Noriyuki Makihara

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Noriyuki Makihara
Birth name槇原 範之
Makihara Noriyuki
Also known asMackey
Born (1969-05-18) 18 May 1969 (age 51)
Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan
GenresPop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1990–present
LabelsRiver Way (1990–1997, 1998–1999, 2000–2001, 2002, 2004)
SME Records (1997, 1998, 1999–2000, 2002)
Toshiba-EMI (2004, 2006)
J-More (2007–2011)
Buppu Records/Sony Music Distribution (2011–)
WebsiteMakiharaNoriyuki.com
BuppuLabel.com

Noriyuki Makihara (槇原 敬之, Makihara Noriyuki), nicknamed Mackey (マッキー) by his fans, is a Japanese pop singer-songwriter.[1]

Biography[edit]

Makihara was born on 18 May 1969 in Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan. He attended Aoyama Gakuin University to study English literature. In addition to creating songs for his own music career, he has written, produced and performed songs for many other artists, the most notable being SMAP's Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana. He is ranked at No.84, in a list of Japan's top 100 musicians, provided by HMV.[citation needed]He was also invited to write the song "The Gift" for English band blue in their album "Guilty".

Makihara made his debut to the J-Pop scene in the early '90s after performing on a televised song competition program. He made a name for himself with the release of songs such as "Mou Koi Nante Shinai" (もう恋なんてしない) and "Donna Toki mo." (どんなときも), both of which, among several others, are covered to this day by current popular artists (including English-language covers by various American artists). Some of his music has been translated into other languages, and "Donna Toki mo", specifically has been remixed by Bemani artists "Dream Line Out" for use on Konami's Beatmania game series.

Much of his music's lyrical content has revolved around the subject of romantic love, though themes of profound joy, reminiscence, gratitude and deeper spiritual aspects of the human condition have become predominant in recent years.

In 1999, he was given a suspended 18-months prison sentence for possession of amphetamines.[2]

He recovered from the possession of drug and in 2003 he got widely-known fame by composing the number " Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana"" (世界に一つだけの花, "The One and Only Flower in the World") which was recorded by Japanese boy band SMAP and sold double millions[3]

On 13 February 2020, Makihara was arrested for alleged illegal stimulant possession, as police found 0.083 gram of stimulant at his condominium in Tokyo's Minato Ward in April 2018.[4]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak Certifications
[5][6]
Album
JPN
[7]
"NG" 1990 Kimi ga Warau Toki Kimi no Mune ga Itamanai Yō ni
"Answer" 1991
"Donna Toki Mo." 1
  • RIAJ (old): 4x Platinum
  • RIAJ (Single Track): Platinum
Kimi wa Dare to Shiawasena Akubi o Shimasu ka.
"Fuyu ga Hajimaru yo" 5
  • RIAJ (old): 2x Platinum
Kimi wa Boku no Takaramono
"Mō Koi Nante Shinai" 1992 2
  • RIAJ (old): 3x Platinum
  • RIAJ (Chaku-uta Full): Gold
"Kitakaze (Kimi ni Todokimasu Yō ni)" 6
  • RIAJ (old): Platinum
Smiling: The Best of Noriyuki Makihara
"Kanojo no Koibito" 1993 4
  • RIAJ (old): Platinum
Self Portrait
"No. 1" 1
  • RIAJ (old): Platinum
"Zuru Yasumi" 3
  • RIAJ (old): Gold
"Yuki ni Negai o" 12
  • RIAJ (old): Gold
"Futatsu no Negai" 1994 3
  • RIAJ (old): Gold
Pharmacy
"Spy" 1
  • RIAJ (old): Platinum
"Secret Heaven" 1996 6 Ver.1.0E Love Letter From the Digital Cowboy
"Cowboy" 20
"Dōshiyō mo Nai Boku ni Tenshi ga Oritekita" 4
  • RIAJ (old): Gold
Underwear
"Mada Ikiteru yo" 10
  • RIAJ (old): Gold
Non-album single
"Sunao" 1997 12
  • RIAJ (old): Gold
Such a Lovely Place
"Montage" 9
  • RIAJ (old): Gold
"Ashioto" 1998 24
"Happy Dance" 14 Cicada
"Stripe!" 16
"Hungry Spider" 1999 5
  • RIAJ (old): Gold
"Momo" 2001 11 Home Sweet Home
"Are You OK?" 16
"Ame ni mo Makezu" 2002 25 Honjitsu wa Seiten Nari
"Hanabi no Yoru 23
"Kore wa Tada no Tatoebanashi Janai" 18
"Wow" 2003 57
"Kimi no Namae o Yonda Ato ni" 11 Explorer
"Good Morning!" 20 Non-album single
"Yasashii Uta ga Utaenai" 2004 12 Explorer
"Boku ga Ichiban Hoshikatta Mono" 9
  • RIAJ: Gold
  • RIAJ (Chaku-uta Full): Gold
  • RIAJ (PC Download): Gold
"Chicken Rice"
(with Masatoshi Hamada)
2
  • RIAJ: Platinum
Non-album single
"Akenai Yoru ga Kuru Koto wa Nai" 2005 12 Life in Downtown
"Kokoro no Compass" 17
"Honno Sukoshi Dake"
(featuring Kuro of Home Made Kazoku)
2006 19
"Green Days" 2007 3
  • RIAJ (Chaku-uta Full): Gold
  • RIAJ (Single Track): Platinum
Kanashimi Nante Nan no Yaku ni mo Tatanai to Omotteita.
"Akai Muffler/Ogenki de!" 33
"Firefly (Boku wa Ikiteiku)" 2008 17 Personal Soundtracks
"We Love You." 22
"Mugen no Kanata e (To Infinity and Beyond)" 2009 27 Fuan no Naka ni Te o Tsukkonde
"Ringo no Hana" 2011 Heart to Heart
"Koisuru Kokoro-tachi no Tame ni" 2012 32 Dawn Over the Clover Field
"Yotsuba no Clover" 26
"Life Goes On (Like Nonstop Music) 2014 31 Lovable People
"Fall" 33
"Koero." 2015 27 Believer
"Riyū" 2016 48
"Kioku" 2018 22 Non-album single

