Namie Amuro

  • I. Introduction

    Amuro Namie is from the archipelago prefecture of Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan. Her mother, Taira Emiko (平良恵美子), was half-Western/European, and she has three siblings. When Amuro was four, her parents divorced and her mother became the sole provider of her and her three children. Amuro was influenced by Janet Jackson when she was young and wanted to dance and sing like her. To fulfill this dream, Amuro tried to enter the prestigious Okinawa Actors' School. However, she did not have enough money at the time to enter the school, so she made a request to the principal of the school, Makino Masayuki, who granted her a scholarship to attend. Amuro faced a commute time of one and a half hours to get to school.

    II. Career

    III. 1993-1995: Early Career with Super Monkeys

    Amuro was made a part of an idol group alongside several of her classmates from the school and formed the group SUPER MONKEYS. The group debuted in February 1992 under the label Toshiba EMI with the single "Koi no Cute Beat / Mister U.S.A.". One member, Makino Anna, was even the principal's daughter. After Makino left, Amuro became the leader of the group; slowly growing in prominence. This is most illustrated by the group changing their name to Amuro Namie with SUPER MONKEYS. The group did not see real success until their cover of "TRY ME ~Watashi wo Shinjite~", which peaked at #8. By the release of "Taiyou no SEASON", the other members' roles were so small that Amuro was solely credited with the song and the other members acted as back-up dancers for her.

    IIII. 1995 - 1998: Moving to Avex - Marriage

    In 1995 Amuro and her bandmates moved labels from Toshiba EMI to avex trax after meeting with Komuro Tetsuya and Max Matsuura. However, the SUPER MONKEYS were dissolved in favor of two acts: Amuro as a solo project and the remaining members in a new group called MAX. MAX debuted in May 1995 with "Koisuru Velfarre Dance ~Saturday Night~", which debuted at #91 on the Oricon charts. Amuro and MAX would continue to work together throughout the SWEET 19 BLUES recordings. Amuro first premièred "Body Feels EXIT" at the Avex Dance Matrix '95 TK DANCE CAMP alongside MAX as her dancers. They continued to work together, appearing in Amuro's television performances. MAX would then appear in Amuro's next single "Chase the Chance".

    Her later singles "Don't wanna cry" and "You're my sunshine", both #1 singles, solidified her success, culminating in her debut album under avex, entitled SWEET 19 BLUES; not only did it reach #1, but went on to sell over 3.3 million copies, at the time being the best-selling album in Japanese history (a record since beaten by Utada Hikaru's First Love in 1999, with over 7 million copies). Due to Amuro's success and image, she soon became a fashion leader in Japan; followers of her style were labeled as 'Amura' (a pun on her name). The stereotypical 'Amura' had long hair dyed brown, wore short mini-skirts, had thin eyebrows and wore "atsuzoko" thick-soled boots.

    IIIII. 1998 - 2000 Return to Industry - Family Tragedy

    After giving birth to her son, Amuro returned to the music scene in December 1998 with the ballad "I HAVE NEVER SEEN", used as the dorama Yonige-ya Honpo's theme song, which reached #1 on the charts. Three months later, Amuro released a second single, another ballad called "RESPECT the POWER OF LOVE", on March 17th 1999. However, tragedy struck when on the day of the single's release, her mother was brutally murdered by Amuro's step-uncle Taira Kenji in Okinawa. According to press statements, Taira Emiko was walking with her second husband (Amuro's step-father) when Taira Kenji repeatedly ran over the couple and assaulted them with an axe. While Amuro's step-father survived the ordeal, Taira Kenji later committed suicide after the event. Amuro cancelled all promotions for the single and headed home to Okinawa.

    After taking another break from the industry (Amuro later left a message to her fans in January 2000 stating that she had been seriously thinking of retiring, however was convinced not to by the kind words from her fans), Amuro returned with the singles "toi et moi" (Pokémon: The Movie 2000's ending theme song) and "SOMETHING 'BOUT THE KISS". "SOMETHING 'BOUT THE KISS" was Amuro's first real step towards an R&B-oriented sound: the song was the first of hers to be produced by American producer Dallas Austin, known for producing big-name American acts such as Madonna, Janet Jackson, Boys II Men, and TLC, whom Amuro would later collaborate with in future projects. After her music style began to change from dance-pop to R&B, on top of her private setbacks made public, Amuro's sales had declined significantly, however she had a hit single in 2000 with "NEVER END", which sold over 640,000 copies, and was noted for being the theme song for the 26th G8 Summit, held in Okinawa; Amuro also performed the single at the summit. By the end of 2000, Amuro released two albums within one year, GENIUS 2000 and break the rules, both of which signaled a change in musical direction from her debut. In 2001, Amuro released her first single, "say the word", that featured lyrics written by Amuro herself. Amuro also participated in the 9/11 charity music project song+nation, founded by Komuro Tetsuya, with m-flo rapper VERBAL on the song "lovin' it", released as a single on December 27th; it became the last collaboration between Amuro and Komuro for another 17 years.

