Namie Amuro

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Namie Amuro on her 25th anniversary at her concert in Okinawa (2017)

Namie Amuro ( Japanese 安室 奈 美 恵 Amuro Namie ( Hiragana : あ む ろ な み え )), (born September 20, 1977 in Naha , Okinawa ), is a popular J-Pop singer, dancer, model, actress and entrepreneur who has worked musically since 2018 is retired. She has been one of the leading figures in the Japanese entertainment industry since the 1990s and is popular as a contemporary teen idol due to the constantly changing genres of music and the visual representations in her music videos. In the 1990s she was considered the "J-Pop Queen" and coined the term for the first time. After some commercial depression, it regained this status in the late 2000s. Eleven of her records sold more than a million copies each and eleven of her singles reached the top spot on the Oricon charts. Because of its longevity and resilience in the music industry, it is portrayed as the Japanese equivalent of popular Western artists such as Madonna and Janet Jackson . In her marriage (1997 to 2002) she was officially, but not artistically, known under the name Namie Maruyama .

life and career

Before the music career

Namie Amuro was born on September 20, 1977 to Emiko Taira (June 30, 1950, † March 17, 1999) and a father whose identity is hidden from the public in Naha , Okinawa Prefecture. She is one of the parents' three children. Her mother divorced her father when Namie was four years old, worked in a kindergarten and as a hostess in a bar to look after the children. Namie did not have the ambitions to become a singer, this happened by chance at the age of twelve when she visited a friend, where she was discovered and finally hired by the president of the Okinawa Actors School , Masayuki Makino. At the age of 15, the school finally formed the pop group Super Monkey’s , of which she became a group member with her former classmates.

1992 to 1995: Namie Amuro with Super Monkey's

Her first singles as a group member of Super Monkey’s , Koi no Cute Beat / Mister USA ( Japanese 恋 の キ ュ ー ト ・ ビ ー ト / ミ ス タ ー USA), Dancing Junk , Aishite Maskot ( Japanese 愛 し て マ ス カ ッ ト ) and Paradise Train were not particularly successful. After a few line-up changes, the group eventually renamed itself Namie Amuro with Supermonkeys , due to Namie's increasing popularity through acting and minor interviews in magazines. Namie Amuro came more and more into the foreground and the fifth single Try Me: Watashi wo Shinjite ( Japanese Try Me ~ 私 を 信 じ て ~ ) - a Eurobeatsong - immediately made it into the top ten of the single charts. This also succeeded with the following singles in Eurobeat style such as Taiyō no Season ( Japanese 太陽 の Season) and Stop the Music . At Taiyō no Season , the group was advertised as a collective with Amuro Namie for the first time and it is controversial whether the publications under Amuro Namie count in Namie's solo discography - Oricon counts these releases in their discography and the record company Avex Trax these due to marketing rights Releases cannot count as belonging, which is why on an independent basis the record companies would include these releases in their solo discography.

Because of her popularity and at the request of Max Maatsura ( CEO of Avex Trax ), she started her solo career in 1995, switching from Toshiba EMI to Avex Trax, a label that in the late 1990s brought together the most popular J-pop groups and solo musicians like Every Little Thing , Do As Infinity , Ayumi Hamasaki , Kumi Kōda and BoA . The remaining members of the Supermonkeys also switched to Avex Trax as a group, now called themselves MAX (Music Active eXperience), and became a successful J-Pop group on their own in the late 1990s.

1995 to 1998: solo career, J-Pop-Queen and maternity leave

Tetsuya Komuro was her guide in the early years as a producer and produced her first four studio albums, which were enormous successes in Japan.

Namie Amuro's first solo single on Avex Trax "Body Feels Exit" was released in October 1995 and was also a success. It was her first collaboration with Tetsuya Komuro , who was hailed as the most popular producer in Japan in the 1990s. In the following years she worked with him almost continuously. In December of the same year she released her single "Chase the Chance", which sold over a million copies and also became her first number one hit.

The following singles in 1996 "Don't Wanna Cry" (March) and "You're My Sunshine" (June) were also able to build on the success of "Chase the Chance"; hereby she had three number one hits in chronological order. The first studio album Sweet 19 Blues , released in July of the same year, sold more than 3.7 million copies in Japan alone, making it the most successful studio album in Japan at the time of publication. Unusually for the Japanese music market, after the studio album she released a single from it, which was the title of the same name "Sweet 19 Blues". The single was a success, despite its notoriety from the studio album, with a placement of # 2 on the weekly Oricon charts and more than 450,000 units sold. In November she finally released her next single, "A Walk in the Park", with which she began work on her subsequent studio album. The single became her fourth number one hit and sold more than a million copies. In the same year she was the youngest musician in history to be awarded the Japan Record Awards Committee's Best Artist Prize for selling more than ten million CDs in one year.

It won the same award the following 1997, as well as the Best Single Award for "Can You Celebrate?" Her most successful single “Can You Celebrate?” (February 1997) is among other things on the hit list of the best-selling singles in Japanese music history at number 14 and is the best-selling single by a female artist in Japan with more than two million units sold. "How to Be a Girl", released as a single in May 1997, is considered a prototypical J-Pop song from before the turn of the millennium. Subsequently in July 1997 she released her second studio album on Avex Trax entitled "Concentration 20", which apart from reaching the highest position in the weekly Oricon charts, sold almost two million times. In order to promote the studio album, she also went on a tour entitled "Namie Amuro Summer Stage '97 Concentration 20", during which she visited the dome stadiums in Japan and was a commercial success. In addition, at the age of 20, she announced her relationship with Sam (Masaharu Maruyama) - from the music group TRF , which was also enormously successful at the time - and said that she was pregnant and would marry him . In the following years, the couple was advertised by the media as a role model for marriages in Japan, as Namie influenced young girls and these are very important for the Japanese demographics , as the birth rate fell and the girls could be convinced to have children through their idol Namie. Sam also appeared in a campaign by the Japanese government to motivate young fathers in Japan to increase their sense of responsibility. With the announcement of the marriage, she also announced a break from the music industry due to the impending maternity leave. One month after the announcement, in November, she released her 9th single "Dreaming I Was Dreaming", which in her discography did not find its place on any studio album for the first time, but later on a compilation. Despite the top ranking, this single sold more than 550,000 times, making it extremely successful, but not following on from its past successes. Their “Namie Amuro Summer Stage '97 Concentration 20” tour was finally released in December of the same year with the title “Namie Amuro Concentration 20 Live in Tokyo Dome” in LD and VHS format. At the end of the year, she released a CD maxi single on December 25th for her hit single "Can You Celebrate?", Which also achieved the highest ranking in this format. Her last appearance before the maternity break she gave on the 48th Kōhaku Uta Gassen on December 31, 1997, where she sang her hit "Can You Celebrate?" And was subsequently adopted during the maternity break.

