Aimer

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Aimer
Native name エメ
Also known as aimerrhythm
Born Kumamoto, Japan
Genres
Instruments
Years active 2011–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website http://www.aimer-web.jp/

Aimer (エメ, Eme, [eme]) is a Japanese pop singer and lyricist signed to SME Records and managed by FOURseam. Her name comes from the verb "Aimer" in French which means "to love".[5]

Early life[edit]

Her father was the bassist of a band, so Aimer grew up surrounded by music from a very young age. She began studying the piano in elementary school and highly looked up to Ringo Sheena and Utada Hikaru. In junior high school, listening to Avril Lavigne inspired her to take up guitar and began writing English lyrics. At the age of 15, she lost her voice due to over-usage of her vocal chords and was forced to undergo silence therapy for treatment, however that did not stop her as after she recovered, she acquired her distinctive husky voice.[5][6]

Career[edit]

Aimer teamed up with the "Agehasprings" group, which has worked with, produced, or provided music for various artists, including Yuki, Mika Nakashima, Flumpool, Superfly, Yuzu, and Genki Rockets.[7] In 2011, her musical career began in earnest. In May 2011, they released the concept album Your favorite things. It covered numerous popular works, including works in various genre such as jazz and country western music. The number 1 record cover was based on Lady Gaga's "Poker Face", and was the first song to appear in the lead album chart for the jazz category in the iTunes Store. The album reached number 2.

On September 7, 2011, she debuted for Defstar Records, with the song "Rokutousei no Yoru", which was selected by Fuji TV as the ending theme of the 2011 anime series No. 6.[8] "Rokutousei no Yoru" recorded its highest ranking at number 9 on the Recochoku music distribution chart.[9] The second single was released on December 14, 2011. "Re:pray/ Sabishikute Nemurenai Yoru wa" reached number 1 in the Mora music download charts site.[10] The song "Re: pray" was chosen as the 29th ending theme for the anime Bleach.[11] The single includes a cover of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face". The song was previously featured in Aimer's Your Favorite Things, a cover album that was released during her indie era.

On February 22, 2012, she released her third single, "Yuki no Furumachi/Fuyu no Diamond", which had the theme of "winter" on all tracks. On May 11, 2012, Aimer released a digital single called "Hoshikuzu Venus". This single was intended to be the theme song and background music for Sasaki Nozomi's drama, Koi nante Zeitaku ga Watashi ni Ochite Kuru no daro ka?. This drama aired in April 16, 2012. On August 15, Aimer released her fourth single, "Anata ni Deawanakereba: Kasetsu Toka / Hoshikuzu Venus", which included a cover of Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do". The first track of this single "Anata ni Deawanakereba: Kasetsu Toka" is an ending song of Fuji TV's anime series Natsuyuki Rendezvous.[12]

On March 20, 2013, Aimer released the single "RE:I AM", which was used as the ending theme for the penultimate episode of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.[13] According to an interview, the song title "is an anagram of [her] name (Aimer), and has the meaning of breaking down a word and constructing it into another."[14] Aimer's eighth single, "Brave Shine", appeared as the second opening theme to the Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works anime, and was released on June 3, 2015.[15] Another song, "Last Stardust", which was also a candidate for the opening, appears as an insert song in episode #20.[16]

On August 18, 2016, Aimer announced her special 4th studio album Daydream to be released on September 21 that features collaboration songs between her and popular artists such as Taka (ONE OK ROCK), Yojiro Noda (RADWIMPS), TK (Ling tosite sigure), chelly (EGOIST), Takahito Uchisawa (androp), Hiroyuki Sawano, Sukima Switch, and Mao Abe. Taka additionally produced four new songs for this album, while TK provided two. Also includes the ending theme of Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (anime) made in collaboration with chelly (EGOIST) and Hiroyuki Sawano and more for 13 tracks total. The album was released in three versions: a limited CD+Blu-ray (Type-A), a limited CD+DVD edition (Type-B), and a regular CD only edition. The song "Falling Alone" was used as lead track and was previously released as her 10th digital single as advance of the album.[17][18]

