Anna Aya – “Someone Else” press photo

Global Princess of J-Pop: Follow Anna Aya’s Musical Journey with “Someone Else”

Anna Aya (@annaayaofficial) is a half-Japanese/half-Armenian multi-lingual artist, international model, and actress. Not too long ago, she released a lovely music video for her debut J-Pop single, “Someone Else,” released via Handcraft Entertainment and globally distributed by Virgin Music. The video partnered with top-tier brands including Fendi and Christian Louboutin.

Anna Aya – “Someone Else” (Official Music Video)

For “Someone Else,” Anna Aya linked up with GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi-platinum producer, Louis Bell (Post Malone, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Camila Cabello, Halsey), and 6x Japan Gold Disc winner, multi-platinum producer, Michael Africk (Mai Kuraki, Zard, Jordan Knight). The song sets the stage for Anna to be the first global princess of J-Pop. Drawing on her Japanese upbringing, she asserts herself as a voice for her culture, remaining reverent of its nuances and traditions and also leveraging them to distinguish her on the international stage as a singular artist.

A rapid rise as an internationally renowned model (for some of the world’s most revered fashion houses), worldwide travel, years of formal dance training in multiple styles and innate creativity foretold Anna Aya’s future as a global pop singer, songwriter, and performer. Anna draws on her dynamic professional background and upbringing to deliver energetic and identifiable anthems to Japanese and English-speaking audiences alike.

Anna Aya Breaks Down Scenes From Her Music Video “Someone Else” | Frame X Frame

“I have a lot of inspiration from the Japanese sound, which is very soft and has more of an emotional feel to it. I wanted to incorporate that into my music for both English and Japanese, which is why the song is bilingual. I incorporated the fun pop sound from the U.S. and the emotional part of it from Japan. The whole song is about finding your worth and saying that I don’t need anybody to approve me or validate me, I can do it for myself.” – Anna Aya told iHeartRadio

Growing up in front of the camera and splitting her time between Japan and Los Angeles, Anna eventually found herself in photo shoots for top-tier Japanese brands and in magazines, including Vivi and 25ans. As part of these editorial pieces, she notably modeled for some of the most influential fashion houses in the world, including Dior, Chanel, Gucci, Valentino, Fendi, and Louis Vuitton.

Anna gravitated towards modeling since she was a young girl, appearing in print campaigns and commercials for household name brands such as American Girl Doll, AT&T, Children’s Place, Ford, Samsung, Target, and more.


Anna concurrently learned how to speak three languages—Japanese, Armenian, and English and has continued to speak them fluently throughout her entire life. This trilingual fluency enabled her to work as a translator on Steve Harvey’s Little Big Shots. Impressed by her presence, the show producers welcomed her as a season regular and host. Plus, Ellen DeGeneres sought her out as a translator for its Japanese guests as a native speaker.

As a dancer, studying jazz, hip-hop, and ballet, Anna’s passion for music led to vocal lessons while listening to favorite artists a la Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Madison Beer, and more.

Anna Aya – “Someone Else” single

Anna Aya Someone Else Cover Art

“I’m heavily influenced by my culture and experiences as a mixed person. The Japanese side is more reserved and diligent. Then, I have my loud, extroverted, and outgoing Armenian side. Of course, Los Angeles is super social and that influences me too. I’m a balance of the peaceful, calm, and collected self and louder self.” – Anna Aya explained

In 2022, Anna caught the attention of Michael Africk, who discovered her through international connections and invited her to collaborate in his studio, eventually signing her to his company, Handcraft Entertainment.

Handcraft Entertainment is a production company, label, artist management, and publishing company that is home to cutting-edge, superstar artists, producers, and songwriters. Together, they share a vision of building bridges that unite the biggest music markets and fans around the world. Handcraft Entertainment was founded by multi-platinum and 6x Japan Gold Disc winner, Michael Africk, and is based in both Los Angeles and Boston.

We recommend adding Anna Aya’s “Someone Else” single to your favorite J-Pop playlist. Also, let us know how you feel in the comment section below. Mel Blanc’s famous catchphrase, That’s All Folks! Thanks for reading another great article on Bong Mines Entertainment – the hot spot for new music and positive entertainment news. Always remember that (P) Positive, (E) Energy, (A) Always, (C) Creates, (E) Elevation (P.E.A.C.E). Contact us on social media via Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, or Facebook, and let us know what’s going on. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter, support our merchandise, and become a Patron of Bong Mines Entertainment. Disclaimer: This post contains Apple Music affiliate links. We may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through links on our site. That little compensation will be used towards keeping this website up and running.

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