Nami Tamaki

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Nami Tamaki
玉置成実
Born (1988-06-01) June 1, 1988 (age 26)
Origin Wakayama, Japan
Genres J-pop, Pop, dance-pop, pop rock, disco
Years active 2001–present
Labels Sony Music Japan
Universal Music Japan
Teichiku (2011-)
Tofu(NA)
Website Official site (Teichiku)
Official site (Smile Company)
In this Japanese name, the family name is "Tamaki".

Nami Tamaki (玉置 成実 Tamaki Nami?, born June 1, 1988) is a Japanese pop singer. She has various commercial tie-ins with the anime and games industry, and has also performed in stage musicals and a movie.[1]

Career[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

In 1999, Tamaki attended dance school and learned how to perform on stage. She auditioned for Sony Music Japan in 2001 when she was thirteen years old where she performed cover songs of the Destiny's Child hit "Survivor" and "Full Moon Prayer" by Core of Soul.[2] She was selected out of 1,000 applicants and started her career in 2003 with her debut single "Believe" which was an opening song for Mobile Suit Gundam Seed. Her followup single, "Realize", was also used for anime. Her first concert performance was opening for T.M.Revolution at the Pacific Media Expo in 2004. She released her first studio album, Greeting, and was hailed as a J-pop princess.[3]

She graduated from high school in March 2007. Her first greatest hits album was released on November 29, 2006 to mark the event, and she soon began an acting and stage performing career. Her first Japanese tour, "Nami Tamaki Best Concert 'My Graduation'" took place in March 2007.

Record label transfer & "nami"[edit]

In 2008, Nami's live events were in full motion. Nami's fourth album, Don't Stay, was released on April 23, 2008, containing songs from her singles "Brightdown", "Cross Season", and "Winter Ballades", as well as some new tracks. The album did not chart or sell as well as her previous albums. Coinciding with the release, Nami held a special live tour "Anniversary Live 5," which took place in Tokyo and Osaka. A lengthy period with a lack of new material followed after the album's release, although Nami remained occupied with various concerts. Speculation and rumors surfaced about Nami leaving Sony Music Japan to join another record label. During a live performance on September 22, 2008 at "Girls Entertainment vol.1", Nami confirmed the transfer but could not give further details.

The September 2008 monthly issue of her fanclub magazine, "Amour Fan Club", released an official confirmation about the transfer, stating that Nami would be transferring to Universal Music Japan.

Amour Fan Club Manager states:

Debut 5th Year Anniversary was welcomed, Nami moves forward with a jump for her record company transfer to UNIVERSAL-J from Sony Music Records. Currently, we are earnestly working with the new system. Release time is undecided, but until settlement of assurance we will notify you.

Please continue to support Nami chan!![4]

On January 15, 2009, Nami's official website announced the release of "Give Me Up", her first single under the Universal-J label and her 16th career single. The single features a more positive upbeat sound compared to her previous singles.

After the somewhat successful release of "Give Me Up" in January 2009, Nami continued to release new music with the singles "Friends!", "Moshimo Negai ga...", and "Omoide ni naru no?".[5] Universal-J also gave Nami Tamaki the stage name "nami", as opposed to using her full name in kanji. Her first album under Universal-J, "Step", was released on February 24, 2010.

In late 2011, Nami made her second record label transfer to Teichiku Records, a sublabel of Victor Entertainment. Her first two singles with Teichiku Records, "Lady Mind" and "Paradise", were produced by Shinichi Osawa.[6] Her third single with the label, "Real", was released on April 17, 2013. The single included a remake of "Believe" in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of her debut. The title song was produced by nishi-ken, who collaborated with Nami previously for her albums Speciality and Don't Stay.[7]

Anime and game industry[edit]

Nami has a relatively close relationship with the ACG (Anime, Comics, Game) industry, as she contributed to several ACG franchises with her music. Well-known examples of her contributions include those in the Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny franchise ("Realize", "Believe", "Reason", "Result" and "IDentity"), "Brightdown", an opening song for the anime series D.Gray-man, and "Sanctuary", an opening song for the anime series Kiba.

She also performed the song "Fortune" as the main theme for the PS2 role-playing game Radiata Stories (as well as having a cameo appearance in the Japanese version of the game itself), and "CASTAWAY" as the theme song for a GBA turn-based strategy game, Super Robot Wars J. The release of "CASTAWAY" also featured a cover of the famous theme song "Get Wild" from the anime City Hunter, originally performed by TM Network.

