How did you learn of Ayumi Hamasaki?
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Posted 1/12/09 , edited 1/12/09
Some of you have already touched upon this subject in the thread to share with the forum community what your favorite song by Ayumi is. However, I would like to see how the people of this group have learned of the wonderful artist.

I first learned about her when I was about 16 years old (I'm 23 years old now). I didn't realize how great of a woman and a singer she was, but I was definitely hooked on her music when I first heard it. The first songs I heard that got me in to her music was Evolution and Trust. A friend introduced me to her music and I couldn't get enough. From there I purchased her Rainbow CD. :)

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I was actually given the AT2006 Concert and before I knew it, I was watching a petite Ayumi belie her size standing in the middle of a rose, singing Born to Be. Surrounded by fantastic dancers in even more amazing costumes, she exploded out of her red dress driving the whole stadium crazy with Audience and Evolution. A quick foray into Wiki and I was hooked by the end of the concert. I went to buy her albums, DVDs and downloaded her live studio performances and have been a fan ever since. To be honest, I have no idea what she's singing about half the time, but she does it so well i don't mind.
Later when the lyrics are translated, I find what she writes even more remarkable.

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I found out about her through Namie Amuro, and became a huge fan of Amuro, so
normally I began to hate all her rivals (yes, I know very immature) and that included Koda Kumi
and Ayumi Hamasaki.

After scrolling through the videos I stumbled upon "Mirrorcle World" - which had an interesting
thumbnail picture (and interesting name). So I clicked on it and was drawn in by the marching piano
sound, and so, here I am ...

*this goes for Koda Kumi too *
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I think the first time i read about her was in 2003 or 04. It was an article in a german manga magazine called 'Daisuki'. First i didnt pay much attention to the article, but thank god i did it later. One day i started searching for songs of her and downloaded CAROLS. It was the first song I listened to from her and it was great! That's how a big big obsession began... She got fans all over the world and doesnt know it. lol
It's bad that her CDs arent available in austrian stores.

People have to realize that she's the greatest artist in this world. No one can compare to her. She's just amazing. Over 43 #1 singles!!! She writes every single song on her own and is even a producer. I don't know any other artists like her. And that voice... She's even better when she sings live. So emotional. She puts her whole soul and feelings into her lyrics and that's why i love this woman! 'Stars' like Rihanna (i like Rihanna's music but she doesnt write any of her songs on her own, so i dont feel any real emotion when she sings) are lil bugs if you compare them to Ayumi.

The definition of a real great talented star: Ayumi Hamasaki!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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People have to realize that she's the greatest artist in this world. No one can compare to her. She's just amazing. Over 43 #1 singles!!! She writes every single song on her own and is even a producer. I don't know any other artists like her. And that voice... She's even better when she sings live.


No other artistes like her ? Hmmmm ,,, As much as I like Ayu, I tend to disagreee and would like you consider ....


Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949), nicknamed "The Boss", is an American songwriter, singer and musician. He has recorded and toured with the E Street Band. Springsteen is widely known for his brand of heartland rock infused with pop hooks, poetic lyrics, and Americana sentiments centered around his native New Jersey.
Springsteen's recordings have tended to alternate between commercially accessible rock albums and somber folk-oriented works. Much of his status stems from the concerts and marathon shows in which he and the E Street Band present intense ballads, rousing anthems, and party rock and roll songs, amongst which he intersperses whimsical or deeply emotional stories.
His most famous albums, Born to Run and Born in the U.S.A., epitomize his penchant for finding grandeur in the struggles of daily life. He has gradually become identified with progressive politics. He is also noted for his support of various relief and rebuilding efforts in New Jersey and elsewhere, and for his response to the September 11, 2001, attacks, on which his album The Rising reflects.
He has earned numerous awards for his work, including eighteen Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award, and continues to have a strong global fan base. He has sold more than 65 million albums in the United States and 120 million worldwide.[1]

He writes his songs, sings his heart out for the working blue collar man, rock and rolls in concerts just as long as Ayus and awards aside, supports Humanitarian projects worldwide.

