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Japan (1996 – present)

T.M.Revolution (real name: Takanori Nishikawa; born September 19, 1970) is a Japanese pop singer originally from Shiga Prefecture. Nishikawa’s stage name stands for Takanori Makes Revolution (Japanese: Takanori ga kakumei wo okosu). He was originally signed under Antinos Records until its collapse in 2002, and is currently represented by Epic Records Japan. TMR is also the first artist to be signed under Tofu Records, a Sony-owned label promoting Japanese pop music in North America.

Nishikawa officially debuted as T.M.Revolution with his single Dokusai -monopolize- (Dictatorship -monopolize-) in May 1996. Nishikawa-san’s first band was originally Luis-Mary, an indie music coordination featuring him as the lead vocalist (with the pseudonym “Haine”). Asakura Daisuke signed on with Nishikawa-san in 1995 under the record label FunHouse to release the first compiled single “BLACK OR WHITE?” (Daisuke Asakura expd. Takanori Nishikawa: Black or White). The selection process and the decision to work with Nishikawa-san was a long, hard choice for Asakura, as he was looking at producing either Katsurayama Shingo or Nishikawa. As it turns out, Nishikawa failed miserably with his first chance to sing for Asakura, and on a second chance, he took the yearning musician under his wings.

Dokusai -monopolize- was welcomed by thousands of fans, and his performance on Pop Jam with Asakura as the synthesist in June 1996 propelled an additional amount of unexpected sales, making the single sell out of its original printing.


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