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Olivia

Olivia is not one of the easiest talents to pin down in Japanese pop, and not only because she is half-Japanese, half-American. She debuted in 1996 in the short-lived all-girl group D&D before going solo, and her musical eclecticism, whispery vocals, sometimes dark themes, and gothic look put her out of sync with J-pop's mainstream -- namely the shiny Euro-beat of Ayumi Hamasaki, the sultry R&B of Namie Amuro, and the polished ballads of Hikaru Utada.

Olivia Lufkin was born in Okinawa on December 9, 1979, to a Japanese mother and American father, and got her first taste of showbiz when she enrolled in the Okinawa Actor's Guild, which also schooled future J-pop star Namie Amuro and members of the pop idol group Max. While at the school, Olivia was discovered by the Rising Productions management company (owned by the record label Avex Trax), and was chosen to become the lead vocalist of the three-piece girl group D&D (short for Dream & Dance), which debuted in 1996. The group disbanded in 1998 after a handful of singles and one album, reportedly at the behest of the band's producer, Tetsuya Komuro, who wanted Olivia to pursue a solo career. Komuro's first task was to get Olivia on board to sing the vocals to the theme song to the 1998 FIFA World Cup (held in France), "Together Now," co-written with Jean Michel Jarre.

Olivia's debut solo single, "I.L.Y. -Yokubo-," released in early 1999, and the accompanying album, the following year's Synchronicity, signified a marked shift away from the upbeat dance-pop of her former group toward a more introspective, alternative rock sound, characterized by Olivia's wistful vocals and chugging, distorted guitars. The album included Olivia's two biggest hit singles to date, which both went Top 30 on the Oricon chart, including the Olivia-penned "Dear Angel." The album, sung mostly in English, also included guest spots from veteran Japanese guitar virtuoso Char and drummer Shinya Yamada from the big-selling visual-kei act Luna Sea.

Avex Trax switched Olivia to the label's "indie" imprint, Cutting Edge, and in 2003 took the unusual step of releasing four mini-albums, co-produced with Olivia's younger brother and bandmember, Jeffrey. The curiously titled EPs were available on limited release at Tower Records stores in Japan. Internal Bleeding Strawberry was the most successful of the four, hitting number two upon release in the Tower Records weekly chart, while fans attempted to decipher the English-only lyrics and themes of alienation. The macabre tone was carried through on Olivia's second full album, The Lost Lolli (2004), which saw the singer/songwriter channel her love of Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, and early-'90s British punk-goth also-rans Daisy Chainsaw. The result was an album of ethereal dance-pop and heavier rock songs somewhere between Björk, Tori Amos, and a less angst-ridden Evanescence. Following the album's release, Olivia worked as a fashion model and launched her own clothing line. Despite the modest success of The Lost Lolli in Japan, Avex made the album available overseas.

There was little that was modest about the success of Olivia's next project: recording under the name Olivia inspi' Reira, Olivia scored her first Top Ten hit in 2006 with the closing theme to Nana, an anime television series based on the hugely popular manga series of the same name, titled "A Little Pain." Olivia repeated the feat in October of the same year with the double-A-sided single Wish/Starless Night, the new opening and closing songs, respectively, in the Nana anime TV franchise. ~ David Hickey, Rovi
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danielle.min o r
This BIO is NOT FOR THIS OLIVIA!! Olivia is not half Japanese!!
denibabie
I'm in love with her voice ������
londonmami06
Can y'all please take this wrong bio off please??? It's a misrepresent a t i o n of her and doesn't help her career at all.
OMG!! straight played her with the bio lmao
I think Erica mena song it better cause she wrote it and it come from her heart so I believe rich and Olivia were ugly for what goes around comes around
This is the wrong bio for Olivia lmao! ��
Love song
hannibalhanb r o n 2 3
Car
I wanted what she going to this season on LUV hip hop Altanta show, coming at Monday.
Love this song
this is the completely wrong bio!!!
What happened to the real Olivia
this is not the correct Olivia.
totally wrong Bio
smplymarvalo u s
Uhhhhh, i don't think this is the right bio???
yal gotta give it to her, she sang this s**t waaaaayyyy better than erica mena
nhtien71
Wrong Bio!
I love Olivia from love n.hiphop till now
Love her voice
angimckenzi
yes more Liv!!! she is a very talented singer
This my gurl she sangs really good i love her song December time 4 some more of Liv..as Rich dollars would say...
It sounds too much like Danity Kane's song. Sorry...but hey it's a good song
I love this song im not tryna leave u believe me
Please give us more info about Olivia this bio is wrong
See the moral of the story is that everybody had a love they ran back to(true dat)
This biography is not Olivia, Pandora Radio please fix this issue asap!
Yea I was confused
shayla.hicks
Wrong Olivia... you have Olivia Lufkin's bio on here... The pic does not match the name! Olivia Longott's pic on here is correct. Bio is wrong. Please do not misrepresent someone and leave it like that... we know that accidents do happen; so being that the comments on here have been on here a while, please fix. Thanks! :)
I'm glad she took this from Erica mena..... no hate towards e buh liv murdered this song......bu h yes Pandora this Bio is completely wrong
jeannine_wil l i a m s
This bio is incorrect. The song belongs to Oliva Longott
mizzhustleha r d
This Olivia is different than the one that is shown under the bio
jayden1642
THIS IS THE WRONG BIO!! SMH!!
I love this song
reLly pandora lol
Smh when I saw the bio I was like is this the Olivia I wanna hear?? Glad I didn't change the artist, waiting to hear September!!! ! ! !
Pandora change this is NOT CORRECT !!! Wrong information for Olivia!!
Lol this bio is meant for Olivia Lufkin.
wow
yea.. about this bio.
This bio is hilariously wrong
Mann wassup with the bio!?
brianna_dunl a p
Wrong bio
I love Olivia she has one of the best voices ever ❤
WOW this is COMPLETELY the wrong BIO
So disappointin g they have the wrong Bio and this is a music station. I love pandora radio but I can't rely on their information. ��
greer.dorsey
This is definitely the wrong bio.
diamondndaru f 3
Wtf......... . .
kelvinlarayn e l s o n
Lol..they got my b++ch bio all wrong
latoyafulmor e
this bio is soooooooo wrong lol
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