Ayumi Hamasaki Biography
Due to her short height and rather unappealing looks to the Japanese market, Ayumi Hamasaki felt disheartened and focused her attention in partying. Her fate changed, however, one fateful night, when the well-known record producer Masato Matsuura heard her sing at a local club and offered her a career in singing. She quickly grabbed the opportunity and it wasnt long after she found herself working on her singing abilities in New York City.
After months in New York, Ayumi Hamasaki returned to Japan and worked on her debut album, Nothing from Nothing. The album was no less than a failure, and soon she was dropped from her record label. Ayumi Hamasaki then strived harder for the next years, and in 1999, she came up with the album A Song for XX. Because of the continuous support of her new label and highly appealing hits such as Poker Face and Trust, her sophomore album zoomed to the top of the charts and immediately made her into a pop sensation.
Streaks of success continued to come in Ayumi Hamasakis path, as she released the album Loveppears. With its first single Whatever, the album immediately hit no.1 on the Oricon Daily Albums Chart and stayed for another 64 weeks. Because of her increasing popularity, Auymi Hamasaki was showered with a ton of endorsements, and finally she chose to campaign for Koses lipsticks. Two days after her Kose commercial, it was reported that over 500,000 units of lipstick were sold across Japan.
Ayumi Hamasaki continued to be a pop sensation as well as a cultural phenomenon, and for the next few years she made five more albums, and each went on to mark over a million copies sold. Ayumi Hamasaki then went on a hiatus from the entertainment scene, but came back in 2006 releasing two albums namely (miss)understood and Secret. She is now busy with her Asian tour promoting her latest album, A Best 2.