May Nakabayashi (中林 芽依 Nakabayashi Mei, born October 21, 1989), better known by her stage name May'n (メイン Mein), is a Japanese J-Pop artist managed by the Horipro talent agency and under the Victor Entertainment label. She was formerly under the Universal Music label.
In 2003, at the age of 13, she participated in the 28th "HoriPro – Talent Scout Caravan – Love Music – Audition" (ホリプロ・タレントスカウトキャラバン・ラブミュージック・オーディション. Horipuro・Tarento Sukauto Kyaraban・Rabu Myūziku・Ōdishon) and, out of the 34,911 hopefuls, became one of the four who survived the final eliminations at the Shibuya Club Quattro.
In 2005, she made her single debut with Crazy Crazy Crazy. The single was later re-released with an extra track. Her second single, Sympathy, was also released later that year.
In 2006, she sang the ending theme for the anime Love Get Chu ~Miracle Voice Actress Hakusho~ (ラブゲッCHU ～ミラクル声優白書～ Rabu Gē CHU ~Mirakuru Seiyū Hakusho~) which was included on her third single Fallin' in or Not.
In January 2008 she changed her artist name to "May'n". In the same year, she performed as the singing voice of Diva of the Galaxy, Sheryl Nome, in the anime TV series Macross Frontier. She released two singles that same year, each placing in the Top 3 on the Oricon Weekly Chart in their debut week. In January 2009, the mini-album May'n Street was released, and it reached number 2 on the Oricon Weekly Chart in the first week.
She was invited to perform "Iteza Gogo Kuji Don't be late" and "Northern Cross" at Animelo Summer Live 2008 and since then, she has participated in it every year. May'n gave her first live performance outside of Japan in Singapore at Anime Festival Asia 08 in November. Ever since then, she appeared in every annual Anime Festival Asia event.
In January 2010, May’n performed her first solo Nippon Budokan concert, which sold out in only one day. In March of the same year, she held her first tour of Asia, followed in July by a 17-city summer tour of Japan. In fall 2010, May’n was chosen to record the theme song for the film “Incite Mill -7 Day Death Game-.” In February 2011, she released her 3D live documentary movie May'n The Movie: Phonic Nation and later that month released her second album “If you…” which made number 7 on the Oricon Weekly Chart. In March, she held her second solo Budokan concert. She participated in the largest-in-Europe Japanese Culture and Entertainment Festival “Japan Expo 2011″. May'n sang the theme song for the Capcom game E.X. Troopers. In 2011 and 2012, she collaborated with music artist Daisuke Asakura who composed and produced two of her singles, "Scarlet Ballet" for Aria the Scarlet Ammo and "Chase the world" for Sunrise anime Accel World.
May’n represented Japan on 26 October 2013 at ABU TV Song Festival 2013 in Hanoi, Vietnam with hit single "Vivid" before starting on 29 October her May’n Hall Tour 2013 "Live! Cave! Dive!" in Japan.
|Released as||Year||Title||Oricon chart position||Ref.|
|Released as||Year||Title||Oricon charting position||Ref.|
May'N Street (メイン☆ストリート Mein Sutorīto)
Universal Bunny (ユニバーサル・バニー Yunibāsaru Banī)
|Released as||Year||Title||Oricon chart position||Album||Theme song featured in||Ref.|
|May Nakabayashi||2005||"Crazy Crazy Crazy"
|2006||"Fallin' in or Not" feat. SEAMO
||159||1||544||Love Get Chu: Miracle Voice Actress Hakusho|
|2008||"Diamond Crevasse / Iteza☆Gogo Kuji Don't be late (ダイアモンド クレバス / 射手座☆午後九時Don't be late Daiamondo Kurebasu/Iteza Gogo Kuji Donto Bī Reito)
|"Lion" (ライオン Raion)
|May'n||2009||"Kimi Shinitamō Koto Nakare" (キミシニタモウコトナカレ, Thou Shalt Not Die)
||2/5||9||38,703||Universal Bunny||Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Utahime|
||11/21||8||13,292||If You...||Ōkami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi|
|"Shinjitemiru" (シンジテミル, See the Truth)
||12/14||4||8,513||Injitemiru 7-nichikan no Death Game|
