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Namie Amuro Complete Discography (Original Albums)

Updated on June 29, 2012
Namie Amuro promoting her seventh album, "PLAY".
Namie Amuro promoting her seventh album, "PLAY".

Namie Amuro, while not the most prolific J-pop star in terms of album output, has still released nearly 10 albums over the span of her 20-year career. Her albums can be loosely put into two categories: her early dance-pop produced by Tetsuya Komuro, and her later "hip-pop" styled albums. But in the end, all her albums smoothly transition from one style into another.

(NOTE: Although technically listed under her name, the SUPER MONKEY's albums are not included here.)

(All images in this hub are copyright to avex trax and their respective photographers/agencies. They are used here for promotional purposes only.)

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#1 - SWEET 19 BLUES

Released: July 22nd, 1996

Oricon: #1

Sales: 3,350,000+

  1. watch your step!!
  2. motion
  3. LET'S DO THE MOTION
  4. PRIVATE
  5. Interlude ~ Ocean way
  6. Don't wanna cry (Eighteen's Summer Mix)
  7. Rainy DANCE
  8. Chase the Chance (CC Mix)
  9. Interlude ~ Joy
  10. I'll JUMP
  11. Interlude ~ Scratch Voices
  12. i was a fool
  13. present
  14. Interlude ~ Don't wanna cry Symphonic Style
  15. You're my sunshine (Hollywood Mix)
  16. Body Feels EXIT (Latin House Mix)
  17. '77~
  18. SWEET 19 BLUES
  19. ...soon nineteen

"SWEET 19 BLUES" is Namie's debut solo album both under "avex trax" and without any of the SUPER MONKEY's. It is entirely written and produced by TK, and reflects his hard-hitting electro-driven gospel sound of the age. Not only is it Namie's best selling album at over three-million copies, but it was also the #2 album of 1996 (behind only another one of TK's albums) and the #13 best selling J-pop album of all time. It came with four different possible sleeve covers.

#2 - Concentration 20

Released: July 24th, 1997

Oricon: #1

Sales: 1,850,000+

  1. Concentration 20 (make you alright)
  2. B w/z you
  3. Close your eyes, Close to you
  4. Me love peace!!
  5. No Communication
  6. a walk in the park [album mix]
  7. To-day
  8. Storm
  9. Whisper
  10. CAN YOU CELEBRATE? [album mix]
  11. I know...
  12. How to be a Girl

"Concentration 20" is Namie's sophomore album, also written and produced by TK. It continues her established sound of 90's era dance music, but with a rockier edge to it. The album has experimentation with reggae and industrial rock. Even though it came a year after her first album, it didn't meet quite the same sales quota, reflecting the downturn in CD sales in Japan. It contains the single "CAN YOU CELEBRATE?" which is the highest selling single by a female solo artist in Japanese history.

#3 - GENIUS 2000

Released: January 26th, 2000

Oricon: #1

Sales: 800,000+

  1. Make the Connection Complete
  2. LOVE 2000
  3. RESPECT the POWER OF LOVE
  4. LEAVIN' for LAS VEGAS
  5. SOMETHING 'BOUT THE KISS
  6. I HAVE NEVER SEEN
  7. STILL IN LOVE
  8. MI CORAZÓN (TE'AMOUR)
  9. YOU ARE THE ONE
  10. KISS-AND-RIDE
  11. THINGS I COLLECTED
  12. NEXT TO YOU
  13. ASKING WHY
  14. GIVE IT A TRY
  15. LOG OFF

"GENIUS 2000" is Namie's third album (first post hiatus) and shows a significant turn in her musical direction. Fewer tracks were written and produced by TK, with newcomer Dallas Austin taking the reins on some of the songs. With this album Namie attempted a more urban sound as heard on the single "SOMETHING 'BOUT THE KISS". It also has her first attempts at softer ballads such as "THINGS I COLLECTED". It's her first album to not sell over a million copies.

#4 - break the rules

Released: December 20th, 2000

Oricon: #2

Sales: 330,000+

  1. RULE 8AM
  2. no more tears
  3. better days
  4. break the rules
  5. LOOKING FOR YOU
  6. PLEASE SMILE AGAIN (Album Mix)
  7. never shoulda
  8. CROSS OVER (Album Mix)
  9. GIRLFRIEND
  10. NEVER END (Album Mix)
  11. think of me
  12. RULE 8PM
  13. HimAWArI
  14. no more tears REMIX

"break the rules" is Namie's fourth album and her first one to fully embrace an RnB direction. It's also her last one to feature production by TK (most notably the singles "PLEASE SMILE AGAIN" and "NEVER END".) As a partial result, it's also Namie's first album to not reach #1 on the charts, instead only reaching #2.

