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Once known as the “Queen of J-Pop”, Namie Amuro, after 17 years of being in the music industry has emerged as the “Queen of Hip-Pop” (since 2000).

Namie is ¼ Italian and was born in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan. She was noted in her early years for her Westernized dance music and popularized fashion whose followers came to be nicknamed Amur?. Namie was scouted by Masayuki Makino, the president of Okinawa Actors' School, after coming along with a friend who was currently enrolled in the school.

Then at the age of 14 (1992) she was placed in a group called “Super Monkeys” (w/ Minako Ameku, Nanako Takushi, Hisako Arakaki and Anna Makino). They debuted on September 15, 1992 with Toshiba Emi, with the single “Koi no Cute Beat/Mr. USA”. After several singles, the group failed and had gone through several member changes. Later in 1993 they became “Super Monkey’s 4” and... read more
Author: kirari last update: 2010-01-20