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Namie Amuro was born on September 20, 1977, in Okinawa, Japan. Namie enjoyed a normal childhood and never gave a second thought to pursuing a career within the entertainment industry, though that changed after she was discovered while visiting a friend at an institute for the arts. Masayuki Makino, the president of the Okinawa Actors’ School, recognized Namie’s innate yet dormant talent and immediately suggested that she begin attending classes within his establishment.

By the time she turned 14, Namie proved Masayuki’s instincts correct and it wasn’t long before she -- along with Minako Ameku, Nanako Takushi, Hisako Arakaki, and Anna Makino -- formed a pop act called Super Monkeys. The band quickly started recording songs, and their debut single managed to hit the Japanese top 30. Makino left the group shortly after, however, and the remaining members decided to change the name to Super Monkeys 4. The band subsequently experienced quite a bit of success, releasing hit singles, appearing on television shows, and the like, and it wasn’t long before Namie emerged as a breakout star within its ranks.

Namie’s burgeoning popularity made it necessary to change the band’s name once again, this time to Namie Amuro with Super Monkeys. A flurry of hit singles followed -- including “Dancing Junk” and “Try Me” -- and it was also around that time that Namie first toyed with the idea of going solo (her song “Taiyou No Season” was well-received among the band’s fans). Following some internal turmoil, the group -- which had, by then, changed its name yet again to MAX -- decided to disband and Namie was able to kick off her solo career.

Namie spent much of the mid-‘90s recording and releasing one hit single after another, including “You’re My Sunshine” and “Don’t Wanna Cry.” In 1996, Namie’s first album, Sweet 19 Blues, was released to instant success among critics and fans alike (it eventually went on to sell over three million copies). Namie cemented her reputation as one of Japan’s most successful up-and-coming singers when she won the Grand Prix trophy at the Japan Record Awards, which is essentially an Eastern version of the Grammys (Namie was the youngest performer to ever win that particular award).

In 1997, Namie shocked everyone with the revelation that she was pregnant with her first child and had, in fact, already married the father. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop her second album, Concentration 20, from becoming as much of a monster hit as her first, with the disc’s first single selling over 800,000 copies in its first week of release. But with the arrival of her son, Haruto, in May 1998, Namie decided to take a year off from performing and recording to spend time with her family. Namie had just returned to the scene in early 1999 when her mother was tragically murdered, but this didn’t stop her from trudging ahead with the promotional duties demanded by the imminent release of her third album (2000’s Genius 2000, which spawned four hit singles).

Throughout the early part of the new century, Namie continually proved her star status within the pop scene as each successive album sold more copies than the last. Her relentless touring schedule earned her new fans, and Namie ranks as one of the most successful pop stars in Japanese history. The “hip-pop” style that has come to define Namie’s sound was reflected in the title of her 2005 album, Queen of Hip-Pop, which hit double-platinum status shortly after its release.


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