Ayumi Hamasaki

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Ayumi Hamasaki
Ayumi Hamasaki

Ayumi Hamasaki (born October 2, 1978) is a Japanese singer-songwriter and former actress, also called Ayu by her fans. Hamasaki has been dubbed the "Empress of Pop" due to her popularity and widespread influence in Japan.

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About

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 XX. The album debuted atop the Oricon charts and stayed there for four weeks, establishing her popularity in Japan.

Because of her constantly changing image and tight control over her artistry, Hamasaki's popularity extends 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.

Since her 1998 debut with the single "Poker Face", Hamasaki has sold over 50 million records in Japan, 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, the highest sales, and the most million-sellers. From 1999 to 2009, Hamasaki 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 11 consecutive years since her debut.

Discography

Studio albums

Release Date Album Title Chart peak positions [Oricon] Oricon Sales/RIAJ Certifications
January 1, 1999
A Song for XX 1 1.5 million/Million
November 10, 1999
LOVEppears 1 2.5 million/2x Million
September 27, 2000
Duty 1 2.9 million/3x Million
January 1, 2002
I Am... 1 2.3 million/3x Million
December 18, 2002
Rainbow 1 1.9 million/2x Million
December 15, 2004
My Story 1 1.1 million/Million
January 1, 2006
(Miss)understood 1 877,500/Million
November 29, 2006
Secret 1 675,400/3x Platinum
January 1, 2008
Guilty 2 568,305/3x Platinum
March 25, 2009
Next Level 1 379,990/2x Platinum
April 14, 2010*
Rock 'n' Roll Circus 1 293,210/-

EPs

Year Album Title Chart peak positions Sales/certifications
December 1, 1995
Nothing from Nothing - -
December 17, 2003
Memorial Address 1 1.1 million/Million

Compilation albums

Year Album Title Chart peak positions Sales/certifications
March 28, 2001
'A Best 1 4.4 million/4x Million
March 12, 2003
A Ballads 1 1 million/Million
February 28, 2007
A Best 2: Black 2 702,900/3x Platinum
February 28, 2007
A Best 2: White 1 721,850/3x Platinum
September 10, 2008
A Complete: All Singles 1 852,259/3x Platinum

Remix albums

Year Album Title Chart Sales/Certification
March 17, 1999
Ayu-mi-x 4 396,800/ Platinum
February 16, 2000
Super Eurobeat Presents Ayu-ro Mix 2 650,000/2x Platinum
March 8,2000
Ayu-mi-x II Version Jpn 6 170,990/Platinum
March 8,2000
Ayu-mi-x II Version US+EU 2 230,030/Platinum
March 8,2000
Ayu-mi-x II Version Acoustic Orchestra 3 200,750/Platinum
March 29,2000
Ayu-mi-x II Version Non-Stop Mega Mix 6 515,410/2x Platinum
February 28,2001
Ayu-mi-x III Non-Stop Mega Mix Version 3 314,040/Platinum
February 28,2001
Ayu-mi-x III Acoustic Orchestra Version 4 183,760/Gold
September 27, 2001
Super Eurobeat Presents Ayu-ro Mix 2 1 435,760/Platinum
September 27,2001
Cyber Trance Presents Ayu Trance 3 391,720/Platinum
March 20,2002
Ayu-mi-x 4 + Selection Non-Stop Mega Mix Version 4 152,250/Gold
March 20,2002
Ayu-mi-x 4 + Selection Acoustic Orchestra Version 9 96,160
September 26, 2002
Cyber trance presents Ayu trance 2 3 237,800/Platinum
September 25, 2003
RMX Works from Ayu-mi-x 5 Non-Stop Mega Mix 18 44,050
September 25, 2003
RMX Works from Cyber trance presents Ayu trance 3 14 56,000
September 25, 2003
Rmx Works from Super Eurobeat Presents Ayu-ro Mix 3 13 65,102
March 24, 2005
My Story Classical 4 81,700
March, 2008
Ayu-mi-x 6: Gold 6 45,800
March, 2008
Ayu-mi-x 6: Silver 8 42,810

