The J-R&B Divas Rate! - COMPLETE

RUNAWAY

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I've been throwing an idea around for a while. Still don't know if I can commit to running a rate, but posting this here in case anyone is interested:

The idea would be a versus rate of Japanese female musicians who started out mainly doing R&B, so think Miliyah Kato, Crystal Kay's early stuff, Jasmine, Thelma Aoyama, BENI, and more. Would anyone be interested in this?


It's been a long time coming......



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After nearly 2 years, I’d finally like to welcome everyone to the J-R&B Divas rate! Japanese R&B has been a constant presence in my life for close to two decades now, and I’m so glad the time is here for these 5 multi-talented ladies (and the extra girls too!!) to show what they’re made of. Myself and @evilsin are more than happy to present this rate, and the list of songs we'll be rating which we spent over a year deciding on, so we really hope you all like our final selections. With this list of songs we wanted to showcase different sides to Japanese R&B, including singles, album tracks, and even some b-sides to give a larger variety of sounds and vocal colors, so without further ado, let's unveil the divas and their songs competing in this rate!


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01. Give all 50 main songs a score between 0 and 10, with ONE song getting an 11. Simple decimals points (.25, .5, .75) are allowed. The 30 extras are fully optional.

02. Commentary is not mandatory but is greatly appreciated.

03. This rate is meant to celebrate J-R&B Divas, so do not troll. If their music isn't for you, it's better to abstain from participating!

04. Once you’ve finished rating and writing your commentary, send your PM to both @evilsin and I. Please, use the PM-friendly songlist provided.

Voting closes May 11th, 2022 at 11:59pm, but if necessary, an extension will be provided.
 

RUNAWAY

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もう二度と・・・ (Mou Nido to…)
STAY
Kiss Kiss Kiss
恋焦がれて (Koi Kogarete)
ずっと二人 (Zutto Futari de)
サイン (Sign)
bye bye

MOVE
See U Again
First Time


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Ex-Boyfriend feat. VERBAL (m-flo), MV
think of U, MV
hard to say, MV
Boyfriend -part II-, MV
Candy, MV
恋におちたら (Koi ni Ochitara), MV

Kirakuni
I Know
きっと永遠に (Kitto Eien ni), MV
こんなに近くで... (Konna ni Chikaku de...), MV



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BED, MV
Shake, MV
handle feat. F.O.H., MV
Angel, MV
You Got To
Who’s That Girl, MV
Souljah
Call Me, MV
SPRING LOVE, MV
残り火 -eternal BED- (Nokoribi), MV



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sad to say
THIS IS NOT A GAME
Jealous
dear my friend
恋 (Koi)
ONE
ONLY YOU
Best Partner
Realize
Last Word


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夜空 (Yozora), MV
ディア・ロンリーガール (Dear Lonely Girl), MV
Love me, I love you
My life
Last Summer, MV
このままずっと朝まで (Kono Mama Zutto Asa Made), MV
LALALA feat Wakadanna, MV
19 Memories
最後の I LOVE YOU
恋シテル (Koishiteru), MV



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AI
E.O., MV
365 feat. DELI, MV
I Wanna Know, MV

Aoyama Thelma
そばにいるね feat. SoulJa (Soba ni Iru ne), MV
忘れないよ (Wasurenai yo)
Lonely Angel

ARIA
FALLIN’, MV
NOT OVER feat. HOKT & BIG RON, MV
NEXT DOOR feat. CHOZEN LEE from FIRE BALL, MV

BRIGHT
言葉にできなくて (Kotoba ni Dekinakute), MV
1年2ヶ月20日 (Ichinen Nikagetsu Hatsuka), MV
BAD GIRL feat. SKY-HI (AAA), MV

Eternity
LOVE~ある愛のカタチ~ (Aru Ai no Katachi), MV

JAMOSA
DREAM, MV
MISSIN' U, MV
BREATHE AGAIN feat.Sphere

LISA
I'm all you, MV
So Beautiful, MV
GET REAL
It's On, MV

melody.
Simple As That, MV
Believe Me, MV
see you…, MV

with you
Lovin' U, MV

YU-A
逢いたい・・・ (Aitai...), MV
Belief
そばにいて、すぐ消えて。(Soba ni Ite, Sugu Kiete.), MV
優しい顔で近づかないで (Yasashii Kao de Chikazukanaide), MV



