He's the Japanese producer topping the charts
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3 Sep 2018 - 11:34 AM  UPDATED 3 Sep 2018 - 11:34 AM

If you're a fan of Japanese pop, Kenshi Yonezu's name should be pretty familiar to you by now. He's been topping the charts for a couple years now, and there's no sign of his success slowing down.

For those of you who don't know the 27 year old's work, here's some facts about him to get you listening.

He was an online music maker first

He rose to fame by sharing music on video site Nico Nico Douga under the name Hachi. He used vocal synthesisers at that time and was popular in the online music scene, which is small but every growing in Japan. He began releasing music under his own name independently in 2012, and signed to a major label in 2014.

He writes and composes all of his own music

Yonezu works on everything from writing and composing his own music to programming and arranging his own songs, illustrating his album artwork and even directing some of his music videos.

He's also a dancer - at least for his 2016 music video for "Loser" he was!

He wrote the theme song to My Hero Academia

His song "Peace Sign" is the opening theme for the anime, and it catapulted him to a new level of success in Japan and internationally. The song went to No.1 on the Japanese Billboard charts and even caused some of his older songs to start appearing in the charts too.

His song "Lemon" has been certified platinum in Japan

The song was written for drama series Unnatural but it's taken on a life of its own, with over 153 million YouTube views, and over 1.5 million downloads in Japan alone. If you don't know it, listen to it and fall in love too.


 

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