Singles

Japanese Singles

Year Title Oricon Charts/Sales Album
Daily  Weekly  Monthly   Yearly  Sales 
1995 Nothing from Nothing 200 290 Nothing from Nothing
1998 Poker Face 20 43,150 A Song for XX
You 20 78,260
Trust 9 20 181,820
For My Dear 9 74,440
Depend on You 6 131,460
1999 Whatever 5 189,610 LOVEppears
Love ~Destiny~ 1 1 7 30 650,790
To Be 2 4 18 67 324,500
Boys & Girls 1 1 1 11 1,037,950
A 1 1 1 3 1,630,540
Appears 1 2 8 81 290,550
Kanariya 1 1 6 92 289,200
2000 Fly High 1 3 12 89 299,540
Vogue 1 3 4 23 767,660 Duty
Far Away 1 2 7 43 510,460
Seasons 1 1 1 5 1,367,400
Surreal 1 1 3 60 417,210
Audience 1 2 7 93 292,950
M 1 1 1 2 1,319,070 I Am...
2001 Evolution 1 1 1 7 955,250
Never Ever 1 1 2 16 756,980
Endless Sorrow 1 1 2 14 768,510
Unite! 1 1 4 25 571,110
Dearest 1 1 1 17 750,420
A Song Is Born 1 1 3 18 441,410
2002 Daybreak 2 2 9 57 197,140
Free & Easy 1 1 2 15 486,520 Rainbow
H 1 1 1 1 1,012,544
Voyage 1 1 1 9 679,463
2003 & 1 1 1 6 591,481 Memorial Address
Forgiveness 1 1 2 36 222,194
No Way to Say 1 1 1 29 371,171
2004 Moments 1 1 1 19 302,923 My Story
Inspire 1 1 2 16 329,145
Carols 1 1 1 20 309,128
2005 Step You/Is This Love? 1 1 1 19 345,340 (Miss)understood
Fairyland 1 1 4 25 316,663
Heaven 1 1 3 23 327,111
Bold & Delicious / Pride 1 1 7 73 132,993
2006 Startin' / Born To Be... 1 1 2 51 188,551 Secret
Blue Bird 1 1 3 32 258,566
2007 Glitter / Fated 1 1 3 39 166,203 Guilty
Talkin' 2 Myself 1 1 6 78 108,347
Together When...     —
2008 Mirrorcle World 1 1 2 33 193,016 A Complete: All Singles
Days / Green 1 1 4 26 190,891 Next Level
2009 Rule/Sparkle 1 1 4 43 130,816
Sunrise/Sunset (Love Is All) 1 1 4 50 110,169 Rock 'n' Roll Circus
You Were... / Ballad 1 1 2 117,973
2010 Moon / Blossom 1 1 7 87,558 TBA
Crossroad 1 - - - -
L 1 - - - -

Other Singles

Release Date Single Information
April 7, 2003 Connected (European Debut)
March 8, 2004 Depend on You
October 18, 2004 Naturally
April 18, 2005 Appears
November 17, 2005 Unite!

Trivia

  • Her last name means "Seashore peninsula"
  • In December of 2004, she released her sixth studio album, "My Story", which was certified platinum, selling over 574,000 copies in the first week, and netting sales of over 1,140,000 copies, making it the second highest selling female album of the 2005 Oricon year
  • She is the highest selling solo artist and female artist in Japan and the 4th highest selling all together
  • She was influenced to sing when her friend took her to a karaoke club
  • Ayumi quoted: "I like to try to view (those) experiences objectively, and put my honest feelings into words. If I write when I'm low, it will be a dark song, but I don't care. I want to be honest with myself at all times"

(Courtesy:TV.com)

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