Azu (born 8 December 1981, stylized as AZU) is a Japanese R&B singer. She is well known for her collaborations with rapper Seamo, such as her first major release, the leading track from Seamo's second album Live Goes On, "Kokoro no Koe."
Azu first began working in the Tokyo club scene at the age of 16. She explains the meaning behind her stage name as "Putting memories to all the words from A to Z and conveying them to you (U)."
She began work with rapper Seamo in 2005, and worked as a background vocalist for a few of his tracks. In 2006, she featured as a fully fledged billed artist in the lead radio single from his second album, Live Goes On. The song, "Kokoro no Koe," was certified by the RIAJ for 100,000 cellphone downloads.
She debuted as an artist in her own right in 2007, with the single "Cherish." She continued to work with Seamo (for example, her first top 30 hit, "Jikan yo Tomare", featured him). To date, the pair have worked together on six songs together.
Her songs generally do better in the digital market (her biggest single in physical sales only sold 11,000 copies). Since November 2009, five of her songs have been certified gold by the RIAJ for cellphone downloads.
Azu released her second album in March 2010, Two of Us.
|Year||Album Information||Chart positions||Total sales|
|2010||Two of Us||13||22,427|
|Oricon Singles Charts||Billboard Japan Hot 100*||RIAJ Digital Track Chart*|
|2008||"Koi Iro" (コイイロ Color of Love)||118||18||–||1,055|
|"Jikan yo Tomare feat. Seamo" (時間よ止まれ Stop Time)||27||–||–||11,157|
|2009||"Imasugu ni..." (いますぐに... Right Now)||23||–||–||11,270||Two of Us|
|"Onaji Sora Mitsumeteru Anata ni" (同じ空みつめてるあなたに To You, Staring at the Same Sky)|
(Spontania feat. Azu)
|2010||"You & I" feat. Love Love Love||55||38||3||3,247||Two of Us|
|"Tashika na Koto" (たしかなこと Important Things)||67||—||—||2,061||AZyoU|
|"In My Life / To You..."||62||—||—||3,324|
|"Tomodachi☆★" (トモダチ☆★ Friend☆★)||100'||—||—||796||Love Letter|
* Japan Hot 100 established February 2008, RIAJ Digital Track Chart established April 2009.
|2005||Seamo||Honey Honey||Background vocals.||Drive (single)|
|"Intro: Here Comes the Seamo"||Get Back on Stage|
|2006||Seamo feat. Azu||"Kokoro no Koe" (心の声 Voice of the Heart)||Lead track from album. PV filmed.||Live Goes On|
|2008||Karutetto feat. Azu||"Itsumademo" (いつまでも Forever)||Haikei, Boku no Mirai e. (single)|
|Makai feat. Azu & L-Vokal||"Baby Star"||Stars|
|Seamo feat. Azu & Yukako||"Kiss Kiss Kiss"||Scrap & Build|
|2010||Makai feat. Azu||"Mata Aitakute" (また会いたくて I Still Miss You)||Lead track from album. #40 RIAJ.||Love Lite|
|2010||S'capade feat. Azu||"Every 4 U"||'|
AZU's Single "For you" can be heard on the ending credits for Naruto Shippuden (Ending theme 12).
AZU's Single "Jikan yo Tomare" is used as the second ending in Itazura na Kiss.
AZU's Single "Cherish" is used as the ending theme in xxxHOLiC Shunmuki OVA.
AZU's Single "In My Life" is used as the ending credits for Gintama (Yorinuki Ending 3).
AZU has composed "Akatsuki de Hana" (15-24 episodes) in Akatsuki no Yona