J-Pop Artist of the Week (Sept. 30th – Oct. 6th) – YUI

YUI is a pop/rock singer-songwriter under Sony Music Japan. She began writing poems in the ninth grade, and by the age of 16, she began studying singing, songwriting, and guitar at the recommendation of a friend. Aiming to become a professional, she carried her guitar around and performed at local areas like the seashore of Shingu and Kaminofu’s rice fields. She attended an audition hosted by Sony Music Japan in 2003, and recieved the highest scores from all the judges. Two of the songs she sang at the audition (“it’s happy line” and “I know”) were released on an indie single in 2004, with “I know” being the second track. When she left her hometown of Fukuoka for Tokyo, she wrote the song “Feel my Soul and caught the ears of Fuji TV producer Mr. Yamaguchi, who saw the demo clip. He was so impressed that he used it as a tie-in for his channel’s prime-time drama “Fukigen na Gene”. YUI recieved high praise for her debut album FROM ME TO YOU (released in 2006), with it reaching #9 on the weekly charts. Her second album, CAN’T BUY MY LOVE (2008) went straight to #1, and she had a string of consecutive #1 singles and albums until “Rain” (single; 2010) broke the streak.

On December 18th, 2012, YUI announced that she would be taking a break from music. After a few months, she returned with short blond hair and a new band called FLOWER FLOWER, which made an official debut in May 2013.


Music


Upcoming Releases

[Flower Flower Single] Subarashii Sekai (Wonderful World)
Release Date: October 1st, 2014
Editions: Digital Only
(Audio Preview Will Be Available Soon)

[Flower Flower 1st Album] Untitled
Release Date: November 26th, 2014
Editions: TBA


Websites and Social Media

Official Website

Official Hong Kong Website

Official Flower Flower Website

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