Crystal Kay
Japan-based singer of Korean and African-American descent
Crystal Kay
Crystal Kay Williams, known by her stage name Crystal Kay, is a singer and songwriter from Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. She debuted aged 13 and is a pioneer for interracial artists in Japan. After releasing her debut single "Eternal Memories" (1999) Kay gained fame for her third studio album, Almost Seventeen (2002), which debuted at number 2 on the Japanese Oricon charts.
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横浜ゴム 「LIVEecoMOTION」 ミシェル・ブランチ、土岐麻子の追加出演決定 - 自動車新聞社ニュース
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出演アーティストは「Crystal Kay」「ミシェル・ブランチ」「Rake」「土岐麻子」(ABC順)の4アーティスト。入場料は500円で、チケットの売上金全額は横浜ゴムからWWF(世界自然保護基金)ジャパンに寄付し、地球温暖化対策活動に役立ててもらう。
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Crystal Kay aims for spring break vibe in Zushi - The Japan Times
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Crystal Kay has been an exciting singer to watch mature in the music industry. Since her debut at 13 years old, this Yokohama native has wowed fans with her powerful vocals and a compelling personal story of being a mixed-race
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Tales Of Xillia's Homage To Pop Idol Ayumi Hamasaki - Siliconera
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(It's all about Crystal Kay, baby.) But then again, Ayu has had music in a RPG before most other idols. Thousand Arms, anyone~? (And Ayu does indeed know English, but I don't know how much she learned.) Seriously, the more I hear and read the more I'm
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黒夢、8月シングルc/wに13年ぶり人時作曲ナンバー収録 - ナタリー
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あゆとかCrystal Kayのリミックス良かったし期待できそう♪ RT @natalie_mu: 黒夢、8月シングル hormone_tank [Twitter]:ナタリー - 黒夢、8月シングルc/wに13年ぶり人時作曲ナンバー収録 Type-AとType-Bの清春さんがかっこよすぎる!!! y_therapy [Twitter]:だそう
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ZUSHIフェス今年も豪華ラインアップ!JUNO&クリケイら - meVIEWsa radio
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土曜日の2日目は、前回に引き続き登場する加藤ミリヤさん、清水翔太さんやナオト・インティライミさんなどの聴かせる出演者が並ぶ。そして、ジュンスの双子の兄で8月に日本デビューするJUNOさんやCrystal Kayさんらの出演が決定。今後も追加出演者が発表される。
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「C9 [Continent of the Ninth]」“プレオープンテスト”参加者募集がスタート ... - 4Gamer.net
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SMAP、今井美樹、小泉今日子、Crystal Kay、TM Revolution、元ちとせ、といったアーティスト達への楽曲提供/プロデュースワークをも手がける。 CM音楽の分野では、CM音楽賞の最高峰とも言える三木鶏郎広告音楽賞ほか、JAM金賞をはじめとして、数々の賞を受賞している。
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噂のインストトリオMaNHATTAN初アルバムにオオルタイチ - ナタリー
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今回のアルバムには、シングル「Giant Stomp」に収録された3曲のアルバムミックスや、3月に12inchシングルとして発表された「Xoo」、同12inchに収められたオオルタイチによる「Giant Stomp」のリミックスなど8曲を収録。エンジニアはCrystal KayやET-KINGの楽曲提供や
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Bev is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Marvin Devain Bowman; two sons, Michael Allen Bowman and Marvin Devain "JR" Bowman Jr.; daughter Crystal Kay Johnson and her husband, William; and nine grandchildren, Michael and Nevaeh Bowman,
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Shanti: voz japonesa no Museu do oriente - Vousair.com
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Durante mais de 10 anos, compôs para grandes estrelas do pop japonês, como Crystal Kay e Kosuke, demonstrando o seu talento e versatilidade como artista. Shanti também emprestou a sua voz à banda sonora de várias séries de anime
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Shanti canta no Museu do Oriente, em Lisboa - Diário de Notícias - Lisboa
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Durante mais de dez anos, compôs para grandes estrelas do pop japonês, como Crystal Kay e Kosuke Keiwata, e nomes a nível internacional, como Take 6. Shanti também emprestou a sua voz à banda sonora de várias séries de anime. São famosos os seus temas
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第3位:ゆず、倉木麻衣、AKB48らが若者に献血呼びかけ - MSN エンターテイメント
