History Music / AyumiHamasaki

28th Feb '18 11:16:14 PM orenzi
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* ''Made in Japan'' (2016)



** Also covered Music/UtadaHikaru's "Movin' On Without You" for Utada's tribute album.



* {{Determinator}}: After suffering an ear infection in 2000, she was advised by doctors to rest, but she continued to perform just days later. This lead more serious ear damage that she continued to perform through against doctor's advice, causing permanent hearing loss. She's now completely deaf in one ear with severe hearing loss and tinnitus in the other, and reportedly suffers from vertigo, but she has said that she will ''still'' keep performing as usual.
-->"The stage is where I belong. Itís the only place I really, truly exist. I donít know anything else. Thereís no point in worrying about what lies ahead. I will keep listening, even if I canít hear. I will keep moving, evening if I canít move. Iím not looking for sympathy or pity. I will hold my head high and keep going forward until my last breath."
* DisappearedDad: Her father left her family when she was three. The song "Memorial Address" was apparently written in response to her learning that he had died before she had to chance to meet him again.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Her first EP "Nothing From Nothing", which is out of print, was a hip hop EP that had her rapping for most of the songs.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Her first EP "Nothing EP, ''Nothing From Nothing", Nothing'', which is out of print, was a hip hop hip-hop EP that had her rapping for most of the songs.



** If one interprets the "BALLAD" performance from Arena Tour 2010--a Romeo & Juliet-esque theatrical performance--in a certain way, it could easily be implied that Midori's place in the Love Dodecahedron is the one in love with Hamasaki.

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** If one interprets the "BALLAD" performance from Arena Tour 2010--a Romeo & Juliet-esque theatrical performance--in a certain way, it could easily be implied that Midori's place in the Love Dodecahedron LoveDodecahedron is the one in love with Hamasaki.



* ForeignLanguageTitle: Almost every song she's written has an English title despite being in Japanese, with the few Japanese song titles being written in the Roman alphabet.



* GratuitousEnglish: Pops up occasionally, such as the chorus of "Real me". Other than that, she is a fairly decent English speaker, as can be seen in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wyr0T3EFZiE this interview]].
** And that was in 2006. Recently she's spent a lot of time in both America and the UK, met up with fans and communicated in reportedly decent-to-good english, and has even been tweeting overseas fans in English as much as possible.

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* GratuitousEnglish: Pops Averted in her early career, as she simply did not use English lyrics at all in her songs.[[note]]Other than the word "Yes!" in "AUDIENCE".[[/note]] Starting with the ''RAINBOW'' album, it's popped up occasionally, such as the chorus of "Real me". me".
** A number of song titles throughout her career would fit, such as "Greatful Days", "my name's WOMEN", and "STEP you".
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Other than that, she is a fairly decent English speaker, as can be seen in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wyr0T3EFZiE this interview]].
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interview]]. And that was in 2006. Recently she's spent a lot of time in both America and the UK, met up with fans and communicated in reportedly decent-to-good english, English, and has even been tweeting overseas fans in English as much as possible.



* MotorMouth: Try to sing "evolution" without getting tongue-tied. I dare you.

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* MotorMouth: Try to sing "evolution" without getting tongue-tied. I dare you.



* NonAppearingTitle: Quite a few.

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* NonAppearingTitle: Quite a few. The majority of her songs. Almost every single song she released prior to ''RAINBOW'' would count, as almost all of them had English titles but no English lyrics.



* OncePerEpisode: [[MinisculeRocking Short,]] [[{{Instrumentals}} instrumental interludes]]. Other than ''Colours'', She's had at least one (though often more) on every full-length studio album she's released.



** "Sunrise" and "Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~".

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** "Sunrise" "Sunrise ~LOVE is ALL~" and "Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~".ALL~", though the two songs also have different lyrics.
* RecycledLyrics: Lyrics from the chorus "POWDER SNOW" are re-used in its SequelSong "P.S. II":
-->It's alright to cry as much as you want to[[note]]泣きたいだけ泣いてもいい[[/note]]
-->Until your tears have completely dried[[note]]涙枯れてしまうくらい[[/note]]
-->[...]
-->It's alright to scream at the top of your voice[[note]]大声で叫んでもいい[[/note]]
-->Until your voice has gone completely hoarse[[note]]声が枯れてしまうくらい[[/note]]
* SequelSong: "P.S. II" (''[=LOVEppears=]'') is one to "Powder Snow"


