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Stage name: MISIA
Real name: Itou Misaki (伊藤美咲)
Birthdate: July 7, 1978
Debuted: February 1998 with single つつみ込むように…



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MISIA is best known for her five-octave vocal range, her puzzling fashion sense and for being one the few artists in Japan to have never performed on TV music shows. She has the ability to use the whistle register, which is put to good use in her songs. While it’s common to find MISIA described as an rnb artist her music has a more soulful, even bluesy, quality to it, something her voice complements well.

Since 2001, she has been engaging in environmental and human rights activism. In 2008, she founded Child AFRICA, an organization aimed at supporting education and creating sustainable societies. In 2010, she was named Honorary Ambassador of the 10th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity.



Discography
Studio Albums
[24.06.1998] MOTHER FATHER BROTHER SISTER
[21.11.1998] The Glory Day
[01.01.2000] LOVE IS THE MESSAGE
[25.04.2001] MARVELOUS
[26.09.2002] KISS IN THE SKY
[11.02.2004] MARS & ROSES
[08.12.2004] SINGER FOR SINGER
[07.02.2007] ASCENSION
[09.01.2008] EIGHTH WORLD
[16.12.2009] JUST BALLADE
[27.07.2011] SOUL QUEST
[14.12.2011] MISIAの森〜Forest Covers〜
[02.04.2014] NEW MORNING
[06.01.2016] LOVE BEBOP


Remix Albums
[19.04.2000] MISIA REMIX 2000 LITTLE TOKYO
[21.11.2001] MISIA REMIX 2002 WORLD PEACE
[23.04.2003] MISIA REMIX 2003 KISS IN THE SKY -NON STOP MIX-
[25.06.2008] DECIMO X ANIVERSARIO DE MISIA THE BEST DJ MIXES (included as CD in EIGHTH WORLD Tour DVD Limited Edition)


Compilation Albums
[03.03.2002] MISIA GREATEST HITS
[03.12.2003] MISIA SINGLE COLLECTION 5th ANNIVERSARY
[16.06.2004] MISIA Love & Ballads The Best Ballade Collection
[20.02.2013] MISIA Super Best Records ~15th Celebration~


Live Albums
[22.10.2003] MISIA 星空のライブ~The Best of Acoustic Ballade~
[26.05.2010] 星空のライブ V Just Ballade MISIA with 星空のオーケストラ 2010 (included as CD in 星空のライブ V Just Ballade MISIA with 星空のオーケストラ 2010 Tour DVD) 
[09.03.2016] MISIA 星空のライヴ SONG BOOK HISTORY OF HOSHIZORA LIVE


Singles
[21.02.1998] つつみ込むように…
[21.05.1998] 陽のあたる場所
[21.04.1999] BELIEVE
[25.11.1999] 忘れない日々
[25.11.1999] sweetness
[07.07.2000] ESCAPE
[25.10.2000] Everything
[01.01.2001] I miss you~時を越えて~/ MISIA+DCT
[01.30.2002]果てなく続くストーリー
[08.08.2002]眠れぬ夜は君のせい
[20.11.2002] BACK BLOCKS (as limited single with KISS IN THE SKY album limited edition)
[27.08.2003] 心ひとつ
[03.12.2003] IN MY SOUL/SNOW SONG
[07.07.2004] 名前のない空を見上げて
[05.07.2006] LUV PARADE/Color of Life
[12.07.2006] Sea of Dreams ~Tokyo Disney Sea 5th Anniversary Theme Song~ (Collaboration Single)
[04.07.2007] ANY LOVE
[05.12.2007] Royal Chocolate Flush
[30.04.2008] Yes Forever
[28.05.2008] 約束の翼
[17.12.2008] CATCH THE RAINBOW
[10.06.2009] 銀河/いつまでも
[18.11.2009] 逢いたくていま
[16.12.2009] 星のように...
[26.05.2011] 記憶
[20.06.2012]恋は終わらないずっと
[11.07.2012] DEEPNESS
[19.12.2012] Back In Love Again feat. Tomoyasu Hotei
[09.04.2013] 幸せをフォーエバー
[05.02.2014] 僕はペガサス 君はポラリス
[18.02.2015] 白い季節 / 桜ひとひら
[25.11.2015] オルフェンズの涙

Digital Singles
[08.01.2005] Song For You
[22.11.2005] SHININ'~虹色のリズム~
[02.04.2009] 少しつず大切に
[28.04.2010] EDGE OF THIS WORLD
[15.09.2010] Everything (Junior + Gomi Cup Noodle 39 Remix)
[15.09.2010] 逢いたくていま (Gomi Remix)
[15.09.2010] LIFE IN HARMONY
[07.08.2015] 流れ星/あなたにスマイル


