>Meet Daichi Miura, former child JPop star turned young adult JPop star. (In 12 days he can drink in the US, and he was born in 1987! I remember 1987–vividly–I’m getting old.)
Anyway, Daichi was originally part of a group called Folder, around the time he was 10, and as Wiki.theppn points out, he split when his voice changed. Personally, I think he’s better now than as a preteen, but judge for yourself.
The Folder years:
It’s pretty standard for any prepubescent male singer to tackle Jackson 5, but he manages a decent job with I Want You Back.
And as a solo artist:
Bonus: Completely unrelated to Daichi, here is something for the comedy files. The jukebox has already paid tribute to Mika Nakashima as well as SMAP, so it’s quite appropriate to see what happens when the two collide. This past July, Mika along with a female comedy troupe released a single called I Don’t Know under the name MICA 3 CHU. MICA 3 CHU went on SMAP’s show and as always the SMAPers perform with them. Given that this is a collaboration with a comedy group, I’m going to say that the lyrics are meant to be funny, but what even makes it funnier is the earnest performance of SMAP–even though I reckon everyone onstage pretty much knew that they were singing a bunch of nonsensical English–and the aural/visual pleasure of seeing a demure Mika Nakashima (via Bif Naked) and a surprisingly mellow Masahiro Nakai sing “you’ve got a lot of balls.”