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Jasmine as Asumi bio and photos

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Jasmine (born May 19, 1989), is a Japanese singer, songwriter and producer whose real given name is Asumi (あすみ?). She is represented by Sony Music Japan, and is a DJ for the Japanese radio station J-Wave. In June 2009, she released her debut single “Sad to Say”. Described as “the next Hikaru Utada”, Jasmine cites Utada as her influence. Jasmine released her debut single “Sad to Say” on June 24, 2009. Previous to this date the song was released as a ringtone on the Chaku-Uta Full chart, were it debuted at number one. With this, Jasmine became the first singer to debut at number one with their debut song on the chart. Soon after the release of “Sad to Say”, critics began calling Jasmine “the reincarnation of Hikaru Utada” and compared the two’s choice of promoting only through radio appearances. After debuting at number thirteen on the Oricon singles chart, the single later peaked at number ten in its second week. The single has since become her most successful, peaking at number one on the digital charts and selling in excess of 30,000 physical copies in Japan. On October 25, 2009, Jasmine had her debut live performance at the Saitama Super Arena, as a special guest for American singer Ne-Yo.Performance coincided with the release of her second single “No More” on October 28. The song became her second top five entry on the digital charts when it debuted at the fifth position.It was also a top twenty single on the Oricon chart, debuting at number fifteen. Jasmine returned in 2010 with set of three singles, each released within a month of each other. The first of the three, “This is Not a Game”, was released on March 3 and was limited to 10,000 copies. The song was used the opening theme for NTV’s Music Fighter that month. A cover of “My Life, My Love, My All” by Kirk Franklin was featured as the single’s b-side, a reference to Jasmine’s gospel roots. The single debuted at twenty-three on the Oricon charts and charted for four weeks. Follow up single “Jealous” was released on April 7 and was again limited to 10,000 copies. The single featured a second gospel cover. This time it was “I Need You to Survive” by Hezekiah Walker. The single became Jasmine’s third top twenty single on the Oricon chart. Jasmine’s fifth single “Dreamin'” was then released on May 12. This single was produced by Jeff Miyahara, much like Jasmine’s four previous A-sides, and became a top forty single on the Oricon chart. Over a year since her debut, Jasmine’s debut album Gold was released throughout Japan on July 21, 2010

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