Joe Inoue

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Joe Inoue
Native name
Born (1985-08-30) August 30, 1985 (age 33)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, U.S
Years active2007-present
LabelsKi/oon Records

Joe Inoue (井上ジョー, Inoue Jō, born August 30, 1985) is an American rock musician signed to Sony Music Entertainment Japan's Ki/oon Records label. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, to two Japanese immigrants.[1] It was not until middle school that he became interested in music and that eventually led him to start his musical career in 2007.[1] He was accepted to UCLA and UC Berkeley but had chosen music. Inoue performs every instrument on his recordings in addition to writing and composing the pieces on his own. He claims to have learned Japanese by reading manga and watching anime.[1]

He gained prominence when his song "Closer" was used as the fourth opening theme for Naruto: Shippuden.[2] His fifth single "Kaze no Gotoku" was used as the second theme song for the Yorinuki Gin Tama-san anime.[3]

Inoue contributed to Tetsuya's 2011 solo album Come On! by rapping on the track "Eden"[4] and later wrote and was featured on TOTALFAT's 2011 single "World of Glory",[5] later included on the album Damn Hero. He also wrote the track "Adrenaline" on high school friend and fellow musician Yoko Yazawa's second album Give Me!!!

He also composed the lyrics, music and directed/edited the music video for Naruto Shippuden ED 32 "Spinning World".

Other works include music and lyrics for "Rescue Rescue" by Kanjani 8 and "Chan-Chara-Chan" by Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku.

Inoue has 10 different YouTube channels. Information on his channels can be found at



  • In a Way (2007)
  • Me! Me! Me! (2009)
  • Dos Angeles (2010)
  • JOEpop #1 (2016)
  • JOEpop #2 (2016)
  • Polyglot Musix #1 (2017)
  • Benkyo Tunes (2017)
  • Hats On Tunes (2017)
  • JOEpop #3 (2017)
  • Farmland (2018)


  1. ^ a b c "Joe Inoue". Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Ki/oon Records. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
  2. ^ "ナタリー - 動画アクセス10万件!井上ジョーが歌う「NARUTO」曲". 2008-11-15. Retrieved 2010-10-12.
  3. ^ "ナタリー - 井上ジョー新曲がアニメ「よりぬき銀魂さん」オープニング". 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2010-10-12.
  4. ^ "ナタリー - [Power Push] TETSUYA". Retrieved 2011-01-08.
  5. ^ "ナタリー - TOTALFAT初シングルで井上ジョーと強力タッグ". 2011-04-02. Retrieved 2011-07-16.

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