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Tuesday, June 09, 2009
All about 吉岡唯 5:03 PM




Yoshioka Yui (吉岡唯), known by her stage name, YUI (born March 26, 1987 in Fukuoka, Japan), is a japanese singer-songwriter and actress. She sings and plays acoustic guitar, and writes her own songs, and apart from playing acoustic guitar, she also likes watching movies, reading books, and playing badminton.
She’s an all round musician. She plays gitar drums piano bass and even flute. Yeay~ she likes badminton.. me too~ *happy*

Her third single “LIFE” was the fifth ending theme for BLEACH, a popular Japanese anime series, which has brought her some international fame.
VERY INTERNATIONAL!! She got fans from Spain Indonesia UK US .. well I forgot some place.. I’ve check out their fansite but it was in a writing I cannot read. ><*


YUI began writing poems in ninth grade. At the age of 16, by recommendation of a friend [Bianco Nero], she began studying song, songwriting, and guitar at a private music school in her native Fukuoka. Aspiring to become professional, she carried her guitar around and sang at local places such as the seashore of Shingu and in the middle of the rice fields of Kaminofu.


Ano toki.. Kanojo wa Kimetanda..

It was in elementary school did she decided she wanted to be a singer.But it was after her hospitalization [??] did she really went to the music route. Story :

“During her third year in middle school, following the influence of her mother, Yui began keeping a journal of everyday feelings and poetry. Because of this, by the time she was in high school, she began writing songs.
[2] While in high school she worked a part-time job to help pay for tuition. Always busy, with her time steadily disappearing, she thought there was no longer a road to music. Eventually her body would breakdown and she found herself under hospitalization. While in the hospital, with the time to consider her life, she was overwhelmed with the desire to make music. She decided that school and music could not coexist. Upon leaving the hospital she encountered a live street performance and expressed her desire to pursue a musical career to the band, Bianco Nero, at the end of the concert. Bianco Nero recommended to Yui that she should join a private music school and soon, she dropped out of high school and seriously began studying songwriting and guitar at a juku [Cram school] in her hometown of Fukuoka. Aspiring to become a professional, she carried her guitar around and sang at local places at the entrance of Tenjin station in Fukuoka.”


How YUI was discovered

In March 2003, at an audition hosted by Sony Music Japan, all judges evaluated her with the highest score, which caused a fierce scramble among labels. At this audition, she sang three songs - her first song “Why me”, which was later coupled with her debut single, as well as “It’s happy line” and “I know”, which were included on her indie single - as opposed to the audition rule that a participant could only sing two songs. Sitting cross-legged on the floor, she strummed her guitar and sang. The judges and the others present claimed that “the performance created a tremendous aura from her heavenly voice, and captured the hearts of the whole audience”.
So basically sitting cross-legged on the floor is YUI signature. She would do it in her concert for songs like GoodByedays. Happyline. Those type of songs.. you got the idea right??


Upon leaving her home of Fukuoka for Tokyo, YUI wrote the song “feel my soul”. She was planning release on an indie label as a tribute to her hometown, when the song caught the ears of Fuji TV producer, Mr. Yamaguchi, who happened to see the demo video clip. He claimed YUI’s voice haunted him so much that he went out of his way to visit the recording studio himself. He even made his channel’s prime-time drama an extraordinary tie-in with YUI’s debut track.
Must be a really HAUNTING voice from YUI to make the producer went to the recording himself. Hahaha


Although she is not the most comfortable when it comes to talking to people, she enjoys communicating with her audience at street performances in the Tenjin district of Fukuoka.
Doing these street performances helped Yui to eventually overcome her shyness . So newbie artists.. go do some live performances.. hehe ^^




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YUI - It's Happy Line

Released: 2004/12/24

"It's Happy Line" is an indie single by the Japanese artist YUI. It was released December 24, 2004 under Leaflet Records. Pressing was limited to only 2000 copies.

here's Extra info on this Debut:

The song "I Know" was later republished by Sony Records into her album From Me to You. The song "It's Happy Line" was also later republished by Sony Records as the third track of the single GoodBye days, which featured the theme song for the movie Taiyou no Uta.

"It's Happy Line" later reappeared as track #14 on her first B-side compilation album My Short Stories in 2008




Track listing:


1. It's happy line
2. I know


YUI – feel my soul [Single]

Release Date: 2005/02/23
HONORS :: #08 at Oricon Top Single Charts

This was YUI’s first major single. Her previous single, “It’s Happy Line”, was released under Leaftlet Records. The single was used as the opening theme to the J-Drama Fukigen na Gene [Unhappy Genes if im not mistaken]. During its first week on Oricon, the single reached a peak of 8th place and would go on to become the 95th highest selling single of 2005. Pretty cool huh for a newbie??





