“Queen of Japanese Pop Music”, Namie Amuro, Brings Asia Tour To Singapore

19 February 2013
Having started out with teen pop group Super Monkeys at just 15 years old, Namie Amuro has made her permanent mark on the Japanese music scene and is bringing that mark to the Singapore Indoor Stadium on April 26, 2013.

Amuro’s career began with the debut of her single “Body Feels EXIT” in October 1995, followed by her second single “Chase the Chance” released just two months later. Her second single became her first No. 1 million-selling single, for which she also won the Golden Arrow Award in the same year.She soon introduced top singles such as “Don't Wanna Cry,” "You're My Sunshine" and "A Walk in the Park" to the airwaves, all of which sold over a million copies each. In 1996, Amuro won the “Grand Prix Award”, the highest honor at the Japan Record Awards, for "Don't Wanna Cry", making her the youngest artist to have won the award. In 1997, her single "Can You Celebrate?" sold 2.29 million copies, becoming the best-selling single by a solo female artist in Japan.

After a short hiatus, she returned to the music scene with "I Have Never Seen", which was featured as Japanese drama Yonige-ya Honpo's theme song. Taking a turn towards R&B, she released "Something 'bout the Kiss" produced by US producer Dallas Austin. Since reinventing herself as a hip-pop singer with her sixth studio album, Amuro achieved new-found fame and popularity. Her seventh album PLAY debuted at the top of the charts, and was followed by 60s 70s 80s. In 2010, she performed at “World Music Awards” as the first Asian female artist, and was awarded “Best Asian Artist.”

Even a decade after her debut, Amuro has remained one of the most popular female acts in Japan. Her greatest hits album, Best Fiction, spent six consecutive weeks at the number-one position on Japan's Oricon weekly charts, and was awarded "Best Album of the Year" at the 50th Japan Record Awards.

Marking the 20th anniversary of her career in April 2012, it was announced that Amuro would release a new album, Uncontrolled. This was the first album to feature several songs sung entirely in English. The album spent three weeks at number one on Oricon's albums chart and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. This is her fifth consecutive number one album since 2007, and her sixth consecutive double platinum album since 2005.

2013 will see the release of a DVD covering her 2012 5 Major Domes Tour.

Catch Namie Amuro in Singapore at her one-night only concert! Tickets are priced at S$288, S$248, S$218, S$168 and S$138 respectively and can be purchased online at www.sistic.com.sg or at all authorized SISTIC outlets.

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