Hamasaki did not attend school or have a job, so she spent much of her time shopping at Shibuya boutiques and dancing at Velfarre , an Avex -owned disco club. A television drama-series based on the novel aired from April to July On May 19, , Hamasaki announced through her official website that all 36 remaining dates of the tour had been cancelled. The song was composed by Kazuhito Kikuchi -known for having composed some of Hamasaki's signature songs, such as "Who It's their first collaborative effort since working together on 's " Winter Diary ". Eventually, she lost faith in the curriculum, thinking that the subjects taught were of no use to her. The singles were milestones: Hamasaki earned her first number-one single " Love: Destiny " and first million-selling single " A ". From April until June, she toured Japan, holding seventeen concerts. In contrast with her previous albums, My Story had no set theme, nor did Hamasaki attempt to write "something good" or even "something that would give people hope"; rather, she simply wrote freely and honestly. With the album peaking at number two on the weekly Oricon chart, Hamasaki became the solo-artist with the most top-ten albums Hamasaki herself starred in the TV commercial for the game, which was first broadcast on September The second leg of the tour, entitled Just the beginning Part 2: Sacrifice, commenced on September 6 at the Pacifico Yokohama National Convention Hall, Yokohama, and is scheduled to end on November 28 at the Shunanshi Bunka Hall, Yamaguchi. also showed evolution in Hamasaki's lyrical style: it was a retreat from the themes of "loneliness and confusion" of some of her earlier songs. The lyrics "Diary" were credited to CREA, and the song was composed by Timothy Wellard, who's also been contributing as part of Hamasaki's live band and composing music for her since Micchie's single was released on December 23, , through Nippon Crown. After performing at the MTV Asia music awards, Hamasaki felt that by writing only Japanese lyrics, she was not able to bring her "message" to other countries. The single was released as the first of a three-part project to celebrate her yet-unreleased fiftieth single. It sounds odd coming from me, but I realize what I say and how I look has a great impact. Hamasaki increased her control over her music by composing all of the songs on the album under the pseudonym "Crea", of which the single " M " was the first. Though the lyrics of Loveppears still dealt with loneliness, many of them were written from a third-person perspective. But after the incident, as is typical of me, I suddenly changed my mind. She approached the composition of the music with the same freedom as the lyrics, with the album's notable rock overtones expressing her liking for rock music. Love Songs became Hamasaki's fourth consecutive and seventeenth total number-one album. After hearing Hamasaki sing karaoke , Matsuura offered her a recording deal, but Hamasaki suspected ulterior motives and turned the offer down. The album peaked at number two on the Oricon charts, becoming her second studio album to do so after 's Guilty. Being Hamasaki's first new song in two years, it also became her first one to have been given a title in Japanese instead of English. On August 6, , Hamasaki released her sixth compilation album A Summer Best. Her grades worsened as she refused to put her mind to her studies. The book instantly became a best-seller, and reached 1 in the charts. The album also marked Hamasaki's thirteenth consecutive year with a number-one album, breaking her old record. On her return to Japan, he suggested that she try writing her own lyrics. Its setlist was chosen by fans through online voting, and was later released as her first live album CD on September which started broadcasting in April, The song was released digitally on May 14, The album featured internationally renowned producers, such as RedOne , Rodney Jerkins , Armin van Buuren and Fedde le Grand , making the first time in Hamasaki's career in which primarily Western producers were appointed to produce one of her studio albums. It was released in Germany on the Drizzly label. Realizing that English was a "common global language", she included English lyrics in three songs. The orchestra also created a classical version of "A Song Is Born", which was included on My Story Classical and which Hamasaki performed at the opening of the Expo She edited the songs to fit her personal vision, rewriting the lyrics and rearranging some of the songs. The "competition" between the two singers which both claimed was merely a creation of their record companies and the media was supposedly the reason for the success of the albums; both sold over 5 million copies. On November 2, , Hamasaki announced through her official Facebook page that she had started recording new material composed by Tetsuya Komuro, Kunio Tago and Tetsuya Yukumi for a "winter ballad trilogy" single. Hamasaki's next studio album, Rainbow December was her first to use English lyrics. However, she said later that the album's tracks appeared to tell a story. The single was released under Linkin Park 's Machine Shop Records for the American release. They performed a duet version of Hamasaki's single " Seasons ", and announced that JJ Lin would be producing a song for Hamasaki's next studio album, A One. During her foreign sojourn, Hamasaki frequently corresponded with Matsuura and impressed him with her style of writing. In , Avex forced Hamasaki to release her first compilation album, A Best , on March 28, putting the album in "competition" with Hikaru Utada 's second studio album, Distance. Five topped the Oricon Charts for 2 consecutive weeks, her first to do so since Miss understood. January marked several milestones for Hamasaki. The simultaneous releases made Hamasaki the first artist ever to have 4 albums in Oricon's top 10 and also the first artist to hold 2 top positions in the Oricon DVD chart. This album managed to be certified Gold by RIAJ , making Hamasaki's first album not to be certified Platinum. While living in Tokyo, she attempted to further her studies at Horikoshi Gakuen , a high school for the arts , but dropped out in the first year. The lead song, "Progress", was used as a theme