May'n is a Japanese pop singer signed to HoriPro talent agency. She debuted as an urban singer under stage name Nakabayashi May on the Universal Music Japan in 2005 but later transferred to Victor Entertainment's sub-label flying DOG.
- 1 Profile
- 2 Information
- 3 Discography
- 4 Concerts
- 5 External Links
- Stage Names: Nakabayashi May (2005-2006), May'n (2007-present)
- Real Name: Nakabayashi Mei (中林芽依)
- Birthday: October 21, 1989
- Birthplace: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
- Blood Type: O
- Height: 163cm
- Favorite artists: Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, Eminem, Jay-Z
Nakabayashi has been an avid lover of music from a young age and constantly sings wherever she is. When she was 13, she participated in the Love Music Audition held by HoriPro talent agency and was one of four chosen out of 34,911 hopefuls. In the year 2005, she debuted at the age of 14 as an urban singer under stage name Nakabayashi May with the single "Crazy Crazy Crazy". But due to the unsuccess of her three singles with Universal Music Japan, her talent agency decided to find a new way for her career. Nakabayashi took a one year hiatus for label changing. Prior to leave from Universal, she released her last song as Nakabayashi May title "Ame ni Saku Hana" as digital single.
2007~2009: Re-debuted, Macross Frontier and first studio album
In late 2007, it was announced that she has completed her transfer to Victor Entertainment and will debuted under its sub-label flying DOG with a new stage name, May'n (delivered from May Nakabayashi). She also was chosen to lend her voice to the singing voice fictional idol Sheryl Nome in the anime Macross Frontier. Her re-but single, "Diamond Crevasse / Iteza☆Gogo Kuji Don't be late" featured composition by Kanno Yoko and was released on May 8, 2008. Thank to the popularity of the anime series, the single was shotted to #3 on the Oricon weekly charts and later became the 66th best selling single of the year. In August 2008, May'n collaborated with Nakajima Megumi and Kanno Yoko for another single, "Lion". She also got an invitation to MelodiX! on August 23rd, marking her first TV appearance, there she performed "Lion" B-side, "Northern Cross".
The success of Macross Frontier series and the popularity of her character Sheryl Nome also gave her a lot of notices. She was invited to perform "Iteza☆Gogo Kuji Don't be late" at Animelo Summer Live 2008. She also got a chance to perform at Nippon Budokan for Macross F Galaxy Tour and her live performance at Singapore's Anime Festival Asia 08 in November became her first oversea performance. In January 2009, her first Japan live tour was held along with the release of her debut mini-album, May'n☆Street.
Her next single, "Kimi Shinitamou Koto Nakare" was scheduled to be released on May 6, 2009. She also got her first invitation to MUSIC JAPAN in which she performed "Kimi Shinitamou Koto Nakare" and later became its common guest. May'n soon held her second concert tour "LOVE & JOY" in summer 2009. In Fall 2009, she reprised her role as Sheryl Nome for the movie Macross Frontier ~Itsuwari no Utahime~. On October 21, the same day of her 20th anniversary, May'n released two singles simultaneously: "pink monsoon", her second single as the fictional idol Sheryl Nome which is described as Sheryl's debut single at the age of 16; and a digital single "my teens, my tears", a tribute to her teenage days. A few months later she released other song as digital single titled "Grand Piano". She also held to two live performances to celebrate her 20th anniversary. On November 25, 2009, May'n released another two albums: her second mini-album Universal Bunny under Sheryl Nome character and her first studio album, Styles.
2010~2013: Nippon Budokan and representing Japan in Hanoi
On January 24, 2010, May'n performed her first solo Nippon Budokan concert, titled BIG★WAAAAAVE, which sold out in only one day. In March of the same year, she held her first tour of Asia, followed in July by a 17-city summer tour of Japan. On July 28, 2010, she released her second single as May'n, "Ready Go!", which was used as the opening theme to the 2010 anime television series Okami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi.
