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Japanese diva comes to Taiwan

Misia, an atypical Japanese pop star will make her Taiwanese debut today


Japanese superstar Misia retains her popularity and individuality.


To her Taiwanese fans, Misia (米希亞) is best known for her singles It's Just Love, which is a Shiseido commercial theme tune and Everything, the theme song for a Japanese TV drama. She is one of few Japanese pop stars who has never performed on a TV show. In spite of this, she remains popular.

With seven studio albums under her belt, Misia has established herself as a live performing artist. Misia's live performances are better than her albums. In 2004, she became the first female singer to tour all five major stadiums of Japan. Now, The Tour of Misia 2007: Ascension, Misia's first oversees tour, is coming to Taiwan.

Best described as a combination of Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys, this R 'n' B diva is a rarity. With a not-so-camera-friendly face in a country where packaging is everything, Misia has climbed to the top of Japan's pop market with her powerful voice and a vocal range that sets her apart from most of her flashy peers.

A talented singer, songwriter and pianist, Misia debuted in the Japanese pop scene with her first single Tsutsumi Komu Yo ni (深情包圍) in 1998, which peaked at 11 on the Oricon singles charts. Her first album, Mother Father Brother Sister, won her the Best Pop Album of the Year at the Nihon Gold Disc Awards and firmly established her as one of Japan's top musicians Japan.

Performance notes

What: The Tour of Misia 2007: Ascension

When: Today at 8:00pm

Where: At Singjhuang Stadium located at 66 Hesing Street, Singjhuang City, Taipei County (臺北縣新莊市和興街六十六號).

Tickets: NT$1,600 to NT$4,200; available through ERA ticketing

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