Akina Nakamori

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Akina Nakamori
中森明菜
Background information
Born July 13, 1965 (1965-07-13) (age 52)
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Pop, kayōkyoku
Occupations Singer, actress
Years active 1982–present
Labels Warner-Pioneer (1982-1991)
Universal (1993-1997 MCA-Victor, 2002-present)
Gaus (1998-1999)
@ease (2001)
Website Official Website

Akina Nakamori (中森明菜 Nakamori Akina?, born on July 13, 1965) is a Japanese pop singer and actress. She was one of the most popular singers of the 1980s in Japan.[1] She is known for her deep, powerful voice.

Within two years of her debut, she set herself apart from all the singers of her generation by singing provocative songs with the release of each new single.

Her hair style and dress sense was very much copied by teenagers in the 1980s. Music wise, her recording company moulded her to be a successor after the mature and sophisticated Momoe Yamaguchi, a singer who retired at age 21 for marriage. Her songs were always of heartbreaks, or rebellion, never to stray far from the 'mold'.

Discography[change | change source]

Singles[change | change source]

  1. 1 May 1982 Slow Motion (Joken Hansha)
  2. 28 July 1982 Shōjo A (Yume Handan)
  3. 10 November 1982 Second Love (Kagami no Naka no J)
  4. 23 February 1983 Nibunnoichi no Shinwa (Nukumori)
  5. 1 June 1983 Twilight - Yūguretayori (Drive)
  6. 7 September 1983 Kinku (Ame no Requiem)
  7. 1 January 1984 Kita Wing (Namida no Katachi no Earring)
  8. 11 April 1984 Southern Wind (Yume Haruka)
  9. 25 July 1984 Jikkai (1984) (Korekara Naturally)
  10. 14 November 1984 Kazari Ja Nai no yo Namida wa (Moonlight Letter)
  11. 15 December 1984 Kita Wing (Refrain)
  12. 8 March 1985 Mi Amore (Lonely Journey)
  13. 1 May 1985 Akaitori Nigeta (Babylon)
  14. 19 June 1985 Sand Beige-Sabakuhe (Tsubaki Hime Julianna)
  15. 9 September 1985 Solitude (Again)
  16. 3 February 1986 Desire-Jōnetsu (La Bohème)
  17. 26 May 1986 Gypsy Queen (Saigo no Carmen)
  18. 25 September 1986 Fin (Abunai Mon Amour)
  19. 4 February 1987 Tango Noir (Milonguita)
  20. 3 June 1987 Blonde (Amish)
  21. 30 September 1987 Nanpasen (Koiji)
  22. 27 January 1988 Al-Mauj (Bara Hitoyo)
  23. 18 May 1988 Tattoo (Koakuma Rupuazon)
  24. 1 November 1988 I Missed the Shock (Bilitis)
  25. 25 April 1989 Liar (Blue on Pink)
  26. 17 July 1990 Dear Friend (Caribbean)
  27. 16 November 1990 Mizunisashita Hana (Angel Eyes)
  28. 25 March 1991 Futari Shizuka (Wasurete...)
  29. 21 May 1993 Everlasting Love (Not Crazy to Me)
  30. 24 March 1994 Kata Omoi (Aibu)
  31. 2 September 1994 Yoru no Dokokade - night shift- (Rose Bud)
  32. 5 October 1994 Gekka (Blue Lace)
  33. 21 June 1995 Genshi, Onna wa Taiyō Datta (Kirei)
  34. 1 November 1995 Tokyo Rose (Yasashii Kankei)
  35. 7 August 1996 Moonlight Shadow - Tsuki ni Hoeru
  36. 21 February 1997 Appetite (Sweet Suspicion)
  37. 11 February 1998 Kisei -Never Forget- (Tsuki wa Aoku)
  38. 21 May 1998 Konya, Nagareboshi (Arashi no Naka de)
  39. 23 September 1998 Tomadoi (Good-Bye My Tears)
  40. 21 January 1999 Ophelia
  41. 1 December 1999 Trust Me
  42. 31 May 2001 It's brand new day
  43. 2 May 2002 The Heat – musica fiesta
  44. 30 April 2003 Days
  45. 12 May 2004 Akai Hana
  46. 7 July 2004 Hajimete Deatta Hi no Yō ni
  47. 7 December 2005 Rakka Ryūsui
  48. 17 May 2006 Hana yo Odore
  49. 23 September 2009 Diva single version

Original albums[change | change source]