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中継で結ぶライブビューイングが行われ、仙台ではCrystal KayさんとMetisさんが歌声を披露した。 同イベントの大トリを務めたゆずは、イベントのテーマ曲「Hey和」をオーケストラとコラボしたスペシャルバージョンで披露。2人は震災後宮城県を訪問した際の衝撃を明かし、
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AKB48、倉木麻衣、加藤ミリヤらが元気を発信! 「LOVE in Action Meeting」開催 - ウオーカープラス
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地元出身のお笑いコンビ・サンドイッチマンや献血啓発映画「八月の二重奏」に主演している女優・南沢奈央らが会場を盛り上げたほか、Crystal Kayさん、Metisさんが曲を披露。Crystal Kayさんは、「みんな一人じゃないよ。日本全国、そして世界中のみんなも心ひとつ、思い
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Catching up with: Ex-DODDS-Pacific athletes making it big in music - Stars and Stripes (blog)
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But over the years, Williams, who goes by the stage name Crystal Kay, has proven pretty fair at cranking out hit songs and albums, 11 albums in all during her 10 years in the industry, including her most recent release Spin the Music last December
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【MTV ZUSHI FES 11】にleccaが追加出演決定! 一般発売も開始! - mu-mo エンタメニュース
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土曜日の2日目は、前回に引き続き登場する加藤ミリヤ、清水翔太やナオト・インティライミなどの聴かせる出演者が並ぶ。 そして、ジュンスの双子の兄で8月に日本デビューするJUNOやCrystal Kayらの出演が決定。今後も追加出演者が発表される。
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モデルのSHELLY、チャリティーイベント開催!親友のCrystal Kayも駆けつけ「同じ ... - MSN エンターテイメント
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また、この日のイベントには、スペシャルゲストとしてSHELLYのおさななじみでもある歌手のCrystal Kayも登場。SHELLYと共に小さい頃の思い出話に花を咲かせた。 台風2号が接近中の荒れ模様にもかかわらず屋外会場に集まった多くの観客を前にSHELLYは、「雨の中ありがとう
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Kスタ宮城で無料ライブビューイング-AKB48ら出演、現地ゲストも - 仙台経済新聞
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さらに仙台会場ではCrystal KayさんとMetisさんがライブを行うほか、トークゲストとして女優の南沢奈央さん、ゲストMCに宮城県出身のお笑いコンビ・サンドウィッチマンが出演する。 開場17時30分、開演18時30分。入場無料だが、参加にはサイトからの応募が必要(定員1万
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ECU Honors - Eastern Wake News
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... Zebulon; Jordan Farrell Knightdale; Jack Friesen, Knightdale; Quentin Hinnant, Wendell; Sydney Hopkins, Zebulon; Gabrielle Horan, Knightdale; Amanda Johnson, Wendell; Meredith Johns, Knightdale; Crystal Kay, Knightdale; Michael Lesesne, Knightdale;
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横浜出身クリスタル・ケイ始球式「次は国歌」 - スポーツニッポン
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横浜―日本ハム1回戦で人気女性シンガーのCrystal Kay(クリスタル・ケイ)が、始球式を行った。 投球は本塁から一塁方向にゴロで大きくそれたが「生まれて初めて始球式を行いました。(球場は)凄く広いし360度見渡せて、舞台とは違う景色で楽しかった」と
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Crystal Kay
    TWENTIES
  • 2014
    Age 27
    In February 14, 2014 she released officially via MTV Iggy her US debut video, "Busy Doing Nothing".
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  • 2012
    Age 25
    In 2012, Crystal Kay recorded a cover of "Eyes on Me" for the "FINAL FANTASY Orchestra Album", becoming the latest in a series of notable artists to cover the song, including Angela Aki, MayBee and Kanon.
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  • 2011
    Age 24
    Crystal Kay later performed at the August 2011 MTV Zushi Fes music festival.
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    On October 5, 2011, Universal Music Group subsidiary label Delicious Deli Records posted an announcement that after twelve years Crystal Kay had left Sony Music Japan and signed to them.
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    On April 29, 2011, Crystal Kay held a Q&A on her blog and answered her fans' questions, with one question regarding a possible Korean debut.
    More Details Hide Details Considering her mother is of Korean ancestry, she has stated: "I can speak just a teeny bit of Korean (lol). My reading and writing are perfect, but learning vocabulary is sooo hard! It’s no good that I don’t do listening or speaking. I’ll think about a Korean debut! I’d like to be able to sing in Korean."
  • 2010
    Age 23
    In 2010, Crystal Kay starred in her first role in a drama series.
