Yuki (singer)

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Yuki
Birth name 磯谷有希 (Isoya Yuki?)
Born (1972-02-17) February 17, 1972 (age 42)
Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums
Years active 1991–present
Labels Sony Music Entertainment Japan
Associated acts Judy and Mary
NiNa
Mean Machine
Kōichi Tsutaya (producer)
Kenji Tamai (producer)
Website www.yukiweb.net

Yuki Kuramochi (倉持 有希 Kuramochi Yuki?, born February 17, 1972 in Hakodate, Hokkaido), known exclusively by her stage name Yuki, is a Japanese musician and singer-songwriter. She is best known as the lead vocalist for Judy and Mary. She founded Judy and Mary in 1991 and became a solo artist in 2002. She has also been a member of bands NiNa (1999, with Kate Pierson of The B-52's, bassist Mick Karn of Japan, former members of the Japanese New Wave band The Plastics Masahide Sakuma and Takemi Shima, and session drummer Steven Wolf) and Mean Machine (alongside Chara, 2001).

Biography[edit]

Yuki was born Yuki Isoya (磯谷 有希 Isoya Yuki?) in Hakodate, Hokkaido.[citation needed] After graduating from Hakodate Otani College, she worked as a beautician. She met Yoshihito Onda who visited Hakodate to make a movie, The Triple Cross. The meeting triggered formation of Judy and Mary in 1992. After Judy and Mary disbanded, Yuki made her solo debut in 2002. She married Magokoro Brothers frontman Yoichi Kuramochi in September 2000, and gave birth to her first child, a boy, on April 18, 2003.[citation needed] However, the child died from unknown causes (SIDS) on March 17, 2005.[citation needed] She gave birth to a second child on August 29, 2006, and her third child in June 2009.[1]

Backup band[edit]

Band Astro[edit]

They perform in her tour or recording.

The Urah[edit]

They performed in her tour or recording in 2010.

Discography[edit]

Original albums[edit]

Year Album information Chart positions
[2]
Total sales
[3]
Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2002 Prismic
  • Released: March 27, 2002
  • Label: Epic (ESCL-2300)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3 298,240 Gold[4]
2003 Commune
  • Released: March 27, 2002
  • Label: Epic (ESCL-2400)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
11 90,000 Gold[5]
2005 Joy
  • Released: February 23, 2005
  • Label: Epic (ESCL-2634)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 343,000 Platinum[6]
2006 Wave
  • Released: September 6, 2006
  • Label: Epic (ESCL-2865)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 358,000 Platinum[7]
2010 Ureshikutte Dakiau yo (うれしくって抱きあうよ?, "Happily Holding Each Other")
  • Released: March 10, 2010
  • Label: Epic (ESCL-3392)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 166,000 Gold[8]
2011 Megaphonic
  • Released: August 24, 2011
  • Label: Epic (ESCL-3756~3757, ESCL-3758)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 119,980 Gold[9]

Other albums[edit]

Year Album information Chart positions
[2]
Total sales
[3]
Certifications
2007 Five-star
  • Greatest hits album
  • Released: October 3, 2007
  • Label: Epic (ESCL-3015)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 362,000 Platinum[10]
2010 Yuki "The Present" 2010.06.14,15 Bunkamura Orchard Hall
  • Live album
  • Released: December 1, 2010
  • Label: Epic (ESCL-3555)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
9 29.982
2012 Powers of Ten
  • 10 years greatest hits.
  • Released: February 1, 2012
  • Label: Epic (ESCL-3838)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 112.818 Gold

