It's only been a couple of months since Shiina Ringo's band Tokyo Jihen parted ways, but she's apparently feeling just as creative as ever and is now back with one of her most insanely catchy songs ever, "いろはにほへと" (Google translate: "And to the holding in ABC"). I tried very hard to find a translation of the lyrics to this one but apparently it's too soon, the song having just been released digitally on April 30th. But all you really need to know about it is that it's highly contagious and once you've heard it for the first time you're sure to be hooked.
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Beni was born Beni Daniels in 1986 in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan to an American father -- Wiki indicates that he's of "white descent" -- and a Japanese mother. Growing up, she traveled between America and Japan frequently. She knew she wanted to be a singer from a young age and her parents had her take piano lessons accordingly. She then took part in the Kokuminteki Bishojo Contest in Japan and made it to the finals. This lead to the label Avex Trax seeing her demotape, which prompted them to sign her.