She is the singer who is the most popular in Japan.
born October 2, 1978, is a Japanese singer-songwriter and former actress.
Also known as “Ayu” to her fans, Hamasaki has been dubbed the “Empress of pop” or “the Empress of J-Pop” due to her popularity and widespread influence in Japan.
Born and raised in Fukuoka, Hamasaki moved to Tokyo at the age of fourteen to pursue a career in entertainment. In 1998, Hamasaki, under the tutelage of Avex CEO Max Matsuura, released a string of modestly performing singles that concluded with her 1999 debut album A Song for XX.
The album debuted atop the Oricon charts (Japan’s primary music charts, similar to the Billboard charts) and held that position for four weeks in a row, establishing Hamasaki’s popularity in Japan.
Since her 1998 debut with the single “Poker Face”, she has sold around 50 million records, making her one of Japan’s best-selling singers.
With the release of her thirty-ninth single, “Startin’/Born to Be…”, in 2006, Hamasaki became Japan’s female solo artist with the most number-one singles. In addition, the release of Hamasaki’s 2008 single “Mirrorcle World” made Hamasaki the only Japanese female artist to have a number-one single every year for ten consecutive years.
She is also the first Japanese artist to have her first original eight studio albums top the Oricon charts,[as well as the Japanese female artist with the most number-one singles, most Top 10 singles, highest singles sales, and most million-seller singles (this record for most million-seller singles is shared with band Pink Lady and fellow J-pop singers Namie Amuro and Hikaru Utada.)
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