Namie Amuro
Japanese singer
Namie Amuro
Namie Amuro is a Japanese R&B and pop singer, entertainer, and former actress who at the height of her popularity was referred to as the "Teen Queen" and the title "Queen of Japanese Pop Music". Born in Naha, Okinawa, Amuro debuted at the age of 14 as an idol in the girl group Super Monkey's. Though mostly unsuccessful, the group gained popularity during their final year together with the single "Try Me" (1995).
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TLC Releases 'Meant To Be,' T-Boz Posts Vintage TLC 'Waterfalls' Photo On Instagram
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It's #tbt -- Throwback Tuesday -- for Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, who took to Instagram to post a vintage shot of TLC filming their iconic 1995 video for "Waterfalls." The photo is lovably '90s, with the girl group seen in the signature overalls featured in the clip. The photo arrives on the same day we're treated to a fresh TLC track called "Meant To Be." Written by Ne-Yo, the slow jam bears a slight resemblance to the 1999 hit "Unpretty." "Meant to Be" marks the second new song on this month's "20," a greatest-hits album celebrating TLC's more than two decades in the business. The other new song is the J. Cole collaboration "Crooked Smile." Listen to "Meant to Be": The new album includes "Waterfalls," which spawned backlash during the summer when T-Boz and Rhonda "Chilli" Thomas remade the classic with Japanese pop singer Namie Amuro substituting for the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. The Lopes family raised complaints about the original member of the girl group being replaced on th ...
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Voldsom vekst i alle retninger - Ballade.no
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Henriksen i likhet med Mulholland i stor grad et ubeskrevet blad, mens Young og White har jobbet med artister som Rod Stewart, LL Cool J, Lionel Richie, Toni Braxton og millionselgende japanske artister som Namie Amuro. De fire har sammen bestemt seg
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INTO THE NEXT STAGE: Okinawa Is Backdrop of Debut Novel 'My Name Is Mahataa' - The Rafu Shimpo
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Thanks to the popularity of recording acts like Speed, Begin, Rinken Band and Namie Amuro, as well as a TV serial titled “Chura-san,” Okinawa and its culture was in the spotlight, and favorably at that. I lived on Okinawa as a military dependent and
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In order to pursue her dreams, she decided to take on the challenge and go to Avex Taiwan's music studio in Japan to learn dancing and singing for 3 months from various famous lecturers(such as Hamasaki Ayumi, BoA, Utada Hikaru, Namie Amuro,& Hitomi)
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Las famosas se rinden ante las estrellas de Dolce & Gabbana - Terra Colombia
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Namie Amuro. Pocos diseñadores logran establecer una tendencia tan marcada como Domenico Dolce y Stefano Gabbana. En esta oportunidad se imponen con su galáctico estampado de estrellas, presentada durante el debut de su colección otoño 2011
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けいおん!! : ライブ最新作が史上初の2作連続の総合首位 オリコンBDランキング - まんたんウェブ
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音楽作品がBD部門で総合首位を獲得するのは、歌手の安室奈美恵さんの「namie amuro BEST FICTION TOUR 2008-2009」(09年9月発売)、声優で歌手の水樹奈々さんの「NANA MIZUKI LIVE DIAMOND×FEVER」(09年12月発売)、バンド「東京事変」の「ウルトラC」(10年9月発売)、
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安室奈美恵「LIVE STYLE」ツアーに東名阪福7公演追加 - ナタリー
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7月30日に幕を開けた安室奈美恵の全国ツアー「「namie amuro LIVE STYLE 2011」に、追加公演が決定した。 新たに追加されたのは、10月10日の日本ガイシホール、10月19日・20日の国立代々木競技場第一体育館、10月27日・28日の大阪城ホール、11月12日・13日のマリンメッセ
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安室奈美惠时隔七年推出新曲 MV绝美画面曝光 - 腾讯网
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此次的单曲包括CD+DVD盘,会收录三首主打歌曲的其中两首《NAKED》和《Tempest》的MV。 今年4月安室奈美惠曾推出新专辑《Checkmate!》,因实现了许多终极合作引起不小的话题。而7月底开始她的全日本巡演“namie amuro LIVE
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安室奈美恵、注目の新曲3曲をまとめてコンパイル! - mu-mo エンタメニュース
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安室奈美恵といえば、今年4月に発売したばかりのベストコラボレーションアルバム『Checkmate!』で、数々の“究極”とも言えるコラボを実現して話題を呼んだばかり。今月末からは全国アリーナツアー【namie amuro LIVE STYLE 2011】もスタートし、あの脅威のパフォーマンスが
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安室奈美恵、ワンピース曲が着うた(R)・着うたフル(R)2冠獲得!! - mu-mo エンタメニュース
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本日配信された着うた(R)は勿論、来週に控えた新曲「NAKED/Fight Together/Tempest」の発売、さらに今月末からスタートする全国アリーナツアー【namie amuro LIVE STYLE 2011】。この夏も、安室奈美恵から目が離せない。
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安室奈美恵、人気雑誌に初登場!女度を上げるオフの過ごし方とは - モデルプレス
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誌面のインタビューでは最新シングルの聴きどころをはじめ、この秋気になるファッションやオフの過ごし方などプライベートトークを展開。7月30日にスタートする全国ツアー「namie amuro LIVE STYLE 2011」の準備に忙しい彼女だが、プライベートでは食器類を一新するために
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安室奈美恵の話題コラボ曲が、リクエストNo.1に!! - mu-mo エンタメニュース
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が好調の中、7月27日に豪華トリプルA面シングルの発売を控えている他、7月30日からは全国アリーナツアー【namie amuro LIVE STYLE 2011】がスタート。今年も予想以上の活躍を魅せてくれるに違いない。 funkyyuyu 安室奈美恵の話題コラボ曲が、リクエストNo.1に!
