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Mika Nakashima

sweet & sugary kitty reggae

by Leanne on August 28, 2006 · 2 comments · AddThis

MY SUGAR CAT promo MY SUGAR CAT
Release Date: 2006.07.26
Peak Position: #14
Label: SONY MUSIC ASSOCIATED RECORDS
Product Code: AICL-1761; AIJL-5297 (Vinyl)
First Press: Picture-labeled disc

After the bluesy and boring “CRY NO MORE” and the New Orleans charity single “ALL HANDS TOGETHER”, Mika unbraids her hair and lets go of the southern-sounds of Louisiana to float into the relaxing Caribbean with “MY SUGAR CAT”, a “sugar blues” love song with a hint of summer. With her southern-love finally washed out of her music, has Mika garnered another classic? Has she really gone back to her cool-smooth-modern-jazz-fusion roots? Only one way to find out…review!

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No more crying for Mika

by Leanne on July 30, 2006 · 4 comments · AddThis

Mika CRY NO MORE promo CRY NO MORE
Release Date: 2006.02.22
Peak Position: #8
Label: SONY MUSIC ASSOCIATED RECORDS
Product Code: AICL-1730
First Press: “BLOOD+” jacket-sized sticker
Nakashima Mika’s Official Web Site

After playing the role of NANA and releasing a single posing as her, Nakashima Mika returned with “CRY NO MORE” a slow blues ballad that washes Blast (Oosaki Nana’s band) completely away from her. However, Nana herself isn’t completely washed off. Mika is set for a sequel for the movie which will start production soon. Also, her collaboration with HYDE in “GLAMOROUS SKY” has formed a deep friendship with him and might lead to more work together in the future. A small piece of evidence of future collaberations with him is that “CRY NO MORE” is the ending theme song to the anime “BLOOD+”, while HYDE’s latest single (released on the same day!) is the opening theme song. One has to wonder what this magical pair will work on in the future.

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GLAMOROUS SKY

by Leanne on September 5, 2005 · 7 comments · AddThis

GLAMOROUS SKY: NANA starring MIKA NAKASHIMA GLAMOROUS SKY
Release Date: 2005.08.31
Peak Position: #1
Label: SONY Associated Records
Product Code: AICL-1650
First Press: none
Other Formats: Vinyl (Product Code: AIJL-5266)
Nakashima Mika’s Official Site

Yazawa Ai’s masterpiece manga “NANA” has been gaining a lot of attention this year: first with its very own tribute album, a dedicated café, and now a movie starring Nakashima Mika herself as the rocker-chick Oosaki Nana. To play with the “realism” of the movie a single has been released entitled “GLAMOROUS SKY” under the psuedonym “NANA starring MIKA NAKASHIMA”. Staying true to the style of Yazawa’s character, the single contains four rock tracks, the title track being composed by the famous rocker HYDE himself.

From the cover you can tell that SONY is trying to remind buyers that this is not Mika, but Nana. Her back turned away from camera shows defiance, while the black cover and minimum lighting represents Nana’s rebellious punk attitude. Let’s see how Mika & Co. did portraying the most popular female in the manga world: Nana.

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