    More Details Hide Details She played the character of Kokusho Akira, a genius hacker who has carried out many crimes all over the world in the Nippon Television drama Hidarime Tantei Eye, which stars Hey! Say! JUMP member Ryosuke Yamada. The drama began airing on January 23, 2010. On February 24, Crystal Kay released a brand new song, "Flash" on Recochoku Chaku-Uta. "Flash" was featured in the commercial for Canon IXY Digital cameras, which began airing on February 19. Crystal Kay also released a new song called "Victoria". It was being used as the commercial song for Tully's Coffee. Both of these new songs were featured in Crystal Kay's second mini album Flash, which was released on June 16. The mini album also included a tribute to Michael Jackson, and a song written by herself. She also released Crystal Kay Live In NHK Hall: 10th Anniversary Tour CK10 on the same day. It will be her first concert DVD.
  • 2009
    Age 22
    On September 2, 2009, Crystal Kay released her second compilation album, entitled Best of Crystal Kay.
    More Details Hide Details The collection featured over thirty tracks from her discography. Best of Crystal Kay was also released with a "limited edition" disc containing four new songs, including "Step by Step", produced by Yasutaka Nakata of Capsule. It was used as the theme song for "Janguru Taitei" which aired from September 5, 2009. Another new song, entitled "Over and Over" will also be in the CD. It is currently used in a commercial for NTT's "Live On FLET'S". Crystal Kay did not star in this advert. "Over and Over" was produced by Taku Takahashi of M-Flo. The fourth track "Helpless Night" is a collaboration between Crystal Kay and Jin Akanishi of KAT-TUN and is performed almost entirely in English.
    The single was announced on Crystal Kay's official website on July 1, 2009, which marks the tenth anniversary since the release of Crystal Kay's debut single in 1999. "After Love (First Boyfriend)" features Kaname from the J-pop duo Chemistry. "After Love (First Boyfriend)" is a follow up to Crystal Kay's 2003 single "Boyfriend (Part II)" and used as the CM song for Tully's Coffee commercials throughout July 2009.
    More Details Hide Details "After Love" was written by Craig McConnell and Canadian artist Shobha, with Japanese lyrics by Crystal Kay. "Girlfriend", featuring the Korean artist BoA with whom Crystal Kay is reportedly close friends, was used as the image song for the Japanese dubbed release of the feature film He's Just Not That Into You starring Jennifer Aniston and Ben Affleck. The single's b-side, "Deaeta Kiseki", was released digitally in December 2008 and was also used as the CM song for Tully's Coffee that month. "After Love (First Boyfriend)" / "Girlfriend" was Crystal Kay's second double A-side single, and her first since "Kirakuni" / "Together" in 2006. The single landed on the Oricon Daily Chart at peak position number 21 and on the Oricon Weekly Chart at number 31.
    On August 12, 2009, Crystal Kay released her twenty-fourth single, "After Love (First Boyfriend)" / "Girlfriend".
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    On May 15, 2009 it was revealed that Crystal Kay and Jin Akanishi, from the boyband KAT-TUN, wrote a duet together called "Wonder".
    More Details Hide Details The song was first performed by Akanishi on the KAT-TUN's concert tour in 2009. This was the second time that Crystal Kay sang with him, the first time being during her second appearance on KAT-TUN's variety show, Cartoon KAT-TUN.
    On February 18, 2009, Crystal Kay was a featured artist along with Verbal of M-Flo on the song "Universe" with South Korean singer BoA from her single Eien/Universe/Believe in Love.
    More Details Hide Details The single peaked at number 8 and has sold 21,789 copies.
  • 2008
    Age 21
    Crystal Kay graduated in Sociology from Sophia University in 2008, allowing her to concentrate on her career full-time.
    More Details Hide Details For her eighth studio album Color Change! Crystal Kay had songs produced by Bloodshy & Avant and Jam & Lewis. Crystal Kay had previously worked with Jam & Lewis in 2006. The album was released on August 6, 2008. The title Color Change! reflected from Crystal Kay's graduation from Sophia University that year. Color Change! peaked at number 6 on the Oricon daily chart and number 8 on the weekly chart, selling 15,519 copies in its first week. The album sold 33,290 copies after seven weeks on the charts. Color Change! was eventually certified gold by RIAJ. Color Change! was the 289th best selling album of 2008 in Japan.
    One month later on July 16, 2008, the Pokémon single, "One", was finally released. "One" debuted at number 25 on the daily chart and debuted at number 32 on the weekly chart, selling 2,237 copies.
