Shizuka Kudō

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Shizuka Kudo
工藤 静香
Birth name 工藤 静香 (Kudō Shizuka)
Born (1970-04-14) 14 April 1970 (age 44)
Origin Hamura, Tokyo, Japan
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer, Actress
Years active 1986–present
Labels Pony Canyon
Associated acts Onyanko Club, SMAP

Shizuka Kudo (工藤 静香 Kudō Shizuka?, born April 14, 1970) is a Japanese singer pop idol and actress born in Hamura, Tokyo. She debuted as member no. 38 of the Onyanko Club in May 1986 and went on to a successful solo career with 11 no.1 hits.[1]

Biography[edit]

Kudo began her career age just 14 in three-piece pop unit Seventeen Club, formed from a 1984 'Miss Seventeen Contest' organized by Japanese magazine Seventeen. They released two singles in 1985 on Sony Records and Kudo later said she joined "just to have fun.[1]"

Onyanko Club debuted on the first of April 1985 on their own Fuji TV variety show Yūyake Nyan Nyan[2] with eleven high school girls selected from participants in the Fuji TV All Night High School Girl Special (オールナイトフジ女子高生スペシャル?) aired in February that same year. Kudo auditioned for the group after completing high school in May 1986, becoming member no.38.

The group gave a new approach to the idol formula with 52 official members and three unofficial members, with several, including Shizuka Kudo, forming sub-groups, such as Ushirogami Hikaretai.[2] Ushirogami Hikaretai, which teamed Kudo with Akiko Ikuina and Makiko Saito released five singles and two albums in a one year period from May 1987 until March 1988 with a live album their final release in July 1988 (Hora ne, Haru ga Kita - First Concert).

Kudo has said of her time in Onyanko Club that "it was a great experience, with good, bad and really dirty things," and that she tried not to learn from the behavior of others around her.[1]

Onyanko Club disbanded on 9 September 1987 with a final concert but Kudo had already launched her solo career with her first single, Kindan no Telepathy less than two weeks prior, on 31 August. It climbed to the top of the music chart and also became a favorite throughout Asia during the early '90s. She enjoyed a run of eight consecutive number 1 singles in Japan between 1988 and 1990, and eleven in total.[1]

She continued to release new music every year until 2000 with sporadic releases since then. Her most recent release came in 2008 when she teamed up with Miyuki Nakajima, co-composer of five of Kudo's late-80s hits, for a double a-side, Night Wing/ Yuki Gasa. Kudo said of their long-term working relationship, "We are not that close. We have a nice distance. Sometimes when I hear her music, it scares me but I especially like her passionate lyrics.[1]"

Kudo also appears on television in jidaigeki roles and also creates her own jewelry that is sold in Japan.

Trivia[edit]

Shizuka Kudo is also known as the Japanese voice of Megara in the Japanese dub of the 1997 Disney film Hercules, opposite Tokio drummer Masahiro Matsuoka, playing the title role.

Kudo married Takuya Kimura of popular boy-band SMAP in 2000. They had two children named Kokomi and Mitsuki.

Kudo speaks English with a strong British accent stating in an English-language interview that "a British accent is much easier, because you don’t have the ‘r’ sound like the Americans."[1]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

