07/05 S Cawaii
08/07 Majesty Japan
08/12 bea's UP
08/28 Numero TOKYO
09/26 Harper's Bazaar Hong Kong
12/09 Majesty Japan
04/08 SMAPxSMAP (Bistro)
07/31 FNS Summer Festival
10/06 a-nation 2013 stadium fes. Broadcast by WOWOW
12/25 TV Asahi Dream Festival 2013
12/27 MUSIC STATION SUPER LIVE 2013
'ayu' photobook and LIFE STYLE BOOK pt.2 in November/December!
New single 'Feel the love/Merry-go-round' out 12.25!
Name: 浜崎あゆみ, 浜崎 歩, Hamasaki Ayumi
Nickname(s): Ayu, あゆ, Chon-chan, CREA
Ex-Spouse: Manuel Schwarz on January 1st, 2011 in Las Vegas
Birthdate: October 2nd, 1978
Birthplace: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Blood Type: A
Height: 156cm / 5'1"
Respected People: Those who have things she does not have
Least Respected People: People who lie to others, people who do not greet others
Pets: 7 dogs (CREA (deceased), Choco, Pino, Papico, Marron, and two others.)
Ayumi Hamasaki is a Japanese singer-songwriter and former actress. Also called Ayu by her fans, Hamasaki has been dubbed the "Empress of Pop" because of her popularity and widespread influence in Japan. Born and raised in Fukuoka, she moved to Tokyo at fourteen to pursue a career in entertainment. In 1998, under the tutelage of Avex CEO Max Matsuura, she released a string of modestly selling singles that concluded with her 1999 debut album A Song for ××. The album debuted atop the Oricon charts and stayed there for four weeks, establishing her popularity in Japan.
Hamasaki's constantly changing image and tight control over her artistry has helped her popularity extend across Asia; music and fashion trends she has started have spread to countries such as China, Singapore, and Taiwan. She has appeared in or lent her songs to many advertisements and television commercials. Though she originally supported the exploitation of her popularity for commercial purposes, she later reconsidered and eventually opposed her status as an Avex "product".
Since her 1998 debut with the single "Poker Face", Hamasaki has sold over 50 million records in Japan, making her the best selling solo singer in Japanese history and ranking her among the best-selling singers in the country. As a female singer, Hamasaki holds several domestic records for her singles, such as the most number-one hits overall by a female artist, the most consecutive number-one hits (also by a female artist), the highest sales, and the most million-sellers. Since 1999, Hamasaki has had at least one single each year top the charts. Hamasaki is the first female singer to have eight studio albums since her debut to top the Oricon and the first artist to have a number-one album for 12 consecutive years since her debut.
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