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
Occupations 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]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions (JPN)[10]
Sales[11]
Free 17 21,000
Pop
  • Released: January 27, 2010
  • Label: Pony Canyon (PCCA-3071)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5 54,000
Su. (素。?, "Naked")
  • Released: June 1, 2011
  • Label: Pony Canyon (PCCA-03413)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
6 41,000
Tatakai wa Owaranai (戦いは終わらない?, "The Fight Is Not Over")
  • Released: June 6, 2012
  • Label: Pony Canyon (PCCA-03594)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
6 28,000
Anata o Suki na Watashi (貴方を好きな私?, "The Me You Like")
  • Released: August 28, 2013
  • Label: Pony Canyon (PCCA-03888)
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, digital download
7 17,000

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales[11] Certifications Album
Oricon Singles Charts
[10]
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[12]
"Tsutaetai Koto"
"I Wanna See You"
2009 19 11
39
13,000 Pop
"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.")
"Hikari" (?, "Light")
2011 20 9
7,800
"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 6,100 Anata o Suki na Watashi
"Anata ga Suki na Watashi" (貴方が好きな私?, "The Me You Like")
"Boyfriend"
28 35
3,400

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[12]
"Hitomishiri no Uta" (人見知りの唄?, "Shy Song") 2008 Free
"My Baby"
"Free" 1
"Mada" (未だ?, "Still") 2010 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

Tours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "イデータ of あべま|阿部真央オフィシャルサイト". Archived from the original on 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  2. ^ a b "阿部真央 悲しみも孤独も楽しさもすべてリアル". Yahoo.co.jp. 2009-01-16. Archived from the original on 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  3. ^ a b c "阿部真央 アーティストページ - TSUTAYA online". Archived from the original on 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  4. ^ "ROCK IN JAPAN FES 2008". 阿部真央's MySpace Blog あべまのブログ。. 2008-08-05. Archived from the original on 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  5. ^ "阿部真央 on MySpace Music". Archived from the original on 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  6. ^ "Mao Abe - Free". Music Charts. Archived from the original on 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  7. ^ "阿部真央 リリース一覧". Oricon. Archived from the original on 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  8. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. 2010-01-18. Archived from the original on 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  9. ^ "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Archived from the original on 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2010-02-03.  (subscription only)
  10. ^ a b "阿部真央のリリース一覧" [A Look at Mao Abe's Releases]. Oricon. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" [Oricon Ranking Information Service 'You Big Tree']. Oricon. Retrieved October 7, 2013.  (subscription only)
  12. ^ a b "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard. 
  13. ^ "レコード協会調べ 12月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:12月度認定>". RIAJ (in Japanese). March 20, 2010. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 

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