On August 20, 2016 Aimer revealed her face for the first time on Music Station with the song "Chouchou Musubi".[19] Following the announcement of her 4th album Daydream, Aimer performed the ending song to the Season 5 of anime series Natsume's Book of Friends, "Akane Sasu".[20]

On January 5, 2017 it was announced that Aimer wrote a song for the Japanese culinary exhibition "Tabegamisama no Fushigina Resutoranten" directed by the multimedia entertainment studio Moment Factory.[21] A day after it was revealed on Aimer's official Twitter profile that the name of the song for the exhibition would be "Kachō Fūgetsu".[22] Later, it was also revealed another single, which would be used as opening theme for the Japanese drama Ubai ai, fuyu, titled "Kogoesōna Kisetsu Kara", and would be released on February 10, 2017.[23] Successively, it was announced the release date, May 3, 2017, for two compilations containing Aimer's most famous songs, Best Selection "Blanc" and Best Selection "Noir". In the compilations there would also be included the two new singles, besides many songs from her previous albums. Her single "Ref:rain", was released digitally on February 18, 2018 and received a physical release on February 21, 2018. The song is used as the ending theme to the 2018 anime television series Koi wa Ameagari no You ni.[24]

On September 7, 2018, she released a new single titled "Black Bird", which was used as the theme song for the Japanese live-action film adaptation of the manga Kasane.[25]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album Details Peak positions Certifications
JPN
[26]
KOR
[A]
Sleepless Nights 11
Midnight Sun
  • Released: June 25, 2014
  • Label: DefSTAR Records
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, digital download
9
Dawn
  • Released: July 29, 2015
  • Label: DefSTAR Records
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray, digital download
4 3
Daydream
  • Released: September 21, 2016
  • Label: SME Records
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray, digital download
2 3

Best albums[edit]

Title Album Details Peak positions Certifications
JPN
[26]
KOR
[B]
Best Selection "blanc"
  • Released: May 3, 2017
  • Label: SME Records
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray
3 4
Best Selection "noir"
  • Released: May 3, 2017
  • Label: SME Records
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray
4 5

Mini albums[edit]

Title Album Details Peak position
JPN
[26]
After Dark
  • Released: November 20, 2013
  • Label: DefSTAR Records
  • Format: CD
23
Dare ka, Umi wo.
(誰か、海を。)
  • Released: September 3, 2014
  • Label: DefSTAR Records
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD
18

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart position Album
JPN
Oricon

[33]
JPN
Billboard

[34]
"Rokutosei no Yoru" / "Kanashimi wa Aurora ni" / "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
(六等星の夜 / 悲しみはオーロラに)
2011 28 Sleepless Nights
"Re:pray" / "Sabishikute Nemurenai Yoru wa"
(寂しくて眠れない夜は)
41
"Yuki no Furumachi" / "Fuyu no Diamond"
(雪の降る街 / 冬のダイヤモンド)
2012 72
"Anata ni Deawanakereba -Kasetsu Toka-" / "Hoshikuzu Venus"
(あなたに出会わなければ~夏雪冬花~/星屑ビーナス)
26
"L-O-V-E" Bitter & Sweet
"Refrain ga Sakenderu"
(リフレインが叫んでる)
"RE:I AM" 2013 6 Midnight Sun
"Nemuri no Mori"
(眠りの森)
"StarRingChild" 2014 3 17
"Broken Night" / "Hollow World" 9 34 DAWN
"Brave Shine" 2015 4 4
"Kimi wo Matsu"
(君を待つ)
"Ninelie" 2016 9 4 daydream
"Insane Dream" / "Us" 13 17
"Chouchou Musubi"
(蝶々結び)
10 8
"Falling Alone"
"Akanesasu" / "everlasting snow"
(茜さす / everlasting snow)
8 8 TBA
"ONE" / "Hana no Uta" / "Rokutosei no Yoru Magic Blue ver."
(ONE / 花の唄 / 六等星の夜 Magic Blue ver.)
2017 2 2
"Ref:rain" / "Mabayui bakari"
(Ref:rain / 眩いばかり)
2018 6 6
"Black Bird / Tiny Dancers / Omoide wa Kireide"
(Black Bird / Tiny Dancers / 思い出は奇麗で)
5 3[35]

