May be a bit pre~occupied this weekend so I thought I’d move this post here as I was listening to an old J~Pop disc earlier this week and Noriko~chan came on♥….love love her voice!! and there’s even a little Tsunku tie~in which is awesome..he’s truly everywhere =)! Gosh it’s been awhile since I last posted about some of my early J~Pop loves♥♥♥…I’ll try to do much better as I’ve neglected that aspect recently and there’s still so many artists/groups from yesteryear that I’d so love to share~* please enjoy! ＾ ＾！
(originally posted on April 15th, 2009 4:41 pm)
While Norikochan is deep in thought above thinking about her future……I thought I’d share a bit of her musical♪♪ career and early idol side. =)
Shiina Noriko began appearing in numerous idol publications including UTB and Weekly Young Magazine in the late 90’s leading up to her honor of being named Fuji Television’s “Visual Queen of the Year” in 2001. But unlike previous years which featured only a single winner, 2001 would present four idols being named to this popular title…….but I always felt that Norikochan *shined* the most of the four that were chosen that year and she would prove to be very worthy of the Visual Queen award as she ventured into additional modeling, t.v. dramas and yes~! music!!
While I did very much enjoy her appearance in the drama “LxIxVxE” where she was so adorable….(I was so sad that she was picked on though..(;´□｀) )……I haven’t been able to see her in much else from our broadcasts here.
Shiina Noriko album and single releases can be ordered here at Cdjapan.
Norikochan’s music debut came on April 21st, 1999 with the arrival of her single “Aosora dakega sorajanai” while she was popular in idol publications at the time. While so many idols have tested the musical waters over the years what’s notable about Norikochan’s debut is that her vocals even at this early age and stage of her career, is that they were already most polished sounding and powerfully focused.
But I always feel that first impressions are most important whenever trying to introduce an artist…..or anyone cute for that matter..(￣▽￣), so before hearing her debut here’s my most favorite Norikochan song. =)
~Shiina Noriko “Do re m ifa so rashi do” mp3~
Songs just don’t get much more instantly catchier than a composition like “Do re mi fa so ra shi do”……..the bouncy and rolling piano rhythm and sweet melody is sure to attract and this being just her third single, Norikochan’s voice is already so developed here~! “Do re mi fa so ra shi do” was released on April 19th of 2000. LOve love love! this song!! ~♥~
The first pressings of her singles feature picture label discs as well as photo cards being included with her singles “Propose” and “P.S. GOOD-BYE.”
Before presenting her singles in order I thought that we’d first listen what would be her final single….”Propose” was released on June 26th, 2002 and featured a clear jacket insert which provides a wedding veil for Norikochan’s cover image when placed over it in the case. =)
~Shiina Noriko “Propose” mp3~
“Propose” shows Norikochan as a fully developed vocalist….the song has light melancoly undertones as this deeply emotional song celebrates one’s happiest day~.
~Shiina Noriko “Kataomoi” mp3~
The coupling with track “Kataomoi” is euphoric mid tempo light rock tune…….
Shiina Noriko released a total of seven singles and 1 album between 1999 and the summer of 2002 and by her 5th single release she was actively composing lyrics for the majority of her releases which always adds a nice personal touch to one’s music. ＾ ＾ And happily she has just returned to music after a lengthy hiatus as she released a new single titled “Dakara waraunda” just a few days ago on April 1st. (*´∀｀*)♪♪ I’ve yet to receive it though…..but it should be here soon~.
Here you can just see how young Norikochan was at the time of her debut! She looks so little! =) Her vocals however seem to be years ahead of her appearance as you’ll hear in the following tracks “Aosora dakega sora janai” and “Hana ga saku hi.” Both are great straightforward pop tracks.
~Shiina Noriko “Aozora dake ga sora janai” mp3~
~Shiina Noriko “Hana ga saku hi” mp3~
~Shiina Noriko “Isu” mp3~
Norikochan’s 2nd single “Isu” was released on October 27th, 1999. It’s still remains as one of her more dramatic
recordings with it’s dark melody and slightly moody lyrics.
