|Birth name||Takeuchi Mariya (竹内 まりや)|
|Also known as||Miyabi, MAKO (as a lyricist)|
|Born||20 March 1955|
Kizukiminami, Taisha-machi, Hikawa-gun (Current: Izumo-shi), Shimane Prefecture, Japan
Alfa Moon (1984–1987)
Moon / MMG (1987–1993)
Moon / East West Japan (1994–1997)
Moon / Warner Music Japan (1998–present)
Mariya Takeuchi (竹内 まりや, Takeuchi Mariya, born 20 March 1955) is a Japanese singer and songwriter. Regarded as an influential figure in the city pop genre, she is one of the best-selling music artists in Japan, having sold over 16 million records, and has received several accolades.
Takeuchi was born in Taisha, Hikawa district, now the city of Izumo, Shimane, and attended Keio University. She made her singing debut after signing with the RCA record label in 1978, with whom she released her debut album Beginning, which peaked at No. 17 on Oricon Charts. She then released four albums between 1979 and 1981, all of which obtained commercial success, including the 1980 album Love Songs, which became her first work to peak at No. 1 on Oricon Charts. Takeuchi then announced she would go on a temporary hiatus in 1981, terminating her contract with RCA records. Three years later, Takeuchi and her husband Tatsuro Yamashita signed with Moon Records, and she made her comeback with her sixth studio album Variety in 1984, which was released internationally and shot her to mainstream success, and peaked at No. 1 on Oricon Charts. The track "Plastic Love", which was released in 1985 as a single, became a surprise hit outside of Japan in 2017 after a YouTube upload of the song went viral. The song has since attained a cult following and is seen as the staple in a revival of interest in city pop in the late 2010s.
Following the success of her ventures throughout the late 1970s and 1980s, Takeuchi began releasing albums less frequently, her latest release being in 2014 as she shifted her focus to work and release standalone singles. Since 1981, every single she has released has charted on the Oricon Charts. She has stayed with the Moon record label, working with the different branches since signing in 1984 and since 1998 has been signed with Warner Music Japan, with whom she released the single "Inochi no Uta" (いのちの歌, Song of Life) in 2012, for which she re-recorded in 2020; the latter of which charted at No. 1 on Oricon Charts, making her the oldest singer to achieve a No. 1 single.
Takeuchi was born in Taisha in the Hikawa district of Shimane Prefecture in Japan. She grew up in the family Shinise Ryokan (Japanese long-established inn) business by the name of Takenoya, that her great grandfather Shigezo Takeuchi (竹内繁蔵) founded in 1877. Her family always played records from all over the world. She had already learned to play piano and guitar by third grade, but the Beatles left an impression that inspired her to travel.
In 1972, for her third year of high school, she studied in Rock Falls, Illinois, United States, as an international exchange student through the AFS Intercultural Programs. Her nickname was Mako, as one of the AFS yearbooks has a caption that reads Mariya "Mako" Takeuchi. She entered the Japanese Keio University in 1974 majoring in English literature and won a nationwide English recitation contest by The Japan Times in the spring of that year. She married fellow musician Tatsuro Yamashita in April 1982. They have one daughter.
Takeuchi joined the music club of the university and there she was invited to participate in Masamichi Sugi (杉真理)'s recordings and in March 1978 so-called the omnibus album Loft Sessions (ロフト・セッションズ) recordings. In August that year she signed up with the RCA recording label, and in November her debut single "Modotte oide, Watashi no Jikan" (戻っておいで・私の時間, Please come back, my time), and the debut album Beginning were released. The 1979 singles "Dream of You: Lemon Lime no Aoi Kaze" (ドリーム・オブ・ユー〜レモンライムの青い風〜, Dream of You: Blue Breeze of Lemon Lime), "September" were hits, and she won the 1979 Japan Record Awards, Tokyo Music Festival, Japan Music Awards, Shinjuku Music Festival and Ginza Music Festival best new artist awards as a singer. The 1980 single "Fushigi na Peach Pie" (不思議なピーチパイ, Mysterious Peach Pie) was also a hit. Takeuchi has had one song "Apple Papple Princess" (アップル・パップル・プリンセス) (1981) appear on the NHK program Minna no Uta.
