Singles comparisions

Thursday, 6 August, 2009 at 14:23 4 comments

Ok, let’s do a quick comparison on how many singles are favorite artists have released and over how many years!

I list them in order from most singles released.
I’m only going to count main singles and albums.
(now to Excel!…then to Word…then screen cap and paste into paint… @_@)

All done!

As you can see, Ayu is clearly the winner here. And this isn’t counting all the extra albums she’s released! :o It’s amusing how busy Koda has been, and it’s sad how non-busy Hikki has been. :(
I think the bottom of this chart is the most interesting. ^_^

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  • 1. kingofsorrow  |  Saturday, 8 August, 2009 at 23:57

    ayu and koda may be winning in the singles race, but the quality of their work has diminished as a result.
    quantity does not equal quality.
    the same goes for alan. her first few singles were great, but the “flood the market” mentality of her latest release has soured the work she’s putting out.
    artist like hikki concentrate more on the art than the chart. as a result her work and her name will have better longevity that ayu or koda.

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  • 2. Ty_Sylicus  |  Wednesday, 12 August, 2009 at 12:34

    ^ A valid conclusion, though, I cannot agree with you.

    Regardless of whether you are talking about album sales or musical quality, artists like Ayu and Koda are very much at the top of their game.

    Now, let me point of that music is very LARGELY subjective. Therefore, my opinion is my own, and your opinion is your own- that is something we much respect. :)

    Rapid releasing of singles, as with Koda or alan, is a marketing strategy used by big companies that have plenty of money to toss around, like Avex. The goal is to make noise and draw as much attention to the Artist as possible. Truth be told, this isn’t always good for the quality of music produced during such times. However, especially in alan’s case, it did a lot of good for her budding Japanese career.

    As for Hikki. I do miss her a lot. When I first got into J-Pop, it was her before Ayu or Koda. Utada’s “Singles Collection Vol. 1” is still an album I play often. As she matured though, her music changed. Also, events in her personal life has influenced the artist that we know her as. I’m hoping that, with enough time, she’ll return with some amazing stuff.

    Thanks for posting. :)

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  • 3. kingofsorrow  |  Thursday, 13 August, 2009 at 2:32

    i agree with you on all points except 1;
    “artists like Ayu and Koda are very much at the top of their game”

    all their current work is sounding like copies of their previous work. chord structures, melodies, even lyrics are being recycled. this is not the sound of someone at the top of their game. it is as you mentioned a marketing ploy. stick with what worked before.
    i dunno maybe i tend to like music from artist who actually create their music and write their own lyrics versus someone who the majority of the time sings what someone else wrote for them.

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  • 4. Ty_Sylicus  |  Thursday, 13 August, 2009 at 13:07

    I hear ya. Truth be told, I’ve been disappointed with Koda since after Kingdom. I felt that was a strong album and a step in the right direction for her but, sadly, her new direction is curved. Trick was disappointing and don’t even get me started on how much I hated 3 SPLASH. >.<
    This person puts it well.
    stylejapan Koda 3 SPLASH review

    Ayu though has continued to impress me. I got into her later though with (Miss)understood, so if you were a fan long before that, then your opinions of her differ from mine. NEXT LEVEL was also disappointing, so I guess you are right about me being wrong then. haha.

    Just to point this out though- Ayu and Koda are songwriters; Ayu completely.

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