Shizuka Kudō

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Shizuka Kudo
工藤 静香
Birth name 工藤 静香 (Kudō Shizuka)
Born (1970-04-14) 14 April 1970 (age 45)
Origin Hamura, Tokyo, Japan
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, Actress
Years active 1986–present
Labels Pony Canyon
Associated acts Onyanko Club, SMAP

Shizuka Kudo (工藤 静香 Kudō Shizuka?, born April 14, 1970) is a Japanese singer pop idol and actress born in Hamura, Tokyo. She debuted as member no. 38 of the Onyanko Club in May 1986 and went on to a successful solo career with 11 no.1 hits.[1]

Biography[edit]

Kudo began her career age just 14 in three-piece pop unit Seventeen Club, formed from a 1984 'Miss Seventeen Contest' organized by Japanese magazine Seventeen. They released two singles in 1985 on Sony Records and Kudo later said she joined "just to have fun.[1]"

Onyanko Club debuted on the first of April 1985 on their own Fuji TV variety show Yūyake Nyan Nyan[2] with eleven high school girls selected from participants in the Fuji TV All Night High School Girl Special (オールナイトフジ女子高生スペシャル?) aired in February that same year. Kudo auditioned for the group after completing high school in May 1986, becoming member no.38.

The group gave a new approach to the idol formula with 52 official members and three unofficial members, with several, including Shizuka Kudo, forming sub-groups, such as Ushirogami Hikaretai.[2] Ushirogami Hikaretai, which teamed Kudo with Akiko Ikuina and Makiko Saito released five singles and two albums in a one-year period from May 1987 until March 1988 with a live album their final release in July 1988 (Hora ne, Haru ga Kita - First Concert).

Kudo has said of her time in Onyanko Club that "it was a great experience, with good, bad and really dirty things," and that she tried not to learn from the behavior of others around her.[1]

Onyanko Club disbanded on 9 September 1987 with a final concert but Kudo had already launched her solo career with her first single, Kindan no Telepathy less than two weeks prior, on 31 August. It climbed to the top of the music chart and also became a favorite throughout Asia during the early '90s. She enjoyed a run of eight consecutive number 1 singles in Japan between 1988 and 1990, and eleven in total.[1]

She continued to release new music every year until 2000 with sporadic releases since then. Her most recent release came in 2008 when she teamed up with Miyuki Nakajima, co-composer of five of Kudo's late-80s hits, for a double a-side, Night Wing/ Yuki Gasa. Kudo said of their long-term working relationship, "We are not that close. We have a nice distance. Sometimes when I hear her music, it scares me but I especially like her passionate lyrics.[1]"

Kudo also appears on television in jidaigeki roles and also creates her own jewelry that is sold in Japan.

Trivia[edit]

Shizuka Kudo is also known as the Japanese voice of Megara in the Japanese dub of the 1997 Disney film Hercules, opposite Tokio drummer Masahiro Matsuoka, playing the title role.

Kudo married Takuya Kimura of popular boy-band SMAP in 2000. They have two children named Kokomi and Mitsuki.