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* VocalEvolution: Due to aging, experience and strain from overwork. She's gone from high-pitched and shrill in the 90s, to emotive and forceful (while still quite shrill) in the early 2000s, to deeper and somewhat hoarse today. Her voice has retained its distinctive nasal tone, however.
** This is showcased in ''A BEST'', where Ayu re-recorded the tracks from ''A Song for XX''. Within just 2 years[[note]]though she had released 3 albums in that time[[/note]] her voice/singing technique had changed markedly.
* WolverinePublicity: At the peak of her popularity, she was constantly in the news and on various television shows and magazine covers, in addition to having her own clothing line, merchandise, and television show, ''in addition'' to releasing an album every single year and constant single releases, which ''themselves'' were often tie-ins for TV series or commercials, as well as touring every year. She's less heavily exposed these days, but still releases albums and tours every year.
20th Aug '17 12:40:10 AM Inuconan
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Her first EP "Nothing From Nothing", which is out of print, was primarily a hip hop EP that had her rapping for most of the songs.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Her first EP "Nothing From Nothing", which is out of print, was primarily a hip hop EP that had her rapping for most of the songs.
20th Aug '17 12:39:12 AM Inuconan
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Her first EP "Nothing From Nothing", which is out of print, was primarily a hip hop EP that had her rapping for most of the songs.
27th Jun '17 6:09:41 PM orenzi
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* HandicappedBadass: She's completely deaf in one ear. She was warned not to continue singing and touring. ''She's now been touring for 15 years straight;'' I think she's got the badass part down.

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* HandicappedBadass: She's completely deaf in one ear.her left ear, has tinnitus in her right, and as of 2017 is starting to go completely deaf. This hasn't stopped her from becoming the top-selling soloist of all time in Japan. She was warned not to continue singing and touring. ''She's now been touring for 15 years straight;'' I think she's got the badass part down.straight.''



* LaughingMad: Played with. In her cute, upbeat, party-anthem track "Party Queen"--which upon further analysis (and thanks to Hamasaki confirming it herself), is actually a deconstruction of the party girl image and emphasizes the loneliness and sadness inherent to being a 'Party Queen'. At the end of the song, even after the music stops playing, laughter can be heard that a few fans have claimed sounds oddly deranged--which really drives the whole point of the song home.

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* LaughingMad: Played with. In her cute, upbeat, party-anthem track "Party Queen"--which upon further analysis (and thanks to Hamasaki confirming it herself), is actually a deconstruction of the party girl image and emphasizes the loneliness and sadness inherent to being a 'Party Queen'."Party Queen". At the end of the song, even after the music stops playing, laughter can be heard that a few fans have claimed sounds oddly deranged--which really drives the whole point of the song home.
6th May '16 12:32:05 AM GoldenSeals
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** A COMPLETE ~ALL SINGLES~ could count as well.
23rd Apr '16 11:40:13 PM Quietomega
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* UnpleasableFanbase: Everything she does is scrutinized and criticized heavily, mostly by her online fanbase. This isn't entirely unsurprising; she was heralded as one of Japan's absolute icons for an era, and while she's still active in the music scene, fans who were around for that era can't help but compare everything she does now to then. Nothing will satisfy them unless it has "2001" slapped on it somewhere.
23rd Apr '16 11:38:25 PM Quietomega
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* ''A ONE'' (2015)
* ''SIXXXXXX'' (2015; mini-album)
11th Jun '14 6:23:56 PM Risetteer
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* ''COLOURS'' (2014)
22nd May '14 9:18:49 PM PhysicalStamina
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* CashCowFranchise: Many would argue that this is what Hamasaki's 15 year-long career has become. It's rather difficult to argue it too, seeing as this is the music industry we're talking about.



* HitlessHitAlbum: The five singles from ''A Song for XX'' were average/mediocre sellers... and then the album itself sold almost 1.5 million.
27th Sep '13 3:53:10 AM LunaSaisho
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* CoverVersion: Has covered a number of old songs: TRF's ''Happening Here'', TM NETWORK's ''SEVEN DAYS WAR'', Matsutoya Yumi's ''sotsugyou shashin'' - not including the times she's performed live covers as well.



* HandicappedBadass: She's completely deaf in one ear.

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** Then comes 2013 and ''"untitled for her... story 2"''
* HandicappedBadass: She's completely deaf in one ear. She was warned not to continue singing and touring. ''She's now been touring for 15 years straight;'' I think she's got the badass part down.


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* HymnToMusic: "Microphone", which is apparently written ''to'' music itself.
--> Meeting you was fate\\
Because you're always\\
The one who teaches me what it means to be me\\
Who gives meaning to my existence
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