Click here to send us your inquires or call (852) 36130518
Click here to send us your inquires or call (852) 36130518

Love or Lust - Ken Hirai (lyrics available)

# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Profile Videos (39) Lyrics (61) Gallery (25)
Newer
Random
Repeat
Older
Ken Hirai
Buy
Available Lyric Romaji  Available Lyric Kanji  Lyric Translation
Ken Hirai (平井堅, Hirai Ken) is a Japanese R&B and pop singer. His soulful voice and unconventional looks won him fans following his debut back in the 1990s. Biography...
Ken Hirai (平井堅, Hirai Ken) is a Japanese R&B and pop singer. His soulful voice and unconventional looks won him fans following his debut back in the 1990s.

Biography
Born January 17, 1972 in Higashiosaka, Osaka prefecture, Ken Hirai grew up in Nabari, Mie Prefecture.

He began his music career back in 1993 when he signed with Sony Music following an audition in Yokohama the previous year while he was a student. His debut single "Precious Junk" and album were recorded the following year and released in 1995. The first single, used as the theme to a TV drama, immediately garnered Hirai attention and his second single, "Kataho zutsu no earphone" also used for a drama, further capitalized on his unique sound. Hirai's debut album, "un-balanced", went on sale the same year and was followed by a second, "Stare At", in December of the following year.

Taking things more slowly, Hirai used the next four years to consolidate his style and take time out - he only released one single each in 1997 and '98 and didn't produce any new music during 1999. Fans had to wait until 2000 for a third album from Hirai, "The Changing Same", and it was the first single "Rakuen" (paradise) that established him as a major player in the domestic charts and overseas. He was the first Japanese artist to take the classic test of a true R&B performer - playing at the Apollo Theater in New York, where he got a warm reception. Capitalizing on a strong fan base in Asia, Hirai appeared at the MTV Music Summit in Taiwan in August 2000. Voted Best New Japanese Act in a pop poll organized by the RTHK radio station in Hong Kong.

2001 saw his single "Kiss of Life" used as the theme for the popular "Love Revolution" TV drama series. His fourth album "Gaining Through Losing" (it went to sell 1.5 million all over Asia including Japan) and a national tour of the same name built on his solid reputation. 1st remix album "Kh remixed-up 1" was released in November, 2001. Through the album, the artist showed wholly new part of himself to the audience, and appealed to club-goers and DJs for the first time.

He had already shown that he had the urge to perform abroad, so his live appearance on the Music Fair show in March 2002 with producer/singer Babyface from an LA studio was very much part of the plan. In the summer, recognition like winning the Best Male Artist at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards Japan and appearing in the official FIFA World Cup concert with Chemistry and Lauryn Hill seemed like they were just par for the course.

Already an established star, Hirai went one step further when he released a cover of "Ōkina Furudokei" (My Grandfather's Clock) in 2002. A popular nursery rhyme, it was expected to be a minor success, but it went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year.

In 2003, Ken performed for MTV Unplugged Live in New York, as the 1st Japanese male solo vocalist. Also, he was interviewed by CNN "The Music Room", which was televised in 210 countries, and watched by 230 million viewers.

5th album "Life is...", which contains "Strawberry Sex", "Ring", and super-hit single "Okina Furudokei" (My Grandfather's Clock) was released on January 22, 2003.

In December 10, 2003, conceptual album "Ken's Bar" was released. In the album, Ken selected his favorite songs and covered in his own style.

In May 2004 "SentimentaLovers" was made public. The album spawned 4 singles, with "Hitomi wo Tojite" (Close my eyes) the most successful, also becoming the biggest-selling single of that year.

Trivia
* Hirai once participated in a music session with Babyface, who admired Hirai's singing ability. He said, "I think that Hirai can be popular in the world if he releases CDs in English".
* At the end of 2003, Hirai was invited by Stevie Wonder to join his Japanese show, where he co-performed "You Are the Sunshine of My Life".
* Hirai's 20th single "Hitomi wo Tojite," the theme song of the Japanese movie "Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World", peaked at No. 2 in Japan's Oricon chart in 2004, but got No. 1 in annual sales for the year 2004. Incidentally, he also sang a cover version of Eagles hit "Desperado" as the single's B-side.
* 2channel, a Japanese internet forum, made a parody of Hirai's song "Pop Star", titled "Vip Star", in which internet slang of 2channel and the name of the administrator of the website, Hiroyuki, appear.
* When Yo Hitoto's debut single "Morai Naki" is slowed down to 80 percent, her voice sounds uncannily like that of Ken Hirai's.
* The "バイ" part of the name of Hirai's 24th single "バイマイメロディー" is the double meaning of "by" and "bye".
* During a trip to Hong Kong, in an interview, he stated that he admires director Wong Kar-wai.[citation needed]
* The name, 平井堅 (Hirai Ken), literally means a Ken come flying
* The 10th Anniversary Complete Single Collection '95-'05 “歌バカ” ("Utabaka";) becomes the 1st best-selling album of 2006, overlapping Kumi Koda's, BEST ~second session~ in the second position with a great selling interval.
* Some musical artists whom he respects are Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye etc.[edit]Last edit by HiraiKenFangirl on Sunday 11 Oct, 2009 at 06:11 +2.5%[/edit]
(more)

