imase (Japanese: イマセ, born November 9, 2000)[1] is a Japanese singer-songwriter who debuted in 2021 and found success with the 2022 viral single "Night Dancer".[2] His first EP, Pop Cube, was released in 2022 by Universal Music Japan.[3]

Imase
Background information
Born (2000-11-09) November 9, 2000 (age 23)
OriginGifu Prefecture, Japan[1]
GenresJ-pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Years active2021–present
LabelsUniversal Music Japan
Websiteuniversal-music.co.jp/imase/

He debuted in 2021 with his single "have a nice day" only a year after learning how to write and compose music, according to his signed label Universal Music Japan. His success with "Night Dancer" only a year later has given him the "monster rookie" nickname.[2]

Junji Ishiwatari, a former member of alternative rock band Supercar called Imase's sudden rise to stardom "a true event that is stranger than fiction". Five months after his debut, Imase was hired to sing the Pocari Sweat jingle, which is considered an honor, and he had over 1 billion TikTok views.[4]

He became a topic of interest on South Korean blogging forums after his song "Night Dancer" entered the Melon 100 chart, the first ever Japanese song and Japanese singer to achieve this feat.[5]

In 2023, Imase produced the songs "Jewelry" and "Dresscode" for the K-pop group Le Sserafim.[6][7]

Discography edit

Extended plays edit

Title Album details Peak chart positions
JPN
Dig.

[8]
Pop Cube 18

Singles edit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
JPN
Hot

[9]
KOR
[10]
SGP
Reg.

[11]
WW
[12]
"Have a nice day"[13] 2021 [a] Pop Cube
"Escape" (逃避行)[16] 2022 [b]
"Pale Rain" (with Punpee and Toby Fox)[16] Non-album single
"Demone, Tamaniwa" (でもね、たまには)[16] Pop Cube
"Night Dancer"[2] 38 14 28 112
  • RIAJ: Platinum (st.)[18]
"Utau" (うたう)[16] Non-album single
"Analog Life" (アナログライフ)[16] Pop Cube
"Abekobe" (あべこべ)[3]
"Bokurada" (僕らだ)[19] 2023 Non-album singles
"Period" (ピリオド)[20]
"Night Dancer" (TeddyLoid remix)[13]
"18"[21]
"Night Dancer" (Big Naughty remix)[13] 81
"Nagisa"[13] 29

Tours edit

Imase Online Live "Pop Room"[22] (via "Uliza", a video streaming platform.)

Imase 1st Live "Pop Over"

Venue Date Ref(s)
Liquid Room May 10, 2023 [23]

1st Showcase in Korea[24]

Venue Date Ref(s)
Musina Garage Music Hall (Hongdae, Seoul) April 13, 2023 [25]

"Night-Dance ซิ่ง with imase"

Venue Date Ref(s)
Groove Cental World, Thailand June 20, 2023 [26]

Imase Tour 2023 "Utopia"[27]

Venue Date Ref(s)
Big Cat October 26, 2023 [28]
Nagoya Club Quattro October 27, 2023
Zepp Shinjuku (Tokyo) October 31, 2023