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安室奈美恵、『ONE PIECE』主題歌「Fight Together」着うたフル(R)先行配信で ... - MSN エンターテイメント
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7月30日からは全国アリーナツアー<namie amuro LIVE STYLE 2011>がスタートする安室奈美恵。新作「NAKED / Fight Together / Tempest」のリリースまで残すところあとわずかとなり、先日はCD+DVD盤に収録される「NAKED」と「Tempest」の最新ミュージックビデオも解禁
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Thời trang Hàn-Nhật tranh đua quyết liệt - 24 giờ
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Nơi đây quy tụ hàng trăm nhạc sĩ, nghệ sĩ khắp nơi trên thế giới cùng những tên tuổi thời trang hàng đầu của Tokyo như: Lady Gaga, AKB48, Namie Amuro, Tokio Hotel, Thelma Aoyama, Anna Tsuchiya, Monkey Majik , Kana Nishino, Girls Shibuhara…
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TELEVIEWS / Best TV is being held hostage on premium satellite - The Daily Yomiuri
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Our heroine is played by Okinawan actress Yukie Nakama, and the theme song is sung by fellow Okinawan Namie Amuro. The historical epic boasts great costumes, settings and an all-star cast including everyone from Kaoru Yachigusa to Gackt
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AKB48:ミュージックビデオ集が2週連続首位 女性アーティスト歴代トップに オリコン - まんたんウェブ
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(毎日新聞デジタル) 宇多田ヒカル 「BOHEMIAN SUMMER 2000」、「Wait & See-リスク-」▽黄色5・青色7・あか組4 「DVD ザ・黄青あか」▽モーニング娘。 「シングルV 『そうだ! We're ALIVE』」▽安室奈美恵 「namie amuro BEST FICTION TOUR 2008-2009」▽KARA
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Japan music: Singles & Albums 2011 Top 10 - AkihabaraNews
Google News - over 5 years
Third in the ranking was Namie Amuro with “Checkmate! (Best Of)”. Namie is a Japanese allround artist focussing on a fairly niché market, her music is a blend of Japanese/English pop songs, equally dual lingual hip hop tracks and western style
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2NE1 : concert, nouveau single et nouveau mini-album en Corée - Orient-Extrême
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On évite provisoirement le rôle de potiche attribué à AFTERSCHOOL pour son association avec Namie Amuro. Les nouvelles du jour concernent les activités coréennes du groupe. Sur son blog YG LIFE, l'agence YG ENTERTAINMENT a présenté les deux prochaines
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`Gogaru` fashion - 동아일보
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Significantly influenced by pop singer Namie Amuro of Okinawa, their school outfits were characterized by short skirts and loose socks. Statutory rape also grew as a social problem because of gogarus. Gogaru fashion made a foray into Korea
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Namie Amuro
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 38
    May 18, 2016, saw Amuro's 42nd single release "Mint" with B-side "Chit Chat" and instrumentals of both songs.
    More Details Hide Details Rumours of a new song, titled 'Hero' surfaced around the time leading up to the release of previous single 'Mint'. Hero was originally determined to be the B-side to Mint but was shelved for unknown reasons. Hero is the theme song for NHK's broadcasting of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The song, along with B-side 'Show Me What You've Got', was released on the 27th July 2016. The theme song "Dear Diary" and the insert song "Fighter" of "Death Note: Light up the NEW World" (2016) is performed by her.
  • 2015
    Age 37
    To promote the album Genic, Amuro went on the 'Namie Amuro Livegenic 2015-2016' Tour, which started in September and ended in February.
    More Details Hide Details On November 3, amidst a week-long rumour, Amuro announced her 41st solo single "Red Carpet". The single consists of an A-side, "Red Carpet", and a B-side, "Black Make-Up". The single was released on December 2, 2015.
