Miliyah Kato

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Miliyah Kato
加藤ミリヤ
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Background information
Birth name 加藤美穂 (Katō Miho)
Born (1988-06-22) June 22, 1988 (age 26)
Origin Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Genres Pop, R&B, urban
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Singing
Years active 2004–present
Labels Mastersix Foundation
Associated acts Shota Shimizu
Website http://www.miliyah.com

Miho Katō (加藤 美穂 Katō Miho?) (born June 22, 1988), better known by her stage name of Miliyah Kato (加藤 ミリヤ Katō Miriya?) is a Japanese pop and urban singer-songwriter from Toyota, Aichi, Japan. In 2001, when she was 13 years old, she passed a Sony audition. She began writing music and lyrics from the age of 14. Before her official debut she sang support vocals for other musicians and performed in commercials. Katō made her debut with the release of the single "Never Let Go/Yozora" (2004) and released her debut album Rose (2005) the next year. She is influenced by hip hop and R&B music, especially artists Lauryn Hill and Mary J. Blige. Her music also makes frequent use of sampling. Katō herself has said that her music uses hip hop and R&B as a base, and aims for a middle ground which is neither overly pop nor overly hardcore. Katō graduated from the Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo. She grew up in a single-parent household, with her mother and brother. Her father operated a gem store before his death.[1]

At the time of her debut in 2004 she was called the "post-Utada Hikaru" (ポスト宇多田ヒカル posuto Utada Hikaru?), referring to the two artists' similarities, from their lyrics to their shared "high school girl charisma".[2] Around the time of her debut, the fact that she was still actually in high school was often emphasized.[3] From participating in making the visuals for her CD jackets to producing her own fashion brand, she also has some influence in visual and fashion areas.[4] Those who are influenced by her music, fashion and acts are called "Miliyers" (ミリヤー miriyaa?).[5]

As of 2014 she is currently touring Japan, winding up in Osaka in June.[6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album information Chart positions
[7]
Total sales
[8]
2005 Rose 2 1,127,958
2007 Diamond Princess
  • Released: March 7, 2007
  • Label: Mastersix Foundation
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • RIAJ: Triple Platinum
5 864,984
2008 Tokyo Star
  • Released: April 2, 2008
  • Label: Mastersix Foundation
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • RIAJ: Double Platinum
3 739,130
2009 Ring
  • Released: July 8, 2009
  • Label: Mastersix Foundation
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • RIAJ: 2 Million
1 1,906,784
2010 Heaven
  • Released: July 28, 2010
  • Label: Mastersix Foundation
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • RIAJ: Million
1 1,006,989
2012 True Lovers
  • Released: November 21, 2012
  • Label: Mastersix Foundation
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • RIAJ: Platinum[10]
2 91,590
2014 Loveland
  • Released: February 19, 2014
  • Label: Mastersix Foundation
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • RIAJ: —
3 48,205

Other albums[edit]

Year Album information Chart positions
[7]
Total sales
[8]
2008 Best Destiny
  • Greatest hits album
  • Released: November 5, 2008
  • Label: Sony Music Japan
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • RIAJ: Gold
1 223,000
2011 M Best
  • Greatest hits album
  • Released: August 3, 2011
  • Label: Sony Music Japan
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 308,000

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Release Title Notes Chart positions Oricon
Sales
[8]
Album
Oricon Singles Charts
[7]
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[11]
RIAJ Digital Track Chart
[12]
2004 "Never Let Go/Yozora" (Never let go/夜空 Night Sky?) "Yozora" samples Buddha Brand's "Ningen Hatsudensho." 15 45,000 Rose
"Beautiful" 26 16,000
2005 "Dear Lonely Girl" (ディア ロンリーガール Dia Ronrī Gāru?) Samples Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing," Yuri Satō's "Lonely Girl" and ECD's "ECD no Lonely Girl." 15 80* 50,000
"Jōnetsu" (ジョウネツ Passion?) Samples Ua's "Jōnetsu." 11 43,000
2006 "Sotsugyō" (ソツギョウ Graduation?) 23 14,000 Diamond Princess
"Last Summer" 30 14,000
"I Will" 17 44* 18,000
2007 "Eyes on You" 13 70* 25,000
"My Girl" feat. Color 29 42* 10,000
"Love Is..." 11 33* 26,000 Tokyo Star
"Lalala" feat. Wakadanna (Shōnan no Kaze)/"Futurechecka" feat. Simon, Coma-Chi and Taro Soul "Futurechecka" samples Earth, Wind & Fire's "Brazilian Rhyme" and Zeebra's "Parteechecka."
"Lalala" has been certified Platinum for Chaku Uta Full downloads of over 250,000.
7 5* 49,000
2008 "19 Memories" Samples Namie Amuro's "Sweet 19 Blues."
"19 Memories" has been certified Double Platinum by the RIAJ for downloads of over 500,000.
16 17 6* 24,000
"Sayonara Baby/Koi Shiteru" "Koi Shiteru" samples Shanice's "I Love Your Smile."
"Sayonara Baby" has been certified Platinum for Chaku Uta Full downloads of over 250,000.
9 10 9*
43*
26,000 Ring
2009 "20 -Cry-" 7 7 18* 25,000
"Love Forever" with Shota Shimizu 5 1 2* 90,000
"Why" The title song has been certified Gold for Chaku Uta Full downloads of over 100,000. 10 8 2* 29,000 Heaven
2010 "Bye Bye" 8 4 1* 19,000
"Last Love" 13 40 2* 17,000
2011 "Yūsha-Tachi" (勇者たち Heroes?) 8 7* 11,000 True Lovers
"Desire / Baby!Baby!Baby!" 13 26*
10*
8,000
"Believe" with Shota Shimizu 9 2* 16,000 M Best
"Roman" 19 4 31* 8,000 True Lovers
2012 "Aiaiai" 14 3 7* 7,000
"Heart Beat" 14 8 1* 25,000
2013 "EMOTION" 26 27 - LOVELAND
"Lonely Hearts" 17 13
2014 "Love/Affection/神様" 23 10
* charted on monthly Chaku-uta Reco-kyō Chart.
†Japan Hot 100 established February 2008, RIAJ Digital Track Chart established April 2009.