01 Mou Nido to...
02 STAY
03 Kiss Kiss Kiss
04 Koi Kogarete
05 Zutto Futari de
06 Sign
07 bye bye
08 MOVE
09 See U Again
10 First Time
11 Ex-Boyfriend feat. VERBAL (m-flo)
12 think of U
13 hard to say
14 Boyfriend -part II-
15 Candy
16 Koi ni Ochitara
17 Kirakuni
18 I Know
19 Kitto Eien ni
20 Konna ni Chikaku de...
21 BED
22 Shake
23 handle feat. F.O.H.
24 Angel
25 You Got To
26 Who's That Girl
27 Souljah
28 Call Me
29 SPRING LOVE
30 Nokoribi -eternal BED-
31 sad to say
32 THIS IS NOT A GAME
33 Jealous
34 dear my friend
35 Koi
36 ONE
37 ONLY YOU
38 Best Partner
39 Realize
40 Last Word
41 Yozora
42 Dear Lonely Girl
43 Love me, I love you
44 My life
45 Last Summer
46 Kono Mama Zutto Asa Made
47 LALALA feat Wakadanna
48 19 Memories
49 Saigo no I LOVE YOU
50 Koishiteru
51 E.O.
52 365 feat. DELI
53 I Wanna Know
54 Soba ni Iru ne feat. SoulJa
55 Wasurenai yo
56 Lonely Angel
57 FALLIN'
58 NOT OVER feat. HOKT & BIG RON
59 NEXT DOOR feat. CHOZEN LEE from FIRE BALL
60 Kotoba ni Dekinakute
61 Ichinen Nikagetsu Hatsuka
62 BAD GIRL feat. SKY-HI (AAA)
63 Eternity
64 LOVE~Aru Ai no Katachi~
65 DREAM
66 MISSIN' U
67 BREATHE AGAIN feat.Sphere
68 I'm all you
69 So Beautiful
70 GET REAL
71 It's On
72 Simple As That
73 Believe Me
74 see you...
75 with you
76 Lovin' U
77 Aitai...
78 Belief
79 Soba ni Ite, Sugu Kiete.
80 Yasashii Kao de Chikazukanaide

Host's note: None of the playlists are complete, or contain all 80 songs due to music rights and all that fun stuff, so I've included handy links to all of the songs that are geo-blocked on one platform or another. Also a lot of the music videos to these songs are only available in 240 quality on YouTube, so please don't rate the songs based on the bad quality of the videos. The songs are available in high quality on streaming, and through the links I have provided <3
 

RUNAWAY

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#80 - Miliyah Kato - LALALA feat.Wakadanna - 6.966 average
#79 - ARIA - NEXT DOOR feat. CHOZEN LEE from FIRE BALL - 7.020 average
#78 - melody. - Lovin' U - 7.125 average
#77 - JAMOSA - BREATHE AGAIN feat.Sphere - 7.145 average
#76 - JAMOSA - MISSIN' U - 7.229 average
#75 - melody. - see you... - 7.291 average
#74 - melody. - Believe me - 7.312 average
#73 - AI - 365 feat. DELI - 7.458 average
#72 - Miliyah Kato - Love me, I love you - 7.483 average
#71 - BRIGHT - LOVE ~ある愛のカタチ~ - 7.500 average
#70 - AI - E.O. - 7.541 average
#68 [TIE] - melody. - with you - 7.583 average
#68 [TIE] - melody. - Simple As That - 7.583 average
#66 [TIE] - JAMOSA - DREAM - 7.604 average

#66 [TIE] - YU-A - 逢いたい・・・ - 7.604 average
#65 - Miliyah Kato - 19 Memories - 7.633 average
#64 - JASMINE - Last Word - 7.666 average
#63 - JASMINE - sad to say - 7.863 average
#62 - Miliyah Kato - My life - 7.700 average
#61 - LISA - I'm all you - 7.708 average
#60 - BRIGHT - 言葉にできなくて - 7.791 average
#58 [TIE] - YU-A - そばにいて、すぐ消えて - 7.812 average

#58 [TIE] - ARIA - NOT OVER feat. HOKT & BIG RON - 7.812 average
#57 - BENI - ずっと二人で - 7.816 average
#56 - Crystal Kay - きっと永遠に - 7.850 average
#55 - AI - I Wanna Know - 7.854 average
#54 - JASMINE - Best Partner - 7.866 average
#53 - Aoyama Thelma - そばにいるね feat. SoulJa - 7.875 average
#52 - Aoyama Thelma - Lonely Angel - 7.895 average
#51 - JASMINE - Realize - 7.950 average
#50 - Thelma Aoyama - 忘れないよ - 7.979 average
#49 - JASMINE - Jealous - 7.983 average
#47 [TIE] - JASMINE - dear my friend - 8.00 average
#47 [TIE] - BENI - もう二度と・・・ - 8.00 average
#46 - Miliyah Kato - 最後の I LOVE YOU - 8.016 average
#44 [TIE] - LISA - GET REAL - 8.041 average
#44 [TIE] - ARIA - FALLIN' - 8.041 average
#42 [TIE] - YU-A - 優しい顔で近づかないで - 8.104 average
#42 [TIE] - LISA - So Beautiful - 8.104 average
#41 - BENI - サイン - 8.116 average
#39 [TIE] - Miliyah Kato - 恋シテル - 8.133 average
#39 [TIE] - Crystal Kay - think of U - 8.133 average
#38 - JASMINE - ONLY YOU - 8.150 average
#37 - YU-A - Belief - 8.229 average
#36 - DOUBLE - SPRING LOVE - 8.233 average
#35 - BENI - STAY - 8.250 average
#33 [TIE] - Miliyah Kato - ディア・ロンリーガール - 8.316 average
#33 [TIE] - BENI - Kiss Kiss Kiss - 8.316 average
#31 [TIE] - JASMINE - ONE - 8.350 average
#31 [TIE] - DOUBLE -残り火 -eternal BED- - 8.350 average