||9/11||10||24,435||Heat||Aria the Scarlet Ammo|
||16/18||6||8,320||Phi Brain: Puzzle of God|
|May'n||2012||"Chase the world"
|May'n||2013||"Run Real Run" w/ "アウトサイダー" (Outsider)
||10/20||3||4,825||Real Onigokko The Origin / Onimusha Soul|
|"Vivid" w/ "ワイルドローズ" (Wild Rose)
||15/19||5||7876||—||Blood Lad/Ikenie no Dilemma|
|May'n||"Kyo ni Koiro" (今日に恋色, Today in Color of Love)
||—||—||—||Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha|
|2007||"Ame ni Saku Hana" (雨に咲く花, Blooming Flowers in the Rain)
|2009||"My Teens, My Tears"
|2010||"Ai wa Furu Hoshi no Gotoku" (愛は降る星のごとく, Love Is Like Falling Stars)
|2012||"Aozora" (アオゾラ, Blue sky)
|2012||"Mr. Super Future Star"
DVDs & Blu-ray disks
|May'n Act||March 25, 2009||DVD concert||Victor Entertainment||VTBL-3||May'n's concert at Akasaka Blitz on January 19, 2009 is recorded here.|
|May'n Special Concert BD Big Waaaaave!! in Nippon Budokan||May 26, 2010||Blu-ray concert||Victor Entertainment||VTXL-1||May'n's concert at Nippon Budokan on January 24, 2010 is recorded here.|
|May’n Special Concert DVD Big Waaaaave!! in Nippon Budokan||May 26, 2010||DVD concert||Victor Entertainment||VTBL-9||Same as above but on DVD.|
|May'n Special Concert BD Rhythm Tank!! at Nippon Budokan||November 2, 2011||Blu-ray concert||Victor Entertainment||VTXL-7||May'n's concert at Nippon Budokan on March 6, 2011 is recorded here.|
|May’n Special Concert DVD Rhythm Tank!! at Nippon Budokan||November 2, 2011||DVD concert||Victor Entertainment||VTBL-17||Same as above but on DVD.|
|Macross F (Frontier) O.S.T.1 "Nyan Fro"||June 4, 2008||CD album||Victor Entertainment||VTCL-60060||May'n is credited as "Sheryl Nome starring May'n".|
|Macross F (Frontier) O.S.T.2 "Nyan Tra"||October 8, 2008||CD album||Victor Entertainment||VTCL-60061||May'n is credited as "Sheryl Nome starring May'n".|
|Macross F (Frontier) Vocal Collection "Nyan Tama"||December 3, 2008||CD album (2 disks)||Victor Entertainment||VTCL-60100||May'n is credited as "Sheryl Nome starring May'n".|
|Macross F (Frontier) Galaxy Tour Final in Budokan||October 30, 2009||DVD concert||Bandai||BCBM-0011|
|Same||November 27, 2009||Blu-ray concert||Bandai||BCXE-0216||Same as above but on Blu-ray.|
|Macross F (Frontier) Concept Album "Cosmic Cuune"||November 24, 2010||CD album||Victor Entertainment||VTCL-60230||May'n is credited as "Sheryl Nome starring May'n".|
|Yoko Kanno Produce Macross F Super Dimensional Super Live Cosmic Nyan Blu-ray||November 23, 2011||Blu-ray concert|
|Yoko Kanno Produce Macross F Super Dimensional Super Live Cosmic Nyan DVD||November 23, 2011||DVD concert|
|Kamen Rider Fourze ED Theme "Giant Step"||January 25, 2012||CD single||Avex Trax||AVCA-49427||May'n is credited as "Astronauts" along Yoshiharu Shiina.|
Concerts, public performances, and public appearances
- January 2009: May'n Concert Tour 2009 "May'n Act": January 22, Big Cat, Osaka; January 23, the Bottom Line, Nagoya; January 28 & 29, Akasaka BLITZ, Tokyo.
- July & August 2009: May'n Summer Tour 2009 "Love & Joy": July 26, Zepp Fukuoka; July 31, Zepp Sendai; August 2, Zepp Sapporo; August 7, Zepp Osaka; August 8, Zepp Nagoya; August 12 & 13, Zepp Tokyo.
- November 1, 2009: May'n College Festival Live at the Nippon Institute of Technology "Please Enjoy it!!" (in the gymnasium of the NIT campus).
- November 8, 2009: "May'n Live & Talk" in Otemae Festival 2009, Otemae University and Junior College (in the gymnasium at the Itami-Inano Campus).
- January 14, 2010: May'n Special Concert 2010 at Nippon Budokan "Big Waaaaave!!"
- March 2010: May'n Big Waaaaave!! Asia Tour 2010: March 7, KL Live @ 1st Floor, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; March 19, Hong Kong International Trade and Exhibition Centre, Kowloon, Hong Kong; March 21, Legacy Taipei, Taiwan.
- May'n Pure Live at Nagashima Spa Land, Mie, Japan.