The media attention was probably exploited to publish her first compilation on January 28, 1998 with the title "181920" as a solo artist. With the highest ranking it also sold more than 1.5 million copies and became the 11th best-selling album in Japan for 1998. On May 19, 1998, Namie Amuro gave birth to their son Haruto. During the period of pregnancy, the Japanese sales market for CDs grew more rapidly and more and more artists made their debut who were marketed as idols in Japan, which led to Ayumi Hamasaki's title for the pop queen at the turn of the millennium Japan was "replaced". On December 23, 1998 she released her comeback single I Have Never Seen and her official comeback she gave following on December 31 of the same year on the 49th Kōhaku Uta Gassen, where she was adopted into maternity leave the previous year and also in this Event sang the song "Can You Celebrate?" However, she could barely sing as she burst into tears at the applause.

1999 to 2001: Tragic misfortune, towards R&B, Genius 2000 and Break the Rules

Her next single, Respect the Power of Love , was released on March 17, 1999. Local news in Okinawa published the same day that her mother Emiko had been murdered in Okinawa. The mother and her second husband had been killed with an ax by her brother-in-law's first marriage, Kenji Taira. While the husband survived with serious injuries, Emiko died around noon on March 17th. Kenji was later found dead in his car; he consumed insecticide . Namie Amuro broke off all music doctorates and flew to Okinawa to identify the body of her mother Emiko. A week later, the single debuted at # 2 on the weekly Oricon charts, with the highest placement going to the collaborative single "Dango San Kyōdai", consisting of various artists, which became one of the best-selling singles of all time in Japan. The twelfth single followed on July 7, 1999, was called Toi et Moi ( French for you and me ) and was used as the theme song for the film Pokémon 2 - The Power of the Individual . According to rumors, she did not want to release the single because she did not believe in its success; on the other hand, it is speculated that she did not want to release the single because of the loss of her mother, so there was no music video for the title. She changed her music style and turned more towards R&B with her first single with the American producer Dallas Austin , which was called "Something 'Bout the Kiss". The single was a success, debuting at # 3 on the Oricon chart and selling nearly 400,000 copies.

On January 1, 2000, she released her next single "Love 2000", in which the B-side "Asking Why" was her first song that she wrote under the pseudonym Nico ( spelling : NICO ). Dallas also co-produced their third studio album "Genius 2000" with Tetsuya Komuro, which was released in January 2000. The studio album debuted at the highest ranking and sold more than 800,000 times, but was thus their first studio album that could not break the million mark. To promote the album, she went on a tour in the first half of the year. After the tour she released her 15th single "Never End" in July of the same year, which sold almost 650,000 at # 2. The song was the official theme song for the G8 summit in Okinawa in 2000 . Keizō Obuchi , the Prime Minister at the time, commissioned the song; so he asked Tetsuya Komuro if he could write a song with a message of a vision of harmony and interaction in the world of the 21st century . At the request of the Prime Minister, Namie finally sang the song in front of cameras at the G8 summit. In October of that year, she released her 16th single, "Please Smile Again," previously heralded as "Think of Me / No More Tears," with the first announcement later. Later in December she released her fourth studio album, "Break the Rules". It was their first studio album, which reached # 2 in the weekly Oricon charts and thus could not achieve the highest ranking. In total, the studio album sold 335,000 times. After this publication, a sharp drop in their sales figures was noted, which, despite high sales figures, no longer made them one of the best sellers in Japan.

In January 2001 she finally released her single "Think of Me / No More Tears", which should be released in 2000. At # 7 on the Oricon charts, this was their first single that didn't make the top 5. The single sold a little over 100,000 times; It should be added, however, that this was a single release from their studio album “Break the Rules” and subsequent single releases are unusual for the Japanese music market, as they usually don't offer any new content. On this single, however, there was found a previously unreleased B-side entitled "I to You". From March to May of the same year she went on a tour entitled “Namie Amuro Tour 2001: Break the Rules” to promote her studio album “Break the Rules”. For the single "Say the Word", which she released in August, she wrote the lyrics herself for the first time under her artistic name. This single was for the time being the last collaboration with producer Tetsuya Komuro. The original version of the song has never been released on an album. In late 2001, she worked with M-Flo's rapper Verbal to release the song Lovin 'It . It was released as a single for charity as part of the Song + Nation project, the proceeds of which were intended to benefit the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in the United States .

2002 to 2006: Falling sales, market outside Japan, style and queen of hip-pop

Her single "I Will", which she wrote herself, was released in February 2002. In an interview, she commented that she was expressing the feelings she had developed since her motherhood. However, the single just missed the 100,000 mark with 95,000 units sold, making it her first single that could no longer sell 100,000 times. A month later, in March, followed her second compilation album entitled "Love Enhanced Single Collection", which has new editions of eleven songs and the collaboration "Lovin 'It". The single “Say the Word” also finds its place here, but as a New Arrangement version. With more than 300,000 units sold, the compilation debuted at # 3 on the charts. Despite the high sales figures, the sales figures were not half of their previous compilation "181920". In July 2002, the divorce from Maruyama was announced, which also changed her official surname from Maruyama back to Amuro. The reason given was irreconcilable differences, but reports said there were personal "struggles" with the Maruyamas family. On September 11, 2002, she released her single "Wishing on the Same Star," which was written by Diane Warren and originally sung by Keedy in 1991. So the song was a sample because the lyrics were restructured into the Japanese language. However, the single could not break the sales mark of 100,000 once again, but sold a little more like "I Will". The Times justified their decline in popularity with their personal problems, which were publicized by the Japanese media and probably received negatively. In addition, new musical greats such as Ayumi Hamasaki and Hikaru Utada came onto the Japanese music market, who they "replaced" during their maternity leave. In a 2005 interview with The Times , she stated that her popularity collapsed in 2002, even her closest friends saw this as her end to popularity, and she made no attempt to promote herself in public. She also said it was a challenge for her not to play with her fans with it. Finally, in December 2002 she went a new way, where she turned completely to the R&B genre as the face of the " Suite Chic " project, collaboratively with various artists such as Verbal and Zeebra . The project released two singles, two albums, and a video before breaking up in 2003.

From 2003 she released new singles under her own name, including "Shine More" (March), "Put 'Em Up" (July) and "So Crazy / Come" (October). All of them were produced by Dallas Austin and can also be assigned to the R&B genre. The music group Full Force co- wrote the song So Crazy . The song "Come" was also used as the theme song for episodes 128-146 of Inu Yasha and is a Japanese version of Sophie Monk's "Come My Way". These three singles sold in the range between 40,000 and 55,000 units. Towards the end of the year, in December, she released her fifth studio album, Style , which sold up to 222,000 times and entered the Oricon charts at number 4. So until today (March 2018) it is her studio album that has sold the least. In South Korea , the album debuted at number 10 and sold up to 7,000 times there. It was her first studio album that she released in three years and to promote the studio album, she went on another tour on November 29th of that year, before the release of “Style”, called “Namie Amuro So Crazy Tour Featuring Best Singles 2003-2004 ”.