From the late 1970s to the early 1980s, she recorded five albums and several singles. Those recordings featured dozens of prominent Japanese and North American songwriters, instrumentalists and producers, including Kazuhiko Katō, Tetsuji Hayashi, Shigeru Suzuki, Masamichi Sugi, Shigeru Suzuki, Takashi Matsumoto, Al Capps, Peter Allen, David Lasley, Alan O'Day, David Foster, Jim Keltner, Jay Graydon, Steve Lukather, Jeff Porcaro, David Hungate, and a fellow RCA artist and her future partner and husband, Tatsuro Yamashita. One of her songs from the 1980 album Miss M (Miss M), "Heart to Heart" (music by Roger Nichols), was given English lyrics and a new title, "Now". It was recorded by the Carpenters, released in 1983, and was the last recording by the late Karen Carpenter. At the end of 1981 after the release of her fifth album Portrait (PORTRAIT), She announced she was going to take a break for a while and paused doing concerts and releases, and got married six months later. While taking a break she continued composing for numerous different idols and singers such as Naoko Kawai, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Yukiko Okada, Akina Nakamori, Miho Nakayama, Hiromi Iwasaki, Masahiko Kondo, among many others.
Several of these songs scored top-ten on the Oricon, such as "Kenka wo Yamete" (けんかをやめて, Stop the Fighting) and "Invitation" performed by Naoko Kawai, "Dreaming Girl: Koi, Hajimemashite" (-Dreaming Girl- 恋、はじめまして, Dreaming Girl: Love, Nice to Meet You) performed by Yukiko Okada, "Iro: White Blend" (色・ホワイトブレンド, Color: White Blend) performed by Miho Nakayama. Takeuchi has often re-recorded those songs for her own album. "Eki" (駅, Station), a song originally written for the album by Akina Nakamori, became known by the composer's recorded version, and had been covered by many artists. "Genki wo Dashite", a song first recorded by Hiroko Yakushimaru, is recognized as one of Takeuchi's notable compositions. The song was later covered by Hitomi Shimatani in 2003, and became a moderate hit.
Upon returning to the Japanese music industry in 1984, she continued achieving huge commercial success. Since her return, she has recorded seven successful studio albums that mainly consist of her self-written songs, and all of them have reached No. 1 on the Japanese Oricon chart. As a singer-songwriter, she has produced eight top-ten hit singles on the Oricon chart, including "Single Again" (シングル・アゲイン), "Kokuhaku" (告白, Confession), "Junai Rhapsody" (純愛ラプソディ, Pure Love Rhapsody), "Kon'ya wa Hearty Party" (今夜はHearty Party, Hearty Party Tonight) and her only No. 1 hit "Camouflage" (カムフラージュ). In addition to her work as a performer, she also keep on writing songs and lyrics for other singers, including Ryōko Hirosue, Takako Matsu, Riho Makise, Seiko Matsuda, Masayuki Suzuki, Tackey & Tsubasa.
Several of these songs scored top-ten on the Oricon, such as "Maji de Koi suru 5 byō mae" (MajiでKoiする5秒前, 5 Seconds Before I Fall in Love Seriously) performed by Ryōko Hirosue, "Miracle Love" performed by Riho Makise, "Minna Hitori" (みんなひとり, Everybody is Alone) performed by Takako Matsu, and "Minna no Happy Birthday" (みんなのハッピーバースデイ, Everyone's Happy Birthday) performed by Mana Ashida.
Up to September 2014, Takeuchi had released 12 studio albums, 42 singles, several compilations and a live album which was recorded in 2000. Her total sales have been estimated at more than 16 million units by 2009. Her 1994 compilation, Impressions, sold more than 3 million copies in Japan alone, and became her best-selling album. In addition to her musical career, she has also managed her family's Ryokan Takenoya since May 2018 "until the next generation can take over".
