Nishino Kana (西野カナ) is Japanese pop singer under Sony Music Japan. In the year 2005, she was the winner of 40,000 participants "Miss Phoenix Audition" audition held by Sony. Nishino made her major debut in February 2008 with the single "I".
- Stage Name: Nishino Kana (西野カナ)
- Birth Name: Nishino Kanako (西野加奈子)
- Birthdate: March 18, 1989
- Birthplace: Matsusaka, Mie, Japan
- Blood Type: A
- Height: 158cm
- Favorite Artists: Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Ciara
From when she was little, Nishino learned English from English conversation schools, and went to America twice. She then was interested in various genres of music, including hip-hop, R&B and reggae. On the other hand, she also enjoyed traditional Japanese literature, and started singing Japanese folk songs. Her dream of becoming a singer started from junior high school.
When she was 16 her mother secretly sent a demo tape of hers to the "Miss Phoenix Audition", and she was rated the top singer entrant out of approximately 40,000 applicants. A year later in 2006, she was signed to SME Records and started vocals training.
In 2007 while preparing to be a singer, she was also studying English literature at university. At the time she met Australian duo Nervo, who offered Nishino a song called I Don't Wanna Know for use in her music project. Nishino rewrote the song's lyrics into Japanese herself, and re-titled it I.
In December 2007 her official site opened, and from that time onwards *I* ~Merry Christmas ver.~ was available as a digital download from several Japanese sites, including mora.jp. The original version of the song I Don't Wanna Know was available as a digital download on the American iTunes from New Years' Day onwards. The physical version was released two months later, on the 20th of February.
After two unsuccessful singles, Nishino was chosen to sing the second ending theme for the anime SOUL EATER. "Style." was released as her third single and was her highest selling single in 2008 due to the popularity of the anime series. However, her career took off in 2009 with the change in music style, her fifth single "Tookutemo" feat. WISE, reaching #40 on the Oricon charts even without a tie-in. Three months later, Nishino released "Kimi ni Aitaku Naru Kara", this single became her first enter to the top 30 weekly of Oricon.
Following the success of "Kimi ni Aitaku Naru Kara", her debut album LOVE one. was released three weeks later featuring all her six singles. LOVE one. debuted at #4 on the weekly charts and has a long chart life, rising Nishino's name to stardom.
In October 2009, Nishino released her seventh single "Motto...", starting a new chapter of her career. The song debuted at the number 1 spot on the RIAJ Digital Track Chart. She released the double A-side single "Dear... / MAYBE" on December 2, 2009. After releasing two more singles "Best Friend" and "Aitakute Aitakute", she released her second album to LOVE on June 23, 2010. The album reached #1 on the Oricon charts selling more than 750.000 copies.
On August 4, 2010, Kana Nishino released her eleventh single, "if". This song was used as the theme and ending song of the Naruto Shippuuden movie, Naruto Shippuuden 4: The Lost Tower. The single reached #5 on the Oricon charts and sold over 85,000 copies. Her 12th single, "Kimi tte", was released on November 3, 2010. This is her best selling single to date with almost 100.000 copies sold.
2011 - 2012
In 2011, she released the two singles "Distance" in February and "Esperanza" in May, followed by her third album "Thank you, Love" in June. The album reached #1 on the Oricon charts selling more than 350.000 copies. Her 15th single, "Tatoe Donna ni...", was released on November 9, 2011. The single was certified 3x Platinum for being downloaded more than 750.000 times. She was the 5th best-selling female solo artist in Japan in 2011.
In 2012, she released the singles "SAKURA, I love you?", "Watashitachi" and "GO FOR IT!!", followed by her 4th album "Love Place" in September 2012. The album reached #2 on the Oricon charts selling approximately 350.000 copies. Her 19th single "Always" was eventually released on November 7, 2012. She was the 4th best-selling female solo artist in Japan in 2012.
2013 - 2014
Although her singles were downloaded several times, her physical single sales started to decline. Six months later, Kana released two more singles: "Believe" in June followed by "Namidairo" in August. To celebrate her 5th anniversary in the music industry, Kana announced her two best albums Love Collection ~pink~ and Love Collection ~mint~ to be released simultaneously on September 4, 2013. The mint version reached #1 on the Oricon charts, the pink version placed #2. The two albums sold almost 650.000 copies. A month later, she released another single, "Sayonara". She was the best-selling female solo artist in Japan in 2013.
Seven months later, she released her 23rd single "We Don't Stop". The single reached #2 on the Oricon charts selling 33.000 copies. In August, she released her country music themed "Darling". The single reached #6 on the Oricon charts selling more than 42.000 copies and was certified 3x Platinum for being downloaded more than 750.000 times, becoming one of her more recent hit songs. She eventually released the ballad "Suki. The single reached #9 on the Oricon charts selling only 24,803 copies. In November, she released her 5th album "with LOVE". The album reached #1 on the Oricon charts selling almost 270.000 copies. She was the 2nd best-selling female solo artist in Japan in 2014.
2015 - today
After the long chart run of her single "Darling", she released another country music themed single in April called "Moshimo Unmei no Hito ga Iru no Nara". The single only reached #11 on the Oricon charts but managed to sell almost 42.000 copies. The single was certified 2x Platinum for being downloaded more than 500.000 times by May 2016. Releasing this single her physical single sales started to increase again.
In September, Kana released another country music themed single "Torisetsu". The single was used as the theme song for the movie Heroine Shikkaku and reached #6 on the Oricon charts. This is also her first single that was able to sell more than 25,000 copies in its first week since "GO FOR IT!!" as well as her best selling single since "Kimi tte " released in 2010. The RIAJ has certified the single Gold for shipment of over 100,000 copies.
