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Chara - Celebrating 20 Years of Music!


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Satou Miwa (given the nickname Chara) is a Japanese musician and actress, most recognized for her oddly toned voice. She debuted in 1991 with the single "Heaven", followed by the album "Sweet" in 1992.
She's famous for singing "Swallowtail Butterfly~Ai no Uta~", the theme song for Iwai Shunji's 1996 film Swallowtail, which she starred in.
Other well known Chara songs include "Yasashii Kimochi", "Ai no Hi 3tsu Orange", a duet with YUKI from JUDY AND MARY, and her sleeper hit "This is my car".
Over the last twenty years she's released twenty albums, a mini-album, over thirty singles, and has collaborated with dozens of artists.


Upcoming Releases


Dark Candy
14th Original Album
Release Date: 2011.04.13


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CD


01. カウントダウン
02. ゆらしたがる
03. 永遠の詩
04. Toy Soldier
05. Little bird
06. ここにいて
07. Rachel
08. ナイーブとイノセンス
09. Dark Candy
10. 才能の杖


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DVD


01. Rachel (music video)


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Discography


Links


Official Homepage
Official Universal Page
Chara Staff Twitter

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Apr 15 11 12:13 AM

It's nice to see Dark Candy climbing the ranks.

It's now a race between the perfume and the album. Which Dark Candy will sell better?

Looks like we have the makings of a clear winner.

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Apr 15 11 9:23 PM

As I listen to Dark Candy over again, I begin to realise something.

It's not like any other album Chara has released before. And it seem that any album that follows will be nothing like Dark Candy.

That seems to be a general pattern for Chara's albums. Each one stands on its own.

That said, I do feel a 90s vibe in a number of the songs.

That is, this album has smatterings of early 90s Chara, late 90s Chara and her Universal sounds.  

On an unrelated note: if I can recall, there was a post in jpopmusic about rumours that Chara could record another album before year's end.

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Apr 16 11 2:36 PM

1st Day :   #24
2nd Day:  #20
3rd Day:    #26
4th Day :   #20 

smiley: roll


Rachel and Yurashitagaru are my fave songs from Dark Candy, What about you guys?smiley: tongue


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Apr 16 11 3:32 PM

I cracked and listened to the "Koko ni Ite" preview a few days ago, but I forgot what it sounds like. One more week until I get it, hopefully . . . Nono

manrush wrote:
On an unrelated note: if I can recall, there was a post in jpopmusic about rumours that Chara could record another album before year's end.

Answering the last question of an interview with TV Asashi, she said she wants to release one more work (1枚作品: more likely an album than a DVD or single) within the year.  It wouldn't be too bad waiting until next year for an album though, since all I really want is a breaking hearts tour DVD, maybe bundled with footage from one of the Billboard Live shows too. 



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Apr 16 11 4:18 PM

omg listening to it right now, the first song is awesome right from the start. it's so...1991 Chara lol. funky and such.
it's like listening to No Toy.

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Apr 16 11 5:53 PM

uncle Jemima wrote:
omg listening to it right now, the first song is awesome right from the start. it's so...1991 Chara lol. funky and such.
it's like listening to No Toy.

That kind of makes sense.

I see the first song as a sweet blend of Watashi O Mitsumete, Yellow Balloon and Hikari To Watashi. Might as well throw No Toy into that mix.
  

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Apr 16 11 10:20 PM

uncle Jemima wrote:
is that recent?
This is from the Union tour 2007 DVD.

An aside: some of the musical parts of Toy Soldier sound like the same beats used in Magnet's songs.

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Apr 17 11 5:29 AM

Josuke wrote:
Rachel and Yurashitagaru are my fave songs from Dark Candy, What about you guys?smiley: tongue




Naive to Innocence, Little bird, Rachel & Toy Soldier are my favs at the moment. 1aa266c65bbc74da8c3931c8312021a5857fb6f6_r

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Apr 17 11 11:34 AM

Josuke wrote:
1st Day :   #24
2nd Day:  #20
3rd Day:    #26
4th Day :   #20 

smiley: roll


Rachel and Yurashitagaru are my fave songs from Dark Candy, What about you guys?smiley: tongue




   First of all I'm liking the rise in the charts.

As for favourite songs so far, I would say: Countdown, Toy Soldier, Little Bird, Koko Ni Ite and Saino No Tsue 

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Apr 17 11 1:25 PM

Dark Candy's #11 on iTunes JPN top albums.

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