May (singer)

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May
Also known as Mei, メイ, 메이
Born (1982-05-06) May 6, 1982 (age 32)
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres J-Pop, K-Pop, Modern rock, Folk rock, Rock and Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter and Composer
Instruments Acoustic guitar
Years active 2006 - present
Labels Avex Trax, CJ Music and Doremi Media
Website MAY's official website

May (also known as: Mei, メイ, 메이, born May 6, 1982) is a Korean singer,[1] well known in South Korea for singing the song "Miracle". She speaks Korean, Japanese, and English[citation needed].

May was born on May 6, 1982 in Seoul, South Korea. She started her music career in South Korea in late 2005 singing "Miracle", a well known song in South Korea. Within a month she was chosen by Avex's Show Case Live because she was able to speak Japanese. By early 2006 she was signed to Avex Trax in Japan, and had a contract to publish her first EP "Wonderland" with CJ Music in South Korea, which charted at #23 in the Korean top 200 and sold 743 copies within the first week. Within 3 months, May released her second EP "Smile" with a different publisher, Doremi Media in South Korea, and it charted at #27 and sold 695 copies in the first week. By 2007, May had released her first Japanese Album "a Little Happiness" which charted at #77 on Oricon.

Biography[edit]

2005-2006:Between South Korea and Japan[edit]

Wonderland[edit]

May is a Korean artist who made her debut in 2006 but wasn't able to gain any success on any releases. May started her music career singing "Miracle" as a theme song along with a F.I.R. cover song "Lydia" as an insert song for a popular Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) weekend drama "Friends" in late 2005. On 7 March 2006 May had a contract with CJ Music releasing her first EP or mini album entitled "Wonderland" that featured seven songs. May did not gain much success with her first released charted at #23 on Korean top 200.

Smile[edit]

Three months later, on 2 June 2006, May released her second EP or mini album "Smile" with a different publisher, Doremi Media. "Smile" reached #27 in the chart. She also covered another song from F.I.R., "Fly Away". May released two versions of "Smile": a first press limited version with her "M" symbol, and a regular version without the "M" symbol.

Cover of May's debut album: "A Little Happiness"

A Little Happiness[edit]

Early in 2005, Avex launched a project called Show Case Live. It featured samples of eight upcoming artists, including May. She signed under the Avex label later that year. On 21 February 2006, May released her first single "Wonderland", which failed to chart on Oricon. Before Mat's "Smile" EP, she released her second single "Kienai Niji" on May, 2006 also fail to chart. On 26 July 2006, May released "Surrender (c/w Lydia)", her third single, which gained her little success. May released her fourth single in autumn on 8 November 2006. By 10 January 2007, Sarai no Kaze was released as her fifth single, also her first single to chart at #132 sold 518 copies in the first week. By end of the month May released her first album "a Little Happiness" chart at #77.

2007-present: May's first tour around Japan[edit]

Onna Gokoro and tour[edit]

MAY is about to set off a tour in 2007 after releasing her sixth single "Onna Gokoro" on 4 April 2007.

The "M" Symbol[edit]

MAY uses a M symbols to represent her own name. Usually, the M symbols appear on her website and covers of her singles, albums, and EPs.

Discography[edit]

Korean EP[edit]

Album # Album information Copies sold
1st "Wonderland"
  • Released: 7 March 2006
  • Korean top SalesPoint position: #31
  • Korean top 200 position: #23
743
2nd "Smile"
  • Released: 2 June 2006
  • Korean top SalesPoint position: #38
  • Korean top 200 position: #27
693

Japanese studio albums[edit]

Album # Album information Copies sold
1st "A Little Happiness"
  • Released: 31 January 2006
  • Oricon top 200 weekly position: #77
N/A

Japanese singles[edit]

Single # Single information Top position Sold Copies
1st "Wonderland"
  • Released: 21 February
  • Studio Album: A Little Happiness
Fail to Chart N/A
2nd "Kienai Niji"
Alternate Title:

"Breeze of Wind"
or "消えない虹"

  • Released: 17 May 2006
  • Studio Album: A Little Happiness
Fail to Chart N/A
3rd "Surrender (c/w Lydia)"
  • Released: 26 July 2006
  • Studio Album: A Little Happiness
Fail to Chart
4th "Kogarashi no Junjo"
Alternate Title:

"The Rainbow Which Does Not Vanish"
or "木枯らしの純情"

  • Released: 10 November 2006
  • Studio Album: A Little Happiness
Fail to Chart N/A
5th "Sarai no Kaze"
Alternate Title:

"Natural Cold Wintry Wind"
or "サライの風"

  • Released: 10 January 2007
  • Studio Album: A Little Happiness
#132 508
6th "Onna Gokoro"

Alternate Title:
"It Is Time"
or "オンナゴコロ"

  • Released: 4 April 2007
  • Studio Album: TBD
Fail to Chart N/A
7th "Kizuna / Toki Wo Tomete"
  • Released: 19 December 2007
  • Studio Album: TBD
Fail to Chart N/A

Other recordings[edit]

  • A-nation'06 Best Hit Live / V.A - Compilation (Japanese) Avex Trax
featured May songs
  • Wonderland
  • Surrender
  • Fly Away

References[edit]

  1. ^ 얼굴없는 가수 유우, 알고보니 가수 메이…이름 바꿔 활동. 마이데일리 (in Korean). 6 July 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 

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