Outside of Japan, she is best known for the city pop song "Plastic Love" from her number-one album Variety (1984). At the time of the song's release, Takeuchi had not considered attempting to release her music in the Western world, stating in a 2018 interview, "Considering that [the song] was mostly performed in Japanese, we figured it would be impossible to go abroad." The song went viral after it was uploaded to YouTube during the mid-late 2010s. Popularized overseas via the vaporwave and future funk scenes, the song has received more than 67 million views on YouTube as of June 2021. It has received critical acclaim, with Noisey calling it "the best pop song in the world" and Gorillaz calling it "a wonder woman slab of Japanese funk". K-pop singer Yubin's "City Love" is based on the song. The Blessed Madonna closed a Resident Advisor November 2017 mix with a rendition of the song. "Plastic Love" has also inspired numerous fan art and videos. On 17 May 2019, Warner Music Japan released on YouTube a short music video for the song, 35 years after its initial release.
|Year||Title||Label||Chart positions (JP)||Certifications||Sales|
|1984||Variety||Moon Records (Warner Music Japan)||1||483,000|
|2000||Souvenir: Mariya Takeuchi Live (live album)||3||
|2004||Longtime Favorites (cover album)||1||
|1990||Morning Glory||Moon Records||21,000|
|Sincerely... The Mariya Takeuchi Songbook Complete Edition
(English covers of her songs by various artists)
(Songs written for various singers)
(Other best songs that did not collected in Expressions, and Mariya's rarities, Premium covers)
|Yukiko Okada, Mariya's Songbook 
(Songs written for Yukiko Okada)
|Year||Title||Chart positions (JP)||Album|
|1978||"Modotte oide, Watashi no Jikan" (戻っておいで･私の時間, Please Come Back, My Time)||84||BEGINNING|
|1979||"Dream of You: Lemon Lime no Aoi Kaze" (ドリーム・オブ・ユー～レモンライムの青い風～, Dream of You: Blue Breeze of Lemon Lime)||30||UNIVERSITY STREET|
|"September" (SEPTEMBER)||39||LOVE SONGS|
|1980||"Fushigi na Peach Pie" (不思議なピーチパイ, Mysterious Peach Pie)||3|
|"Futari no Vacance" (二人のバカンス, Vacation for Two)||42||Miss M|
|"Sweetest Music" (SWEETEST MUSIC)||did not chart|
|1981||"Ichigo no Yūwaku" (イチゴの誘惑, Temptation of Strawberry)||80||PORTRAIT|
|"Special Delivery: Tokubetsu Kokubin" (SPECIAL DELIVERY〜特別航空便, Special Delivery: Special Airmail)||did not chart|
|"Natalie" (NATALIE) / "Apple Papple Princess" (アップル・パップル・プリンセス)||70||PORTRAIT (#1)|
|1984||"Mou Ichido" (もう一度, Once Again) / "Honki de Only You (Let's Get Married)" (本気でオンリーユー (Let's Get Married), Seriously, Only You (Let's Get Married))||20||VARIETY|
|"Mersey Beat de Utawasete" (マージービートで唄わせて, Sing with Mersey Beat)||78|
|1985||"Plastic Love" (プラスティック・ラヴ)||86|
|1986||"Koi no Arashi" (恋の嵐, Love Storm)||20||REQUEST|
|"Toki no Tabibito" (時空の旅人, Time Traveller)||46|
|1987||"Yume no Tsuzuki" (夢の続き, Continuation of the Dream)||43|
|"Eki" (駅, Station) / "After Years" (AFTER YEARS)||55||REQUEST (#1) |
Quiet Life (#2)
