Miliyah Kato

Intro Japanese singer-songwriter
A.K.A. Miliyah Katō, Miriya Katō, Katō Miriya, 加藤ミリヤ, Katō Miho…
Is Singer Songwriter
From Japan
Type Music
Gender female
Birth 22 June 1988, Toyota, Japan
Star sign Cancer
Genre:
J-pop
Rhythm and blues
Instruments:
Voice

Miho Katō (加藤 美穂, Katō Miho) (born June 22, 1988), better known by her stage name of Miliyah Kato (加藤 ミリヤ, Katō Miriya) is a Japanese pop and urban singer-songwriter from Toyota, Aichi, Japan. They sales in Japan, both physical, digital and ringtones are 12.6 million copies.

History

In 2001, when she was 13 years old, she passed a Sony audition. She began writing music and lyrics from the age of 14. Before her official debut she sang support vocals for other musicians and performed in commercials. Katō made her debut with the release of the single "Never Let Go/Yozora" (2004) and released her debut album Rose (2005) the next year. She is influenced by hip hop and R&B music, especially artists Lauryn Hill and Mary J. Blige. Her music also makes frequent use of sampling. Katō herself has said that her music uses hip hop and R&B as a base, and aims for a middle ground which is neither overly pop nor overly hardcore. Katō graduated from the Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo. She grew up in a single-parent household, with her mother and brother. Her father operated a gem store before his death. At the time of her debut in 2004 she was called the "post-Utada Hikaru" (ポスト宇多田ヒカル, posuto Utada Hikaru), referring to the two artists' similarities, from their lyrics to their shared "high school girl charisma". Around the time of her debut, the fact that she was still actually in high school was often emphasized. From participating in making the visuals for her CD jackets to producing her own fashion brand, she also has some influence in visual and fashion areas. Those who are influenced by her music, fashion and acts are called "Miliyers" (ミリヤー, miriyaa).

Discography

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak positions Sales Certifications
JPN
Rose Released: October 26, 2005 Label: Mastersix Foundation Formats: CD, digital download 1 JPN: 238,000 RIAJ: Platinum
Diamond Princess Released: March 7, 2007 Label: Mastersix Foundation Formats: CD, digital download 5 JPN: 107,000 RIAJ: Gold
Tokyo Star Released: April 2, 2008 Label: Mastersix Foundation Formats: CD, digital download 4 JPN: 207,000 RIAJ: Platinum
Ring Released: July 8, 2009 Label: Mastersix Foundation Formats: CD, digital download 2 JPN: 383,000 RIAJ: Platinum
Heaven Released: July 28, 2010 Label: Mastersix Foundation Formats: CD, digital download 1 JPN: 266,000 RIAJ: Platinum
True Lovers Released: November 21, 2012 Label: Mastersix Foundation Formats: CD, digital download 2 JPN: 110,000 RIAJ: Gold
Loveland Released: February 19, 2014 Label: Mastersix Foundation Formats: CD, digital download 3 JPN: 51,000
Liberty Released: March 2, 2016 Label: Mastersix Foundation Formats: CD, digital download 4 JPN: 22,000
Utopia Released: April 12, 2017 Label: Mastersix Foundation Formats: CD, digital download 5 JPN: 14,000
Femme Fatale Released: June 20, 2018 Label: Mastersix Foundation Formats: CD, digital download 8 JPN: 5,000

Compilation albums

Title Album details Peak positions Sales Certifications
Best Destiny Released: November 5, 2008 Label: Mastersix Foundation Formats: CD, digital download 1 JPN: 222,000 RIAJ: Platinum
M Best Released: August 3, 2011 Label: Mastersix Foundation Formats: CD, digital download 1 JPN: 308,000 RIAJ: Platinum
The Best Released as Miliyah Kato x Shota Shimizu Released: April 2, 2014 Label: Mastersix Foundation Formats: CD, digital download 4 JPN: 51,000
Muse Released: October 29, 2014 Label: Sony Music Japan Formats: CD, digital download 9 JPN: 31,000
M Best II Released: November 27, 2019 Label: Sony Music Japan Formats: CD, digital download 20 JPN: 5,700

Remix albums

Title Album details Peak positions Sales Certifications
Kato Miliyah M-Mix: Mastermix Vol.1 Released: July 29, 2015 Label: Mastersix Foundation Formats: CD, digital download 22

Extended plays

Title Album details Peak positions Sales Certifications
M's X'Mas Released: December 17, 2014 Label: Mastersix Foundation Formats: digital download
I Hate You Released: March 21, 2018 Label: Mastersix Foundation Formats: CD, digital download 37 JPN:1,900

