” Japanese Boy ” is by Aneka ( Mary Sandeman ), the Scotish singer. The song was written by Bobby Heatlie who also wrote ” Merry Christmas Everyone ” a number one for Shakin’ Stevens.
The song was released in 1981 by the record label Hansa based in Berlin, Germany with production for the single by Neil Ross.
Once the song had been written it was realised that the name Mary Sandeman didn’t sound very oriental, so they decided to find a name that would fit the song.
A telephone directory came to the rescue, after skimming through they came across the name Anika which they changed to Aneka to avoid upsetting the real person’s name they used, Aneka was to be a perfect fit for the image.
” Japanese Boy ” was to become a significant hit single reaching Number One in several European countries and Top Ten elsewhere.
However the surprise success of the single did pose a problem for Aneka, the image had been set firmly in the minds of pop fans. A follow-up would be difficult to emulate the success of ” Japanese Boy “.
Mary Sandeman decided to keep the stage name Aneka but change the image slightly; the changes failed to help her with further hit singles in the United Kingdom.
The song was a huge commercial success reaching Number One in the UK with sales of nearly half a million copies, which made it one of the best-selling singles for the year 1981.
” Japanese Boy ” stayed at the top of the UK Singles Chart for one week and spent five weeks in the Top Ten; the song spent a total of twelve weeks on the UK chart.
Regarding UK sales by a female solo artist only Kim Wilde with her song ” Kids in America ” did better in 1981.
” Japanese Boy ” has gone on to sell five million copies worldwide and remains popular today, although the song failed the make the charts in Japan – the reason, ” they thought it sounded too Chinese “.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 57, Austria (Austria Top 40) 4, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 42, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 1, France (IFOP) 4, Germany (Official German Charts) 3, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Israel 5, Italy (FIMI) 16, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 7, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 7, Norway (VG-lista) 4, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 19, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1, US Billboard (Disco Top 80) 15
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Aneka
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