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Adachi, Tokyo, Japan (2004 – present)

Kaela Kimura (木村カエラ, born Kaera Rie Kimura [木村カエラりえ] on October 24, 1984 in Adachi, Tokyo, Japan), is a Japanese singer, model and former TV presenter. Born to a British father and Japanese mother, Kaela started work as a model in 2002 for the Japanese idol magazine Seventeen. Her fresh look and personality took her on to present the popular morning television show Saku Saku.

From there she gained more public exposure; she released her debut single Level 42 in June 2004, which was featured on Saku Saku as its ending theme. Her debut album KAELA followed in December of the same year. Her fanbase grew considerably after her third single リルラ リルハ, which was used in a series of Vodafone commercials in Japan and made Kaela a household name.

Kaela’s third studio album Scratch, released in February 2007, is her most successful so far, spending two consecutive weeks at number 1 on the Oricon charts and selling over 360,000 copies.

In 2009, Kaela released her fifth studio album, HOCUS POCUS. Butterfly, a promotional song off the album, became Kaela’s biggest hit. It was certified Million by the RIAJ in both ringtones and cellphone downloads, and Double Platinum in PC downloads.

In 2011, Kaela released her sixth studio album and first since her marriage to actor 瑛太 (Eita) and the birth of her first child, 8EIGHT8, which peaked atop the charts, making it her second album to do so, since Scratch.


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  • sbirkoff

    Try J-Pop/J-Rock artist 西野名菜(Nishino Nana).

    18 Feb 9:48am Reply
  • Acquiescence

    Damn, tough crowd. I love MIETA, I think it's one of her finest albums and I appreciate the fact that it's quite lean in its running time and devoid of filler. She has a tendency to release overly long albums, and even my favourite album by her 8EIGHT8 has a couple of tracks on it that I just have to skip every time, but every track on MIETA is a winner. Also got to mention that Today is a New Day, OLE!OH! and one more are among the finest songs she's ever put her name to. Good work Kimura, never stop making music.

    25 Jan 9:14pm Reply
  • smittymenston

    I actually kinda dig MIETA, I was expecting it to be crap after ROCK was kinda meh, and especially after 10years and OLE!OH! sucked so hard. It's nowhere near the heights of +1 or 8EIGHT8 - but it's a solid 3rd place above her other albums. 2014 has been a pretty decent year for Japanese music.

    16 Jan 9:47pm Reply
  • hildred

    New album is okay, but most of the songs are pretty forgettable is the problem.

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • flyingwill

    Yeah 8EIGHT8 is untouchable.

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • steveotron

    There are some okay songs on MIETA, but overall it's pretty average. Pretty much all of her albums are like this, however, so I shouldn't be to surprised. 8EIGHT8 remains one of my favorite J-Pop albums ever, though.

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • flyingwill

    Mieta is really nice, much better than Sync that's for sure.

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • tomfordfan

    Yeah, I don't know about this album... It seems kinda rushed to be honest.

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • leejihyun

    Loved Sync and 8EIGHT8 but MIETA isn't a good album at all... The only song I enjoy is eyes, the rest is either average or bad

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • OJS48kenkyuusei

    TIAND is honestly one of the best singles of this year.

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
  • shane140

    New album "MIETA" out December 17th.

    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • steveotron

    I thought her cover album was bad, and Sync was very hit and miss (but I do LOVE "sorry"). "Today is a New Day" is really good, however, and it's mainly because she's working with Shinobu Watanabe again. Has me actually excited for the new album. If it's anywhere near as good as 8EIGHT8, I'll be very happy.

    23 Oct 2014 Reply
  • curdey

    Love OLE!OH! - can't believe it hasn't been a bigger hit for Kaela :/

    26 Jul 2014 Reply
  • steveotron

    Digging the profile picture. The samples of the new tracks on her new 10years compilation don't sound very impressive, which is disappointing given how "You Bet!" from 5years is one of the best tracks in her discography.

    26 Jun 2014 Reply
  • OJS48kenkyuusei

    i'm gonna open my eyes, i'm so ready to attack

    7 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Paradesu

    I just retagged as 木村カエラ [2] me too

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TheenD

    I just retagged as 木村カエラ

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Eriol-kun

    How are you guys doing with the tags? :/

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • aspro

    oh dear, the tags on the new album :P

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • yapooos

    Ok scrap that, FUNKYTOWN's my new jam.

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
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