    On April 8, 2015, Amuro announced that she would be releasing her eleventh solo/twelfth recorded studio album Genic on June 10.
    More Details Hide Details The album is her first one independent from the management company Vision Factory, from which she separated in mid-January after 22 years. The album has a total of 14 new songs and 5 music videos, with the album style being a complete departure from Feel.
  • 2014
    Age 36
    In November 2014, Amuro collaborated with Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai for a song on Tsai's 13th studio album Play.
    More Details Hide Details The song, entitled "I'm Not Yours" was highly anticipated and well received by Namie and Jolin fans alike. In February 2015, an also highly anticipated music video for 'I'm Not Yours' was released with both singers featuring in the music video.
    In support of the album, Amuro held a nationwide tour titled "namie amuro LIVE STYLE 2014".
    More Details Hide Details The tour began on August 22, 2014, and concluded on December 18, 2014, with a total of 36 shows. On November 12, Amuro released a new single titled "Brighter Day".The single included "SWEET KISSES" the theme song for the KOSE COSMEPORT "OLSE D' OR" TV commercial and "Still Lovin' You", the theme song for the KOSE ESPRIQUE TV commercial.
    On June 4, 2014, Amuro released Ballada, her first greatest hits album to feature only ballad tracks.
    More Details Hide Details The album includes 15 of Amuro's popular ballads, which were elected by fans through a vote held on Amuro's official website. It also features a ballad version of "Contrail" as a bonus track. To commemorate the release of Ballada, Amuro re-recorded two of her biggest hits from the 90s, "Sweet 19 Blues" and "Can You Celebrate? ". She also created new music videos for "Sweet 19 Blues", "Can You Celebrate?", "HimAWArI" and "Four Seasons". A total of 17 music videos are included in the DVD and Blu-ray editions.
  • 2013
    Age 35
    Also in 2013 Amuro was featured on a remake of TLC's 1995 #1 hit song 'Waterfalls'.
    More Details Hide Details She re-recorded the rap part in homage to the late Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes. However, the remake was met with controversy & backlash from American fans. The song was only released in Japan.
    In support of the album, on August 16, 2013, Amuro started her "namie amuro FEEL tour 2013" which ended in December 23, 2013.
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    The album included "Big Boys Cry" from her thirty-eighth single "Big Boys Cry/Beautiful", however, the B-side of the single, "Beautiful" was not included in this album. "Contrail" was released as Amuro's sixth digital single on May 19, 2013 through Recochoku, "Contrail" is also included in the album, Feel.
    More Details Hide Details The album has 7 songs which were sung entirely in English and have a total of 6 music videos. Feel successfully became her 6th consecutive number one album on the Oricon's weekly albums charts, with 247,000 copies. On the first day of release, the album sold 111,458 copies, surpassing "Uncontrolled" in terms of first day sales, and also became the highest first day sales for solo female artists in 2013.
    Amuro released her eleventh studio album entitled Feel on July 10, 2013, through Dimension Point, a new label under Avex Trax.
    More Details Hide Details This is the first full-length studio album Amuro has released since "Uncontrolled" almost a year before.
    On 6 March 2013, Amuro released her 38th single, "Big Boys Cry/Beautiful", songs that were previously featured in her KOSE CM.
    More Details Hide Details This is her first single since White Light/Violet Sauce that does not come in a CD+DVD version and at the same time it is currently listed at Oricon as being Amuro's worst-selling single.
  • 2012
    Age 34
    On 24 November, Namie started her "Namie Amuro 5 Major Domes Tour 2012 ~20th Anniversary Best~" this being her first dome tour in 15 years.
    More Details Hide Details The tour became the most attended dome tour for a female solo artist, with an attendance of 340,000.
    On 16 September 2012, a concert in Namie's hometown Okinawa was planned to coincide with her 20th Anniversary as a singer, with it being her 1st concert to feature guests with whom she collaborated over the past 20 years.
    More Details Hide Details The expected attendance for the concert was 27,000. However, due to a typhoon warning in Okinawa the concert was cancelled. It was not rescheduled because the date was supposed to be a special day. On 31 October, Amuro released the digital single "Damage", which was the theme song for the film Fly with the Gold. The music video was released 2 December.
    On 27 June 2012, Namie released her album Uncontrolled.
    More Details Hide Details The album sold 292,000 copies on its first week of release, making the highest 1st week sales for a Japanese solo artist, until it was beaten by Keisuke Kuwata's compilation album, the album stayed on the top of the chart for 3 consecutive weeks, making her 1st studio album in her career as a solo artist, the album also became her 10th overall #1 album, while it became the 11th best selling album in Japan for 2012, with 517,000 copies sold.
    Along with the album, 2012 coincides with her 20th year of her career.