Singles

As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Certifications Album
JPN Oricon JPN Hot 100 RIAJ Digital Track Chart†
"Never Let Go" 2004 15 JPN CD: 45,000 Rose
"Yozora"
"Beautiful" 26 JPN CD: 16,000
"Dear Lonely Girl" 2005 15 80 JPN CD: 50,000 JPN DL: 100,000+ RIAJ: Gold
"Jōnetsu" 11 JPN CD: 42,000 JPN DL: 100,000+ RIAJ: Gold
"Sotsugyō" 2006 23 JPN CD: 14,000 JPN DL: 100,000+ RIAJ: Gold Diamond Princes
"Last Summer" 30 JPN CD: 14,000
"I Will" 17 44 JPN CD: 18,000
"Eyes on You" 2007 13 70 JPN CD: 25,000 JPN DL: 100,000+ RIAJ: Gold
"My Girl" 29 42 JPN CD: 10,000 Non-album singles
"Love Is…" 11 33 JPN CD: 24,000 JPN DL: 250,000+ RIAJ: Platinum Tokyo Star
"Lalala" 7 5 JPN CD: 49,000 JPN DL: 500,000+ JPN Ringtone: 500,000+ RIAJ: 2×Platinum RIAJ: 2×Platinum
"Futurechecka" JPN CD: 49,000
"19 Memories" 2008 16 17 6 JPN CD: 23,000 JPN DL: 500,000+ JPN Ringtone: 500,000+ RIAJ: 2×Platinum RIAJ: 2×Platinum
"Sayonara Baby" 9 10 9 JPN CD: 25,000 JPN DL: 250,000+ RIAJ: Platinum Ring
"Koi Shiteru" 43 JPN CD: 25,000
"20 -Cry-" 2009 7 7 18 JPN CD: 23,000 JPN DL: 250,000+ RIAJ: Platinum
"Love Forever" 5 1 2 JPN CD: 90,000 JPN DL: 1,000,000+ JPN Ringtone: 1,000,000+ RIAJ: Gold RIAJ: Million RIAJ: Million RingThe Best
"Why" 10 8 2 JPN CD: 29,000 JPN DL: 250,000+ RIAJ: Platinum Heaven
"Forever Love" 2010 4 3 1 JPN CD: 60,000 JPN DL: 500,000+ JPN Ringtone: 750,000+ RIAJ: 2×Platinum RIAJ: 3×Platinum The Best
"Bye Bye" 8 4 1 JPN CD: 19,000 JPN DL: 100,000+ RIAJ: Gold Heaven
"Last Love" 13 40 2 JPN CD: 17,000 JPN DL: 250,000+ RIAJ: Platinum
"Yūsha Tachi" 2011 8 13 7 JPN CD: 17,000 JPN DL: 100,000+ RIAJ: Gold M BestTrue Lovers
"Desire" 13 41 26 JPN CD: 8,000 M Best
"Baby! Baby! Baby!" 10
"Believe" 9 11 2 JPN CD: 16,000 JPN DL: 100,000+ RIAJ: Gold JourneyM BestThe Best
"Roman" 19 18 31 JPN CD: 8,000 True Lovers
"Aiaiai" 2012 16 54 7 JPN CD: 7,000
"Heart Beat" 14 8 1 JPN CD: 26,000 JPN DL: 250,000+ RIAJ: Platinum
"Lovers Part II" 15 13 JPN CD: 10,000 JPN DL: 100,000+ RIAJ: Gold
"Love Story" 2013 26 10 JPN CD: 10,000 The Best
"Emotion" 26 27 JPN CD: 4,000 Loveland
"Lonely Hearts" 17 13 JPN CD: 7,000
"Love/Affection" 2014 23 10 JPN CD: 3,000
"Kamisama"
"Fighter" 13 19 JPN CD: 10,000 Muse
"Gift"
"You" 13 15 JPN CD: 3,000
"Shonen Shojo" 2015 27 36 JPN CD: 3,000 Liberty
"Piece of Cake -Ai wo Sakebou-" 54 JPN CD: 2,000
"Lipstick" 44 76 JPN CD: 3,000
"Future Lover -Mirai Koibito-" 2016 42 30 JPN CD: 1,000
"Saikouna Shiawase" 49 57 JPN CD: 2,000 Utopia
"Dokomademo: How Far I'll Go" 2017 49 12 JPN CD: 4,000
"Shinyaku Dear Lonely Girl" 53 JPN CD: 1,000 TBA
"Romance" 2018 50 55 JPN CD: 900
"Ai Ga Furu" 2019 37 JPN CD: 1,400
"Honto no Boku wo Shitte" 57

As featured artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Certifications Album
JPN Oricon JPN Hot 100 RIAJ Digital Track Chart†
"Shōri no Megami" 2004 84 JPN CD: 9,000 Dōmu
"Better Days" 2006 30 JPN CD: 18,000 JPN DL: 100,000+ RIAJ: Gold Warabest: The Best of Dohzi-T
"My People" 2007 44 JPN CD: 6,000 World of Music
"Stronger" 2010 26 30 4 JPN CD: 7,000 The Last AI
"Lovers" 2012 35 Life is Mountain
"Lover" 2013 81 15 JPN CD: 1,000 Neven
"One Day" 2016 Pink TearsSmoke & Tears