song for the videogame, Tales of Xillia. Shortly after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami hit, it was announced that the tour was rescheduled to start in late May and the tour was renamed to Power of Music. However, it also marked a new record for her, as with this achievement she became the second artist in Japan's history—after Yumi Matsutoya —to have 47 of her albums within the Top 10 of the charts. The mini album featured six new songs, including drama theme song "Step by Step", and "Sayonara", a new song featuring Taiwanese boyband SpeXial. The book was written based on interviews with Hamasaki herself and gives a rare insight in the artist's private life and her road to stardom. In lieu of a regular-length music video, the short film Tsuki ni Shizumu, starring Hamasaki, was created for "Voyage" and was released at a select theater in Shibuya. It—and the following four singles—were not major hits, however each release was better than the last, thus gradually increasing her exposure and presence on the market. A third leg of the tour has also been scheduled, starting on December 2, at the Wakayama Prefectural Cultural Hall, through February 20, , at the Okinawa Convention Center. To celebrate the release of her thirtieth single "Forgiveness" , Hamasaki held the A Museum concert at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium. On September 10, , Hamasaki released A Complete: All Singles , a compilation album that includes the A-sides of all her singles along with previously unreleased footage from her A-nation concerts which is the 8th best selling album of Hamasaki's eleventh studio album Rock 'n' Roll Circus was released on April 14, Though the album contained a few "powerful and melodramatic gothic rock" tracks, it was mainly "pure and classic J-pop", with pop-rock songs and ballads. On the same day, Naoya Urata of AAA released his debut solo single " Dream On ". I knew it wasn't the time for gaudiness, for elaborate sets and costumes. The TA Limited Live Tour, Hamasaki's first fan club exclusive tour in twelve years after , began on September 29, and included a total of 16 concerts at 7 venues. She described her feelings after the writing as "unnatural" and "nervous". Under the name of "Ayumi", Hamasaki released a rap EP, Nothing from Nothing , on the Nippon Columbia label in She was dismissed from the label when the album failed to chart on the Oricon. The song, which featured Hamasaki, was written and produced by her as well, marking the first record she produced for another singer. On April 20, , Hamasaki simultaneously released four new remix albums, Ayu-mi-x 7: House , Acoustic Orchestra , Trance 4 , Ayu-ro Mix 4 , and a Limited Complete Box Set , which were also released internationally on iTunes. With this achievement, Hamasaki became the first solo artist in Japan's history to have 50 singles within the Top 10 of the Oricon charts. The lyrics were also varied: themes in the album included freedom, the struggles of women, and "a summer that ends in sadness". That, along with Hamasaki's decision to employ western DJs such as The Young Punx , Coldcut , Para One and Armand Van Helden for her remix albums Ayu-mi-x 6: Gold and Ayu-mi-x 6: Silver , has been interpreted as her first step into the global market. Her foreign fanbase highly anticipated the concerts, and tickets for the Taipei and Hong Kong performances sold out in less than three hours. She explained her decision stating that she wanted to lower her responsibilities and things she felt pressured to do, in order to focus on the projects she had for her career, mainly regarding her plans to expand her influence throughout Asia. The lyrics of these songs focused on hopelessness, a reflection of Hamasaki's disappointment that she had not expressed herself thoroughly in any of her previous lyrics and a sense of shame of her public image. This is her first album to have no singles released. In September , it was announced that, to commemorate Hamasaki's 15th anniversary in the music industry on April 8, , she would be releasing new material for five consecutive months starting on the 8th day of November, , until the 8th of March, The third release for the 8th of January was her compilation album A Classical , which included classical arrangements of previously released songs.
Life and music career[ edit ] — Childhood and early endeavors[ edit ] Born in FukuokaFukuoka PrefectureHamasaki was raised as an only child by her mother and grandmother. Her own fans even considered her high-pitched poker makeup games screechy.
She continued this career path by leaving her family at fourteen and moving to Tokyo as a model under SOS, a talent agency. Her father had left the family when she was three and never again came into contact with her. Between April and July , Hamasaki embarked on her Arena Tour A: Cirque de Minuit tour throughout Japan, which was planned as an expanded version of her previous Countdown Live concerts held in late The tour consisted of a song setlist show with a duration of 3 hours and 45 minutes, her longest concert held to date. composed by DJ Ferry Corsten. The fourth release was Hamasaki's 14th studio album, Love Again , which compiled the songs included in the two previous mini albums and debuted atop the weekly Oricon Albums Chart. We'd already reserved the space, decided the hair and makeup and everything. A Film for XX is the first video clip collection by Ayumi Hamasaki, it was released on September 15, and Rainbow[ edit ] From April to June , Hamasaki released the "Trilogy", a series of singles consisting of " Vogue ", " Far Away ", and " Seasons ". A short film, Distance Love , was used as the music video for "Glitter" and "Fated". The film, shot in Hong Kong, co-starred Hong Kong actor Shawn Yue as Hamasaki's romantic interest. to Miss understood. In , Hamasaki held her first concert outside Japan, at the MTV Asia music awards ceremony in Singapore,   a move interpreted as the beginning of a campaign prompted by a sluggish Japanese market. The two versions, White and Black , debuted at the first and second positions on the Oricon weekly charts, making Hamasaki the first female artist in thirty-six years to hold the top two positions on any Oricon album chart.