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Ayumi (浜崎あゆみ) vs. Kumi (倖田來未) pt.2

Posted by redracer on March 22, 2007

From a source that currently eludes me comes the following …

“FOR the second year in a row, J-pop siren Kumi Koda has beaten Ayumi Hamasaki to become Japan’s best-selling pop act.

 Kumi, 25, won the 21st Nihon Golden Disk Award last week for generating top sales of 20 billion yen last year. She has sold 3.5 million albums, 2.41 million singles, 140,000 music DVDs and 12million song downloads.

Despite her obvious wealth and pop status, Kumi seems to prefer the average Joe type of guy when it comes to dating. Her last boyfriend worked in a restaurant, but they reportedly broke up last October. Apparently, she was so upset that she started bingeing and gained 4kg. But she soon found a new love – a long-distance truck driver who delivers theatre props and equipment. They were introduced by a mutual friend during Kumi’s birthday party in November, and she reportedly fell in love at first sight.”

Well, it looks like there’s hope for all us ‘normal’ people yet am10.gif

But seriously, so far this year, what have we had ???

Ayumi – 4 versions of a greatest hits album (I will review them if someone asks)
Kumi – a new single, a reworked previous releases CD/DVD and a concert DVD (all to be reviewed shortly)

Both of their last studio albums (Ayumi’s ‘Secret’ and Kumi’s ‘Black Cherry’) were full of previous releases, and nothing else extra that was startling, although the video clips were the best reason to get them in my opinion.

4 Responses to “Ayumi (浜崎あゆみ) vs. Kumi (倖田來未) pt.2”

  1. Arii said

    HA! Koda Kumi is kinda better than Ayumi but I like both of them
    at least noone will beat UTADA HIKARU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Scott said

    A truck driver? No fair haha! He’s very lucky!

  3. redracer said

    WOW !!! you know people who have actually MET Kumi :-))))

    and who was the FIRST to have the album called ‘Secret’ – and who was the first to have a release with lots of legs on the cover (Best – Second Session), and who followed (Startin’) ??

    Ayumi was ‘discovered’ my Avex and pushed to the top very quicklyl, whereas Kumi worked for many years by herself …

  4. Kimitsu said

    Every report I’ve read has referred to Koda Kumi as a “down to earth” sort of person, whether it’s in interviews or people who met her when she was at some convention in the US.

    I don’t really doubt that, but there’s also the fact that until 2003, she was practically unknown overseas, and until 2005, wasn’t as popular in Japan as she is now. So she’s actually worked for it, while Hamasaki Ayumi seemingly shot to greatness overnight. (I know she worked for it too, but, you know. As far as success stories go, statistics are statistics.)

    Also, random amusement: Both Koda and Hamasaki have had albums called “Secret” now.

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