    More Details Hide Details To date, "One" has sold 6,522 copies.
  • 2007
    Age 20
    Her seventh studio album, All Yours (2007) became Crystal Kay's first number-one release in her career when it debuted on top of the Oricon chart in June 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Crystal Kay has sold over two million records in Japan as of 2009. Throughout her career, Crystal Kay has collaborated with M-Flo and BoA, Chemistry as well as other well-known recording artists. Crystal Kay was born and raised in Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture to an African American father and a Zainichi Korean mother. Her father was a bassist from New Jersey and a sailor in the United States Navy stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. Her mother was a 23-year-old professional singer with one album while her father played music as a hobby. As a child, Crystal Kay met artists such as Diana Ross and Bobby Brown through her parents taking her to shows. Crystal Kay previously attended Kinnick High School and Sophia University. Although her mother is Korean, Crystal does not speak Korean. Crystal Kay is fluent in Japanese and English, the latter influencing and making a regular appearance in her songs. She has also studied French. Crystal Kay has cited Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson as her biggest influences. In Japan she cites the acts of producer Tetsuya Komuro as her J-Pop influences, particularly Speed and Namie Amuro.
    It was Crystal Kay's first single in over a year, since the release of the single "Anata no Soba de" on May 16, 2007. "Namida no Saki" was used as the CM song for Tully's Coffee commercials throughout June 2008.
    More Details Hide Details This song exhibited a new, pop-rock sound for the singer. The single debuted at number 29 on the Oricon daily chart and eventually debuted at number 42 on the weekly chart. To date, the single has sold 3,587 copies.
    It debuted at number 21 on the Oricon chart. "Shining" was used as the CM song for "PARCO X'MAS 2007" throughout the Christmas period.
    More Details Hide Details Crystal Kay also starred in the commercial, in which she was seen "flying" on a reindeer. On March 3, 2008, it was revealed that Crystal Kay was chosen to sing the theme song to the 2008 Pokémon film Giratina to Sora no Hanataba: Sheimi. She also played the voice of "Nurse Joy's Chansey" in the film. The film's producers had apparently been considering the singer since 2001, when she sang "Lost Child" with Shinichi Osawa and Hiroshi Fujiwara for the soundtrack of the film Satorare. As expected a single was released. However, it was not the recently announced Pokémon theme song, but a different single entitled "Namida no Saki ni". "Namida no Saki ni" was released on June 11, 2008.
    On November 28, 2007, Crystal Kay released her first EP, Shining.
    More Details Hide Details The EP had a Christmas theme and featured the title track "Shining" as well as a second new track "Snowflake" and the previously released tracks "Happy 045 Xmas" and "No More Blue Christmas", originally featured on Natural: World Premiere Album.
    Crystal Kay released her seventh studio album All Yours a month later on June 20, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The album's theme was love. The track "Lonely Girl" was featured on the Japanese airings of the American dramatic television series Lost and featured on the soundtrack to the third series in Japan. The second track on All Yours, "Dream World" was used to promote the "Barista's Special" for Tully's Coffee. The album debuted at number 1, selling 51,211 copies in its first week. All Yours became Crystal Kay's first number one release. The album has sold 136,841 copies and charted for nine weeks.
    Crystal Kay's twenty-first single, "Konna ni Chikaku de ", was released on February 28, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details It was used as the ending theme to the anime adaption of the manga Nodame Cantabile. The single debuted at number 14 on the Oricon chart and charted for eight weeks, selling 15,158 copies to date. "Konna ni Chikaku de " was performed live for the special Nodame Orchestra concert at the Tokyo International Forum on the single's release date. Another single, "Anata no Soba de", was released on May 16, 2007. The single only featured one track and thus was sold at the lower price of ¥525 in Japan. This single was the CM song for Menard Facial Salon.
    After about a years hiatus, Crystal Kay returned to the music scene with the single "Kitto Eien ni", which was released on January 17, 2007. "Kitto Eien ni" was used as the ending theme of the film Boku wa Imōto ni Koi o Suru, starring Jun Matsumoto.
    More Details Hide Details The single debuted at number 12 and charted for seven weeks, selling 19,615 copies.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2006
    Age 19
    Two weeks later Crystal Kay released her sixth studio album Call Me Miss on February 22, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details In its first week, Call Me Miss debuted at number 2 on the Oricon chart as well as number 9 on the World Album Chart, selling 116,050 copies that week. It has since been certified platinum by RIAJ and was the 50th best selling album of 2006 in Japan.
