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Singer Namie Amuro Retires

by tsubasalover
Sep 20, 9:33 PM | 24 Comments
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 movie.

Source: Official site

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Alipio said:
For a split second I read that as dies and I was about to jump out of my seat o_o


Same here! Glad that's not the case!

Sep 25, 4:25 AM by Nintendofan204

crx07 said:
Seiya said:


Yeah, well I don't like modern music, so I'm not going to listen to it.
Namie Amuro is a '90's singer. Are 90's songs modern?
Matsuda also released many songs in the 2010's. Songs released in the 2010's are technically modern songs. Do you mean her songs now sucks?
Even though we are now in the late 2010's, Japan is still releasing songs that sound like they are released in the '80s or earlier.
I will give you the recent examples. The songs that I will give you are songs that entered the Top 20 in the Billboard Japan Hot 100 weekly charts in September 2017.

Songs released in 2017 by old guys. You may recognize these ancients.
"REBORN" by Tatsuro Yamashita
"Bojou" by Miyuki Nakajima

Other songs released in 2017.
"Seiiki" by Masaharu Fukuyama (he's a 90's artist but he's kind of modern)
"RAIN" by SEKAI NO OWARI (very modern band)
"Fukurou no Koe ga Kikoeru" by Kenji Ozawa and SEKAI NO OWARI (Kenji is a 90's artist whose songs are stuck in the past)
"Otoko no Zesshou" by Kiyoshi Hikawa (modern enka artist)
"Kiseki no Hito" by Kanjani8 (modern male idol group)

Another 2017 songs with arguably non-modern tunes.
"himawari" by Mr.Children (25-year old band)
"Family Song" by Gen Hoshino (modern artist)
"Ashita e" by Little Glee Monster (modern artist)
"Oasis to Kajuen" by Keisuke Kuwata

Non-2017 "modern" songs
"Koi" by Gen Hoshino (released in 2016)
"HANABI" by Mr.Children (released in 2008)
"Sekai ni Hitotsu dake no Hana" by SMAP (released in 2003, if Namie Amuro is a modern artist then this is a modern song.)


Yes, I consider any music from 1990 to present to be modern. I didn't grow up listening to modern music.

Oh, and I've never liked Tatsuro Yamashita's music, not even his older recordings. I can't stand that boring City Pop music.

Sep 24, 8:04 AM by Seiya

Seiya said:
crx07 said:
I heard about Namie more than Seiko. Maybe I'm too new to Jpop world.
So this is why.


Yeah, well I don't like modern music, so I'm not going to listen to it.
Namie Amuro is a '90's singer. Are 90's songs modern?
Matsuda also released many songs in the 2010's. Songs released in the 2010's are technically modern songs. Do you mean her songs now sucks?
Even though we are now in the late 2010's, Japan is still releasing songs that sound like they are released in the '80s or earlier.
I will give you the recent examples. The songs that I will give you are songs that entered the Top 20 in the Billboard Japan Hot 100 weekly charts in September 2017.

Songs released in 2017 by old guys. You may recognize these ancients.
"REBORN" by Tatsuro Yamashita
"Bojou" by Miyuki Nakajima

Other songs released in 2017.
"Seiiki" by Masaharu Fukuyama (he's a 90's artist but he's kind of modern)
"RAIN" by SEKAI NO OWARI (very modern band)
"Fukurou no Koe ga Kikoeru" by Kenji Ozawa and SEKAI NO OWARI (Kenji is a 90's artist whose songs are stuck in the past)
"Otoko no Zesshou" by Kiyoshi Hikawa (modern enka artist)
"Kiseki no Hito" by Kanjani8 (modern male idol group)

Another 2017 songs with arguably non-modern tunes.
"himawari" by Mr.Children (25-year old band)
"Family Song" by Gen Hoshino (modern artist)
"Ashita e" by Little Glee Monster (modern artist)
"Oasis to Kajuen" by Keisuke Kuwata

Non-2017 "modern" songs
"Koi" by Gen Hoshino (released in 2016)
"HANABI" by Mr.Children (released in 2008)
"Sekai ni Hitotsu dake no Hana" by SMAP (released in 2003, if Namie Amuro is a modern artist then this is a modern song.)

Sep 24, 7:25 AM by crx07

I remember my ex was a fan of hers back in high school so my guess is that she's really been around a long time. Though that was pretty unexpected.

Sep 23, 6:59 AM by Otaku-Gunso

No idea how much this pic of her is photoshopped, but she sure doesn't look her age on it lolz.

