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Seiko Matsuda
Seiko Matsuda
Native name
Born (Noriko Kamachi)
(1962-03-10) March 10, 1962 (age 56)
Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • performance artist
  • record producer
  • lyricist
  • actress
  • model
  • spokesperson
  • businessperson
Years active 1980-present
Children Sayaka Kanda
Musical career
Genres
Website www.seikomatsuda.co.jp

Seiko Matsuda ( , Matsuda Seiko, born March 10, 1962) is a Japanese pop singer-songwriter. Due to her popularity in the 1980s and her long career, she has been dubbed the "Eternal idol" by the Japanese media. Seiko used to hold all number 1 records in charts from 1983 to 2000 (broken by B'z) and for solo artist (broken by Ayumi Hamasaki in 2006). Seiko was the overall finale performer of Kouhaku (Red White Music Battle) in 2014 and 2015, a prestigious NHK New Year's Eve Music show which she has performed 21 times (up till 2017). She is still actively releasing new singles and albums, doing annual summer concert tours, winter dinner shows, high-profile TV commercials, movies and have frequent TV appearances and radio broadcasts.[1][2]

In January 2011, the Japanese music television program Music Station listed her as the 2nd all-time best-selling idol in Japan, with 29,510,000 records sold, right behind pop group SMAP and ahead of Akina Nakamori, her biggest rival back in the 80's, who was listed in third place.

Biography

After winning the 'Miss Seventeen' contest held by a popular magazine in 1978, a sixteen year old girl named Noriko Kamachi from Fukuoka adopted the stage name "Seiko Matsuda" and rose to fame in 1980 as a teen idol, making her debut with the song "Hadashi no Kisetsu" (lit. "Season of Bare Feet"). Later in the same year, her 3rd single "Kaze wa Aki-iro" (lit. "Wind Is Autumn Color") became the first of her 24 consecutive number 1 hits in Japan. She shattered the Japanese former record of nine consecutive number-ones by popular 70's music duo Pink Lady. Her consecutive number 1 record ended in 1989 when her 27th single "Precious Heart" was ranked at number-two, behind Tetsuya Komuro's "Gravity of Love". Matsuda gained another number 1 single "Anata ni Aitakute ~Missing You~" (lit. "I want to meet you ~Missing you~") in 1996, which would remained as her last number 1 single till date. The single was certified a million-seller by RIAJ.[3]

Matsuda used to hold the records for the most number 1 singles (25) and most consecutive number 1 singles (24) on the Japan's Oricon charts, for 12 years from 1988 to 2000. Both were surpassed by B'z in late 2000. She held the record for the most number 1 singles (25) by a female singer for 18 years from 1988 to 2006 when Ayumi Hamasaki's "Startin'/Born to Be..." reached number 1, making it her 26th single to top the charts. Matsuda's streak for the most consecutive number 1 singles (24) by a female singer and any soloist was held from 1988-2010 for 22 years. It was then broken by Hamasaki's "L" in September/October 2010.[4] Matsuda also hold records for the most top 10 albums (50) and most number 1 albums. The former is tied by Hamazaki and the latter was broken again by Ayumi Hamasaki. Matsuda was the first artist in the Oricon history to have a single and an album debut at No. 1 on Oricon Chart in the same week. So far, this has only happened three times.

In a May 2011 Oricon survey crowned her the No. 1 everlasting idol of all time, beating Momoe Yamaguchi (2), Ky?ko Koizumi (3), Morning Musume (4) and Akina Nakamori (5).

Her long staying power is mainly due to her continuous re-invention of herself, and was labeled as 'Mamadols' (idols who remain popular even after having children). Her hair styles, fashion senses and makeup have all been copied by millions of girls and women in Japan and in certain parts of Asia.[5]

Matsuda's voice and singing technique have won her two best performance awards from Nippon Record Awards, first in 1983 for (lit.Glass Apple) and again in 1993 for '' (lit. Surely, will meet again).