    More Details Hide Details The new album Uncontrolled features four new songs, all with MVs included in the CD/DVD version of her album. On 27 May the covers for the album were revealed and her Facebook also showed a painting, collaborated with “Annular Eclipse”, of her cover image located on Alta Shinjuku, Tokyo. It was up for viewing until 1 June. On 29 May, her official YouTube page released a commercial preview of MV for "In The Spotlight(TOKYO)", the lead track for her upcoming album.
    In April 2012, it was announced that Namie Amuro would release a new album, Uncontrolled, on the 27th of June, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The album includes A-sides of released singles during 2010 up to 2012 as well as four new songs.
    Her song "Love Story" received many forms of recognition: LISMO, an online music player provided by the cell phone company au, selected "Love Story" as the winner of LISMO Award; the karaoke company Daiichi Kosho announced that the song is the most popular Valentine's Day song for a female artist, along with Exile's "Lovers Again", while Recochoku announced that "Love Story" became the best selling digital song for the year 2012 in 4 different categories. the song also won at the 27th Japan Gold Disc Awards as "Song of the Year by Download".
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  • 2011
    Age 33
    On December 12, MTV Japan and Space Shower TV aired the Live performances of "Make It Happen" and "Unusual" which was included in her "Namie Amuro: Live Style 2011" DVD.
    More Details Hide Details On January 21 she recorded a new song titled Go Round. the song was included in her 37th single "Go Round/Yeah-Oh!, which was released on March 21.
    Her official website announced her new live DVD / Blu-ray entitled "Namie Amuro: Live Style 2011" and its release date is on December 21, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details On November 30 the covers for her DVD / Blu-ray were revealed. Also they announced on November 16, the official Namie Amuro YouTube Channel and since then, the site has gained a lot of attention from her fans all over the world. Namie Amuro’s single "Sit! Stay! Wait! Down!/Love Story", which both are the theme song for the drama series Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu, became the first Double A-Side single to occupy the 1st and 2nd position in the Weekly Ranking of Recochoku since the day of release. Besides that, "Love story" got the first position and "Sit! Stay! Wait! Down!" got the 5th position for its monthly chart. On November 27, Namie filmed her TV version of "Love Story" for the drama series "Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu". On December 7, along with the release of her single, Namie launched her official Facebook page. The page includes a free download of the song "Arigatou: Thank the World for Love... Gift Song for 2011" which was originally featured on the single "Sit! Stay! Wait! Down!/Love Story".
    Namie released her 2nd single and last for 2011 after "Naked/Fight Together/Tempest" on July 27.
    More Details Hide Details Her 36th single entitled "Sit! Stay! Wait! Down!/Love Story" went sale on December 7, 2011.
    During her "Live Style 2011" tour, two new songs were added to the set list.
    More Details Hide Details The songs were "Higher" and "arigatou ". "Higher" was going to be used as song for her new commercial for Coke Zero, but never aired on TV and "arigatou" was used as the song for her new Kose Esprique Campaign in an a capella version.
    And at the end of July, she started an arena tour entitled "Live Style 2011" to commemorate her 20th anniversary in the Japanese music industry.
    More Details Hide Details In early July, her official website announced her 35th single entitled "Naked/Fight Together/Tempest". "Naked" was used in her commercial campaign for KOSE ESPRIQUE, while "Tempest" is going to be used in a NHK drama series with the same title. The single landed on the Top 2 of Oricon Weekly Charts, extending her record as the only female Japanese artist to have a top 10 single each year for 17 consecutive years. Since the release of the single, it has sold more than 100,000 copies.
    The first six months of 2011 were indeed another achievement for Namie, as according to Oricon her album Checkmate! was the third best selling album in Oricon's 2011 Half Year Ranking Charts for Album, while her DVD Past<Future Tour 2010 was also the 3rd Best selling DVD in Oricon's 2011 Half Year Ranking in Music DVD. she was also Japan's Best Selling Solo Artist (Male or Female) for 2011 according to Oricon's 2011 Half Year Sales of Artist (which includes all of Albums, Singles and DVDs) with an estimate sales of 2.7 Billion Yen. according to "Amazon.co.jp", her Album Checkmate! top their Half Year Ranking in Music.
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    Namie Amuro released her second collaboration album (the first under her own name) on April 27, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Titled Checkmate!, the album features nine collaboration songs released from 2003 to 2011, including Do What U Gotta Do, Luvotomy, BLACK DIAMOND, ROCK U, and her 2010 collaboration single with AI, FAKE, along with four new songs: "Wonder Woman" featuring AI and Anna Tsuchiya, "Make It Happen" with After School, "Unusual" with ex-News member Tomohisa Yamashita and "#1" featuring Chemistry's Kawabata Kaname. The original release date was scheduled for March 23, 2011, but was delayed due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and its related nuclear accidents. Meanwhile, Namie recorded the new theme song for One Piece, titled "Fight Together". A 2:30 minute long edit of the song started airing on April 10 as the opening theme of the long running Japanese anime. "Fight Together" was released as a download to cellular phones and got the number 1 position for one week.