Fight Together is one of my favourite OP openings, she should make one more before retiring </3

Sep 23, 3:08 AM by Kitsu-nee

QuattroVaginas said:
Misleading title man.
Why do you say so??

Sep 21, 8:59 PM by tsubasalover

Amuro, don't look back.

Misleading title man.

Sep 21, 5:22 PM by QuattroVaginas

crx07 said:
Seiya said:
Never heard of her. She ain't no Seiko Matsuda, that's for sure.
I heard about Namie more than Seiko. Maybe I'm too new to Jpop world.
Seiya said:

I've actually never heard of Namie until today.
Keep in mind, that I don't listen to modern music, and I only listen to older music, so that may explain why I've never heard of her.
So this is why.


Yeah, well I don't like modern music, so I'm not going to listen to it.

Sep 21, 5:15 PM by Seiya

Seiya said:
Never heard of her. She ain't no Seiko Matsuda, that's for sure.
I heard about Namie more than Seiko. Maybe I'm too new to Jpop world.
Seiya said:
minamis said:

From the late 90s to 10s Namie is more well known, the older generation know Momoe, Akina and Seiko better but they aren't exactly mainstream popular anymore like Namie is.
I have a feeling that you're just messing with me but maybe somebody actually doesn't know her.

I've actually never heard of Namie until today.
Keep in mind, that I don't listen to modern music, and I only listen to older music, so that may explain why I've never heard of her.
So this is why.

Sep 21, 5:14 PM by crx07

minamis said:
Seiya said:

But Seiko is far more well known.

I notice that you also have Akina Nakamori in your favorites. She is also far more famous than Namie.

And then there's Momoe Yamaguchi, who was the biggest thing going in her time. If she hadn't retired at 21, who knows how many more records she would've sold.

From the late 90s to 10s Namie is more well known, the older generation know Momoe, Akina and Seiko better but they aren't exactly mainstream popular anymore like Namie is.
I have a feeling that you're just messing with me but maybe somebody actually doesn't know her.


I've actually never heard of Namie until today.

Keep in mind, that I don't listen to modern music, and I only listen to older music, so that may explain why I've never heard of her.

Sep 21, 4:25 PM by Seiya

Seiya said:

But Seiko is far more well known.

I notice that you also have Akina Nakamori in your favorites. She is also far more famous than Namie.

And then there's Momoe Yamaguchi, who was the biggest thing going in her time. If she hadn't retired at 21, who knows how many more records she would've sold.

From the late 90s to 10s Namie is more well known, the older generation know Momoe, Akina and Seiko better but they aren't exactly mainstream popular anymore like Namie is.
I have a feeling that you're just messing with me but maybe somebody actually doesn't know her.

Sep 21, 4:23 PM by minamis

wow she sang Fight Together? Nice! It's one of my favorite openings!

Sep 21, 1:18 PM by SkyFullOfStars

minamis said:
Seiya said:
Never heard of her. She ain't no Seiko Matsuda, that's for sure.

has sold more than Seiko though


But Seiko is far more well known.

I notice that you also have Akina Nakamori in your favorites. She is also far more famous than Namie.

And then there's Momoe Yamaguchi, who was the biggest thing going in her time. If she hadn't retired at 21, who knows how many more records she would've sold.

Sep 21, 12:32 PM by Seiya

Seiya said:
Never heard of her. She ain't no Seiko Matsuda, that's for sure.

has sold more than Seiko though

Sep 21, 9:05 AM by minamis

Never heard of her. She ain't no Seiko Matsuda, that's for sure.

Sep 21, 8:08 AM by Seiya

40 is young for a singer. In the states you have singers performing well into retirement age depending on the genre (most can go into their 50's at the very least, certain genres such as gospel, blues, and jazz can be performed until their voice goes out or until the day they die which could be many decades).

Sep 21, 7:07 AM by Hoppy

I thought that people were just joking about her retiring again but then I saw it trending worldwide on twitter yesterday.
I really didn't expect her to make an announcement like that this year.

Sep 21, 5:54 AM by minamis

For a split second I read that as dies and I was about to jump out of my seat o_o

Sep 21, 5:52 AM by Alipio

She will sing the new opening theme of One Piece, "Hope". So, I'm happy and sad at same time cause this news.

"Wasurenaide, We Fight Together!"

Sep 21, 4:21 AM by Shiroma-san

Aww, this is sad because I love her voice. I still listen to the Inuyasha song she did. It's so nice.

Sep 21, 2:51 AM by phoenixalia

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