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Mai promoting MAISELF (2006)

Ruppina+ (formerly known as Ruppina and Mai (舞)) is a Japanese techno pop singer formerly with avex sub-label Rhythm Zone. She is currently on an independant label.

Although once part of FITONE, the company has removed her profile as of summer 2007.

Profile

  • Stage Names: Ruppina (2004-06), Mai (舞) (2006-09), Ruppina+ (current)
  • Real name: Kudo (also Kudou) Mai (工藤舞)
  • Birthdate: July 18, 1984
  • Birthplace: Ishikari, Hokkaido, Japan
  • Favorite colors: Yellow, green, white
  • Favorite season: Spring
  • Favorite quote: "Shinjiru koto kara subete wa hajimaru" (Everything begins from a belief)
  • Favorite food: Korean cuisine
  • If she was a flower, she'd be... A sunflower
  • Strengths: Compassion
  • Wants to visit: Australia
  • Hobbies: Watching movies, window shopping, looking at things
  • Recent interests: Nail design, designing clothing
  • Favorite part of her body: Her mouth (dimples)
  • Wants to be... A woman with a strong, unwavering will

Information

Mai has been involved musically and enjoyed singing since she was a child. During her sixth year in elementary school she was part of Ishikari Kurenai Taiko, a drum group, and Ishikari Ryuusei Umi, a soran (traditional Japanese dance) dance group. It was a huge team, winning the semi-grand prix award out of 400 teams in her second year of high school.

During her third year of junior high school, her father fell ill and collapsed. After this Mai had ambitions to become a nurse, but she still enjoyed singing and was considering pursuing a career. Later Mai found out from a friend about a vocal audition going on so she made a demo tape and impressed the scouts. An indie label made 500 copies of the tape and had a Hokkaido radio station play it, with the copies being sold at a Sapporo CD shop. It was sold out in four days. After this, Ruppina was created.

In her third year of high school she visited Tokyo with her family and was additionally scouted in Shibuya. She sent her Ruppina demo track to avex, impressing CEO Matsuura Max so much that he personally went to Hokkaido to meet her. Mai was still torn between becoming a nurse or a singer at this point and Matsuura helped her make up her mind by telling her that "Songs can also encourage people."

She moved to Tokyo in July that year, recording a demo tape in May 2002. Ruppina's first single Free Will / Violet Flow was put on the market as a limited release in December of that year. Throughout her career as Ruppina, five singles, two mini-albums, and one full-length album (excluding the Best) were released. However, Ruppina was not going in a direction Mai wanted: even though "Kudo Mai" was reflected as "Ruppina", Mai felt that she wasn't right as "Ruppina". With lots of support from her friends and family, she made steps to becoming solo as "Mai", starting with her In the Name of Love single. After the best album Ruppina Best was released, the Ruppina project was ended November 16th, 2005.

The next month would mark Mai's official "solo" debut. Her first single Reborn expressed the theme of rebirth and the art of female beauty without the need of clothing. The song was used as the ending theme for Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ, beginning with the December 5th episode. Unlike Ruppina, whose music was more a mix of pop, rock, and techno, as "Mai", her music is consistently a mix of techno and pop. What makes Reborn unique (and all of Mai's singles, for that matter) is that Mai was totally nude during the song's PV and is nude on the jacket cover, but lights and positioning of her arms and legs hide most of her. Reborn was also used as the theme song for the Xbox 360 game "eM".

Eyes was released almost five months later, this time with the theme of "awakening". It builds on the theme from Reborn in that after being born, one awakes, and standing confidently one can progress towards his or her goal.

Mai appeared in the 2006 movie Backdancers! as the fictional pop star Mayu, leader of Mayu With Super Tigers. The song she recorded for the film is included on its soundtrack.

Discography

Note: All releases are 'Ruppina' unless stated.

Albums

Mini-Albums

Singles

Other Video Releases

Compilations / Other

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