Compilation/Tour DVDs
[26.07.2000] Love Is the Message the Tour of Misia 1999-2000
[30.05.2001] The Tour of Misia 2001
[07.07.2001] Misia Collection Music Clip Since 1998
[27.03.2002] The Tour of Misia 2002
[26.03.2003] The Tour of Misia 2003 Kiss in the Sky in Sapporo Dome 
[31.03.2004] The Tour of Misia 2004 Mars & Roses
[07.07.2004] 星空のライブ II: Acoustic Live in Okinawa
[08.09.2004] Misia My Music Video Awards
[07.07.2005] The Singer Show the Tour of Misia 2005
[12.06.2006] 星空のライブ III: Music Is A Joy Forever
[12.06.2006] 星空のライブ Star Package: II & III
[07.04.2007] The Tour of Misia 2007 Ascension
[05.12.2007] 星空のライブ IV Classics + Film of Misia in Kibera Slum
[25.06.2008] Decimo X Aniversario de Misia: The Tour of Misia 2008 Eighth World + The Best DJ Remixes
[10.06.2009] The Tour of Misia Discothèque Asia
[26.05.2010] 星空のライブ V Just Ballade MISIA with 星空のオーケストラ 2010 Live DVD + Live CD
[20.10.2010] 星空のライブ VI Encore 2010 International Year of Biodiversity
[11.03.2010] 星空のライブ VI Encore 2010 International Year of Biodiversity - Blu-ray
[20.06.2012] The Tour of MISIA Japan 2012 SOUL QUEST Grand Finale DVD
[20.02.2013] The Tour of MISIA Box BLU-RAY COLLECTION
[02.07.2014MISIA 星空のライヴVII -15th Celebration- Hoshizora Symphony Orchestra
[01.04.2015] 世界遺産劇場 Misia Candle Night at 沖縄
[24.05.2017] The Tour of MISIA 2017 LOVE BEBOP




MISIA Official Website 
MISIA Twitter Page
Rhythmedia Youtube Channel
Rhythmedia Online Store
If anyone would like to let me know if I have omitted/misinformed anything here please let me know and I will change it. Thanks

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Apr 17 11 10:06 AM

New single:

記憶 (Kioku)
Release Date: 05.26.2011

Tracklist (Normal Edition):
01 - 記憶
02 - このままで Tonight (with JP)
03 - Can't Take My Eyes Off You
04 - 記憶 (Instrumental)

Tracklist (Limited Edition):
01 - 記憶
02 - このままで Tonight (with JP)
03 - Can't Take My Eyes Off You
04 - 記憶 (Instrumental)
05 - MAWARE MAWARE (Gomi's Lair Club Remix)

The preview of Kioku is available on her official webpage, but since it's the theme song of the upcoming drama 遺留捜査, there is a clip of the drama with the song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTtr_7XOUNo

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Apr 17 11 10:14 AM

so I finally listened to EIGHTH WORLD several times, and I still prefer JUST BALLADE. EW has some awesome and amazing songs such as taiyou no chizu, ANY LOVE and To Be In Love, but then it also has some really annoying songs like Dance Dance and Chandelier. so yeah, of the two album, JB owns.

now I'll have to get around to listening to ASCENSION (I've decided to listen to her discography backwards).

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Apr 17 11 10:21 AM

An article earlier last year:

MISIA: How the R&B singer hopes to make a difference outside of music

The Japanese vocalist and honorary U.N. ambassador talks to CNNGo about her aim to promote bio-diversity around the world and to raise awareness of child poverty in Africa

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On March 1st 2010, Japanese R&B singer MISIA was appointed Honorary Ambassador for the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) by the U.N. Secretary General. It was the result and recognition of years of work by the 32-year-old, who remains one the most successful pop singers across Asia in the last 10 years. 

Having started her own charity Child Africa to support education and sustainable development, she has gone on to raise awareness of various issues -- highlighted by the recent attendance of representatives of the United Nations, Oxfam, World Swim Against Malaria and many more at her July 7 birthday party, where CNNGo caught up with her.

CNNGo: Can you tell us about your involvement with the U.N.; What exactly does your role involve?

MISIA: My major role is to let more people know about “biodiversity”, and the fact that COP 10 is actually taking place. Also as the artist and singer MISIA, I will keep appealing so that people gain knowledge and a sense of awareness of the issues of biodiversity. I am neither a scholar, politician nor an expert of biodiversity issues. That is why I am able to explain the importance of biodiversity with simple words and without the usual jargon, so that ordinary people can understand it well.

In addition, we have opened a website called “SATOYAMA BASKET”, to encourage people to learn about biodiversity. On this site, there are also visual images and written documents of my inspection footage. I am doing these visits to learn more about biodiversity and to see the current situation, and I am hoping to share the experiences and learning through this website. I hope that many people will take a look at them.

