Female vocalist Kumi Koda (Avex) was named domestic artist of the year for the second year in a row at the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan's 21st annual Gold Disc Awards ceremony, held March 13 in Tokyo.

The awards are based on net shipments by the RIAJ's 42 member companies during 2006. According to the RIAJ, Koda shipped 3.5 million albums, 2.5 million singles and 141,000 DVDs and videos last year.

Canadian vocalist Daniel Powter (Warner Music Japan) was named international artist of the year, thanks to total Japanese shipments of 719,000 copies of his album "Daniel Powter."

Powter was also named new international artist of the year, while another Warner Music Japan act, female vocalist Ayaka, was named the new domestic artist of the year.