May'n


May'n
May'n

May'n Concert in Anime Expo 2010 at Nokia Theater LA Live
Background information
Birth name May Nakabayashi
Also known as May'n
Born October 21, 1989 (1989-10-21) (age 22)
Origin Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Genres J-pop
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2005 – present
Labels Universal Music (2005–2007)
Victor Entertainment (2007–present)
Website ::: May'n Official Site :::

May'n (メイン Mein?), born May Nakabayashi (中林 芽依 Nakabayashi Mei?, October 21, 1989), is a Japanese J-Pop artist managed by the Horipro talent agency and under the Victor Entertainment label. She was formerly under the Universal Music label.

Contents

Career

In 2003, at the age of 13, she participated in the 28th "Horipro – Talent Scout Caravan – Love Music – Audition" (ホリプロ・タレントスカウトキャラバン・ラブミュージック・オーディション. Horipuro・Tarento Sukauto Kyaraban・Rabu Myūziku・Ōdishon?) and, out of the 34,911 hopefuls, became one of the four who survived the final eliminations at the Shibuya Club Quattro.[1]

In 2005, she made her single debut with Crazy Crazy Crazy. The single was later re-released with an extra track. Her second single, Sympathy, was also released later that year.

In 2006, she sang the ending theme for the anime Love Get Chu ~Miracle Voice Actress Hakusho~ (ラブゲッCHU ~ミラクル声優白書~ Rabu Gē CHU ~Mirakuru Seiyū Hakusho~?) which was included on her third single Fallin' in or Not.

In 2007, she was chosen to be the singing voice of Sheryl Nome of the anime Macross Frontier.

In January 2008, she changed her stage name to May'n (taken from May Nakabayashi – implying her wish to become a "main" artist in the music world), which was what she was credited as on Sheryl Nome character songs that were released that year. Diamond Crevasse and Lion from Macross Frontier are among her best-known songs.

She had her very first live performance outside of Japan in Singapore at Anime Festival Asia 08 in November.[2][3] Ever since then, she appeared in every annual Anime Festival Asia event. Her latest appearance in AFA to date was on the third and final day of the event, November 13, 2011, together with angela, Kalafina, Kanako Ito and Milky Holmes.

On January 24, 2010, she held a sold-out, solo concert at the prestigious Nippon Budokan hall.

She was an official Guest of Honor at Anime Expo's 2010 convention (July 1–4, 2010, Los Angeles Convention Center). There she held a concert jointly with Megumi Nakajima.

She performed her second solo Budokan concert on March 6, 2011, tickets for which were again sold out instantly.

Discography

Albums

Released as Year Title Oricon Chartings Ref.
Peak Weeks Sales
May'n 2009 Styles #7 10 36,611 [4]
Sheryl Nome
starring May'n
2010 Cosmic Cuune #6 10 49,663 [5]
May'n 2011 If You... #7 8 28,493

EPs

Released as Year Title Oricon Chartings Ref.
Peak Weeks Sales
May'n 2009 May'n☆Street (メイン☆ストリート Mein Sutorīto?) #2 9 37,503 [6]
Sheryl Nome
starring May'n
Universal Bunny (ユニバーサル・バニー Yunibāsaru Banī?) #3 16 101,599 [7]

Singles

Released as Year Title Oricon Chartings Album Theme song featured in Ref.
Peak Weeks Sales
May Nakabayashi 2005 "Crazy Crazy Crazy"
  • Label: Universal Music Japan (UPCI-5012)
  • Released: April 27, 2005; June 1, 2005 (re-release)
[8]
"Sympathy"
  • Label: Universal Music Japan (UPCI-5018)
  • Released: August 3, 2005
[9]
2006 "Fallin' in or Not" feat. SEAMO
  • Label: Universal Music Japan (UPCI-5039)[10]
  • Released: September 27, 2006
#159 1 Love Get Chu ~Miracle Voice Actress Hakusho~ [11]
Sheryl Nome
starring May'n
2008 "Diamond Crevasse / Iteza☆Gogo Kuji Don't be late (ダイアモンド クレバス / 射手座☆午後九時Don't be late Daiamondo Kurebasu/Iteza Gogo Kuji Donto Bī Reito?) #2 27 108,504 Macross Frontier [12]
"Lion" (ライオン Raion?) #3 19 123,900 May'n☆Street [13]
May'n 2009 "Kimi Shinitamō Koto Nakare" (キミシニタモウコトナカレ?, Thou Shalt Not Die) #10 14 20,671 Styles Shangri-La [14]
Sheryl Nome
starring May'n
"pink monsoon" #5 9 38,703 Universal Bunny Macross Frontier ~Itsuwari no Utahime~ [15]
May'n 2010 "Ready Go!" #21 8 13,292 If You... Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi [16]
"Shinjitemiru" (シンジテミル?, See the Truth) #14 4 8,513 Injitemiru 7-nichikan no Death Game [17]
2011 "Scarlet Ballet" #9 10 22,469 Aria the Scarlet Ammo [18]
"Brain Diver" Phi Brain [19]

