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西野カナ

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Mie Prefecture, Japan (2007 – present)

Nishino Kana (西野カナ), born March 18, 1989, is a Japanese pop singer from Mie Prefecture, Japan. She was chosen the top entrant out of approximately 40,000 applicants in the Miss Phoenix audition in 2005, and a year later was signed to SME Records. A growing popular singer among Japan’s youth, Kana debuted in 2007 with the single, “I Don’t Wanna Know”.

From when she was little, Nishino learnt English from eikaiwa schools, and went to America twice. She then was interested in various genres of music, including hip-hop, R&B and reggae. On the other hand, she also enjoyed traditional Japanese literature, and started singing Japanese folk songs. Her dream of becoming a singer started from junior high school. When she was 16 her mother secretly sent a demo tape of hers to the Miss Phoenix Audition (ミス・フェニックスオーディション).

In 2007, while preparing to be a singer, she was also studying English literature at university. At the time she met Australian duo NERVO, who offered Nishino a song called “I Don’t Wanna Know” for use in her music project. Nishino rewrote the song’s lyrics into Japanese herself, and re-titled it I.

In December 2007 her official site opened, and from that time onwards *I* ~Merry Christmas ver.~ was available as a digital download from several Japanese sites, including mora.jp. Interestingly, the original version of the song “I Don’t Wanna Know” was available as a digital download on the American iTunes from New Years’ Day onwards.

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  • drdolce

    Listening with LOVE for the first time. It hasn't blown me away yet. :<

    Yesterday 5:46pm Reply
  • gabrielsquall

    Hope she does another song like MAYBE someday. This song is fucking amazing, and hope she does some english song in her next album, because is so painful to me to love and feel her song, and can't understand a half of what she's saying

    10 Dec 1:48am Reply
  • TheKillers5

    "let's have a Clap Clap Fight" lmfao i died at that part of the song. her next album shold just be called "Love Clap" at this point

    25 Nov 3:01am Reply
  • hayu_hayu

    'Love Place' is better than this phoned-in nonsense and I don't even like that one much either. Nothing will ever top 'to LOVE' at this point.

    23 Nov 11:02pm Reply
  • ChAelitaNicole

    Amazing queen listening for the first time, ily

    23 Nov 3:06am Reply
  • Emi95chan

    Her Clap Clap song can't get any more cheesy

    21 Nov 7:36pm Reply
  • VenusInTheDark

    Love Suki, 25 and Love Is All We Need, but Tough Girl totally ruined the whole album for me. I finally though she was over the whole clap clap thing and then I hear: So let's have a Clap Clap Fight!! Just shoot me now.

    21 Nov 2:45pm Reply
  • gabrielsquall

    I love to see artist vocal range :)

    18 Nov 12:31am Reply
  • baboona

    with LOVE vocal range

    17 Nov 8:18am Reply
  • TheKillers5

    v same. sayonara was such a great single as a whole, i thought she was finally gonna go back to putting out singles that don't make you want to fall asleep, but i guess not. we don't stop is one of her most basic tracks (to me) the chorus makes me cringe. she took like 2 yrs to put out a new album and it's this half assed?

    17 Nov 2:36am Reply
  • Emi95chan

    This era I really like only Darling, Sayonara and Abracadabra + Koisuru Kimochi.

    16 Nov 8:19pm Reply
  • gabrielsquall

    The album is different. Instrumentally is like a fairy tale. The only problem was single and b-side tath should be better making the album better. Darling and Suki was really good, but not at the same level than Love Place, Thank You Love and to LOVE singles.

    16 Nov 5:54pm Reply
  • gabrielsquall

    I think is the worst of this new era. Is better than love One, and I think We Don't Stop is the worst single, and the b-sides were awful.

    16 Nov 5:51pm Reply
  • DomeAloud

    We Don't Stop is one of her best songs ever, bye sistrens. But I agree that this is her worst album yet. It seems like she is doing the same with every album. She needs to step it up.

    16 Nov 5:21pm Reply
  • gabrielsquall

    I really liked some of the new songs, like Love Is All We Need, Stand Up, Abracadabra and Koisuru Kimochi. The others songs are a little weak. The whole album is weak, the previous songs (singles and b-sides) are weak and it takes a half oh the album, and new songs are not so good to make the album real good, that's all the problem.

    16 Nov 4:43pm Reply
  • babyhh

    She should have used Abracadabra for her last single instead of Suki. The PV for that would have been epic. [2] Honestly only Abracadabra is the only song that interests me

    16 Nov 8:09am Reply
  • edgestyle

    New album is better than Love Place [2] Great album

    15 Nov 4:44am Reply
  • TheKillers5

    this is her worst album yet. the only good new song is "abracadabra". im still mad at there being 2 past b-sides on this album, both of them being boring. she should have put 'brand new me' on the album and left it at that. her singles this era have also been lacking big time. i had hope that she'd deliver for the album but guess not. shes had such an iconic run with her past 3 albums so this is very disappointing. take a break and come back with something new.

    14 Nov 2:17am Reply
  • deekyuwan

    Love Place >>> with Love,,, somehow the new album sounds boring for me, except "abracadabra"

    12 Nov 10:09am Reply
  • HunterTokage

    She should have used Abracadabra for her last single instead of Suki. The PV for that would have been epic.

    11 Nov 7:12am Reply
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