Tokyo, Japan – On July 7th, Charice’s album will debut in Japan and in America it debuted earlier. For her first appearance in America, it ranked eighth (on the Billboard 200). Sakamoto Kyu ranked fourteenth for his first appearance. This is a first achievement for an Asian to be ranked within the Top Ten in America.
It was decided that Charice is going to cover Ayaka’s famous song “Mikazuki.” That song is going to be contained in Charice’s debut album as a bonus track. Charice, who is from the Philippines, has always been interested in the Japanese music scene. She said, “I want to know more about Japanese music.” Lots of famous Japanese music was sent to Charice to listen to and she felt that the song “Mikazuki” was the most impressive.
At the same time a huge portable music downloading site, Rekochoku, was recruiting Japanese artists who might want Charice to cover their song. In this program, the song “Mikazuki” got numerous requests by online users to be sung by Charice, outnumbering all the other Japanese artist songs. Thanks to this coincidence (since it was also Charice’s favorite), she decided to cover “Mikazuki.”
Charice, who is expected to be famous in Japan for her songs, arrived in Japan the previous day. She had an official rehearsal and sang three songs including her debut single “Pyramid” and the cover song “Mikazuki” (meaning Crescent Moon). At 150cm tall, with such a small body frame, people can’t imagine that Charice could have such a strong voice and developed skills. People were impressed and surprised at her abilities.
MC showed her young cute face (18 years old)! Her Japanese debut is soon to come!
Ayaka performs Mikazuki (Crescent Moon) live
Lyrics in English, Romaji (Japanese Roman Alphabet), and Kanji >>> Mikazuki – JpopAsia.com
Source: Music Lounge Japan.
Translation by Shimizu Yoshiki, Central Washington University, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
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