On November 18, she released another pair of best of albums: Secret Collection ~RED~ and Secret Collection ~GREEN~, containing only b-sides of previously released singles and albums. The green version reached #2 on the Oricon charts, the red version placed #3 selling almost 250.000 copies as a pair. A new song No.1 was used as the title track for the show "Okitegami Kyoko no Biboroku" and was certified Platinum for being downloaded more than 250.000 times. She was the best-selling female solo artist in Japan in 2015 with 303,365 copies sold.
- [2009.06.24] LOVE one.
- [2010.06.23] to LOVE
- [2011.06.22] Thank you, Love
- [2012.09.05] Love Place
- [2014.11.12] with LOVE
- [2016.07.13] Just LOVE
- [2013.09.04] Love Collection ~pink~
- [2013.09.04] Love Collection ~mint~
- [2015.11.18] Secret Collection ~RED~
- [2015.11.18] Secret Collection ~GREEN~
- [2013.09.04] Best Album "Love Collection ~pink~" & "Love Collection ~mint~" (ベストアルバム 「Love Collection 〜pink〜」「Love Collection 〜mint〜」)
- [2008.02.20] I
- [2008.04.23] glowly days
- [2008.08.13] Style.
- [2009.01.28] MAKE UP
- [2009.03.18] Tookutemo feat. WISE (遠くても; The Most Distant)
- [2009.06.03] Kimi ni Aitaku Naru Kara (君に会いたくなるから; Because I've Grown to Miss You)
- [2009.10.21] Motto... (もっと...; More...)
- [2009.12.02] Dear... / MAYBE
- [2010.02.24] Best Friend
- [2010.05.19] Aitakute Aitakute (会いたくて 会いたくて; I Want To See You, I Want To See You)
- [2010.08.04] if
- [2010.11.03] Kimi tte (君って; You)
- [2011.02.09] Distance
- [2011.05.18] Esperanza
- [2011.11.09] Tatoe Donna ni... (たとえ どんなに...; No Matter How...)
- [2012.03.07] SAKURA, I love you?
- [2012.05.23] Watashitachi (私たち; Us)
- [2012.07.25] GO FOR IT!!
- [2012.11.07] Always
- [2013.06.05] Believe
- [2013.08.07] Namidairo (涙色; Color of Tears)
- [2013.10.23] Sayonara (さよなら; Goodbye)
- [2014.05.21] We Don't Stop
- [2014.08.13] Darling
- [2014.10.15] Suki (好き, Love)
- [2015.04.29] Moshimo Unmei no Hito ga Iru no Nara (もしも運命の人がいるのなら; If I Had a Soulmate)
- [2015.09.09] Torisetsu (トリセツ; Instruction Manual)
- [2016.04.27] Anata no Suki na Tokoro (あなたの好きなところ; Your Favorite Places)
- [2008.02.20] I ~SiZK "Water Drop" MiX~
- [2011.12.07] Kanayan Tour 2011 ~Summer~
- [2012.12.19] Love Voyage ~a place of my heart~
- [2013.04.17] Kanayan Tour 2012 ~Arena~
- [2013.12.18] MTV Unplugged Kana Nishino
- [2014.07.09] Love Collection Tour ~pink & mint~
- [2016.02.03] with LOVE Tour
Compilations / Other
- [2009.03.04] KARUTETTO - L.I.F.E.2 (#6 I♥Koi feat. Nishino Kana)
- [2009.03.18] TARO SOUL - SOUL SPIRAL (#11 Kono Kyoku Tomarumade wa... feat. Nishino Kana)
- [2009.04.22] THE BEST OF SOUL EATER (#3 Style.)
- [2009.05.27] WISE - LOVE QUEST (#2 Aenakutemo feat. Nishino Kana)
- [2009.07.29] BERRY JAM PARADISE mixed by DJ MAYUMI (#19 Aenakutemo feat. Nishino Kana)
- [2009.09.02] J-Girls' Celebrity Mix (#19 MAKE UP [J-Girls' Celebrity Mix ver.])
- [2009.09.16] m-flo TRIBUTE ~maison de m-flo~ (#4 Yours only feat. WISE)
- [2009.11.25] DJ KAORI - DJ KAORI'S JMIX III (#27 Aenakutemo feat. Nishino Kana)
- [2009.12.16] Ai no Uta 3 (#7 Aenakutemo feat. Nishino Kana)
- [2010.01.27] NERDHEAD - BRAVE HEART feat. Nishino Kana
- [2010.04.07] NERDHEAD - BEGINNING OF THE END (#2 BRAVE HEART feat. Nishino Kana)
- [2010.12.08] INFINITY16 - INFINITY16 BEST (#1 Mafuyu no Orion welcomez MINMI & Nishino Kana)
- [2011.03.16] WISE - By your side feat. Nishino Kana
- [2011.05.11] WISE - Heart Connection ~BEST COLLABOLATIONS~ (#1 By your side feat. Nishino Kana)
- [2012.07.18] NARUTO GREATEST HITS!!!!! (#13 if)
- [2012.08.22] MINMI - MINMI BEST Ame Nochi Niji 2002-2012 (#9 Mafuyu no Orion (2012 ver.) (INFINITY 16 welcomez MINMI & Kana Nishino))
- [2012.04] Piano Solo Score Kana Nishino Super Selection
- [2012.10] Piano Solo Score Nishino Kana "Love Place"
- [2012.11] Piano Hikigatari Artist Collection Nishino Kana
- [2011.07.xx] Pop Sister September Issue (Cover & Feature)
- [2011.10.xx] SHIBUYA109 BOOK Vol.4 (Feature)