As featured artist[edit]

Release Artist Title Chart positions Oricon
Sales
[8]
Album
Oricon Singles Charts
[7]
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[11]
RIAJ Digital Track Chart
[12]
2004 Dohzi-T feat. Miliyah Kato "Shōri no Megami" (勝利の女神 Goddess of Victory?) 84 9,000 Dōmu
2006 Dohzi-T feat. Miliyah Kato, Roma Tanaka "Better Days" 30 18,000 Warabest: The Best of Dohzi-T
2007 Zeebra feat. Miliyah Kato "My People" 44 6,000 World of Music
2010 Shota Shimizu with Miliyah Kato "Forever Love" 4 3 1* 60,000 Journey
Ai feat. Miliyah Kato "Stronger" 26 30 4* 7,000 The Last Ai
* charted on monthly Chaku-uta Reco-kyō Chart.

Other charted songs[edit]

Release Title Notes Chart positions Album
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[11]
RIAJ Digital Track Chart
[12]
2007 "Kono Mama Zutto Asa Made" (このままずっと朝まで Like This All the Way Until Morning?) Samples Tanto Metro & Devonte's "Everyone Falls In Love." 92* "Eyes on You" (single)
2008 "Saigo no I Love You" (最後のI LOVE YOU Final I Love You?) 28* Tokyo Star
"Ai ga Kieta Hi" (愛が消えた日 The Day Love Disappeared?) Samples T.O.K.'s "I Believe" and Blessid Union of Souls' "I Believe." 31* Best Destiny
2009 "Aitai" (I Miss You) "Aitai" has been certified Gold for Chaku Uta Full downloads of over 100,000. 59 1* Ring
2010 "Sensation" 46* "Bye Bye" (single)
"Koi ga Owaru Sono Toki ni" (恋が終わるその時に That Time When Love Ended?) 35*
"Tomorrow" 61* "Last Love" (single)
"Fallin'" 72*
"X.O.X.O." Samples Spitz's "Robinson." 80 2* Heaven
"Baby I See You" feat. Verbal 44*
"I Miss You" 89*
"Only Holy" Digital Single from "Miliyah the Clips 2004-2010" 10* Miliyah the Clips 2004-2010 (DVD)
2011 "Me" 49* M Best
"Rainbow" 80*
"Baby Tell Me" 22* "Roman" (single)
* charted on monthly Chaku-uta Reco-kyō Chart.

Video releases[edit]

Year Title
2007 Diamond Princess Tour 2007
  • Released: December 12, 2007
  • Format: DVD
  • Peak position: #8
  • Reported sales: 16,000
2008 Tokyo Star Tour 2008
  • Released: December 10, 2008
  • Format: DVD
  • Peak position: #4
  • Reported sales: 24,000
2010 Ring Tour 2009
  • Released: May 26, 2010
  • Format: DVD
  • Peak position: #1
  • #34 Music DVD of 2010 (Japan)
  • Reported sales: 57,000
Miliyah the Clips 2004-2010
  • Released: December 8, 2010
  • Format: DVD
  • Peak position: #4
  • #45 Music DVD of 2011 (Japan)
  • Reported sales: 60,000
2011 Eternal Heaven Tour 2010-2011
  • Release: November 2, 2011
  • Format: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Peak position: —
  • Reported sales: —

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miliyah Kato (2010-08-24). Miliyah Kato's Jewelry "Mirror by Kawai Jamele" at Isetan Shinjuku. (Interview). high fashion ONLINE. Tokyo. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  2. ^ BARKS (2008-11-11). "加藤ミリヤ、宇多田ヒカルの記録を塗り替え / BARKS ニュース". Retrieved August 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ 2008年4月号『日経エンタテインメント!』40頁、特集「人気者の賞味期限 ミュージシャン編」
  4. ^ 2006年4月号『日経エンタテインメント!』70頁、特集「明日のスーパースター100ミュージシャン編 加藤ミリヤ 女子高生のリアルで等身大のメッセージを発信するポスト浜崎」
  5. ^ 2009年11月20日放送回『流派-R』、特集「加藤ミリヤ現象」でのナレーション
  6. ^ Toykohive.com
  7. ^ a b c d "アーティスト: 加藤ミリヤ". Oricon. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  8. ^ a b c d "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved 2010-07-30.  (subscription only)
  9. ^ "2005年12月度ゴールド等認定 邦楽アルバム". RIAJ. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  10. ^ "一般社団法人 日本レコード協会|各種統計". Riaj.or.jp. 2012-11. Retrieved 2014-02-25.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ a b c "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard. 
  12. ^ a b c 有料音楽配信チャート (in Japanese). RIAJ. 

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