Hitomi Hayashi
Background information
Birth name Hitomi Hayashi
Born May 12, 1984
Origin Saitama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Genre(s) J-Pop, Mandopop, Dance, Hip-Hop, Rock
Occupation(s) Singer, Actress, CM Model
Years active 2005 - Present
Label(s) Spotlight
Urban Kiss Records
Associated acts Yumi, Yumi Takahashi, Parody In Flight

Hitomi Hayashi (林仁美 Hayashi Hitomi*) born May 12, 1984 in Saitama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan), is a Japanese singer who rose to prominence as a CM model in Taiwan and Hong Kong. She released the first of her three singles “Hi Low” in the summer of 2006, which earned her a good dose of star power in not only Taiwan and Hong Kong, but in her home country of Japan as well. Her first album included the three singles, and enjoyed moderate success throughout Asia. Later that year, she embarked on a 32-city tour in Japan and Taiwan, well surpassing her mark for ticket sales. In late 2007, Hitomi released her acclaimed follow-up "This Is Hitomi," which spawned successful singles including the #2 hit "Winter Story," a song about the growing suicide trend among youths in Japan. Also in 2007 she took the job playing as the recurring character “Ritsuko” on the Japanese telenovela-style drama “Alone in Shinjuku.”

Hitomi Hayashi has also gained a successful worldwide notoriety for working with Jack Tripper's Wardrobe front man Jack Jackson as the lead singer of hit Alt-Rock supergroup Parody In Flight.

2008 Edit

In 2008, Hayashi released her third and most successful album, Style Network, her first on new label Urban Kiss Records. The album debuted at #5, becoming at the time Hitomi Hayashi's best debut. The album featured four singles, including StylizeD, Motivate, World Communication, and Ashita to Kyou no Aida (明日と今日のあいだ; Between Today and Tomorrow), with two of the singles becoming #1 hits on the Asian music charts. The success continued that year with the release of two compilation albums, including the Hayashi's first #1 album This is "Collection" and remix selection This is "Remixed" which debuted at #3.

love: undercover and 2009 Edit

Following her most successful year to date, 2009 looks to be just as promising, as Hitomi Hayashi returned with a successful thirteen-date arena tour. The tour sold out all dates across Japan, a first for Hitomi Hayashi. In May, a statement from Hayashi's distributor J-STAR Asia announced that Hitomi was working on a fourth studio album entitled love: undercover, set for a mid-summer release. The forthcoming release of the album was delayed due to Hayashi's growing health concerns and hospitilization. The album finally released in September, and climbed to number six on Japan's Oricon charts. In early November 2009, Hitomi Hayashi appeared at Tokyo's J-Records in Shinjuku, where she announced that her next album, entitled Chakra had started production, and that it would be Hayashi's English Language album debut.

Health Concerns Edit

On the late evening on August 11th, 2009, Hitomi Hayashi was rushed to Tokyo's Metropolitan Ohkubo Hospital in serious condition after suffering from shock due to Severe Hypercalcemia. Hayashi has a history of Hypercalcemia, a condition resulting from increased calcium levels in the blood. A day later, on August 12th, Hayashi remained in serious yet favorable condition. On August 18th, in the latest press conference by Hayashi's manager Makoto Irino, it was announced that Hitomi was scheduled to be released from the hospital by the end of that week.


Albums Edit

Year Title Chart positions (Asia)
2006 Hypermotive 37
2007 This Is Hitomi 14
2008 Style Network 5
2009 love: undercover 7
2010 Chakra N/R

Singles Edit

Year Title Chart positions (Asia)
2006 Hi-Low 12
2006 Hypermotive 54
2006 Happy 113
2006 Summer Story 98
2007 Something About The Kiss 93
2007 Winter Story 2
2007 Remind U2 (feat. MASAMATIXXX) 4
2007 I Would Stand Up For You 21
2007 Nothing At All 16
2008 StylizeD 15
2008 Motivate 1
2008 World Communication (featuring Momo and DJ Kyoko) 4
2008 明日と今日のあいだ 1

Collections Edit

In 2008, Hitomi Hayashi is scheduled to release at least two compilation albums.

Year Title Chart positions (Asia)
2008 This Is 'Collection' 1
2008 This Is 'Remixed' 3