Often referred to as the “teen queen” or “Queen of Japanese Pop Music”, Namie Amuro has made a permanent mark on the Japanese music scene.
Over a decade after her debut, Amuro has remained one of the most popular female acts in Japan. Her greatest hits album, BEST FICTION, spent six consecutive weeks at the number-one position on Japan’s Oricon weekly charts, and was awarded “Best Album of the Year” at the 50th Japan Record Awards. Marking the 20th anniversary of her career, in April 2012, it was announced that Namie Amuro would release a new album, Uncontrolled. This was the first album to feature several songs sung entirely in English. The album spent three weeks at number one on Oricon’s albums chart and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. This is her fifth consecutive number one album since 2007, and her sixth consecutive double platinum album since 2005.
Catch Namie Amuro in Singapore for one night only on April 26th at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Treading on partially wet grounds for my first concert-going experience at the west side of Singapore, The Star Performing Arts Centre served as a blooming fresh outlet for events of sorts. Despite the grandeur of the new environs, it was let down somewhat by the spectacle of snaking (really year of the snake, isn’t it?) queue lines at the ticketing counter .