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Seiko Matsuda
松田聖子
Birth name 蒲池法子 (Noriko Kamachi)
Born March 10, 1962 (1962-03-10) (age 48)
Origin Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan
Genres J-pop, Kayōkyoku
Occupations Singer, songwriter, actress
Years active 1980–present
Website Official Website

Seiko Matsuda (松田聖子 Matsuda Seiko?, born Noriko Kamachi (蒲池 法子 Kamachi Noriko?), on March 10, 1962, in Kurume, Fukuoka) 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.[1][2]

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Biography

Matsuda was born in the Kamachi clan, which was from the Saga Genji line and was also a former sengoku daimyo of Yanagawa Domain.[3] However, she gained 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, "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 music duo Pink Lady. Her consecutive number 1 record ended when her 27th single "Precious Heart" was ranked at number-two because Tetsuya Komuro's "Gravity of Love" was ranked at number-one. Seiko made one more number 1 single "Anata ni Aitakute ~Missing You~" (lit. "I want to meet you ~Missing you~") in 1996. The single was certified a million-seller by RIAJ.[4]

Seiko used to hold the records for the most number 1 singles and most consecutive number 1 singles on the Japan's Oricon charts. Both were surpassed by B'z. She still had held the record for the most number 1 singles by a female singer until March 2006 when Ayumi Hamasaki's "Startin'/Born to Be..." reached number 1, making it her 26th single to top the charts. Nonetheless she still holds the record of the most consecutive No.1 singles for a female artist, a record that she has been holding for two decades.

Seiko was also the first person in the Oricon history to have a single and an album debut at No. 1 on Oricon Chart in the same week. In November 1984, Seiko released a single "Heart no Earring" (lit. "Heart's earring") and album Seiko Town: both reached No. 1. The next time it happened by Wands was nearly nine years later, and so far only seven other artists have successfully topped the two major charts at the same time with new releases.

Seiko began to write her songs by herself. She wrote lyrics for the first time when she produced her song "Chisana Love Song" (lit. "Small Love Song") in 1983.[5] This was followed by her first composed song "Canary".[6] All music and lyrics of her 2007 album Baby's Breath were written by herself. It became her first completely self-produced album.[7]

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

In July 2006, Seiko's compilation Seiko Matsuda, which consisted of 74 CDs, debuted at number 96, becoming the highest-priced album in the Oricon history. Its price was 100,000 yen (about 850 dollars). Hibari Misora held the previous record with her 1989 album Kyō no Ware ni Asu wa Katsu (60,000 yen).[8]

Although female singers like Namie Amuro became successful after the end of 1980s, "typical" idols like Seiko disappeard in Japan.[9] She has been a secret idol for subsequent female celebrities such as Shoko Nakagawa who called Seiko "God" and "My Universe".[10] Japanese voice actress Nana Mizuki released her cover version of Seiko'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.[11]

On 5 August 2009, Sony re-released 16 of Seiko'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.[12]

Seiko is also on the Top 3 list of Most No.1 albums, Most Top 10 singles and Most Top 10 albums. HMV Japan ranked her No. 10 Top Japanese Artist of All Time, and No. 7 Top Singer of All Time.[citation needed]

Seiko 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), she always performs to a sold out crowd. Seiko is also listed as second only behind Eikichi Yazawa as an artist to have performed many concerts at the Nippon Budokan.[13]

Personal life

Married to actor Masaki Kanda from 1985 to 1997, Seiko has a daughter, Sayaka Kanda, who is also a singer.[citation needed]

In addition to music, her career includes appearances in television, film, commercials, and radio. Two books of photos of Matsuda, as well as two books about her, have been published.[citation needed]

