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Yoshiki Hayashi (林 佳樹 Hayashi Yoshiki, born November 20, 1965), better known by his stage name Yoshiki, is a Japanese musician, songwriter, composer and record producer. He achieved international fame as the leader and a co-founder of the heavy metal band X Japan, for which he is the drummer, pianist and main songwriter. The band achieved breakthrough success in the late 1980s, besides being one of the first Japanese acts to achieve mainstream success while on an independent label, Extasy Records which he founded. The group is widely credited as one of the pioneers of the visual kei movement. Though the band disbanded in 1997, they reunited in 2007. In 2000 and 2007, Yoshiki formed his solo musical project Violet UK and the Japanese rock supergroup S.K.I.N. respectively.

Yoshiki’s solo career includes two classical studio albums—Eternal Melody (1993), produced by George Martin and Eternal Melody II (2005)—and the classical compilation Yoshiki Classical (2013). He has collaborated and played with Tetsuya Komuro and Roger Taylor.

In 1999, at the request of the Japanese government, he composed and performed a classical song at a celebration in honor of the tenth anniversary of Emperor Akihito’s enthronement. For the 69th Golden Globe Awards, the show’s original musical theme was composed by Yoshiki and became available for digital download on iTunes, with all proceeds going to charity.

 

 

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 26: Yoshiki from Yoshiki Classical performs at Le Trianon on May 26, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns via Getty Images)

 

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Songs pay from Amazon CD & Itunes MP3:
Yoshiki Classical (Google Play) | Yoshiki Classical (Amazon CD) | Yoshiki Classical (Amazon MP3) | Eternal Melody I (Amazon CD) | Eternal Melody II (Amazon CD) | Foreign Sand (Amazon MP3) | Foreign Sand (Amazon CD)

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