    IIIV. 2001-2003 Fashion Dabbling

    In late 2001, Amuro was announced to be a part of a collaborative hip-hop/R&B project called SUITE CHIC in which she was the main vocalist. After releasing a special single written for her fans, "I WILL", Amuro's second best-of collection LOVE ENHANCED♥ single collection was released, featuring re-arrangements and re-recordings of her solo singles from 1998 to 2002. On July 10, 2002, news came that Amuro had divorced her husband, SAM, after five years, who initially received sole custody over their son. At this time, Amuro was dealing with declining popularity among the rise of other Japanese singers, such as Utada Hikaru and labelmate Ayumi Hamasaki, and her much-publicized personal troubles. 2002 saw two more activities from Amuro: the release of "Wishing On The Same Star" (for the film Inochi' originally written by American songwriter Diane Warren) and her debut SUITE CHIC release, "GOOD LIFE / Just Say So". This single did not chart anywhere near where Amuro had charted for the last eight years (only peaking at #35). 2003, however, was a more productive year for Amuro. Between her solo work and her SUITE CHIC project, she released four singles and two albums, most of which continued her dive into R&B and hip-hop. These projects began a long working relationship with Japanese singer-songwriter michico, who would collaborate with Amuro for numerous singles that would define Amuro's style during her R&B era. Her sixth album, STYLE was her first hip-hop and R&B-heavy album and featured no contributions from Komuro Tetsuya. It was the lowest-charting album of her career, peaking at #4, and selling less than a quarter of a million copies in Japan. To promote her the album, Amuro embarked on her first international tour, namie amuro SO CRAZY tour featuring BEST singles 2003-2004, which made stops in Taiwan and South Korea (her only tour that featured South Korea in its schedule). At the end of 2003, her SUITE CHIC side project was dissolved; in future interviews, Amuro expressed interest in reviving the project, an idea that would eventually not materialize.

    IIV. 2005 - 2007: Career Revival

    On April 6, 2005, Amuro released the single "Want Me, Want Me". The song was a success in Japan, reaching number two on Oricon Singles Chart, and sold over 103,000 units in that region. In May, following a three-year split from Maruyama, Japanese publications reported that she would take back full custody of their child, Haruto. In August, she was granted full custody of Haruto with visitation rights by Maruyama. On May 29, Amuro performed at MTV Video Music Awards Japan for the fourth consecutive year in a row. She won two awards, "Best R&B Video" and "Most Impressive Performing Asian Artist", making her the first artist to win MTV VMAJ awards four years in a row (she won "Inspiration Award" in 2002, "Best Collaboration" in 2003 and "Best R&B Video" in 2004). Amuro released her seventh studio album Queen of Hip-Pop on July 13, 2005.The album includes four singles: "Alarm", "All For You", "Girl Talk/The Speed Star" and "Want Me, Want Me". Queen of Hip-Pop was a success, reaching number two on the Oricon Albums Chart, and sold over 455,000 units in Japan. In collaboration with MGM Studios, Amuro was granted permission to use Pink Panther in the album. A female panther counterpart was created for the album as well. Both panther characters appeared in the music video of "WoWa". In September 2005, Amuro embarked on her Space of Hip-Hop concert tour in Japan. Shortly after the commencement of the tour, she announced that she would contribute to the Japanese theatrical release of the film Sin City (2005). After viewing the movie, Amuro made an offer to the Japanese distribution company to sing its theme song; the company, feeling that her image fit the movie, accepted her offer. The theme song, "Violet Sauce", was later released as part of a double A-side single, "White Light/Violet Sauce", on November 16, 2005. It achieved moderate success in Japan, reaching number seven on the Oricon Singles Chart, and sold over 72,000 units there. The movie's director, Robert Rodriguez, was impressed by the song and asked to be a part of it; he can be heard saying "Welcome to Sin City" towards the end of the song. Shortly after the single, she released Filmography 2001–2005' (2006), a compilation of twelve of her music videos between the years 2001 to 2005. Amuro collaborated with Japanese recording artists Zeebra, Ai, and Mummy-D on Zeebra's album, The New Beginning, released on February 15, 2006, in a song called "Do What U Gotta Do". On May 17, she released the double A-side single "Can't Sleep, Can't Eat, I'm Sick/Ningyo", which peaked at number two on the Oricon Singles Chart and shifted over 80,000 units in Japan. In August 2006, Amuro conducted her first annual tour Best Tour Live Style 2006, spanning between August 13 and November 23, 2006. Released on February 21, 2007, the Live DVD of the tour was placed on the second position by Oricon. Its total sales exceeded 90,000 units in Japan.

