Friday, September 3, 2010

Seiko

Seiko (born Kamachi Noriko on March 10, 1962 in Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan) is a female Japanese pop singer who has been dubbed the "eternal idol" by the Japanese media because of her long music career and popularity in Japan during the 80's.

In the US, Seiko was able to score a moderate pop hit with a member of one of the most popular boy bands of the early 90's.

Seiko gained the stage name "Seiko Matsuda" and in 1980, she rose to teen idol fame in Japan with the song, "Hadashi no Kisetsu" (or "Season of Bare Feet" as translated in English).

During that same year, her song, "Kaze Wa-Aki-Ro" (or "Wind is Autumn Color" as translated in English) hit #1, making it the first of Seiko's 24 number 1 hit songs in Japan.

Seiko used to hold the record for most number one singles and most consecutive number one singles on Japan's Oricon chart by a female singer until Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki scored her 26th pop hit in 2006.

She was also the first person in Oricon history to have a single and album debut at #1 in the same week.
In 1990, Seiko attempted to break into the North American music market when she released her first English-language self-titled album.
Seiko's highest chart appearance to date in the US, "The Right Combination" featuring New Kids on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg, which peaked at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Another single from Seiko's US album, "All the Way to Heaven" was released in Europe, but it's unknown how or if the single ever charted.

Despite the success of "The Right Combination," the album sales for Seiko's US album were mediocre.
In 1996, Seiko released another English-language album, "Was It the Future" which failed to generate any significant sales.

Despite the album flopping, the single "Good For You" managed to peak at #38 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
Seiko continued to release albums and singles in Japan. In 2002, she released her third English-language album, "Area 62" where the singles "All To You" and "Just for Tonight" were moderately successful on the Billboard dance charts.

In July of 2006, Seiko's Japanese compliation album "Seiko Matsuda" (which consisted of 74 CD's) became the highest-priced album in the Oricon history, costing 100,000 yen (which is $850 in the US).

In August of 2009, Sony Records re-released 16 of Seiko's early albums under the Blu-spec CD format and 13 of them entered the Oricon Top 100 Album chart at the same time, making her the first female artist to do so. Seiko is also the second artist to perform many concerts at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo.

Seiko's on the top 3 list of Most Number One albums, Most Top Ten Singles, and Most Top Ten Albums. HMV Japan ranked her as the #10 Top Japanese Artist of All-Time and #7 Top Singer of All Time.

She still continues to release music, her most recent album, "My Prelude" which was released in Japan in May 2010.

Seiko still holds annual contests, Christmas dinner shows, and New Year's Eve countdown shows. Along with music, she makes appearances in television, commercials, film, and radio. She was married to actor Masaki Kanda from 1985 to 1997. She has a daughter, Sayaka Kanda, who is also a singer.

To see Seiko's official website, go to:
http://www.seikomatsuda.jp/

To see the video for "The Right Combination," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfqH-LNX5CI

To see the music video for "All the Way to Heaven," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoaAkwU5mxg

To see the music video for "Good For You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHJ4ghCMaUA

To see the music video for "All To You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBVGUDsG0go

To see the music video for "Just For Tonight," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc1MkxtsTh4

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