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Ayumi Hamasaki BiographyAyumi Hamasaki was born in Fukuoka Prefecture. She was raised by her mother and grandmother, because her father left the family when she was three years old.
Hamasaki started modeling for a local bank when she was seven years old to earn some money for her family.
When she was around fourteen years old, she traveled to Tokyo regularly to model and act. However, she was deemed too short to be a model and could not find much success with the movies she was cast in. She was eventually dropped by her talent agency.
Hamasaki wore short skirts, dyed her hair, fought with the teachers, and skipped school. She then proceeded to drop out of high school at the age of fifteen.
Despite an unsuccessful attempt at an album (now out of print) a few years later, she was discovered by chance at a nightclub.
Since her debut in 1998, she has sold around 45 million records worldwide, with the releases of her nine full-length studio albums, one mini-album, four compilation albums, over forty singles, and numerous non-studio albums.
TriviaGrew up in a single parent home with mother and grandmother. Spokesmodel of AUBE cosmetics. Spokesmodel of KOSE cosmetics. Spokesmodel of MORIGANA (food company). Spokesmodel of TU-KA handsets. Was the first artist to have 4 singles on the Japan top 10 charts simultaneously. Female artist in Japan with the most units of singles sold: 17.4 million copies to date. She can write with left and right hands.
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