Yuko Ando is an excellent exemplory case of the post-Ayumi Hamasaki era of J-pop performers. She’s not content material to keep her profession in the hands of her managers, being truly a vocalist/songwriter and focusing on her personal addresses, booklets, and promotional video herself, and she’s also prolonged enough to ultimately score on top of the charts despite the fact that her early stabs at achievement proceeded to go nowhere. Ando in the beginning intended to be considered a film movie director, and scored little functions in 2000s films Mamotte Agetai and Saimin, aswell as the series Ikebukuro Western Get Park, nonetheless it was her performing that impressed Koike Soukou, the Oricon editor, when he noticed her auditioning for a job inside a musical. Her overall performance level became high enough on her behalf to be authorized by LEADING EDGE, a sublabel of Avex Trax, where Ando debuted in 2003 using the EP Sally. It didn’t graph, although the name track was found in the Taiwanese Television drama Meteor Backyard. Her first launch to scrape the Oricon was the EP And Perform, Record (2004), which increased to quantity 54, owing this towards the increase it got from your anime series Gilgamesh that presented her track “Wasure Mono No Mori.” Ando’s 1st solitary, “Mizuiro Zero Shirabe” (2004), nevertheless, just charted at quantity 139, and her debut recording, Middle Tempo Magic (2004), peaked at quantity 63, though it ultimately outsold And Perform, Record. Her two following singles didn’t enter the very best 100, but “Samishigariya No Kotobatachi” (2005) have scored number 35 because of a feature within a Hitachi advertisement. Commercials became the lucky solution for Ando — her tune “Nouzen Katsura” was highlighted in a favorite sake advertisement, and clicked sufficiently with listeners to propel her second record, Merry Andrew (2006), in to the Oricon TOP. Ando backed Merry Andrew with an enormous tour before obtaining back again to the studio room, where she once again demonstrated that she was better with albums than singles, as her third full-length, Shabon Tracks (2007), charted much better than the singles “Tx” and “The Still Metal Down” (both 2006), which hardly managed to get to the very best 50. Nevertheless, “Unabara No Tsuki” (2007) have scored number 12 in the Oricon, rendering it Ando’s highest-charting one, and “Parallel” (2008), though just rising to amount 20, outsold most of her singles, except “Samishigariya No Kotobatachi.” Ando’s 4th album, Chronicle, arrived in 2008 and inserted the very best 20.