Matsuda began to write her songs by herself. She wrote lyrics for the first time when she produced her song "Chiisana Love Song" (lit. "Small Love Song") in 1983.[6] This was followed by her first composed song "Canary".[7] All music and lyrics of her 2007 album Baby's Breath were written by herself. It became her first completely self-produced album.[8]

Matsuda attempted to break into the North American market with an English-language, self-titled album in 1990. She managed to score a hit - "The Right Combination", a duet with boy band New Kids on the Block singer Donnie Wahlberg. The album sales were mediocre, and her follow-up Was it the Future failed to generate any significant sales. In 2002, however, Matsuda's English dance hits "All to You" and "Just for Tonight" managed to reached the Billboard dance chart at No. 8 and No. 2, respectively.

In July 2006, Matsuda's compilation album Seiko Matsuda, which consisted of 74 CDs, debuted at number 96, becoming the highest-priced album in the Oricon history at the price of 100,000 yen (about 850 dollars). Hibari Misora, a well-known enka singer from the 50's held the previous record with her 1989 album Ky? no Ware ni Asu wa Katsu (60,000 yen).[9]

Although some up and coming female singers like Namie Amuro and Ayumi Hamasaki became successful after the end of the 1980s, most "typical" pop idols during Matsuda's era disappeared in Japan as the idol golden age began to fade away, except Matsuda, who was still going strong, releasing single after single.[10] She has been a secret idol for subsequent female celebrities such as Shoko Nakagawa who called Matsuda "God" and "My Universe".[11] Japanese voice actress Nana Mizuki released her cover version of Matsuda's "Akai Sweet Pea" (lit. "Red Sweet Pea") as the B-side of an image song single under the character name Moka Akashiya of the anime Rosario + Vampire on February 14, 2008.[12] There are endless cover version of Matsuda songs and tribute albums being released every year. Among those 'Diamond Eyes', 'Missing You' and 'Akai Sweet Pea' (lit. Red Sweet Pea) and Sweet Memories have been reinterpreted by other artists countless times, including cover performance by Akina Nakamori.[13]

On 5 August 2009, Sony re-released 16 of Matsuda's early albums under the Blu-spec CD format. 13 of them entered Oricon Top 100 Album Chart at the same time, surpassing the record of Hibari Misora (12 albums) and making her the first female artist to do so.[14]

Matsuda is also on the Top 3 list of Most No.1 albums, Most Top 10 singles and Most Top 10 albums for a solo artist. HMV Japan ranked her No. 10 Top Japanese Artist of All Time, and No. 7 Top Singer of All Time.[]

Matsuda still holds annual concerts, Christmas dinner shows and New Year's Eve Countdown shows. Despite the high ticket prices (her dinner show tickets are the most expensive among female artists) for many years and to this day,[15] she always performs to a sold out crowd. Matsuda is also listed as second only behind Eikichi Yazawa as an artist to have performed many concerts at the Nippon Budokan.[16]

Matsuda made a guest appearance on one of Fox Broadcasting Company's popular TV dramas "Bones" in 2010. In 2011, she was invited to performed in American music producer Quincy Jones's concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.[17] She also performed as a guest vocalist on the album "Esprit De Four" by the contemporary Jazz super-group Fourplay, released worldwide on September 18, 2012

In 2015, Matsuda won the Japanese equivalent of a Grammy Award when she received Best Vocal Performance at the Japan Record Awards, the most prestigious award in the Japan music industry.

Personal life

In 1983, Seiko was romantically linked with singer, Hiromi Go. Although there were rumours of an impending engagement, Go's traditional values would have required Seiko to give up her singing career and focus on raising a family instead.[]Momoe Yamaguchi, Japan's top female idol of the 1970s, has followed such a course, but Seiko ended her relationship with Go instead. Her break from tradition set a precedent for Japanese women in the 1980s and 1990s to continue their careers even after marriage.[]

Matsuda has been married three times. She was married to actor, Masaki Kanda, from 1985 to 1997. Their only child and daughter, Sayaka Kanda, is also a singer.