  • 2010
    Age 32
    The year 2010 ended on yet another success with "Past < Future" charting at 6th in the Oricon yearly album rankings, her highest position with a studio album since 1996's Sweet 19 Blues (2nd best selling album of that same year).
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    The live DVD "Namie Amuro: Past < Future Tour 2010″ was released on December 15th and sold 95,000 copies within the first week, ranking first in the Music DVD category of the DVD Oricon rankings for the week of December 27.
    More Details Hide Details It became her second consecutive number one DVD, after "Namie Amuro:_ Best Fiction Tour 2008-2009″. The Blu-ray version sold 18,000 more copies.
    On May 18, 2010, Amuro attended the World Music Awards on Monaco, receiving an award for "Best Artist From Asia", making her the First Asian Female Artist and second Japanese artist after Chage and Aska to do so, and performed her hit song from her album Play, "Hide and Seek".
    More Details Hide Details Afterwards, it was announced that a new single was going to be released soon, and on July 28 her 34th single "Break It/Get Myself Back" was released (during her Past<Future tour summer hiatus). "Break It" was used in a Coca-Cola Zero commercial and the song reached number "3" on Oricon's weekly chart. The single has been certified Gold for shipment of 100,000 copies, as well as "Get Myself Back" being certified as a gold download to cellphones according to RIAJ.
    In April 2010, Amuro embarked on her Past<Future concert tour, travelling throughout 26 cities in Japan, and lasted for nine months.
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  • 2009
    Age 31
    She then released the album's lead double a-side singles, "Wild/Dr.," on March 18, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The song was a success, peaking at number one on the Oricon Singles Chart, and sold over 119,000 units in that region. As a result, she also broke her own record of having all of her singles debut in the top 10 (on the Oricon Daily Singles Chart) for the last 15 years. Amuro collaborated with Japanese music group Ravex on a song for their album Trax (2008), entitled "Rock U". On October 1, Vidal Sassoon released new commercials featuring Amuro, and two tracks from her ninth studio album, "My Love" and "Copy That." On December 16, she released her ninth studio album, Past<Future. The album was a success on the Oricon Albums Chart, reaching number one, and sold over 576,000 units in that region, slightly higher than the sales of Play.
    On January 20, 2009, Amuro begun working on her ninth studio album, and featured a new track entitled "Dr." through a Vidal Sassoon commercial.
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  • 2008
    Age 30
    To promote the album, she embarked her Best Fiction 2008-2009 concert tour, starting at the Makuhari Messe.
    More Details Hide Details Amuro was invited again to the 59th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen, but she declined.
    On July 26, Amuro participated at the 2008 A-nation music concert; an estimated 25,000 people attended her performance. This was the first time she was invited to perform in seven years. On July 30, she released her third greatest hits album, Best Fiction. Featuring tracks between 2003 and 2008, Best Fiction sold 681,000 copies in the first week and debuted at number one on the Oricon Albums Chart.
    More Details Hide Details Within its third week, Best Fiction sold over one million units, making her the first artist to have one million certified album in three consecutive decades. Best Fiction eventually spent six consecutive weeks at the number-one position, becoming the first album to do so in more than 14 years since the Dreams Come True's 1993 album Magic. By the end of 2008, Best Fiction became the second best-selling album behind Exile's Exile Love. In addition, it became the second best selling digital-format album by a Japanese artist behind Hikaru Utada's Heart Station. Best Fiction was awarded the Album of the Year award at the 50th Japan Record Awards.
    In May 2008, Amuro recorded a collaboration with Japanese musician Double in a song called "Black Diamond".
    More Details Hide Details Despite lacklustre success on the Oricon Singles Chart, it sold over 500,000 ringtone units.
    On March 25, 2008, Amuro was awarded "Best Female Video" for "Hide and Seek" (taken from Play) at the 2008 Space Shower Music Video Awards. "Hide & Seek" also won the award for "Best R&B Video" at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, which was held at the Saitama Super Arena on May 31.
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    In early 2008, Amuro confirmed that she would promote Japanese hair company Vidal Sassoon through their new marketing campaign Fashion x Music x VS, with a new single.
    More Details Hide Details The single, though marketed as an extended play, was titled 60s 70s 80s, and consisted of three songs: "New Look", "Rock Steady", and "What a Feeling". It became a huge success in Japan, reaching number one on the Oricon Singles Chart, and sold over 293,000 units in that region, her highest selling single since "Baby Don't Cry". It became her first number single since "I Have Never Seen".
