Japanese superstar <a href=”/music/Namie-Amuro”>Namie Amuro</a> kicked off her record-breaking final tour Saturday (Feb. 17) in Nagoya, Japan.
The total attendance for the five-city domestic leg of the tour reached approximately 750,000 from 17 shows, which set the all-time attendance record for a J-pop solo artist. More than 5 million people registered to buy tickets to the dome concerts in Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sapporo, Osaka and Tokyo.
The tour will also take her abroad for six international engagements, and a total of 800,000 fans will flock to see the iconic R&B songstress perform live for the last time.
Amuro played a set comprised of 24 fan-selected songs chosen from over 2.8 million votes, along with the six new tracks included in her greatest-hits album Finally, which has sold over 2 million copies since it was released in November.
She appeared in a beautiful white dress for her performance of “Can You Celebrate?” The perennial wedding favorite is literally the best-selling ballad in Japan, as the song still holds the record for most physical single sales by a female solo artist with over 2 million copies sold. For her early hit “Chase the Chance,” she collaborated with her past self, a fashion icon who inspired young women to imitate her style and makeup in the mid-’90s.
She also treated the audience to another special collab, this time with the hit anime One Piece. Her song “Hope” is currently being used as the opening number for the long-running TV anime series, and exclusive animated visuals featuring the singer and the main characters were displayed while she performed.
Fortunate fans who packed Nagoya Dome on the tour’s first day enjoyed a set worthy of the singer’s last tour, with hits spanning her entire 25-year career that included everything from upbeat dance numbers to moving ballads. Many people in the audience were overcome with emotion and teary-eyed by the end of the evening.
Namie Amuro announced that she will retire from music on Sept. 16. Her final domestic dome tour will continue until June 3.
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