Namie Amuro makes a surprise announcement to leave the stage

Namie Amuro makes a surprise announcement to leave the stage

Namie Amuro performing on stage on September 17


 

September 21, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Forty-year old Okinawan singer, Namie Amuro, posted a comment on her official website in which she states she will retire from her career on September 16th next year.

Since her debut in 1992, she has been a prolific artist, producing a number of hit songs and actively performing in Okinawa, Japan, and in Asia.

She performed “NEVER END,” the official theme song for the Kyushu-Okinawa Summit in 2000 and received the award of honorary citizen from Naha City.

After the news of her retirement was revealed there have been numerous comments from fans from Okinawa, Japan and abroad about how they will miss her.

 

Amuro made her debut as a member of idol group “Super Monkeys” in 1992.

She produced hundreds of hits such as “CAN YOU CELEBRATE?” after she became a solo performer.

She also became the youngest performer to receive Japan Record Award with her song “Don’t Wanna Cry” in 1996.

 

Amuro played a role as a fashion leader with many women called “Amurar” following her style.

 

During a 25-year anniversary concert held in Okinawa on September 16 and 17, 52000 people came to see the performance, which is the largest audience for a solo music concerts ever to gather in the prefecture.

Amuro selected 27 songs to perform, including her very first song from the Super Monkey, “Mr. U.S.A.”, first performed 22 years ago.

She also performed “Never End” for the first time in the last 11 years.

 

Although there was no obvious sign that Amuro would be retiring, it was rare for the performer who does not usually talk during her stageshows to cheer her audience, screaming “Okinawa! Yell until the end!.

” She also made a comment as she was leaving the stage, saying “thank you for coming today.

Come back again.”

 

Amuro said in an interview with the Ryukyu Shimpo in September, “I have been able to perform for the past 25 years thanks to many people’s support.

It would be great to make new memories with fans and staff during the 25th anniversary year.”

 

It was her 40th birthday when she announced the news on September 20.

Amuro has left the following comment on her official website; “I plan to make the last year of my music career meaningful by focusing my full attention on creating a final album and performing at concerts.”

 

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)

 

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