Notes edit

  1. ^ "Have a nice day" did not enter the Billboard Japan Hot 100, but it peaked at number 4 on the Heatseekers Songs chart.[14]
  2. ^ "Escape" did not enter the Billboard Japan Hot 100, but it peaked at number 15 on the Heatseekers Songs chart.[17]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "imase、映画主題歌に初挑戦 新曲「ユートピア」書き下ろし 8.18公開、アニメ映画「SAND LAND」 鳥山明さんの伝説の名作". Chunichi Shimbun (in Japanese). June 23, 2023. Retrieved July 24, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c Yoon, So-yeon (April 14, 2023). "J-pop artist imase gives Korean fans free concert to celebrate local success". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved June 23, 2023.
  3. ^ a b c "imase、TikTokで話題の"imase流POPS"が詰まった1st EP『POP CUBE』配信リリース". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). October 22, 2022. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  4. ^ "imase, the "now" of Japanese music has landed in Korea - Weverse Magazine". magazine.weverse.io. Retrieved August 25, 2023.
  5. ^ "Who Is Imase? The First J-Pop Artist To Crack Melon's Top 100". Koreaboo. March 1, 2023. Retrieved July 17, 2023.
  6. ^ "Dresscode (Prod. imase) by LE SSERAFIM on TIDAL". Tidal. 2023. Retrieved November 20, 2023.
  7. ^ "Jewelry (Prod. imase) by LE SSERAFIM on TIDAL". Tidal. 2023. Retrieved November 20, 2023.
  8. ^ "imaseのランキング情報". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved August 31, 2023.
  9. ^ Billboard Japan Hot 100 positions:
  10. ^ Circle Digital Chart positions:
  11. ^ Recording Industry Association Singapore Top Regional Chart positions:
  12. ^ Billboard Global 200 positions:
  13. ^ a b c d "BTSジョングク、Stray Kidsも大注目! 男性アーティストimase「音楽を始めたのは20歳のとき」22歳の現在地". An An (in Japanese). May 25, 2023. Retrieved June 23, 2023.
  14. ^ "Heatseekers Songs [ 2022/01/12 公開]". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). January 12, 2022. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  15. ^ "Japanese single streaming certifications – Imase – Have a nice day" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved April 24, 2024. Select 2024年1月 on the drop-down menu
  16. ^ a b c d e "imase - Singles & EPs". Apple Music. Retrieved June 23, 2023.
  17. ^ "Heatseekers Songs [ 2022/02/23 公開]". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). February 23, 2022. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  18. ^ "Japanese single streaming certifications – Imase – Night Dancer" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved April 24, 2024. Select 2024年3月 on the drop-down menu
  19. ^ "imaseが新成人に向けて新曲「僕らだ」書き下ろし". Natalie (in Japanese). January 9, 2023. Retrieved June 23, 2023.
  20. ^ "imase新曲「ピリオド」のMV公開、監督はマザーファッ子". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). March 17, 2023. Retrieved June 23, 2023.
  21. ^ "imase、04世代に向けて書き下ろした新曲「18」MV公開". Barks (in Japanese). May 7, 2023. Retrieved June 23, 2023.
  22. ^ "imase Online Live "Pop Room". ticket.pia.jp. Retrieved July 16, 2023.
  23. ^ "imase 1st Live「Pop Over」 - ぴあ音楽". ぴあエンタメ情報 (in Japanese). December 19, 2022. Retrieved July 16, 2023.
  24. ^ 연합뉴스 (April 3, 2023). "Japanese singer imase to hold first showcase in Korea". 연합뉴스 (in Korean). Retrieved July 16, 2023.
  25. ^ "Japanese singer imase to hold first showcase in Korea". Yeonhap News (in Korean). April 3, 2023. Retrieved July 16, 2023.
  26. ^ thaipr.net (June 12, 2023). ""imase" ศิลปิน JPOP เจ้าของเพลงไวรัลฮิต "Night Dancere" บินลัดฟ้ามาเมืองไทยครั้งแรก ในงาน "Nioght-Damce ซิ่ง with imase" ที่ลาน "Groove-Central World" 20 มิ.ย. นี้ แฟนๆ ห้ามพลาด!!". thaipr.net. Retrieved July 17, 2023.
  27. ^ "『imase Tour 2023 "Utopia"』チケット一般発売のお知らせ". imase (in Japanese). June 24, 2023. Retrieved July 16, 2023.
  28. ^ "今秋に自身初ツアー 『imase 1st Live Tour 2023』 東名阪で開催決定! 「NIGHT DANCER (TeddyLoid Remix)」 本日3月30日に配信スタート & ビジュアライザーも公開!". imase (in Japanese). March 30, 2023. Retrieved July 16, 2023.

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