I also do some promotion in my talk shows and live events. Currently, I am on tour, which I called “Hoshizora no Live VI”, which mostly take place in the open air, such as within forests.  The aim of this live concert is to feel biodiversity through live music. Furthermore, we have produced “Biodivesity Band” (a silicon bracelet on which biodiversity icons are printed) to donate the profit through the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. There is a biodiversity booth in the concert venues under the cooperation of Ministry of the Environment.

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CNNGo: You supported the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, can you tell us about your involvement there?

MISIA: As a part of the official FIFA World Cup album "Listen Up!", I have recorded my new single “Maware Maware”. I have actually performed this song at Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg, South Africa. This song was composed by a group called M2J, made up of multi-talented new artist named JP and DJ Muro. 

Francis Jocky, a New York-based Cameroonian is collaborating with us on the guitar and chorus session. Since Japan's first world cup match was against Cameroon, we performed this song as a prelude to Japan versus Cameroon match. 

When I have participated in events organized by Sony, my 3D promotion video was presented for the first time.  My live performance was also presented in 3D and I am sure it was stereoscopic and extremely realistic.  All the audience wore 3D glasses, and the place looked spectacular.

Of course we watched the Japan versus Cameroon match the next day. I was happy about the Japanese victory, but I was more touched and impressed by the cheering of the locals, and felt a borderless bond beyond race or culture. 

At that time, I visited the “Football for Hope Center” to communicate with local children. This project is a social activity organized by FIFA. The center offers soccer lessons as well as programs in which children can learn various things such as dance and video-engineering that Sony offers. The center also provides HIV/AIDS testing, counseling and anti-epidemic education. The profits of “Listen Up!” are used to newly establish such centers in 20 locations across Africa. 
All songs in this album are produced through collaboration with African artists, and I can’t help but say it is a great album. It also includes speech of former South African President Nelson Mandela. This album is full of people’s enthusiasm. Though the World Cup is already over, I really hope many people enjoy these songs.

CNNGo: What were you experiences in South Africa and how is it different to other African countries?

MISIA: One of the surprising things on this visit to South Africa is that its economy is extremely developed compared to other African nations. However, if you step outside the city, there are many slum areas and 70 percent of youngsters have no jobs. I felt a huge gap between the rich and the poor.

I was also impressed to see youngsters happily working at the soccer stadium. We usually tend to forget, but whenever I visit African countries, I realize that having a job and things to do are something we should be thankful of.

Despite the fact that security is known to be poor in this area, I never experienced anything scary even when I visited the slums. I think that the wide gap between the rich and the poor causes the crime rate in South Africa.

CNNGo: Has the World Cup shown an Africa that is now in good shape, making it hard to convince people that much of it is still underdeveloped?

MISIA: I think it is meaningful to stage the World Cup in South Africa, where the apartheid system was still remaining just decades ago. The significance is felt even stronger when we consider the problems South Africa has faced till today. What’s important is to make this World Cup a step for the future.

It is difficult to solve problems such as poverty or HIV/AIDS immediately and completely. Nevertheless, I still believe it is possible to end such sorrow in our generation. 

I learned a lot of sorrowful realities through my activities and it breaks my heart just to know such things. However, I realized that there are many tragedies we could have avoided if we knew about them ahead of time. I wish that African people have more chances to know more of the world. I am sure that we can change the world by learning more about it.

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CNNGo: What is the future for Child Africa?

MISIA: We have established a foundation named “mudef” (Music Design Foundation) this May, and I am one of the board members. The principal aim of this organization is “to raise awareness on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to accelerate its accomplishment”. Within eight major goals of MDGs that are to be met by 2015, the conservation of biodiversity and the achievement of universal primary school are included. Child AFRICA, which was a campaign project to support children’s education in Africa since 2008, becomes a part of such activities.

Through mudef, I wish to tackle the various problems MDGs aim at solving, as well as support African children and the issue of biodiversity.

As I was appointed as an Honorary Ambassador for COP 10 in this March, I will tackle biodiversity problems as well as African issues that we have addressed so far. Biodiversity means that all lives are related, and that we should be thankful for its blessings.

Through dealing with problems in Africa, I learned that global issues such as poverty, conflicts and environmental problems are all connected, especially when such problems are triggered by human beings. I began to sense the need of thinking, learning and dispatching the message with a wider view when I thought of what I should do for the world in the future.

CNNGo: It is rare for Japanese artists to get involved in charity, what inspired you?

MISIA: One of the major reasons for my activity is the fact that I am from Nagasaki. Nagasaki experienced a nuclear bomb disaster in the Second World War in 1945. Because of this, the peace education is still popular in Nagasaki. What I learned through this education is “not to repeat disastrous history.” However, the world is repeating many sorrowful things. I want to know the reasons, and I want to know how to solve it. I believe this willingness to learn and think can lead to wealth of the heart.

