Aimer (Japanese singer)
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Aimer was exposed to music from an early age. She played piano in elementary school and quickly picked up the guitar in junior high. Aimer also wrote lyrics in English and had a good command of the language from her experiences living abroad.
At the age of 15, because of an accident, she lost the ability to sing. Though for a time she could not speak, she remained focused on her music. And a few years later, after the worst effects on her voice were reversed, she became determined to enter a musical career. Her voice was described as at one time "dry", as the voice of an adult, and "sweet", like the voice of a child. It was decided that her voice might best be utilized in conjunction with the participation of guest vocalists.
She teamed up with the "Agehasprings" group, which has worked with, produced, or provided music for various artists, including Yuki, Mika Nakashima, Flumpool, Superfly, Yuzu, and Genki Rockets. In 2011, her musical career began in earnest. In May 2011, they released the concept album Your favorite things. It covered numerous popular works, including works in various genre such as jazz and country western music. The number 1 record cover was based on Lady Gaga's "Poker Face", and was the first song to appear in the lead album chart for the jazz category in the iTunes Store. The album reached number 2.
While attention rose rapidly, on September 7, 2011, she debuted for Defstar Records, with the song "Rokutousei no Yoru", which was selected by Fuji TV as the No.6 "Ending Theme". Acclaimed in every direction "Rokutousei no Yoru" recorded its highest ranking at number 9 on the Rekochoku music distribution chart, and also elected to the heavy rotation of FM802. The second single was released on December 14, 2011. "Re:pray/ Sabishikute Nemurenai Yoru wa" reached number 1 in the "Mora" music download charts site. The song "Re: pray" was chosen as the ending theme for the anime Bleach. The single includes a cover of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face". The song was previously featured in Aimer's Your Favorite Things, a cover album that was released during her indie era.
She received rave reviews from the fans after performing the song during a live broadcast on Ustream, which led her to include it in her new single. In addition, its artwork won the silver medal at the music department of the competition "PX3" in Europe. On February 22, 2012, she released her third single, "Yuki no Furumachi/Fuyu no Diamond", which had the theme of "winter" on all tracks.
On May 11, 2012, Aimer released a digital single called "Hoshikuzu Venus". This single was intended to be the theme song and background music for Sasaki Nozomi's drama, Koi nante Zeitaku ga Watashi ni Ochite kuru no darou ka?. This drama aired in April 16, 2012. On August 15, Aimer released her fourth single, "Anata ni Deawanakereba: Kasetsu Touka / Hoshikuzu Venus", which included a cover of Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do". The first track of this single "Anata ni Deawanakereba: Kasetsu Touka" is an ending song of Fuji TV's anime series Natsuyuki Rendezvous.
On March 20, 2013, Aimer released the single "RE:I AM", which was used as the ending theme for the penultimate episode of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. According to an interview, the song title "is an anagram of [her] name (Aimer), and has the meaning of breaking down a word and constructing it into another."
- "Bitter & Sweet" ( December 12, 2012)
- Sleepless Nights (October 3, 2012)
- Your Favorite Things (May 11, 2011)
- "Rokutosei no Yoru" / "Kanashimi wa Aurora ni" / "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" (六等星の夜 / 悲しみはオーロラに) (September 7, 2011)
- "Re:pray" / "Sabishikute Nemurenai Yoru wa" (寂しくて眠れない夜は) (December 14, 2011)
- "Yuki no Furumachi" / "Fuyu no Diamond" (雪の降る街 / 冬のダイヤモンド) (February 22, 2012)
- "Anata ni Deawa Nakereba: Kasetsu Toka" / "Hoshikuzu Venus" (あなたに出会わなければ～夏雪冬花～/星屑ビーナス) (August 15, 2012)
- "RE:I AM" / "Hoshi no kieta yoru ni" / "Kyo kara omoide" (March 20, 2013)
- "Hoshikuzu Venus" (星屑ビーナス) (May 11, 2012)
- No.6 Original Soundtrack (No.19 Rokutosei no Yoru (TV SIZE)) (September 21, 2011)
- Bleach Best Trax (No.8 Re:pray) (April 15, 2012)
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