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Name: Namie Amuro
DOB: 09/20/1977
Birthplace: Okinawa, Japan
Height: 158cm (5'2")
Blood type: O
Debut: 09/16/1992
Management: VISION FACTORY
Record label: avex trax


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Namie Amuro: "Live Style 2011"
[ Blu-ray | AVXD-91620 | ¥6,090 | 2011.12.21 ]
[ DVD | AVBD-91885 | ¥5,040 | 2011.12.21 ]

Track listing:
01. NAKED
02. Bad Habit
03. Hello
04. FAST CAR
05. make it happen
06. COPY THAT
07. WHAT A FEELING (Live Remix)
08. #1
09. No (Live Remix)
10. Top Secret
11. Tempest
12. Get Myself Back
13. "Uh Uh,,,,,,"
14. ROCK STEADY
15. Defend Love
16. Break It
17. Wonder Woman
18. Hide&Seek
19. Queen of Hip-Pop
20. ROCK U
21. BLACK OUT
22. Higher
23. UNUSUAL
24. Fight Together
25. arigatou


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Namie Amuro was born in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan on September 20th, 1977. She was discovered by Masayuki Makino, president of Okinawa Actor's School during adolescence where she studied singing and dancing. On September 16, 1992 she debuted with the quintet SUPER MONKEY'S on Toshiba-EMI. Over the course of three years, the group went through several group members and name changes. Amuro left the group in late 1995 after a string of successful singles. She signed onto the avex trax label under the wing of producer, Tetsuya Komuro. Massive success followed after her spilt with the group garnering her several million selling singles and albums. Her popularity was so immense young women copied her style leading the media to dub them "Amura." Amuro continued her unprecedented success until she announced a quick marriage and pregnancy with TRF dancer SAM in late 1997. She took a year sabbatical to care for her child. A son, Haruto, was born in May the following year.

Amuro returned to the scene on New Year's Eve 1998 with a tearful rendition of "CAN YOU CELEBRATE?" on that year's Kouhaku Utagassen. A new single, "I HAVE NEVER SEEN" was released and debuted at #1. Afterwards, Amuro's sales started to slump. A second comeback single, "RESPECT the POWER OF LOVE" failed to top the charts and she has since been unable to acheive such a feat. In 1999, Amuro released the single "SOMETHING 'BOUT THE KISS" her first production by an international producer. Dallas Austin along with Tetsuya Komuro would write and produce music for her up until 2001 when she severed ties to both producers.

Following the departures of her producers, Amuro released the self-penned "Say the word," her first. After the 9/11 attacks on New York's World Trade Center, Amuro worked with former producer Tetsuya Komuro one last time on the single "lovin' it." It would be the third and last single of the song+nation project benefitting victims of the 9/11 attacks. Collaborating with VERBAL of m-flo on the track, it eventually led to the SUITE CHIC project which began as a set of demos VERBAL had produced for Amuro. Launched in late 2002, SUITE CHIC featuring lead vocals from Amuro along with production from some of Japan's most popular R&B and Hip-Hop producers jumpstarted Amuro's long desired change into a R&B artist. The project ended in 2003 with the release of the successful, "WHEN POP HITS THE FAN" album. Amuro returned to the scene soon after with the first of three dance-oriented singles "shine more." "Put 'Em Up" a leftover Dallas Austin production from 2001 was released after "shine more" followed by "SO CRAZY / Come" later that year.

Before the release of her first post-Tetsuya Komuro album, "STYLE," Amuro launched her largest and longest tour, "namie amuro SO CRAZY tour featuring BEST singles 2003-2004." Spanning seven months, the tour ended in South Korea making her the first Japanese performer to perform a full length concert in the country since the lifting of the ban on Japanese music. In the summer of 2004, she released the single "ALL FOR YOU" which would eventually be the start of a comeback after a long slump. "ALL FOR YOU" along with "GIRL TALK / the SPEED STAR" and "WANT ME, WANT ME" sold over 100,000 copies leading to the multiplatinum hit album, "Queen of Hip-Pop" in 2005.