In fall 2010, May’n was chosen to record the theme song for the film “Incite Mill -7 Day Death Game-” and she released her third single, "Shinjitemiru". In February 2011, she released her 3D live documentary movie May'n The Movie: Phonic Nation and later that month released her second album “If you...” which made number 7 on the Oricon Weekly Chart and which also incluyed the ending theme for the anime television series Saikyou Bushouden ~ Mikuni Engi, "Ai wa Furu Hoshi no Gotoku". In March, she held her second solo Budokan concert, titled RHYTHM TANK!!. She participated in the largest-in-Europe Japanese Culture and Entertainment Festival “Japan Expo 2011″.
In 2011 and 2012, May'n performed "Brain Diver", which was used as the opening theme to the 2011 anime television series Phi Brain: Puzzle of God, and she also collaborated with Asakura Daisuke who composed and produced two of her singles, "Scarlet Ballet" for the anime Hidan no Aria and "Chase the world" for Sunrise anime Accel World, which the anime edition was released under the Warner Home Video label.
On March 31, 2012 she released her third studio album, HEAT, which includes the opening theme for the Capcom flash/web game Onimusha Soul, "GET TOUGH". In the same year May'n also performed "Aozora", which was used as the ending theme to the 2012 anime television series BTOOOM!, and later performed "Mr.Super Future Star", which was used as theme song to the Capcom game E.X. Troopers.
In 2013 May'n released two singles, one performed "Run Real Run", which was used as theme song to the drama television series Real Onigokko THE ORIGIN ans the second performed "ViViD", which was used as the opening theme to the anime television series Blood Lad. She represented Japan on 26 October 2013 at ABU TV Song Festival 2013 in Hanoi, Vietnam with hit single "ViViD" before starting on 29 October her May’n Hall Tour 2013 "Live! Cave! Dive!" in Japan.
2014~2016: 10th anniversary: best album and Nippon Budokan concert
On January 29, 2014, May'n released their fourth studio album, NEW WORLD, which include a second CD with five live tracks from the May'n Hall Tour 2013 "LIVE!CAVE!DIVE!", at the same time she released her ninth single, "Kyou ni Koiiro", which was used as the opening theme to the anime television series Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.. She would make her return to the United States with a solo concert in San Francisco and a performance at Union Square for J-Pop Summit Festival 2014.
In 2015 May'n performed "Lethe -May'n ver.-", which was used as the theme song for the Japanese version of the mobile MMORPG LINE Cross Legion and later it was announced her first best album by her 10th anniversary titled POWERS OF VOICE, that would include songs of all her musical career including new versions of her three first singles with Universal Music Japan. In August 26, she performed at the Nippon Budokan a special concert titled "Powers of Voice".
May'n performed "Yamaidare darlin'", which was used as the first opening theme to the 2015 anime television series Aquarion Logos, and later performed the songs "Yoake no Logos", which was used as the second opening theme to Aquarion Logos, and the series' second ending theme "Hontou no Koe wo Anata ni Azuketakute", which was performed with the singer Chisuga Haruka. She performed the song "Belief", which was used as the opening theme to the 2016 anime television series Taboo Tattoo and was released under the avex sub-label DIVE II entertainment. She performed the song "Hikari Aru Basho e", which is used as the ending theme to the 2016 anime television series Shuumatsu no Izetta.
2017~present: 5th studio album
In 2017 May'n performed "Itoshisa to Setsunasa to Kokoro Tsuyosa to", which was used as the theme song for the Japanese release of the game Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers and it was released as digital single on May 31. On August 9, She will collaborate with idol unit Wake Up, Girls! in performing the song "One In A Billion", which was used as the opening theme to the anime television series Isekai Shokudou.
On July 3, a special live for her 28th birthday called "PEACE of SMILE" was announced on her official website, to be held on October 21. On July 25, it was announced that the name of her fifth studio album would be PEACE of SMILE and would be released on October 18. The album includes a second CD that would be a maxi single.
- [2009.11.25] Styles
- [2011.02.23] If you...