Kudo speaks English with a strong British accent stating in an English-language interview that "a British accent is much easier, because you don’t have the ‘r’ sound like the Americans."[1]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Details Peak chart
position (Oricon)[3]
1987 "Kindan no Telepathy" (禁断のテレパシー?)
  • Release date: August 31, 1987
  • B-side: "Ai ga Itai Yoru" (愛が痛い夜?)
#1
"Again"
  • Release date: December 12, 1987
  • B-side: "If"
#3
1988 "Daite Kuretara Ii no ni" (抱いてくれたらいいのに?)
  • Release date: March 2, 1988
  • B-side: "Yoake ni Miokurarete" (夜明けに見送られて?)
#3
"FU-JI-TSU"
  • Release date: June 1, 1988
  • B-side: "Natsu ga Kureta Miracle" (夏がくれたミラクル?)
#1
"MUGO-n... Iroppoi" (MUGO・ん…色っぽい?)
  • Release date: August 24, 1988
  • Campaign song for Kanebo Cosmetics
  • B-side: "Gunshū" (群衆?)
#1
"Koi Hitoyo" (恋一夜?)
#1
1989 "Arashi no Sugao" (嵐の素顔?)
  • Release date: March 3, 1989
  • B-side: "Eien no Bōhatei" (永遠の防波堤?)
#1
"Kōsa ni Fukarete" (黄砂に吹かれて?)
  • Release date: September 9, 1989
  • B-side: "Akiko" (秋子?)
#1
1990 "Kuchibiru kara Biyaku" (くちびるから媚薬?)
  • Release date: January 10, 1990
  • B-side: "Serenade" (セレナーデ?)
#1
"Senryū no Shizuku" (千流の雫?)
  • Release date: May 9, 1990
  • Campaign song for Taiyo Yuden
  • B-side: "Beautiful World"
#1
"Watashi ni Tsuite" (私について?)
  • Release date: September 21, 1990
  • B-side: "TEL..ME"
#1
1991 "Boyaboya Dekinai" (ぼやぼやできない?)
  • Release date: January 23, 1991
  • B-side: "Ano Sakamichi" (あの坂道?)
#2
"Please"
  • Release date: May 15, 1991
  • B-side: "Manatsu no Shinkirō" (真夏の蜃気楼?)
#1
"Metamorphose" (メタモルフォーゼ?)
  • Release date: October 23, 1991
  • B-side: "Ri-a-ru"
#2
1992 "Mechakucha ni Naite Shimaitai" (めちゃくちゃに泣いてしまいたい?)
  • Release date: January 29, 1992
  • B-side: "Ryūsei" (流星?)
#4
"Urahara" (うらはら?)
  • Release date: May 21, 1992
  • B-side: "Hatachi no Scenario" (20才のシナリオ?)
#5
"Koe wo Kikasete" (声を聴かせて?)
  • Release date: August 21, 1992
  • B-side: "Minamikaze!! Fuku Mae ni..." (南風!!吹く前に…?)
#5
1993 "Dōkoku" (慟哭?)
  • Release date: February 3, 1993
  • B-side: "Call" (コール?)
#1
"Watashi wa Knife" (わたしはナイフ?)
  • Release date: June 2, 1993
  • B-side: "Shūmaku" (終幕?)
#6
"Anata shika Inai desho" (あなたしかいないでしょ?)
  • Release date: October 6, 1993
  • B-side: "Chotto Shita GUILTY" (ちょっとしたGUILTY?)
#5
1994 "Blue Rose"
  • Release date: March 18, 1994
  • B-side: "Door"
#8
"Jaguar Line"
  • Release date: July 21, 1994
  • B-side: "naked love"
#8
"Ice Rain"
  • Release date: November 18, 1994
  • B-side: "Party"
#8
1995 "Moon Water"
  • Release date: May 19, 1995
  • B-side: "Still Water"
#14
"7"
  • Release date: July 21, 1995
  • B-side: "Hachigatsu..." (8月…?)
#15
1996 "Chō" (?)
  • Release date: March 21, 1996
  • B-side: "Melody" (メロディ?)
#15
"Yū" (?)
  • Release date: June 5, 1996
  • B-side: "Luna -Tsuki no Megami-" (ルナ-月の女神-?)
#26
"Gekijō" (激情?)
  • Release date: November 7, 1996
  • B-side: "Nagai Kami" (長い髪?)
#10
1997 "Blue Velvet"
  • Release date: May 28, 1997
  • Ending theme for the anime Dragon Ball GT
  • B-side: "Break"
#8
"Kama Sutra no Densetsu" (カーマスートラの伝説?)
  • Release date: November 19, 1997
  • B-side: "Niji" (?)
#29
1998 "Setsu-Getsu-Ka" (雪・月・花?)
  • Release date: February 18, 1998
  • B-side: "Wish"
#23
"Kirara" (きらら?)
  • Release date: July 17, 1998
  • B-side: "in the sky"
#6
"Isshun" (一瞬?)
  • Release date: November 6, 1998
  • B-side: "piece of a star"
#29
1999 Blue Zone
  • Release date: April 7, 1999
  • Campaign song for Toyo Tires
  • B-side: "ZIGUZAGU"
#28
2000 "Shinku no Hana" (深紅の花?)
  • Release date: November 8, 2000
  • B-sides: "Ashimoto o Kazaru Taiyō" (足下を飾る太陽?), "PRAY"
#33
2002 "maple"
  • Release date: April 24, 2002
  • B-side: "Hōsekibako" (宝石箱?)
#35
2005 "Lotus ~Umareshi Hana~" (Lotus ~生まれし花~?)
  • Release date: February 16, 2005
  • Campaign song for the Daihatsu Tanto
  • B-side: "Simple"
#40
"Kokoro no Chikara" (心のチカラ?)
#60
2006 "Clāvis -Kagi-" (Clāvis -鍵-?)
  • Release date: September 6, 2006
  • B-side: "Powder snow"
#67
2007 "Amayo no Tsuki ni" (雨夜の月に?)
  • Release date: May 23, 2007
  • B-side: "Sonzai" (存在?)
#44
2008 "NIGHT WING/Yukigasa" (NIGHT WING/雪傘?)
  • Release date: November 5, 2008
  • Double A-side
#75
2012 "Kimi ga Kureta Mono" (キミがくれたもの?)
  • Release date: October 17, 2012
  • Ending theme for the anime Fairy Tail
  • B-sides: "Glass no Hana" (ガラスの花?), "Baroque Pearl" (バロックパール?)
#50

