Since making her singing debut, Seiko Matsuda (松田聖子) has been awarded more than 40 music awards and holds the remarkable record of releasing 24 consecutive No. 1 singles.
Her talent is widely recognized in Asian countries as well. Her album in Mandarin, "I'll Fall in Love," released in Taiwan in 2005, debuted at No. 1 on the Taiwanese charts. In 2007, she was invited to attend the 9th Asian Art Festival in China. She continues to enjoy remarkable success both in Japan and overseas.
In Japan, she produced the album "Baby's Breath" in 2007 and "My Pure Melody" in 2008. She wrote the lyrics and music to all the songs on the albums, displaying her talent not only as a singer but also as a songwriter and producer.
In August of 2009, her albums released in the 80's were remastered and reissued, and 13 of the albums made the top 100 on the Oricon Album Charts, a Japanese version of the Billboard Charts. This splendid achievement ties the all-time record for the most albums to reach the top 100 simultaneously for any Japanese artist, and breaks the 20-year standing female artist record.
She will appear as a guest vocal on "Esprit De Four," an album by the contemporary jazz super group Fourplay's album to be released worldwide on September 18, 2012.
Apart from her successful singing career, Seiko Matsuda has starred in numerous motion pictures and TV dramas.
In December 2005, she starred in Nippon Television Network's special TV drama "Tatta hitotsu no takaramono" ("The One and Only"), which won the Asian Television Award, also known as the "Asian Emmy Award," for Best Single Drama or Telemovie Programme. The drama was aired in October 2004 and earned an exceptional rating for a television program.
In 2007, she received the Spotlight Award at the internationally acclaimed Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2007. Furthermore, in the live-action motion picture "Hotaru no Haka" ("Grave of the Fireflies"), released in 2008, she gave a warm and compassionate performance as a mother of two children, and won the Jury's Special Award at the 18th Japan Movie Critics Award.
In 2010, she made a guest appearance on "Bones," one of Fox Broadcasting Company's popular television dramas.
In 2012, she was given the rare opportunity to appear as two separate characters on "Taira no Kiyomori," a year-long Japanese period drama by Japan's national broadcasting station NHK. She demonstrated yet another facet of her talent and received wonderful reviews.
She has also appeared in various TV commercials, including ones for cosmetics, hair and beverage products, which have attracted a lot of public attention.
As a singer and as an actress, her further successes are much anticipated not only in Japan, but also around the world.
Throughout her music, film, TV dramas and commercials: Seiko Matsuda is an ever evolving, versatile artist who is always willing to accept challenges of any variety.
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