|1988||"Genki wo Dashite" (元気を出して, Cheer Up)||70||REQUEST|
|1989||"Single Again" (シングル・アゲイン)||2||Quiet Life|
|1990||"Kokuhaku" (告白, Confession)||3|
|1992||"Manhattan Kiss" (マンハッタン・キス)||11|
|"Uchi ni Kaerō (My Sweet Home)" (家に帰ろう (マイ・スイート・ホーム), Let's Go Home (My Sweet Home))||18|
|1993||"Shiawase no Sagashikata" (幸せの探し方, How to Find Happiness)||42|
|1994||"Ashita no Watashi" (明日の私, I in Tomorrow)||19||Impressions|
|"Junai Rhapsody" (純愛ラプソディ, Pure Love Rhapsody)||5|
|"Honki de Only You (Let's Get Married)" (本気でオンリーユー (Let's Get Married), Seriously, Only You (Let's Get Married)') / "Forever Friends" (Forever friends)(Re-issue)||48||VARIETY (#1)|
Quiet Life (#2)
|1995||"Kon'ya wa Hearty Party" (今夜はHearty Party, Hearty Party Tonight)||3||Bon Appetit!|
|1996||"Lonely Woman" (ロンリー・ウーマン) / "Tell me, tell me" ( Tell me, tell me)||13|
|1998||"Camouflage" (カムフラージュ) / "Winter Lovers" (WINTER LOVERS)||1|
|1999||"Tenshi no Tameiki" (天使のため息, Sigh of an Angel) / "Soulmate wo Sagasite" (ソウルメイトを探して, Looking for My Soulmate)||6|
|2001||"Mayonaka no Nightingale" (真夜中のナイチンゲール, Midnight Nightingale)||7|
|"Mainichi ga Special" (毎日がスペシャル, Every Day is a Special Day)||40|
|2006||"Henshin" (返信, Reply) / ""Synchronicity (Suteki na Guzen)" (シンクロニシティ (素敵な偶然), Synchronicity (Wonderful Coincidence))||8||Denim|
|"Slow Love" (スロー・ラヴ)||30|
|"Ashita no Nai Koi" (明日のない恋, Love Without Tomorrow)||19|
|2007||"Chance no Maegami" (チャンスの前髪, The Fortune by the Forelock) (duet with Yuko Hara) / "Jinsei no Tobira" (人生の扉, Doors of Life)||23||Expressions (#1)|
|2008||"Shiawase no Monosashi" (幸せのものさし, Measure of Happiness) / "Ureshikute Samishii Hi (Your Wedding Day)" (うれしくてさみしい日 (Your Wedding Day), Happy and Lonely Day (Your Wedding Day))||6||Expressions|
|"Enishi no Ito" (縁の糸, Thread of Fate)||12||TRAD|
|2010||"Whisky ga Osuki desho" (ウイスキーが、お好きでしょ, You Like Whiskey)||18|
|2012||"Inochi no Uta" (いのちの歌, Song of Life)||10|
|2013||"Tasogare Diary" (たそがれダイアリー, Twilight Diary)||15|
|"Dear Angie: Anata wa Makenai" (Dear Angie〜あなたは負けない, Dear Angie: You Won't Lose) / "Sorezore no Yoru" (それぞれの夜, Respective Night)||7|
|"Your Eyes" (Your Eyes) (download limited)|
|2014||""Aloha Shiki Renai Sinan" (アロハ式恋愛指南, Aloha Style Love Instruction) (download limited)|
|"Shizukana Densetsu (legend)" (静かな伝説 (レジェンド), Quiet Legend (legend))||10|
|2016||" Let It Be Me" (レット・イット・ビー・ミー) (duet with Tatsuro Yamashita) (download limited)||Expressions|
|"Kyo no Omoi" (今日の想い, Today's Feelings) (download limited)|
|2018||"Chiisana Negai" (小さな願い, Little Wish) / "Ima wo Ikiyou (Seize the Day)" (今を生きよう (Seize the Day), Let's Live Today (Seize the Day))||6|
|2019||"Tabi no Tsuzuki" (旅のつづき, Continuation of the Journey)||3|
|2020||"Inochi no Uta (Special Edition)" (いのちの歌 (スペシャル・エディション), Song of Life (Special Edition))||1|
Songs written for other singers
|Year||Singer||Title||Chart positions (JP)|| Album|
|1980||Ann Lewis||"LINDA" (リンダ)||PORTRAIT|
|1982||Naoko Kawai||"Kenka wo Yamete" (けんかをやめて, Stop the Fighting)||5||REQUEST|
