Soulhead

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Soulhead
Origin Hokkaidō, Japan
Genres
Years active 2002 (2002)–2009, 2010–present
Labels Sony Music Associated Records (former)[1]
onenation (former)
Avex Group (present)
Website Soulhead official Sony web site
Members
  • Yoshika
  • Tsugumi

Soulhead (known as SOULHEAD in Japan) is a Japanese urban contemporary/R&B duo consisting of sisters Yoshika Sawayama (よしか) and Tsugumi Sawayama (つぐみ). Both were born in Hokkaidō; Yoshika was born on July 20, 1978 and Tsugumi was born on January 25, 1981. Since their debut, they have worked with several well-known artists, including Sowelu, Koda Kumi, Crystal Kay and Ken Hirai.

Biography[edit]

Before they assumed the name Soulhead, Yoshika and Tsugumi were known as Batti Baas. Batti Baas released one vinyl single through Handcuts Records called Lovin' You, which featured Aaron Blackmon. The song was a remake of the Minnie Riperton standard. In February 2002, they released a CD single through Tokuma Japan Communications called Inside Out.

Shortly after the release of Inside Out, they were signed to Sony Music Associated Records and began working under the pseudonym Soulhead. The label sent them one year abroad to Australia and New Zealand to improve their proficiency in English. They released their debut single, Step to the New World, on August 21, 2002. In 2006, they were transferred to Sony Music Associated Records' sublabel, onenation. They have appeared on various compilations with other Japanese artists. Soulhead's sound is a blend between various genres, such as soul, hip-hop, R&B, dancehall, reggae and funk, with many of their lyrics in English. They usually work with the production team known as Octopussy. They have also worked on releases with other Japanese artists, such as Kumi Koda and Soul'd Out. Yoshika is also a renowned songwriter, who has worked with artists such as Sowelu, Ken Hirai and Crystal Kay.

On February 21, 2007 they released a greatest hits album called Best of Soulhead, which contained all of their singles released up to Naked, along with a few b-sides. On February 24, 2010, after a four-year hiatus, they released a new album titled Soulhead under Avex Group, which they transferred to from SMEJ.[2] On September 28, 2011, the duo released their second Avex album, Jump Up the Wall. This has been their final release to date.

Yoshika released her first solo album on July 3, 2013, titled My Anthem, which consisted of twelve new songs and one remix. Six months later, she released another album: a remix album compiled of remixes from My Anthem.[3]

As of March 2016, their Avex site was unavailable.[4]

Influences[edit]

Some musical artists who they respect are Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, The Beatles, Janis Joplin, Takuro Yoshida and Ice Cube.[5]

Personal life[edit]

It was announced in their official blog that Yoshika gave birth to a baby.

Albums[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

  1. Oh My Sister
    Rank: #3 / Sold: 214,545
    March 5, 2003
  2. BRAIDED
    Rank: #4 / Sold: 139,992
    April 28, 2004
  3. Naked
    Rank: #5
    March 8, 2006
  4. SOULHEAD
    Rank: #40
    February 24, 2010
  5. JUMP UP THE WALL
    Rank: #73
    September 28, 2011

Best Albums[edit]

  1. BEST OF SOULHEAD
    Rank: #5
    February 21, 2007

Remix Albums[edit]

  1. RE-CONSTRUCT ALBUM Vol.1 "REFLECTION"
    Rank: #89 / Sold: 9,602
    September 26, 2003
  2. RE-CONSTRUCT ALBUM Vol.2 "CRYSTALLIZED"
    Rank: #41
    June 21, 2006
  3. my anthem -sympathetic resonance-
    January 22, 2014

Yoshika Solo Albums[edit]

  1. MY ANTHEM
    Rank: #286
    July 3, 2013

Singles[edit]

Standard Singles[edit]

(Source[6])

  1. Lovin' You feat. Aaron Blackmon (BATTI BAAS)
    January 7, 2001
  2. Inside Out (BATTI BAAS)
    June 2, 2002
  3. STEP TO THE NEW WORLD
    Rank: #24 / Sold: 59,287
    July 24, 2002 (12")
    August 21, 2002 (CD)
  4. LOVER, KNIGHT, MAN
    Rank: #36 / Sold: 18,410
    November 20, 2002

