Saturday, May 9, 2009

melody married. a blogger mourns.

My favorite Japanese singer is a Japanese-American from Hawaii named "melody." (with a period on the end). She's got an amazingly smooth, pure voice and is quite hot to boot.

The song that really got me hooked on her is "Miss You," a guest appearance with Ryohei Yamamoto on an m-flo track.

(Bonus track: miss you x baby cruising love)

I had the fortune to see her at a free live show at Tokyo Midtown last year, and while her own material is rather sedate, I enjoyed both the audio and "visual" immensely.

Late last year, she unexpectedly announced her retirement from music, saying she wanted to pursue a career in fashion design. I was, of course, devastated. Now it's come to light that she is both married and pregnant. The lucky groom: visual kei artist Miyavi (no, I don't get it either).

They were hoping to keep the marriage under wraps until April, when Miyavi was slated to leave his record label, but word leaked out in late March. Miyavi posted a expletive-laden apology to his fans for keeping them in the dark.

It sounds very much like melody. was pressured to retire due to the marriage. As melody. posted to MySpace:
We got engaged last year in May, before he went on his world tour.
Things were fine until July last year… after hours of talking with my management, i had to chose to retire.
I guess I couldn’t have two good things in life at once.
I chose my happiness as a woman, as a human being. I felt very strongly that this love is something i cant just throw away like i always did in the past.
I know that it's preferable for Asian stars to always appear to be single (gives fans like me hope!) but superstars like Namie Amuro and Utada Hikaru have both been married, had children, and divorced without having to retire. Perhaps that luxury is reserved for the highest echelon of j-pop stars?

In any case, I wish her the best and hope she can someday make music again!

(top image: toy's factory)

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