    IIVI. 2007–2011: Resurgence of sales, revived popularity, PLAY, Best Fiction and Past<Future

    Amuro released the third single from her upcoming eight studio album, "Baby Don't Cry" on January 24, 2007; it was used as the theme song for the Japanese television series Himitsu no Hanazono. It was successful in Japan, reaching number three on the Oricon Singles Chart, and sold over 144,000 units in that region, her highest selling single since "Say the Word". Based on ringtone sales, it became her first single to shift over one million units since "How to Be a Girl". Alongside this, she achieved the distinction in having a top ten single each year for 13 consecutive years, breaking the solo female artist's record in Japan by Kyōko Koizumi and Shizuka Kudō. At the end of 2007, it ranked at number seven on the RIAJ yearly ringtone sales charts. She then released the fourth and final single, "Funky Town", on April 4, 2007. It achieved moderate success on the Oricon Singles Chart, peaking at number seven, and shifted over 54,000 units. She was also featured on Japanese group, M-Flo's album, Cosmicolor, in a song titled "Luvotomy". Her eighth studio album, Play, was released on June 27, 2007. The album charted atop of the Oricon Albums Chart, becoming Amuro's first number-one album in more than 7 years. To promote the album, Amuro conducted her concert tour in Japan, titled Play Tour 2007, spanning between August 18, 2007, and February 27, 2008. Originally consisting of 53 performances, it increased by 12 performances to 65 performances, making this Amuro's longest spanning tour. On the day when Play Tour 2007 concluded, Amuro released the Live DVD of the tour. It was placed on the second position by Oricon. In early 2008, Amuro confirmed that she would promote Japanese hair company Vidal Sassoon through their new marketing campaign Fashion x Music x VS, with a new single. The single, though marketed as an extended play, was titled 60s 70s 80s, and consisted of three songs: "New Look", "Rock Steady", and "What A Feeling". The songs feature samples from The Supremes's "Baby Love" (1964), Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady" (1971) and Irene Cara's "What A Feeling" (1983), respectively. 60s 70s 80s became a huge success in Japan, reaching number one on the Oricon Singles Chart, and sold over 293,000 units in that region, becoming Amuro's first number-one single since "I Have Never Seen" and her highest selling single since "Baby Don't Cry". On March 25, 2008, Amuro was awarded "Best Female Video" for "Hide & Seek" (from the album Play) at Space Shower Music Video Awards. "Hide & Seek" also won the award for "Best R&B Video" at MTV Video Music Awards, which was held at the Saitama Super Arena on May 31. In the same month, Amuro recorded a collaboration with Japanese musician Double in a song called "Black Diamond". Despite lacklustre success on the Oricon Singles Chart, it sold over 500,000 ringtone units. On July 26, Amuro participated at the 2008 A-nation music concert; an estimated 25,000 people attended her performance. This was the first time she was invited to perform in seven years. On July 30, she released her third greatest hits album, Best Fiction. Featuring tracks between 2003 and 2008, Best Fiction sold 681,000 copies in the first week and debuted at number one on the Oricon Albums Chart. Within its third week, Best Fiction sold over one million units, making her the first artist to have one million certified album in three consecutive decades. Best Fiction eventually spent six consecutive weeks at the number-one position, becoming the first album to do so in more than 14 years since the Dreams Come True's 1993 album Magic. By the end of 2008, Best Fiction became the second best-selling album behind Exile's Exile Love. In addition, it became the second best selling digital-format album by a Japanese artist behind Utada Hikaru's Heart Station. Best Fiction was awarded the Album of the Year award at the 50th Japan Record Awards. To promote the album, Amuro conducted her Best Fiction Tour, spanning between October 25, 2008, and July 12, 2009. The Live DVD and Blu-ray of the tour were released on September 9, 2009. Amuro was invited again to the 59th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen, but she declined. On January 20, 2009, Amuro begun working on her ninth studio album, and featured a new track entitled "Dr." through a Vidal Sassoon commercial. She then released the album's lead double A-side singles, "Wild/Dr.," on March 18, 2009. The song was a success, peaking at number one on the Oricon Singles Chart, and sold over 119,000 units in that region. As a result, she also broke her own record of having all of her singles debut in the top 10 (on the Oricon Daily Singles Chart) for the last 15 years. Amuro collaborated with Japanese music group Ravex on a song for their album Trax (2008), entitled "Rock U". On October 1, Vidal Sassoon released new commercials featuring Amuro, and two tracks from her ninth studio album, "My Love" and "Copy That." On December 16, 2009, Amuro released her ninth studio album, Past<Future. The album was a success on the Oricon Albums Chart, reaching number one, and sold over 600,000 units in that region, slightly higher than the sales of Play. To promote Past<Future, Amuro travelled throughout 26 cities in Japan to conduct her Past<Future Tour 2010, which began on April 3, 2010, in Ichihara, Chiba and concluded on December 15, 2010, in Nagoya, Aichi. On the day when Past<Future Tour 2010 ended, Amuro released the Live DVD and Blu-ray of the tour, which reached the top spot on the Oricon DVD charts and shifted over 100,000 copies. On May 18, 2010, Amuro won the Best Asian Artist award at World Music Awards in Monte Carlo, Monaco. There, she performed her track "Hide & Seek" from her album Play. Two months later, she released her double A-side single "Break It/Get Myself Back", which performed well on several record charts in Japan. On December 15, 2010, together with the premiere of Live DVD and Blu-ray of Past<Future Tour 2010, the Blu-rays of Space of Hip-Pop, BEST Tour Live Style 2006 and PLAY Tour 2007 were also released. On April 27, 2011, Amuro published her fifth compilation and second collaboration album Checkmate!, her first musical release of the year. The album featured nine collaborative tracks Amuro had participated in throughout her career and four new recordings: "Wonder Woman", "Make It Happen", "Unusual" and "#1". Checkmate! was a commercial success, reaching the top spot on Oricon and distributed over 500,000 units in Japan. On July 27, Amuro released her first triple A-side single, "Naked/Fight Together/Tempest". Although it reached number two on Oricon Singles Chart, "Fight Together" was used as the theme song of the anime series One Piece. "Naked/Fight Together/Tempest" achieved better sales through digital store and certified double platinum by RIAJ. At the end of July 2011, Amuro conducted her first arena tour Live Style 2011 to promote Checkmate! and some new materials taken from her then-upcoming studio record.