  1. Prologue 1 July 1982
  2. Variation 27 October 1982
  3. Fantasy 23 March 1983
  4. New Akina Entranger 10 August 1983
  5. Anniversary 1 May 1984
  6. Possibility 10 October 1984
  7. Bitter And Sweet 3 April 1985
  8. D404ME 10 August 1985
  9. Fushigi 11 August 1986
  10. Crimson 24 December 1986
  11. Cross My Palm 25 August 1987
  12. Stock 3 March 1988
  13. Femme Fatale 3 August 1988
  14. Cruise July 25, 1989
  15. Unbalance+Balance 22 September 1993
  16. La Alteracion 21 July 1995
  17. Shaker 21 March 1997
  18. Spoon 17 June 1998
  19. Will 1 December 1999
  20. Resonancia 22 May 2002
  21. I Hope So 14 May 2003
  22. Destination 21 June 2006
  23. Enka 27 jun 2007
  24. Diva 26 August 2009

Cover albums[change | change source]

  1. Utahime 24 March 1994
  2. ZEROalbum- Utahime 2 20 March 2002
  3. Utahime Special Edition 4 December 2002
  4. Utahime 3 ~Shuumaku 3 December 2003
  5. Enka 27 June 2003
  6. Folk Song ~Utahime Jojouka 24 December 2008
  7. Mood Kayou ~Utahime Showa Meikyoku Shuu~ 24 June 2009
  8. Folk Song 2 ~Utahime Aishouka 29 July 2009

Compilations[change | change source]

  1. Best Akina Memoir 21 December 1983
  2. Best 1 April 1986
  3. Best II 24 December 1988
  4. Best III 10 November 1992
  5. Your Selection – The Very Best of Akina 25 April 1993
  6. Lyriscism – Ballad Collection 10 July 1993
  7. Akina 10 November 1993
  8. Mouhitori no Akina 10 December 1993
  9. Namida no Kawarini... – Ballad Collection II 25 March 1994
  10. Play With The Danger – Rock Collection 25 March 1994
  11. Only Woman – Best of Love Songs 18 May 1994
  12. Akina Nakamori Singles 27 1982-1991 30 November 1994
  13. True Album – Akina 95 Best 6 December 1995
  14. Akina Nakamori – Collection 1982-1991 1 May 1996
  15. Akina Nakamori Super Best 4 March 1998
  16. Recollection – Akina Nakamori Super Best 25 May 1998
  17. Regeneration – Nakamori Akina Remix 25 June 1998
  18. Regeneration – Nakamori Akina Remix II 25 September 1998
  19. Akina Nakamori – Best Collection 21 October 1998
  20. Akina Nakamori Special Best 20 10 1999
  21. The Century of Akina – Warner 30th Anniversary Box 22 November 2000
  22. Akina Nakamori 20th Anniversary Best 14 November 2001
  23. For Dear Friends – Akina Nakamori Single Collection Box 21 August 2002
  24. Akina Nakamori – Utahime Double Decade 4 December 2002
  25. Unbalance+Balance + 6 4 December 2002
  26. Utahime Special Edition 4 December 2002
  27. La Alteracion + 4 4 December 2002
  28. Shaker + 3 4 December 2002
  29. Akina Nakamori Singles 27 1982-1991 26 February 2003
  30. Utahime Complete Box Empress Akina Nakamori 1994–2004 1 December 2004
  31. Best Finger 25th Anniversary Selection 11 January 2006
  32. Akina Box Akina Nakamori 1982 - 1989 – 25th Anniversary Special Box 21 June 2006
  33. Utahime Best 25th Anniversary Selection 27 February 2007
  34. Ballad Best 25th Anniversary Selection 28 March 2007
  35. Diva Legend '90s BEST 27 February 2008
  36. Best Collection Love Songs & Pop Songs 11 July 2012
  37. BURNING LOVE ~Jounetsu no Natsu BEST 6 June 2014
  38. ALL TIME BEST -Original- 6 August 2014
  39. ALL TIME BEST -Utahime (Cover)- 6 August 2014

Special releases[change | change source]

  1. Silent Love 21 December 1984
  2. My Best Thanks 21 December 1985
  3. Non-Fiction Ecstasy 10 November 1986
  4. Wonder 1 June 1988
  5. Vamp 18 December 1996

References[change | change source]

  1. Eremenko, Alexey. "Biography: Akina Nakamori". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p13749. Retrieved 10 April 2010.

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