Most of the social activity results in charity, but I think social action is more about learning about the world and the people who live in it. 

Many Japanese artists started to engage in various social activities. Some of them work with U.N. organizations and NGOs as Goodwill Ambassadors or do their original volunteering work.

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CNNGo: The Dalai Lama spoke in Tokyo in June 2010 and gave the following advice to the youth of Japan. What are your thoughts about it?

"Whether you like it or not, English is the universal language. Study English and go out. This is very important. You are a country technologically highly developed. Now, you should participate, wisely, in the outside world. The youth of Japan remain here, and are having some problems here. Go to the outside world! To Arabia, Africa, Latin America... You can make many contributions."

MISIA: English is a very useful tool for communication in international scene. Actually, when I visited Africa, I mostly communicated in English. At the same time, I realized that there are things which I can only express in Japanese. If possible, I want to communicate and interact with people in both languages.

As for knowing the outside world, I believe it can give us a precious experience. I realized there are a lot of things for us to do when I went to Africa. I was also able to actually see and hear how my own country is seen by others, and what we are doing for the world. It is also important to see nearby and far-away situations in order to see our position. Moreover, I think we should bring back the learning and experiences to our own country, convey them to the others, make further improvements and again take it to the outside to give good learning to the others. This interaction leads to mutual development and maturity. I think it would be great if such interaction can be seen more in Japan.

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Apr 17 11 10:28 AM

uncle Jemima wrote:
so I finally listened to EIGHTH WORLD several times, and I still prefer JUST BALLADE. EW has some awesome and amazing songs such as taiyou no chizu, ANY LOVE and To Be In Love, but then it also has some really annoying songs like Dance Dance and Chandelier. so yeah, of the two album, JB owns.

now I'll have to get around to listening to ASCENSION (I've decided to listen to her discography backwards).

ASCENSION is my personal favourite. I do think that you are right in terms of EIGHTH WORLD and JUST BALLADE. I really like Ishindenshin and ANY LOVE on EW, and MISSING AUTUMN is one of my favourite MISIA mid-tempos ever. There is, however, less coherence on EW as supposed to JB. There is even more variety in ASCENSION, so it may be a hit-or-miss for you. Suna no Shiro from ASCENSION is amazing though.

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Apr 17 11 12:02 PM

I'm on the same page. I like how EW and Ascension have more variety, but especially EW can be a bit incoherent at times. JB, on the other hand, is pretty much all ballads straight through, but fits into a beautiful whole. One of those albums you can really enjoy listening start to finish ^^

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Apr 18 11 11:28 AM

thanks guys! yeah, EW was a little too all over the place for my liking, although taiyou no chizu is so damn good. I look forward to listening to ASCENSION.

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Apr 18 11 7:13 PM

The ASCENSION and the MARS AND ROSES tours are amazing..

anyways does anyone know if this forum supports youtube videos on post?


Also, I am sort of gutted that MISIA didn't get the theme song rights for the new JIN drama....Aitakuteima was so beautiful. The theme song for the 2nd series has been given to Hirai Ken. I also like Hirai Ken but ugh heard the song and it's nowhere as epic as the original theme song.

BTW one can listen to the Hirai Ken song on his thread here on jpopcentral.



Just to keep things back on track.....newest song from MISIA, 明日へ, written for the Japan earthquake/tsunami

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Apr 21 11 3:10 AM

Preview sounds alright I suppose, but I wish she'd really mix things up and do something different than those standard ballads.

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Apr 21 11 3:13 AM

Well the B-side will be an upbeat cover of Can't Take My Eyes Off You....it sounded really good performed live....I will try to dig up that youtube clip of that song.....she sounded really good in that live too

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Apr 21 11 12:08 PM

MISIAscension wrote:
lol how can this be an owl? Yay

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lol I don't know, now that I know what it is, i don't know how I ever thought it was an owlsmiley: roll

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Apr 24 11 3:11 PM

well i understand they would not use the same song for the second season...however it would be sensible to keep MISIA as the theme song singer a second time. The Hirai Ken theme song this time is a bit lacklustre......

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Apr 29 11 6:12 PM

three albums down! I listened to ASCENSION a few times, and I like it more than EIGHTH WORLD, but JUST BALLADE is still my favourite. The best songs from the album are FUTURE FUNK, Stay in my heart, 月, LUV PARADE, Angel, We are the music and SEA OF DREAMS. The only songs I don't like are 太陽がくれたプレゼント and 砂の城.

now, time for SINGER FOR SINGER...this one shouldn't take as many listens, since it only has 10 songs on it.

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