|Chiemi Hori||"Machi Bouke" (待ちぼうけ, Waiting For)||26|
|Hiromi Iwasaki||"My Darling" (My Darling)*Music only||14|
|Keiko Masuda||"55 page no Kanashimi" (55ページの悲しみ, Sadness on Page 55)|
|"Rasen Kaidan" (らせん階段, Spiral Staircase)|
|KINYA||"Namida no Date" (涙のデイト, Tears of Date)|
|1983||Masahiro Kuwana||"Sweet Rain" (Sweet Rain)|
|1984||Hiroko Yakushimaru||"Genki wo Dashite" (元気を出して, Cheer Up)||1
|Yukiko Okada||"First Date" (ファースト・デイト)||20||Turntable|
|"Akogare" (憧れ, Yearning)|
|"Dreaming Girl: Koi, Hajimemashite" (-Dreaming Girl- 恋、はじめまして, Dreaming Girl: Love, Nice to Meet You)||7|
|"Little Princess" (リトル プリンセス)||14|
|"Sayonara: Natsuyasumi" (さよなら・夏休み, Goodbye: Summer Vacation)|
|1985||Hiroko Yakushimaru||"Kako karano Tegami" (過去からの手紙, The Letter from the Past)*Lyrics only||2
|Yukiko Okada||"Kanashii Yokan" (哀しい予感, Sad Premonition)||7|
|"Koibitotachi no Calendar" (恋人たちのカレンダー, Lovers' Calendar)|
|"Lonesome Season" (ロンサム・シーズン)||Quiet Life|
|1986||Akina Nakamori||"Eki" (駅, Station)||1
|"OH NO, OH YES!" (OH NO, OH YES!)|
|"Yakusoku" (約束, Promise)||Turntable|
|"Aka no Enamel" (赤のエナメル, Enamel of Red)||VARIETY |
30th Anniversary Edition
|"Mick Jagger ni Hohoemi wo" (ミック・ジャガーに微笑みを, Smile for Mick Jagger)||Mariya's Songbook|
(First Limited Edition)
|Miho Nakayama||"Iro White Blend" (色・ホワイトブレンド, Colored White Blend)||5||REQUEST|
|"Tokimeki no Season" (ときめきの季節, Season of Excitement)||Mariya's Songbook|
(First Limited Edition)
|Eri Morishita||"Hey! Baby" (Hey! Baby)||Turntable|
|"Manatsu no Date" (真冬のデイト, Midwinter Date)|
|Masahiko Kondō||"Eve no Kokuhaku" (イヴの告白, Eve's Confession)*Lyrics only|
|1987||Hiroko Yakushimaru||"Afternoon Tea" (アフタヌーン・ティー)||3
|Satomi Fukunaga||"Natsu no Intro" (夏のイントロ, Intro of Summer)||14||Mariya's Songbook|
(First Limited Edition)
|1988||Hiroko Yakushimaru||"Shugakusho" (終楽章, Final Movement)||8
|Masayuki Suzuki||"Guilty" (Guilty)*Lyrics only||12
|"Misty Mauve" (Misty Mauve)*Lyrics only|
|1991||Riho Makise||"Miracle Love" (Miracle Love)||4||Turntable|
|1997||Ryōko Hirosue||"Maji de Koi suru 5 byō mae" (MajiでKoiする5秒前, 5 Seconds Before I Fall in Love Seriously)||2||Turntable|
|"Tomadoi" (とまどい, Bewildered)||Bon Appetit!|
|"Koi no Counsel" (恋のカウンセル, Love Counsel)||3
|"Iidase nakute" (言い出せなくて, It's Hard to Say)|
|2004||Tackey & Tsubasa||"You & I" (You & I)*Lyrics only||2
|2006||Takako Matsu||"Minna Hitori" (みんなひとり, Everybody is Alone)||10||Denim|
|2008||Mitsuki Takahata||"Natsu no Montage" (夏のモンタージュ, Summer Montage)||30||TRAD|
|2009||ManaKana||"Inochi no Uta" (いのちの歌, Song of Life)*Lyrics only||18||TRAD|
|2011||Seiko Matsuda||"Tokubetsu na Koibito" (特別な恋人, Special Lover)||14||TRAD|
|"Koe dake Kikasete" (声だけ聞かせて, Let Me Hear Just Your Voice)||Turntable|
|Mana Ashida||"Minna no Happy Birthday" (みんなのハッピーバースデイ, Everyone's Happy Birthday)||8
|Aya Matsuura||"Subject: Sayonara" (Subject:さようなら, Subject: Goodbye)|
|2017||Saori Hayami||"Yume no Hate made" (夢の果てまで, To the End of the Dream)||21|
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