Ayumi Hamasaki Allegedly Brought 25 Staff Members for Variety Appearance

Prepping her image for her 20th anniversary promotions next year, chanteuse Ayumi Hamasaki has been doing a string of variety show appearances to remind the public she’s a relatable, hardworking queen.

Last night, Hamasaki guested on NTV variety show “Konya Kurabete Mimashita” with Yoshimi Tokui, Terumoto Goto, SHELLY and HKT48 Rino Sashihara. Filled with your typical variety shenanigans, the episode also featured photos of Hamasaki’s luxury home (which was filmed ahead of her house photo drama earlier this week).

Throughout her career, Hamasaki has appeared on music programs many times, but she has never been this active in the variety circuit. Hochi reports that it was revealed that 25 staff members came with her for this appearance, including:

  • 7 Managers
  • 5 Record Company Officials
  • 4 Stylists
  • 4 Hair & Makeup Staff
  • 2 Trainers
  • 1 Costume Designer
  • 1 Eyelash Extension Specialist
  • 1 Esthetician

Of course, with all this material to feed off of, popular Japanese forum Girls Channel had a field day.

For reference, here’s a clip of how she looked on the episode. In the clip, she blindly touches the bald head of Saito-san from the comic duo Trendy Angel, who we previously saw on stage with her on tour for her latest album “M(A)DE IN JAPAN“.

Select comments from Girls Channels thread about this topic:

  • [+1902, -3] “But… her makeup was terrible.”
  • [+1176, -4] “She does Eyelash Extensions?”
  • [+476, -8] “I wonder if that’s less than when she was in her ‘golden age'”
  • [+1370,-4] “Four people each styled her and did her hair/makeup , and that’s the end result?”
  • [+1914, -18] “Her face looks terrible”
  • [+1141, -6] “She doesn’t need 7 managers, don’t you agree!?”
  • [+32, -90] “The topic picture is cute, isn’t it?”
  • [+1002, -4] “‘4 stylists’ This is the result of 4 people. This… (waterfall sweat)”
  • [+639, -2] “I wonder what those 7 managers do”
  • [+655, -14] Presented without comment:
  • [+343, -1] “Her staff is incompetent if that many are needed.”
  • [+443, -99] “She would definitely be considered a legend if she married [Tomoya] Nagase and retired. Knowing her from her peak, I don’t want to see Ayu this way.”
  • [+403, -2] “Her stylists and makeup artists should be fired. Her look doesn’t suit her at all. I think she would look better if she dressed her age.”
  • [+248, -2] “Her managers must have a lot of free time. I want to be one too.”
  • [+374, -14] “With such strong makeup, my daughter asked, ‘Who is this lady?‘ She’s a first-year high school student so it’s understandable.”
  • [+572, -6] “In the past, this Ralph Lauren shirt [that she’s wearing] would have probably sold out the next day.”
  • [+22, -44] “It’s hard for anyone over the age of 30 to lose weight. I’d like to see the people here that are over 30 criticizing her.”
  • [+240, -0] “Now it seems like Ayu has a warped sense of reality. It’s embarrassing to see.”
  • [+154, -2] “Her makeup and the size of her eyes are ridiculous.”
  • [+584, -9] “You don’t need this many bags. Such a waste of money”
  • [+168, -2] “If you think about it, her staff probably doesn’t want to criticize her at the risk of getting fired. Instead, it’s better to be a ‘yes man’ and keep pampering her for as long as possible.”
  • [+208, -2] “I was confused when she said her yoga teacher lived on a different floor [on her previous variety appearance], but on the show she said her yoga teacher came to her house every day. She lied saying they lived on a different floor. A chorus of people, her so-called friends, telling her the ‘truth’ are not good people to have around.”
  • [+22, -30] “No wonder she keeps her staff so close. In the past, her influence was all of Japan. Now it’s only 3 meters in radius.”
  • [+220,-1] “When I saw the picture of her staff show up on-screen, Ayu’s hairdresser is 50-year-old guy that owned an exclusively gyaru salon, so Ayu’s Hairstyle and hair color are still stuck in the gyaru era. I think she would look better with dark hair and a different hairstyle.”
  • [+161, -0] “I remember Utada Hikaru saying she didn’t want to become an ‘old woman who can’t do anything for herself‘ before going into her hiatus. Hamasaki today is the exact image of that.”
  • [+107, -1] “Namie and Utada were able to survive at the forefront as singers, but Hamasaki feels like she needs to go the variety show/talent route.”
  • [+74, -1] “Her makeup reminded me of this”
  • [+77, -2] “I think she tried to improve her image by doing variety appearances, but it’s having a tremendous reverse effect. It left the impression with me that she’s over.”
  • Comments

