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With Hikki working on her second English album, the question really still stands: if one j-pop diva or female group would make it in the English music industry, who would it be? After all, basing on the American charts, popular songs by female artists are rather limited. Pretty much most are R&B/hip hop hits (Rihanna, Beyonce, Fergie, Danity Kane, Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis), a smattering of pop rock (Colbie Caillat, Natasha Bedingfield, Paramore) and occasionally, a big pop song that makes it (Miley Cyrus).
So if all our favorite j-pop girls give it a try, who has the best chances of breaking into the market?
I love Hikki and I love “Exodus,” but let’s face it – “Exodus” was brilliantly experimental and alternative but nowhere near mainstream. If she does her next English album in her Cubic U style or in her Japanese music style, she’d have a chance, but her idea of American mainstream R&B is a little too alternative. Unless she completely changes her image and sound, she won’t make it in the urban music genre she’s aiming for. But she does have beauty, quirkiness, and her language – she just needs to tailor herself to be more mainstream. Chances: 60%.
“Unchanging Love ~Kimi ga Ireba~” is JYONGRI’s fifth single, to be released June 4th. The title song was used as the Au Lismo CM song.
While her fast paced “Possesion” is her best known song, I find JYONGRI’s ballads to be her best work. She has a great range, and does very well on power ballads like “Lullaby for You” and”My All For You.”
JYONGRI’s newest single “Kissing Me” has been released, and I’m really excited to hear it; it’s a great single by any standards. If you haven’t heard JYONGRI before, this is a great place to start, because the single’s three songs that demonstrate three different music styles she uses. And if you’re a fan, you won’t be let down.
By the way, check out the Kissing Me Special Site. There cute little love-related stories and graphics. It’s all in Japanese, but the Love Cooking section has cute pictures of her making an apple pastry. If you’re in Japan you can also enter the “love question” contest – I think it’s for a chance to meet her privately in February.