Seiko Matsuda

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Seiko Matsuda
Native name 松田 聖子
Birth name 蒲池 法子 (Noriko Kamachi)
Born (1962-03-10) March 10, 1962 (age 52)
Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan
Genres Pop, kayōkyoku
Occupation(s) Singer, lyricist, actress
Years active 1980–present
Labels CBS-Sony → Sony Music
MercuryKitty MMEUniversal Sigma
Website www.seikomatsuda.jp

Seiko Matsuda (松田 聖子 Matsuda Seiko?, born Noriko Kamachi (蒲池 法子 Kamachi Noriko?), on March 10, 1962, in Kurume, Fukuoka) is a Japanese pop singer-songwriter. Due to her popularity in the 1980s and her long career, she has been dubbed the "Eternal idol" by the Japanese media.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Seiko Matsuda was born to the Kamachi clan, which was from the Saga Genji line and was also a former sengoku daimyo of Yanagawa Domain.[3] However, she adopted the stage name "Seiko Matsuda" and rose to fame in 1980 as a teen idol, making her debut with the song "Hadashi no Kisetsu" (lit. "Season of bare feet"). Later in the same year, "Kaze wa Aki-iro" (lit. "Wind is autumn color") became the first of her 24 consecutive number 1 hits in Japan. She shattered the Japanese former record of nine consecutive number-ones by popular music duo Pink Lady. Her consecutive number 1 record ended when her 27th single "Precious Heart" was ranked at number-two because Tetsuya Komuro's "Gravity of Love" was ranked at number-one. Matsuda made one more number 1 single "Anata ni Aitakute ~Missing You~" (lit. "I want to meet you ~Missing you~") in 1996. The single was certified a million-seller by RIAJ.[4]

Matsuda used to hold the records for the most number 1 singles (25) and most consecutive number 1 singles (24) on the Japan's Oricon charts, for 12 years from 1988 to 2000. Both were surpassed by B'z in late 2000. She still had held the record for the most number 1 singles (25) by a female singer for 18 years from 1988 to 2006 when Ayumi Hamasaki's "Startin'/Born to Be..." reached number 1, making it her 26th single to top the charts. Matsuda's streak for the most consecutive number 1 singles (24) by a female singer and any soloist was held from 1988-2010 for 22 years. It was then broken by Hamasaki's "L" in September/October 2010.[5] Matsuda also used to hold records for the most top 10 albums (44) and most number 1 albums. Both these records have been broken by Ayumi Hamasaki. Matsuda was the first person in the Oricon history to have a single and an album debut at No. 1 on Oricon Chart in the same week. So far, this has only happened three times.

In a May 2011 Oricon survey crowned her the No. 1 everlasting idol of all time, beating the also legendary Momoe Yamaguchi (2), Kyoko Koizumi(3), Morning Musume(4) and Akina Nakamori (5).

Her long staying power is mainly due to her continuous re-invention of herself. Many social phenomenon such as 'Mamadols' (idols who remain popular even after having children), setting up own brand name gift shop (Flawless Seiko) and setting up own management company (Fantic) just name a few. Her hair, fashion and makeup have all been copied by millions of girls and women in Japan and in certain parts of Asia.[6]

Matsuda's angelic voice and singing technique have won her two best performance awards from Nippon Record Awards, first in 1983 for ガラスの林檎 (lit.Glass Apple) and in 1993 for 'きっと、また逢える・・・' (lit. Surely, will meet again).

Matsuda began to write her songs by herself. She wrote lyrics for the first time when she produced her song "Chiisana Love Song" (lit. "Small Love Song") in 1983.[7] This was followed by her first composed song "Canary".[8] All music and lyrics of her 2007 album Baby's Breath were written by herself. It became her first completely self-produced album.[9]

Matsuda attempted to break into the North American market with an English-language, self-titled album in 1990. She scored a hit with "The Right Combination", a duet with boy band New Kids on the Block singer Donnie Wahlberg. Album sales were mediocre, however, and her follow-up Was it the Future failed to generate any significant sales. In 2002, Matsuda's English dance hits "All To You" and "Just for Tonight" reached Billboard dance chart No. 8 and No. 2 respectively.