Digital Singles

Year Title
2005 "Happy"
  • Released: December 11, 2005
2007 "Ame ni Saku Hana" (雨に咲く花?, Blooming Flowers in the Rain)
  • Released: January 31, 2007
2009 "my teens, my tears"
  • Released: October 21, 2009

DVDs & Blu-ray disks

Title Date Type Label/Distributor Catalog No. Note
May'n☆Act March 25, 2009 DVD concert Victor Entertainment VTBL-3 May'n's concert at Akasaka Blitz on January 19, 2009 is recorded here.
May'n Special Concert BD BIG☆WAAAAAVE!! in Nippon Budokan May 26, 2010 Blu-ray concert Victor Entertainment VTXL-1 May'n's concert at Nippon Budokan on January 24, 2010 is recorded here.
May’n Special Concert DVD BIG☆WAAAAAVE!! in Nippon Budokan May 26, 2010 DVD concert Victor Entertainment VTBL-9 Same as above but on DVD.
May'n Special Concert BD RHYTHM TANK!! at Nippon Budokan November 2, 2011 Blu-ray concert Victor Entertainment VTXL-7 May'n's concert at Nippon Budokan on March 6, 2011 is recorded here.
May’n Special Concert DVD RHYTHM TANK!! at Nippon Budokan November 2, 2011 DVD concert Victor Entertainment VTBL-17 Same as above but on DVD.

Collaborations

Title Date Type Label/Distributor Catalog No. Note
Macross F (Frontier) O.S.T.1 "Nyan Fro" June 4, 2008 CD album Victor Entertainment VTCL-60060 May'n is credited as "Sheryl Nome starring May'n".
Macross F (Frontier) O.S.T.2 "Nyan Tra" October 8, 2008 CD album Victor Entertainment VTCL-60061 May'n is credited as "Sheryl Nome starring May'n".
Macross F (Frontier) VOCAL COLLECTION "Nyan Tama" December 3, 2008 CD album (2 disks) Victor Entertainment VTCL-60100 May'n is credited as "Sheryl Nome starring May'n".
Macross F (Frontier) Galaxy Tour FINAL in Budokan October 30, 2009 DVD concert Bandai BCBM-0011
same November 27, 2009 Blu-ray concert Bandai BCXE-0216 Same as above but on Blu-ray.
Macross F (Frontier) Concept Album "Cosmic Cuune" November 24, 2010 CD album Victor Entertainment VTCL-60230 May'n is credited as "Sheryl Nome starring May'n".
Yoko Kanno Produce Macross F Super Dimensional Super Live Cosmic Nyan Blu-ray November 23, 2011 Blu-ray concert
Yoko Kanno Produce Macross F Super Dimensional Super Live Cosmic Nyan DVD November 23, 2011 DVD concert

Concerts, public performances, and public appearances

May'n's public appearances are separated into "solo concerts", "collaborative concerts", and "other public appearances", a separation somewhat arbitrary but nevertheless useful.

Solo concerts

Side A:
Date Venue
July 30 Nagano Club Junk Box
July 31 Niigata Lots
August 2 Kashiwa Palooza
August 4 Saitama-Fukutoshin Heaven's Rock VJ-03
August 8 Shizuoka Live House Hamamatsu Madowaku
August 10 Kyoto Muse Hall
August 12 Okayama Crazy Mama Kingdom
August 13 Hiroshima Club Quattro
August 15 Kumamoto Drum Be-9 V1
August 20 Yokohama Bay Hall
Side B:
Date Venue
September 9 Zepp Fukuoka
September 11 Zepp Osaka
September 12 Zepp Nagoya
September 15 Zepp Sendai
September 17 Zepp Sapporo
September 20 & 21 Zepp Tokyo
  • March 6, 2011: May'n Special Concert 2011 "RHYTHM TANK!!"

