May'n

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May'n
May'n in 2014.jpg
May'n performing at the J-POP Summit Festival 2014 in San Francisco, California
Background information
Native name メイン
Birth name Mei Nakabayashi
Also known as May'n
Born (1989-10-21) October 21, 1989 (age 25)
Origin Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Genres J-pop, Anison
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2005 – present
Labels Universal Music (2005–2007)
Victor Entertainment (2007–present)
Website ::: May'n Official Site :::

May Nakabayashi (中林 芽依 Nakabayashi Mei?, born October 21, 1989), better known by her stage name May'n (メイン Mein?), is a Japanese J-Pop artist managed by the Horipro talent agency and under the Victor Entertainment label. She was formerly under the Universal Music label.

Career[edit]

In 2003, at the age of 13, she participated in the 28th "HoriPro – Talent Scout Caravan – Love Music – Audition" (ホリプロ・タレントスカウトキャラバン・ラブミュージック・オーディション. Horipuro・Tarento Sukauto Kyaraban・Rabu Myūziku・Ōdishon?) and, out of the 34,911 hopefuls, became one of the four who survived the final eliminations at the Shibuya Club Quattro.[1]

In 2005, she made her single debut with Crazy Crazy Crazy. The single was later re-released with an extra track. Her second single, Sympathy, was also released later that year.

In 2006, she sang the ending theme for the anime Love Get Chu ~Miracle Voice Actress Hakusho~ (ラブゲッCHU ~ミラクル声優白書~ Rabu Gē CHU ~Mirakuru Seiyū Hakusho~?) which was included on her third single Fallin' in or Not.

In January 2008 she changed her artist name to "May'n". In the same year, she performed as the singing voice of Diva of the Galaxy, Sheryl Nome, in the anime TV series Macross Frontier. She released two singles that same year, each placing in the Top 3 on the Oricon Weekly Chart in their debut week. In January 2009, the mini-album May'n Street was released, and it reached number 2 on the Oricon Weekly Chart in the first week.

She was invited to perform "Iteza Gogo Kuji Don't be late" and "Northern Cross" at Animelo Summer Live 2008 and since then, she has participated in it every year. May'n gave her first live performance outside of Japan in Singapore at Anime Festival Asia 08 in November.[2][3] Ever since then, she appeared in every annual Anime Festival Asia event.

In January 2010, May’n performed her first solo Nippon Budokan concert, which sold out in only one day. In March of the same year, she held her first tour of Asia, followed in July by a 17-city summer tour of Japan. In fall 2010, May’n was chosen to record the theme song for the film “Incite Mill -7 Day Death Game-.” In February 2011, she released her 3D live documentary movie May'n The Movie: Phonic Nation and later that month released her second album “If you…” which made number 7 on the Oricon Weekly Chart. In March, she held her second solo Budokan concert. She participated in the largest-in-Europe Japanese Culture and Entertainment Festival “Japan Expo 2011″. May'n sang the theme song for the Capcom game E.X. Troopers. In 2011 and 2012, she collaborated with music artist Daisuke Asakura who composed and produced two of her singles, "Scarlet Ballet" for Aria the Scarlet Ammo and "Chase the world" for Sunrise anime Accel World.

May’n represented Japan on 26 October 2013 at ABU TV Song Festival 2013 in Hanoi, Vietnam with hit single "Vivid"[4] before starting on 29 October her May’n Hall Tour 2013 "Live! Cave! Dive!" in Japan.

In 2014, May'n released her fifth album "New World".[5] May'n would make her return to the United States with a solo concert in San Francisco and a performance at Union Square for J-Pop Summit Festival 2014.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Released as Year Title Oricon chart position Ref.
Daily/weekly eak Weeks Sales
May'n 2009 Styles 3/7 10 36,611 [6]
Sheryl Nome
starring May'n
2010 Cosmic Cuune 5/6 10 49,663 [7]
May'n 2011 If You... 7/7 8 28,493
May'n 2012 Heat 5/9 9 19,525
May'n 2014 New World

EPs[edit]

Released as Year Title Oricon charting position Ref.
Peak Weeks Sales
May'n 2009 May'N Street (メイン☆ストリート Mein Sutorīto?) 2/2 9 37,503 [8]
Sheryl Nome
starring May'n
Universal Bunny (ユニバーサル・バニー Yunibāsaru Banī?) 2/3 16 101,599 [9]

Singles[edit]