In July 2006, Matsuda's compilation Seiko Matsuda, which consisted of 74 CDs, debuted at number 96, becoming the highest-priced album in the Oricon history. Its price was 100,000 yen (about 850 dollars). Hibari Misora held the previous record with her 1989 album Kyō no Ware ni Asu wa Katsu (60,000 yen).[10]

Although female singers like Namie Amuro became successful after the end of the 1980s, "typical" idols like Matsuda disappeared in Japan.[11] She has been a secret idol for subsequent female celebrities such as Shoko Nakagawa who called Matsuda "God" and "My Universe".[12] Japanese voice actress Nana Mizuki released her cover version of Matsuda's "Akai Sweet Pea" (lit. "Red Sweet Pea") as the B-side of an image song single under the character name Moka Akashiya of the anime Rosario + Vampire on February 14, 2008.[13] There are endless cover version of Matsuda songs and tribute albums being released every year. Among those 'Diamond Eyes', 'Missing You' and 'Akai Sweet Pea'(lit. Red Sweet Pea) and Sweet Memories have been reinterpreted by other artists countless times.[14]

On 5 August 2009, Sony re-released 16 of Matsuda's early albums under the Blu-spec CD format. 13 of them entered Oricon Top 100 Album Chart at the same time, surpassing the record of Hibari Misora (12 albums) and making her the first female artist to do so.[15]

Matsuda is also on the Top 3 list of Most No.1 albums, Most Top 10 singles and Most Top 10 albums for a solo artist. HMV Japan ranked her No. 10 Top Japanese Artist of All Time, and No. 7 Top Singer of All Time.[citation needed]

Matsuda still holds annual concerts, Christmas dinner shows and New Year's Eve Countdown shows. Despite the high ticket prices (her dinner show tickets are the most expensive among female artists) for many years and to this day,[16] she always performs to a sold out crowd. Matsuda is also listed as second only behind Eikichi Yazawa as an artist to have performed many concerts at the Nippon Budokan.[17]

Matsuda was invited by Quincy Jones to appear on Hollywood Bowl 2011 on September 7.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Matsuda has been married three times. She was married to actor Masaki Kanda from 1985 to 1997, Matsuda has a daughter, Sayaka Kanda, who is also a singer. Her second husband was a dentist whom she married in 1998. They divorced in 2000. On June 13, 2012, she announced her marriage to a university associate professor on her official website.

In addition to music, her career includes appearances in television, film, and radio. Several books of photos of Matsuda including Five Seasons, No Comments, Akai Sweet Pea, along with other books about her, have been published.[citation needed] Matsuda has appeared in numerous commercials, including numerous Glico products including Pocky Curry and chocolate, Minolta camera, Sony walkman, VCR and computer, Diosa Hair Color, Suntory beverages, Direct TV, NTT Docomo mobile phone, cosmetics products endorsements include: Fujifilm Astalift, Kanebo, Doctor Drive, Takano Yuri and Shiseido cosmetics.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  1. [1980.04.01] "Hadashi no Kisetsu"
  2. [1980.07.01] "Aoi Sangoshō"
  3. [1980.10.01] "Kaze wa Akiiro/Eighteen"
  4. [1981.01.21] "Cherry Blossom"
  5. [1981.04.21] "Natsu no Tobira"
  6. [1981.07.21] "Shiroi Parasol"
  7. [1981.10.07] "Kaze Tachinu"
  8. [1982.01.21] "Akai Sweet Pea"
  9. [1982.04.21] "Nagisa no Balcony"
  10. [1982.07.21] "Komugiiro no Mermaid"
  11. [1982.10.21] "Nobara no Etude"
  12. [1983.02.03] "Himitsu no Hanazono"
  13. [1983.04.27] "Tengoku no Kiss"
  14. [1983.08.01] "Glass no Ringo/Sweet Memories"
  15. [1983.10.28] "Hitomi wa Diamond/Aoi Photograph"
  16. [1984.02.01] "Rock'n Rouge"
  17. [1984.05.10] "Jikan no Kuni no Alice/Natsufuku no Eve"
  18. [1984.08.01] "Pink no Mozart"
  19. [1984.11.01] "Heart no Earing"
  20. [1985.01.30] "Tenshi no Wink"
  21. [1985.05.09] "Boy no Kisetsu"
  22. [1985.06.24] "Dancing Shoes"
  23. [1987.04.22] "Strawberry Time"
  24. [1987.11.06] "Pearl-White Eve
  25. [1988.04.14] "Marrakech"
  26. [1988.09.07] "Tabidachi no Freesia"
  27. [1989.11.15] "Precious Heart"
  28. [1990.04.30] "All the way to Heaven"
  29. [1990.07.15] "The Right Combination" (duet with Donnie Wahlberg)
  30. [1990.10.01] "Who's That Boy"
  31. [1990.11.21] "We Are Love"
  32. [1992.02.05] "Kitto, Mata Aeru..."
  33. [1992.08.01] "Anata no Subete ni Naritai/Shinin' Shinin'"
  34. [1993.04.21] "Taisetsu na Anata"
  35. [1993.05.21] "A Touch of Destiny"
  36. [1993.11.10] "Kakowareta, Ai-jing"
  37. [1994.05.11] "Mō Ichido, Hajime kara"
  38. [1994.12.01] "Kagayaita Kisetsu e Tabidatō"
  39. [1995.04.21] "Suteki ni Once again"
  40. [1996.04.22] "Anata ni Aitakute (Missing You)/Ashita e to Kakedashite Yukō"
  41. [1996.04.24] "Let's Talk About It"
  42. [1996.05.17] "I'll Be There For You" (duet with Robbie Nevil)
  43. [1996.11.18] "Sayonara no Shunkan"
  44. [1996.12.10] "Good For You"
  45. [1997.04.23] "Watashi Dake no Tenshi (Angel)/Anata no Sono Mune ni"
  46. [1997.12.03] "Gone with the Rain"
  47. [1998.06.17] "Koisuru Omoi (Fall In Love)"
  48. [1998.11.26] "Touch the Love"
  49. [1999.10.27] "Kanashimi no Boat"
  50. [2000.05.17] "20th Party"
  51. [2000.06.07] "Shanghai Love Song"
  52. [2000.06.14] "Unseasonable Shore"
  53. [2000.09.27] "True Love Story/Sayonara no Kiss o Wasurenai" (duet with Hiromi Go)
  54. [2000.11.29] "The Sound of Fire"
  55. [2001.06.20] "Anata Shika Mienai"
  56. [2001.11.14] "Ai Ai Ai (100% Pure Love)"
  57. [2002.06.05] "Suteki na Ashita"
  58. [2002.xx.xx] "All to You"
  59. [2002.12.17] "Just For Tonight"
  60. [2003.06.04] "Call Me"
  61. [2004.05.26] "Aitai"
  62. [2004.07.07] "Smile on Me" (duet with Takaaki Ishibashi)
  63. [2005.02.02] "Eien Sae Kanjita Yoru"
  64. [2005.08.24] "I'll Fall In Love"
  65. [2005.09.21] "Shiawase na Kimochi"
  66. [2006.04.26] "Bless You"
  67. [2006.05.24] "We Are"
  68. [2007.05.23] "Namida ga Tada Koborerudake
  69. [2007.08.01] "Manatsu no Yo no Yume" (duet with Takashi Fujii)
  70. [2007.11.21] "Christmas no Yoru"
  71. [2008.03.19] "Hanabira Mau Kisetsu ni"
  72. [2008.06.25] "Love Is All"
  73. [2008.10.22] "Ano Kagayaita Kisetsu"
  74. [2010.04.21] "Idol Mitai ni Utawasete" (as Princess Seiko with Yazima Beauty Salon)
  75. [2010.05.05] "Ikutsu no Yoake o Kazoetara" (9,129 sold in 3 weeks)
  76. [2011.11.23] "Tokubetsu na Koibito"
  77. [2012.05.02] "Namida no Shizuku"
  78. [2013.05.22] "LuLu!!"
  79. [2013.10.30] "Yume ga Samete" (duet with Chris Hart)
  80. [2014.05.21] "I Love You!! ~Anata no Hohoemi ni~"