    "Sit! Stay! Wait! Down!/Love Story" was the next double A-side single from Amuro's upcoming studio album, released on December 7, 2011. While the physical release of the single exceeded 100,000 units in Japan, "Love Story" shifted over 3 million digital copies throughout Japan, becoming one of Amuro's highest-selling singles to date. The single also featured two unreleased tracks: "Higher" and "Arigatou". "Higher" made an appearance on her Live Style 2011, whereas "Arigatou" was made available as a free download on Amuro's official Facebook page. The Live DVD and Blu-ray of the tour were released on December 21, 2011. The final single, "Go Round/Yeah-Oh!", was released on March 21, 2012, and continued the 100,000 sales streak in Japan. In April, the singer confirmed the release of her 10th studio and first bilingual album Uncontrolled, which premiered on June 27, 2012. The album proved to be commercially successful, reaching the top spot on the Oricon Albums Chart and shifted 500,000 units throughout Japan. Uncontrolled also gave her the highest first-week sales of the year, and her 10th overall number one in the region. On September 16, Amuro was scheduled to host a special concert tour in her hometown Okinawa, commemorating her 20th anniversary in the music business. However, due to typhoon warnings in the region, the tour was cancelled and never rescheduled. After debuting her first digital single "Damage" on October 31, Amuro finished the year by conducting her 5 Major Domes Tour 2012 in Japan, spanning between November 24 and December 21, 2012, attended by around 340,000 people. Released on February 27, 2013, the Live DVD and Blu-ray of the tour were placed on the first position by Oricon. Their total sales exceeded 300,000 units in Japan.

    2013–2015: FEEL, Ballada and Genic

    On March 6, 2013, Amuro released her double A-side single "Big Boys Cry/Beautiful". Although both tracks appeared in the commercials for the make-up brand Kosé, its commercial experience resulted in being the singer's worst-performing single to date, barely shifting 30,000 units in Japan. Amuro returned to sole-digital releases with her single "Contrail", which was used as the theme song for the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) series Flying Public Relations Office, and sold over 250,000 digital copies in Japan. Additionally, two more songs were released on the iTunes Store to promote her then-upcoming album: "Hands on Me" and "Heaven". On July 10, 2013, Amuro released her 11th studio and second bilingual album Feel. This was her first studio release through her own record label Dimension Point, which was operated under Avex Trax. Despite offering the track "Beautiful" as a single, it did not appeal on the final track list of the album. It was commercially successful on the Oricon Albums Chart, debuting at the top spot and was certified platinum by RIAJ. In support of the album, Amuro conducted her FEEL Tour 2013, spanning between August 16 and December 23, 2013. The Live DVD and Blu-ray of the tour were released on February 26, 2014. During the course of Amuro's digital releases, she was offered to feature in the remake of "Waterfalls", a song originally recorded by American girl-group TLC. Amuro—who knew the group during the singer's sessions with producer Dallas Austin, and whose fellow Okinawa Actors School alumni Speed had been huge fans of TLC—accepted the role, and re-recorded the rap segment as a homage to previous member Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes, who had died in a car accident in La Ceiba, Honduras in 2002. Despite being a Japan-only release, Amuro's version was heavily criticized and caused controversy over the announcement of Amuro's involvement prior to know acknowledgement of Lopes family. However, TLC defended Amuro's involvement due to the fact neither member had commercial rights to use Lopes vocals, and decided to "use creative ways to honor Lisa’s memory and celebrate this milestone with the fans".

