Miwa on August 30, 2014
|Born||15 June 1990|
|Genres||Pop, pop rock|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, radio DJ|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
|Labels||N3 Entertainment (2007–2008)
Sony Music Entertainment Japan (2010–present)
Joan Jett Model Gibson Melody Maker
Miwa began writing songs at 15. She began to teach herself how to play the guitar after she entered high school, but gave up and paid for professional lessons after discovering she wasn't making much progress on her own. Her high school had a ban on students having part-time jobs. Despite this, miwa secretly worked, and eventually used these savings by her second year of high school to buy a Gibson J-45 guitar. After this, miwa played live concerts mostly around Shimokitazawa in Tokyo and in Okinawa in the summer (her parents had a house there). Due to her high school also having a ban on students working in the entertainment business, she had to do these lives in secret (without even telling her school friends). In this time, miwa released two self-published independent singles, "Song for You/Today" and "Soba ni Itai Kara" in 2007 and 2008.
miwa was signed to Sony Music Entertainment Japan during her third year of high school. She debuted as an artist in 2010, while attending Keio University. Her debut single, "Don't Cry Anymore," was chosen to be used for the drama Nakanai to Kimeta Hi's theme song. The single was a minor commercial success, breaking the top 20 on Oricon's single charts and being certified by the RIAJ as selling 100,000 full length cellphone downloads a month after its release. In April 2010, the song won the award for best drama theme song at the 64th The Television Drama Academy Awards, beating out songs such as Arashi's "Troublemaker" and Mr. Children's "Hanabi."
For the animated film adaptation of Eto Mori's novel Colorful, miwa covered two songs by famous Japanese artists. Yutaka Ozaki's "Boku ga Boku de Aru Tame ni" was used as the film's image song, and The Blue Hearts' song "Aozora" was used as the ending theme song of the film. Both songs were released as digital downloads on August 12, 2010.
miwa considers her favorite Western musicians to be Sheryl Crow, Deep Purple, Carole King, Avril Lavigne and Taylor Swift. Her favorite Japanese musicians are Aiko, Angela Aki, Radwimps and Yuki.
miwa previously been a DJ on monthly radio show on All Night Nippon, miwa no All Night Nippon R (miwaのオールナイトニッポンR), every third Monday from 3:00am to 5:00am. It has since then been changed into a weekly show, now known as miwa no All Night Nippon (miwaのオールナイトニッポン), airing every Tuesday (early Wednesday) from 1:00am to 3:00am.
miwa released her first album Guitarissimo on April 6, 2011 (was scheduled to release a week earlier on end of March but was delayed due to the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and its aftereffects). The charts performance was miwa's best overall: the album reached No. 1 in the Oricon's album charts, making miwa the first Heisei period-born solo singer to reach a No. 1 on the album charts in the history of the Oricon.
Major label singles
|Oricon singles charts
|Billboard Japan Hot 100
|RIAJ digital tracks
|2010||"Don't Cry Anymore"||Gold certification for full-length cellphone downloads||11||2||3||22,000||Guitarissimo|
|2011||"When It Becomes Spring" (春になったら?, "Haru ni Nattara")||10||22||12||16,000|
|"Friday-Ma-Magic"||Is also the opening song to the japanese live action drama: Ouran High School Host Club||9||15|
|2012||"Unrequited love" (片想い?, "Kataomoi")||B-Side features "Claire de Lune", opening theme for Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure||7||8||21,000|
|"To the Light" (ヒカリヘ?, "Hikari e")||The title track was used as the theme song for the drama Rich Man Poor Woman and as the commercial song for Toyota "Corolla". B-Side, "Napa", was used as the insert theme song for the drama Rich Man Poor Woman and "Boku ga Boku de Aru Tame ni" was used as the theme song for the movie Colorful. The title track has been certified Gold for full-length cellphone downloads of over 100,000, and certified Platinum for PC downloads of over 250,000.||4||4||－||77,000||Delight|
|2013||"Whistle ~Days Spent With You~ " (ホイッスル〜君と過ごした日々〜?)||4||2||-||40,678|
|"Faraway / Kiss you"||B-Side features "Kiss You", opening theme for the anime series Silver Spoon||6||6||-||-||TBA|
|"Because I Met You" (君に出会えたから?)||4||2||-||25,025|
Other released songs
|Billboard Japan Hot 100
|RIAJ digital tracks
|2007||"Song for You/Today"||Self-released independent singles||—||—||—|
|2008||"Soba ni Itai Kara" (そばにいたいから?, "Because I Want to Be Near You")||—||—|
|2010||"Boku ga Boku de Aru Tame ni" (僕が僕であるために?, "For Me to Be Me")||Digital download, Yutaka Ozaki cover||—||42|
|"Aozora" (青空?, "Blue Skies")||Digital download, The Blue Hearts cover||—||—||"Haru ni Nattara" (single)|
|2011||"Kitakaze (Kimi ni Todokimasu Yō ni)" (北風 ～君にとどきますように～?, "North Wind (I Wish for This to Reach You)")||Noriyuki Makihara cover||99||—||We Love Mackey|
|"Chasing Hearts"||Theme song for the film Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos||60||"441" (single)|
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