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Variety (Mariya Takeuchi Album)
''Variety'' is the sixth studio album by Japanese singer-songwriter Mariya Takeuchi. It was released on 25 April 1984 through Moon Records. ''Variety'' is considered as Takeuchi's "comeback" album after being on hiatus since 1981, and is the first album entirely written by her.(1984). Album notes for ''Variety'' by Mariya Takeuchi, vinyl back cover. Tokyo: Moon Records (MOCT-28011) The album is produced by Takeuchi's husband, Tatsuro Yamashita. To international audiences, ''Variety'' is known for containing "Plastic Love" which, although only seeing moderate success in Japan when it was released as a single in 1985, saw a resurgence in popularity internationally in 2017 after a remix was uploaded to YouTube. Production and release Takeuchi's five albums released before ''Variety'' were mostly written by other songwriters which, although featured industry stars such as Haruomi Hosono and members of Toto, left her feeling "exhausted". She went on hiatus at the end of 1981 due to a ...
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Mariya Takeuchi
is a Japanese singer and songwriter. Regarded as an influential figure in the city pop genre, she is one of the best-selling music artists in Japan, having sold over 16 million records, and has received several accolades. Takeuchi was born in Taisha, Shimane, now the city of Izumo, Shimane, and attended Keio University. She made her singing debut after signing with the RCA record label in 1978, with whom she released her debut album ''Beginning'', which peaked at #17 on Oricon Charts. She then released four albums between 1979 and 1981, all of which obtained commercial success, including the album Love Songs (1980), which became her first work to peak at #1 on Oricon Charts. Takeuchi then announced she would go on a temporary hiatus in 1981, terminating her contract with RCA records. Three years later, Takeuchi and her husband Tatsuro Yamashita signed with Moon Records, and she made her comeback with her sixth studio album ''Variety'' (1984), which was released internationally ...
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Toto (band)
Toto (stylized as TOTO) is an American rock band formed in 1977 in Los Angeles. The band's current lineup consists of Steve Lukather (guitars and vocals) and Joseph Williams (vocals), as well as touring musicians, John Pierce (bass and vocals), Robert "Sput" Searight (drums), Dominique "Xavier" Taplin (keyboards and vocals), Steve Maggiora (keyboards and vocals) and Warren Ham (horns and vocals). Toto is known for a musical style that combines elements of pop, rock, soul, funk, progressive rock, hard rock, R&B, blues and jazz. David Paich and Jeff Porcaro had played together as session musicians on several albums and decided to form a band. David Hungate, Lukather, Steve Porcaro, and Bobby Kimball were recruited before the first album release. The band enjoyed great commercial success in the late 1970s and 1980s, beginning with the band's eponymous debut released in 1978. With the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful ''Toto IV'' (1982), Toto became one of ...
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Oricon
, established in 1999, is the holding company at the head of a Japanese corporate group that supplies statistics and information on music and the music industry in Japan and Western music. It started as, which was founded by Sōkō Koike in November 1967 and became known for its music charts. Oricon Inc. was originally set up as a subsidiary of Original Confidence and took over the latter's Oricon record charts in April 2002. The charts are compiled from data drawn from some 39,700 retail outlets (as of April 2011) and provide sales rankings of music CDs, DVDs, electronic games, and other entertainment products based on weekly tabulations. Results are announced every Tuesday and published in ''Oricon Style'' by subsidiary Oricon Entertainment Inc. The group also lists panel survey-based popularity ratings for television commercials on its official website. Oricon published Combined Chart, which includes CD sales, digital sales, and streaming together, on December 19, 2018. Histor ...
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Tower Records Japan
Tower Records is an international retail music franchise Franchise may refer to: Business and law * Franchising, a business method that involves licensing of trademarks and methods of doing business to franchisees * Franchise, a privilege to operate a type of business such as a cable television pro ... and online music store A digital music store is a business that sells digital audio files of music recordings over the Internet. Customers gain ownership of a license to use the files, in contrast to a music streaming service, where they listen to recordings without gai ... that was formerly based in Sacramento, California ) , image_map = Sacramento County California Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Sacramento Highlighted.svg , mapsize = 250x200px , map_caption = Location within Sacramento Coun ..., United States. From 1960 until 2006, Tower operated retail stores in the United States, which closed ...
