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Japanese pop singer with a cult following. Recent studies suggest she may be the Queen of the Damned
Ayumi Hamasaki's eyes scare me, however, I can't stop listening to "Rainbow"
by myumyu May 07, 2004
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An extremely popular female J-pop singer in Japan. She writes all her own lyrics, they aren't too brilliant, but very poignant(unlike what you would hear on mainstream american radio). She has a very high-pitched voice which to some people, may be pleasant and to some, annoying. She composes some of her own songs under the name CREA.

Her record company Avex uses her as a marketing tool, in which she realizes in her song 'everywhere nowhere'. She has one of the best-selling albums in Japan. She has 6 albums, 1 mini-album, 2 'BEST' albums, 19 remix albums, and 35 singles, and that's only to date. She is a powerhouse 'media-whore', she is the spokeswoman of Panasonic, and has been spokeswoman for many products since her debut in 1998.

Some may say she is the Japanese 'Britney Spears'. I disagree, for she is much more sane. She does dress like her, (not half as bad though) but when music is concerned there is no similarity. Ayumi puts solid emotion into her voice, her songs have good melodies and such, packed with simple, yet pleasant guitar solos. She is very versatile and re-invents herself from time-to-time. She has done trance, alternative, hard rock, R&B, etc. And yet still keeping her style. Unlike most J-pop stars, she rarely uses English in her songs (her song titles, however are almost all in English)

When some people think of J-pop, they might automatically think 'cutesy', 'bubble-gum', 'shiny-outfits'. It's not always true in Ayu's case. Her music can be enjoyed by both men and women of all ages, cultures, etc. So generally, although Ayu shares some characteristics of pop stars all around the world, she has a mind of her own. And unlike most pop stars, has control of her career. She is also very hot, considering her age. Plastic surgery or not, who cares?

I recommend this artist. Albums such as 'Duty', 'I am...', and 'LOVEppears' are highly recommended.
Ayumi Hamasaki is one of the most influential stars in Japan.
by Chris March 15, 2005
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Ayumi hamasaki is Japan's darling queen pop star. She was first modeling and acting, but now she is singing. her songs are all written by her and she gives her effort 100%! She can be found in EVERY single commercial and in every magazine. She is a overworker and had contributed many to j-pop fans. Her debut was her cd "A song for xx." even today, her songs sell like hotcakes. Not only her songs, but even her trendy style! She likes to be very coordinatd when dressing-even down to her nail cuticle. Rumors has said that she has overworked so much that she had eye infections. 6 albums-10 remix albums-41 singles-and somuch more- AYUMI NEVER GIVES UP IN ENTERTAINMENT!
Ayumi is j-pop's number one queen in techno and trance!
by boogah boogah! November 09, 2003
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An extremely popular female J-pop singer in Japan. She writes all her own lyrics, that are very brilliant. She has a very beautiful voice which to some people. She composes some of her own songs under the name CREA.
She is the spokeswoman of Panasonic, and has been spokeswoman for many products since her debut in 1998.

Ayumi puts solid emotion into her voice and her songs have good melodies. She is very versatile and re-invents herself from time-to-time. She has done trance, alternative, hard rock, R&B, etc. And yet still keeping her style. Unlike most J-pop stars, she rarely uses English in her songs (her song titles, however are almost all in English)

When some people think of J-pop, they might automatically think 'cutesy', 'bubble-gum', 'shiny-outfits'. It's not always true in Ayu's case. Her music can be enjoyed by both men and women of all ages, cultures, etc. So generally, although Ayu shares some characteristics of pop stars all around the world, she has a mind of her own. And unlike most pop stars, has control of her career. She is also very hot, considering her age. Plastic surgery or not, who cares?

I recommend this artist. Albums such as 'My Story' and her new single 'fairyland'. Ayumi Hamasaki is one of the most influential stars in Japan.
Ayumi Hamasaki is an amazing singer!
by AyumisLove July 09, 2005
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One of Japan's most successful pop stars.

Born in Fukuoka Prefecture, on October 2, 1978, Ayumi, or 'Ayu', as her fans and mother affectionately call her, is an enigmatic star of music and fashion in modern Japan.

Although her debut with Avex Trax began in 1998, she previously dabbled in acting and modeling. In these she was not very successful. However, her producer, Max Matsuura, discovered her when she was singing karaoke, and asked if she would be interested in pursuing a singing career. At first she was rather suspicious and declined his offer, but after months of his persistance, she eventually relented and took up vocal lessons.

