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Music: Koda Kumi

Koda Kumi is a Japanese pop singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan who is known in the west for singing the Japanese language theme songs of Final Fantasy X-2. In her home country, she started out as a standard pop singer and eventually, worked her way to sex symbol status. For a more straightforward way to put it, she could be considered a Japanese counterpart of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, or Rihanna.

Since her debut she has released nearly fifty singles and nine studio albums. Not to mention her collaborations with other artists, remixes, and Greatest Hits albums.

In addition to her work in the music industry, she's also made a strong influence on Japanese fashion trends, resulting in the ero-kawaii style, named after what she called her pop star image. Her younger sister Misono is also a pop singer.

In December 2011, she announced her engagement to BACK-ON lead singer Kenji, and shortly after the couple announced they were expecting their first child together. They married that same month and welcomed a son in July 2012. Koda Kumi has since returned to work, releasing a couple of singles and announcing a much awaited tour by her fans worldwide.

Her albums include:

  • Affection (2002)
  • Grow Into One (2003)
  • Feel My Mind (2004)
  • Secret (2005)
  • Best: First Things (2005), her first greatest hits album
  • Best: Second Session (2006), her second greatest hits album, consisting of various non-album singles
  • Koda Kumi Remix Album (2006), which is nothing but remixes of songs from Second Session
  • Black Cherry (2006)
  • Best: Bounce & Lovers (2007), a collection of love songs and ballads
  • Kingdom (2008)
  • Trick (2009)
  • Out Works & Collaboration Best (2009), a collection of collaborative efforts, plus an extended version of Second Session's intro for some reason
  • Koda Kumi Driving Hit's (2009), another remix album
  • Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 2 (2010), yet another remix album
  • Best: Third Universe (2010), her third greatest hits album, which was a tie-in with...
  • Universe (2010)
  • Eternity: Love & Songs (2010), a Cover Album
  • Dejavu (2011)
  • Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 3 (2011), Remixes, again. But let's be honest, fans lap it up.
  • Japonesque (2012)
  • Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 4 (2012), guess what this one is
  • Color the Cover (2013), a second Cover Album
  • Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 5 (2013), no, really, guess

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