Seiko Matsuda

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About Seiko Matsuda

Dubbed The Eternal Idol, Seiko Matsuda has dominated the Japanese pop landscape for more than four decades, making her one of the country’s most successful artists of all time. ∙ Debuting in 1980 with the single “Hadashi no Kisetsu,” she topped the charts a few months later with “Kaze wa Aki Iro,” setting off an incredible run of 24 consecutive No. 1 singles. ∙ Matsuda has hit No.1 on the Japanese album charts 19 times, beginning with North Wind, her sophomore full-length (and second LP of 1980). ∙ In 1990, she scored a minor US hit with “The Right Combination,” a duet with Donnie Wahlberg (of New Kids On the Block) from her English-language album Seiko. ∙ Known for performing at Japan’s famed Budokan arena more than any other female artist in history, she has taken stage there upwards of 100 times. ∙ A star of Japanese film and TV, she’s also appeared in such US productions as Armageddon and Bones, and she made her directorial debut with an episode of HBO Asia’s Folklore. ∙ A winner of multiple Japan Record Awards—the country’s equivalent of the Grammys—she took home Best Vocal Performance honors in 2015.

Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan
March 10, 1962

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