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Release Title Notes Chart positions Oricon
sales
[3]
Album
Oricon singles charts
[2]
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[11]
RIAJ digital tracks†
[12]
2002 "The End of Shite" 6 125,000 Prismic
"Prism" (プリズム Purizumu?) 11 87,000
"66db" Re-cut single 30 9,500
"Stand Up! Sister" (スタンドアップ!シスター Sutando Appu! Shisutā?) 10 33,000 Commune
2003 "Sentimental Journey" (センチメンタルジャーニー Senchimentaru Jānī?) 17 24,000
"Humming Bird" (ハミングバード Hamingu Bādo?) 23 11,000
2004 "Home Sweet Home" 9 57,000 Joy
"Hello, Goodbye" (ハローグッバイ Harō Gubbai?) 6 43,000
2005 "Joy" Certified Gold for cellphone downloads[13] 10 61,000
"Nagai Yume" (長い夢?, "Long Dream") Certified Gold for copies shipped and cellphone downloads[14][15] 4 86,000 Wave
"Dramatic" (ドラマチック Doramachikku?) Certified Gold for copies shipped[16] 2 77,000
"Yorokobi no Tane" (歓びの種?, "Seeds of Happiness") Certified Gold for copies shipped[17] 5 69,000
2006 "Melancholinista" (メランコリニスタ Merankorinisuta?) 10 43,000
"Fugainai ya" (ふがいないや?, "Cowardly") 6 39,000
2007 "Biscuit" (ビスケット Bisuketto?) Digital single, certified Gold for cellphone downloads[18] 18* Five-star
"Hoshikuzu Sunset" (星屑サンセット?, "Stardust Sunset") Certified Gold for cellphone downloads[19] 4 36* 44,000
"Wonder Line" (ワンダーライン Wandārain?) 4 19* 35,000
2008 "Kisha ni Notte" (汽車に乗って?, "Riding on the Train") 5 9 61* 35,000 Ureshikutte Dakiau yo
"Message" (メッセージ Messēji?) Digital single 46
2009 "Rendezvous" (ランデヴー Randevū?) 6 8 45* 36,000 Ureshikutte Dakiau yo
"Cosmic Box" 6 42 13 30,000
2010 "Ureshikutte Dakiau yo" (うれしくって抱きあうよ?, "Happily Holding Each Other") 5 5 8 24,000
"Futari no Story" (2人のストーリー?, "Our Story") 4 9 17 27,000
2011 "Himitsu" (ひみつ?, "Secret")
2012 "Playball / Sakamichi no Melody" (プレイボール / 坂道のメロディ?, "Playball / Melody on the Slope") 4
"Watashi no negaigoto" (わたしの願い事?, "My wish")
2013 "STARMANN"
2014 "Daredemo lonely" (誰でもロンリー?, "Everyone lonely")

*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 Title Chart positions Oricon
sales
[3]
Album
Oricon singles charts
[2]
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[11]
1999 "Ai no Hi Mittsu Orange" (愛の火 3つ オレンジ?, "Fire of Love, Three, Orange") (Chara+Yuki) 6 230,000
2010 "Bedtime Story" (ベッドタイムストーリー Beddotaimu Sutōrī?) (Jazztronik feat. Yuki) 27 53 4,400 TBA

DVDs[edit]

  • Yuki Videos (ユキビデオ?) (March 2, 2005)
  • Sweet Home Rock'n Roll Tour (March 2, 2005)
  • Yuki Live Yuki Tour "Joy", May 20, 2005 at Nippon Budokan (ユキライブ YUKI TOUR "joy" 2005年5月20日 日本武道館?) (January 25, 2006)
  • Yuki Videos 2 (ユキビデオ2?) (March 19, 2008)
  • Yuki Live "5-star": The Gift Will Suddenly Arrive (May 28, 2008)
  • Yuki concert New Rhythm Tour 2008 (March 4, 2009)

Books[edit]

  • Yuki Girly Rock – Yuki biography (1997)
  • Yuki Girly Swing – Yuki autobiography & diary (1997)
  • Yuki Girly Folk – Yuki biography (2000)
  • Yuki Girly Boogie – Yuki autobiography & diary (2000)
  • Yuki Girly Wave – Yuki biography (2004)
  • Yuki Girly Tree – Yuki autobiography & diary (2004)

Movies[edit]

  • Mizu no Onna (水の女?, Water Woman) – cameo appearance

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2009年02月05日 14時00分. "YUKI、妊娠7ヶ月で5月出産予定 (YUKI) ニュース-ダイエット・エステ・美容のオリコンランキング". Beauty.oricon.co.jp. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "アーティスト: YUKI". Oricon. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved October 31, 2010.  (subscription only)
  4. ^ "GOLD ALBUM 他認定作品 2002年3月度". RIAJ (in Japanese). September 10, 2005. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  5. ^ "ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2003年7月". RIAJ (in Japanese). August 10, 2003. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ "ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2005年3月". RIAJ (in Japanese). April 10, 2005. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  7. ^ "ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2006年9月". RIAJ (in Japanese). October 10, 2006. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  8. ^ "ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2010年3月". RIAJ (in Japanese). April 10, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  9. ^ "ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2011年8月". RIAJ (in Japanese). March 18, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  10. ^ "ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2007年10月". RIAJ (in Japanese). August 10, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN". Billboard (in Japanese). 
  12. ^ "有料音楽配信チャート" (in Japanese). RIAJ. 
  13. ^ "レコード協会調べ 7月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:7月度認定>". RIAJ (in Japanese). August 20, 2008. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  14. ^ "ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2005年04月". RIAJ (in Japanese). May 10, 2005. Retrieved November 10, 2010. 
  15. ^ "レコード協会調べ 3月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:3月度認定>". RIAJ (in Japanese). April 20, 2007. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  16. ^ "ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2005年06月". RIAJ (in Japanese). June 10, 2005. Retrieved November 10, 2010. 
  17. ^ "ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2005年09月". RIAJ (in Japanese). October 10, 2005. Retrieved November 10, 2010. 
  18. ^ "レコード協会調べ 5月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:5月度認定>". RIAJ (in Japanese). June 20, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  19. ^ "レコード協会調べ 6月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:6月度認定>". RIAJ (in Japanese). July 20, 2007. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 

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