- [2012.03.21] HEAT
- [2014.01.29] NEW WORLD
- [2017.10.18] PEACE of SMILE
- [2015.08.26] POWERS OF VOICE
- [2009.01.21] May'n☆Street (メイン☆ストリート)
- [2015.02.18] Re:May'n☆Act
- [2009.11.25] Universal Bunny (ユニバーサル・バニー) (Sheryl Nome starring May'n)
- [2010.11.24] cosmic cuune (Sheryl Nome starring May'n & Ranka Lee=Nakajima Megumi)
- [2005.04.27] Crazy Crazy Crazy (Nakabayashi May)
- [2005.08.03] Sympathy (Nakabayashi May)
- [2006.09.27] Fallin' in or Not feat. SEAMO (Nakabayashi May)
- [2009.05.06] Kimi Shinitamou Koto Nakare (キミシニタモウコトナカレ; Thou Shalt Not Die)
- [2010.07.28] Ready Go!
- [2010.10.13] Shinjitemiru (シンジテミル; Try to Believe)
- [2011.05.11] Scarlet Ballet
- [2011.11.02] Brain Diver
- [2012.05.09] Chase the world
- [2013.05.08] Run Real Run
- [2013.07.24] ViViD
- [2014.01.29] Kyou ni Koiiro (今日に恋色; Today's Love Colours)
- [2014.06.18] Re:REMEMBER
- [2015.07.22] Yamaidare darlin' (ヤマイダレdarlin')
- [2015.12.16] Yoake no Logos (夜明けのロゴス; Dawn of Logos)
- [2016.08.24] Belief
- [2016.11.23] Hikari Aru Basho e (光ある場所へ; To a Place with Light)
- [2018.02.07] You
- [2018.08.08] Tenshi yo Kokyou wo Kike (天使よ故郷を聞け)
- [2005.12.11] Happy (Nakabayashi May)
- [2007.01.31] Ame ni Saku Hana (雨に咲く花; Blooming Flowers in the Rain) (Nakabayashi May)
- [2009.10.21] my teens, my tears
- [2009.11.25] Grand Piano
- [2010.05.12] Ai wa Furu Hoshi no Gotoku [TV-Size] (愛は降る星のごとく; Love Is Like Falling Stars)
- [2012.04.21] Chase the world (TV Size)
- [2012.10.11] Aozora (アオゾラ; Blue sky)
- [2012.11.22] Mr.Super Future Star
- [2015.05.06] Lethe -May'n ver.-
- [2016.07.05] Belief (TV Size)
- [2017.05.31] Itoshisa to Setsunasa to Kokoro Tsuyosa to (恋しさと 切なさと 心強さと; Heartwarming Feelings and Heart-wrenching Feelingsand Heartening Feelings)
- [2019.01.30] Starring
- [2008.05.08] Diamond Crevasse / Iteza☆Gogo Kuji Don't be late (ダイアモンド クレバス / 射手座☆午後九時Don't be late; Sagittarius☆9PM Don't be late) (Sheryl Nome starring May'n)
- [2008.08.20] Lion (ライオン) (May'n / Nakajima Megumi)
- [2009.10.21] pink monsoon (Sheryl Nome starring May'n)
- [2017.04.26] Gor~~geous (ゴ～～ジャス) (Sheryl Nome starring May'n) (Digital)
- [2018.09.26] Good job! (Sheryl Nome starring May'n / Ranka Lee = Nakajima Megumi) (Macross Frontier 10th Anniversary Single)
- [2009.03.25] May’n☆Act
- [2009.10.30] Macross Frontier Galaxy Tour FINAL in Budokan (マクロスF(フロンティア)ギャラクシーツアーFINAL in ブドーカン) (with Nakajima Megumi and Kanno Yoko)
- [2010.05.26] May'n Special Concert BIG☆WAAAAAVE!! in Nippon Budokan (May'n Special Concert BIG☆WAAAAAVE!! in 日本武道館)
- [2011.09.21] May'n THE MOVIE -Phonic Nation-
- [2011.11.02] May'n Special Concert 2011 RHYTHM TANK!! at Nippon Budokan
- [2012.08.08] May'n special concert 2012 『May'n☆GO!AROUND!!』at Yokohama Arena
- [2013.07.24] May’n Special Concert 2013 BD 「MIC-A-MANIA」 at BUDOKAN