    On February 8, 2006, Crystal Kay released "Kirakuni" / "Together", her nineteenth single and the second A-side to be sung entirely in English.
    More Details Hide Details This single was recorded in the U.S. with producers Jam & Lewis, who are known for working with the likes of Crystal Kay's idol Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey. Crystal Kay has stated that working with them was the personal highlight of her career and was landed on Crystal Kay as a surprise by her management. The recording took place over a hectic 3 nights in Los Angeles. The second A-side "Together" was used as the theme song in Japan for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. The single debuted at number 27.
  • 2005
    Age 18
    Crystal Kay released her seventeenth single, "Koi ni Ochitara", on May 18, 2005, which was used as the theme song for the drama Koi ni Ochitara: Boku no Seikō no Himitsu.
    More Details Hide Details The single is currently the best-selling single of her career, selling 295,456 copies to date and Crystal Kay has stated that it changed the focus of her career away from R&B and towards J-Pop. In its first week it sold 73,717 copies, in its second week it dropped to number 4 and sold 51,546 copies, and in the third week it fell one place to number 5, selling a further 38,302 copies. Crystal Kay's next single was a collaboration with the R&B duo Chemistry called "Two as One". The single was released on October 5, 2005 and peaked at number 2 on the Oricon charts, much like "Koi ni Ochitara" earlier that year. "Two as One" was released as Crystal Kay × Chemistry.
    Crystal Kay's fifth studio album, Crystal Style followed two months later on March 2, 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The album debuted at number 2 and sold 296,756 copies. The album became the 44th best-selling album of 2005 in Japan.
    The single "Kiss" started off 2005 for Crystal Kay.
    More Details Hide Details It was released on January 26, 2005 and peaked at number 10 on the Oricon chart. The single had longevity at eventually became her second best-selling single. "Kiss" was the CM song for NTT DoCoMo "Music Porter". "Kiss" was written by the same songwriter of the ballad "Yuki no Hana" by Mika Nakashima.
  • 2004
    Age 17
    It was Crystal Kay's final release of 2004.
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    Just under two months after "Motherland", Crystal Kay released her first compilation album, CK5, which was released on June 30, 2004, featuring a selection of tracks from Crystal Kay's four previous studio albums, as well as her latest single, "Motherland".
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    On May 12, 2004, released her fourteenth single, "Motherland", the first of two that year. "Motherland" was used as the third ending theme for the anime adaption of Fullmetal Alchemist.
    More Details Hide Details It was the ending theme from episodes 26 to 41. The single debuted at number 9 on the Oricon chart, her second single to debut in the top ten.
  • 2003
    Age 16
    Crystal Kay's debut English-language album, Crystal Kay (released as Natural: World Premiere Album in Japan), was released several weeks before 4 Real on November 7, 2003 in Asian territories including South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand.
    More Details Hide Details The album was her first to be released outside Japan, and compiled English language songs from her previously released albums and singles, such covers of Gladys Knight, Cyndi Lauper and Judy Garland songs.
    Another single, "Candy" was released a month before her fourth studio album, 4 Real, on October 22, 2003. "Candy" debuted inside the top thirty of the Oricon charts at number 21, her fourth single in-a-row to do so. 4 Real was released on November 27, 2003 along with Crystal Kay's thirteenth single, "Can't Be Stopped". 4 Real debuted at number 6 on the charts behind household names in Japan such as Aiko, Do As Infinity and Mika Nakashima and sold 86,310 copies in its first week.
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    Three months later Crystal Kay released "Boyfriend (Part II)" on January 22, 2003.
    More Details Hide Details It peaked at number 23. Her next single came five months later, and was another collaboration with M-Flo. The single, called "I Like It", was released as "Crystal Kay loves m-flo" and was notably the first in a long-running hit series for m-flo. It was also Crystal Kay's first top ten hit. "I Like It" peaked at number 8, becoming Crystal Kay's first top ten hit and eventually sold around 50,000 copies.
  • 2002
    Age 15
    The single was followed by the release of Crystal Kay's next single "Girl U Love" and her third studio album Almost Seventeen, on October 23, 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Almost Seventeen became Crystal Kay's breakthrough album, exceeding expectations and debuting at number 2 on the charts behind Mai Kuraki, selling 51,360 in its first week. The album spent a year on the charts, quickly being certified platinum by RIAJ.