Nami's 16th single, "Give Me Up", was used as the theme song for the anime Yatterman. Another song, "Negai Hoshi", which is included in her 17th single, is the theme song for the new Wii RPG, Arc Rise Fantasia, while her 18th single, "Moshimo Negai ga..." is also the theme song for another Wii RPG, Valhalla Knights: Eldar Saga. Both games were released by Marvelous Entertainment.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

# Information Chart Positions
1st Album Greeting
  • Released: February 25, 2004
#5
2nd Album Make Progress
  • Released: May 11, 2005
#1
3rd Album Speciality
  • Released: July 12, 2006
#1
Compilation Graduation ~Singles~
  • Released: November 29, 2006
#6
4th Album Don't Stay
  • Released: April 23, 2008
#14
Compilation Tamaki Nami Reproduct Best
  • Released: March 25, 2009
#84
5th Album STEP
  • Released: February 24, 2010
#55
6th Album Ready!
  • Released: February 23, 2011
#63

Singles[edit]

Sony Music Japan[edit]

Album Single Highest Weekly Chart Positions
Japan Oricon Chart
Greeting "Believe"
  • Released: April 23, 2003
6
"Realize"
  • Released: July 24, 2003
3
"Prayer"
  • Released: November 12, 2003
12
"Shining Star ☆忘れないから☆ (Wasurenaikara)"
  • Released: January 28, 2004
10
Make Progress "大胆にいきましょう↑Heart & Soul↑ (Daitan ni Ikimashou)"
  • Released: July 14, 2004
13
"Reason"
  • Released: November 10, 2004
2
"Fortune"
  • Released: January 26, 2005
6
"Heroine"
  • Released: April 4, 2005
6
Speciality "Get Wild"
  • Released: November 2, 2005
7
"MY WAY/Sunrize"
  • Released: March 24, 2006
18
"Result"
  • Released: May 3, 2006
5
"Sanctuary"
  • Released: June 7, 2006
12
Don't Stay "Cross Season"
  • Released: March 14, 2007
23
"Brightdown"
  • Released: August 29, 2007
8
"Winter Ballades"
  • Released: December 26, 2007
19

Universal Music Japan[edit]

Album Single Highest Weekly Chart Positions
Japan Oricon Chart
STEP "Give Me Up"
  • Release date: March 25, 2009
#18
"Friends!"
  • Release Date: July 29, 2009
#25
"もしも願いが..." (Moshimo Negai ga...)
  • Release Date: October 14, 2009
#20
"思い出になるの?" (Omoide ni naru no?)
  • Release Date: February 17, 2010
#138
Ready! "Missing You ~Time To Love~ feat. KWANGSOO,JIHYUK,GEONIL (from 超新星)"
  • Release date: January 12, 2011
#42

Teichiku Records[edit]

Album Single Highest Weekly Chart Positions
Japan Oricon Chart
TBA "Lady Mind"
  • Release date: January 25, 2012
#76
TBA "Paradise"
  • Release date: October 10, 2012
#75
TBA "Real"
  • Release date: April 17, 2013
#78

Other compilation songs[edit]

Note: The songs below are tributes to several famous Japanese artists and are not presented in any of Nami Tamaki's singles or albums.

DVDs[edit]

  • Believe DVD – November 12, 2003
  • Realize DVD – December 17, 2003
  • Greeting DVD – May 19, 2004
  • Make Progress DVD – July 6, 2005
  • NAMI TAMAKI 2nd CONCERT "Make Progress~road to~ – October 5, 2005
  • Speciality DVD – August 30, 2006
  • NAMI TAMAKI Best CONCERT "My Graduation" – June 13, 2007
  • Gundam OP/END COLLECTION Volume2–21st Century - August 25, 2009
  • STEP DVD - February 17, 2010

Performances[edit]

Commercial tie-ins[edit]

Animation, Comics, and Games (ACG)[edit]

TV Shows and others[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • The 18th Japan Gold Disc Award (第18回日本ゴールドディスク大賞): New Artist of the Year (2004)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "namitamaki73.net". namitamaki73.net. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  2. ^ "Nami Tamaki: Profile". Teichiku. 2013-07-28. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  3. ^ Nadeau, Tiffani (May 13, 2004). "Nami Tamaki: Greeting". Mania.com. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "玉置成実オフィシャルWebサイト » discography » single". Tamaki-nami.net. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Nami Tamaki, First Single Post-Label Change Is a Collaboration with Shinichi Osawa". Natalie. 2011-12-02. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  7. ^ "Nami Tamaki's Debut Tenth Anniversary Single 'Real' Features a Cover of 'Believe'". Musicman-Net. 2013-02-26. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ Official Website (episode 7 overview)

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