Namie Amuro

Electronica, Musical Artist

1977 –

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Who is Namie Amuro?

Namie Amuro is a Japanese R&B singer, fashion icon 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". 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?" 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, Amuro has achieved new-found fame and popularity. Her seventh album Play debuted at the top of the charts, and was followed by 60s 70s 80s.

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Sep 20, 1977
Also known as
  • Amuro Namie
  • 安室奈美恵
  • Namie Maruyama
  • Amuro, Namie
  • あむろ なみえ
  • アムロちゃん
  • Amuro chan
  • Ryukyuan people
  • Japan
  • Okinawa Actors School
Lived in
  • Okinawa Prefecture

on July 23, 2013


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