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Hitomi Shimatani


by Rinoa on March 31, 2007 · 10 comments · AddThis

PRIMA ROSA Promo Photo
'PRIMA ROSA' Promo Photo
Artist: Hitomi Shimatani
Product Code: AVCD-23176/7
Release Date: 2007.03.07
Debut Ranking: #13
First Press: Bonus Track, Invitation Postcard
Label: avex trax

It’s been around one and a half year since Hitomi’s majestic album “Heart & Symphony“. Despite the fact that this album didn’t sell extremely well, Hitomi still continued experimenting with her unique “crossover” genre and releasing enchanting masterpieces. However towards the end of 2006, Hitomi started experimenting with other genres and would release her first rock single.

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Hitomi’s Dragonfly

by Rinoa on March 16, 2007 · 7 comments · AddThis

Dragonfly promotion
Dragonfly promotional photo
Artist: Hitomi Shimatani
Product Code: AVCD-31135/6
Release Date: 2007.02.21
Debut Ranking: #15
Label: avex trax

It is certainly no secret that Hitomi Shimatani has one of the most majestic vocals in the J-Pop industry. For this reason her management has conveniently taken advantage of her talent and Hitomi has become a genre chamaleon. She has sung bubblegum pop, gospel, enka, ethnic and most recently classical mixed with pop – her crossover genre. This genre was well received within the classical communities and earned her various awards and invitations to participate in prestigious events. For this reason Hitomi became synonymous for elegance and classiness and started appealing to a more mature generation.

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by Rinoa on March 9, 2007 · 4 comments · AddThis

Kaihoku promotion
Photoshoot promoting 'Kaihoku'
Artist: Hitomi Shimatani
Product Code: AVCD-30151
Release Date: 2000.09.27
Debut Ranking: #28
Label: avex trax

Approximately a year after her debut in the music market, Hitomi Shimatani returned with a new single called “Kaihoku”. This single was a definite turning point for Hitomi’s career, as this release was her debut in the J-Pop scene.

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Osaka no Onna

by Rinoa on February 16, 2007 · 5 comments · AddThis

Debut single promotion
Hitomi visiting a CD store while promoting her debut single
Artist: Hitomi Shimatani
Product Code: AVDD-20330
Release Date: 1999.07.28
Highest Rank: #45
Label: avex trax

Since she was a child, Hitomi Shimatani had always dreamt of becoming a singer. When she was merely 17 years old, she decided to attempt her luck, along with 200,000 contestants at the “The Japan Audition 1997“. The talent directors were captivated by her face and her stunning vocals. Her vocals had such a good range, that they decided she would fit perfectly within the enka genre. This is the beginning of what would become a long and exciting career for Hitomi.

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Futari de Iijanai

by Rinoa on February 12, 2007 · 3 comments · AddThis

A photoshoot from 'Futari de Iijanai'
Promo photo for 'Futari de Iijanai'
Artist: Masayuki Suzuki & Hitomi Shimatani
Product Code: ESCL-2926
Release Date: 2007.01.24
Debut Ranking: #25
Label: Sony

For many fans of Hitomi Shimatani, 2006 was an extremely unexciting year with few sporadic releases and being excluded from many end-of year events. However 2007 was proving to sound extremely promising with the announcement of two singles. One of them was Hitomi’s very first duet to be released as a single. The single, called ‘Futari de Iijanai’ was a duet with Masayuki Suzuki. On the 24th January 2007 it was released by Sony in a CD only package.

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