Mao Abe

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Mao Abe
Birth name Mao Abe (阿部真央?)
Also known as Abema (あべま?) (nickname)
Born (1990-01-24) 24 January 1990 (age 24)
Ōita, Japan
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Acoustic guitar, Vocals
Years active 2008–present
Labels Pony Canyon (2008–present)
Yamaha Music Artist (talent agency) (2008–present)

Mao Abe (阿部 真央 Abe Mao?, born 24 January 1990) is a Japanese singer-songwriter.

Biography[edit]

Abe started learning the piano from age three, and from junior high school she wanted to be a singer.[1] She gave up the piano in favour of the guitar, wanting to be an acoustic pop singer/songwriter in the style of Canadian pop musician Avril Lavigne.[2] While at high school she frequently busked and attended music auditions.[3] In February 2006, on a morning when she had truanted from school, she wrote her first song, "My Baby".[2] Late in mid-2006, she entered the Yamaha Teens' Music Festival's Ōita regional contest on the recommendation of a musical instrument store manager, and performed "My Baby".[1][3] She won the grand prize, and later entered the country-wide version, where she won an honourable mention prize after performing "Haha no Uta" (母の唄 Mother Song?).[3]

After finishing high school, she moved to Tokyo and was signed to the record label Pony Canyon. Abe performed at many live events, including some high-profile events like the Rock in Japan Festival.[4] From August until November, four acoustic demos of Abe songs were released on iTunes.[5] The third of these, "My Baby", was chosen as the October iTunes Single of the Week free download song.[1]

Abe released her first album Free in January 2009. The eponymous title track was released as a radio single, and did extremely well on radio stations: Abe reached #1 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart, despite only the airplay component counting towards her ranking (as opposed to airplay and physical sales, like most other releases).[6]

Since the album, she has released three singles, the first two reaching the top 20 on the Oricon single charts.[7] The third, "Itsu no Hi mo", reached #2 on the Japan Hot 100 chart, a week before the physical release of the single.[8] The single was followed by her second album, Pop, which was her first top 5 album on the Oricon albums chart.[9]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales (JPN)[10][A]
JPN
[11]
TWN East Asian
[12][B][C]
Free 17 15 21,300
Pop
  • Released: January 27, 2010 (JPN)
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5 54,000
Su. (素。?, "Naked")
  • Released: June 1, 2011 (JPN)
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Formats: CD, digital download
6 40,800
Tatakai wa Owaranai (戦いは終わらない?, "The Fight Is Not Over")
  • Released: June 6, 2012 (JPN)
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Formats: CD, digital download
6 27,700
Anata o Suki na Watashi (貴方を好きな私?, "The Me You Like")
  • Released: August 28, 2013 (JPN)
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download
7 17,200
"—" denotes items that did not chart.

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales (JPN)[10]
JPN
[11]
Single Collection 19—24 (シングルコレクション19-24 Shinguru Korekushon Naintīn Tuentifō?)
  • Released: August 20, 2014 (JPN)
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download
7 13,000

Singles[edit]

As a lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales (JPN)[10] Certifications Album
JPN Oricon
[11]
JPN Hot 100
[13][D]
"Tsutaetai Koto" 2009 19 11 13,300 Pop
"I Wanna See You" 39
"Anata no Koibito ni Naritai no Desu" 19 5 8,800
"Itsu no Hi mo" 2010 12 2 9,200
"Lonely" 22 5 9,500 Su.
"19-sai no Uta" 20 8 6,000
"Mottō." (モットー。?, "Mooore.") 2011 20 9 7,800
"Hikari" (?, "Light")
"Soba ni Ite" (側にいて?, "Come to Me") 22 18 7,800 Tatakai wa Owaranai
"Sekai wa Mada Kimi o Shiranai" (世界はまだ君を知らない?, "The World Still Doesn't Know You") 2012 22 11 6,600
"Saigo no Watashi" (最後の私?, "Me at the End") 2013 20 34 6,200 Anata o Suki na Watashi
"Anata ga Suki na Watashi" (貴方が好きな私?, "The Me You Like") 28 35 3,500
"Boyfriend"
"Believe in Yourself" 2014 20 23 5,500 Single Collection 19—24
"Sorezore Arukidasō" (それぞれ歩き出そう?, "Let's Walk Our Separate Ways") 29 24 3,500 Non-album single
"—" denotes items that did not chart.

As a featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
JPN Hot 100
[13][D]
"Bitansan Syndrome" (微炭酸シンドローム?, "Soda Syndrome") (Kreva featuring Mao Abe) 2011 97 Go

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[13]
"Hitomishiri no Uta" (人見知りの唄?, "Shy Song") 2008 Free
"My Baby"
"Free" 1
"Mada" (未だ?, "Still") 2010 23 Pop
"Tatakai wa Owaranai" 2012 27 Tatakai wa Owaranai
"Tenshi wa Ita n da" (天使はいたんだ?, "There Was an Angel") 2013 83 Anata o Suki na Watashi
"—" denotes items that did not chart.

Video albums[edit]

List of media, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions
JPN
[11]
Abe Mao Live No. 2 @ Zepp Tokyo (阿部真央らいぶNo.2@Zepp Tokyo?)
  • Released: July 27, 2011
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Formats: DVD
33
Abe Mao Live No. 4 @ Shibuya Kōkaidō (阿部真央らいぶNo.2@渋谷公会堂?)
  • Released: December 5, 2012
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Formats: DVD
18
Abe Mao Live No. 5 @ Tokyo Kokusai Forum (阿部真央らいぶNo.5@東京国際フォーラム?)
  • Released: March 19, 2014
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray
45

Tours[edit]

  • Abe Mao Live No. 0 (2009)
  • Abe Mao Live No. 0.7 (2009)
  • Abe Mao Live No. 1 (2010)
  • Abe Mao Live No. 2 (2010)
  • Abe Mao Live Natsu no Jin (2011)
  • Abe Mao Live No. 3: Zepp to Quattro Dake de Gomen ne Tour (2011)
  • Abe Mao Live No. 4 (2012)
  • Abe Mao Hikigatari Live 2012 Fuyu: Christmas da yo! Kuru desho? Kuru yo ne!? no Maki (2012)
  • Abe Mao Hikigatari Live 2013 Natsu (2013)
  • Abe Mao Live No. 5 (2013)
  • 5th Anniversary Abe Mao Live "Ochikarazoe, Negaimasu." Tour 2014 (2014)
  • 5th Anniversary Abe Mao Live 2014 @ Nippon Budōkan (2014)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sales provided by Oricon database and are rounded to the nearest hundred copies.
  2. ^ The G-Music East Asian chart is a sub-chart, so releases listed may not have charted on the main top 20.
  3. ^ Position was taken from 2009 week 11 for Free.
  4. ^ a b Sources for chart positions are as follows: "Free",[14] "I Wanna See You",[15] "Tsutaetai Koto",[16] "Anata no Koibito ni Naritai no Desu",[17] "Itsu no Hi mo",[18] "Mada",[19] "Lonely",[20] "19-sai no Uta",[21] "Motto",[22] "Bitansan Syndrome",[23] "Soba ni Ite",[24] "Sekai wa Mada Kimi o Shiranai",[25] "Tatakai wa Owaranai",[26] "Saigo no Watashi",[27] "Anata ga Suki na Watashi",[28] "Tenshi wa Ita n da",[29] "Believe in Yourself",[30] "Sorezore Arukidasō".[31]

References[edit]

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