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Warner Music Japan
Warner Music Group's labels include the following. Flagship labels *Atlantic Records *Warner Records *Parlophone Records *Elektra Records Atlantic Records Group *1st & 15th Entertainment *ALL $ IN, NO $ OUT *Artist Partners Group *Asylum Records *Atlantic Records *Atco Records *Avang Music *Big Beat Records *Big Tree Records *Boulevard Boyz * Canvasback Music *Cat Records *Guwop Enterprises *808 Mafia Records (joint venture with 808 Music Group & Boominati Worldwide *CBE *Chop Shop Records *Taylor Gang Entertainment (joint with EMPIRE, for JR Donarto & Berner respectfully) *Tha Mvmnt *Sniper Gang Records *Chopper City Records *Cotillion Records *CTE World *Custard Records *Eardrum Records *Esperanza Records *First Priority Music *Fort Knocks Entertainment *Full Surface Records *F-Stop Music *Grind Or Die Label * Human Re Sources *LaSalle Records *Little David Records *Luke Records *Maybach Music Group *OWSLA * Nest *Photo Finish Records *Poe Boy Music Group *Rebel Rock Entertai ...
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Karaoke
Karaoke (; ; , clipped compound of Japanese ''kara'' "empty" and ''ōkesutora'' "orchestra") is a type of interactive entertainment usually offered in clubs and bars, where people sing along to recorded music using a microphone. The music is an instrumental version of a well-known popular song. Lyrics are usually displayed on a video screen, along with a moving symbol, changing colour, or music video images, to guide the singer. In Chinese-speaking countries and regions such as mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, a karaoke box is called a KTV. The global karaoke market has been estimated to be worth nearly $10 billion. History 1960s: Development of audio-visual-recording devices From 1961 to 1966, the American TV network NBC carried a karaoke-like series, ''Sing Along with Mitch'', featuring host Mitch Miller and a chorus, which superimposed the lyrics to their songs near the bottom of the TV screen for home audience participation. The primary difference betw ...
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Oricon Albums Chart
The Oricon Albums Chart is the Japanese music industry standard albums popularity chart issued daily, weekly, monthly and yearly by Oricon. Oricon originally published LP, CT, Cartridge and CD charts prior to the establishment of the Oricon Albums Chart on October 5, 1987. The Oricon Albums Chart's rankings are based on physical albums' sales. Oricon did not include download sales until its establishment of the Digital Albums Chart on November 19, 2016. In November 2018, Oricon began to include streaming in its album rankings, introducing a combined album chart based on album-equivalent units. Charts are published every Tuesday in Oricon Style and on Oricon's official website. Every Monday, Oricon receives data from outlets, but data on merchandise sold through certain channels does not make it into the charts. For example, the debut single of NEWS, a pop group, was released only through 7-Eleven stores, which are not covered by Oricon, and its sales were not reflected in the Oricon ...
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Nippon Broadcasting System
, or JOLF, is a Japanese radio station in Yurakucho, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, next to the Tokyo Imperial Palace. Founded in 1954, it is together with Nippon Cultural Broadcasting, the flagship station of the National Radio Network. Nippon Broadcasting System is a subsidiary of Fuji Media Holdings and both companies are affiliated with the Fujisankei Communications Group. It is also the main company of the Nippon Broadcasting Group.https://web.archive.org/web/20150924015921/http://www.fujisankei-g.co.jp/pdf/fcglist_up_150626.pdf Nippon Broadcasting System was instrumental in the creation of several companies including Fuji Television in 1957, Pony Canyon in 1966 and the Fujisankei Communications Group in 1967. Nippon Broadcasting System is also the home of the long-running radio program ''All Night Nippon''. From July 15, 1954 to September 30, 1967, the station used the abbreviation "NBS" derived from Nippon Broadcasting System. Since October 1, 1967, it has used the call sign JO ...
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RCA Records
RCA Records is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America. It is one of Sony Music's four flagship labels, alongside RCA's former long-time rival Columbia Records; also Arista Records, and Epic Records. The label has released multiple genres of music, including pop, classical, rock, hip hop, afrobeat, electronic, R&B, blues, jazz, and country. Its name is derived from the initials of its defunct parent company, the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). It was fully acquired by Bertelsmann in 1986, making it a part of Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG). RCA Records became a part of Sony BMG Music Entertainment after Sony and BMG merged in 2004; it was acquired by the latter in 2008, after the dissolution of Sony BMG and the restructuring of Sony Music. It is the second-oldest record label in American history, after sister label Columbia Records. The RCA catalogue includes records by influential artists such as Elvis Presley, Dav ...