Her second husband, Hiroyuki Hatano, was a dentist whom she married from 1998 to 2000.

On June 13, 2012, she announced her marriage to university associate professor, Hiromasa Kawana, on her official website.

In addition to music, Matsuda's career include appearances in film, radio, and television. Along with other books about Matsuda and several books of her photos including Five Seasons, No Comments, Akai Sweet Pea, have been published.[] Matsuda has appeared in numerous commercials, such as numerous Ezaki Glico products, Minolta, Sony, Diosa Hair Color, Suntory, DirecTV, NTT DoCoMo, Astalift, Kanebo, Doctor Drive, Takano Yuri, and Shiseido. In 2015, Matsuda caused a stir in the Japanese entertainment industry when she modelled for lingerie company, Triumph International.

Discography

Singles

  1. [1980.04.01] "Hadashi no Kisetsu"
  2. [1980.07.01] "Aoi Sangosh?"
  3. [1980.10.01] "Kaze wa Akiiro/Eighteen"
  4. [1981.01.21] "Cherry Blossom"
  5. [1981.04.21] "Natsu no Tobira"
  6. [1981.07.21] "Shiroi Parasol"
  7. [1981.10.07] "Kaze Tachinu"
  8. [1982.01.21] "Akai Sweet Pea"
  9. [1982.04.21] "Nagisa no Balcony"
  10. [1982.07.21] "Komugiiro no Mermaid"
  11. [1982.10.21] "Nobara no Etude"
  12. [1983.02.03] "Himitsu no Hanazono"
  13. [1983.04.27] "Tengoku no Kiss"
  14. [1983.08.01] "Glass no Ringo/Sweet Memories"
  15. [1983.10.28] "Hitomi wa Diamond/Aoi Photograph"
  16. [1984.02.01] "Rock'n Rouge"
  17. [1984.05.10] "Jikan no Kuni no Alice/Natsufuku no Eve"
  18. [1984.08.01] "Pink no Mozart"
  19. [1984.11.01] "Heart no Earring"
  20. [1985.01.30] "Tenshi no Wink"
  21. [1985.05.09] "Boy no Kisetsu"
  22. [1985.06.24] "Dancing Shoes"
  23. [1987.04.22] "Strawberry Time"
  24. [1987.11.06] "Pearl-White Eve
  25. [1988.04.14] "Marrakech"
  26. [1988.09.07] "Tabidachi no Freesia"
  27. [1989.11.15] "Precious Heart"
  28. [1990.04.30] "All the way to Heaven"
  29. [1990.07.15] "The Right Combination" (duet with Donnie Wahlberg)
  30. [1990.10.01] "Who's That Boy"
  31. [1990.11.21] "We Are Love"
  32. [1992.02.05] "Kitto, Mata Aeru..."
  33. [1992.08.01] "Anata no Subete ni Naritai/Shinin' Shinin'"
  34. [1993.04.21] "Taisetsu na Anata"
  35. [1993.05.21] "A Touch of Destiny"
  36. [1993.11.10] "Kakowareta, Ai-jing"
  37. [1994.05.11] "M? Ichido, Hajime kara"
