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Although Namie is Japanese her releases are released under her romanized name and not Kanji, in a sense Namie Amuro is the name she performs under.

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Namie Amuro (安室奈美恵, Amuro Namie, born September 20, 1977) is a Japanese singer, dancer, fashion model and actress. She was, at the height of her popularity, referred to as "Teen Queen", "Queen of J-Pop" or "Japanese Madonna"

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 (Watashi wo Shinjite)" (1995). Amuro left Toshiba-EMI after releasing two more solo singles; she continued her music career as a solo singer with the then-small independent label Avex Trax. Under the guidance of producer Tetsuya Komuro, Amuro quickly became a commercial success, producing several million-selling records and starting several fashion trends. Her single "Can You Celebrate?" (1997) became Japan's best selling single by a solo female artist. However, in late 1997, Amuro put her career on hold due to her pregnancy and marriage.

She returned to music in 1998 with the number-one single, "I Have Never Seen", but faced gradually declining sales. After unofficially severing ties with Tetsuya Komuro in 2001, Amuro joined the Suite Chic group, and then as a solo singer made forays into R&B and hip-hop. Since reinventing herself as a hip-pop singer with her sixth studio album Queen of Hip-Pop (2005), Amuro has achieved new-found fame and popularity. Her seventh album Play (2007) debuted at the top of the charts, and was followed by a number one single 60s 70s 80s (2008).

Over two decades after her debut, Amuro has remained one of the longest surviving popular female acts in Japan. She continues to successfully combat social stigma as a divorced, working, single mother. On July 30, 2008, Amuro released her first greatest hits album, Best Fiction, since transitioning to R&B music. It spent six consecutive weeks at the number-one position on Japan's Oricon weekly charts, and was elected as "the best album of the year" at the 50th Japan Record Awards. From 2008 to 2009, she toured Japan to promote the album. It was estimated that she played to an audience as large as 400,000 people, potentially the largest of her career. According to Music Station, Namie is the 12th best selling artist in Japan, with 31.21 million copies sold as of this date.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 DANCE TRACKS VOL.1 安室奈美恵 1
1996 SWEET 19 BLUES 安室奈美恵 4 2
1997 Concentration 20 安室奈美恵 5 2
2000 GENIUS 2000 安室奈美恵 4 4
2000 break the Rules 安室奈美恵 5 2
2003 STYLE 安室奈美恵 4.5 4
2005 Queen of Hip-Pop 安室奈美恵 4.5 3
2007 PLAY 安室奈美恵 5 6
2009 PAST<FUTURE 安室奈美恵 5 4
2012 Uncontrolled 安室奈美恵 5 4
2013 FEEL 安室奈美恵 5 3
2015 _genic 安室奈美恵 5 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 ORIGINAL TRACKS VOL. 1 安室奈美恵 with SUPER MONKEY'S 2
1998 181920 安室奈美恵 3
1998 181920 films 安室奈美恵 3
2001 filmography 安室奈美恵 2
2002 181920films + filmography 安室奈美恵 2
2002 LOVE ENHANCED ♥ single collection 安室奈美恵 3
2002 BEST CLIPS 安室奈美恵 1
2005 FILMOGRAPHY 2001-2005 安室奈美恵 1
2008 BEST FICTION 安室奈美恵 5 4
2011 Checkmate! 安室奈美恵 5 2
2014 Ballada 安室奈美恵 3

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 AMURO NAMIE FIRST ANNIVERSARY 安室奈美恵 4
1997 Concentration 20 Live in Tokyo Dome 安室奈美恵 5
2000 TOUR “GENIUS 2000" 安室奈美恵 5
2002 tour 2001 break the rules 安室奈美恵 5
2004 SO CRAZY tour featuring BEST singles 2003-2004 安室奈美恵 1
2006 Space of Hip-Pop -namie amuro tour 2005- 安室奈美恵 2
2007 BEST tour "LIVE STYLE 2006" 安室奈美恵 2
2008 PLAY TOUR 2007 安室奈美恵 2
2009 BEST FICTION TOUR 2008-2009 安室奈美恵 2
2010 PAST<FUTURE tour 2010 安室奈美恵 2
2011 LIVE STYLE 2011 安室奈美恵 2
2013 5 Major Domes Tour 2012 ~20th Anniversary Best~ 安室奈美恵 5
2014 FEEL tour 2013 安室奈美恵 3
2015 LIVE STYLE 2014 安室奈美恵 4

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 PARADISE TRAIN 安室奈美恵 with SUPER MONKEY'S 1
1994 TRY ME~私を信じて~ 安室奈美恵 with SUPER MONKEY'S 2
1995 太陽のSEASON 安室奈美恵 4 2
1995 Stop the music 安室奈美恵 4 1
1995 Body Feels EXIT 安室奈美恵 4 2
1995 Chase the Chance 安室奈美恵 4 1
1996 Don't wanna cry 安室奈美恵 5 1
1996 You're my sunshine 安室奈美恵 4 1
1996 SWEET 19 BLUES 安室奈美恵 5 1
1996 a walk in the park 安室奈美恵 5 1
1997 CAN YOU CELEBRATE? 安室奈美恵 4 2
1997 How to be a Girl 安室奈美恵 4 1
1997 Dreaming I was dreaming 安室奈美恵 4 1

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