Albums[edit]

# Title Release date Note
1 ミステリアス (Mysterious) 1988.01.21
2 静香 (Shizuka) 1988.07.21
3 gradation 1988.11.30 Best of
4 Joy 1989.03.15
5 カレリア (Karelia) 1989.10.04
6 Harvest 1989.12.06 Best of
7 Rosette 1990.04.04
8 Unlimited 1990.11.14 Best of
9 Mind Universe 1991.03.06
10 Intimate 1991.12.11 Best of
11 Trinity 1992.03.18
12 Best of Ballade "Empathy" 1992.11.20 Best of
13 Rise Me 1993.04.01
14 Super Best 1993.11.19 Best of
15 Expose 1994.09.07
16 Purple 1995.08.02
17 Doing 1997.05.17
18 She - Best of Best 1996.12.16 Best of
19 Dress 1997.03.19
20 I'm not 1998.04.29
21 Best of Ballade カレント (Best of Ballade Current) 1998.11.18 Best of
22 Full of Love 1999.06.02
23 Millennium Best 2000.03.15 Best of
24 The Best of Shizuka Kudo 2001.12.05
25 Jewelry Box 2002.07.03
26 昭和の階段 Vol.1 (Showa no Kaidan Vol.1) 2002.10.30 Cover Album
27 月影 (Tsukikage) 2005.06.01
28 Kudo Shizuka Best ~20TH ANNIVERSARY~ 2007.08.29 Best of
29 Shizuka Kudo 20th Anniversary B-side Collection 2008.03.05 Best of
30 MY PRECIOUS -Shizuka sings songs of Miyuki- 2008.08.20 Cover Album
31 My Treasure Best -Miyuki Nakajima x Tsugutoshi Goto Collection- 2015.02.18 Best of. Sold 10,334 copies. Peaking at #22 on the weekly charts and charting for 7 weeks.
32 My Heartful Best -Matsui Goro Collection- 2016.03.09 Best of

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Robert Michael Poole (2008-11-07). "Shizuka Kudo -The storied J-pop superstar reflects on life at the top". Metropolis (free magazine). Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Onyanko Club". Encyclopedia Idollica. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  3. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/206047/rank/single/

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