Tracklist :
1. FEEL MY SOUL
2. FREE BIRD
3. WHY ME
4. FEEL MY SOUL-INSTRUMENTAL-


I haven’t got this one in my collection. Gonna find it soon.





YUI - Tomorrow's way [single ]

Release Date: 2005/06/22

“Tomorrow’s Way” is the second single by the Japanese artist Yui. It was released June 22, 2005, under Sony Records. The song was also featured
as the ending theme in the Japanese movie Hinokio.




Tracklist :

1. TOMORROW’S WAY
2. LAST TRAIN
3. FEEL MY SOUL-YUI ACOUSTIC VERSION-
4. TOMORROW’S WAY



YUI - LIFE [single]

Release Date: 2005/11/09

“Life” is the third single by the Japanese artist Yui. It was released November 9, 2005, under Sony Records. The main track, Life, has been the ending theme for the popular anime series Bleach



Tracklist :
1. LIFE
2. CROSSROAD
3. TOMORROW’S WAY-YUI ACOUSTIC VERSION-
4. LIFE -INSTRUMENTAL-







YUI - TOKYO [single]

Release Date: 2006/01/18:
Tokyo” is the fourth single by the Japanese artist Yui. It was released January 18, 2006, under Sony Records.

It has been said that the title track recounts her feelings as she left her hometown of Fukuoka to go to Tokyo, pursuing her music dreams. I remember she said something about coming to Tokyo with her pets. Two turtles? They are cute adorable. And a gold fish? Damn. I forgot some details here.. . >:(











Tracklist :
1. TOKYO
2. HELP
3. LIFE-YUI ACOUSTIC VERSION-
4. TOKYO-INSTRUMENTAL-




YUI – From Me To You [ALBUM]

Release Date: 2006/02/22
HONORS: #01 at Oricon Top Album Charts

From Me to You is the first full album by the Japanese artist Yui. It was released February 22, 2006. The album recently returned onto the Oricon Top 20 album charts due to the promotion of Yui’s 5th single, “Good-bye Days”, and movie Midnight Sun. This album sold more than 260,000 copies.

Tracklist :

1. MERRY GO ROUND
2. FEEL MY SOUL
3. READY TO LOVE
4. SWING OF LIE
5. LIFE
6. BLUE WIND
7. I CAN’T SAY
8. SIMPLY WHITE
9. JUST MY WAY
10. TOMORROW’S WAY
11. I KNOW
12. TOKYO
13. SPIRAL & ESCAPE

YUI – Good-Bye Days [single]

Release Date: 2006/06/14
HONOURS: it was ranked 1st in Oricon single charts

Good-bye Days is the fifth single by the Japanese artist Yui. It was released on June 14, 2006, under Sony Records. Her fifth single is “Good-bye days”, which was also the theme for the film “Taiyou no Uta” (“Midnight Sun”). YUI took a role of a leading actress herself.A very touching movie!! I cried when it reach ending.. L .. The song just sums up everything. *tears*. The artist usually listed as singing “Good-bye days” is YUI for 雨音薫 (YUI for Kaoru Amane). She credits herself as Yui for Amane Kaoru because she wrote this song for the main character (Amane Kaoru) of the movie, Taiyo no Uta. Aint dat sweet of her?? Aww


Tracklist :

1. GOOD-BYE DAYS
2. SKYLINE
3. IT’S HAPPY LINE
4. GOOD-BYE DAYS -INSTRUMENTAL-





YUI – I remember you [single]

Release Date: 2006/09/20
HONOURS : also rated as 1st on Oricon chart

Still in her late teens, singer/actress Yui is known for her electrifying live performances. Her past hits include feel my soul, theme song of the Fuji TV drama Fukigen na Gene and her most recent single Good-bye days. Now her soothing acoustic guitar sounds promise to keep J-pop lovers cheering again with her new original number I remember you.




Tracklist :

1. I REMEMBER YOU
2. CLOUDY
3. GOOD-BYE DAYS -YUI ACOUSTIC VERSION-
4. I REMEMBER YOU -INSTRUMENTAL-





YUI - Rolling Star [single]

Release Date: 2007/01/17
HONOURS::#03 at Oricon Top Single Charts

Fukuoka-born singer/songwriter/actress YUI returns with her highly anticipated new opening theme song Rolling Star, whichis featured in the anime series BLEACH. Selling almost 150,000 copies, it is YUI’s second highest selling single to date (first being “Good-bye days” with over 200,000 copies.)

