RIRI, born as Riri Arai (Arai Riri) on November 5, 1999, is a young Japanese pop/R&B singer who debuted in 2016 with her digital single COLOR ME.
At a young age, RIRI had always been interested music (dancing being her first love), but was inspired to start singing R&B/hip hop at the age of 4 after listening to Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Beyonce and Whitney Houston. Around the age of 10 (in 2011), she was chosen to be a participant and eventually was chosen as the finalist at Next Star Generation Star which was hosted by David Foster. In 2012, she flew to New York after winning The Dream Support Project Award which marked her first performance in the US. Because of this award, it furthered her desire to spread R&B/hip hop in Japan and the world.
In 2016, she joined the company THE MIC-A-HOLICS INC. (whose big name artists is AI). AI helped to produce「GOLD」(her debut single), as well as「I love to sing」(her EP) (GOLD and I love to sing would later hit #1 on Apple Music's R&B charts). She was also the most "Most Anticipated Artist" of the year by Spotify Japan.
In August of 2017, she dropped her first music video for the song 「Rush」off the album of the same name.
RIRI is also fluent in English as well; many of her songs include a variety of fluent English sentences as well as her 2017 song 「Rush」having an official full English version.
RIRI states that her biggest goal is to be the type of singer who can bring dreams to people and to tell them the importance of never giving up her dreams.RIRI states that her biggest goal is to be the type of singer who can bring dreams to people and to tell them the importance of never giving up her dreams. Besides that, she wishes to perform at Madison Square Garden, as well as one day perform with Beyonce who is, like many, one of her biggest influences.
Before the end of 2017, RIRI signed with SONY Music Japan and in 2018, made her major debut with the label with her very first album titled RIRI.