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May'N at the Japan Expo in Paris, France (2013)
Who is the singer known as May'N?
May’N who was also known under the stage name of May (Mei) Nakabayashi is a Japanese pop music singer that is also really beautiful! Her name at birth was Mei Nakabayashi. She is signed to the talent agency called HoriPro. She first made her debut as an urban singer for the label Universal Music Japan but she transferred to Victor Entertainment. I first heard about her when I heard the single called “Run Real Run” in 2013. She has been performing under the name of May’N since 2007. But who is May’N?
May Nakabayashi Profile
- Date of birth is October 21, 1989 (29 years old)
- She was born in Nagoya, Japan.
- Her height is listed as 163 centimeters.
- Her favorite artists are Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, Eminem, and Jay-Z.
May'N (early career 2003-2007)
It was back in 2003 that May’N was 13 years old and she took part in the 28th HoriPro Talent Scout Caravan Love Music Audition. There were 34,911 people that took part in the auditions, she was only one of four people that survived the audition’s final round at the venue called Shibuya Club Quattro. The HoriPro Talent Scout Caravan is the same audition that supermodel and movie actress Yoko Mitsuya would be successful in, winning a prize for her efforts. It would be in 2005 that May’N would release her debut single called Crazy, Crazy, Crazy. It would later be re-released with an extra song. May’N released her second single called Sympathy later in 2005 as well. 2006 saw May’N singing the ending theme song for the anime called Love Get Chu-Miracle Voice Actress Hakusho. This theme song would be included on her third solo single called “Fallin’ in or Not.”
May'N Hiatus, return and rise to international fame
However, due to the singles not being successful, May’N took a one-year hiatus in order to change labels. In 2008, she would take her singing skills up a notch by singing as the voice of the character Sheryl Nome in the TV series Macross Frontier which is an anime. In January 2009, she released a mini album called May’N Street which reached as high as #2 on the Oricon Weekly Chart rankings. She was then invited to perform the song called “Iteza Gogo Kuji-Don’t Be Late’ at the Animelo Summer Live 2008. She was then 18 years old and slowly rising in popularity and attention. May’N also got a chance to perform at Nippon Budokan for the Macross F Galaxy Tour. Nippon Budokan is the same venue that former Morning Musume singer Risa Niigaki announced her graduation in May 2012. The venue is also a place where the group has performed live concerts. May’N also performed in Singapore during the Anime Festival Asia 08 in November. In January 2009, she held her first live performance in Japan. From a period of six years, May’N had transformed herself from an artist that was dropped from her record label to an artist that has now gained recognition and success even overseas. It was reported that she had to cancel the rest of her 10th Anniversary acoustic tour in May and June 2015 due to the fact that she was diagnosed with polyps on her vocal cords.
May'N at the J POP Summit Festival in San Francisco (2014)
Her single called “Kimi Shinitamou Koto Nakare” was released on May 6, 2009. She was also invited to the program Music Japan and then she performed the single. She would become a common guest on that program. May’N would hold her second concert tour called Love & Joy in the summer of 2009. In the fall of that year, she would once again play the role of Sheryl Nome for the anime called “Macross Frontier Itsuwari no Utahime.” On her 20th birthday, she released the singles Pink Monsoon and My Teens, My Tears. This one is a digital single that she released to commemorate her teenage years. Two live performances would soon follow. On November 25, 2009, May’N would release her second mini album called Universal Bunny and her first album called Styles.
In January 2010, she held a live concert at the Nippon Budokan called Big WAAAAAVE. It sold out in just one day! In March 2010, she would go on her first tour of Asia followed by a summer 2010 nationwide tour in Japan in which she traveled to 17 cities. In the autumn of 2010, she was selected to record the theme song for the film Incite Mill 7 Day Death Game. May’N also tried to use her talents in movies. In February 2011, she came out with her movie called May’N the Movie: Phonic Nation. It is a 3D live documentary. Her third studio album called If You was released and it reached up as high as #7 on the Oricon Weekly Albums chart. In March 2011, she would hold her second solo concert at the Nippon Budokan. She would also take part in the Japan Expo 2011 which is a cultural event that combines both European and Japanese culture and it is a music festival. May’N would also sing the theme song for the game E.X. Troopers released by Capcom. She collaborated with artist Daisuke Asakura in 2011 and 2012. He would compose and produce two of her solo singles. These are Scarlett Ballet and Chase the World. There would be a music video released for Scarlett Ballet. May’N would represent Japan in October 2013 at the ABU TV Song Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam. She would perform her hit single called Vivid. On October 29, 2013, she would go on tour and start with May’N Hall Tour 2013 Live Cave Dive!
The song called Scarlet Ballet
Release of the album New World and J-POP Summit Festival
In May 2014, she would release her fifth album called New World. This is the follow-up album to the one called Heat released in March 2012. She would also go to the United States to hold a solo concert in San Francisco. She would also perform at Union Square for the J-Pop Summit Festival event. Fans of AKB48, Morning Musume and other similar groups should enjoy the music of Mei Nakabayashi of Nagoya, Japan.
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