J-Pop Living Legend Namie Amuro Announces Retirement from Music in September of 2018
Celebrating her 40th birthday on September 20, 2017, the legendary superstar Namie Amuro has announced that she will retire from music the following year in 2018.
Marking her 25th anniversary since her debut on September 16, 1992 the breaking news astonished everyone in Japan since Amuro has constantly been in the spotlight from the 1990s until now.
The single “CAN YOU CELEBRATE?” was released in 1997 has sold more than 2 million copies, and this number is still the top among the female singers in Japan.
The popularity of Amuro has also become a social phenomenon where girls imitated her hairstyle and fashion by wearing mini-skirts and platform boots. The word “Amurer”, that referred to these girls who copied the Amuro-style, was chosen as the buzzword-of-the-year in 1996.
She continued to maintain the position of a “Queen singer”, as her song “Hero” was chosen as the NHK broadcasting theme song of 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. In addition, she had recently held a live in her home prefecture of Okinawa, celebrating the 25th anniversary since her debut.
Amuro announced her retirement through her website on her 40th birthday on September 20. She commented, “I would like to write about something that I have carried on my mind and have decided on the 25th anniversary of my debut. I, Namie Amuro have decided to retire as of September 16, 2018”.
She also commented that she would like to make the best out of the year remaining until her retirement through albums and concerts.
Namie Amuro Official site: http://namieamuro.jp/
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