Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, One OK Rock, Miyavi, AKB48 and Akanishi Jin. You’ve probably heard of these Japanese artists names once or twice in your life as their popularity is not only restricted to Japan but outside the country reaching quite the number of fans from all over the world.
There are many more Japanese singers who are popular worldwide aside from the names that I have mentioned above. But have you ever heard of the name Juju? Well if you haven’t, then let me introduce to you the Japanese Jazz singer Juju!
Sonoda Jun, or much known to people as JUJU, is a Japanese Singer and Song Writer under Sony Music Associated Records Inc. JUJU was born in Hiroshima and is currently 39 years old. Aside from her Jazz music, JUJU’s genre also includes R&B, Soul and even Hip Hop music.
While growing up in Kyoto, JUJU once dreamed of becoming a Jazz singer when she was just 12 years old. And by the time she turned 18, she left Kyoto and went to the United States. She performed live in New York for the famous Jazz Musical and since then has been establishing her own sound centered by the genres she performs now.
In 2001, JUJU has been featured in more than 10 songs. And in 2004, she debuted with her first single, Hikari no Naka E. JUJU started to gain popularity when her 3rd single, Kiseki wo Nozomu Nara topped the USEN charts for 22 weeks. In 2007, she released her first full album entitled Wonderful Life. And her career became bigger when she had a collaboration with Japanese group Spontania. Juju’s 3rd album, also entitled JUJU, won the 52nd Japan Records Award for the Excellence Album Award in 2010.
JUJU released her latest 31st single, What You Want just November 18 and is also used for the drama Gisou no Fuufu. Also JUJU’s 6th album similarly entitled, What You Want, is released this 9th of December. You can check out more of JUJU at her official website here.
JUJU’s music is surely for those who love and appreciate Jazz music. Although I’m personally not much of a Jazz fan, her pop song Playback is one of the best songs I like from her and it’s a good song with a good beat so go check it out too!