During the tour, she released her 24th single on March 17, 2004 with the title "Alarm", in which the B-side "Strobe" was to be released as the theme song and the title "Alarm" was originally called a demo "Clock". This is their only single that failed to hit the top 10 as the single debuted at # 11 on the Oricon chart. As part of the announcement of their retirement in 2017, fans started the "Alarm" purchase project, in which they advertised on social networks, in the week from November 13th to November 19th 2017, bought the single and tried to get into the top 10 to promote. That didn't work, however, as the single landed at # 14 on the Oricon weekly chart for that week. After the tour in April of that year, more dates were added abroad; so she gave further concerts in South Korea and Taiwan . In July of that year she released her next single entitled "All for You", which sold more than 100,000 times and represented an increase in her sales figures. The song was used as the theme song for the drama "Kimi ga Omoide ni Naru no Mai ni". The work on their next studio album was also announced. This was followed by the next single "Girl Talk / The Speed ​​Star" in October of that year, which sold a little less than the previous single, but was also able to sell more than 100,000 units and was also # 2 in the weekly Oricon charts - so the single was her first top three entry in two years. She also decided that she would not perform at Kōhaku Uta Gassen at the end of the year, even though she had received an invitation. Before that, she performed there for nine years in chronological order.

Namie Amuro on the red carpet for MTV Asia Aid

Because of the earthquake in the Indian Ocean in 2004 , she was the only Japanese artist to take part in the MTV Asia Aid in February 2005. She donated ¥ 10 million (approx. 76,000 ) to UNICEF for the children affected by the disaster. Her single "Want Me, Want Me", which was followed in April of that year, also entered the Oricon charts at # 2. The following month it was announced that she would regain full custody of her son Haruto, which she had previously given to her ex-husband Sam for personal reasons. In August, she was finally granted full visiting custody by her ex-husband. Previously, on May 28th of that year, she performed at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan for the fourth time in chronological order and was awarded the titles “Best R&B Video” and “Most Impressive Performing Asian Artist”, which also makes her the first female artist who won at least one award in four chronological years at this event. Her seventh studio album "Queen of Hip-Pop" was released in July 2005, with the Pink Panther character being used for the studio album era in collaboration with MGM ; a female version was also created for the era. Queen of Hip-Pop was a huge success for Namie for the first time and sold more than 450,000 times in Japan with a position of # 2 on the weekly Oricon charts. From September 1 of that year she then went on the associated tour entitled "Space of Hip-Pop: Namie Amuro Tour 2005", which lasted until December 24 of the same year. Shortly after the tour began, she said she would contribute to the Japanese release of the film Sin City and release a theme song for. After watching the film, she made the Japanese distribution company an offer to sing the theme song for, which the company found her reputation to be appropriate to the film and accepted the offer. The resulting song "Violet Sauce" was published as the B-side of the following single "White Light / Violet Sauce" in November of that year. The single became a moderate success and landed at # 7 on the charts. The director of the film, Robert Rodriguez , was impressed with “Violet Sauce” and wanted to be part of the song, so you can hear him saying “Welcome to Sin City” at the end of the song. At the end of the year, she released a music video compilation in December entitled "Filmography 2001-2005".

In February 2006 she collaborated with Ai , Mummy-D and Zeebra on Zeebra's studio album "The New Beginning" entitled "Do What U Gotta Do", which was awarded gold for more than 100,000 legal downloads. It was followed on May 17 of the year the single "Can't Eat, Can't Sleep, I'm Sick / Ningyō" ( 人魚 ), which could reach # 2 in the weekly Oricon charts. "Ningyō" is the first title in her discography that was written with Japanese characters. In August of that year she started another tour with the title "Namie Amuro Best Tour" Live Style 2006 "". On September 17, she performed in front of 12,000 people in the Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyōgijō in Tokyo.

2007 to 2009: regained popularity, play , best fiction and past <future

Her 30th single "Baby Don't Cry", which was a huge hit, she released on January 24, 2007 and was used as the theme song for the drama "Himitsu no Hanazono". The single reached # 3 on the weekly Oricon singles chart, sold more than 140,000 times, making it their best-selling single since "Say the Word" in 2001. The song also ringtone more than a million times legally download what she last managed to do with “How to Be a Girl” (1997). Accordingly, the single was awarded "Million" for the ringtones by the RIAJ . In addition, with this single she broke a record held by Kyōko Koizumi and Shizuka Kudō , because she has hereby published at least one top 10 hit in chronological order for 13 years, something that no artist had before in Japan. At the end of March of the year she collaborated again with M-Flo and recorded the track "Luvotomy", which is featured on the music group's studio album "Cosmicolor". The next single with the title “Funky Town” followed on April 4th, which also entered the charts at # 3 and was a moderate success in terms of sales, but was able to sell more than 500,000 ring tones. Her eighth studio album "Play" was released on June 27th of that year and reached the top position in the weekly Oricon charts, which she most recently achieved with the studio album "Genius 2000" (2000). It is also their fourth studio album, which has reached the top spot and has held the top spot for two consecutive weeks. For the album, which also contains a rock song "It's All About You", Amuro was attributed a change in style. The song "Top Secret" from it was also used as the theme song for the second season of the series Prison Break in Japan. From August 18 to February 27, 2008, she completed her tour under the name "Namie Amuro Play Tour 2007-2008" and gave 65 concerts. Originally 53 concerts were planned, but twelve more dates were added due to demand. The tour was her longest to date and the one with the most concerts.

After the release of "Play", Amuro's advertising contracts soared; Here you can see, for example, Amuro in Coca-Cola's “Wild Health” campaign on a vending machine.

Namie Amuro published on March 12, 2008, another single, which for Vidal Sassoon- campaign Fashion x Music x VS advertised. The single is called "60s 70s 80s" and contained the three decade-oriented songs "New Look", "Rock Steady" and "What a Feeling". These songs are samples of successful songs that were released in the decades that gave them the title. The single debuted at number 2 on the weekly Oricon charts in its first week of sales and sold almost 115,000 times. In the second week of sales, the single finally climbed to the top of the charts. This made it Amuro's first hit single since "I Have Never Seen", which she had released nine years ago at the time. Oricon said the single sold nearly 300,000 copies, making it the only single by a female artist listed in the annual top 30 for singles in Japan in 2008, which speaks for its regained popularity. With the singer Double , Amuro collaborated on Doubles compilation "The Best Collaborations" and recorded the track "Black Diamond". For the annual A-Nation , Amuro first took part in the event on July 26th of that year and performed in front of an estimated 25,000 people. Aside from her television appearances, this was the first time in seven years that she had been invited to appear at an event. Following the single "60s 70s 80s", she released the third compilation album "Best Fiction" on July 30 of the same year. It includes all of her singles that have been released from "Wishing on the Same Star" (2002) to "60s 70s 80s" (2008). There were also two new songs with the titles "Do Me More" and "Sexy Girl". The song "Do Me More" was also part of a Vidal Sassoon campaign, while "Sexy Girl" was used as the theme song for the series " Otome no Punch ". In the first week of sales, the compilation sold almost 700,000 times and debuted at number 1 on the weekly Oricon charts. After the third week of sales, the compilation broke the million mark and stayed at the top for six weeks in a row. Up to this point only the group Dreams Come True had managed to do this with their 1993 album “Magic”. Amuro became the first Japanese artist who could sell at least one album over a million times over three decades of life. The compilation was No. 2 in the annual Oricon charts in 2008, just behind Exiles album "Exile Love". With the compilation she also reached second place in the annual iTunes charts for 2008 in Japan, behind Hikaru Utada with her studio album " Heart Station ". In addition, the compilation won the “Best Album of the Year” award at the 50th Japan Record Awards . As a promotional measure, she went on a further tour with the title “Namie Amuro Best Fiction Tour 2008-2009” from October of that year, which started on October 25 of that year in the Makuhari Messe and lasted until the end of May 2009. She was also invited to the 59th Kōhaku Uta Gassen this year, but declined the invitation.

