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Daimaou Kosaka

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Daimaou Kosaka
Daimaō Kosaka.jpg
Native name
古坂大魔王
Born
Kazuhito Kosaka (古坂 和仁)

(1973-07-17) 17 July 1973 (age 45)
NationalityJapanese
Other namesPikotaro
Alma materJapan Institute of the Moving Image
OccupationComedian, recording artist
Known for"PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)"
Spouse(s)
Hitomi Yasueda (m. 2017)
Children1 daughter

Kazuhito Kosaka (Japanese: 古坂和仁, Hepburn: Kosaka Kazuhito, born 17 July 1973),[1] better known by his stage names Daimaou Kosaka (古坂大魔王, Kosaka Daimaō) and Pikotaro (ピコ太郎, Pikotarō, born 17 July 1963),[2] is a Japanese entertainer.[3] Kosaka insists that Pikotaro is another person promoted by him,[4] but they are considered the same person.[5][6]

He is best known for his single "PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)".[7]

During US President Donald Trump's Fall 2017 trip to Asia, Kosaka was chosen to sing at the official state reception, reportedly as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe wanted to keep the mood "upbeat".[8]

Personal life[edit]

Daimaou Kosaka married Hitomi Yasueda, a gravure model, on August 3, 2017.[9] In June 17, 2018, Yasueda gave birth to his first daughter.[10]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
JPN JPN
Physical
PPAP 5 3

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with showing year released, peak chart positions and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
JPN
[11]
CAN
[12]
US
[13]
"PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)"[14] 2016 1 36 77 PPAP

Other singles[edit]

List of other singles, with showing year released, peak chart positions and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
JPN
[11]
CAN
[12]
US
[13]
"The Theme Song of Pikotaro"[15] 2016 N/A
"Romita Hashinikov"[16]
"Kashite Kudasaiyo"[17]
"Neo Sunglasses"[18]
"PPAP vs. Axel F."
"I Like OJ" 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ Watanabe, Akihiro (12 October 2016). "ピコ太郎「PPAP」なぜ世界的に流行? 古坂大魔王のプロデュース力を探る". Real Sound. Blueprint Co., Ltd. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  2. ^ "ピコ太郎(PIKOTARO)オフィシャルサイト". www.avex.jp.
  3. ^ 四方, 宏明 (19 October 2016). "ピコ太郎からたどる「お笑いテクノ」の歴史". All About NEWS. All About, Inc. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  4. ^ "ピコ太郎?に世界が夢中!ジャスティン・ビーバー、CNNもハマる". シネマトゥデイ. Cinematoday Inc. 28 September 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  5. ^ E-TALENTBANK Co., Ltd. (29 December 2016). "ピコ太郎、視聴者からの質問に対する優しい"返し"が「名言かも」「素晴らしい」と話題に". modelpress. Netnative Inc. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  6. ^ "ピコ太郎『ボキャブラ天国』同窓芸人が語る「あいつの正体」!". Smart FLASH. Kobunsha. 10 January 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  7. ^ Chen, Heather (27 September 2016). "How a 'Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen' earworm took over the internet". BBC News. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  8. ^ staff, Guardian (7 November 2017). "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-President: Donald Trump meets Pikotaro". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  9. ^ "PPAP Piko-Taro married model girlfriend Hitomi Yasueda - 88news". 88news. 14 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  10. ^ Tan, Sheralyn (21 June 2018). "Pikotaro Used His 'Pineapple Pen' Song to Calm Crying Daughter, and It Worked!". WORLD OF BUZZ. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Japanese Music: Top Japanese Songs Chart: Oct 22, 2016". Billboard. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Canadian Music: Top 100 Songs Chart (December 10, 2016)". Billboard. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  13. ^ a b "Pikotaro's "PPAP (Pen Pineapple Apple Pen)" Debuts On Billboard Hot 100". Headline Planet. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  14. ^ Chen, Heather (27 September 2016). "How a 'Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen' earworm took over the internet". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  15. ^ "The Theme Song of PIKOTARO - Single by PIKOTARO on Apple Music". iTunes. Apple Music. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Romita Hashinikov - Single by PIKOTARO on Apple Music". iTunes. Apple Music. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  17. ^ "Kashite Kudasaiyo - Single by PIKOTARO on Apple Music". iTunes. Apple Music. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  18. ^ Luo, Steph (11 October 2016). "Japanese singer releases new song after viral PPAP hit". AsiaOne. Singapore Press Holdings. Retrieved 17 October 2016.

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