Discography

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Singles

  1. [1980.04.01] Hadashi no Kisetsu
  2. [1980.07.01] Aoi Sangoshou
  3. [1980.10.01] Kaze wa Aki Iro
  4. [1981.01.21] Cherry Blossom
  5. [1981.04.21] Natsu no Tobira
  6. [1981.07.21] Shiroi Parasol
  7. [1981.10.07] Kaze Tachi Nu
  8. [1982.01.21] Akai Sweet Pea
  9. [1982.04.21] Nagisa no Balcony
  10. [1982.07.21] Komugi Iro 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
  16. [1984.02.01] Rock'n Rouge
  17. [1984.05.10] Jikan no Kuni no Alice
  18. [1984.08.01] Pink no Mozart
  19. [1984.11.01] Heart no Earing
  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] Marakech
  26. [1988.09.07] Tabidachi no Freesia
  27. [1989.11.15] Precious Heart
  28. [1990.07.15] The Right Combination duet with Donnie Wahlberg
  29. [1990.10.xx] Who's that boy
  30. [1990.11.21] We Are Love
  31. [1992.02.05] Kitto, Mata Aeru
  32. [1992.08.01] Anata no Subete ni Naritai
  33. [1993.04.21] Taisetsu na Anata
  34. [1993.05.21] A Touch of Destiny
  35. [1993.11.10] Kakowareta, Ai jing
  36. [1994.05.11] Mou Ichido, Hajime Kara
  37. [1994.12.01] Kagayaita Kisetsu e Tabidatou
  38. [1995.04.21] Suteki ni, Once again
  39. [1996.04.22] Anata ni Aitakute~Missing You~
  40. [1996.04.24] Let's Talk About It
  41. [1996.05.17] I'll Be There For You duet with Robbie Nevil
  42. [1996.11.18] Sayonara no Shunkan
  43. [1997.04.23] Watashi Dake no Tenshi~Angel~
  44. [1997.12.03] Gone with the rain
  45. [1998.06.17] Koisuru Omoi~Fall in love~
  46. [1998.11.26] Touch the Love
  47. [1999.10.27] Kanashimi no Boat
  48. [2000.05.17] 20th Party
  49. [2000.06.07] Shanghai Love Song
  50. [2000.06.14] Unseasonable Shore
  51. [2000.09.27] True Love Story duet with Hiromi Go
  52. [2000.11.29] The Sound of Fire
  53. [2001.06.20] Anata Shika Mienai
  54. [2001.11.14] Ai Ai~100% Pure Love~
  55. [2002.06.05] Suteki na Ashita
  56. [2003.06.04] Call me
  57. [2004.05.26] Aitai
  58. [2004.07.07] Smile on me duet with Takaaki Ishibashi
  59. [2005.02.02] Eien Sae Kanji ta Yoru
  60. [2005.08.24] I'll Fall In Love
  61. [2005.09.21] Shiawase na Kimochi
  62. [2006.04.26] Bless You
  63. [2007.05.23] Namidaga Tada Koborerudake
  64. [2007.08.01] Manatsu No YoNo Yume duet with Takashi Fujii
  65. [2007.11.21] Christmas No Yoru
  66. [2008.03.19] Hanabira Mau Kisetsu ni
  67. [2008.06.25] Love is all
  68. [2008.10.22] Ano Kagayaita Kisetsu

Albums

  1. [1980.08.01] Squall
  2. [1980.12.02] North Wind
  3. [1981.05.21] Silhouette
  4. [1981.10.21] Kazetachi nu
  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. [1989.05.21] Goya...Uta Detsudzuru Shougai
  17. [1989.12.06] Precious Moment
  18. [1990.06.07] Seiko
  19. [1990.12.10] We Are Love
  20. [1991.05.02] Eternal
  21. [1992.03.25] 1992 Nouvelle Vague
  22. [1992.12.02] Sweet Memories '93
  23. [1993.05.21] Diamond Expression
  24. [1993.11.21] A Time for Love
  25. [1994.06.12] Glorious Revolution
  26. [1995.05.21] It's Style '95
  27. [1996.05.27] Vanity Fair
  28. [1996.05.14] Was It The Future
  29. [1996.12.05] Guardian Angel
  30. [1997.05.21] My Story
  31. [1997.12.03] Sweetest Time
  32. [1998.05.08] Forever
  33. [1999.10.06] Seiko Matsuda: Re-mixes
  34. [1999.12.18] Eien no Shoujo
  35. [2000.06.28] Seiko Matsuda: 20th Party
  36. [2000.09.27] seiko remixes 2000
  37. [2001.06.20] Love & Motion Vol.1
  38. [2001.11.28] Love & Motion Vol.2
  39. [2002.06.21] area62
  40. [2004.06.09] Sunshine
  41. [2005.04.06] fairy
  42. [2005.12.07] Under the beautiful stars
  43. [2006.05.31] bless you
  44. [2006.12.06] Eternal II
  45. [2007.06.06] Baby's Breath
  46. [2008.05.21] My pure melody (15,336 sold in 3 weeks)

Compilations

  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. [2004.04.14] Best of Best 27
  28. [2005.01.26] Seiko Smile (Seiko Matsuda 25th Anniversary Best Selection)
  29. [2009.09.30] Premium Diamond Bible
  30. [2009.11.11] Seiko Matsuda Christmas Songs