    To open 2014, Amuro released her single "Tsuki", including the title track and two previous digital compositions - "Ballerina" and "Neonlight Lipstick". The physical single was successful in sales, while the title song achieved a platinum award by the RIAJ. On June 4, 2014, Amuro released Ballada, her first conceptual greatest hits compilation. 15 tracks were all selected via a fan poll on the singer's website, and a few selection were re-recorded with new vocals and arrangements by Amuro. Additionally, a bonus DVD package included new music videos for her 1990's singles "Sweet 19 Blues" and "Can You Celebrate?", and two newly-established videos for "Himawari" and "Four Seasons". It was placed on the first position by Oricon, and shifted under 500,000 units in Japan.

    In support of the album, Amuro conducted her second nationwide tour Live Style 2014, spanning between August 22 and December 23, 2014. The Live DVD and Blu-ray of the tour were released on February 11, 2015 through her label Dimension Point. In November 2014, Amuro released her first stand-alone single titled "Brighter Day", which featured a total of three different tracks and instrumentals. It was moderately successful on the Oricon Singles Chart, whereas the titular track sold over 250,000 digital copies in Japan. That same month, Amuro collaborated with Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai on a song titled "I'm Not Yours", which was released as a track on Tsai's album Play (2014). The music video of the song was published on YouTube on February 2, 2015.

    On June 10, 2015, Amuro released her 12th studio and third bilingual album Genic. It marked her first record with her own management company Stella88, which she founded after leaving Vision Factory. Despite there being five music videos from the record, the entire collection of tracks were newly-recorded and featured no singles. However, it was a commercial success, peaking atop of Oricon Albums Chart and sold 250,000 copies in Japan alone. In collaboration with Google, the music video of "Anything", one of the songs from Genic, was produced as an extension of Google Chrome. To promote the album, Amuro conducted her LIVEGENIC 2015–2016 tour, spanning between September 5, 2015, and February 10, 2016. During the course of her December concert dates, Amuro released her second independent maxi-single "Red Carpet" on December 2, 2015. The B-side track of the single, "Black Make Up", was used as the ending soundtrack of the anime series One Piece. Despite reaching number two on Oricon Singles Chart, the sales of "Red Carpet" slumped and only shifted 36,000 units in Japan, making it one of Amuro's lowest-selling singles to date. The Live DVD and Blu-ray of LIVEGENIC 2015–2016 were released on March 2, 2016.

    IIVII. 2016–2018: Return of maxi-single releases, 25th anniversary commemoration, Finally and retirement

    On May 18, 2016, Amuro released her third independent maxi-single "Mint", which was used as the theme song of Fuji TV series Bokuno Yabai Tsuma (2016). Despite reaching number four on the region's single chart, the digital sales skyrocketed with the music video of the song, and achieved platinum status months later. The same year in June, Amuro accepted an offer by NHK to record the theme song for the Japanese broadcast of 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. The single was titled "Hero" and saw a rise in its physical sales, achieving a gold certification by RIAJ. On October 26, 2016, Amuro released two songs "Dear Diary" and "Fighter" as a double A-side single "Dear Diary/Fighter". Both songs were used in Death Note: Light Up the New World, a 2016 movie adaption of the manga of the same name. Amuro conducted her fourth annual tour Live Style 2016–2017, spanning between August 19, 2016, and May 3, 2017. The tour initially scheduled 88 dates, but due to a higher demand and further promotional activities with singles and the unreleased track "Christmas Wish", Amuro added 13 dates. The Live DVD and Blu-ray of the tour were released on May 3, 2017, and certified gold by RIAJ. On May 31, 2017, Amuro released her single "Just You and I", which sold over 100,000 digital units according to RIAJ. The following month, Amuro announced her 25th anniversary concert in her hometown Okinawa, which redeemed her cancelled 20th anniversary concert on September 16, 2012, due to typhoon warnings in the region. She opened the show on September 16 and 17, with 52,000 attenders totally (26,000 attenders each day), resulting in being one of the largest for a Japanese concert. Additionally, Amuro announced her third-time collaboration with One Piece. The anime's theme song, "Hope", premiered on October 1, 2017. On September 20, 2017, Amuro's 40th birthday, she announced her plan to retire from the music industry on September 16, 2018. Her final compilation album, Finally, was released on November 8, 2017. The album includes new recordings and re-recordings of her selected singles from 1992 to 2017. Finally became a huge success in Japan - it was placed on the first position by Oricon and sold in 2,250,000 units by the end of 2017. In support of the album, Amuro conducted Final Tour 2018 ~Finally~ as her farewell tour, spanning between February 17 and June 3, 2018. The tour took place in Nagoya Dome, Fukuoka Dome, Sapporo Dome, Osaka Dome and Tokyo Dome. During this tour, Amuro conducted another tour, named Final Tour 2018 ~Finally~ In Asia, to perform in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Taking place in Shenzhen Bay Sports Center, Hong Kong Coliseum and Taipei Arena, Final Tour 2018 ~Finally~ In Asia began on March 17 and concluded on May 20, 2018.