Albums[edit]

  • 'Kimi ga Warau Toki, Kimi no Mune ga Itamanai Youni' (25 October 1990, WEA Japan. Re-released 26 November 1998)
  • 'Shuushoku Sensen Ijou Nashi' (25 June 1991)
  • 'Kimi wa Dare to Shiawase na Akubi wo Shimasu ka.' (25 September 1991, WEA Japan. Re-released 26 November 1998)
  • 'Kimi wa Boku no Takaramono' (25 June 1992, WEA Japan.Re-released 26 November 1998)
  • 'SELF PORTRAIT' (31 October 1993, WEA Japan)
  • 'PHARMACY' (25 October 1994, WEA Japan)
  • 'UNDERWEAR' (25 October 1996, WEA Japan/River Way)
  • 'SMILING~THE BEST OF NORIYUKI MAKIHARA~' (10 May 1997, WEA Japan)
  • 'SMILING II~THE BEST OF NORIYUKI MAKIHARA~' (25 September 1997, WEA Japan)
  • 'Such a Lovely Place' (27 November 1997, SME Records)
  • 'SMILING III~THE BEST OF NORIYUKI MAKIHARA~' (10 May 1998, WEA Japan)
  • 'Listen to the Music' (28 October 1998, SME Records)
  • 'THE DIGITAL COWBOY~Ver. 1 OE LOVE LETTER~' (26 November 1998, WEA Japan/River Way)
  • 'SMILING GOLD~THE BEST & BACKING TRACKS~' (24 February 1999, WEA Japan)
  • 'Cicada' (10 July 1999, SME Records)
  • '10 Y. O. ~THE ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION~' (24 May 2000)
  • 'Taiyou' (29 November 2000, WEA Japan)
  • 'NORIYUKI MAKIHARA SINGLE COLLECTION~Such a Lovely Place 1997–1999~' (6 December 2000)
  • 'Home Sweet Home' (21 November 2001, WEA Japan)
  • 'Song Book~Since 1997–2001~' (23 January 2002)
  • 'THE CONCERT – CONCERT TOUR 2002 "Home Sweet Home" – ' (9 May 2002)
  • 'Honjitsu wa Seiten Nari' (7 November 2002, WEA Japan)
  • 'EXPLORER' (11 August 2004, Toshiba-EMI)
  • 'Completely Recorded' (25 August 2004, WEA Japan)
  • 'NORIYUKI MAKIHARA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA "CELEBRATION"' (25 November 2004)
  • 'LIFE IN DOWNTOWN' (22 February 2006, Toshiba-EMI)
  • 'Kanashimi Nante Nan no Yaku ni mo Tatanai to Omotteita.' (7 November 2007, J-More)
  • 'Personal Soundtracks' (19 November 2008, J-More)
  • 'Best LOVE' (1 January 2010, J-More)
  • 'Best LIFE' (1 January 2010, J-More)
  • 'Fuan no Naka ni Te o Tsukkonde' (30 June 2010, J-More)
  • 'Heart to Heart' (27 July 2011, Buppu/SME Records)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Noriyuki Makihara". HMV. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Pop singer Makihara given suspended sentence". The Japan Times. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  3. ^ (Japanese) ORICON NEWS. (2019/4/26)
  4. ^ "Pop singer Noriyuki Makihara again arrested over drug possession". Japan Times. 13 February 2020. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  5. ^ ゴールドディスク認定 (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  6. ^ 有料音楽配信認定 (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  7. ^ Sources for chart positions:

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