- May'n Summer Tour 2010 "Phonic Nation":
- Side A:
Date Venue July 30 Nagano Club Junk Box July 31 Niigata Lots August 2 Kashiwa Palooza August 4 Saitama-Fukutoshin Heaven's Rock VJ-03 August 8 Shizuoka Live House Hamamatsu Madowaku August 10 Kyoto Muse Hall August 12 Okayama Crazy Mama Kingdom August 13 Hiroshima Club Quattro August 15 Kumamoto Drum Be-9 V1 August 20 Yokohama Bay Hall
- Side B:
Date Venue September 9 Zepp Fukuoka September 11 Zepp Osaka September 12 Zepp Nagoya September 15 Zepp Sendai September 17 Zepp Sapporo September 20 & 21 Zepp Tokyo
- March 6, 2011: May'n Special Concert 2011 "Rhythm Tank!!" in Nippon Budokan
- March 20, 2012: May'n Special Concert 2012 "May'n Go! Around!!" at Yokohama Arena
- March - October 2012: May'n "Rock Your Beats" World Tour
- March 2, 2013: May'n Special Concert 2013 "Mic-a-mania" in Nippon Budokan
- July 27, Macross F Super-dimensional Live at Zepp Tokyo (matinée and evening performances).
- August 6, Macross F Super-dimensional Live at Namba Hatch, Osaka.
- August 31, Animelo Summer Live 2008 "Challenge" at Saitama Super Arena.
- October 13, Macross F Galaxy Tour Final presented by Yoko Kanno at Pacifico Yokohama.
- October 22, Macross F Galaxy Tour Final presented by Yoko Kanno at Osaka Kosei Nenkin Kaikan (Hall).
- November 5, Macross F Galaxy Tour Final "We don't do this favor often" at Nippon Budokan sponsored by Sankyo.
- November 23, Anime Festival Asia 2008 at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Center, Singapore.
- February 21, Ani-Uta (Anime Song) 2009 Kitakyushu at Kitakyushu Media Dome.
- May 9, Animax Musix at Shinagawa Stellar Ball, Tokyo.
- July 7, Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts "Super-dimensional Tanabata Sonic" at Saitama Super Arena.
- August 22: Animelo Summer Live 2009 "Re:Bridge" at Saitama Super Arena
- October 17 & 18, Macross Crossover Live "A.D. 2009×45×59" at Makuhari Messe, Chiba.
- November 22, Yoshiki Fukuyama & May'n concert, Anime Festival Asia 2009 at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Center, Singapore.
- December 1, "Act Against AIDS" 2009 Live in Nagoya at Zepp Nagoya.
- December 13, Yoshiki Fukuyama & May'n Concert in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China (廣州蓓蕾劇院 ).
- March 13, Masami Okui Birth Live '10 "Magical Night: Sorcerer in the White Universe" at Liquidroom (music club/concert hall), Tokyo.
- March 14, Ani-Uta (Anime Song) Kitakyushu 2010 at Kitakyushu Media Dome.
- May 15 & 16, Animax Musix Spring 2010 at JCB Hall, Tokyo.
- July 2, Megumi Nakajima and May'n Concert in Anime Expo 2010 at Nokia Theater LA Live, Los Angeles, USA.
- August 29, Animelo Summer Live 2010 "evolution" at Saitama Super Arena.
- November 3, Animax Musix Fall 2010 at Yokohama Arena.
- November 14, "Anisong Spirit Side B" concert, Anime Festival Asia 2010 at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Center, Singapore.
- December 22 & 24,Macross F Superdimensional Super Live "Merry Christmas Without You" at Nippon Budokan (Dec. 22) and World Memorial Hall, Port Island, Kobe (Dec. 24).
- February 19, Anisama in Shanghai 2011 "Only One" at Shanghai Grand Stage (Shanghai Gymnasium).
- August 27, Animelo Summer Live 2011 "Rainbow" at Saitama Super Arena.
- November 13, Rock Your Soul Day 3, Anime Festival Asia 2011 at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Center, Singapore.
- November 23, Animax Musix 2011 at Yokohama Arena.
- August 5, Anison Generation
- August 25, Animelo Summer Live 2012 "Infinity" at Saitama Super Arena.
- November 11, Anime Festival Asia 2012 Singapore EXPO.
- November 23, Animax Musix 2012 at Yokohama Arena.
- December 23, Asia Game Show
- March 16, Animax Carnival 2013 Malaysia
- April 20, Kawaii!! Matsuri 2013 at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
- July 7, Japan Expo 2013 at Parc des Expositions de Villepinte.
- July 13, Sankyo Presents Macross 30th Anniversary "Macross Crossover Live 30"
- August 9, Anison Generation
- August 23, Animelo Summer Live 2013 "Flag Nine" at Saitama Super Arena.
- Macdonald, Christopher (May 16, 2012). . Anime News Network. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
- at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
|Awards and achievements|
with "Spring of Life"
Japan in the ABU TV Song Festival