#5 - STYLE

Released: December 10th, 2003

Oricon: #4

Sales: 220,000+

  1. Namie's Style
  2. Indy Lady feat.ZEEBRA
  3. Put 'Em Up
  4. SO CRAZY
  5. Don't Lie To Me
  6. LOVEBITE
  7. Four Seasons
  8. Fish feat.VERBAL & Arkitec (MICBANDITZ)
  9. gimme more
  10. As Good As
  11. shine more
  12. Come
  13. Wishing On The Same Star
  14. SO CRAZY (Mad Bear Mix)
  15. Wishing On The Same Star (Movie Version)

"STYLE" is Namie's fifth album and her first after breaking off from TK and fully embracing urban roots. Therefore, the album mostly consists of hip-hop songs with some "regular" pop thrown in. It's Namie's first album to include guests, all of whom are prominent rappers. However, the album was not as well received and is her worst charting and worst selling of her career. The last two tracks are first press bonuses only.

#6 - Queen of Hip-Pop

Released: July 13th, 2005

Oricon: #2

Sales: 450,000+

  1. Queen of Hip-Pop
  2. WANT ME, WANT ME
  3. WoWa
  4. I Wanna Show You My Love
  5. GIRL TALK
  6. Free
  7. My Darling
  8. Ups & Downs duet with Nao'ymt
  9. I Love You
  10. ALL FOR YOU
  11. ALARM
  12. No
  13. No pt. 2 -Secret Track-

"Queen of Hip-Pop" is Namie's sixth album and the one considered the true start of her new image and song. The title refers to Namie' self-proclaimed style, a fusion of hip-hop and J-pop. To promote the album Namie teamed up with MGM Studios to use the Pink Panther as a logo. The album helped to revive and promote Namie's popularity, as she reclaimed the #2 spot on the charts and sold twice as much as "STYLE".

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#7 - PLAY

Released: June 27th, 2007

Oricon: #1

Sales: 540,000+

CD

  1. Hide & Seek
  2. Full Moon
  3. CAN'T SLEEP, CAN'T EAT, I'M SICK
  4. It's all about you
  5. FUNKY TOWN
  6. Step With It!
  7. Hello
  8. Should I Love Him?
  9. Top Secret
  10. Violet Sauce (Spicy)
  11. Baby Don't Cry
  12. Pink Key

DVD

  1. Hide & Seek (Promotional Video)
  2. CAN'T SLEEP, CAN'T EAT, I'M SICK (Promotional Video)
  3. FUNKY TOWN (Promotional Video)
  4. Hello (Promotional Video)
  5. Baby Don't Cry (Promotional Video)
  6. AMURO NAMIE x The World of GOLDEN EGGS SPECIAL MOVIE

"PLAY" is Namie's seventh album and her first to have a corresponding DVD release. It managed to not only reach #1 (her first #1 album in seven years, since her album "GENIUS 2000") on the charts but stayed there for over two weeks. The album is described as having an "adult" theme and depicts Namie "cosplaying" as a sexy cop and flight attendant.

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#8 - PAST < FUTURE

Released: December 16th, 2009

Oricon: #1

Sales: 575,000+

CD

  1. FAST CAR
  2. COPY THAT
  3. LOVE GAME
  4. Bad Habit
  5. Steal my Night
  6. FIRST TIMER feat. DOBERMAN INC
  7. WILD
  8. Dr.
  9. Shut Up
  10. MY LOVE
  11. The Meaning Of Us
  12. Defend Love

DVD

  1. FAST CAR (Promotional Video)
  2. LOVE GAME (Promotional Video)
  3. WILD (Promotional Video)
  4. The Meaning Of Us (Promotional Video)
  5. Dr. (Promotional Video)
  6. Defend Love (Promotional Video)

"PAST < FUTURE" is Namie's eight album and continues her upswing in sales. The theme of the album was forgetting the past and moving forward, as depicted in the title and the cover art, which shows Namie tearing up a promo picture of her previous year's best album "BEST FICTION". The album had only one single, the hit "WILD / Dr.", but most of the other tracks had a tie-up of some kind.

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#9 - Uncontrolled

Released: June 27th, 2012

Oricon: #1

Sales: --

CD

  1. In The Spotlight (TOKYO)
  2. NAKED
  3. GO ROUND ('N ROUND 'N ROUND)
  4. Sit! Stay! Wait! Down!
  5. Hot Girls
  6. Break It (AL Ver.)
  7. Get Myself Back
  8. Love Story
  9. Let's Go
  10. SINGING "YEAH-OH"
  11. Fight Together
  12. ONLY YOU
  13. Tempest

DVD

  1. In The Spotlight (Tokyo) (Promotional Video)
  2. NAKED (Promotional Video)
  3. Go Round (Promotional Video)
  4. Hot Girls (Promotional Video)
  5. Break It (Promotional Video)
  6. Get Myself Back (Promotional Video)
  7. Love Story (Promotional Video)
  8. Let's Go (Promotional Video)
  9. YEAH-OH (Promotional Video)
  10. ONLY YOU (Promotional Video)
  11. Tempest (Promotional Video)

"Uncontrolled" is Namie's ninth album and her 10th anniversary album. It shows a departure from her old hip-pop style to a more generic dance-pop sound, and featured productions from various European producers. Only four of the tracks were new, and three of them were recorded entirely in English. The songs from the previous single, "GO ROUND / YEAH-OH", were also rewritten in English, making a little under half of the songs on the album completely in English. The cover was taken during / inspired by the 2012 annular eclipse.

Click here for a full review of this album!

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      Mistyvermin969 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Very interesting and detailed hub!

      I enjoyed it!