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Aya Matsuura joined by Mariya Takeuchi for her 10th anniversary album

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Singer Aya Matsuura, 25, will release an album on Dec 21 to mark the 10th anniversary of her professional singing debut.

Veteran singer-songwriter Mariya Takeuchi, 56, is collaborating with Matsuura on the album, titled "Aya Matsuura 10th anniversary best." Takeuchi wrote a new song for the occasion, titled "Subject: Sayonara."

Matsuura, who auditioned for the all-girl pop group Morning Musume in 2000, became a long-time member of Hello! Project - a Mickey Mouse Club-esque collective of young Japanese pop artists. She “graduated” from the group in March 2009. Like many Japanese pop idols, she has worked in a multitude of assignments ranging from solo work and collaborations with other idols, to hosting a radio talk show and acting.

Since 2006, Matsuura has suffered from mandibular joint disorder, a condition that often makes it painful for her to sing. She took a three-year hiatus from touring and has slowly started making a comeback.

She said the anniversary album is a special Christmas present to her fans.

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".....a Mickey Mouse Club-esque collective of young Japanese pop artists"

Please tell me that you had trouble keeping a straight face while you were typing that line.

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Haven´t heard from her for a while. She used to be such a cutie.

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mandibular joint disorder....................that makes it hard to open the mouth wide. Can imagine she can't howl well and that does affect her singing.

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Ayaya used to be my favorite singer.

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awesome

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Say what you want because she's a hello-pro "idol" but she has talent. She always sang live at her concerts, has a clear, high voice, and she has done jazz tunes, acoustic, even a cappella (in a group). And she doesn't just have her jaw problem, she has a few other health problems keeping her from performing. I wish her the best.

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Since 2006, Matsuura has suffered from mandibular joint disorder, a condition that often makes it painful for her to sing.

probably makes it tough to hold on to a boyfriend, too.

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Well, no apples or spare ribs for a while.

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Since 2006, Matsuura has suffered from mandibular joint disorder, a condition that often makes it painful for her to sing.

No need to hurry to come back, take your time, recover, nobody is missing your music.

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