Promotional singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Certifications Album
JPN Hot 100 RIAJ Digital Track Chart†
"At the Fever" 2005 Eyes on You
"24 Hours" 2006 Last Summer
"For So Long"
"Kono Mama Zutto Asa Made" 2007 92 JPN DL: 100,000+ RIAJ: Gold Diamond Princess
"Saigo no I Love You" 2008 28 JPN DL: 100,000+ RIAJ: Gold Tokyo Star
"Only Holy" 2010 10 Miliyah the Clips 2004–2010M's X'Mas
"Konya wa Boogie Back" 2012 11 JPN DL: 100,000+ RIAJ: Gold True Lovers
"Run Free" 2013 Motto Moriagaro
"Sakura Melody" 2014 42 The Best
"I'll Be There with You" Muse
"For You" Utada Hikaru no Uta −13 Kumi no Ongakuka ni Yoru 13 no Kaishaku ni Tsuite-
"Walk to the Dream" 2018 Romance
"Atashi no Saibo" Femme Fatale

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Certifications Album
JPN Hot 100 RIAJ Digital Track Chart†
"Better Days -Sweet Love Side-" 2007 JPN DL: 100,000+ RIAJ: Gold Tokyo Star
"I'm Your Angel" JPN DL: 100,000+ RIAJ: Gold Céline Dion Tribute
"Ai ga Kieta Hi" 2008 31 Best Destiny
"Aitai" 2009 59 1 JPN DL: 750,000+ JPN Ringtone: 750,000+ RIAJ: 3×Platinum RIAJ: 3×Platinum Ring
"Sensation" 2010 46 Bye Bye
"Koi ga Owaru Sono Toki ni" 35
"Tomorrow" 61 Last Love
"Fallin'" 72
"X.O.X.O." 80 2 JPN DL: 100,000+ RIAJ: Gold Heaven
"Baby I See You" 44 JPN DL: 100,000+ RIAJ: Gold
"I Miss You" 89
"Me" 2011 49 M Best
"Rainbow" 80
"Baby Tell Me" 22 Roman

Video albums

Title Album details Peak positions
Diamond Princess Tour 2007 Released: December 12, 2007 Label: Mastersix Foundation Format: DVD 22
Tokyo Star Tour 2008 Released: December 10, 2008 Label: Mastersix Foundation Format: DVD 11
Ring Tour 2009 Released: May 26, 2010 Label: Mastersix Foundation Format: DVD 2
Eternal Heaven Tour 2010–2011 Released: December 8, 2010 Label: Mastersix Foundation Format: DVD 4
Miliyah the Clips 2004–2010 Release: November 2, 2011 Label: Mastersix Foundation Format: DVD, Blu-ray 2 16
M BEST Tour 2011 Release: December 12, 2012 Label: Mastersix Foundation Format: DVD, Blu-ray 5 31
True Lovers Tour 2013 Release: February 19, 2014 Label: Mastersix Foundation Format: DVD, Blu-ray 4 29
Loveland Tour 2014 Release: February 25, 2015 Label: Mastersix Foundation Format: DVD, Blu-ray 13 81
The Best 2 Man Tour 2014 Released as Miliyah Kato x Shota Shimizu Release: April 22, 2015 Label: Mastersix Foundation Format: DVD, Blu-ray 7 69
10th Anniversary "A Muse" Tour 2015 Release: April 6, 2016 Label: Mastersix Foundation Format: DVD, Blu-ray 10 41
Dramatic Libery Tour 2016 Release: January 11, 2017 Label: Mastersix Foundation Format: DVD, Blu-ray 5 32
Utopia Tour 2017 Release: January 17, 2018 Label: Mastersix Foundation Format: DVD, Blu-ray 14 29

Guest appearances

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Cherry Oh! Baby" 2003 Reggae Disco Rockers Reggae Magic
"Paradise" 2005 Heartsdales Super Star
"In the Night" V.A. We Love Dance Classics Vol.1
"Sunshine" KM-MARKIT Vivid
"One Day" m-flo Beat Space Nine
"Righ' Now!" 2006 Twigy, You the Rock★ Thing Twice
"Michelle" Yuji Ohno, Lupintic Five Lupin III TV Special Seven Days Rhapsody Original Soundtrack
"Me & My…" KM-MARKIT Mark Out
"Hikaru Mirai" 2007 Dohzi-T One MIC
"Turn It Up" 2009 m-flo, Verbal, Little, Kohei Japan M-Flo Inside: Works Best III
"I Miss You" 2013 Daishi Dance New Party!
"Last Forever" 2015 Spicy Chocolate, SKY-HI Shibuya Junai Monogatari 2

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