Ryuichi Sakamoto

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Ryuichi Sakamoto (坂本 龍一, Sakamoto Ryūichi, born January 17, 1952) is a Japanese composer, pianist, singer, record producer and actor who has pursued a diverse range of styles as a solo artist and as a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO). With his bandmates Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi, Sakamoto influenced and pioneered a number of electronic music genres.Sakamoto began his career while at university in the 1970s as a session musician, producer, and arranger. His first major success came in 1978 as co-founder of YMO. He concurrently pursued a solo career, releasing the experimental electronic fusion album Thousand Knives in 1978. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ryuichi Sakamoto has received more than 1,798,339 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Ryuichi Sakamoto is the 270th most popular composer (up from 355th in 2019), the 195th most popular biography from Japan (up from 324th in 2019) and the most popular Japanese Composer.

Ryuichi Sakamoto is most famous for his work with Yellow Magic Orchestra and for his film scores for the films Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence and The Last Emperor.

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Among composers, Ryuichi Sakamoto ranks 270 out of 1,228Before him are Anton Arensky, Rodolphe Kreutzer, Nikolai Myaskovsky, Duchess Maria Antonia of Bavaria, Gaspare Spontini, and Marcel Dupré. After him are Andrea Luchesi, Emmanuel Chabrier, Miklós Rózsa, Johann Jakob Froberger, Alessandro Stradella, and Niccolò Jommelli.

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Among people born in 1952, Ryuichi Sakamoto ranks 40Before him are Jimmy Connors, Dan Aykroyd, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Shigeru Miyamoto, Laura Branigan, and Mr. T. After him are Idriss Déby, Vahid Halilhodžić, İbrahim Tatlıses, Diana Gabaldon, Raymond Domenech, and Allan Simonsen.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Ryuichi Sakamoto ranks 195 out of 5,560Before him are Naoto Kan (1946), Nagayasu Honda (null), Masahiko Kimura (1917), Yohji Yamamoto (1943), Kenzo Ohashi (1934), and Kyu Sakamoto (1941). After him are Emperor Seimu (83), Kiyoo Kanda (1900), Emperor Richū (336), Edogawa Ranpo (1894), Issey Miyake (1938), and Imagawa Yoshimoto (1519).

Among COMPOSERS In Japan

Among composers born in Japan, Ryuichi Sakamoto ranks 1After him are Toru Takemitsu (1930), Ichirou Mizuki (1948), Keiko Abe (1937), Shunsuke Kikuchi (1931), Nobuo Uematsu (1959), Koichi Sugiyama (1931), Toshi Ichiyanagi (1933), Akira Ifukube (1914), Kenji Kawai (1957), Koji Kondo (1961), and Akira Yamaoka (1968).

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