More Videos from Ken Hirai

1 Ken Hirai - Aishiteru Aishiteru
Ken Hirai

4.6
Views
3467
2 Ken Hirai - Sing Forever Sing Forever
Ken Hirai

4.4
Views
307
3 Ken Hirai - Boku Wa Kimi Ni Koi Wo Suru Boku Wa Kimi Ni Koi Wo Suru
Ken Hirai

4.7
Views
584
4 Ken Hirai - Candy Candy
Ken Hirai

4
Views
104
5 Ken Hirai - Moon River Moon River
Ken Hirai

4.7
Views
69
6 Ken Hirai - Stardust feat. Hibari Misora Stardust feat. Hibari Misora
Ken Hirai

4.6
Views
73
7 Ken Hirai - Itsuka Hanareru Hi Ga Kite Mo Itsuka Hanareru Hi Ga Kite Mo
Ken Hirai

4.3
Views
99
8 Ken Hirai - Canvas Canvas
Ken Hirai

4.5
Views
87
9 Ken Hirai - Kimi Wa Su.Te.Ki Kimi Wa Su.Te.Ki
Ken Hirai

4.1
Views
45
10 Ken Hirai - Fake Star Fake Star
Ken Hirai

4.3
Views
74
11 Ken Hirai - Kimi No Sukina Toko Kimi No Sukina Toko
Ken Hirai

4.4
Views
77
12 Ken Hirai - Aika Aika
Ken Hirai

4.2
Views
60
13 Ken Hirai - Bye My Melody Bye My Melody
Ken Hirai

3.3
Views
36
14 Ken Hirai - Doshaburi Doshaburi
Ken Hirai

4.5
Views
40
15 Ken Hirai - Pop Star Pop Star
Ken Hirai

4.5
Views
132
16 Ken Hirai - Omoi Ga Kasanaru Sono Maeni Omoi Ga Kasanaru Sono Maeni
Ken Hirai

4.3
Views
38
17 Ken Hirai - Kimi Wa Tomodachi Kimi Wa Tomodachi
Ken Hirai

3.8
Views
61
18 Ken Hirai - Hitomi O Tojite Hitomi O Tojite
Ken Hirai

4.3
Views
199
19 Ken Hirai - Ken's Bar Ken's Bar
Ken Hirai

4.4
Views
30
20 Ken Hirai - Style Style
Ken Hirai

3.5
Views
22
21 Ken Hirai - Ooki na Furudokei Ooki na Furudokei
Ken Hirai

4.5
Views
41
22 Ken Hirai - Come Back Come Back
Ken Hirai

4.6
Views
19
23 Ken Hirai - Life is... Life is...
Ken Hirai

3.7
Views
29
24 Ken Hirai - One Love Wonderful World One Love Wonderful World
Ken Hirai

2.5
Views
26
25 Ken Hirai - Ring Ring
Ken Hirai

3.9
Views
31
26 Ken Hirai - Strawberry Sex Strawberry Sex
Ken Hirai

3.4
Views
59
27 Ken Hirai - Missin' You - It Will Break My Heart Missin' You - It Will Break My H...
Ken Hirai

3.3
Views
22
28 Ken Hirai - Gaining Through Losing Gaining Through Losing
Ken Hirai

4.5
Views
29
29 Ken Hirai - Even If Even If
Ken Hirai

3.8
Views
29
30 Ken Hirai - Kiss Of Life Kiss Of Life
Ken Hirai

3.2
Views
27
31 Ken Hirai - Miracles Miracles
Ken Hirai

3.4
Views
35
32 Ken Hirai - Love or Lust Love or Lust
Ken Hirai

3.6
Views
23
33 Ken Hirai - Precious Junk Precious Junk
Ken Hirai

4.5
Views
17
34 Ken Hirai - Yokogao Yokogao
Ken Hirai

4.6
Views
20
35 Ken Hirai - Love Love Love Love Love Love
Ken Hirai

3.3
Views
30
36 Ken Hirai - why why
Ken Hirai

4.7
Views
22
37 Ken Hirai - Heat Up Heat Up
Ken Hirai

4.6
Views
19
38 Ken Hirai - Katahou Zutsu No Earphone Katahou Zutsu No Earphone
Ken Hirai

4.6
Views
19
39 Ken Hirai - Rakuen Rakuen
Ken Hirai

3.7
Views
45

Meet new Asian friends

Meet-Asian.com    Meet new Asian friends!   Over 2,000,000 members!

Popular Jpop Videos and Lyrics

Goodbye Happiness - Hikaru Utada - Beginner - AKB48 - Rain - YUI - Nee - Perfume - Fighting Man - NEWS - Hatenai Sora - Arashi - Mamotte Agetai - Yuna Ito - Jumping - Kara - Hoot - Girls' Generation - Kaze To Mirai - Ikimonogakari -