  38. [1994.12.01] "Kagayaita Kisetsu e Tabidat?"
  39. [1995.04.21] "Suteki ni Once again"
  40. [1996.04.22] "Anata ni Aitakute (Missing You)/Ashita e to Kakedashite Yuk?"
  41. [1996.04.24] "Let's Talk About It"
  42. [1996.05.17] "I'll Be There For You" (duet with Robbie Nevil)
  43. [1996.11.18] "Sayonara no Shunkan"
  44. [1996.12.10] "Good For You"
  45. [1997.04.23] "Watashi Dake no Tenshi (Angel)/Anata no Sono Mune ni"
  46. [1997.12.03] "Gone with the Rain"
  47. [1998.06.17] "Koisuru Omoi (Fall In Love)"
  48. [1998.11.26] "Touch the Love"
  49. [1999.10.27] "Kanashimi no Boat"
  50. [2000.05.17] "20th Party"
  51. [2000.06.07] "Shanghai Love Song"
  52. [2000.06.14] "Unseasonable Shore"
  53. [2000.09.27] "True Love Story/Sayonara no Kiss o Wasurenai" (duet with Hiromi Go)
  54. [2000.11.29] "The Sound of Fire"
  55. [2001.06.20] "Anata Shika Mienai"
  56. [2001.11.14] "Ai Ai Ai (100% Pure Love)"
  57. [2002.04.30] "All to You"
  58. [2002.06.05] "Suteki na Ashita"
  59. [2002.12.17] "Just For Tonight"
  60. [2003.06.04] "Call Me"
  61. [2004.05.26] "Aitai"
  62. [2004.07.07] "Smile on Me" (duet with Takaaki Ishibashi)
  63. [2005.02.02] "Eien Sae Kanjita Yoru"
  64. [2005.08.24] "I'll Fall In Love"
  65. [2005.09.21] "Shiawase na Kimochi"
  66. [2006.04.26] "Bless You"
  67. [2006.05.24] "We Are"
  68. [2007.05.23] "Namida ga Tada Koborerudake
  69. [2007.08.01] "Manatsu no Yo no Yume" (duet with Takashi Fujii)
  70. [2007.11.21] "Christmas no Yoru"
  71. [2008.03.19] "Hanabira Mau Kisetsu ni"
  72. [2008.06.25] "Love Is All"
  73. [2008.10.22] "Ano Kagayaita Kisetsu"
  74. [2010.04.21] "Idol Mitai ni Utawasete" (as Princess Seiko with Yazima Beauty Salon)
  75. [2010.05.05] "Ikutsu no Yoake o Kazoetara" (9,129 sold in 3 weeks)
  76. [2011.11.23] "Tokubetsu na Koibito"
  77. [2012.05.02] "Namida no Shizuku"
  78. [2013.05.22] "LuLu!!"
  79. [2013.10.30] "Yume ga Samete" (duet with Chris Hart)
  80. [2014.05.21] "I Love You!! ~Anata no Hohoemi ni~"
  81. [2015.10.28] "Eien no Motto Hate Made / Wakusei ni Naritai" (Peaked at #11 selling 12,346 the first week. 15,624 total sold in 5 weeks. Year End Chart #440)
  82. [2016.09.21] "Bara no Yoni Saite Sakura no Yoni Chitte" (Peaked at #1 on the daily chart and #6 on the weekly chart. Selling 15,005 the first week. 25,000 total sold in 12 weeks.)

