Ayumi Hamasaki is a Japanese native singer, songwriter, record producer, model and actress who was born on October 2, 1978. Early in her career as an actress, Ayu, her nickname, had a relationship with a singer and actor Tomoya Nagase.
Ayumi and Tomoya announced their relationship in 2001. And, six years later, there was news that they were married. However, in mid-2007, Ayumi announced their separation without mentioning a clear reason.
Long ago, in early 2011, Ayumi reported that she would soon marry an Australian actor and model, Manuel Schwarz, who she had just known in August 2010 while making a video clip for her Virgin Road. But apparently, it was rumored that Ayumi and Schwarz were married on January 2 in America.
Ayumi Hamasaki was nicknamed ‘the Japanese pop queen’ with top hit Love-Destiny (1999). The debut of her album in 1998 with her single Poker Face was recorded as having sold more than 50 million copies of the album and single for sales in Japan, not counted in many other countries.
She has released 8 studio albums, 40 singles, one mini-album, and 4 compilation albums under the auspices of the record company Avex Trax. The 40th single, titled Blue Bird, has also broken the record exceeding the target number of sales of 20 million copies.
In the course of his career, Ayumi won a number of awards. Among them are the Japan Record Taishou Grand Prix and the Japanese Grammy Award 3 times in a row. In 2004, she also refused to accept the award through her single Inspire, due to the conflict in Avex.
In 2007, Ayu released A Best 2 compilation album in two versions, Black and White. sales of both albums in the first week broke 945,000 copies.
In April 2011, Ayumi released 4 new remix albums, namely Ayu-mi-x 7 Version House, Ayu-mi-x 7 Version Acoustic Orchestra, Ayu-mi-x 7 Presents Ayu Trance 4, and Ayu-mi-x 7 Presents Ayu-ro Mix 4. Not only that, but she also launched Ayu-mi-x 7 Limited Complete Box Set.