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Japanese pop diva Namie Amuro bids farewell to Taiwanese fans

Japanese pop diva Namie Amuro is pictured in this promotional photo released by Swedish fast-fashion brand H&M last month.

Photo courtesy of H&M

Japanese pop diva Namie Amuro is set to bid farewell to the showbiz industry in September, as she ends her legendary singing career that has spanned a quarter-century. The singer is currently in the middle of a farewell concert tour and the two concerts scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the Taipei Arena will be her last shows overseas.

Before her retirement, Amuro released a three-CD greatest hits set, Finally, late last year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her debut, and the album quickly sold more than 2.55 million copies in Japan alone. This makes her the first and only artist in the Japanese music industry to have sold a million records in her teens, 20s, 30s and 40s.

To leave the pop diva with fond memories of Taiwan, Taiwanese fans have raised over NT$500,000 (about US$16,794) through crowd-funding. They plan to show their love for Amuro via “illuminated images” using LED wall lights outside the Taipei 101 building this evening and again on Sunday evening.

(Liberty Times, translated by Eddy Chang)





1. legendary adj.


(chuan2 qi2 de5)

2. overseas adv.


(zai4 hai3 wai4)

3. retirement n.


(yin3 tui4)

4. music industry phr.


(yue4 tan2)

5. illuminated adj.


(dian3 liang4 de5)

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