#30 - JASMINE - 恋 - 8.367 average
#29 - BRIGHT - Eternity - 8.395 average
#28 - Miliyah Kato - 夜空 - 8.400 average
#27 - BENI - See U Again - 8.416 average
#26 - BENI - 恋焦がれて - 8.433 average
#25 - Crystal Kay - hard to say - 8.450 average
#23 [TIE] - DOUBLE - Souljah - 8.466 average
#23 [TIE] - Crystal Kay - 恋におちたら - 8.466 average
#22 - BRIGHT - BAD GIRL feat. SKY-HI (AAA) - 8.479 average

#21 - JASMINE - THIS IS NOT A GAME - 8.483 average
#20 - BENI - First Time - 8.500 average
#19 - Miliyah Kato - このままずっと朝まで - 8.516 average
#18 - Miliyah Kato - Last Summer - 8.533 average
#17 - DOUBLE - Call Me - 8.600 average
#16 - DOUBLE - Angel - 8.616
#15 - DOUBLE - You Got To - 8.633 average
#14 - DOUBLE - BED - 8.683 average
#13 - BRIGHT - 1年2ヶ月20日 - 8.708 average
#11 [TIE] - LISA - It's On - 8.750 average
#11 [TIE] - DOUBLE - Who's That Girl - 8.750 average
#10 - BENI - bye bye - 8.766 average
#9 - Crystal Kay - こんなに近くで… - 8.800 average
#7 [TIE] - Crystal Kay - Candy - 8.866 average
#7 [TIE] - Crystal Kay - Boyfriend -part II- - 8.866 average
#5 [TIE] - Crystal Kay - I Know - 8.900 average
#5 [TIE] - BENI - MOVE - 8.900 average
#4 - DOUBLE - handle feat. F.O.H. - 8.950 average
#3 - Crystal Kay - Ex-Boyfriend feat. VERBAL (m-flo) - 9.000 average
#1 [TIE] - Crystal Kay - Kirakuni - 9.100 average
#1 [TIE] - DOUBLE - Shake - 9.100 average

11's given:
LALALA feat.Wakadanna - @berserkboi
Eternity - @Crisp X
このままずっと朝まで - @RUNAWAY
Angel - @masahiro
BED - @Ana Raquel
bye bye - @Macsun
Candy - @Applause
I Know - @odyism, @evilsin
MOVE - @Remorque
Ex-Boyfriend feat. VERBAL (m-flo) - @lalaclairi_
Kirakuni - @FunkyButChic, @cookiedough
Shake - @soratami, @Trinu 3.0

Diva writeups:

DOUBLE
Crystal Kay
BENI
Miliyah Kato
JASMINE
AI
ARIA
Aoyama Thelma
BRIGHT
JAMOSA
LISA
melody.
YU-A
 
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Count me in! In that list of artists, I'm only familiar with Crystal Kay, so this is going to be a deep dive for me. I'm also learning there's a different Japanese act whose stage name is LISA fff. I'm excited to come back from this rate with many new faves!

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Exciting! I don't know if I can commit to rating the extras, because there's quite a lot of material in the main body of songs here that I'm unfamiliar with and want to get properly into, so I want to give everything as much time and thought as I can.

I wonder if there's anything in here that can rival my premeditated 11 going into this...

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I am so glad I stumbled upon this rate and will try my best to get my scores in on time! Of these artists, Crystal Kay and Beni's discographies are imprinted onto my upbringing. Double and AI have always been favorites too!

(This isn't a complaint) but some of my top favorite Crystal, Beni, and AI r&b songs aren't on this list. For example Crystal's I Wanna Be, Itoshiihito, and Girlfriend feat. BoA are r&b bliss that's hard to top. This is all to say that I will actually have to do some more intentional listening to really nail down my ranking.
 

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