Legal name: 鬼束 千尋, 鬼束千尋
Chihiro Onitsuka (鬼束 ちひろ, Onitsuka Chihiro) (born October 30, 1980) is a Japanese singer-songwriter.
In 2000, Onitsuka released her debut single "Shine" and gained a recognition with its follow-up "Gekkou" which became a hit. Insomnia, her first studio album released in following year topped the Japanese Oricon chart and sold more than a million copies. "Memai", one of the singles from her debut album provided her with honor of winning the prize for lyrics of the 43rd Japan Record Awards in 2001.
During her career, Onitsuka has repeatedly brought about troubles that are mostly owing to her physical problem and mental instability. She had put recording career on hold until March 2007, after some confrontations with record labels and management offices during the mid-2000s.
Onitsuka has enjoyed a successful career as one of the most popular Japanese female solo artists during the early 2000s. As of 2009, Onitsuka has released 5 studio albums, 17 singles, 2 compilations and several DVDs, which has sold at least 4.1 million.
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- ^ "鬼束ちひろ 年内休養". daily.co.jp (in Japanese). Daily Sports. October 27, 2004. Archived from the original on December 5, 2004.
- ^ 鬼束ちひろが９カ月でＳＭＡと契約終了 "(Sony Music Artists ended management contract with Chihiro Onitsuka in 9 months)". sanspo.co.jp (in Japanese). Sankei Sports. February 2005.
- ^ 鬼束ちひろの全国ツアー〈鬼束ちひろCONCERT TOUR 2008 "VEGAS CODE"〉が、本人の体調不良のため全公演中止に "(Chihiro Onitsuka cancels concert tour because of her physical deconditioning)". bounce.com (in Japanese). Tower Records. Retrieved December 23, 2009.
- ^ "鬼束ちひろが２年半ぶりに活動再開". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Daily Sports. March 18, 2007. Retrieved December 23, 2009.