- [2016.01.27] May'n 10th Anniversary Special Concert BD at Budokan 「POWERS OF VOICE」
Compilations / Other
- [2006.05.24] ajapai - unaffected (#2 Believe)
- [2008.06.04] Macross Frontier O.S.T.1 Nyan Fro. (#2 Welcome To My FanClub's Night!, #3 What 'bout my star?, #4 Iteza☆Gogo Kuji Don't be late, #8 What 'bout my star?@Formo, #23 Infinity, #24 Diamond Crevasse)
- [2008.07.23] Anisama Friends - "Yells ~It's a beautiful life~"
- [2008.10.08] Macross Frontier O.S.T.2 Nyan Tra☆ (#2 Northern Cross, #3 Triangler (fight on stage), #10 Yousei, #12 Shinkuu no Diamond Crevasse, #19 Nyan Nyan Service Medley)
- [2008.12.03] Macross Frontier VOCAL COLLECTION Nyan Tama♀ (Disc 1 #2 What 'bout my star?@Formo, #4 Diamond Crevasse ~ Tenbou Kouen Nite, #5 Welcome To My FanClub's Night!, #6 Iteza☆Gogo Kuji Don't be late, #7 What 'bout my star?, #8 Infinity #7, #19 Diamond Crevasse; Disc 2 #1 Lion, #2 Diamond Crevasse 50/50, #3 Sheryl no Aimo, #4 Yousei, #5 Northern Cross, #10 Nyan Nyan Special Service Medley (Tokumori), #11 Triangler (fight on stage))
- [2008.12.24] May'n and Miyake Kenta - "Sheryl no Uchuu Kyoudaibune Nado." (シェリルの宇宙兄弟船 など。; Sheryl's Brother Spaceship and More.)
- [2009.05.27] YOKO KANNO SEATBELTS - YOKO KANNO SEATBELTS Rai Chikyuu Kinen Collection Album Space Bio Charge (Disc 1 #17 Lion)
- [2009.06.24] Anisama Friends - "RE:BRIDGE ~Return to Oneself~"
- [2009.07.08] Shangri-La O.S.T. (#2 Kimi Shinitamou Koto Nakare)
- [2009.08.21] Okui Masami - Miracle Upper WL feat. May'n (ミラクル・アッパーWL)
- [2009.09.23] Shangri-La O.S.T.2 (#14 Kimi Shinitamou Koto Nakare (Ballad ver.))
- [2009.10.14] Iijima Mari - Iki wo Shiteru Kanjiteiru (息をしてる 感じている; I'm Breathing, I'm Feeling) (with FIRE BOMBER, May'n, Nakajima Megumi)
- [2010.06.23] Anisama Friends - evolution ~for beloved one~
- [2010.09.01] TV Animation "Sengoku BASARA Ni" Ongaku Emaki Ni ~Ransei, Futatabi!~ (TVアニメーション『戦国BASARA弐』音楽絵巻 弐 ～乱世、再び!～) (#23 Yuzurenai Omohi [Short Ver.] (ユズレナイ想ヒ [Short Ver.]))
- [2010.09.22] Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi O.S.T. Otogibako (オオカミさんと七人の仲間たち O.S.T. 音戯箱) (#2 Ready Go! (TV Size) (Ready Go! (TVサイズ)))
- [2011.01.26] Ranka Lee = Megumi Nakajima - Houkago Overflow (放課後オーバーフロウ) (#2 Get it on - flying rock feat. Sheryl Nome starring May'n, #4 Get it on - flying rock)
- [2011.03.09] Macross Frontier ~Sayonara no Tsubasa~ netabare album the end of "triangle" (劇場版マクロスF サヨナラノツバサ netabare album the end of "triangle") (Sheryl Nome starring May'n --> #1 Kindan no Elixir (禁断のエリクシア), #17 Diamond Crevasse ~ thank you, Frontier (ダイアモンド クレバス ~thank you, Frontier); Sheryl Nome starring May'n & Ranka Lee = Megumi Nakajima --> #7 Get it on ~ Kousouku Climax (Get it on ~光速クライmax), #12 Nyan Nyan Final Attack Frontier Greatest☆Hits! (娘々Final Attack フロンティア グレイテスト☆ヒッツ!), #13 Sayonara no Tsubasa ~ the end of triangle (サヨナラノツバサ ~the end of triangle), #15 dShootistarb (dシュディスタb))
