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Namie Amuro (安室 奈美恵 Amuro Namie?, born September 20, 1977) is a Japanese pop 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 (Watashi o 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.
Over a decade after her debut, Amuro has remained one of the longest surviving popular female acts in Japan. She also 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 audience of her career.According to an update list made by Music Station in 2010, she has sold over 30 million copies in Japan alone, making her one of the best selling Japanese artists of all time.
The first six months of 2011 was indeed another achievement for Namie, as according to Oricon her album Checkmate! was the 3rd best selling album in Oricon's 2011 Half Year Ranking Charts for Album, while her DVD 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.And at the end of July, she is going to start her arena tour entitled "Live Style 2011" to commemorate her 20th anniversary in the Japanese Music Industry.
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. 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's 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"
On April 2012, it was announced that Namie Amuro would release a new album, Uncontrolled, on the 27th of June, 2012. The album includes A-sides of released singles and four new songs. Along with the album, 2012 coincides with her 20th year of her career.
The new album Uncontrolled features 4 new songs, all with MVs included in the CD/DVD version of her album.
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