Riri (Japanese singer)

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Riri Arai
Native name
荒井梨里
Also known asRiri
Born (1999-11-05) November 5, 1999 (age 19)[citation needed]
OriginGunma, Japan
Genres
Years active2016—present
Labels
Associated acts
Website[1][dubious ][citation needed]

RIRI (荒井梨里, Arai Riri, born November 5, 1999) is a Japanese singer-songwriter. She debuted as a singer under MIC-A-HOLIC Inc, agency that is responsible by famed Japanese singer-songwriter A.I.. In 2018, it was revealed that she would release her debut album under Sony Music label.[1]

History[edit]

Riri started singing at 4 years old, inspired by American R&B acts such as Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Whitney Houston. In 2011, she won the Next Generation Star singing competition hosted by David Foster. In 2012 she attended The Dream Support Project Award in New York City, making it her first performance in the US. In July 2016, she debuted officially as a singer under The Mic-a-holics Inc., that also manages singer-songwriter A.I., who produced her first official single, "GOLD" and her debut EP, I love to sing. In 2017, her second EP Rush was released.[2]

In 2018, she debuted under Sony Music Japan and released her debut album Rush. The album is produced by American producers Brian Soko and Damon Sharpe, who also worked with Ariana Grande and Beyoncé.[3]

On 28 November 2018, RIRI released her second album Neo. It includes the singles "Maybe One Day", "Honey" and a Japanese cover of Zedd's song "Stay". A collaboration song with Japanese R&B singer Shimizu Shota, "Forever" and American rapper Saweetie are included on the album as well.[4]

In 2019, Riri recorded the Japanese version of "Circle of Life" for the local release of The Lion King.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales Certifications
JPN
Oricon
JPN
Billboard
RIRI 34 -
  • JPN: 5,484
NEO - -
  • JPN: -

EPs[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales Certifications
JPN
Oricon
JPN
Billboard
I love to sing - -
  • JPN: -
RUSH - -
  • JPN: -
Summertime - -
  • JPN: -

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "プロフィール". Sony Music. Sony Music. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "INTERVIEW - Get a Rush of R&B with RIRI". OneHallyu. OneHallyu. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "プロフィール". Sony Music. Sony Music. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "RIRI new album "Neo" out on Nov 28th!". Melody Café. Melody Café. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "新人RIRIが『ライオン・キング』日本版公式ソング シンバ役が絶賛「ビヨンセみたいだ」". Oricon. 2019-07-18. Retrieved 2019-07-22.