  • TWENTIES
  • 2007
    Age 29
    From August 18, 2007, to February 27, 2008, she embarked her concert tour in Japan, titled the Play Tour 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Originally consisting of 53 performances, it increased by 12 performances to 65 performances, making this her longest spanning tour.
    Her eighth studio album, Play, was released on June 27, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Play charted atop of the Oricon Albums Chart, becoming her first number-one album in more than 7 years.
    She then released the fourth and final single, "Funky Town", on April 4, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details It achieved moderate success on the Oricon Singles Chart, peaking at number seven, and shifted over 54,000 units. She was also featured on Japanese group, M-Flo's album, Cosmicolor, in a song titled "Luvotomy".
    Amuro released the third single from her upcoming eight studio album, "Baby Don't Cry" on January 24, 2007; it was used as the theme song for the Japanese television series Himitsu no Hanazono.
    More Details Hide Details It was successful in Japan, reaching number three on the Oricon Singles Chart, and sold over 144,000 units in that region, her highest selling single since "Say the Word". Based on ringtone sales, it became her first single to shift over one million units since "How to Be a Girl". Alongside this, she achieved the distinction in having a top ten single each year for 13 consecutive years, breaking the solo female artist's record in Japan by Kyōko Koizumi and Shizuka Kudō. At the end of 2007, it ranked at number seven on the RIAJ yearly ringtone sales charts.
  • 2006
    Age 28
    In August 2006, she began her Live Style tour in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details On September 17, she performed to an audience of 12,000 at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.
    Amuro collaborated with Japanese recording artists Zeebra, Ai, and Mummy-D on Zeebra's album, The New Beginning, released on February 15, 2006, in a song called "Do What U Gotta Do".
    More Details Hide Details On May 17, she released the double A-side single "Can't Sleep, Can't Eat, I'm Sick/Ningyo", which peaked at number two on the Oricon Singles Chart and shifted over 80,000 units in Japan.
  • 2005
    Age 27
    In September 2005, Amuro embarked on her Space of Hip-Hop concert tour in Japan.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after the commencement of the tour, she announced that she would contribute to the Japanese theatrical release of the film Sin City (2005). After viewing the movie, Amuro made an offer to the Japanese distribution company to sing its theme song; the company, feeling that her image fit the movie, accepted her offer. The theme song, "Violet Sauce", was later released as part of a double A-side single, "White Light/Violet Sauce", on November 16, 2005. It achieved moderate success in Japan, reaching number seven on the Oricon Singles Chart, and sold over 72,000 units there. The movie's director, Robert Rodriguez, was impressed by the song and asked to be a part of it; he can be heard saying "Welcome to Sin City" towards the end of the song. Shortly after the single, she released Filmography 2001 - 2005' (2006), a compilation of twelve of her music videos between the years 2001 to 2005.
    Amuro released her seventh studio album Queen of Hip-Pop July 13, 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The album was a success, reaching number two on the Oricon Albums Chart, and sold over 455,000 units in Japan. In collaboration with MGM Studios, Amuro was granted use of the The Pink Panther character in the album; a female panther counterpart was created for the album as well.
    On April 6, 2005, she released the single "Want Me, Want Me".
    More Details Hide Details The song was a success in Japan, reaching number two on the Oricon Singles Chart, and sold over 103,000 units in that region. In May, following a three year split from Maruyama, Japanese publications reported that she would take back full custody of their child, Haruto. In August, she was granted full custody of Haruto with visitation rights by Maruyama. On May 29, she performed at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan for the fourth consecutive year in a row. She received two awards, "Best R&B Video" and "Most Impressive Performing Asian Artist", making her the first artist to receive awards four years in a row. She took home the "Inspiration Award" in 2002, "Best Collaboration" in 2003, "Best R&B Video" for 2004, and 2005 as well as "Most Impressive Performing Asian Artist" in the latter year.
  • 2004
    Age 26
    Shortly after the tour, she released the single "All for You" on July 22, 2004, confirming work on her seventh studio album.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by the double A-side single "Girl Talk" and "Girl Talk/The Speed Star", released on October 14, 2004. It was successful in Japan, peaking at number two, and sold over 107,000 units in that region; it became her first top three single in two years. Amuro chose not to appear on Kōhaku Uta Gassen, though she had been invited to perform at the event. She had previously attended the event nine years in a row.
  • 2003
    Age 25
    Amuro returned to solo activities in mid 2003, releasing the single's "Shine More", "Put 'Em Up", and the double A-side singles: "So Crazy" and "Come".
