Kouda Kumi Gives Birth to Beautiful Baby Boy

Kouda Kumi announced the birth of her first child, a baby boy, on 18 July. Her agency stated, Kouda gave birth in the middle of July and this is the first child of her and her husband KENJI03 of rock band BACK-ON.

The singer is currently restricting her activities post-childbirth, but she’s scheduled to hold her live tour, ‘KODA KUMI Premium Night ~Love & Songs~‘, in November.

Below is the translated message from Koda Kumi on the birth of her child to her fans…

“The other day, a healthy baby boy was born between me and my beloved husband.

His body is very small, but he has a big presence. I’ve once again encountered an important love.

Looking at this child, feelings I’ve never felt before start welling up.

There are no words to express how happy I am.

From now on, I want to learn, grow, and walk together with my husband and child.

I hope to deliver songs with even more love during my live in November. I am looking forward to seeing everybody.“

Kumi Koda to celebrate 10th anniversary with Best Live DVD BOX

This year is the 10th anniversary of the debut of pop star Kumi Koda (27). As a special project to celebrate the milestone, she is releasing her first “best live DVD” on July 17. She debuted in 2000 with the single “Take Back” and gained fame for her seventh single, “Real Emotion / 1000 no Kotoba”, the songs of which were used as themes for the video game Final Fantasy X-2. Her popularity grew with the release of her fourth studio album Secret (2005), her sixteenth single “Butterfly” (2005), and her first greatest hits album Best: First Things (2005), reaching the number-three, number-two and number-one spot respectively.

“KODA KUMI 10th Anniversary BEST LIVE DVD BOX” will include 30 minutes of concert footage of 15 songs, personally selected by Koda. The clips are taken from the six tours she performed between 2005 and this year. The DVD also contains other footage from her concerts, plus a 40-minute documentary of her 10-year career. The set is planned to retail for 1,260 yen.