  5. Rank: #28 / Sold: 16,035
    February 5, 2005
  6. Oh My Sister (Remix)/I'm just going down
    Rank: #114 / Sold: 2,561
    May 2, 2003
  7. GET UP! ep
    Rank: #28 / Sold: 15,967
    July 30, 2003
  8. You can do that
    Rank: #36 / Sold: 18,691
    January 21, 2004
  9. NO WAY
    Rank: #50 / Sold: 5,353
    March 24, 2004
  10. AT THE PARTY
    June 2, 2004
  11. Fiesta
    Rank: #35 / Sold: 7,773
    May 25, 2005
  12. SPARKLE☆TRAIN/Got To Leave
    Rank: #30 / Sold: 15,324
    December 14, 2005
  13. Pray/XXX feat. Koda Kumi
    Rank: #22 / Sold: 10,109
    January 27, 2006
  14. キミノキセキ/いつまでも…
    Rank: #56
    December 6, 2006
  15. Dear Friends
    Rank: #60
    January 24, 2007

12" Analog Singles[edit]

(Source[7])

  1. TOO LATE [DJ WATARI remix]/Song For You [DJ HIROnyc remix]
    August 20, 2003
  2. BREAK UP [DJ MASTERKEY remix]/PLAYBOY [SAIGENJI remix]
    August 20, 2003
  3. TO DA FAKE MCS
    September 10, 2003
  4. LOVER, KNIGHT, MAN [D.O.I.+OCTOPUSSY remix]/MOON SHINE feat. Aaron Blackmon [Doggystyle remix]
    September 10, 2003
  5. SPARKLE☆TRAIN ~worked by mark de clive-lowe/You can do that ~worked by Reel People
    July 13, 2006
  6. XXX ~worked by SA-RA/Pray ~worked by Kenny Dope
    July 13, 2006

DVDs[edit]

  1. Oh My Sister LIVE & CLIPS
    October 8, 2003
  2. SOULHEAD tour 2006 "Naked"
    August 9, 2006
  3. 5th Anniversary tour "BEST OF SOULHEAD"
    November 11, 2007

Collaborative Efforts & Featured Artist[edit]

  1. Ryuusei no Sadoru (流星のサドル / Meteor of the Saddle) (February 25, 2004)
    from album SOUL TREE ~a musical tribute to toshinobu kubota~
  2. Like a Queen feat. SOULHEAD (February 23, 2005)
    from single Like a Queen feat. SOULHEAD / Tomita.Lab[8]
  3. D.D.D feat. SOULHEAD (December 21, 2005)
    from album BEST ~second session~ / Koda Kumi
  4. Home party feat. TSUGUMI of SOULHEAD (August 1, 2007)
    from album おたくgirlsの宴 / lecca[9]
  5. Beauty and the Beast (September 26, 2007)
    from album TRIBUTE TO CELINE DION[10]
  6. Love Majic feat. LUNA, TSUGUMI of SOULHEAD & JAMOSA (July 28, 2010)
    from album POWER BUTTERFLY / lecca[11]
  7. Round Mirror Moon feat. Yoshika (October 2, 2010)
    from album 攻め燃える (Burning Attack) / JABBERLOOP[12]
  8. Natural High feat. Tsugumi (October 2, 2010)
    from album 攻め燃える (Burning Attack) / JABBERLOOP[13]
  9. SLOW MOTION feat. TSUGUMI (May 18, 2011)
    from album OPEN THE DOOR / HIROKO[14]
  10. DREAMERS feat. TSUGUMI (October 26, 2011)
    from album BEHIND the TRUTH / NERDHEAD[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soulhead official web site - Biography
  2. ^ 未定/SOULHEAD - Oricon
  3. ^ "Yoshika My Anthem". Amazon Japan. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ "This domain is available". Onamae. Retrieved March 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ "SOULHEAD Bio". MTV. Retrieved March 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ Soulhead release summary - Oricon Style music
  7. ^ "Soulhead Discography at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Tomita.Lab release". Sony Music. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  9. ^ "lecca: Otaku girls no Utage". Amazon Japan. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  10. ^ "TRIBUTE TO CELINE DION (with DVD)". Amazon Japan. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  11. ^ "lecca, LUNA, Kyushuo, SHAGGY, TSUGUMI, JAMOSA: Power Butterfly". Amazon Japan. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  12. ^ "JABBERLOOP: Seme Moeru". Amazon Japan. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  13. ^ "JABBERLOOP: Seme Moeru". Amazon Japan. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  14. ^ "HIROKO: OPEN THE DOOR". Amazon Japan. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Behind the Truth NERDHEAD CD Album". CD Japan. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 

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