Singer Namie Amuro
has announced on Wednesday that she will retire on September 16, 2018. The past Saturday marked her 25th anniversary since her debut. She mentions that she will make the final year meaningful by focusing on her final album as well as concerts.
Born in Okinawa, Amuro made her debut in the Japanese music industry in 1992 as a member of SUPER MONKEY's, a band which changed its name to Namie Amuro with SUPER MONKEY's in 1994. Her solo activities started in 1995 and she has since released 52 singles, including five digital singles, 12 albums as well as five best albums. Her sixth best album Finally is planned for a release on November 8. In addition to her role in SUPER MONKEY's, she was also an active member of the special unit SUITE CHIC. Her CDs received numerous awards such as Japan Record Awards and Gold Disc Awards, among others. She has performed theme songs for anime series such as InuYasha
, One Piece
, and the Pokemon: Maboroshi no Pokemon Lugia Bakutan
Source: Official site