Collaborative concerts

  • July 27, 2008: Macross F Super-dimensional Live at Zepp Tokyo (matinée and evening performances).
  • August 6, 2008: Macross F Super-dimensional Live at Namba Hatch, Osaka.
  • August 31, 2008: Animelo Summer Live 2008 "Challenge" at Saitama Super Arena.
  • October 13, 2008: Macross F Galaxy Tour Final presented by Yoko Kanno at Pacifico Yokohama.
  • October 22, 2008: Macross F Galaxy Tour Final presented by Yoko Kanno at Osaka Kosei Nenkin Kaikan (Hall).
  • November 5, 2008: Macross F Galaxy Tour Final "We don't do this favor often" at Nippon Budokan sponsored by Sankyo.
  • November 23, 2008: Anime Festival Asia 2008 at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Center, Singapore.
  • February 21, 2009: Ani-Uta (Anime Song) 2009 Kitakyushu at Kitakyushu Media Dome.
  • May 9, 2009: Animax Musix at Shinagawa Stellar Ball, Tokyo.
  • July 7, 2009: Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts "Super-dimensional Tanabata Sonic" at Saitama Super Arena.
  • August 22: Animelo Summer Live 2009 "Re:Bridge" at Saitama Super Arena
  • October 17 & 18, 2009: Macross Crossover Live "A.D. 2009×45×59" at Makuhari Messe, Chiba.
  • November 22, 2009: Yoshiki Fukuyama & May'n concert, Anime Festival Asia 2009 at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Center, Singapore.[25]
  • December 1, 2009: "Act Against AIDS" 2009 Live in Nagoya at Zepp Nagoya.
  • December 13, 2009: Yoshiki Fukuyama & May'n Concert in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China (廣州蓓蕾劇院 ).
  • March 13, 2010: Masami Okui Birth Live '10 "Magical Night: Sorcerer in the White Universe" at Liquidroom (music club/concert hall), Tokyo.
  • March 14, 2010: Ani-Uta (Anime Song) Kitakyushu 2010 at Kitakyushu Media Dome.
  • May 15 & 16, 2010: Animax Musix Spring 2010 at JCB Hall, Tokyo.
  • July 2, 2010: Megumi Nakajima and May'n Concert in Anime Expo 2010 at Nokia Theater LA Live, Los Angeles, USA.
  • August 29, 2010: Animelo Summer Live 2010 "evolution" at Saitama Super Arena.
  • November 3, 2010: Animax Musix Fall 2010 at Yokohama Arena.
  • November 14, 2010: "Anisong Spirit Side B" concert, Anime Festival Asia 2010 at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Center, Singapore.[26]
  • December 22 & 24: Macross F Superdimensional Super Live "Merry Christmas Without You"[27] at Nippon Budokan (Dec. 22) and World Memorial Hall, Port Island, Kobe (Dec. 24).
  • August 27, 2011 Animelo Summer Live 2011 Rainbow at Saitama Super Arena.

Other public appearances

References

  1. ^ ::: May'n オフィシャル ウェブサイト ::: プロフィール :
  2. ^ "May’n Live in Singapore for Anime Festival Asia 2008 (updated)". A Gabriela Robin Site October 18, 2008. Retrieved February 13, 2010.
  3. ^ "[1]".[dead link]
  4. ^ "Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Styles Oricon Page. http://www.oricon.co.jp/music/release/d/844023/1/. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  5. ^ ""Cosmic Cuune" Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Styles Oricon Page. http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/183/products/music/891315/1/. Retrieved October 16, 2010. 
  6. ^ "May'n☆Street Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. http://www.oricon.co.jp/music/release/d/799139/1/. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Universal Bunny Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. http://www.oricon.co.jp/music/release/d/844020/1/. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Crazy Crazy Crazy Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. http://www.oricon.co.jp/music/release/d/596438/1/. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Sympathy Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. http://www.oricon.co.jp/music/release/d/605166/1/. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  10. ^ "'Fallin' in or Not feat. SEAMO'" (January 2007) Newtype USA. p. 120.
  11. ^ "Fallin' in or Not Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. http://www.oricon.co.jp/music/release/d/669309/1/. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Diamond Crevasse / Iteza Gogo Kuji Don't be late Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. http://www.oricon.co.jp/music/release/d/758466/1/. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  13. ^ ""Lion" Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. http://www.oricon.co.jp/music/release/d/772080/1/. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Kimi Shinitamō Koto Nakare Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. http://www.oricon.co.jp/music/release/d/812063/1/. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  15. ^ ""pink monsoon" Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. http://www.oricon.co.jp/music/release/d/839371/1/. Retrieved October 30, 2010. 
  16. ^ ""Ready Go!" Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/364761/products/music/874587/1/. Retrieved October 30, 2010. 
  17. ^ ""Shinjitemiru" Oricon Page" (in Japanese). Oricon. http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/364761/products/music/883636/1/. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Scarlet Ballet" Oricon Page|publisher=Oricon|language=Japanese|accessdate=April 15, 2011
  19. ^ [2]
  20. ^ Big Cat homepage
  21. ^ Bottom Line homepage
  22. ^ KL Live homepage
  23. ^ Legacy Taipei homepage (Chinese)
  24. ^ Concert information
  25. ^ "I LOVE ANISONG – AFA'09- Anime Festival Asia". Afa09.com. http://afa09.com/i_love_anisong.html. Retrieved January 1, 2011. 
  26. ^ "May'n – AFAX- I Love Anisong". Animefestival.asia. http://www.animefestival.asia/i_love_mayn.html. Retrieved January 1, 2011. 
  27. ^ Macross F concerts 2010 Official website

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