Mari Hamada

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Not to be confused with Mari Hamada (entertainer).
Mari Hamada
浜田麻里
Birth name 浜田麻里 (Hamada Mari)
Born (1962-07-18) July 18, 1962 (age 52)
Tokyo, Japan
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres AOR, metal, rock
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Years active 1983–present
Labels Tri-M
MCA
Victor
Associated acts Indecent Obsession, Munetaka Higuchi
Website Official site

Mari Hamada (浜田麻里 Hamada Mari?, born July 18, 1962 in Tokyo, Japan, height 158cm) is a Japanese female rock singer, songwriter and producer.

Biography[edit]

Since junior high school, Mari Hamada has been participating in the recording of commercial songs. While attending Metropolitan Musashigaoka high school, she formed the punk rock band "Mari Band". After being admitted to Aoyama Gakuin University, she worked as a vocalist in "Misty Cats". In the 1980s, she attracted attention as a well-known female rock vocalist in Japan, at the time when hard rock was a genre known to specialists only and not many hard rock albums were sold. In 1985 "Blue Revolution" was announced, followed up by "In The Precious Age" in 1987. For the overseas production of the latter album, the decision was made to hire a renowned foreign music producer/musician. Around this time, Mari employed a wide range of music that also incorporated pop melodies from strong hard rock color seen in the early 1980s, in order to further expand the fan base. In 1988, The NHK theme of the Seoul Olympics (NHK relay theme song which was played at local Japanese NHK stations), "Heart and Soul", was released. In the same year, Mari would have got permission to perform on stage for the 39th NHK Red and White Singing Contest, but she declined after all. In 1989 "Return to Myself ~" was released.

With the start of the 1990s, the album "Colors" (featuring Oricon as a debuting label) was released, lifting the big hits "Tomorrow" and "Anti-Heroine" (which climbed to number 1 on Japanese charts). In 1993 she participated in the charity group "Used To Be A Child", changing the location of musical activities into places around Asia. One year later, in 1994, she performed in Europe as well as further locations abroad. Then, in 1996 the album "Persona" was announced, however Mari Hamada decided that she wanted to take a short break to leave her a little time to take a breath after her demanding live performances.

After a 9-year hiatus, in 2002, she gave a concert in Japan at Akasaka Blitz. Since then new albums were announced nearly every two years, and live tours at a rate of once a year. In 2010, the album "Aestetica" got heavy airplay, and was subsequently turned into a DVD performance of the Nakano Sun Plaza portion of the related tour, "Mari Hamada Live in Tokyo 'Aestetica' ". Two weeks after its initial release, it achieved rank #3 in the charts. In February 2012 the album "Legenda" was released, ranking 5th on the Oricon Music Daily Chart and 9th (week # 23) in the Daily CD album chart. 2013 the DVD from the "Legenda"-Tour, recorded on May 26, 2012 at Nakano Sunplaza Hall in Tokyo was released.

The Complete Single Collection box-set includes 4 CDs, 2 DVDs and a book, was released on January 8, 2014, it includes the very rare songs "Bye Bye My Little Summer", "Someone Like You" and "Heartless Woman" (first time on CD).

At April 27, 2014, Mari performed her special anniversary concert in Tokyo, she played 28 songs and it was filmed by WOWOW. 14 songs of this concert including two Interviews were shown on Japanese TV at July 20, 2014.

Mari performed at the Summer Sonic Festival in Tokyo at August 16, 2014 and played 7 songs.

At August 31, September 3 and September 7th, 2014 Mari performed 3 Premium Symphonic Concerts with 13 songs, titled "Rock Queen Orchestra".

