One of Japan’s most recognizable and famous singers took to social media to announce her retirement. Namie Amuro dropped the shocking news on Sept. 20, 2017, just days after her 25th anniversary. She reached out to her fans, posting in both English and Japanese:
“Dear all fans:
Thank you very much for your continuous support.
September 16 marked the 25th year since my debut.
I could not have gone 25 years without your support, for which I am eternally grateful.
Today, I would like to write about something that I have carried on mind and have decided on the 25th anniversary of my debut.
I, Namie Amuro, would like to take this opportunity to inform all of my fans of my decision to retire as of September 16, 2018.
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.
Then, I will welcome the date of September 16, 2018 in the best way I can.
I hope this year will be filled with wonderful memories for me and the fans together.
Together, let’s make this coming year the best one possible!
Namie Amuro started her journey with the idol group Super Monkey’s in 1992 and later aimed for a solo career. She is known as being one of Japan’s bestselling artists of all time, along with notable artists like Ayumi Hamasaki and Utada Hikaru. Amuro still holds the record of having the bestselling single by a solo female artist with the song “Can You Celebrate?” which was released back in 1997.
Anime fans may know her music from series like “Inuyasha,” “One Piece” and “Death Note” with songs “Come,” “Fight Together” and “Fighter,” respectively making their appearances as opening and ending theme songs.
Recently, the singer released her album “Finally,” which includes all of her most popular songs. You can expect to hear fan favorites such as “Baby Don’t Cry” and “Break It,” along with over 50 songs from her previous albums. The album will have six new songs including “Hope,” which was used as the 20th opening theme for “One Piece.”
With less than a year left, let’s join Namie Amuro for one last ride.
How many of you are shocked by this news?