Unlike YUI’s earlier songs, this new track is a rock ‘n’ roll number. As for the side track, Winter Hot Music is a melodious tune that fits perfectly into the season’s cold winter mornings.


Tracklist :

1. ROLLING STAR
2. WINTER HOT MUSIC
3. I REMEMBER YOU-YUI ACOUSTIC VERSION-
4. ROLLING STAR-INSTRUMENTAL-





Do I have this?? I think I have this.. hmmmm….. o.o?

YUI - CHERRY [single]

Release Date: 2007/03/07
HONOURS: #02 at Oricon Top Single Charts


CHE.R.RY is the eighth single of singer/songwriter Yui released March 7, 2007. It broke her personal record for highest first week sales, exceeding the 75,390 copies sold during the first week of sales for Rolling Star.

Tracklist :

1.CHE.R.RY
2.Driving today
3.Rolling star~YUI Acoustic Version
4.CHE.R.RY~Instrumental~


The more im listing this .. The more I feel im missing a LOT of song!! Haizz

YUI - My Generation/Understand [single]

Release Date: 2007/06/13
HONOURS:: Again!! #01 at Oricon Top Single charts!


Singer/actress YUI continues her musical strife.
For her ninth single, YUI delivers new songs My Generation and Understand. The former is the theme song for Asahi TV drama Seishokun, which revolves around the experiences of a high school girl and features a guitar solo by YUI. The second song is the end title theme of new film Side-Car Dog which stars Takeuchi Yuko. The release also features the talked about au Lismo CM song CHE.R.RY.


Cherry was released as a Digital single if im x mistaken.. Or was it laugh away??
cant remember..o.o!!

Tracklist :

1. MY GENERATION
2. UNDERSTAND
3. CHE.R.RY-YUI ACOUSTIC VERSION-
4. MY GENERATION-INSTRUMENTAL



YUI- Cant Buy My Love [ALBUM]

Release Date: 2007/04/04
HONOURS:: #01 at Oricon Top Album Charts


The hit express of singer/actress YUI rolls on.
Shortly after her CM song CHE.R.RY for au LISMO it’s time for her second album Can’t Buy My Love. It features 13 tracks including her most recent above-mentioned single. Also on the track list of this time’s CD are Rolling Star, her no.2 hit I remember you , and Good-bye-days.



Tracklist :

How Crazy
Rolling star
It’s all Right
I remember you
RUIDO
CHE.R.RY
Thank you My teens
Umbrella
Highway chance
Happy birthday to you you
Winding Road
Good-bye days
Why




YUI- LOVE N TRUTH [single]




release Date: 2007/09/26
HONOURS: #01 at Oricon Top Single Charts



YUI sings about Love & Truth.
Popular singer-songwriter YUI has served up hits like Rolling star, How crazy, and My Generation in the past. Her latest work comes in the form of ballad Closed Note, the theme for her highly anticipated upcoming film. This release also features the energetic rock number Jam.



Tracklist :

1. LOVE & TRUTH
2. Jam
3. My Generation – YUI Acoustic Version -
4. LOVE & TRUTH – Instrumental




YUI - Namidairo [single]

Release Date: 2008/02/27

YUI first 2008 single has arrived. The female singer-songwriter’s latest single Namidairo is the theme song for the TV Asahi co-production drama Yon Shimai Senteidan (”Four Sister Detective Group”). Also included on this release are I wanna be… and the acoustic version of Yui’s earlier Oricon No. 1 theme song LOVE&TRUTH for the movie Closed Note [starring sawajiri Erika.Nice movie. Should watch.]



Tracklist:
1. NAMIDAIRO
2. I WANNA BE…
3. LOVE & TRUTH-YUI ACOUSTIC VERSION-
4. NAMIDAIRO-INSTRUMENTAL-








YUI–I Loved Yesterday [Album]

Release Date: 2008/04/09
HONOURS : #01 at Oricon Top Album Charts

Yui’s new full-length album has arrived. The follow-up to last spring’s no. 1 album Can’t Buy My Love, I Loved Yesterday features such tracks as My Generation, the theme song of the TV Asahi drama Seishokun, and Love & Truth, which can also be heard in the movie Closed Note. Her latest hit theme song Namidairo, featured on the TV Asahi drama Yon Shimai Senteidan, is also on the album’s track list.

