After last week's Duniaku.net discussing the nine new Japanese songs that you must hear now it's your turn to listen to 9 Japanese 2000an songs that you must hear for this week.
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For Volume eight of this article we will play the time machine and return to the era of Japanese 2000s song. Let's start seeing and listening to the 9 Japanese 2000s that you must hear for this week.
1The Hikaru – Heart Station (EMI, 2008)
If you often listen to Japanese music would have been familiar with the name Utada Hikaru. Utada Hikaru is a legendary Japanese female soloist with remarkable achievements in the music industry there.
Throughout his career, the mother of one child has released six Japanese albums and three international albums with total sales of 52 million copies worldwide. His first album, First Love released in 1999 became the all-time best-selling album in Japan with sales reaching eight million copies.
Afterwards he released his second album titled Distance which became the album with the most sales worldwide in the first week with total sales of 3 million copies. This record continues to last for 14 years before being defeated by Adele's third album titled 25.
The song "Heart Station" is taken from an album titled the same that was released on March 19, 2008 and immediately reached the number 1 position in Japan. The fifth Japanese album Utada Hikaru is exploring the theme of love flavored with electronic nuances and synthpop that thick like the song "Heart Station" is thick with the nuances of electronic music 80'an and 90'an.
2Sakanaction – Sen to Rei (Victor, 2008)
Sakanaction is an alternative / new wave / dance rock group from Sapporo, Hokkaido Japan. They were formed in 2005 and consisted of Ichiro Yamaguchi (vocals, guitar), Motoharu Iwadera (guitar), Ami Kusakari (bass), Emi Okazaki (keyboard), and Keiichi Ejima (drums).
Sakanaction consists of two words namely sakana (fish) and action (action), they likens Sakanaction as a fast moving band and light without fear of music scena that alternated like fish movement.
Sakanaction has released six albums, seventeen singles, one live album, one compilation album and four EPs. All four of their albums have entered the top 10 in Japan and their sixth Sakanaction album, which was released on March 13, 2013, won first place in Japan and their ten singles made it into the top 10 on the Oricon Single Chart.
They became popular in Japan without fear of losing the uniqueness of their music, they became stars in Japan without changing the direction of the music 180 degrees. They bring their own uniqueness in the Japanese pop scene with a stunning live performance and art.
Their musical form can be seen in the song "Sen to Rei" which marries upbeat dance music with strong sound rock and produces a perfect blend.
3Chatmonchy – Last Love Letter (Ki / oon, 2008)
Chatmonchy is an indie rock band from Tokushima. They were originally formed from the three friendships of Eriko Hashimoto (vocals, guitar), Akiko Fukuoka (drums, bass, chorus), and Kumiko Takahashi (drums, chorus). Unfortunately in the middle of the road they have to part with Kumiko Takahashi who wants to focus on being a writer.
Throughout his career from 2000 they have released six albums and 19 singles. All of their albums won top 10 in Japan.
The duo that will be disbanded in 2018 has a lot of good songs on their third album Kokuhaku which has been released on March 4, 2009 one of them is the song "Last Love Letter" which contains the spirit of indie rock ala band 90'an, post-punk and power pop which is tightly interspersed with emotional song lyrics and vocals are cute and powerful.
4Ai Otsuka – Chu-Lip (Avex, 2007)
Ai Otsuka is a popular Japanese soloist in the 2000s. Osaka-born girl on September 9, 1982 has released eight albums during his career in which four of the eight albums sold over 600 thousand copies.
He is famous for his talent in making songs and producing his own songs. Ai Otsuka himself always add the word love in every album that he released because in accordance with his first name is ai which means love in the Indonesian language.
The singer who has been skilled at playing the piano since the age of four this year showed her cheerfulness on the song "CHU-LIP" taken from her fourth album titled Love Piece which has been released on September 26, 2007. Ai vocal congence plus fresh pop rock music makes this song more sweet and beautiful as tulips.
5Flumpool – Hana ni Nare (A-Sketch, 2008)
Flumpool is an Osaka quartet consisting of Ryuta Yamamura (vocals, guitar), Kazuki Sakai (guitar), Genki Amakawa (bass), and Seiji Ogura (drums). The band was formed from 2007 and became the most popular pop rock band in Japan for the time being.
The group incorporated into the A-Sketch label that houses One OK Rock has released four albums and 17 singles in a career. They immediately gained popularity through their first mini album Unreal which was released on November 19, 2008 and immediately occupied the second position in Japan.
One of the songs on this album is "Hana ni Nare" delivering Flumpool to a big stage in Japan thanks to the song of a music service in Japan called LISMO. Although the duration is long but "Hana ni Nare" has its own charm that makes the listener will not get tired of listening to this song over and over again.
Excerpts of melodic and pleasant pop rock tones, fun music games for kidnappers, and simple lyrics make Flumpool jump straight up to the surface through this song.
Are you satisfied with the five Japanese songs above? There are still four more Japanese songs that you must hear this week. Check out the next page to find out more about these four songs.