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Lunatic Doll (1983.04.21)
  • Romantic Night (1983.12.16)
  • Misty Lady (1984.06.21)
  • Rainbow Dream (1984.12.26)
  • Magical Mystery Live (1985.07.21)
  • Blue Revolution (1985.12.21)
  • Promise In The History (1986.09.05)
  • In The Precious Age (1987.09.01)
  • Love Never Turns Against (1988.06.21)
  • Heart And Soul - The Singles (1989.11.21)
  • Return To Myself (1989.06.07)
  • Colors (1990.09.21)
  • Tomorrow (1991.10.19)
  • Anti-Heroine (1993.03.20)
  • Persona (1996.03.11)
  • Philosophia (1998.10.21)
  • Blanche (2000.02.23)
  • Marigold (2002.03.27)
  • Sense Of Self (2003.08.27)
  • Elan (2005.10.26)
  • Sur Lie (2007.03.21)
  • Aestetica (2010.02.17)
  • Legenda (2012.02.15)
  • Complete Singles Collection (4 CDs) (2014.01.08)

International releases[edit]

DVDs[edit]

  • Misty Lady (1984.07.21)
  • Magical Mystery (1985.06.21)
  • Blue Revolution (1985.10.21)
  • One Night Magic (2 DVDs) (1987.12.08)
  • To You (1989.11.07)
  • Heart And Soul & Return To Myself - L.A. Sessions (1990.05.07)
  • Beyond Tomorrow (1992.01.31)
  • Live History (1992.03.26)
  • Marigold (2002.09.26)
  • 20th Anniversary Special Concert (2004.03.12)
  • Footsteps In 20 Years (2 DVDs) (2004.06.30)
  • 25th Anniversary - On The Wing (2 DVDs) (2008.12.07)
  • Aestetica (2 DVDs) (2010.05.29)
  • Legenda (2 DVDs) (2012.12.05)
  • Inclination III (2013.08.07)
  • Complete Singles Collection (2 DVDs) (2014.01.08)

Compilations[edit]

  • First Period (1984.03.05)
  • Mari's Collection! (1986.05.21)
  • Now And Then (1986.11.21)
  • Anthology (1987.12.01)
  • Sincerely (1989.12.16)
  • L.A. Session (1990)
  • Inclination (2 CDs) (1994.03.24)
  • Cats And Dogs (2 CDs) (1998.10.07)
  • Greatest Hits (2000.06.16)
  • Super Value (2001.12.19)
  • Inclination II (2 CDs) (2003.06.25)
  • Sincerely II (2005.02.23)
  • Reflection - Axiom Of The Two Wings (2 CDs) (2008.07.23)
  • Golden Best (2010.09.15)
  • Inclination III (2 CDs) (2013.08.07)

Singles[edit]

  • Misty Blue (1982)
  • Blue Revolution / Heartless Woman (1985.10.21)
  • Crime Of Love / Night Steals (1986.05.21)
  • Love And Free / Magic / Promise In The History (1986.12.16)
  • Magic / Right To Go (1987.06.21)
  • 999 One More Reason / Fire And Ice (1987.08.21)
  • Forever / Self Love (1988.03.21)
  • Call My Luck / Sailing On (1988.06.08)
  • Heart And Soul / My Tears (1988.09.07)
  • Return To Myself / Restless Kind (1989.04.19)
  • Open Your Heart / Endless Wave (1989.11.08)
  • Heaven Knows / Take It Easy On Yourself (1990.07.11)
  • Tomorrow / Bye Bye My Little Summer (1990)
  • Bye Bye My Little Summer (1990)
  • Nostalgia / Empty Room (1991.12.16)
  • Paradox / Missing You (1991.10.10)
  • Tele-Control / Rainy Blue (1992.02.05)
  • Hold On One More Time (1993)
  • Someone Like You (1993)
  • Cry For The Moon / Anti-Heroine (1993.01.27)
  • Used To Be A Child (1993.02.19)
  • Company / Private Heaven (1993.07.28)
  • Hey Mr. Broken Heart / Indian Summer (1996.01.24)
  • Antique / Long Long Way From Home (1996.06.05)
  • Until the Dawn /Summer Days (1998.08.26)
  • Millenia / Blanc (2000.01.26)
  • Frozen Flower / Prayer / Flame (2002.02.27)
  • Ash And Blue / Necessary Condition / Stardust (2003.07.30)
  • Fly High / Moonlight Shadow / Sing Away (2005.09.22)
  • Eagle (2008.04.30)
  • Wish (2008.05.28)

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