Post by smashers7nisa on Apr 19, 2008 3:46:11 GMT -5
Hamasaki Ayumi is a Japanese pop singer-songwriter under the avex trax label. She made her major debut in 1998 with the single "poker face". Her debut album, "A Song for XX", reached #1 on the Oricon charts and sold over one million copies. Since then Ayumi has released countless number one singles and albums. Ayumi is also the all-time 4th best-selling artist  in Japan and the highest selling solo female artist  in Japan. She is the only solo artist to have sold 20 million singles in Japan. Ayumi has sold over 45,528,000 copies in Japan  alone. She currently has 30 #1 singles (31 including "a song is born" with KEIKO), 18 of which are consecutive and 12 consecutive #1 albums. She was the 39th biggest taxpayer in Japan for 2002 and 37th for 2003. She once accounted for 42.6% of her label's income. She's currently number one at the highest earnings list for female celebreties in Japan for 2007.