Another Amuro commercial for Vidal Sassoon aired on January 20, 2009, with a new song called "Dr." playing for the first time. The song was part of the single "Wild / Dr." released in March of the same year, which achieved the highest ranking and sold more than 100,000 times. With this she broke her own record and in 15 years was able to reach the top 10 in the daily Oricon charts for at least one day per single with each single. With the song "Wild" she promoted Coca-Cola Zero Sugar in the campaign "Wild Health". A month later, the music group Ravex released the debut album "Trax", in which Amuro sang the title "Rock U". For another Vidal Sassoon campaign with Amuro, two new advertisements were broadcast on October 1st of that year, which at that time played the unreleased songs "Copy That" and "My Love". These two songs were then released on December 16, 2009 on the ninth studio album "Past <Future". The album became her sixth studio album to reach the top ranking and also sold a little more than her 2007 studio album "Play" with more than 575,000 units sold.

2010 to 2012: Checkmate! , Uncontrolled and 20th Anniversary

In April 2010, tour dates were announced for a nine-month tour that was held in 26 cities. She received the award in the original Best Artist from Asia category from Paris Hilton at the World Music Awards in Monaco on May 18 that year . This made her the first female solo artist in Asia to do this. She is the second Japanese woman after Chage and Aska (won as a music group) to receive the award. Amuro performed at the event with Hide and Seek from her album Play . Two months later she released her next single "Break It / Get Myself Back" on July 28th.

Namie donated 50 million yen to the victims of the Tōhoku earthquake in 2011 . It has also been speculated that she should have donated to the repairs at the Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant . On April 27, 2011, she released her first collaboration album under the title "Checkmate!". The album includes nine collaborations that were recorded between 2003 and 2011. Due to their popularity, these include noteworthy songs such as "Do What U Gotta Do", "Luvotomy", "Black Diamond", "Rock U" and "Fake". There were also four new titles; “Wonder Woman”, a collaboration with Ai and Anna Tsuchiya , “Make It Happen” with Afterschool , “Unusual” with Yamashita Tomohisa and “# 1” with Kawabata Kaname (from the music group Chemistry ). Originally, March 23, 2011 was officially announced as the release date, but this was postponed to April of that year due to the Tōhoku earthquake in 2011. During their Live Style 2011 tour, two previously unreleased songs were featured; "Arigatou: Thank the World for Love ... Gift Song for 2011" and "Higher". The song "Higher" was to be used as the theme song for a new advertisement for the Coke Zero campaign, but was never aired. Her song "Arigatou" was later used in an a cappella version as the theme song for a Kose Esprique campaign. In July she then released her single "Naked / Fight Together / Tempest", the song "Fight Together" being used as the theme song for episodes 493-516 of the anime One Piece . Their official YouTube channel was opened on November 16 and has since received the attention of fans all over the world. The following single “Sit! Stay! Wait! Down! / Love Story “was released on December 7th of that year. Here, the song "Love Story" gained a lot of attention because while it is described as their most successful ballad in the 2010s, it could legally download more than a million times and also sell a million ringtones. The song was used as the theme song for the dorama "Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyū". In addition, on December 21, 2011 she released her “Live Style 2011” tour entitled “Namie Amuro: Live Style 2011” in DVD and BD format.

On March 21, 2012 their 37th single "Go Round / Yeah-Oh" was released. Later in June of the same year, Amuro released her tenth studio album " Uncontrolled ". This album held the top spot for three weeks in chronological order, making it their only studio album to have achieved this. It was their tenth album to reach the highest ranking and is also number 11 of the best-selling albums in Japan for 2012 with more than 517,000 units sold. A concert was planned for September 16 in her hometown Okinawa to celebrate her 20th anniversary on stage. This concert should take place in front of 27,000 spectators and also be your first with guest artists. Due to a typhoon warning and the heavy rainfall in Okinawa, however, the concert was canceled for safety reasons. Your management at the time was left with the full cost. No alternative date was planned as the concert was to be a special event on their debut day. She then started another tour on November 24th with the title "Namie Amuro 5 Major Domes Tour 2012: 20th Anniversary Best", which was her first dome tour in 15 years. With a total audience of 340,000 people, this tour became the most-visited dome tour by a female artist in Japan at the time.

2013 to 2014: Feel and Ballada

Namie Amuro on a billboard in Shibuya to promote her studio album "Feel".

With the title "Asia Tour 2013" she went on tour in East Asia , whereby her concert in Singapore was canceled. The reason given was that there were disagreements with the local tour promoter , but later it was announced that with a capacity of 12,000 only 2,000 tickets were sold and they did not want to put an artist like Namie in an "empty" hall, so it was said . Almost exactly one year after the last single, she released her 38th single on March 6, 2013, entitled "Big Boys Cry / Beautiful". This single was released for the first time since "White Light / Violet Sauce" (2005) alongside a regular CD version without a CD + DVD version. With nearly 32,000 units sold, it's their lowest-selling single. A month later, in April, she released the download-single to "Contrail" which as the theme song for the Japanese drama "was used Soratobu Koho shitsu". They then announced their tenth studio album entitled "Feel" for June 10th of that year. The album includes twelve tracks, of which "Big Boys Cry" and "Contrail" were previously released. There were also five new music videos, including the music video for “Contrail”. Parallel to the album release, she worked with TLC and took over the vocal part of Left Eye in a new edition of " Waterfalls " . The collaboration appeared digitally on June 12th of that year. TLC also have a guest appearance in the music video for "Hands on Me", which is also a title from the tenth studio album. The studio album sold 111,458 times on the first day. It was also announced that with this release she would be the first artist to be signed to the new Avex sub-label called Dimension Point . She was featured in the October (2013) issue of Japanese Vogue , where she announced the collaboration with Gucci and Vogue Japan. She advertised the fall-winter 2013/14 collection from Gucci. In November 2013 she broke the one million mark on the social network Facebook , something that no other Japanese artist has achieved before. During the year she went on her “The Namie Amuro Feel Tour 2013” ​​concert tour from April 16 to December 21, 2013; here she celebrated her 500th concert.