Another example, though they are a group and not an individual act such as Ayu,

U2 are a rock band from Dublin, Ireland. The band consists of Bono (vocals and guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboards, and vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar) and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums and percussion).
The band formed in 1976 when the members were teenagers with limited musical proficiency. By the mid-1980s, however, the band had become a top international act, noted for their anthemic sound, Bono's impassioned vocals, and The Edge's textural guitar playing. Their success as a live act was greater than their success at selling records until their 1987 album The Joshua Tree[1] increased the band's stature "from heroes to superstars," according to Rolling Stone.[2] U2 responded to the dance and alternative rock revolutions and their own sense of musical stagnation by reinventing themselves with their 1991 album Achtung Baby and the accompanying Zoo TV Tour. Similar experimentation continued for the rest of the 1990s. Since 2000, U2 pursued a more conventional rock sound that retains the influence of their previous musical explorations.
U2 have sold more than 140 million albums worldwide[3] and have won 22 Grammy Awards,[4] more than any other band.[5] In 2005, the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone magazine listed U2 at #22 in its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.[6] Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, they have campaigned for human rights and social justice causes, including Amnesty International, the ONE Campaign, and Bono's DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade in Africa) campaign.

There is much much more than Ayu in music my friend
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Posted 2/4/09
My opinion is still the same. She's famous all over the world even though she didnt do anything for it (ok, beeing great, lol). It's easier for american stars to sell their albums coz their CDs are available everywhere. Not Ayumi's. And stars who arent that reachable are more interesting than the others. And i dont care about campaigns of stars coz I'm interested in the music of the star. And by the way: I know U2, but i dont listen to their music. People got different tastes. U maybe think that those artists u mentioned are great. But for me Ayumi will always be the greatest and i dont care about awards, sellings or whatever.

People love her coz of her music and her personality, not coz of her awards or whatever. And still NO ONE, really NO ONE can compare to her. Not for me. Just my opinion... I love her and I always will. :D

For me she will always be the best!!! No matter what you say or think about her.
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Posted 3/2/09
my sis brought her CD from japan :D
It was amazing
Posted 3/24/09
Ayumi is the first singer that I like ALL her songs and I mean all. To me she's a amazing woman and favvo singer of all another Woman singers. Every day I listen to at last one song.
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I heard a rocky sounding J-Pop song when I was in Hong Kong and I came back home (to the U.K.) and I was trying to find out what it was and in the process I came across Evolution....ever since then I just started listening to her loads.
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Thats a great question and I'm new hear. I first found Ayumi Hamasaki back when I was 17 I am 27 now and ever since I listen to one song Depend On You I wanted to listen to more but I was only listening to the song 2 years afterwards I decided to read her lyrics and I was blown away of what I was listening to and that I could not understand before, the lyrics in Depend on you is so beautiful! that I started singing her songs though I was not very good at it but then something happend I felt like I had a connection with her so I decided to keep trying to sing its what she would want and thats what I did now thanks to her I am a singer and music mixer. I can sing 40 plus songs of hers or more and I'm not Japanese I only do that from my heart because I respect and love Miss Hamasaki so much as if she is family and my best friend nothing else. I owe her a lot thanks to her I am learning Japanese in a way too
She changed my life from going no where to going some where. My fave japanese word is Wasurenaide cause it means dont forget and I never will Ayumi Hamasaki is my hero! I'm sure yours as well I do have samples of my work in Myspace and also youtube. if all of you can help me out it would be most appreciative. My dream is to perform live with my Idol any where it does not matter:)
if you wish to take a look at my work you can on myspace I will post the links up:) first one is myspace
second one is youtube:)

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.channel&channelid=302674424

http://www.youtube.com/user/RCAYUINCSTRINGS178

Just copy and paste it in your internet bar and you will see feel free to add me and you can mail me too

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I hope some of you can help me reach my true goal
domou arigatou gozimashita/truly thank you very much for reading
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