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Kawashima Eiko (川島 栄子)
31 August 1961
Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
|Genres||J-pop, city pop|
Eiko Kawashima (川島 栄子, Kawashima Eiko, born 31 August 1961), known as Anri (杏里), is a Japanese pop singer-songwriter, originating from Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Her debut release was the 1978 Oribia o Kikinagara (While Listening to Olivia), written by Amii Ozaki. Her song "Cat's Eye" was used as the first opening theme for the eponymous 1983 anime series Cat's Eye and debuted as No. 1 on Countdown Japan. It spent 4 weeks at No. 1 on the Oricon chart. It was one of the first J-pop songs used as an anime theme song. In 2017, she performed this song live at the opening of the touring ice show Fantasy on Ice amongst others.
Another one of her hits from 1983 was "Kanashimi ga Tomaranai" ("I Can't Stop the Loneliness"). Both songs appeared on the 1983 album Timely!!. She also appeared at the Red and White New Year's Music Special at the end of that same year, performing "Cat's Eye".
Other hit songs include Summer Candles and Dolphin Ring, both of which became standard songs played at Japanese weddings and receptions. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Anri's albums were bestsellers. She has had highly successful tours—one with an attendance of almost 100,000—and toured Hawaii for the first time in 1987. She sang the closing theme for the 1998 Winter Olympics at Nagano. In 2002, she began collaborating with jazz fusion guitarist Lee Ritenour, who produced her 2002 LP Smooth Jam – Quiet Storm.
With the renewed popularity of city pop, and her songs having been sampled by many new artists of the vaporwave and future funk genres, Anri has also enjoyed new popularity outside of Japan.
|1984||ANRI in Concert||Released: 1984|
|1987||Anri: Live in Budokan||Formats: Laserdisc|
|1988||Anri: Hiroshima Peace Concert||Formats: Laserdisc|
|1989||Anri: Concert in Hawaii||Formats: VHS|
|1978||Apricot Jam||For Life Records|
|1981||哀しみの孔雀 (Sad Peacock)|
|Last Summer Whisper|
|Trouble in Paradise|
|1988||Boogie Woogie Mainland|
|1990||Circuit of Rainbow|
|1993||1/2 & 1/2|
|1995||Opus 21 (cover album)|
|1998||Moonlit Summer Tales|
|2000||The Beach House|
|2001||My Music||Dolphin Hearts|
|2002||Smooth Jam: Aspasia (cover album)|
|Smooth Jam: Quiet Storm (cover album)|
|2003||R134 Ocean Delights (cover album)||For Life Records|
|2005||Sol||Columbia Music Entertainment|
|2007||Tears of Anri (cover album)||Universal Music Japan|
|2008||Tears of Anri 2 (cover album)|
|2009||Anri Again – Best of Myself (cover album)|
|2013||Surf City -Coool Breeze- (cover album)||Ivy Records|
|2014||Surf & Tears (cover album)|
|2015||Smooth & Groove|
|2016||Melodies: Smooth & Groove|
|2017||Fun Time (Live)|
|1980||Anri the Best||For Life Records|
|1982||Amazing American ~ I Love Popping World, Anri ~|
|1988||My Favorite Songs|
|1991||My Favorite Songs 2|
|1994||16th Summer Breeze|
|16th Summer Breeze ORIGINAL KARAOKE|
|2000||Anri the Best|
|2007||a day in the summer The Best from "16th Summer Breeze" and "OPUS 21"|
|2011||Heart to Heart 〜with you〜||Warner Music Japan|
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- Anri discography at Discogs
- Official website Official Website.
- 1961 births
- Japanese women pop singers
- Japanese women singer-songwriters
- Japanese singer-songwriters
- Living people
- People from Yamato, Kanagawa
- Musicians from Kanagawa Prefecture
- Anime singers
- Fantasy on Ice guest artists
- 20th-century Japanese women singers
- 20th-century Japanese singers
- 21st-century Japanese women singers
- 21st-century Japanese singers