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Haruomi Hosono
, sometimes credited as Harry Hosono, is a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. He is considered to be one of the most influential musicians in Japanese pop music history, credited with shaping the sound of Japanese pop for decades as well as pop music outside of Japan. He also inspired genres such as city pop and Shibuya-kei, and as leader of Yellow Magic Orchestra, contributed to the development and pioneering of numerous electronic genres. The grandson of ''Titanic'' survivor Masabumi Hosono, Haruomi began his career with the psychedelic rock band Apryl Fool, before achieving recognition both nationally and internationally, as a founding member of the bands Happy End and Yellow Magic Orchestra. Hosono has also released many solo albums covering a variety of styles, including film soundtracks and a variety of electronic ambient albums. As well as recording his own music, Hosono has done considerable production work for other artists such as Miharu Koshi, She ...
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J-pop
J-pop ( ja, ジェイポップ, ''jeipoppu''; often stylized as J-POP; an abbreviation for Japanese pop), natively also known simply as , is a musical genre that entered the musical mainstream of Japan in the 1990s. Modern J-pop has its roots in traditional Japanese music, but significantly in 1960s pop and rock music, such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys, which led to Japanese rock bands such as Happy End fusing rock with Japanese music in the early 1970s. J-pop was further defined by new wave and crossover fusion acts of the late 1970s such as Yellow Magic Orchestra and Southern All Stars, () then Eurobeat in the early 1990s, namely Namie Amuro. Eventually, J-pop replaced ''kayōkyoku'' ("Lyric Singing Music", a term for Japanese pop music from the 1920s to the 1980s) in the Japanese music scene. The term was coined by the Japanese media to distinguish Japanese music from foreign music and now refers to most Japanese popular music. Popular styles of Japanese pop music included t ...
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Remix
A remix is a piece of media which has been altered or contorted from its original state by adding, removing, and changing pieces of the item. A song, piece of artwork, books, video, poem, or photograph can all be remixes. The only characteristic of a remix is that it appropriates and changes other materials to create something new. Most commonly, remixes are a subset of audio mixing in music and song recordings. Songs may be remixed for a variety of reasons: * to adapt or revise a song for radio or nightclub play * to create a stereo or surround sound version of a song where none was previously available * to improve the fidelity of an older song for which the original master has been lost or degraded * to alter a song to suit a specific music genre or radio format * to use some of the same materials, allowing the song to reach a different audience * to alter a song for artistic purposes * to provide additional versions of a song for use as bonus tracks or for a B-side, for example ...
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Shueisha
is a Japanese company headquartered in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. The company was established in 1925 as the entertainment-related publishing division of Japanese publisher Shogakukan. The following year, Shueisha became a separate, independent company. Manga magazines published by Shueisha include the ''Jump'' magazine line, which includes shonen magazines ''Weekly Shōnen Jump'', ''Jump SQ'', and ''V Jump'', and seinen magazines ''Weekly Young Jump'', ''Grand Jump'' and ''Ultra Jump''. They also publish other magazines, including ''Non-no''. Shueisha, along with Shogakukan, owns Viz Media, which publishes manga from all three companies in North America. History In 1925, Shueisha was created by major publishing company Shogakukan (founded in 1922). became the first novel published by Shueisha in collaboration with Shogakukan—the temporary home of Shueisha. In 1927, two novels titled ''Danshi Ehon'', and ''Joshi Ehon'' were created. In 1928, Shueisha was hired to edit , a compil ...
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Non-no
is a Japanese women's fashion and lifestyle magazine published by Shueisha. The magazine is headquartered in Tokyo. ''Men's Non-no'', targeted for a male demographic, was first published in 1987. History The magazine was established as a fortnightly in 1971. The first issue appeared in February 1971. The magazine's name is from the Ainu word for flower. Like ''CanCam'', ''non-no'' has a comparatively longer history than other Japanese fashion magazines e.g. ''Cawaii!'', ''Olive'' and so forth. The magazine targets at teens and young women in their early 20s. Instead of focusing on gossip, ''Non-no'' and another women's magazine ''an an'' provide their readers with materials with the aim of developing their self-identity. On 25 May 1987 Shueisha launched the magazine's male counterpart, ''Men's Non-no''. In 1978 the circulation of ''Non-no'' was 850,000 copies. The magazine sold 440,870 copies. Exclusive models Current * Yuko Araki (2014–present) * Yūka Suzuki (2014–p ...
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