Yoshiki may not be a household name in the United States, but he’s a superstar in his native Japan.
The drummer and pianist, who founded the glam-rock/metal band X Japan, has sold 30 million records worldwide, and has sold out the 55,000-capacity Tokyo Dome a record 18 times. He’s one of the creators of the popular “visual kei” rock and fashion movement.
Yoshiki composed the 2012 Golden Globe Awards theme song, and wrote and performed the theme song for Expo 2005, the world’s fair held for 185 days in Nagoya, Japan. He played an original composition for the Japanese emperor’s 10th anniversary, and even served as the inspiration for a Hello Kitty character and a Marvel Comics hero – Blood Red Dragon.