Ayumi Hamasaki married Manuel Schwarz

Ayumi Hamasaki and Manuel SchwarzJapanese pop singer Ayumi Hamasaki has got married on the New Year’s Day of 2011 with Austrian actor-model Manuel Schwarz, who starred in her Virgin Road music video.

The singer made an announcement at her official fanclub website in early morning (Japanese time) of January 1st that she’s getting married with ‘Mannie’, and on Jan 2 (perhaps still Jan 1 in American time) announced that they have tied the knot at a chapel in America.

The couple met when filming Virgin Road in August. Schwarz has starred in another few more of Hamasaki’s MV since.

Update: The couple divorces a year later.

Ayumi Hamasaki is half deaf

Japanese pop star Ayumi Hamasaki has written on her fansite on Friday (Jan 4) that she would continue singing despite losing her hearing in her left ear.

Japanese pop star Ayumi Hamasaki

Ayumi said that an ear examination last year has confirmed her hearing loss… she started to lose the hearing in her left ear in the summer of 2000 when momentary deafness forced her to cancel several concerts.

Ayumi will start her Asia concert tour in April to mark the 10th anniversary of her singing career.

Ayumi Hamasaki and Tomoya Nagase split

Japanese celebrity couple Ayumi Hamasaki and Tomoya Nagase have split after 7 years of relationship.

Ayumi Hamasaki and Tomoya Nagase split

Ayumi announced the split on her official website; the actual reason of the separation is not revealed, but it’s said that they split peacefully and will remain friends.

[Image credits to Sohu.com]

Ayumi Hamasaki in Hong Kong

Japanese pop star Ayumi Hamasaki was in Hong Kong to film a music video for her latest single Glitter/Fated. Ayu arrived at Hong Kong airport on Saturday (June 1) and is expected to stay until June 8.

Japanese pop star Ayumi Hamasaki arrived in Hong Kong

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Koda Kumi is highest earning Japanese female artist

Singer Koda Kumi is the highest earning Japanese female artist for the past 12 months; she made an estimated USD20 million over the period.

Japanese singer Koda Kumi

2nd on the list is Ayumi Hamasaki, 3rd is Hikaru Utada.

Yukie Nakama tops the actress list with estimated USD3 million (far behind Koda Kumi). 2nd on the list is Kou Shibasaki, while Korean actress Choi Ji-woo is 3rd.