In January 2014 she released her single "Tsuki", which was legally downloadable over 250,000 times. Later in April, she collaborated with singer Ken Hirai and both released the song "Grotesque" ( グ ロ テ ス ク ). On June 4th of that year, she finally released her first compilation specializing only in ballads, entitled "Ballada". The compilation track list was determined by fans by asking for their favorite 15 ballads in a poll. To make the compilation even more special, she re-recorded two of her most successful ballads "Sweet 19 Blues" and "Can You Celebrate?" And gave each of these two songs a new music video. The new music video for “Sweet 19 Blues” is based on the original music video from 1996. The two ballads “Himawari” and “Four Seasons”, which had no music videos before, also got a music video each. To promote the compilation, the “Live Style 2014” tour started on August 22nd with 36 concerts, which lasted until December 2014. In November the single "Brighter Day" was released. In the same month she collaborated with the Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai and released the track “I'm Not Yours” for Tsai's 13th studio album “Pēi” ( , internationally known as Play because of the homophone ), the music video of which was released in February 2015 . Namie sings her part for the first time in Mandarin with a few English words.

2015 to 2016: New Management and Genic

In early 2015, it was announced that Namie had moved her management team from Rising Productions (known for a time as Vision Factory ) to Dimension Point. The contract expired on January 14th and the announcement of the transfer was made a day later by Avex . It turns out that Dimension Point is her own label , which she founded in 2013 and the albums "Feel" and "Ballada" were already awarded the corresponding label. Dimension Point is also a sub-label of Avex, which made it clear in its January 15th announcement that its music production, marketing, live activities and business management have been centralized to enhance their careers. On June 9th, it was finally announced that with immediate effect its own management as the company "Stella 88" (spelling: "stella 88") is operating. Since it is her own management company, she is the owner and therefore also an entrepreneur. According to a business magazine, Namie got an offer from Warner Music Group , who were seriously considering establishing it in the American music market. It was also mentioned that Namie would already live in Los Angeles and learn the English language . The rumors were not confirmed and in June of that year she finally released her twelfth studio album entitled "Genic" ( spelling : _genic ), in which the English language dominated like the studio album "Feel". The album is described as having R&B influences, classic dance beats and an 80s / 90s revival. The music video for “Golden Touch” attracted international attention. This music video is described as interactive; one touches a finger on the screen on the given point in the music video and is thus accompanied by the music video with effects. This music video was shared through many international websites such as 9GAG or news channels outside of Japan and was able to reach millions of people. Also on this studio album is the music video for "Birthday", as it is a one-shot music video and also her first. Although the album was able to reach the highest ranking, the commercial success compared to the previous studio albums in Japan was not; in the first two weeks it was still below 200,000 units sold. Reasons for this could be that the studio album was illegally distributed on the Internet a few days before it was released, and the new management policy could be called into question. In August it was announced that a collaboration with Crystal Kay would appear in September of that year, entitled "Revolution" and counting in Crystal Kay's discography. A single called “Red Carpet” was announced for December, which is described as “walking the red carpet that represents the lives of all of us”. The customizing function, which can be used on the single DVD, is also special ; this allows you to change the color of your clothing in the music video.

The “Livegenic 2015-2016” tour was released on BD and DVD in March 2016, both of which reached the top of the Oricon charts. That same month it was announced that she would sing the theme song for the 2016 Summer Olympics and 2016 Summer Paralympics on NHK "Hero", but before that, the song would be used for the All-Japan Artistic Gymnastics Championships in April of that year . Towards the end of the same month the single "Mint" was announced for May 18, which is the theme song for the series "Boku no Yabai Tsuma". The single reached a top ranking of # 4 on the Oricon charts, which means that the media reported that it had released at least one top 10 single a year in chronological order for 22 years. The single "Hero" was later released on July 27th of that year, stayed in the top 200 for more than 45 weeks and was awarded gold for 100,000 units of the CD version shipped. Already in October of that year she released the next single "Dear Diary / Fighter" and advertised with both titles for the film " Death Note: Light Up the New World ". She then launched her first own contact lens product line, which comes with the brand name "Rêvia" ( spelling : RêVIA ). As part of an advertising campaign in collaboration with 7-Eleven , Namie published an English-language Christmas song with the title "Christmas Wish", which was only available for download with the purchase of a cake at 7-Eleven via an enclosed music card in December of that year.

Since 2017: 25th anniversary and retirement

Namie Amuro at her concert in Okinawa , as part of her 25th stage existence (2017)

The first commercial for the Rêvia contact lenses first aired in February 2017, with a new song from her called "Strike a Pose" being played. The song became the B-side of their single "Just You and I", released in May of that year. The song of the same name from the single was used as the theme song for the Japanese series "Haha ni Naru". As a CD, the sales figures with slightly more than 32,000 units sold could not match their previous successes, but was awarded gold for 100,000 legal downloads. In celebration of her 25th anniversary on the stage, she gave two open-air concerts in her hometown of Okinawa from September 16 to 17 under the concept of “Namie Amuro 25th Anniversary Live in Okinawa” . She then took advantage of the media attention and announced on her 40th birthday on September 20, via her official website, that she would like to end her musical career on September 16, 2018. In the time up to her retirement, however, she will do her best to release a final studio album and go on tour for the last time, she writes. She also thought about it for a long time and now came to this decision. The news burst through the Japanese press, but also mainly reached the Asian press, but also led to well-known English-language news agencies writing articles about them. The announcement also led to the fact that some sound carriers and especially video carriers found their way back into the Oricon charts. Despite the mention of a new studio album, a compilation entitled " Finally " was announced for November 8th 2017 as the final album . The compilation has a selection of 52 songs (mostly singles) which are among your most characteristic songs based on the respective 25 years. 39 new recordings and six new tracks were sung for the compilation. The compilation was heavily advertised in Japan, with the result that the compilation sold 459,094 times on the first day in Japan alone and Amuro secured the place as the best-selling solo artist in Japan for 2017 with these sales figures on the first day alone. With 1,777,850 units sold, the compilation even became the best-selling album in Japan in 2017. She is also the Internet's Most Wanted Musician in Japan for 2017.

