In these days, the famous J-pop star Namie Amuro announces her retire and thousands of fans are shocked. She did her final performance in the southern prefecture of Okinawa.
It was Amuro’s last live music event of her career on the eve of her retirement. The show was staged on Saturday in Ginowan City in her home prefecture.
Local bands and singers also took part in the event, which drew an audience of about 3,500 people.
The J-pop icon thanked the audience for their support before putting her microphone down on the stage and start the show. In the evening near the concert venue, 12,000 fireworks were launched in sync with Amuro’s songs.
Event organizers said that Amuro, wearing casual kimono, enjoyed the firework display unnoticed by other onlookers.
Who is the J-pop star Namie Amuro?
Namie Amuro is known like “Japanese Madonna”, she bought more than 2 million copies of her last album ever. Finally, a triple-CD, 52-song offering, was released in November.
In her 40th birthday, she announced her retired after her solo debut in 1992. She worked with the legendary Japanese music producer Tetsuya Komuro, whose label Avex Trax dominated J-pop in the 1990s, Amuro helped popularize Eurobeat-inspired music in Japan.
Her biggest hit was “Can You Celebrate?,” a pop ballad released in 1997 and it had the best-selling single by a solo artist in Japan.
Amuro herself has cited Janet Jackson as one of her biggest inspirations, but the J-pop singer is most often compared to Madonna. “When you look her career, it’s a good comparison,” said Patrick St. Michel, a music writer in Tokyo. “Both of them broke out at young ages, and over the course of their careers, both went into quite radically different styles.”
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