Studio albums[edit]

  1. [1980.08.01] Squall
  2. [1980.12.02] North Wind
  3. [1981.05.21] Silhouette
  4. [1981.10.21] Kazetachinu
  5. [1982.05.21] Pineapple
  6. [1982.11.10] Candy
  7. [1983.06.01] Utopia
  8. [1983.12.10] Canary
  9. [1984.06.10] Tinker Bell
  10. [1984.12.08] Windy Shadow
  11. [1985.06.05] The 9th Wave
  12. [1985.08.15] Sound Of My Heart
  13. [1986.06.01] Supreme
  14. [1987.05.16] Strawberry Time
  15. [1988.05.11] Citron
  16. [1989.12.06] Precious Moment
  17. [1990.06.07] Seiko
  18. [1990.12.10] We Are Love
  19. [1991.05.02] Eternal
  20. [1992.03.25] 1992 Nouvelle Vague
  21. [1992.12.02] Sweet Memories '93
  22. [1993.05.21] Diamond Expression
  23. [1993.11.21] A Time for Love
  24. [1994.06.12] Glorious Revolution
  25. [1995.05.21] It's Style '95
  26. [1996.05.27] Vanity Fair
  27. [1996.05.14] Was It The Future
  28. [1996.12.05] Guardian Angel
  29. [1997.05.21] My Story
  30. [1997.12.03] Sweetest Time
  31. [1998.05.08] Forever
  32. [1999.12.18] Eien no Shoujo
  33. [2000.06.28] 20th Party
  34. [2001.06.20] Love & Motion Vol.1
  35. [2001.11.28] Love & Motion Vol.2
  36. [2002.06.21] Area62
  37. [2004.06.09] Sunshine
  38. [2005.04.06] Fairy
  39. [2005.12.07] Under the beautiful stars
  40. [2006.05.31] Bless You
  41. [2006.12.06] Eternal II
  42. [2007.06.06] Baby's Breath
  43. [2008.05.21] My Pure Melody (15,336 sold in 3 weeks)
  44. [2010.05.26] My Prelude (16,955 sold in 2 week)
  45. [2011.06.01] Cherish (first week sales: 11,688 / Total sales: 14,666 sold in 2 weeks)
  46. [2012.06.06] Very Very
  47. [2013.06.05] A Girl in the Wonder Land
  48. [2014.06.04] Dream & Fantasy

