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Four of her studio albums and one of her compilation albums have reached number one in Japan's Oricon album chart. Her portrayal of Nana Osaki skyrocketed both her singing and acting career. Nakashima married Japanese volleyball player, Kunihiro Shimizu on December 25, 2014.
Born and raised in Kyushu, Mika was the youngest of three children. She grew up in the small town of Hioki, Kagoshima, where she has said there was "nothing there, only enka." She began listening to enka singer Eiko Segawa and studied classical Japanese dance, but as she loved dressing-up and make-up, she hoped to work in fashion magazines since she was too short to become a model.
Nakashima decided not to attend high school after completing junior high and began working. At the age of 15 she moved to the city of Fukuoka where she room-shared with two others.
At the age of 17, she attended an audition not knowing what it was for. She was chosen from 3,000 girls to be the actress of the fall 2001 Fuji TV drama Kizudarake no Love Song, in which she played the heroine Mirai Shimazaki, and also sang the theme song, "Stars."
In November 2001, "Stars" became her debut on Sony Music Associated Records, which would go on to become her best-selling single.
In 2005, Nakashima co-starred alongside Aoi Miyazaki in the live-action movie Nana. She sang one of the theme songs for the movie, which was released as a single under the name "Nana starring Mika Nakashima." The single, titled "Glamorous Sky," was written by the manga's author, Ai Yazawa, and composed by L'Arc-en-Ciel vocalist Hyde. It was Nakashima's only number 1 single on the Oricon Singles Charts. It sold over 423,000 copies in 2005, making it the best-selling female single of the year. The single continued selling well into the next year and sold 444,067 copies, which was about 25,000 copies less than her Nana co-star, Yuna Ito's "Endless Story."
|Year||Studio albums||Chart peak positions|
|Weekly Album Charts|
|2009||No More Rules
|2014||Zutto Suki Datta -All My Covers-
|2015||~Healing Collection~ RELAXIN'
|2003||Guuzen ni mo Saiaku na Shounen||Yumi Sasaki||Main role|
|2005||Nana||Nana Osaki||Main role|
|2006||Nana 2||Nana Osaki||Main role|
|2010||Resident Evil: Afterlife||J-Pop Girl||First infected person in Tokyo|
|2012||Resident Evil: Retribution||J-Pop Girl|
|2001||Kizudarake no Love Song||Mirai Shimazaki||Supporting role|
|2002||Shiritsu Tantei Hama Mike||Akane Hama||Supporting role|
|2003||Namahoso wa Tomaranai|
|2008||Ryusei no Kizuna||Sagi||Supporting role|
|2010||Unubore Deka||Rie Higurashi||Supporting role|