    More Details Hide Details The single's saw an exploration of westernised musical styles with American producers, including R&B producers Full Force and the work of Austin. "Come" was used for the Japanese anime InuYasha, and is a re-arranged song that was originally recorded by Australian recording artist and TV personality Sophie Monk. At the end of the year, she released her sixth studio album and first album in three years, Style. The album became her lowest chart album on the Oricon Albums Chart, peaking at number four. It is also her lowest selling studio album, shifting only 222,000 units in that region. To promote the studio album, Amuro embarked on her So Crazy Tour Featuring Best Singles on November 29. The tour concluded on April 11, 2004. She extended the concert tour, marked as a promotional appearance, in Taiwan, and South Korea.
  • 2002
    Age 24
    In December 2002, Amuro was part of the Japanese musical project Suite Chic, collaborating with several Japanese artists including Verbal, Zeebra, Dabo and DJ Muro. The project released two singles, one studio album, and one remix album before their split in 2003.
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    She started work on her sixth studio album, and third collaboration with Austin, releasing the Diane Warren–written "Wishing on the Same Star" on September 11, 2002.
    More Details Hide Details The single saw a large slip in Amuro's sales, only shifting 95,000 units by the end of the year.
    In July 2002, Amuro was divorced from Maruyama, having cited irreconcilable differences According to reports, her separation was based on personal issues with Maruyama's family.
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    On March 13, 2002, she released her second greatest hits album Love Enhanced Single Collection.
    More Details Hide Details The singles featured on the compilation were re-arranged from the original versions. The album was successful, peaking at number three on the Oricon Albums Chart and sold over 300,00 units in Japan.
  • 2001
    Age 23
    To promote the studio album, Amuro toured Japan in March 2001, and finished in May that same year.
    More Details Hide Details In August, she released the single "Say the Word"; it was her first single that she contributed to songwriting. This was her last solo single to be produced by Komuro, until years later, and was released in part of her upcoming greatest hits album. However, in December she worked with Komuro for the last time on "Lovin' It", a single released as part of Avex's Song+Nation charity project. The single featured Japanese rapper Verbal from the music group M-Flo.
  • 2000
    Age 22
    Amuro's fifth studio album Break the Rules was released on December 20, 2000, and is her final full-length produced album with Komuro.
    More Details Hide Details It became her first studio album to miss the top spot, peaking at number two on the Oricon Albums Chart. Amuro's sales started to decline from this release, as the album only shifted 335,000 units in Japan.
    For the first half of 2000, Amuro embarked on her Genius 2000 concert tour throughout Japan.
    More Details Hide Details She then released the single "Never End", in July, confirming work on her fifth studio album with Komuro and Austin. The single was used as part of the G8 Summit taking place in Okinawa, Japan that year. It was commissioned by late Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi, who asked Tetsuya Komuro to write a song conveying "a vision of harmony and interaction in the world in the 21st century". Obuchi later asked Amuro to perform the single at the summit.
    In January 2000, Amuro released her fourth studio album Genius 2000; it reached number one on the Oricon Albums Chart, and shifted over 800,000 units there.
    More Details Hide Details That same month, Amuro confirmed her separation from husband Masaharu.
  • 1999
    Age 21
    Amuro made her first single debut with Austin on "Something 'Bout the Kiss", released on September 1, 1999.
    More Details Hide Details It became a success in Japan, reaching number three on the Oricon Singles Chart and sold over 390,000 units there.
    Working on her third studio album with Komuro and American producer Dallas Austin, she released its second single "Respect the Power of Love" on March 17, 1999.
    More Details Hide Details On the same day, news publication's in Amuro's hometown, Okinawa, reported that her mother, Emiko Taira, had been murdered. According to staff editors at The Japan Times, Emiko and her second husband were hit by an axe, owned by Kenji Taira, Emiko's ex-husband's brother. Whilst her second husband survived with moderate injuries, Emiko was taken to hospital, and pronounced dead after noon on March 17. Kenji was then found dead in his car, after consuming insecticide. Upon hearing the news, Amuro postponed all promotional activities and flew back to Okinawa in order to identify her mother's body. A week later, the single debuted at the number two on the Oricon Singles Chart, beaten by the single "Dango 3 Kyodai". A third single, "Toi et Moi", was used for the Japanese animation movie Pokémon: The Movie 2000. Both singles proved to be success, selling over 400,000 and 200,000 units in that region, respectively.
  • 1998
    Age 20
    On May 19, 1998, Amuro gave birth to her son, Haruto.
    More Details Hide Details She returned to the music industry with the release of her single, "I Have Never Seen" (1998). It became her eighth number one single on Oricon, and sold over 650,000 units in Japan. She made her first televised appearance on Kōhaku Uta Gassen days later, performing a tearful rendition of her single "Can You Celebrate?".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1997
    Age 19
    By early August 1997, the sales of Amuro's records reached 20 million.