# Title Release date Highest Weekly Position
1 禁断のテレパシー (Kindan no Telepathy) 1987.08.31 #1
2 Again 1987.12.02 3
3 抱いてくれたらいいのに (Daite kuretara ii no ni) 1988.03.02 3
4 FU-JI-TSU (Fu-Ji-Tsu) 1988.06.01 #1
5 MUGO・ん…色っぽい (Mugo n iroppoi) 1988.08.24 #1
6 恋一夜 (Koi hitoyo) 1988.12.28 #1
7 嵐の素顔 (Arashi no sugao) 1989.05.03 #1
8 黄砂に吹かれて (Kousa ni fukarete) 1989.09.06 #1
9 くちびるから媚薬 (Kuchibiru kara biyaku) 1990.01.10 #1
10 千流の雫 (Senryuu no shizuku) 1990.05.09 #1
11 私について (Watashi ni tsuite) 1990.09.21 #1
12 ぼやぼやできない (Boyaboya dekinai) 1991.01.23 2
13 Please 1991.05.15 #1
14 メタモルフォーゼ (Metamorphose) 1991.10.23 2
15 めちゃくちゃに泣いてしまいたい (Mechakucha ni naite shimaitai) 1992.01.29 4
16 うらはら (Urahara) 1992.05.21 5
17 声を聴かせて (Koe wo kikasete) 1992.08.21 5
18 慟哭 (Doukoku) 1993.02.03 #1
19 わたしはナイフ (Watashi wa Knife) 1993.06.02 6
20 あなたしかいないでしょ (Anata shika inai desho) 1993.10.06 5
21 Blue Rose 1994.03.18 8
22 Jaguar Line 1994.07.21 8
23 Ice Rain 1994.11.18 8
24 Moon Water 1995.05.19 14
25 7 1995.11.20 15
26 蝶 (Chou) 1996.03.21 15
27 優 (Yuu) 1996.06.05 26
28 激情 (Gekijou) 1996.11.07 10
29 Blue Velvet 1997.05.28 8
30 カーマスートラの伝説 (Kama Sutra no densetsu) 1997.11.19 29
31 雪・月・花 (Yuki Tsuki Hana) 1998.02.18 23
32 きらら (Kirara[disambiguation needed]) 1998.07.17 6
33 一瞬 (Isshun) 1998.11.06 29
34 Blue Zone 1999.04.07 28
35 深紅の花 (Shinkuu no Hana) 2000.11.08 33
36 Maple 2002.04.24 35
37 Lotus~生まれし花~ (Lotus ~Umareshi hana~) 2005.02.16 40
38 心のチカラ (Kokoro no chikara) 2005.04.27 60
39 Clavis-鍵- (Clavis - Kagi) 2006.09.06 67
40 雨夜の月に (Amayo no tsuki ni) 2007.05.23 44
41 NIGHT WING/雪傘 (Yuki kasa) 2008.11.05 75
42 キミがくれたもの (Kimi ga Kureta Mono) 2012.10.17 NA

Albums[edit]

# Title Release date Note
1 ミステリアス (Mysterious) 1988.01.21
2 静香 (Shizuka) 1988.07.21
3 gradation 1988.11.30 Best of
4 Joy 1989.03.15
5 カレリア (Karelia) 1989.10.04
6 Harvest 1989.12.06 Best of
7 Rosette 1990.04.04
8 Unlimited 1990.11.14 Best of
9 Mind Universe 1991.03.06
10 Intimate 1991.12.11 Best of
11 Trinity 1992.03.18
12 Best of Ballade "Empathy" 1992.11.20 Best of
13 Rise Me 1993.04.01
14 Super Best 1993.11.19 Best of
15 Expose 1994.09.07
16 Purple 1995.08.02
17 Doing 1997.05.17
18 She - Best of Best 1996.12.16 Best of
19 Dress 1997.03.19
20 I'm not 1998.04.29
21 Best of Ballade カレント (Best of Ballade Current) 1998.11.18 Best of
22 Full of Love 1999.06.02
23 Millennium Best 2000.03.15 Best of
24 The Best of Shizuka Kudo 2001.12.05
25 Jewelry Box 2002.07.03
26 昭和の階段 Vol.1 (Showa no Kaidan Vol.1) 2002.10.30 Cover Album
27 月影 (Tsukikage) 2005.06.01
28 Kudo Shizuka Best ~20TH ANNIVERSARY~ 2007.08.29 Best of
29 Shizuka Kudo 20th Anniversary B-side Collection 2008.03.05 Best of
30 MY PRECIOUS -Shizuka sings songs of Miyuki- 2008.08.20 Cover Album

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Robert Michael Poole (2008-11-07). "Shizuka Kudo -The storied J-pop superstar reflects on life at the top". Metropolis (free magazine). Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Onyanko Club". Encyclopedia Idollica. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 

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