~Shiina Noriko “Taiyou no youni” mp3~
“Isu'”s coupling with track “Taiyou no you ni”….though simple and relaxed does possess a nice steady groove as well a subtle sweet flamenco touch during its breaks. Still more or less a straight pop track but catchy nonetheless.
Even near the height of Momusu’s success it seems that song writer/producer Tsunku was able to fit an outside project into his busy schedule……….Shiina Noriko’s 4th single release was penned by Tsunku in both lyrics & music for both songs and even features his back up vocals on the title track! It’s amazing what a small world we all live in with Tsunku here! =) In particular I really love the coupling with track “Sukina hito wa kimi dake dayo” for it’s whimsical sweetness~♥.
~Shiina Noriko “P.S. GOOD-BYE” mp3~
~Shiina Noriko “Suki na hito wa kimi dakedayo” mp3~
~Shiina Noriko “Ookina anata chisana watashi” mp3~
T2ya appears as the composer for both tracks on Norikochan’s 5th single “Okina anata chisana watashi” and this is the first release in which she began going by only her last name Shiina. “Okina anata chisana watashi” was released on August 1st, 2001 and the title track is really wonderfully sugary and upbeat~. Its hightly orchestrated coupling with track “Kanaria” bears a much more dramatic tone giving this single a memorable contrast in styles especially when listened to back to back……..Norikochan’s vocals immaculate throughout.
~Shiina Noriko “Kanaria” mp3~
Shiina Noriko’s 6th single release “Koi no fuusen” shows a real departure and leap from her previous vocal stylings….here her range just sprouts wonderfully and is especially notable during the chorus portions. I like to think of “Koi no fuusen” as being one of her all out fun songs…..such a joyous beat wrapped in a warm melodious tortilla……..I think someones *hungry” (…..but it’s much much too late to eat right now )
~Shiina Noriko “Koi no fuusen” mp3~
Shiina Noriko’s first shashinshuu is titled “tabiato” and it’s quite an unusual size for a pb as it measures 7 1/2″ X 10″ approximately………….here’s just a few scans that I chose to give you an idea just in case you’re interested in ordering. Hmmm I need to check to see if it’s still in print……… her shashinshuu is quite thick as it’s 128 pages all shot in scenic Thailand! They have some of the most pristine beaches that I’ve seen!!!!……and I live in Hawaii. 😮
She’s soooooo cute!!! and beautiful!!! Enjoy these scans:
……..she has one of the best *pouts* ever!
………….hmmm hasn’t everyone at one time or another done this?! XD ….or is it…….um just me?…and Norikochan?…(^q^)
~The following shots are from her “Visual Queen of the Year 2001” DVD which has a running time of just over 30 minutes…..really much shorter than the standard length of idol DVDs today but back in 2001 this was about the average for most releases. The DVD also features an extra track in which Norikochan speaks at length about her future goals and hopes as well as………her ideal and not so ideal thoughts on men. Hm this may be useful for all men out there I think! =) This extra track runs about 10 minutes and features Norikochan in an intimate one on one setting as she lays on a hotel bed towards the camera…..as in the very first photo in this post way atop. ＾ ＾
I scanned the inside of the DVD jacket which is to the left and it explains the interactive portion of her DVD. It’s like a wota’s dream come true in a sense as you’re able to edit and piece together set portions of the DVD program into the order of your choice…….albeit it’s a bit limited as this was way back in 2001 but still I find this feature to be so unique as I’ve yet to come across another idol DVD which hands the viewer such control over what they’re watching. =)
And lastly before I go to sleep, here are just a few screencaps from “Premio” Shiina Noriko Visual Queen of the Year 2001………..
Did I already mention how cute and adorable she is…..