Released as Year Title Oricon chart position Album Theme song featured in Ref.
Daily/weekly pak Weeks Sales
May Nakabayashi 2005 "Crazy Crazy Crazy" [10]
"Sympathy" [11]
2006 "Fallin' in or Not" feat. SEAMO 159 1 544 Love Get Chu: Miracle Voice Actress Hakusho [13]
Sheryl Nome
starring May'n
2008 "Diamond Crevasse / Iteza☆Gogo Kuji Don't be late (ダイアモンド クレバス / 射手座☆午後九時Don't be late Daiamondo Kurebasu/Iteza Gogo Kuji Donto Bī Reito?) 2/2 27 108,504 Macross Frontier [14]
"Lion" (ライオン Raion?) 2/3 19 123,900 May'n Street [15]
May'n 2009 "Kimi Shinitamō Koto Nakare" (キミシニタモウコトナカレ?, Thou Shalt Not Die) 5/10 14 20,671 Styles Shangri-La [16]
Sheryl Nome
starring May'n
"Pink Monsoon" 2/5 9 38,703 Universal Bunny Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Utahime [17]
May'n 2010 "Ready Go!" 11/21 8 13,292 If You... Ōkami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi [18]
"Shinjitemiru" (シンジテミル?, See the Truth) 12/14 4 8,513 Injitemiru 7-nichikan no Death Game [19]
2011 "Scarlet Ballet" 9/11 10 24,435 Heat Aria the Scarlet Ammo [20]
"Brain Diver" 16/18 6 8,320 Phi Brain: Puzzle of God [21]
May'n 2012 "Chase the world" 5/7 13 33,556 Accel World
May'n 2013 "Run Real Run" w/ "アウトサイダー" (Outsider) 10/20 3 4,825 Real Onigokko The Origin / Onimusha Soul
"Vivid" w/ "ワイルドローズ" (Wild Rose) 15/19 5 7876 Blood Lad/Ikenie no Dilemma [22]
May'n 2014 "Kyo ni Koiro" (今日に恋色?, Today in Color of Love) Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha
"Re:REMEMBER" w/ "誰がために"

Digital singles[edit]

Year Title
2005 "Happy"
  • Released: December 11, 2005
2007 "Ame ni Saku Hana" (雨に咲く花?, Blooming Flowers in the Rain)
  • Released: January 31, 2007
2009 "My Teens, My Tears"
  • Released: October 21, 2009
2009 "Grand Piano"
  • Released: November 25, 2009
2010 "Ai wa Furu Hoshi no Gotoku" (愛は降る星のごとく?, Love Is Like Falling Stars)
  • Released: May 12, 2010
2012 "Aozora" (アオゾラ?, Blue sky)
  • Released: October 11, 2012
2012 "Mr. Super Future Star"
  • Released: November 22, 2012

DVDs & Blu-ray disks[edit]

Title Date Type Label/distributor Catalog No. Note
May'n Act March 25, 2009 DVD concert Victor Entertainment VTBL-3 May'n's concert at Akasaka Blitz on January 19, 2009 is recorded here.
May'n Special Concert BD Big Waaaaave!! in Nippon Budokan May 26, 2010 Blu-ray concert Victor Entertainment VTXL-1 May'n's concert at Nippon Budokan on January 24, 2010 is recorded here.
May’n Special Concert DVD Big Waaaaave!! in Nippon Budokan May 26, 2010 DVD concert Victor Entertainment VTBL-9 Same as above but on DVD.
May'n Special Concert BD Rhythm Tank!! at Nippon Budokan November 2, 2011 Blu-ray concert Victor Entertainment VTXL-7 May'n's concert at Nippon Budokan on March 6, 2011 is recorded here.
May’n Special Concert DVD Rhythm Tank!! at Nippon Budokan November 2, 2011 DVD concert Victor Entertainment VTBL-17 Same as above but on DVD.

Collaborations[edit]

