BIOGRAPHY

安室奈美恵

From Okinawa Japan, Namie Amuro debuted in her teens as a member of a group and went on to make her mark on the Japanese music history by producing a series of hits in the blink of an eye. Her solo debut was in1995, her first single sold 700, 000 copies and her first solo album was a million seller. She performed at Kouhaku Utagassen as the youngest female solo singer at the time. Also, Namie Amuro’s fashion, hair and make up became a social phenomenon among young girls.

In 1996, she released the album “SWEET 19 BLUES” which sold a record 3.05 million initial copies. She was the youngest artist in history to hold a nationwide stadium tour as and won the Japan record award as the youngest solo artist in history.

In 1997, the single “CAN YOU CELEBRATE?” sold 2 million copies. At the same time, she broke the record of No.1 single sales as a Japanese female artist. This record still stands.
After that she became the first teenage singer in history to have total sales over 20 million. She became the top artist on the J-pop scene by holding a nationwide tour of the 4 largest domes (about 300,000 in audience) and performing at the live events overseas.

After 2003, she expanded her musical range through the collaboration project “SUITE CHIC.” SUITE CHIC won the “"BEST COLLABORATION Award” of MTV Video Music Awards 2003.

In 2004, she held her first Asian tour. (13,000 in the audience over 2 days in Taiwan and 25,000 in audience over 3 days in South Korea)

She won the best performing artist in Asia award at the MTV Video Music Awards 2005. In the same year, she represented Japan by performing at MTV ASIA AID in Thailand.

In 2005, she released the album “Queen of Hip-Pop” and collaborated with the Pink Panther for promotion for the first time in Japan.

In 2006, she released “CAN'T SLEEP, CAN'T EAT, I'M SICK.” For the music video, she used Shawnette Heard, the choreographer for Janet Jackson.

In 2008, she released the "Fashion x Music x Vidal Sassoon" campaign song called “60s 70s 80s,” which included remakes of 3 different generation hit songs with music videos. The songs, music videos and TV commercials gained much attention and collaborated with worldwide stylist Patricia Field and hair stylist Orlando Pita.
In the same year, she released the greatest hits album “BEST FICTION” for the first time in 6 years. This album stayed at # 1 for 6 consecutive weeks for the first time in 14 years 8 months and the first time in 28 years and 7 months for a female artist. It sold 1.7 million copies and won the Japan Record Award for best album.
She became the first Japanese artist to sell a million copies in her teens, 20s and 30, “DANCE TRACKS VOL.1,””SWEET 19 BLUES” and”Concentration20” in her teens, “181920” in her 20s.
The nationwide arena tour “namie amuro BEST FICTION TOUR 2008-2009” announced 4 additional shows including shows overseas (a total of 64 shows including Taiwan and Shanghai shows.) She became the first Japanese female solo artist to have around a half million people in the attendance. (The DVD of this tour recorded the biggest initial sales from a female artist.)

In 2009, an original album “PAST < FUTURE” was released and in the music video of one of the tracks, she collaborated with Mobile Suit Gundam and Namie collaborated with Amuro Ray in this animated music video. The next year, this album was #1 on the music chart in 5 other countries in Asia for the first time as a Japanese female artist.

In 2010, “namie amuro PAST < FUTURE tour 2010,” the longest tour in her career (a total of 80 shows) was completed successfully. In May, she was invited to the WORLD MUSIC AWARDS 2010 in Monaco, one of the biggest music festivals, as its first Asian female artist. The music festival was broadcast to 160 countries worldwide with a total of 1 billion people possible viewers. She was awarded the Best Asian artist of the festival.

In 2011, she released her first collaboration album called “Checkmate!”
At the end of the year, a single “Sit! Stay! Wait! Down! / Love Story” was released and saw its total download number go over 3 million. (The following year, this single reached No. 1on four different annual download charts in Japan. It also received the download song of the year at the 27th Japan gold disc award.)
“Love Story” became #1 on the USEN Request chart 2 years in a row after 2 years (December 2013) and 3 years (December 2014) since its release.

In 2012, she released her 20th anniversary commemorative album “Uncontrolled.” It stayed #1 on the chart for 3 consecutive weeks, repeating the success of “PAST<FUTURE” by hitting #1 in 5 countries in Asia: Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore. Also a press conference was held in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore and received an enthusiastic welcome from the media in those 3 countries with about 100 companies in attendance. At the end of the year, she held a nationwide stadium tour for the first time in 15 years. It was her first time to hold a 5 stadium nationwide tour. The attendance and number of shows were the most in history for a female solo artist. She held an Asia stadium class tour, namie amuro ASIA TOUR 2013, in Taiwan and Hong Kong. She also received the "Billboard JAPAN" award, Billboard JAPAN Top Pop Artist 2012.

In 2013, the LIVE DVD & Blu-ray ”namie amuro 5 Major Domes Tour 2012 〜20th Anniversary Best〜” (released in 2012) hit #1 on both the Oricon DVD chart and Blu−ray chart.
In July, she released the first album in a year titled, ‘FEEL” from the new label “Dimension Point.” It hit #1 on the Oricon chart, making 6 albums in a row to go #1 and the 11th #1 album of her career.