    On May 23, 2018, Amuro was awarded "Okinawa's National Honor Award" at Okinawa Prefecture Government Office in Naha. By August 21, the total number of pre-ordered Live DVD and Blu-ray of Final Tour 2018 (the concerts in Japan only) exceeded 1 million units in Japan. On August 25, One Piece featured the anime version of Amuro at the end of one of its episodes to bid a farewell to her. The Live DVD and Blu-ray of Final Tour 2018 (the concerts in Japan only) were released on August 29, 2018. On September 15, Amuro made her final appearance as an entertainer at the "We ♥ Namie Hanabi Show: I ♥ Okinawa / I ♥ Music" at the Okinawa Convention Center, a commemoration of Amuro's career and other cultural and musical aspects in Okinawa. She officially retired from the entertainment industry on September 16, 2018. On September 30, 2018, her official website, official fanclub, official Facebook page, and official online store officially terminated service. On June 16, 2019, Amuro released her entire music collection onto the iTunes store (most of which was previously restricted to Japan), through her label Dimension Point. Her records published by her own label were also released through Apple Music, Apple's streaming service, on the same day.

    III. Discography

    IIII. Studio Albums

    [1996.07.22] SWEET 19 BLUES

    [1997.07.24] Concentration 20

    [2000.01.26] GENIUS 2000

    [2000.12.20] break the rules

    [2003.12.10] STYLE

    [2005.07.13] Queen of Hip-Pop

    [2007.06.27] PLAY

    [2009.12.16] PAST < FUTURE

    [2012.06.27] Uncontrolled

    [2013.07.10] FEEL

    [2015.06.10] _genic

    IIIII. Best Albums

    [1998.01.28] 181920

    [2002.03.13] LOVE ENHANCED ♥ single collection

    [2004.03.31] 181920 & films (re-issue)

    [2008.07.30] BEST FICTION

    [2011.04.27] Checkmate!

    [2014.06.04] Ballada

    [2017.11.08] Finally

    IIIIII. Live Albums

    [2013.03.27] namie amuro 5 Major Domes Tour 2012 ~20th Anniversary Best~

    [2014.03.26] namie amuro FEEL tour 2013

    [2015.02.11] namie amuro LIVE STYLE 2014

    [2015.03.11] LIVE STYLE 2014~LIVE Ballada~

    [2016.03.02] namie amuro LIVEGENIC 2015-2016

    [2019.06.16] namie amuro 25th ANNIVERSARY LIVE in OKINAWA at Ginowan Seaside Park 2017.9.16 (Digital Exclusive)

    [2019.06.16] namie amuro Final Tour 2018 ~Finally~ at Tokyo Dome 2018.6.3 (Digital Exclusive)

    IIIIV. Singles

    [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? (re-release)

    [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

    [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 / Come

    [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 (人魚; Mermaid)

    [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

    [2012.03.21] Go Round / YEAH-OH

    [2013.03.06] Big Boys Cry / Beautiful

    [2014.01.29] TSUKI

    [2014.11.12] BRIGHTER DAY

    [2015.12.02] Red Carpet

    [2016.05.18] Mint

    [2016.07.27] Hero

    [2016.10.26] Dear Diary / Fighter

    [2017.05.31] Just You and I

    IIIV. Digital Singles

    [2012.09.12] Hot Girls -SMIDI CLUB REMIX-

    [2012.10.24] Damage

    [2012.12.05] Damage -80KIDZ Remix-

    [2012.12.22] Love Story (Xmas Music Box Ver.)

    [2013.03.13] Big Boys Cry

    [2013.04.28] Contrail

    [2013.07.03] Hands On Me

    [2013.07.10] Heaven

    [2013.10.02] Neonlight Lipstick

    [2013.10.09] Ballerina

    [2014.11.05] Brighter Day

    [2015.07.01] What I Did for Love (David Guetta feat. Amuro Namie)

    [2015.11.25] Red Carpet

    [2015.11.25] Black Make Up

    [2018.02.11] Hope

    [2018.04.19] Body Feels EXIT

    IIIVI. Music Cards

    [2016.12.20] Christmas Wish

    IIIVII. Vinyls

    [1995.xx.xx] Body Feels EXIT

    [1996.xx.xx] Chase the Chance / Don't wanna cry / You're my sunshine

    [1997.xx.xx] CAN YOU CELEBRATE?