Although she had never done so, Matsuura urged her to try writing her own lyrics to her first song, 'poker face'. (Note: all capitalizations are correct. Ayumi does not always use proper capitalization, likely due to the fact Japanese itself lacks capitalization.) She relates that she was scared at first of the prospect, but was too proud to admit she couldn't do it. At first, she says, the song was about a weak girl. She thought to herself after the demo recording, "What a difficult song!" But she re-wrote the lyrics until they just flowed. In the end, the song is about a strong girl who wants to smile even at the saddest of moments. Since then she has penned the lyrics to every one of her songs, with the exception of LOVE ~since 1999~, which she co-wrote with Tsunku. Eventually she grew to writing her own music, too, under the name "CREA", starting with the platinum single 'M' (2001).

So began her career. Never in her career has she ever had a single or album (remix albums, remix singles and re-releases not included) that has not hit top twenty in Japan's Oricon Chart (similar to the Billboard of the U.S.). In fact, aside from a scarce few of her earliest singles, which were not well accepted, she has never even strayed from the top ten, and most often doesn't dip below even top three. Her last fifteen singles, Free & Easy to Startin'/Born To Be..., have all been consecutive number 1 hits. She hasn't had a single not reach at least top three for the past six or seven years. Each of her albums have gone platinum (once again, remix albums not included), with the exception of one compilation album, A BALLADS, which sold over 900,000 copies, and (miss)understood, which is still selling. Her biggest seller thus far is A BEST, released in 2001, a compilation of her best selling songs to that point. A BEST sold over four million copies. Ayumi has released eight platinum albums and five platinum singles... Not bad for a young woman standing at a scant 5'1''! What she lacks in size she certainly makes up for with inner strength.

Shying away from statistics and back to art...

Ayumi's lyrics view life objectively, be it painfully, beautifully, happily, sadly, confusedly, strongly, weakly, or some combination thereof. Her lyrics tug at the heartstrings, and her voice, which I can only describe as beautifully strong and mournful (which, admittedly, can be irritating, if you haven't learned to like the style of her singing), makes it even more emotional, and then add splendid lyrics such as those she writes and equally splendid music... Well, you have a song that really just hits you and inspires you.

Ayumi currently holds the record for most hit singles of a female Japanese artist. She's also high on the list of most records sold.

I think it's difficult to classify Ayu. She's done so much, almost every genre of music... She has touched bubble gum pop, R&B, rock, ballads... You name it. Recently she's even dipped her feet in gospel-esque pop!

Ayu as a fashion figure. That's another thing indeed. If you keep up with Ayumi's news, you'd see that she is in magazines and commercials all the time. She's been the spokesperson for numerous companies. Once she did a commercial for a certain brand of lipstick, and the company sold a record amount of lipstick in the next few days. The thing is, so many people in Japan follow wherever she leads... And not just young women. Older ones, younger ones, men... Everyone seems to be infatuated with the beautiful young singer. The amazing thing is that Ayumi has not been, for the most part, overly sexy in her dress. Although she has had something from time to time, she has not been constantly outright provactive in her dress, unlike many other pop stars.

The truth is, Ayumi does not fit into the stereotype of 'pop star.' She's much more personal, much more honest about herself and life and people. She makes more of her own decisions about her image than many other singers even have the ability to.

Ayumi is, truely, a powerful figure in this modern era of Japanese music.
Ayumi Hamasaki is touring in Tokyo next week!
by sakuraraine March 31, 2006
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The Japanese queen of pop. Ayumi Hamasaki began her career as a model, and eventually became a singer. The first single of her entire career as a singer was called "NOTHING FROM NOTHING," but her first single with the record label Avex Trax was called "poker face."
She can be seen on most billboards, television sets and magazines. Her profits alone make up more than 50% of Avex's total income.
Ayumi Hamasaki has been writing her own lyrics ever since she debuted with Avex and had started composing her own songs in her 4th album, "I am..."
She is not like Utada Hikaru, who is known for her voice, and Amuro Namie, who is known for both her voice and her dancing. Instead, she makes each fan feel like he/she personally knows her. Each song is like a look into her every day life.
Her symbol is a big "A."

Also refered to as: Hamasaki Ayumi (usually refers to Ayumi herself and her back up singers, Peko and Yoko, and her guitarist, bass player, drum player and keyboard/piano player(s) who perform with her everywhere she goes.), Ayumi, Ayu-chan or just Ayu.
I heard Ayumi Hamasaki on the radio this morning.
by J.Pak June 27, 2005
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The world's greatest singer, and amongst the most popular in Japan currently. Famous for such music as "evolution", "appears" and "Free & Easy", she has her own TV show and a very succesful career.
Ayumi Hamasaki is the most incredible woman on earth.
by Luna Saisho October 30, 2003
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1) A Japanese singing deity.
2) One of the main reasons I and probably everyone else watch Inuyasha.
3) J-Pop Queeen.
Ah- Itsuka eien no
Nemuri ni tsuku hi made
Douka sono egao ga
Taemanaku aru you ni
by MayGah February 08, 2004
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