Finally, in 2017, she gave her last described live appearance on television in the annual music program Kōhaku Uta Gassen on NHK , where she had her last appearance in 2003. After the program for Kōhaku Uta Gassen was announced in December 2017, it was initially not divided and it was announced that negotiations would be ongoing to integrate Namie into the program. After long negotiations, it was announced that she would be performing as a special guest at 11 p.m. local time. It was noted that of all the artists they would like to have Namie appear on the show because of their planned retirement. The announcement of their sudden integration into the music show attracted greater media attention in Japan. Apparently they had hoped to counteract the audience rating of the music show, which had fallen over the years, and Namie would sing the song "Hero", which counts as a commercial success and was advertised by NHK in 2016. Paparazzi drew further attention, reporting that Namie failed to rehearse the music show on December 30th and was told that she would be performing in a secret location, creating much speculation. For the performance on the following day, she was switched to the show live and, without announcing her whereabouts, she was seen in a hall in which she was on a white catwalk with large white bows and dressed in a white dress, with a short greeting following her song "Hero" sang. The background of the hall was dark, with many beams of white light along the catwalk for effects. However, she barely moved from the plane and was probably concentrating on her live singing. The farewell was kept short and she burst into tears before the camera suddenly switched back. In the evaluations of the average audience rating, it emerged that the music show had its third worst audience rating since the conceptual restructuring of the show in 1989 with 39.4%. However, the peak of the ratings in the Kansai and Kantō regions was actually Namie's appearance, which made up 49.7% of the ratings in the Kansai region and 48.4% in the Kantō region. In the following days in January 2018, pictures of Namie's appearance were published via NHK, whereby it emerged that these were shot on December 30, 2017 and caused confusion, as in addition to the timing, the stage and the clothing were identical to the live performance compared to Would have been a trial. Takayuki Fujioka, the director of public relations at NHK, then stated that Namie did not want to have any pictures taken during the live performance, but allowed it to do so during a rehearsal on December 30th. The director said apologetically that she wore the same hairstyle and clothes on both days, and that no one thought anything about the publication of the pictures.

On January 15, 2018 Oricon published the weekly charts for download singles for the first time, with Namie taking first place with the title "Hero" in the opening week. More than 100,000 people tried to get a ticket for their two concerts of the “Final Tour 2018” in Taiwan, but the 22,000 available tickets were sold out in three minutes. On the occasion of the concerts in Taiwan, fans raised NT $ 500,000 through crowdfunding and made the Taipei 101 shine for Amuro with their tour theme. In April of that year, she announced her collaboration with fashion chain H&M , promoting a collection that was for sale in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Upon completion of their tour, the video release of the tour entitled "Namie Amuro Final Tour: Finally" was announced. What is special here is that this is not a specific concert, but rather five versions are published for the five Japanese venues of the concerts. It then became known that 500,000 copies had already been pre-ordered in the first week of pre-order. The tour also set a new record in Japan; she is the first solo artist to have 800,000 viewers on a single tour in Japan. Due to the great popularity of the first H&M campaign with Amuro, she advertised the autumn / winter collection in another collaboration with the fashion chain, which will be available online and in. In addition to the four already existing countries in China and South Korea on August 21 of the year was released to stores. Before the release of their last concert video, "Namie Amuro Final Tour: Finally", it was announced that the pre-orders are at a million units. Thus the concert video album was the best-selling video album by an artist in Japan even before it was released. Her compilation "Finally" (published in 2017) finally made it to the highest ranking of the best-selling albums in Japan for the second time in 2018. Thus she achieved a record of highest ranking in chronological order for two years; it has been 43 years since such a record was set in Japanese music history. It was also announced that it had the highest grossing income in Japan in 2018 for physical sound and video carriers of the equivalent of 169 million US dollars. She achieved the top spot for best grossing when she debuted her solo career in 1996. For 2018, she was also rated by the Nikkei Marketing Journal with her name as the most popular services and products in Japan for the year. In doing so, she prevailed over brands like Gucci , TikTok and Toyota .


From 1995 to 1997, Namie Amuro was the most successful J-Pop star, known in all of East Asia . The reasons were, on the one hand, their very catchy songs, produced by Tetsuya Komuro, and, on the other hand, their charisma, especially their sex appeal . In the 90s, Namie Amuro won the admiration of teenage girls in particular and influenced them with their style by dying their hair along the lines of their idol and wearing short skirts with knee-high boots, a trademark of Namie Amuro. This youth movement called itself "Amurā" ( ア ム ラ ー ), to which it said in 2017 that it had never really been able to identify with it. In the "Amurā" style it was noticeable that the skin was brown, the hair color lighter, the skirts shorter and the shoe heels higher than Amuro actually presented himself. Hence it was said that the “Amurā” style has its roots in Amuro's style at that time. It is also considered to be an influence on the Gyaru style; for example, she is mentioned by the singer Thelma Aoyama in her song "Sekai no Chūshin: We Are the World" ( 世界 の 中心 ) in relation to the Gyaru style as an eternal idol by the first name.

The "Amuro Jet" as a thank you from Japan Airlines for Amuro, because of the improved reputation of their hometown Okinawa .

Because of her origins in Okinawa, she is associated with having consolidated the place as “cool” or more firmly in the public eye. For her retirement in September 2018, Japan Airlines thanked Amuro for giving Okinawa confidence and vitality with her popularity. To thank the presented airline to "Amuro Jet" with the slogan "Thanks Namie" ( Thank Namie ) as an optional aircraft for domestic travel to Okinawa. In May 2018, she was finally honored with a certification by Takeshi Onaga , the seventh governor of Okinawa Prefecture , for inspiring the local people. So far, only a few singers or actors and more sports teams and athletes from the entertainment industry have received this award.

To announce her retirement for 2018 in 2017, the international Vogue described the event with the following quote:

"Namie Amuro," The Madonna of Japan ", Is Retiring, But Her Style Influence Lives On"

"Namie Amuro," The Madonna of Japan "is retiring, but her influential style lives on"

- Janelle Okwodu : Vogue (magazine)