Shortly after the release of "Queen of Hip-Pop," Amuro toured in support of it on the sold out "Space of Hip-Pop" tour. She would follow the album with the single "White Light / Violet Sauce" and later "CAN'T SLEEP, CAN'T EAT, I'M SICK / Ningyo." Currently, Amuro is touring yet again in "namie amuro BEST tour Live Style 2006." The tour brings her back to arena venues for the first time in 5 years. The tour will end in Okinawa, Japan on November 23rd. It will be her first concert on the island since 1995.

For a more detailed biography you can visit Namie Amuro's Wikipedia page.


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1992/09/16 - Koi no Cute Beat / Mr. USA (SUPER MONKEY'S)
1993/05/26 - DANCING JUNK (SUPER MONKEY'S 4)
1993/11/05 - Aishite MASUKATTO (SUPER MONKEY'S 4)
1994/07/20 - PARADISE TRAIN (Namie Amuro with SUPER MONKEY'S)
1995/01/25 - TRY ME ~Watashi wo Shinjite~ (Namie Amuro with SUPER MONKEY'S)
1995/04/26 - Taiyou no SEASON
1995/07/24 - Stop the music
1995/10/25 - Body Feels EXIT
1995/12/04 - Chase the Chance
1996/03/13 - Don't wanna cry
1996/06/05 - You're my sunshine
1996/08/21 - SWEET 19 BLUES
1996/11/27 - a walk in the park
1997/02/19 - CAN YOU CELEBRATE?
1997/05/21 - How to be a Girl
1997/11/27 - Dreaming I was dreaming
1997/12/25 - CAN YOU CELEBRATE? (Maxi Single)
1998/12/23 - I HAVE NEVER SEEN
1999/03/17 - RESPECT the POWER OF LOVE
1999/07/07 - toi et moi
1999/09/01 - SOMETHING 'BOUT THE KISS
2000/01/01 - LOVE 2000
2000/07/12 - NEVER END
2000/10/04 - PLEASE SMILE AGAIN
2001/01/24 - think of me / no more tears
2001/08/08 - Say the word
2001/12/27 - lovin' it
2002/02/14 - I WILL
2002/09/11 - Wishing On The Same Star
2003/03/05 - shine more
2003/07/16 - Put 'Em Up
2003/10/16 - SO CRAZY
2004/03/17 - ALARM
2004/07/22 - ALL FOR YOU
2004/10/14 - GIRL TALK / the SPEED STAR
2005/04/06 - WANT ME, WANT ME
2005/11/16 - White Light / Violet Sauce
2006/05/17 - CAN'T SLEEP, CAN'T EAT, I'M SICK / Ningyo
2007/01/24 - Baby Don't Cry
2007/04/04 - FUNKY TOWN
2008/03/12 - 60s 70s 80s
2009/03/18 - WILD / Dr.
2010/07/28 - Break It / Get Myself Back
2011/07/27 - NAKED / Fight Together / Tempest
2011/12/07 - Sit! Stay! Wait! Down! / Love Story

ALBUMS
1995/10/16 - DANCE TRACKS VOL.1
1996/07/22 - SWEET 19 BLUES
1996/09/30 - ORIGINAL TRACKS VOL.1
1997/07/24 - Concentration 20
1998/01/28 - 181920
2000/01/26 - GENIUS 2000
2000/12/20 - break the rules
2002/03/13 - LOVE ENHANCED single collection
2003/12/10 - STYLE
2005/07/13 - Queen of Hip-Pop
2007/06/27 - PLAY
2008/07/30 - BEST FICTION
2009/12/16 - PAST < FUTURE
2011/04/27 - Checkmate!


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Jul 30 11 2:44 PM

The checkmate outfit would be a lot better without the jacket and didn't she wear something almost exactly like that white outfit on a previous tour?

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Jul 30 11 3:01 PM

souichi wrote:
Male dancers: Yusuke, Ryouji, Hiroki, Tadashi and Endo.
Female dancers: Hiromi, Natsumi, Asuka, Yuu and Risa.

