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Toshinobu “Toshi” Kubota (久保田利伸 Kubota Toshinobu, born 24 July 1962) is a Japanese singer, songwriter, musician, music producer, and radio personality. Toshinobu Kubota has produced six million-seller records and thirty-three Top 40 singles during his career. He is currently part of Sony Music Japan. In addition, Kubota has composed and written songs for many singers including Iwasaki Hiromi, Misia, Toshinori Yonekura, Koizumi Kyoko, and many other recording artists.

Kubota’s musical genre has varied throughout his career including R&B, Go-go, soul, funk, blues, reggae, old skool, psychedelia, jazz, and pop. His artistic influences include Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, and Sly Stone. Kubota has pioneered in the sound “Japanese hip hop” and “Japanese soul”, an amalgam of funk, pop, R&B and go go that has influenced many other musicians.

Kubota has a tenor and falsetto vocal range and is known for his signature songs “Dance If You Want It”, “Missing”, “Love Rain (Koi no Ame)”, “You Were Mine”, “Give You My Love”, and “La La La Love Song”, which was the theme song of the television drama Long Vacation. Kubota has a total of sixteen studio albums and ten compilation albums. He has sold over twelve million records worldwide to date.

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  • lightningmonkey

    it is unfair how gracefully he's aging. you would never know he's 52.

    8 Sep 7:52am Reply
  • jakobdorof

    not my guy, but surprisingly great "Just the Two of Us" cover

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • sbirkoff

    RANDY CANDY ♥

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • medico8f

    サイコー

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
  • masa214s

    http://m.facebook.com/#!/masahide.shigeta.1?__user=100004641731467

    16 May 2013 Reply
  • baboona

    Gold Skool is fabulous from beginning to end ♥

    30 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Bara_Megami

    Also, OMG The Baddest Hit Parade whhhht  25年間記念日おめでとうごさいます久保田さん☆

    3 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Bara_Megami

    @Hiko_Seijuro - Actually, in English at least, the term "fan service" has moved on to refer to "intertexual references" as well (that is, references to previous media: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_service). It is not crazy to say the "Nagareboshi to Koi no Ame" is fan-servicey: only previous fans are going to recognize the references in the lyrics. Frequently terms borrowed from Japanese lose their original meaning in English (such as otaku being kind of bad in Japanese, but it is used as the word to describe fans of Japanese anime and manga in English). I may be using the term "fan service" incorrectly if we were conversing in Japanese, but since we are not, my usage of the term is correct as it reflects the growth that the term has in English.

    3 Dec 2011 Reply
  • journey4mizu

    King of Japanese R&B [2] Shota is the Prince

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
  • nakariisa

    LA LA LA LOVE SONG Kyaaaa....

    12 Nov 2011 Reply
  • ELTERRY2010

    j-funk and soul. r&b ??????? xDDDD kids.

    13 Oct 2011 Reply
  • FUTURECHECKA

    King of Japanese R&B, period.

    11 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Hiiko_Seijuro

    New single now!

    27 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Hiiko_Seijuro

    Not is fan service haha xDDDDDDDDDD, tu estas loco eso se aplica solo para ANIME, es mas como tributo un mix. estos chuis...

    29 Aug 2011 Reply
  • xDark_Oblivionx

    don't know why i didn't pay more attention to his music when i first started listening to him...i really enjoyed his Gold Skool album so i decided to check out his older albums and i loved them. he is one of the rare male japanese singers i like that sings the genres i listen to, which is awesome. quite surprised how he doesn't have more plays though =S

    5 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Bara_Megami

    Yeah, I didn't think it was possible for a song to be fan service-y, but the references to all his old songs are so exciting to me XD

    4 Aug 2011 Reply
  • ANIMAPU

    25th aniversary album now!!!! very good!

    3 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Bara_Megami

    The new song "Nagare Boshi to Koi no Ame" is like fan service for Kubota fans :D. It references so many of his old songs, I love it sooo much♥♥♥

    19 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Takuza

    LA LA LA LOVE SONG

    7 Jun 2011 Reply
  • ANIMAPU

    ♪ Riding to the Sight <33

    26 Dec 2010 Reply
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