Akina Nakamori (中森明菜) born on July 13, 1965) is a Japanese pop singer and actress. She was one of the most popular singers of the 1980s in Japan. She is known for her deep power-house voice. Within two years of her debut, she set herself apart from all the singers of her generation by singing provocative songs with a chameleon-like image change with the release of each new single. Her mature and rebellious image was to be the direct opposite of the other pop rival Seiko Matsuda who projected a sweet natured charm. The media competed them against each other throughout the 1980s scrutinising every details of their lives and supposed rivalry. During that period, Nakamori has always expressed an admiration and respect for Matsuda even humming to Matsuda's songs when both happen to be on the same live shows. She portrayed Betty Boop in 2003 for CR Betty Boop a Panchinko machine game by Sammy.
She mentions that she is a big fan of Betty Boop.
Her hair style and dress sense was very much copied by teenagers in the 1980s.
Her recording company moulded her to be a successor after the mature and sophisticated Momoe Yamaguchi a singer who retired at age 21 for marriage.
Nakamori's songs were always of heartbreaks or rebellion never to stray far from the mold.