Studio albums

  1. [1980.08.01] Squall
  2. [1980.12.02] North Wind
  3. [1981.05.21] Silhouette
  4. [1981.10.21] Kazetachinu
  5. [1982.05.21] Pineapple
  6. [1982.11.10] Candy
  7. [1983.06.01] Utopia
  8. [1983.12.10] Canary
  9. [1984.06.10] Tinker Bell
  10. [1984.12.08] Windy Shadow
  11. [1985.06.05] The 9th Wave
  12. [1985.08.15] Sound Of My Heart
  13. [1986.06.01] Supreme
  14. [1987.05.16] Strawberry Time
  15. [1988.05.11] Citron
  16. [1989.12.06] Precious Moment
  17. [1990.06.07] Seiko
  18. [1990.12.10] We Are Love
  19. [1991.05.02] Eternal
  20. [1992.03.25] 1992 Nouvelle Vague
  21. [1992.12.02] Sweet Memories '93
  22. [1993.05.21] Diamond Expression
  23. [1993.11.21] A Time for Love
  24. [1994.06.12] Glorious Revolution
  25. [1995.05.21] It's Style '95
  26. [1996.05.27] Vanity Fair
  27. [1996.05.14] Was It The Future
  28. [1996.12.05] Guardian Angel
  29. [1997.05.21] My Story
  30. [1997.12.03] Sweetest Time
  31. [1998.05.08] Forever
  32. [1999.12.18] Eien no Shoujo
  33. [2000.06.28] 20th Party
  34. [2001.06.20] Love & Motion Vol.1
  35. [2001.11.28] Love & Motion Vol.2
  36. [2002.06.21] Area62
  37. [2004.06.09] Sunshine
  38. [2005.04.06] Fairy
  39. [2005.12.07] Under the beautiful stars
  40. [2006.05.31] Bless You
  41. [2006.12.06] Eternal II
  42. [2007.06.06] Baby's Breath
  43. [2008.05.21] My Pure Melody (15,336 sold in 3 weeks)
  44. [2010.05.26] My Prelude (16,955 sold in 2 week)
  45. [2011.06.01] Cherish (first week sales: 11,688 / Total sales: 14,666 sold in 2 weeks)
  46. [2012.06.06] Very Very
  47. [2013.06.05] A Girl in the Wonder Land
  48. [2014.06.04] Dream & Fantasy
  49. [2015.06.10] Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (Peaked at #4 on the Daily Chart and #6 on the Weekly Chart. First Week Sales: 13,081 / Total Sales: 17,654 sold in 6 weeks. Year End Chart #280)
  50. [2016.06.08] Shining Star (Peaked at #2 on the Daily Chart and #5 on the Weekly Chart. First Week Sales: 12,819 / Total Sales: 16,076)
  51. [2017.06.07] Daisy
  52. [2018.06.06] Merry-go-round (Peaked at #4 on the Daily Chart and #10 on the Weekly Chart. First Week Sales: 12,208)

Greatest hits albums

  1. [1981.11.01] Seiko Fragrance
  2. [1982.07.01] Seiko Index
  3. [1982.12.05] Kin'iro no Ribbon
  4. [1983.11.11] Seiko Plaza
  5. [1984.03.15] Touch Me, Seiko
  6. [1984.11.01] Seiko Town
  7. [1984.11.21] Seiko Avenue
  8. [1985.03.06] Seiko-Train
  9. [1985.11.10] Seiko Box
  10. [1986.11.21] Love Ballade
  11. [1987.11.21] Snow Garden
  12. [1988.07.21] Seiko Monument
  13. [1991.11.21] Christmas Tree
  14. [1991.12.01] Bible
  15. [1994.12.01] Bible II
  16. [1996.03.01] Bible III
  17. [1996.09.21] Complete Bible
  18. [1996.11.01] Winter Tales
  19. [1997.06.21] Seaside: Summer Tales
  20. [1997.11.21] Dear
  21. [1998.07.18] Seiko Celebration
  22. [1998.11.30] Seiko '96-'98
  23. [1999.04.01] Ballad-20th Anniversary
  24. [2000.11.29] Love (Seiko Matsuda 20th Anniversary Best Selection)
  25. [2000.07.05] Seiko Suite
  26. [2003.11.27] Another Side of Seiko 27
  27. [2003.11.27] Another Side of Seiko 14
  28. [2004.04.14] Best of Best 27
  29. [2004.04.14] Best of Best 13
  30. [2005.01.26] Seiko Smile (Seiko Matsuda 25th Anniversary Best Selection)
  31. [2009.09.30] Premium Diamond Bible
  32. [2009.09.30] Diamond Bible
  33. [2009.11.11] Seiko Matsuda Christmas Songs
  34. [2010.05.26] Seiko Matsuda Single Collection 30th Anniversary Box: The voice of a Queen
  35. [2010.08.11] Seiko Matsuda Original Soundtrack Collection 1981-1985
  36. [2010.09.22] Touch Me, Seiko II
  37. [2011.12.07] Seiko Story 80's Hits Collection
  38. [2012.02.23] Seiko Matsuda Super Hit Collection Vol. 1
  39. [2012.02.23] Seiko Matsuda Super Hit Collection Vol. 2
  40. [2012.05.30] Etoranze
  41. [2012.11.07] Calendar
  42. [2012.12.23] Seiko Suite Collection: 80's Hits
  43. [2014.12.24] Seiko Matsuda Best Ballad
  44. [2015.12.09] We Love Seiko - 35th Anniversary Matsuda Seiko Kyukyoku All Time Best 50 Songs (Peaked at #3, selling 50,417 copies in the first week. Total Sales: 115,000. Yearly Chart 2015: #93 Yearly Chart 2016: #73)
  45. [2017.11.15] We Love Seiko Deluxe Edition - 35th Anniversary Matsuda Seiko Kyukyoku All Time Best 50 + 2 Songs
  46. [2018.01.31] Seiko Matsuda Sweet Days
  47. [2018.02.28] Seiko Memories: Masaaki Omura Works

