Hip Hop and RNB is not a popular musical genre for women in Japan. There are a lot of popular Japanese male artists that perform music through this genre, but there are very few women. The popularity of Hip Hop began in the early 1980s. Even if it is an on-going trend today, Japanese hip hop still tends to be influenced by the old school dance culture. However, the line between hip hop and pop music is frequently blurred because it is one of the most commercially workable mainstream music genres in Japan.
One of the most popular Japanese RNB artists would be Namie Amuro who gained her popularity with her sleek, artistic style and dancing abilities. Though we can’t really call her a diva because of this, she still is a multi-talented artist with her capabilities to perform both RNB and Pop. Because of her many talents and impressive wit it lead her to gaining the title of the Teen Queen or the Queen of Japanese Pop Music. She debuted at the young age of 14 as an idol in the girl group called Super Monkeys. It was only in 1997, when she was performing as a solo artist that she became commercially successful where she was able to produce several million-selling records. Other than that she also became a fashion icon starting a number of trends. However, in the midst of her fame and fortune she put her career on hold due to her marriage and pregnancy.
After a year away from the limelight, she returned to the music scene in December 1998 by releasing a single called I have never seen, immediately it reached number 1 on the charts. Again, there were personal events that forced her to once again take a rest from her fame. However, unlike the first one that involved the happiness with starting a new family, this time it was because of a loss. On the day of her second single’s release, her mother was brutally murdered by no one else but her step uncle.
Some time after recovering from this tragic fate, she returned to the limelight once again but this time with a more renewed orientation towards R&B. Seeing that there is not too much promise with this solo R&B career, she decided to join Suite Chic which is a collaborative R&B project. Still she is most recognized from many of her popular songs. Since then, Amuro experienced more ups and downs in her life but she is still more beautiful and as happy as ever.
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