Ayumi Hamasaki J-Pop Idol
Ayumi Hamasaki is a Japanese singer-songwriter, model, and actress. Her image is based on the fact that she is an
individual with her own personality, and not just a "product" meant to be sold. Coupled with the fact that she produces
her own music and writes her own lyrics, this has lead to her notable success in Asia, her status as one of the best
selling artists in Japan, and the nickname "Empress of J-pop".
Ayumi debuted in 1998 with the hit single "Poker Face". Her following albums enjoyed the same popularity, with her first compilation album, "A Best", selling over four million copies (and becoming her best-selling album to date). She is also considered a fashion trendsetter due to her ever-changing image (which brought on comparisons to Madonna), leading other countries in Asia to adopt the fashion trends kickstarted by her. In 2002, Ayumi started focusing more on the Asian markets outside of Japan, as the increase in piracy lead to a noticeable drop in her album sales.