2000) No. 2[5]
  • Case of Himuro 15th Anniversary Special Live (November 25, 2003) No. 10[5]
  • Higher Than Heaven ~ At Yoyogi National Stadium" (August 18, 2004) No. 5[5]
  • 21st Century Boøwys VS Himuro (December 24, 2004)
  • Soul Standing By〜 (2005)
  • Kyosuke Himuro/Captured Clips 1988-2006 (2006) No. 8[5]
  • Kyosuke Himuro Tour 2007 "In the Mood" (2008) No. 2[5]
  • 20th Anniversary Tour 2008 Just Movin' On -Moral~Present- (2009) No. 3[5]
  • L’egoiste (2009) No. 8[5]
  • Kyosuke Himuro Countdown Live Crissover 05-06 1st Stage/2nd Stage (2009) No. 7[5]
  • 20th Anniversary Tour 2008 Just Movin' On -Moral~Present- Special Live at Budokan (2009)
  • Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Chariity Live Kyosuke Himuro Gig at Tokyo Dome "We Are Down But Never Give Up!!" (東日本大震災復興支援チャリティライブ KYOSUKE HIMURO GIG at TOKYO DOME "We Are Down But Never Give Up!!"?, 2011) No. 2[5]
  • Kyosuke Himuro Tour 2010-11 Borderless 50x50 Rock' N' Roll Suicide (2012) No. 6[5]
  • 21st Century Boøwys Vs Himuro "An Attempt to Discover New Truths" (2012) No. 8[5]
  • Special Gigs The Borderless From Boøwy to Himuro (2012)

Cover songs[edit]

Himuro has covered several songs. Although "Keep the Faith" was composed by Himuro himself.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 100 Japanese pops Artists - No.76". hmv.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Himuro Kyosuke donates 669 million yen to the disaster area". tokyohive.com. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t 氷室京介のアルバム売り上げランキング. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab 氷室京介のシングル売り上げランキング. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "氷室京介のDVD売り上げランキング". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-07-04. 

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