    Nine months after her last single, Crystal Kay released her eighth single, "Hard to Say", on August 7, 2002 and sold over double than her previous best selling single, "Ex-Boyfriend".
    More Details Hide Details It became her first top thirty single when it debuted peaked at number 26 on the Oricon chart.
  • 2001
    Age 14
    Crystal Kay finished off 2001 with her seventh single, "Think of U", released on November 28, 2001.
    More Details Hide Details The single was Christmas-themed. It debuted and peaked at number 60.
    Crystal Kay released her sophomore effort on August 22, 2001, 637: Always and Forever.
    More Details Hide Details The album became Crystal Kay's first album to reach the top twenty of the Oricon chart when it debuted at number 19, and sold 15,640 copies in its first week.
    Crystal Kay's next single, "Ex-Boyfriend", was released on July 4, 2001.
    More Details Hide Details It featured rapper Verbal of M-Flo. The single was a success for Crystal Kay, peaking at number 44, and became her best selling single at the time of its release.
    Her fifth single "Girl's Night" came three months later on May 9, 2001.
    More Details Hide Details The single saw the introduction of urban influences in Crystal Kay's music. Despite this new style, the single peaked at number 100. One of the b-sides, "Make Me Whole" was a cover of the Amel Larrieux song of the same name.
    After a year-long period of inactivity, Crystal Kay returned to the music scene with the single "Lost Child". The single, which was a collaboration with Shinichi Osawa and Hiroshi Fujiwara was released on February 15, 2001 and reached number 55 on its debut week.
    More Details Hide Details Despite Crystal Kay only being credited as a featured artist on the song, it was still featured on her next album, 637: Always and Forever.
  • 2000
    Age 13
    Crystal Kay's debut studio album, C.L.L Crystal Lover Light was released on March 23, 2000.
    More Details Hide Details This album is noted by fans to have a more indie and acoustic feel as opposed to her later albums which mainly come under the genres of pop and R&B. Crystal Kay was only 14 years old when this album was released. C.L.L Crystal Lover Light debuted at number 60 on the Oricon charts. A fourth single was released on the same day as C.L.L Crystal Lover Light, "Shadows of Desire". Because of its release date it became Crystal Kay's first single to fail to chart. "Shadows of Desire" was Crystal Kay's first A-side to be sung entirely in English.
  • 1999
    Age 12
    Crystal Kay is considered a pioneer for interracial acts in Japan. She debuted in 1999 when R&B began to take off in Japan thanks to local acts MISIA, Double and Hikaru Utada.
    More Details Hide Details Her success paved the way for the mainstream success of many mixed-race artists in the mid-2000s (decade) such as Thelma Aoyama and African-American/Japanese enka singer Jero. In 2009, Crystal Kay stated that "There is still some racial thing going on, but people are getting used to it. You can see a lot more mixed people on TV, and even (among) models in magazines." At a summer festival that year half-Japanese half-Papua New Guinean singer Emi Maria left Crystal Kay a demo and a note saying "You're my idol, I'm sad I couldn't meet you in person." Nevertheless, Crystal Kay has commented, "I consider myself a Japanese artist because I was born and raised here, but nationality-wise I look, and am, foreign."
    The collection debuted at number 2 on the Oricon Daily Chart, and sold almost 30,000 copies that day alone, and ultimately dropped to number 3 on the Weekly Chart, behind Superfly's Box Emotions and the second week sales of Arashi's All the Best! 1999-2009.
    More Details Hide Details It sold 87,669 copies that week. This is Crystal Kay's best peak position on the Oricon Chart since All Yours in 2007, as well as her best first week sales since Call Me Miss in 2006. Crystal Kay finished off the year by releasing her first remix album The Best Remixes of CK on December 16, 2006.
    The album celebrates Crystal Kay's fifth anniversary since the release of her debut single "Eternal Memories" in 1999, hence the title.
    More Details Hide Details CK5 peaked at number 2 on the weekly chart and charted for 49 weeks, eventually being certified platinum by RIAJ. Another single, "Bye My Darling!" was released on November 17, and peaked at number 40 on the Oricon chart.
    Despite peaking at number 47, "Eternal Memories" has since become Crystal Kay's eighth best-selling single. 1999 saw the release of two more singles, "Teenage Universe (Chewing Gum Baby)" on September 8 and "Komichi no Hana" on November 3, the former peaking at number 47 and the latter at number 80.
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    One year later the jingle was expanded into her debut single "Eternal Memories", on July 1, 1999.
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  • 1986
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    Born on February 26, 1986.
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