Tracklist CD:
01. Laugh away
02. My Generation
03. Find me
04. No way
05. Namidairo
06. Daydreamer
07. Love is all
08. I will love you
09. We will go
10. OH YEAH
11. My friend
12. LOVE & TRUTH
13. Am I wrong ?

Tracklist DVD:

01. Good-bye days
02. I remember you
03. Rolling star
04. CHE.R.RY
05. Special Live Video of her first Budokan Concert (19 Nov 2007)


YUI - Summer Song [single]

Release Date: 2008/07/02
HONOURS: #01 at Oricon Top Single Charts

After taking her previous single Namidairo to Oricon’s no. 3 spot in February, singer-songwriter Yui returns with her Summer Song. It arrives as a refreshing uptempo number, once again featuring Yui’s trademark acoustic sound. Two more songs, namely, Oh My God and the acoustic version of Laugh Away, are also on Yui’s highly anticipated Summer Song.


Tracklist:

1. SUMMER SONG
2. Oh My God
3. Laugh away ~YUI Acoustic Version~
4. SUMMER SONG ~Instrumental~






YUI - My Short Stories [ALBUM]

Release Date: 2008/11/12
HONOURS: #01 at Oricon Top Single Charts

New-generation singer-songwriter Yui’s latest 15-track album My Short Stories collects all her B-side (coupling) tracks to date plus a brand new song, making for a great rundown of sweet and earthy pop rock. Yui begins telling her short stories with the new song I’ll be, a CM campaign song for Sony Walkman. Other highlights of the compilation include her recent B-sides Oh My God and I wanna be…, Song to the Sun insert song Skyline, and her 2004 indie single It’s happy line which was later coupled with Good-bye Days and featured as an insert song in Song to the Sun. Dog in a Sidecar theme song Understand, which was released as a double A-side with My Generation but not included in the I Loved Yesterday album, also makes a welcome appearance on My Short Stories.

First Press Limited Edition of My Short Stories comes with a sticker and a DVD containing:

Music Videos of I’ll be, Understand, and Jam
Special Live Footage from YUI 3rd Tour 2008 “oui” ~I LOVED YESTERDAY~
Tour Documentary Footage

Tracklist:

01. I’ll be
02. HELP
03. Last Train
04. Winter Hot Music
05. Jam
06. Skyline
07. Free Bird
08. I wanna be…
09. Oh My God
10. Cloudy
11. Driving today
12. Understand
13. crossroad
14. It’s happy line
15. Why me

YUI - Again [single] you just wanna listen to it again and again.. ><

Release Date: 2009/06/03

Singer-songwriter YUI finally returns after taking time off to do more personal things, including taking a driver’s license test and spending holidays in New York. In between she also composed the song


I do it for female band Stereopony. YUI’s highly anticipated new single again also came to life during her hiatus and can be heard as the opening theme on the MBS/TBS anime series Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

First Press Limited Edition comes with a DVD.



tracklist:

01 again
02 Sea
03 SUMMER SONG ~YUI Acoustic Version~
04 again ~Instrumental~



DVD:
01 again (PV)
02 I’ll be (YUI×高校生 スクールライブ映像)


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After My short Stories Album was released. YUI took a year off working. But in her hiatus hours, she met up with Stereopony [A new all girl band from Okinawa. under the same label as YUI. Which makes YUI their senior. She met with them while the girls were planning some new song. So after few session together, Stereopony made their 3rd single- I Do It.] The song definately have the YUI-vibe in it. Here's a video of it.

ステレオポニー×YUI I do it PV

ステレオポニー3rdシングル『I do it』が4月22日発売決定!作曲:YUI 作詞:AIMI 編曲:ステレオポニー&northa+  プロデューサー:HISASHI KONDOという夢の楽曲!!



So now you know YUI too. She's the first female artist i really fell in love with. wait.. Boa was the first female artist i fell for.. hehe. But im not so much into Boa nowadays. Anyone know her new news??? xD

YUI persona + songs.. really captivating. A song that really reached out to the listener.
Here's a thought, now that she has her driving license, i wonder if she would drive to the beach adn watch sunset? relating this to her Driving Today song in her single.ahaha!! ^^

Yui is well known for her humbleness and one of the respectful female artist in Japan. She don't really care much about her apperance. in terms of make-ups and all. And go for casual yet stylish looks. And even without the heavy make-up she always looks amazingly stunning. Agree??

This post was meant to be filled with pictures but damn blogger always crash everytime I upload something. So this is the best i can do . I mean.. I've been staring at the comp all day for this. hahaha.

One Q :: Was the info enough? for newbies .. yea sure.. But for me.. I need more!! yeay~ \O/


K ..dats ol folks!!




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