  • 1995 Best Music Award for Try Me: Watashi wo Shinjite ( Japanese Try Me ~ 私 を 信 じ て ~ ) at the 37th Japan Record Awards .
  • 1996 Music Award at the 33rd Golden Arrow Awards.
  • 1996 Award as Female Player at the 96 Best Dresser Awards .
  • 1996 Best Idol Award at the first Idol Music Awards.
  • 1996 Best Music Award for Don't Wanna Cry at the 38th Japan Record Awards.
  • 1996 Best Album Award for Sweet 19 Blues at the 38th Japan Record Awards.
  • 1997 J-Pop Award for Can You Celebrate? , at the 11th Japan Gold Disc Awards .
  • 1997 Best 5 Artist Award at the 11th Japan Gold Disc Awards.
  • 1997 Best 5 Singles Award for Don't Wanna Cry at the 11th Japan Gold Disc Awards.
  • 1997 Music Video Award for Amuro Namie First Anniversary , 11th Japan Gold Disc Awards.
  • 1997 Single Award for Can You Celebrate? , at the 30th Japan Record Sales Awards.
  • 1997 Best Music Award for Can You Celebrate? , at the 39th Japan Record Awards.
  • 1998 Song of the Year Award for Can You Celebrate? , at the 12th Japan Gold Disc Awards.
  • 1998 Pop Album of the Year for Concentration 20 at the 12th Japan Gold Disc Awards.
  • 1999 Pop Album of the Year Award for 181920 at the 13th Japan Gold Disc Awards.
  • 2000 Yoshida Tadashi Award for Something 'Bout the Kiss , 32nd Japan Usen Awards.
  • 2000 Honored at the Naha Citizenship Honor Awards
  • 2000 Special Award for Never End , 42nd Japan Record Awards.
  • 2001 Millennium Special Award for Never End , 33rd Japan Usen Awards.
  • 2003 Best Collaboration Award for Suite Chic , MTV Video Music Awards Japan '03
  • 2004 Award for Best R&B Video and Best Buzz Asia at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan '04
  • 2005 Award for Best R&B Video and Asia the Best Performing Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan '05
  • 2007 Award as Student Voice in the form of the Respect Award , at the MTV Student Voice Awards 2007
  • 2008 Best Female Video Award for Hide & Seek , Space Shower Music Video Awards Japan '08
  • 2008 Best Album Award for Best Fiction at the 50th Japan Record Awards.
  • 2009 Best 10 Albums Award for Best Fiction at the 23rd Japan Gold Disc Awards.
  • 2009 Best Artist Award at the Space Shower Music Awards '09.
  • 2009 Best Female Video Award for New Look at the Space Shower Music Awards '09.
  • 2009 Award for Best Female Video for New Look at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2009.
  • 2009 Award for Best R&B Video for Sexy Girl , MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2009.
  • 2010 Best Asian Artist Award at the World Music Awards in Monaco.
  • 2010 Best Female Video Award for Fast Car , MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2010.
  • 2012 Best Video Award for Love Story , MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2012.
  • 2012 Best Collaboration Video Award for Make It Happen , MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2012.
  • 2012 Award as Top Pop Artist 2012 , Billboard Japan 2012.
  • 2013 Song of the Year (Downloads) Award for Love Story at the 27th Japan Gold Disc Awards.
  • 2014 Best Female Video Award for Ballerina , MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2014.
  • 2014 Best Video Award for Ballerina , MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2014.
  • 2015 Best Female Video Award for Birthday , MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2015.
  • 2017 Best 5 Songs by Download Award for Hero at the 31st Japan Gold Disc Awards.
  • 2018 Artist of the Year Award at the 32nd Japan Gold Disc Awards.
  • 2018 Best 5 Albums Award for Finally , at the 32nd Japan Gold Disc Awards
  • 2018 Best Female Artist Award at the 2018 Space Shower Awards
  • 2018 special award for Finally , at the 10th CD-Shop Awards
  • 2018 Excellence Award at the 23rd AMD Awards
  • 2018 Okinawa Prefecture Honorary Award


Studio albums

  • 1995: Dance Tracks Vol. 1
  • 1996: Sweet 19 Blues
  • 1997: Concentration 20
  • 2000: Genius 2000
  • 2000: Break the Rules
  • 2003: Style
  • 2005: Queen of Hip-Pop
  • 2007: Play
  • 2009: Past <Future
  • 2012: Uncontrolled
  • 2013: Feel
  • 2015: Genic


  • 1996: Original Tracks Vol. 1
  • 1998: 181920
  • 2001: Love Enhanced Single Collection
  • 2008: Best Fiction
  • 2011: Checkmate!
  • 2014: Ballada
  • 2017: Finally

Concert tours

In 2013, Amuro recorded more than 500 concerts in front of more than 3 million viewers and by her retirement in 2018 there were 716 concerts, including more than 10 concerts abroad ( China , South Korea and Taiwan ). This makes her one of the few Japanese artists who have given concerts abroad in front of a wider audience.

Live tours

  1. Amuro Namie with Super Monkey's Concert '95: Hāto ni hi wo Tsukete ( 安室 奈 美 恵 with Super Monkey's Concert '95 〜 ハ ー ト に 火 を つ け て 〜 ) - July 1995 to August 27, 1995, a total of three concerts.
  2. Mistio Presents Amuro Namie with Super Monkey's Tour '96 - March 20, 1996 to May 19, 1996, a total of 21 concerts in front of 80,000 spectators.
  3. Summer Presents '96 Amuro Namie with Super Monkey’s - August 27, 1996 to September 1, 1996, a total of four concerts.
  4. Namie Amuro Tour 1997 a Walk in the Park - March 23, 1997 to May 18, 1997, a total of 23 concerts in front of 120,000 spectators.
  5. Mistio Presents Namie Amuro Summer Stage Concentration 20 - July 26, 1997 to August 13, 1997, a total of 8 concerts in front of 300,000 spectators.
  6. Namie Amuro Tour Genius 2000 - March 20, 2000 to May 7, 2000, a total of 17 concerts.
  7. Namie Amuro Tour 2001 Break the Rules - March 18, 2001 to May 27, 2001, a total of 17 concerts.
  8. Namie Amuro "AMR" 01 - October 17, 2001 to November 10, 2001, a total of 9 concerts.
  9. Namie Amuro So Crazy Tour Featuring Best Singles 2003-2004 - November 29, 2003 to April 11, 2004, a total of 35 concerts in front of 135,000 spectators.
  10. Namie Amuro Tour "Fan Space '04" - August 27, 2004 to September 20, 2004, a total of 8 concerts.
  11. Space of Hip-Pop: Namie Amuro Tour 2005 - September 1, 2005 to December 24, 2005, a total of 35 concerts.
  12. Namie Amuro Best Tour "Live Style 2006" - August 13, 2006 to November 23, 2006, a total of 23 concerts in front of 220,000 spectators.
  13. Namie Amuro Play Tour 2007-2008 - August 18, 2007 to February 27, 2008, a total of 65 concerts in front of 200,000 spectators.
  14. Namie Amuro Best Fiction Tour 2008-2009 - October 25, 2008 to May 31, 2009, a total of 60 concerts in front of 500,000 spectators (with Taipei and Shanghai).
  15. Namie Amuro Past <Future Tour 2010 - April 3, 2010 to December 15, 2010, a total of 80 concerts in front of 210,000 spectators.
  16. Namie Amuro Live Style 2011 - July 30, 2011 to December 27, 2011, 32nd concerts in front of 270,000 spectators.
  17. Namie Amuro 5 Dai Dome Tour 2012: 20th Anniversary Best (Namie Amuro 5 大 ド ー ム Tour 2012 ~ 20th Anniversary Best ~) - November 24, 2012 to December 21, 2012, a total of 8 concerts in front of 340,000 spectators.
  18. Namie Amuro Asia Tour 2013 - February 23, 2013 to April 26, 2013, a total of 4 concerts.
  19. Namie Amuro Feel Tour 2013 - August 16, 2013 to December 23, 2013, a total of 22 concerts in front of 240,000 spectators.
  20. Namie Amuro Live Style 2014 - August 22, 2014 to December 23, 2014, a total of 37 concerts in front of 310,000 spectators.
  21. Namie Amuro Livegenic 2015-2016 - September 5, 2015 to February 10, 2016, a total of 44 concerts in front of 400,000 spectators.
  22. Namie Amuro Live Style 2016-2017 - August 19, 2016 to May 3, 2017, a total of 100 concerts in front of 260,000 spectators.
  23. Namie Amuro Final Tour 2018: Finally - February 17, 2018 to June 3, 2018, a total of 17 concerts.