    [1999.11.19] SOMETHIN 'BOUT THE KISS

    [2000.02.16] Love 2000

    [2001.01.24] no more tears

    [2001.xx.xx] Say the word

    [2014.12.24] Ballada

    [2016.08.19] Mint

    [2016.08.19] Hero

    IIIVIII. Video Releases

    [1996.11.14] NAMIE AMURO WORLD


    [1997.12.03] Namie Amuro Concentration 20 Live in Tokyo Dome

    [1998.07.01] 181920 films

    [1999.11.14] Amuro world ~chase the chance 19 memories~

    [2000.08.18] NAMIE AMURO TOUR "GENIUS 2000"

    [2001.03.07] filmography

    [2002.03.13] 181920 films + filmography

    [2002.12.11] BEST CLIPS

    [2003.11.19] namie amuro tour 2001 break the rules

    [2004.01.28] LOVE ENHANCED♥ single collection

    [2004.01.28] 181920

    [2004.09.23] namie amuro SO CRAZY tour featuring BEST singles 2003-2004

    [2005.12.07] FILMOGRAPHY 2001-2005

    [2006.03.15] Space of Hip-Pop -namie amuro tour 2005

    [2007.02.21] namie amuro BEST tour "Live Style 2006"

    [2008.02.27] NAMIE AMURO PLAY TOUR 2007

    [2009.09.09] namie amuro BEST FICTION TOUR 2008-2009

    [2010.12.15] namie amuro PAST<FUTURE tour 2010

    [2011.12.21] namie amuro LIVE STYLE 2011

    [2013.02.27] namie amuro 5 Major Domes Tour 2012 ~20th Anniversary Best~ (namie amuro 5大ドームTOUR 2012 ~20th Anniversary Best~)

    [2014.02.26] namie amuro FEEL tour 2013

    [2015.02.11] namie amuro LIVE STYLE 2014

    [2015.09.05] Golden Touch -10 Million Views New Edit- (LIVEGENIC Venues Only)

    [2016.03.02] namie amuro LIVEGENIC 2015-2016

    [2017.05.03] namie amuro LIVE STYLE 2016-2017

    [2018.08.29] namie amuro Final Tour 2018 ~Finally~

    IIIIX. Compilations / Other

    [1996.10.30] m.c.A・T - "Thunder Party" (#2 "Joy" feat. Amuro Namie)

    [1997.01.01] TK FAMILY - "YOU ARE THE ONE"

    [2001.12.27] Amuro Namie & VERBAL - "lovin' it"

    [2002.03.06] song+nation 2 trance (#4 "lovin' it (tatsumaki remix)")

    [2002.09.19] Inochi: Original Soundtrack (#9 "Wishing On The Same Star (Movie Version)", #10 "Wishing On The Same Star (Movie Version Instrumental)")

    [2003.09.18] ZEEBRA - TOKYO'S FINEST (#12 "AFTER PARTY" feat. Amuro Namie)

    [2005.01.19] ZEEBRA - THE LIVE ANIMAL'03 - TOKYO'S FINEST (#16 "AFTER PARTY" feat. Amuro Namie)

    [2005.03.24] JHETT aka YAKKO for AQUARIUS - JHETT (#3 "Do or Die" feat. Amuro Namie)

    [2005.03.30] SUPER EURO GROOVE (#15 "J-EURO MEGA-MIX")

    [2005.08.24] JHETT aka YAKKO for AQUARIUS - JHETT BLACK EDITION (#2 "Do or Die [BACH LOGIC Remix feat. NORISHAM-X]" feat. Amuro Namie)

    [2006.02.15] ZEEBRA - The New Beginning (#15 "Do What U Gotta Do" feat. AI, Amuro Namie & Mummy-D)

    [2007.03.28] m-flo - COSMICOLOR (#3 "Luvotomy" loves Amuro Namie)

    [2007.09.19] ZEEBRA - ZEEBRA Japan Tour Final "The Live Animal '06 -The New Beginning-" (#19 "Do What U Gotta Do" feat. AI, Amuro Namie & Mummy-D)

    [2007.09.27] m-flo - electriCOLOR -COMPLETE REMIX- (#4 "Luvotomy -Camp Three-o-three remix-" loves Amuro Namie)

    [2007.10.31] m-flo - m-flo Tour 2007 "Cosmicolor" @ Yokohama Arena (#26 "Luvotomy" loves Amuro Namie)

    [2008.05.xx] DOUBLE x Amuro Namie - "BLACK DIAMOND"


    [2008.08.06] House Nation Best Gig (#3 "What a Feeling (Shinichi Osawa Remix)")

    [2008.09.17] ZEEBRA - The Anthology (Disc 2 #12 "Do What U Gotta Do" feat. AI, Amuro Namie & Mummy-D)

    [2008.10.29] DJ KAORI - DJ KAORI'S JMIX II (#1 "Baby Don't Cry")

    [2009.01.29] .LOVE (#9 "CAN YOU CELEBRATE?")