Title Date Type Label/distributor Catalog No. Note
Macross F (Frontier) O.S.T.1 "Nyan Fro" June 4, 2008 CD album Victor Entertainment VTCL-60060 May'n is credited as "Sheryl Nome starring May'n".
Macross F (Frontier) O.S.T.2 "Nyan Tra" October 8, 2008 CD album Victor Entertainment VTCL-60061 May'n is credited as "Sheryl Nome starring May'n".
Macross F (Frontier) Vocal Collection "Nyan Tama" December 3, 2008 CD album (2 disks) Victor Entertainment VTCL-60100 May'n is credited as "Sheryl Nome starring May'n".
Macross F (Frontier) Galaxy Tour Final in Budokan October 30, 2009 DVD concert Bandai BCBM-0011
Same November 27, 2009 Blu-ray concert Bandai BCXE-0216 Same as above but on Blu-ray.
Macross F (Frontier) Concept Album "Cosmic Cuune" November 24, 2010 CD album Victor Entertainment VTCL-60230 May'n is credited as "Sheryl Nome starring May'n".
Yoko Kanno Produce Macross F Super Dimensional Super Live Cosmic Nyan Blu-ray November 23, 2011 Blu-ray concert
Yoko Kanno Produce Macross F Super Dimensional Super Live Cosmic Nyan DVD November 23, 2011 DVD concert
Kamen Rider Fourze ED Theme "Giant Step" January 25, 2012 CD single Avex Trax AVCA-49427 May'n is credited as "Astronauts" along Yoshiharu Shiina.

Concerts, public performances, and public appearances[edit]

Solo concerts[edit]

A TV group (front) and the queue (back) waiting for May'n Special Concert 2013 "MIC-A-MANIA" in Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, March 2013.
Side A:
Date Venue
July 30 Nagano Club Junk Box
July 31 Niigata Lots
August 2 Kashiwa Palooza
August 4 Saitama-Fukutoshin Heaven's Rock VJ-03
August 8 Shizuoka Live House Hamamatsu Madowaku
August 10 Kyoto Muse Hall
August 12 Okayama Crazy Mama Kingdom
August 13 Hiroshima Club Quattro
August 15 Kumamoto Drum Be-9 V1
August 20 Yokohama Bay Hall
Side B:
Date Venue
September 9 Zepp Fukuoka
September 11 Zepp Osaka
September 12 Zepp Nagoya
September 15 Zepp Sendai
September 17 Zepp Sapporo
September 20 & 21 Zepp Tokyo
  • March 6, 2011: May'n Special Concert 2011 "Rhythm Tank!!" in Nippon Budokan
  • March 20, 2012: May'n Special Concert 2012 "May'n Go! Around!!" at Yokohama Arena
  • March - October 2012: May'n "Rock Your Beats" World Tour
  • March 2, 2013: May'n Special Concert 2013 "Mic-a-mania" in Nippon Budokan

Collaborative concerts[edit]

May'n performing at Anime Festival Asia 2008, in Singapore, November 2008

2008[edit]

2009[edit]

2010[edit]

2011[edit]

2012[edit]

2013[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ::: May'n オフィシャル ウェブサイト ::: プロフィール :
  2. ^ "May’n Live in Singapore for Anime Festival Asia 2008 (updated)". A Gabriela Robin Site October 18, 2008. Retrieved February 13, 2010.
  3. ^ "[1]".[dead link]
  4. ^ "ABU TV Song Festival 2013 information page". ESCKAZ. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "J!-ENT's Dennis A. Amith interviews May'n". J!-ENT. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Oricon Page". Oricon (in Japanese). Styles Oricon Page. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  7. ^ ""Cosmic Cuune" Oricon Page". Oricon (in Japanese). Styles Oricon Page. Retrieved October 16, 2010. 
  8. ^ "May'n☆Street Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Universal Bunny Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Crazy Crazy Crazy Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Sympathy Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  12. ^ "'Fallin' in or Not feat. SEAMO'" (January 2007) Newtype USA. p. 120.
  13. ^ "Fallin' in or Not Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Diamond Crevasse / Iteza Gogo Kuji Don't be late Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  15. ^ ""Lion" Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Kimi Shinitamō Koto Nakare Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  17. ^ ""pink monsoon" Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 30, 2010. 
  18. ^ ""Ready Go!" Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 30, 2010. 
  19. ^ ""Shinjitemiru" Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Scarlet Ballet" Oricon Page|publisher=Oricon|language=Japanese|accessdate=April 15, 2011
  21. ^ [2]
  22. ^ [3]
  23. ^ Big Cat homepage
  24. ^ Bottom Line homepage
  25. ^ KL Live homepage
  26. ^ Legacy Taipei homepage (Chinese)
  27. ^ Concert information
  28. ^ "I LOVE ANISONG – AFA'09- Anime Festival Asia". Afa09.com. Retrieved January 1, 2011. 
  29. ^ "May'n – AFAX- I Love Anisong". Animefestival.asia. Retrieved January 1, 2011. 
  30. ^ Macross F concerts 2010 Official website
  31. ^ http://www.animefestival.asia/rock_your_soul.html#sunday-tab

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Perfume
with "Spring of Life"
Japan in the ABU TV Song Festival
2013
with "Vivid"
Succeeded by
[to be determined]