This last week, news broke out that my ultimate idol YUI is now married, and moreover, pregnant as posted in this news article from a YUI fansite (which I’m a proud member of by the way 🙂 ).
Just less than a year ago, she was dating an indie musician by the name of Hatano Hirofumi, and now, she’s married to (according to yui herself), someone “outside the industry”. This is some news I never saw coming.
And even before this happened she was revealed to be suffering from panic disorder (hang in there yui-san!! >.< ).
Even if I’m in a state of shock (as I am a huge fan), I wish all the best to yui and hopefully get to hear more from her in the future. I know she’ll never give up on music. 🙂
yui is known as the vocalist/guitarist of the Japanese band Flower Flower and was also previously a solo performer (with the stage name YUI) who provided theme songs for anime such as Bleach and Fullmetal Alchemist.
All of us music enthusiasts have our own personal music heroes (I know you do). And here I would like to just list my women music heroes (of course I have others :P), because I would just love to share them to you, especially for those who don’t know them yet.
Just a little disclaimer: A lot of video links ahead. 😉
6. Armi Millare
Known as the vocalist and keyboardist of the Filipino band Up Dharma Down, this super talented artist captured music fans with her unique voice quality and artistry. Some of their most famous songs are “Oo”, “Tadhana” and “Luna”. The band categorized their music as electronic, experimental and post rock. Check out some of their music below.
5. Kitchie Nadal
Formerly, she was the vocalist of the Filipino band, Mojofly. But it was her solo hit song, “Huwag na Huwag Mong Sasabihin”, which became the most played song in the Philippines last 2009, that really launched her music career. She also had other hits like “Bulong” and “Same Ground“. Then last 2013, she released her latest album “Malaya”.
For all those Jpop/Jrock (Japanese Pop/ Japanese Rock) fans out there, especially the YUI/Flower Flower loyalists, we have something to celebrate and look forward to! (o^^o)♪ Flower Flower will make their debut album available to their international fans! I couldn’t be any happier when I read this tweet from the official band staff twitter account:
If you’re reading this and have no clue what I’m talking about, please allow me to provide a little bit of a background story. 🙂
YUI is a Japanese singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (and occasional actress) who made her debut in 2005 with her album “From Me To You”. Since then, she went on to become one of the most successful artists in Japan by having multiple number 1 hits and topping polls all over Japan and Asia. Anime fans would know about her music as she contributed theme songs such as “Life” and “Rolling Star” which were featured in Bleach and also “Again” which was used as the first opening theme of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (my personal favorite ;]).
However, since last year, she announced a hiatus, but apparently after a few months, she was spotted playing gigs with a new band. For some time, people could only speculate about YUI’s career move until it was confirmed that YUI has actually formed a new band by the name of Flower Flower and has even let go of her old stage name, “YUI” and stylized it as “yui” instead. Their sound to me is more of electronic, indie rock as opposed to YUI’s old sound of acoustic and pop rock.
So there you go. 🙂 Now all that’s left is to wait for that album to be released!