In February 2014, the LIVE DVD & Blu-ray “namie amuro FEEL tour 2013” was released and hit #1 on the general music DVD Blu-ray chart. In June she released her first ballad ‘best of’ album “Ballade” staying #1 on the Oricon chart for 2 weeks in a row. From August to December, she held the nationwide stadium tour “namie amuro LIVE STYLE 2014” in 13 cities with 37 shows.

The LIVE DVD & Blu-ray “namie amuro LIVE STYLE 2014”(http://avex.jp/amuro/livestyle2014/) was released in February 2015 and hit #1 on the Oricon weekly DVD and Blu-ray chart. It was her third time reaching #1 on both the DVD and Blu-ray charts at the same time – making her the first female artist to achieve that feat. “_genic,” after an almost 2 year wait, a new album with all new songs released on June 10th.

The “namie amuro LIVEGENIC 2015-2016” Japan tour included 44 shows in 15 cities with also an Asia tour in 2016.

The LIVE DVD & Blu-ray “namie amuro LIVEGENIC 2015-2016” were released in March, 2016, both hitting the No.1 spot of the overall ORICON chart, creating a new all-time record as a female and solo artist having the most No.1 DVD & Blu-rays in the overall chart with 4. She also created a new all-time record as a solo artist by having 4 No.1 Blu-rays hit the No.1 overall spot.

The theme song for a network TV drama, “Mint”, was released in May, creating a new all-time record (at the time of release) as a solo artist with 22 consecutive singles ranking in the top 10.

In July, “Hero”, the new single and the theme song for the NHK Rio de Janeiro Olympic & Paralympic Games broadcast, was announced to be released. In July, the “namie amuro LIVESTYLE 2016-2017” Japan tour was announced which includes 88 shows in 34 cities, the most ever in her career.

2013
The 27th Japan Gold Disc Awards – Song of the Year by Downloads – “Love Story”
2012
MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2012 Best Female Video - 「Love Story」
MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2012 Best Collaboration Video - 「make it happen feat.AFTERSCHOOL」
Billboard JAPAN Top Pop Artist 2012
Recochoku 2012 Yearly Rankings – No. 1 in the “Chaku-uta (R) Ringtone” Category (Love Story)
Recochoku 2012 Yearly Rankings - No.1 in the “Recochoku Ranking” Category (Love Story)
Recochoku 2012 Yearly Rankings – No. 1 in the “Chakushin Movie Ringtone” Category (Love Story)
Recochoku 2012 Yearly Rankings – No.1 in the RBT Category (Love Story) ※Four No.1’s in the Recochoku Yearly Rankings
2010
World Music Awards 2010 Best Asian Artist
MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2010 Best Female Video 「FAST CAR」
2009
The 23rd Japan Gold Disc Awards – The Best 10 Album – “BEST FICTION”
SPACE SHOWER Music Video Awards 09 MVA09 BEST ARTIST
SPACE SHOWER Music Video Awards 09 BEST FEMALE VIDEO 「NEW LOOK」
MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2009 Best Female Video 「NEW LOOK」
MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2009 Best R&B Video 「Sexy Girl」
2008
SPACE SHOWER Music Video Awards 08 BEST FEMALE VIDEO - 「Hide & Seek」
MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2008 Best R&B Video - 「Hide & Seek」
The 50th Japan Record Awards – Best Album & Excellent Album Award – “BEST FICTION”
2007
MTV STUDENT VOICE AWARDS 2007 “STUDENT VOICE”RESPECT AWARD
2005
MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2005 Best R&B Video 「GIRL TALK」
MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2005 Most Impressivle Performing Artist In Asia
2004
MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2004 Best R&B Video
MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2004 Best buzzAsia from Japan
2003
MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2003 Best Collaboration (Received the award as SUITE CHIC)
2002
MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2002 Special Award・Inspiration Award Japan
2000
Naha City Honorary Citizen Award
The 33rd All Japan Request Awards – Millennium Special Award – “NEVER END”
The 42nd Japan Record Awards – Special Award – “NEVER END”
The 11th Japan Jewelry Best Dresser Award
1999
The 13th Japan Gold Disc Awards – Pop Album of the Year – “181920”
The 32nd All Japan Request Awards – Yoshida Tadashi Award – “SOMETHING ‘BOUT THE KISS”
1998
The 12th Japan Gold Disc Awards – Song of the Year – “CAN YOU CELEBRATE?”
The 12th Japan Gold Disc Awards – Pop Album of the Year – “Concentration 20”
1997
The 11th Japan Gold Disc Awards – Grand Prize in the Domestic Category – “CAN YOU CELEBRATE?”
The 11th Japan Gold Disc Awards – Best 5 Artist Award
The 11th Japan Gold Disc Awards – Best 5 Singles Award – “Don’t Wanna Cry”
The 11th Japan Gold Disc Awards – Music Video Award – “AMURO NAMIE FIRST ANNIVERSARY”
The 30th Record Sales Award – Grand Prize in the Singles Category – “CAN YOU CELEBRATE?”
The 39th Japan Record Awards – Excellence Award – “CAN YOU CELEBRATE?”
1996
The 33rd Golden Arrow Awards – Music Award
The 25th Best Dresser Award – Female Category
The 1st Idol Music Awards – Best Idol Award
The 38th Japan Record Awards – Grand Prize & Excellence Award – “Don’t Wanna Cry”
The 38th Japan Record Awards – Best Album Award – “SWEET 19 BLUES”
1995
The 37th Japan Record Awards - Excellence Award – “Try Me ~ Watashi Wo Shinjite ~”