Ok, I’ve added her to my list of artists to buy. She does have a pretty voice, and is lovely.^^
I think ive seen her before, in a tv show,,
Waaaah she’s so awesome and totally cute!!! >.< Omg i have to buy at least one of her cds!! X3 ❤
The thing with the shower…I kinda do that to in the summer XD I thought i was the only one doing that XD Hhahah awh! ❤
❤ haha it’s great to have u back! ❤
So long! *hugs*
Hi Charmy!…Norikochan is such an adorable idol isn’t she!! Her vocals are so distinct too…..listening to “Do re mi fa so ra shi do” right now~ I just love this song♪ so much! Ah~! I’m so happy that you’re going to purchase her music!! Honto ni ureshii! (*´∀｀*)♪♪
Hum… Never heard of her. I did a quick search and found out she was in Tokumei Kakarichou 3 and 4, that’s interesting, I didn’t know it had seasons 3 and 4, I’ll look for that. Anyway, I like of some of the songs. Mikitty could cover Propose since she doesn’t have much to do lately, for some reason she instantly came to mind when it started. You could probably fool me with P.S.Good-bye and I’d spend quite some time guessing which H!P group recorded that =P Yeah, I think these and Kanaria are my favorites.
I’m happy that she looks familiar….hmmm she’s been in a few dramas so you most likely do recognize her. =)
Ah~! it’s good to know that we’re not alone in this funny practice! XD It’s sort of refreshing and *soothing*…..um I won’t say anymore!…(u_u*). Thank you Alezra and I’m so happy!!! that you like Shiina’s music too~! I just love the sound of her voice and her personality is really fiery too~~~!
I’m always hoping that we’ll receive more dramas with idols like Shiina Noriko but they’ve been really scarce here in Hawaii for the most part. Oooh I wonder if I can find that drama too~. Maybe Mikitty because of the sort of sophisticated…no that may not be the right description…….what am I trying to say???…..(*sigh*)….lol but I can hear her singing “Propose” as well. ＾ ＾ Shiina Noriko sings quite strongly too so that has a connection too between her and Mikitty in a sense. =) “Kanaria” is a favorite too~…….awwww I’m so shamelessly addicted to “Do re mi fa so ra shi do”…(^q^)……sukijanai desuka? Thank you for listening! (*´∀｀*)
I think it’s in precious time, am I right?
She’s Nino’s ex gf right?
Hmmm….I only know “Precious Time” as being another name for the drama “Kamisama mou sukoshi dake” which starred Fukakyon and Kaneshiro Takeshi. Or perhaps I could be thinking of a different drama but I don’t think she acted in that series.
Ah~h!! I didn’t know!! (._.;) Were they really going out? They must have looked so cute together!!….I wonder why they broke up.
i think it was 2001 when news broke about them…they had controversial pictures ( not scandalous for me)..if you want i can link them to you…
Oh this was right in the middle of her music♪♪ career……I hope they didn’t go through any hurtful times though. Hmm…I am curious to see how they looked as a couple if you don’t mind sharing. =)
Ah…. MorningBerryz, like ailamarie said she's Nino's ex-girlfriend…She's so cute…. ❤ I love her voice…They met in a drama called, Namida wo Fuite. I think they dated for two years… It's just really too bad that they have to break up… -.- Sometimes being a young idol sucks… T_T
Wow what an amazing~* cast!!! with of course Nino♥! but then also Ueto Aya, Uchida Yuki and Eguchi Yosuke who's acted in some really great dramas!!…plus Arashi gets a theme song! The synopsis already makes me want to cry…I'm certain this is a tear jerker ne. It's such a double edged career for idols, you know you get all the good stuff but along with that it must be so odd and difficult not be able to date openly and then if you're caught it becomes a "scandal!!!" =(. Personally I would love if everyone were able to have relationships outside of being an idol but then that opens up a great big giant can of worms so to speak :/.
Hi! If you’re still reading this article then could you upload the instrumental songs from those singles? I’m especially trying to get the instrumental for the P.S. GOOD-BYE, I’m trying to get a FULL discography of Tsunku’s which is not easy task to complete as you may know (and not a cheap one too) so any additional rare song and insrumental from his works are truly appreciated 🙂
I already have pretty much all of his Hello! Project’s music, and much more, but especially these kind of songs from many different solo artists are hard ones to track down.