    [2009.02.18] Best Hit! Nittere 55 (#7 "I HAVE NEVER SEEN")

    [2009.02.25] Karaage!! (#6 "Baby Don't Cry")

    [2009.03.04] Pikachu The Movie Song Best 1998-2008 (#8 "toi et moi")

    [2009.03.04] 20years 200hits Complete Best + a LOVE HiQualityCD EditionBOX (#12 "Body Feels EXIT", #23 "CAN YOU CELEBRATE?", #37 "RESPECT the POWER OF LOVE", #46 "NEVER END", #92 "ALL FOR YOU", #103 "WANT ME, WANT ME", #118 "CAN'T SLEEP, CAN'T EAT, I'M SICK", #135 "Baby Don't Cry")

    [2009.04.29] ravex - trax (#2 "ROCK U" feat. Amuro Namie)

    [2009.09.02] DJ Caroline D'Amore - J-Girls' Celebrity Mix (#1 "What a Feeling [J-GIRLS' CELEBRITY MIX VER.]")

    [2009.11.04] .LOVE more (#14 "Baby Don't Cry")

    [2009.11.25] DJ KAORI - DJ KAORI'S JMIX III (#6 "WHAT A FEELING")

    [2009.11.25] Hit Songs ~Yasashii Hikari / Unmei no Hito~ Hit Songs orgel collection (#12 "Baby Don't Cry")

    [2010.03.17] Mune Kyun 90's ~Hitori de Kikitai Koi no Uta~ (Disc 2 #1 "SWEET 19 BLUES")

    [2010.03.24] Inuyasha Best Song History (Disc 1 #13 "Come")

    [2010.03.31] AI - "FAKE" feat. Amuro Namie

    [2010.04.21] DJ HASEBE - Woofin Presents "CANDYMAN" Mixed by DJ HASEBE (#24 "Ups & Downs" duet with Nao'ymt)

    [2010.07.21] Suzuki Ami - BLOOMING (#6 ROCK U feat. Amuro Namie)

    [2010.12.01] AI - THE LAST A.I. (#1 "FAKE" feat. Amuro Namie)

    [2011.03.16] VERBAL - VISIONAIR (#2 "BLACK OUT" feat. Lil Wayne & Amuro Namie)

    [2011.10.05] DOUBLE - WOMAN (#14 "BLACK DIAMOND ~TinyVoice Electr!ck Remix~")

    [2012.01.11] .LOVE tender (#9 "ALL FOR YOU")

    [2012.03.07] Dramatic Tunes (Disc 2 #1 "Baby Don't Cry")

    [2012.10.17] MILLION ~BEST OF 90's J-POP~ BLUE (#1 "CAN YOU CELEBRATE?")

    [2013.06.12] TLC - "Waterfalls (20th Anniversary Version)"

    [2013.06.19] TLC - TLC 20 ~20th Anniversary Hits~ (#1 "Waterfalls" with Namie Amuro)

    [2013.09.25] Komuro Tetsuya - DEBF EDM 2013 SUMMER (#8 "You're my sunshine (2013 SUMMER)")

    [2014.04.02] Hirai Ken - "Grotesque" feat. Amuro Namie

    [2014.05.28] DOUBLE - SINGLE BEST (Disc 2 #10 "BLACK DIAMOND")

    [2014.11.15] Jolin Tsai - PLAY (#5 "I'm Not Yours" feat. Amuro Namie)

    [2015.07.01] David Guetta - "What I Did for Love" feat. Amuro Namie

    [2015.09.16] Crystal Kay - "REVOLUTION" feat. Amuro Namie

    [2015.09.30] SHOW-YA - PROGRESS (#12 "Genkai LOVERS" feat. Namie Amuro)

    [2015.11.25] AI - THE BEST (#12 "FAKE" feat. Amuro Namie)

    [2015.12.16] Crystal Kay - Shine (#5 "REVOLUTION" feat. Amuro Name)

    [2016.11.02] AI - THE FEAT. BEST (CD2 #4 Amuro Namie - "Wonder Woman" feat. AI & Tsuchiya Anna, #7 "FAKE [BACHLOGIC Remix]" feat. Amuro Namie)

    [2018.01.17] m-flo - "BACK2THEFUTUREEP1" (#2 "Luvotomy (TeddyLoid Remix)")

    [2018.08.01] DOUBLE - Latest Single Best (Disc 2 - #11 "BLACK DIAMOND" / DOUBLE & Amuro Namie)

    [2019.10.16] t-Ace - Sweet 19 Blues ~Ore ni wa Toi~ feat. Amuro Namie

    IV. Filmography

    IVI. Dramas

    [1994] Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (時をかける少女)

    [1996] That's Cunning! Shijou Saidai no Sakusen? (That's カンニング! 史上最大の作戦?)

    [2000] Yonigeya Honpo (夜逃げ屋本舗)

    V. Publications

    [2009.10] Pocket Amuro Namie

    VI. Photobooks

    [1996.11.10] 19770920

    VII. Band Scores

    [2014.07.28] Piano Solo Amuro Namie "Ballada"

    VI. Video Games

    [1997.xx.xx] Digital Dance Mix Vol. 1 Namie Amuro