As stated before, there was no band this time. And as always, Namie didn't said anything but "thank you" and "bye bye" by the end.
It seems that this time Namie's hairstyle was a ponytail like the one in the Naked/New Look/Hide & Seek pv.

I wish namie would show more personality and humour with an encore mc or something...though all her talks on music shows are soo awkward lol

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Jul 30 11 3:16 PM

They're amateur pictures that get sold outside of the venue after the concert has ended. I didn't bother to buy any after my BFT concert 'cause I had to catch the train and like you mention the photography sucks.

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Jul 30 11 3:22 PM

I'm actually astonished time and time again that they make any money from this kind of unofficial merchandise of bad quality.

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Jul 30 11 4:37 PM

Love the outfits but I don't get the theme? LIVE STYLE? Is it supposed to be some kind of Checkmate promotion tour or...? o_O

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Jul 30 11 5:43 PM

souichi wrote:
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I love her blonde with short hair outfit like LOVE GAME and BF wightlight perf.DVD
but the 1st time I saw, I thought she is CAPSULE (Koshijima Toshiko)
lots a doll imagine as her ughhhhh I want some =3

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Jul 30 11 8:13 PM

Kinda sad that there is no pre-2003 songs. Guess shes never gonna perform them again (unless its a random encore like when she performed RTPoL during BFT)

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Jul 30 11 8:17 PM

THEqueenofJPOP wrote:
souichi wrote:
Male dancers: Yusuke, Ryouji, Hiroki, Tadashi and Endo.
Female dancers: Hiromi, Natsumi, Asuka, Yuu and Risa.

As stated before, there was no band this time. And as always, Namie didn't said anything but "thank you" and "bye bye" by the end.
It seems that this time Namie's hairstyle was a ponytail like the one in the Naked/New Look/Hide & Seek pv.

I wish namie would show more personality and humour with an encore mc or something...though all her talks on music shows are soo awkward lol

J-Pop fans seem to favour MCs, for some reason. I personally hate them. Thankfully for me, Namie seems to hate them too.

Anyway, that "Checkmate!" outfit is REALLY unflattering. I felt guilty for thinking Namie looked big in it, but hell, she actually does.

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Jul 30 11 8:42 PM

I think some mcs are nice depending on the context, but Namie is definetly not a talkative person. Her mcs just screw the climax with her awkward and nervous laughs. And she transmites very well the message of the live without saying anything anyway.

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Jul 30 11 9:31 PM

^ Well, I personally just believe that MCs are a waste of good time that could be spent singing another song, oftentimes more. That's only my personal opinion though, coming from a very western perspective, since most artists over here just seem to perform and say the occcasional motivational sentence ("SING!"), plus one or two words in whatever language people speak in the country they're in at the moment (so foreign fans will feel cherished)...

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Jul 30 11 9:47 PM

As I said, it depends on the context. Sometimes the talk the singers do in the mcs will just sum up with the emotional of a song, for instance.
And Namie actually do talk when she feels like (it's really rare, though, I think she talked something during BFTour because it was Valentine).
I think the problem is that the mcs turned out to be something obligatory in jpop and most mcs feel really out of place beucase they are obligatory and need to be there.

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Jul 30 11 10:07 PM

Here's what's written on the CHERIE tour shirts (I could barely read it)

Hope to be peaceful world
Look on the bright side
It's the thought that counts
And thank the world for LOVE
Namie Amuro Live Style 2011


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Jul 30 11 10:18 PM

souichi wrote:
As I said, it depends on the context. Sometimes the talk the singers do in the mcs will just sum up with the emotional of a song, for instance.
And Namie actually do talk when she feels like (it's really rare, though, I think she talked something during BFTour because it was Valentine).
I think the problem is that the mcs turned out to be something obligatory in jpop and most mcs feel really out of place beucase they are obligatory and need to be there.

What you said actually makes sense. Maybe I've just been unlucky with the few MCs that I've seen. Thanks for your input. 3d0367fa67f2b9bd4c21867d98e4cece75260863_r

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Jul 30 11 11:23 PM

Uhplus wrote:
^OMG... it looked like a tombstone >_

me too, at first, i thought it was a tombstone with a pile of small tombstones

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