Kumi Koda

Name: Kouda / Koda Kumi
D.O.B: November 13th 1982
Place of birth: Kyoto
Ethnicity: Japanese
Blood type: A
Zodiac sign: Scorpion
Chinese sign: Dog
Career: Solo R&B singer
Fav color: Green and Purple
Fav traditional Japanese music artist: rice granary interest period
Fav singers: Christina Aguilera / NELLY / PINK / Pharrell Williams
Fav music: Rock, Hip Hop
Favorite word: Once in a lifetime
People she respects: Her parents
Future ambition: Self produce
Hobbies: Shopping
Turn Offs: Lies and Cheating
Debut date: December 6th 2000 with the single Take Back

Born on November 13th 1982, Koda was the eldest daughter in her family. At an early age of 3, Koda Kumi starting singing on stage. She started doing auditions at elementary school, and wrote that she wanted to become a singer in her elementary year book.

Kumi Koda (known as "Koda" in the U.S.) – Kumi Koda’s first single TAKE BACK charted 18th in Billboard Magazine’s Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles chart after its US release in March 2001. Her follow-up single, TRUST YOUR LOVE charted 39th in Billboard's Hot 100 single sales chart and No.1 in Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles chart.

She has collaborated with BoA on THE MEANING OF PEACE, a September 11 charity single CD produced by Tetsuya Komuro, one of Japan’s most prolific and successful producer. The release of her first album, AFFECTION was produced by Max Matsuura, and contains remixes by Hex Hector and Jonathan Peters.

With gaining popularity, Koda Kumi did a great job for Squaresoft singing the theme song (1000 no Kotoba) and opening song (real Emotion) for Final Fantasy X-2!

On September 21st, Kumi released a Best Of collection, entitled BEST ~first things~. Though the album was second to Mr. Children the first four days on the Oricon charts, it reached the top spot on the 25th. At the week's end, the album ranked #2 on the weekly charts and sold a highly impressive amount. Through the next week Kumi finally reached #1 on the weekly charts. To date, she has sold over 1.2 million copies and holds the best-selling female album of 2005, beating out many famous female artists, including Ayumi Hamasaki and BoA.

Most recently, Ku's single "you" placed #1 on the Oricon charts for it's first 3 days, keeping popular boyband TOKIO from the top position. The single's success continued throughout the week and reached #1 on the weekly charts selling over 72,000 copies, making it Kumi's first ever number one hit. "you" is the first single released by Kumi in a set of 12 singles in a 12 week period. The Following week the second single of the 12 set, "Birthday Eve", was released and grabbed the #6 position for the week (selling 44,294 copies of the limited pressing of 50,000 copies) while "you" took the 7th position. This marks the first time since Ai Otsuka's "Sakuranbo" and "Amanebo" singles in March of 2004 that a female singer has had two singles both in the top ten in the same week.

In addition to her singing career, Koda also models for Christian Dior in Japan.

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