Soundtracks

  1. [1981.08.08] Nogiku no Haka
  2. [1983.07.01] Purumeria no Densetsu
  3. [1984.07.07] Natsufuku no Ivu
  4. [1985.05.03] Karibu. Ai no Symphony
  5. [1985.06.21] Penginzu Memory (Koufuku Monogatari)
  6. [1996.05.17] Surrogate Mother (I'll Be There For You duet with Robbie Nevil)

US releases

Albums

  1. 1990 Seiko
  2. 1996 Was It The Future
  3. 2002 Area62

Singles

  1. 1990 The Right Combination duet with Donnie Wahlberg (Billboard Top100#54, Canada#2, Australia#11[14])
  2. 1991 All The Way To Heaven (Europe only)
  3. 1991 Who's That Boy (Promotion only)
  4. 1996 Let's Talk About It
  5. 1996 Good For You (Billboard Dance/Club Play #37)
  6. 2002 All To You (Billboard Dance/Club Play #19)
  7. 2002 Just For Tonight (Billboard Dance/Club Play #15)

Taiwan releases

Albums

  1. 2005 I'll Fall In Love: 愛的禮物

Filmography

  • films
  1. 1981 Nogiku no Haka
  2. 1983 Purumeria no Densetsu Tengoku no Kiss
  3. 1984 Natsufuku no Eve
  4. 1985 Karibu Ai no Symphony
  5. 1985 Penguins Memori (Voice)
  6. 1990 Docchimo Docchi
  7. 1996 Final Vendetta
  8. 1997 Armageddon
  9. 1999 Drop Dead Gorgeous
  10. 2000 GEDO The Final Blade
  11. 2001 Sennen no Koi Story of Genji
  12. 2007 Shanghai Baby
  13. 2008 Hotaru no Haka
  14. 2010 Yazima Beauty Salon The Movie
  • TV
  1. 1997 The Big Easy
  2. 2000 Partners
  3. 2002 King of the Hill (Voice)
  4. 2004 Tatta Hitotsuno Takaramono
  5. 2007 Hanazakarino Kimitachie
  6. 2010 Bones

Further reading

  • "Matsuda, Seiko" in The Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture. Schilling, Mark. New York: Weatherhill, 1997. ISBN 0834803801.

References

  1. ^ (Japanese) "日本のシンガーTOP30 - 第7位". HMV Japan. 2005-12-27. http://www.hmv.co.jp/news/article/512130055. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  2. ^ (Japanese) "『眠れる森の美女』を松田聖子が歌う". Barks. 2008-09-10. http://www.barks.jp/news/?id=1000043286. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  3. ^ (Japanese) "はなしの交差点 No.28 3/3". Nishi-Nippon Railroad. November 2005. http://www.nishitetsu.co.jp/n_news/backnumber/n0511/talk3_main.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  4. ^ (Japanese) "List of million sellers in 1996". Recording Industry Association of Japan. http://www.riaj.or.jp/data/others/million_list/1996.html. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  5. ^ (Japanese) "Utopia". HMV Japan. http://www.hmv.co.jp/product/detail/74032. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  6. ^ (Japanese) "Canary". HMV Japan. http://www.hmv.co.jp/product/detail/74035. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  7. ^ (Japanese) "Baby's Breath". Sony Music Shop. http://www.sonymusicshop.jp/detail.asp?goods=SRCL-6567. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  8. ^ (Japanese) "松田聖子、オリコン史上最高額CDによるランクイン達成!!". Oricon. 2006-07-27. http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/ranking/29490/. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  9. ^ "Show biz exploits 'volunteerism' image in packaging of latest teen idol". The Japan Times. 2006-07-06. http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20060706f3.html. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  10. ^ (Japanese) "しょこたん 松田聖子に「光のはやさで土下座」". J-cast. 2008-03-11. http://www.j-cast.com/2008/03/11017690.html. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  11. ^ (Japanese) "水樹奈々、ニューシングルはタイアップ曲満載". natalie. 2008-01-10. http://natalie.mu/news/show/id/4908. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  12. ^ (Japanese) "松田聖子、女性史上最多13作同時TOP100入りでひばりさん超え". Oricon. 2009-08-14. http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/rankmusic/68410/full/. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  13. ^ (Japanese) "永ちゃん95回目武道館ヨロシク". Nikkan Sports. Oricon. 2006-12-18. http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/rankingnews/40397/. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  14. ^ http://australian-charts.com/search.asp?search=The+Right+Combination&cat=s

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