Cover albums[edit]

Title Album Details Peak position
JPN
[26]
Your Favorite Things
Bitter & Sweet
  • Released: December 12, 2012
  • Label: DefSTAR Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
53

Collaboration albums[edit]

Title Album Details Artist(s)
UnChild
  • Released: June 25, 2014
  • Label: DefSTAR Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Aimer
Another Me
  • Released: August 13, 2014
  • Label: J-More
  • Format: Digital download
Fukui Mai x Aimer

Guest appearances[edit]

Song Year Album Album Artist
"Banana Fish to Hamabe to Kuroi Niji"
(with Aimer)
2014 See More Glass Galileo Galilei
"Song of ..<AM>" 2015 o1 SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]
"S-ave"
"Bed / Love Song"
(featuring Aimer)
2016 Sea and the Darkness Galileo Galilei
"bL∞dy f8 -eUC-" Into the Sky EP SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]
"Told U So" P.Y.L illion
"Bright Stars"
(featuring Aimer)
Kings of the Playground Grown Kids
"Listen"
(featuring Avril Lavigne); (Aimer as background vocal)
2017 Ambitions One Ok Rock
"Ninelie <Cry-v>" 2V-ALK SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]
"Memento Mori"
(featuring Aimer)
2018 Cocoon androp

Music videos[edit]

Official music videos[edit]

Song Year Director(s)
[36][37]
Production
"Anata ni Deawanakereba ~Kasetsutouka~"

(あなたに出会わなければ~夏雪冬花~)

2012 Tatsuya Murakami Unknown
"Re:pray" Takahiro Miki
"Yuki no Furu Machi" (雪の降る街) Takeshi Matsuda,
Masakazu Fukatsu
"RE:I AM" 2013 Tsuyoshi Araki
"StarRingChild" Masakazu Fukatsu factory1994
"Nemuri no Mori" (眠りの森) Gaku Kinoshita
"Polaris" (ポラリス) 2014 Gaku Kinoshita
"Kyoukara Omoide" (今日から思い出) Gaku Kinoshita
"Dare ka, Umi wo" (誰か、海を。)[38] maxilla
"broKen NIGHT" [38] 2015 Tatsunori Sato 19-juke-
"Brave Shine" [38] Ryohei Shingu 19-juke-
"Believe Be:leave" [38] Tatsunori Sato 19-juke-
"Kimi wo Matsu" (君を待つ)[38] Gaku Kinoshita
"ninelie" [39] 2016 biogon pictures inc.
"insane dream" [40] Stephen Wayne Mallet Green Glow Films
"us" [41] Masakazu Fukatsu
"Chouchou Musubi" (蝶々結び)[42] Shunji Iwai Tamai Emi
"Stars in the rain" [43] Tani Satoshi c.Ray
"Falling Alone" [39] bait
"Kataomoi" (カタオモイ) 2017 Unknown Unknown
"Akanesasu" (茜さす)
"everlasting snow"
"Kogoesuna Kisetsu Kara" (凍えそうな季節から) 19-juke-

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee/work Result
2013 CD Shop Awards Grand Prix Sleepless Nights Nominated[44]
2015 Music Jacket Awards Second Prize Dare ka, Umi wo. Won[45]
Newtype Anime Awards Best Theme Song “Brave Shine”
(from anime Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works)
Won[46]
2016 Music Jacket Awards Grand Prize Dawn Nominated[47]
2017 CD Shop Awards Sub-Grand Prix Daydream Won[48]
Space Shower Music Awards Best Female Artist Aimer Nominated[49]
2018 Space Shower Music Awards Best Female Artist Aimer Nominated[50]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sources for studio album chart positions are as follows: Dawn,[27] Daydream.[28]
  2. ^ Sources for best album chart positions are as follows: Best Selection "Blanc",[30] Best Selection "Noir".[31]

References[edit]

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