Greatest hits albums[edit]

  1. [1981.11.01] Seiko Fragrance
  2. [1982.07.01] Seiko Index
  3. [1982.12.05] Kin'iro no Ribbon
  4. [1983.11.11] Seiko Plaza
  5. [1984.03.15] Touch Me, Seiko
  6. [1984.11.01] Seiko Town
  7. [1984.11.21] Seiko Avenue
  8. [1985.03.06] Seiko-Train
  9. [1985.11.10] Seiko Box
  10. [1986.11.21] Love Ballade
  11. [1987.11.21] Snow Garden
  12. [1988.07.21] Seiko Monument
  13. [1991.11.21] Christmas Tree
  14. [1991.12.01] Bible
  15. [1994.12.01] Bible II
  16. [1996.03.01] Bible III
  17. [1996.09.21] Complete Bible
  18. [1996.11.01] Winter Tales
  19. [1997.06.21] Seaside: Summer Tales
  20. [1997.11.21] Dear
  21. [1998.07.18] Seiko Celebration
  22. [1998.11.30] Seiko '96-'98
  23. [1999.04.01] Ballad-20th Anniversary
  24. [2000.11.29] Love (Seiko Matsuda 20th Anniversary Best Selection)
  25. [2000.07.05] Seiko Suite
  26. [2003.11.27] Another Side of Seiko 27
  27. [2003.11.27] Another Side of Seiko 14
  28. [2004.04.14] Best of Best 27
  29. [2004.04.14] Best of Best 13
  30. [2005.01.26] Seiko Smile (Seiko Matsuda 25th Anniversary Best Selection)
  31. [2009.09.30] Premium Diamond Bible
  32. [2009.09.30] Diamond Bible
  33. [2009.11.11] Seiko Matsuda Christmas Songs
  34. [2010.05.26] Seiko Matsuda Single Collection 30th Anniversary Box: The voice of a Queen
  35. [2010.08.11] Seiko Matsuda Original Soundtrack Collection 1981-1985
  36. [2010.09.22] Touch Me, Seiko II

Remix albums[edit]

  1. [1999.10.06] Seiko Matsuda: Re-Mixes
  2. [2000.09.27] Seiko Remixes 2000

Soundtracks[edit]

  1. [1981.08.08] Nogiku no Haka
  2. [1983.07.01] Plumeria no Densetsu
  3. [1984.07.07] Natsufuku no Eve
  4. [1985.05.03] Caribe, Sinfonia de Amor
  5. [1985.06.21] Penguin's Memory: Shiawase Monogatari

World releases[edit]

  1. 2012 Put Our Heart Together (with Fourplay)

Albums[edit]

  1. 1990 Seiko
  2. 1996 Was It the Future
  3. 2002 Area62

Singles[edit]

  1. 1986 Dancing Shoes (UK only)
  2. 1990 The Right Combination duet with Donnie Wahlberg (Billboard Top100#54, Canada#2, Australia#11[18])
  3. 1991 All The Way To Heaven (Europe only)
  4. 1991 Who's That Boy (Promotion only)
  5. 1996 Let's Talk About It
  6. 1996 Good For You (Billboard Dance/Club Play No.37)
  7. 2002 All to You (Billboard Dance/Club Play No.10)
  8. 2002 Just For Tonight (Billboard Dance/Club Play No.2)

Taiwan releases[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • I'll Fall In Love (愛的禮物) (2005)

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

TV[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • "Matsuda, Seiko" in The Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture. Schilling, Mark. New York: Weatherhill, 1997. ISBN 0-8348-0380-1.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ "Canary" (in Japanese). HMV Japan. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  9. ^ "Baby's Breath" (in Japanese). Sony Music Shop. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
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  11. ^ "Show biz exploits 'volunteerism' image in packaging of latest teen idol". The Japan Times. 2006-07-06. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
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  13. ^ "水樹奈々、ニューシングルはタイアップ曲満載" (in Japanese). natalie. 2008-01-10. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  14. ^ http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20101113-00000679-bark-musi
  15. ^ "松田聖子、女性史上最多13作同時TOP100入りでひばりさん超え" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  16. ^ http://zasshi.news.yahoo.co.jp/article?a=20101112-00000014-pseven-int
  17. ^ "永ちゃん95回目武道館ヨロシク". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). Oricon. 2006-12-18. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  18. ^ http://australian-charts.com/search.asp?search=The+Right+Combination&cat=s

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