- [2011.05.xx] Fever Macross Frontier Musume Pachi (フィーバーマクロスフロンティア 娘ぱち) (Sheryl Nome starring May'n --> #2 Iteza☆Gogo Kuji Don't be late (射手座☆午後九時Don't be late), #3 Northern Cross (ノーザンクロス), #4 Infinity #7 (インフィニティ#7), #8 What 'bout my star? @Formo, #9 Diamond Crevasse (ダイアモンド クレバス); Sheryl Nome starring May'n & Ranka Lee = Megumi Nakajima --> #7 Lion (ライオン))
- [2011.05.11] Senjou no Valkyria 3 Sound & Song Collection (戦場のヴァルキュリア3 サウンド&ソングコレクション) (Disc 2 #15 Moshimo Kimi ga Negau no Nara (GAME Size) (もしも君が願うのなら(GAME Size)))
- [2011.06.22] TV Animation "Hidan no Aria" Kyoyougakubu Ongaku Kyozai ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK (TVアニメーション「緋弾のアリア」教養学部 音楽教材 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) (#2 Scarlet Ballet (TV-SIZE MIX))
- [2013.03.28] Φ Brain ~ Kami no Puzzle Original Soundtrack Quebra Cabeça (ファイ・ブレイン~神のパズル オリジナルサウンドトラック Quebra Cabeça) (#4 Brain Diver (TV edit))
- [2012.04.21] Accel World SPECIAL SAMPLER DISC (アクセル・ワールド SPECIAL SAMPLER DISC) (#1 Chase the world (TV size.))
- [2012.10.24] Nyannyan FIRE!! ~ Totsugeki Planet Explosion / Virgin Story (娘々FIRE!!～突撃プラネットエクスプロージョン/ヴァージンストーリー) (#1 Nyannyan FIRE!! ~ Totsugeki Planet Explosion (娘々FIRE!! ～突撃プラネットエクスプロージョン) / Sheryl Nome starring May'n, Ranka Lee = Megumi Nakajima, FIRE BOMBER; #3 Nyannyan FIRE!! ~ Totsugeki Planet Explosion (Original Karaoke) (娘々FIRE!! ～突撃プラネットエクスプロージョン（オリジナルカラオケ）))
- [2013.09.25] TV Animation "Blood Lad" O.S.T. 2 (TVアニメーション「ブラッドラッド」O.S.T. 2) (#23 ViViD -TV-EDIT-)
- [2014.03.26] Macross 30 Shuunen Kinen Chou Jikuu Duet-Shuu Nyan Cora× (マクロス30周年記念 超時空デュエット集 娘コラ×) (#8 Aimo ~Tori no Hito / Mao Nome (Nanri Yuuka) × Sheryl Nome starring May'n)
- [2015.09.23] TV Animation Aquarion Logos O.S.T. (TVアニメーション アクエリオンロゴス O.S.T.) (#5 Yamaidare darlin' [TV-EDIT] (ヤマイダレdarlin' [TV-EDIT]))
- [2017.10.25] "Tsubasa wo Motsumono ~Not an angel Just a dreamer~"
- [2009.01.22 - 2009.01.29] May'n CONCERT TOUR 2009 "May'n Act"
- [2009.07.26 - 2009.08.13] May'n SUMMER TOUR 2009 "LOVE & JOY"
- [2009.11.01] May'n Daigakusai LIVE'09 in N.I.T. "Please enjoy it !!" (May'n大学祭LIVE'09 in N.I.T. "Please enjoy it !!")
- [2009.11.13] May'n Seitan 20th Anniversary Osaka・AKASO (May'n 生誕20th Anniversary 大阪・AKASO)
- [2009.11.15] May'n Seitan 20th Anniversary Tokyo・Shinagawa Stellar Ball (May'n 生誕20th Anniversary 東京・品川ステラボール)
- [2010.01.24] May'n Special Concert 2010 at Nippon Budokan "BIG★WAAAAAVE" (May'n Special Concert 2010 at 日本武道館 "BIG★WAAAAAVE")
- [2010.07.30 - 2010.08.20] May'n SUMMER TOUR 2010 "Phonic◆Nation side-A/B" ＜side-A＞
- [2010.09.09 - 2010.09.21] May'n SUMMER TOUR 2010 "Phonic◆Nation side-A/B" ＜side-B＞
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