  1. So Crazy in Taipei - May 1st and 2nd, 2004, a total of 2 concerts in front of 11,000 spectators.
  2. Amuro Namie So Crazy Tour in Seoul 2004 - May 13, 14 and 15, 2004, a total of 3 concerts in front of 25,000 spectators.
  3. Namie Amuro Play More !! in Taipei - April 12th and 13th, 2008, a total of 2 concerts.
  4. Namie Amuro Best Fiction Tour 2008-2009 in Taipei - June 21 and 22, 2008, a total of 2 concerts.
  5. Namie Amuro Best Fiction Tour 2008-2009 in Shanghai - July 11th and 12th, 2008, a total of 2 concerts.
  6. Namie Amuro 20th Anniversary Live in Okinawa - September 16, 2012, a concert in front of 27,000 people - canceled due to a typhoon.
  7. Namie Amuro Livegenic 2015-2016 in Taipei - March 5th and 6th, 2016, a total of 2 concerts.
  8. Namie Amuro Livegenic 2015-2016 in Hong Kong - March 26, 2016, a concert.
  9. Namie Amuro 25th Anniversary Live in Okinawa - September 16 and 17, 2017, a total of 2 concerts in front of 26,000 spectators.
  10. Namie Amuro Final Tour 2018: Finally in Asia - March 17, 2018 to May 20, 2018, a total of 6 concerts.


year title role annotation
1992 Hirake! Ponkikki ( children's television )
ひ ら け! ぽ ん き っ き
Rabbit Fuji Television
1993 Ichigo Hakusho ( TV series )
い ち ご 白 書
Reiko Endo TV Asahi
1993 to 1994 Pop Jam ( music show )
ポ ッ プ ジ ャ ム
Oneself NHK
1994 Toki o Kakeru Shōjo (TV series)
時 を か け る 少女
Miyoko Yoshiyama Fuji Television
1994 to 1996 Yoru mo Isshō Kenmei ( variety show )
夜 も 一生 け ん め い。
Oneself Nippon Terebi Hōsōmō
1994 to 1997 Ponkikkīzu (children's television)
ポ ン キ ッ キ ー ズ
Fuji Television
1995 Watashi, Mikatadesu (TV series)
私 、 味 方 で す
Yoshioka Taeko TBS Television - Episode 3 "Bijo no Mikatadesu" ( 美女 の 味 方 で す ; "the friend of a beautiful woman")
Station (TV series) Nippon Terebi Hōsōmō - Episode 3 "Mesukōsei ga Naita! Chikan no Himitsu "( 女子 高 生 が 泣 い た! 痴 漢 の 秘密 ;" The schoolgirl cried! The child molester's secret ")
Shonan Liverpool Gakuin (TV series)
湘南 リ バ プ ー ル 学院
Mika Ōta Fuji Television
Groovy (variety show) Oneself Nippon Terebi Hōsōmō
Count Down Groove (variety show)
1995 to 1997 The Yoru mo Hippare (variety show)
THE よ る も ヒ ッ パ レ
1996 That's cunning! Shijo Saidai no Sakusen? ( Film )
That's カ ン ニ ン グ! 史上 最大 の 作 戦?
Morishita Yumi This is her film debut
Gakko II (film)
学校 II
Oneself Cameo
1996 to 1997 Amuro Imada Kitto No.1 (variety show)
ア ム ロ 今 田 き っ と No.1
Nippon Terebi Hōsōmō
2011 Watashi ga Ren'ai Dekinai Riyū (TV series)
私 が 恋愛 で き な い 理由
Fuji Television - cameo in episode 9 “Ikanaide !! Watashitachi no Kuraimakkusu e !! ”( 行 か な い で !! 私 達 の ク ラ イ マ ッ ク ス へ !! ;“ Don't go! To our climax! ”), Where she sings her song Love Story on a stage.

Web links

Commons : Namie Amuro  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Oricon Chase the chance In Oricon (Japanese), accessed February 28, 2018
  2. RIAJ "GOLD ALBUM 他 認定 作品 1997 年 1 月度" ( March 6, 2014 memento in the Internet Archive ) In the Recording Industry Association of Japan (Japanese), accessed on February 28, 2018
  3. Generasia Concentration 20 In Generasia , accessed January 22, 2018
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  5. ^ A b AMG Staff Namie Amuro Artist Biography by AMG Staff In Allmusic , accessed on January 22, 2018
  6. Generasia 181920 In generasia (English), accessed on March 9, 2018
  7. a b c Leo Lewis, January 26, 2005 at 12 noon Comeback Queen of J-pop In The Times , accessed March 10, 2018
  8. a b Vol. 10 No. 8 Saturday Evening Edition Tragedy; mom of Amuro slain ( memento of April 19, 2001 in the Internet Archive ); in, accessed May 19, 2013
  9. The Japan Times, March 17, 1999 Amuro's mother slain; brother-in-law suspected In The Japan Times , accessed March 10, 2018
  10. a b Generasia Toi et Moi In Generasia (English), accessed on May 19, 2013
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  12. ^ RIAJ, April 10, 2000 The Record 11 - 2000 No. 485 ( January 18, 2014 memento from the Internet Archive ) In Recording Industry Association of Japan (Japanese), accessed March 10, 2018
  13. Generasia Never End (Amuro Namie) In generasia , accessed on March 10, 2018
  14. Kyushu-Okinawa Summit 2000 Reference Materials (PDF; 39 kB) In (English), accessed on May 19, 2013
  15. TIME ASIA 'There Were Times I Nearly Gave Up' ( Memento of February 13, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) In (English), accessed on May 19, 2013
  16. Generasia Please Smile Again In generasia (Japanese), accessed March 10, 2018
  17. Generasia Break the Rules In Generasia , accessed May 19, 2013
  18. namie amuro tour 2001 break the ruies - 安室 奈 美 恵 ( Memento from December 8, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) In (Japanese), accessed on March 10, 2018
  19. Oricon Amuro Namie Oricon Interview In Oricon (Japanese), accessed May 19, 2013
  20. Discogs Namie Amuro - I Will In Discogs (English), accessed on March 10, 2018
  21. a b NHK -Videointerview "Confession" in 2017
  22. Generasia Love Enhanced Single Collection In generasia , accessed March 10, 2018
  23. RIAJ, on 10 May 2002 "GOLD ALBUM他認定作品2002年3月度" ( Memento of 17 January 2014 Internet Archive ) In Recording Industry Association of Japan (Japanese), accessed on 10 March 2018
  24. Wishing On The Same Star - 安室 奈 美 恵 ( Memento of September 27, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) In (Japanese), accessed on May 19, 2013
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  1. It should be noted that at this point in time Oricon was not publishing any weekly top 200 for singles and therefore further high sales figures at this point in time were not included. The single I Will could theoretically have been sold more than 100,000 times.