    More Details Hide Details During a press conference on October 22 of that year, Amuro confirmed her marriage to Japanese musician and TRF band member Masaharu "Sam" Maruyama. During the conference, she announced that she was three months pregnant with their first child. At the end of the year, she won the Grand Prix Award at the Japan Record Awards again for "Can You Celebrate?" and made her final appearance on the annual Japanese television music show Kōhaku Uta Gassen before beginning her one-year hiatus from the music industry.
    After release her sixth consecutive numer one single "How to Be a Girl" in May 1997, she released her second album Concentration 20 in July of that year.
    More Details Hide Details It became her third number one album in Japan, and sold over 1.9 million units there. For additional promotion, she embarked her Concentration 20 Dome Tour in Japan, which achieved commercial success.
    On February 19, 1997, she released her single "Can You Celebrate?
    More Details Hide Details ", which became her fifth number one single. The single became a huge success in Japan, eventually selling 2.29 million units there, making it the best-selling single by a solo female artist in Japan.
  • 1996
    Age 18
    At the end of 1996, she was awarded the Grand Prix Award for her song "Don't Wanna Cry", the highest honor at the Japan Record Awards, making her the youngest artist to have won the award.
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    On November 27, 1996, she started work on her second solo studio album with Komuro, and released its lead single "A Walk in the Park".
    More Details Hide Details It gave Amuro her fourth number one single on the Oricon Singles Chart, and her fourth single to sell over one million units there.
    She released the album's final single, the title track, on August 21, 1996; it achieved success by peaking at number two on the Oricon Singles Chart, and shifted over 400,000 units in Japan.
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    After a brief hiatus, Amuro released two more singles in 1996: "Don't Wanna Cry" and "You're My Sunshine".
    More Details Hide Details Both singles were successful in Japan, bringing her second and third consecutive number one singles, and both sold over one million units there. Amuro achieved huge success after the release of her first solo studio album, Sweet 19 Blues (1996). Released on July 22, it reached number one on the Oricon Albums Chart in Japan, and has sold over 3.6 million units.
  • 1995
    Age 17
    For Amuro's success with those singles, she won the Golden Arrow Award in 1995.
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    Amuro made her solo debut with Avex, releasing the single "Body Feels Exit" on October 25, 1995.
    More Details Hide Details It became a huge success in Japan, peaking at number three on the Oricon Singles Chart and sold over 881,000 units in that region. Amuro's second single with Komuro, "Chase the Chance", became her first number single on the Oricon Singles Chart, and became her first single to sell over one million units there.
    After signing with Avex Trax in 1995, the corresponding record company Avex Group enlisted Japanese musician Tetsuya Komuro to work with Amuro on her then-upcoming album.
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    She signed with Avex Trax in 1995 to released her debut single “"Body Feels Exit", the lead single from her best-selling album Sweet 19 Blues (1996).
    More Details Hide Details She achieved large success with her single "Can You Celebrate? ", which is still the best-selling single from a female artist in Japan. Transitioning into westernised R&B music, she released her third album Genius 2000 (2000). As she was beginning to mould her well-known signature R&B sound, sales started to decline by the release of her fifth album Style (2003). But in 2007, Play, her eight studio album, was a period of her resurgence with sales. She then moved from R&B, onto electronic dance music with her tenth album Uncontrolled (2012), and has since recorded primarily in English language, including her most recent album Genic (2015). Though Amuro has been credited as a record producer and songwriter in some of her releases, she has remained solely as a recording artist, with many of her singles hitting number one including "Chase the Chance", "A Walk in the Park", "Dreaming I Was Dreaming", "I Have Never Seen", "Wild", and an extended play single 60s 70s 80s. Alongside this, her compilation albums 181920 (1998) and Best Fiction (2008) are two of the best-selling greatest hits albums in Japan.
  • 1994
    Age 16
    Super Monkey's did not gain much success and the group changed band member's constantly. They changed their name to "Namie Amuro with Super Monkey's" in 1994 to reflect Amuro's rising popularity as an upcoming actress and fashion model.
    More Details Hide Details Aside from group's musical activities, Amuro had bit parts in Japanese television series and small films. The Super Monkey's experienced a large amount of success with their single "Try Me (Watashi o Shinjite)", produced by Italian eurobeat producer Dave Rodgers, and Japanese businessman Max Matsuura. Released on January 25, 1995, the song reached number eight on the Oricon Singles Chart, and stayed in the top 200 chart for 25 weeks. Despite the beginning success as a group, the other four members of the Super Monkey's formed their own sub-group, MAX, under the Japanese record label Avex Trax. As a result, Amuro released two more solo singles under Toshiba-EMI before moving to Avex Trax herself.
  • 1992
    Age 14
    A year after their September 1992 debut with Toshiba-EMI, the group relocated to Tokyo, despite Amuro's mother's disapproval.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Born
    Born on September 20, 1977.
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