Mari Hamada

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Mari Hamada
浜田麻里
Birth name 浜田麻里 (Hamada Mari)
Born (1962-07-18) July 18, 1962 (age 51)
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 participated in the recording of commercial songs. While attending Metropolitan Musashigaoka high school, she formed punk rock band "Mari band", and 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 hard rock was an exceptional genre and selling many albums of such a genre was rare. In 1985 "Blue Revolution" was announced.

In 1987, "In the Precious Age" was announced. This album was recorded in an overseas recording studio with a hired prominent 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) the "Heart and Soul", was released. In the same year, the 39th NHK Red and White Singing Contest Mari could have made an appearance, but declined. In 1989 "Return to Myself ~" was released.

Starting the 1990s was the album "Colors"(Oricon's first appearance as a label), "Tomorrow", "Anti-Heroine", which were big hits in quick succession (up 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, in 1994 performances in Europe were carried out, as well as further locations overseas. Then, in 1996 the album "Persona" was announced, but it was decided to take a brief pause from the live performances thereafter.

In 2002, there was a concert after a 9-year break 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 thereafter. In 2010, album "Aestetica" was broadcast, and was turned into a DVD performance of the Nakano Sun Plaza portion of the related tour, "Mari Hamada Live in Tokyo 'Aestetica' " 2 weeks after release, this was ranked 3rd in the charts, and in week 8 it was also in the overall chart 9th for Oricon DVD Daily Chart music month. In February 2012 album "Legenda" was released, ranking 5th on the Oricon Music Daily Chart and 9th (week # 23) in the Daily CD album chart. In 2013 the DVD from the "Legenda"-Tour was released, recorded at May, 26th, 2012 at Nakano Sunplaza Hall in Tokyo..

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

At April 27th, 2014 Mari finally play her special anniversary concert in Tokyo.

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]

  • 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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