Remix albums

  1. [1999.10.06] Seiko Matsuda: Re-Mixes
  2. [2000.09.27] Seiko Remixes 2000

Special Albums

  1. [2017.03.29] Seiko Jazz (Peaked at #4 on the Daily Chart and #6 on the Weekly Chart. First Week Sales: 10,763)

Soundtracks

  1. [1981.08.08] Nogiku no Haka
  2. [1983.07.01] Plumeria no Densetsu
  3. [1984.07.07] Natsufuku no Eve
  4. [1985.05.03] Caribe, Sinfonia de Amor
  5. [1985.06.21] Penguin's Memory: Shiawase Monogatari

World releases

Albums

  1. 1990 Seiko
  2. 1996 Was It the Future
  3. 2002 Area62
  4. 2017 Seiko Jazz

Singles

  1. 1986 Dancing Shoes (UK only)
  2. 1990 The Right Combination duet with Donnie Wahlberg (Billboard Top100#54, Canada#2, Australia#11[18])
  3. 1991 All The Way To Heaven (Europe only)
  4. 1991 Who's That Boy (Promotion only)
  5. 1996 Let's Talk About It
  6. 1996 Good For You (Billboard Dance/Club Play No.37)
  7. 2002 All to You (Billboard Dance/Club Play No.10)
  8. 2002 Just For Tonight (Billboard Dance/Club Play No.2)
  9. 2012 Put Our Heart Together (with Fourplay)

Taiwan releases

Albums

  • I'll Fall In Love (?) (2005)

Filmography

Films

TV

Further reading

  • "Matsuda, Seiko" in The Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture. Schilling, Mark. New York: Weatherhill, 1997. ISBN 0-8348-0380-1.

See also

References

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  2. ^ (in Japanese). Barks. 2008-09-10. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "List of million sellers in 1996" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved .
  4. ^ ?25?1? ?22 (in Japanese). Oricon. 2010-10-05. Retrieved .
  5. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/ranking/88127/full/
  6. ^ "Utopia" (in Japanese). HMV Japan. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Canary" (in Japanese). HMV Japan. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Baby's Breath" (in Japanese). Sony Music Shop. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "CD?!!" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2006-07-27. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Show biz exploits 'volunteerism' image in packaging of latest teen idol". The Japan Times. 2006-07-06. Retrieved .
  11. ^ ? (in Japanese). J-cast. 2008-03-11. Retrieved .
  12. ^ (in Japanese). natalie. 2008-01-10. Retrieved .
  13. ^ http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20101113-00000679-bark-musi[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "13TOP100?" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2009-08-14. Retrieved .
  15. ^ http://zasshi.news.yahoo.co.jp/article?a=20101112-00000014-pseven-int[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ ?95. Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). Oricon. 2006-12-18. Retrieved .
  17. ^ Mitchell, Gail. "Special Feature: Quincy Jones at 80". Billboard. Retrieved 2015.
  18. ^ http://australian-charts.com/search.asp?search=The+Right+Combination&cat=s

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