    • AoZora

      I wonder if she can afford these many after seeing her declining sales… She certainly knows to live like a Diva despite…

      • Her touring funds her life now, not her sales. Keeping up this extravagant lifestyle is why she won’t stop touring.

        • AoZora

          I sometimes wonder is this true or just a gimmick to hype her popularity.. Why the hell do you need 7 managers and those many makeup artists after seeing the way she looked…

          • The Dark Dudette

            “the episode also featured photos of Hamasaki’s luxury home”

            She’s honestly showing off at this point. 7 managers? That’s something Marian Carey, the American has-been songstress would keep on her employee list

            • AoZora

              Also I don’t get that ” 5 Record Company Officials”.. Why do you need them for a variety show… Common,she wasn’t recording any song over there…..

              Ayu was/has become a drama queen… Her antics are more popular than her songs now… Hope she takes a bit rest and allow her hearing to improve…

              • Azrul Hakim

                Lol, I love the word “allegedly”, very Wendy Williams!

              • The Dark Dudette

                Lol. Look at that pic being carried out because she doesn’t want to walk. That is so Mariah. Both are drama queens who could’ve been legends if they quietly decided to quietly move on in life with concerts sparsely held to keep die-hard fans happy and that money churning but the desperation to clutch on to long lost fame is seriously embarrassing .

                • They are both legends. Mariah had her vocals and sales, while Ayu had her sales.

                  • The Dark Dudette

                    That shade :O

                  • Azrul Hakim

                    I would rather make a comparisons to such artistes such as Madonna or JLo or even Britney/Rihanna though, very big during their heyday, strings of number one songs, fashion icons during their times but declining sales due to poor business choice, aging, scandals (if Hamasaki is an American singer, she would be considered a saint though, lol compared to other bad girl in the industries)

                    • Rob Whetzel

                      I understand madonna, jlo and Britney, but Rihanna? Pretty sure she is still as successful as she was, if not more. She in no way is out of her heyday. She’s gonna be sticking around, and not in the same way as the aforementioned hasbeens.

                      • hasawa

                        While I agree Rihanna is still on her peak (which lasted longer than J-Lo or Britney ones), I think it’s a bit too early to assume she’s going to stick around for the next decades like Madonna did

                    • Guests

                      I mean, Ayu involvement with drugs, Yakuza, Burning and Max Matsuura is not saint-like even from a Western perspective.

                  • iGleaux

                    lol

                • hasawa

                  If those divas would at least be honest and say they keep their career rolling only to maintain they life standing, and not beause ‘they love they fans so much they don’t wanna give up on them’…

              • ProllyWild

                Common practice. If she came back to do tv by the labels request they will be on hand as a show of respect. It’s also likely that amongst those 5 record label officials, some of them have probably never actually met ayu before and came to finally greet her.

                It’s very common for someone from the label to come to most tv shows and concert events, if the artists is big enough. The bigger the artist and the rarer their appearances the larger the number of “kankeisha” that come to greet them.

              • ProllyWild

                AoZora and I are done talking but for those who want to know why label representatives are present at a show even when there is no release, its because most contracts make the label and management shared owners of the brand that is the artist.

                Any and all media that is done needs to be approved by both sides. While some management have direct connections to media, they still have to get the approval of the label for appearances. Since every label has a media division that has staff assigned to the various tv networks and radio stations, at the very least for any of artist of value, one label staff member will attend media events. In the event of a high priority artist, the main media staff will attend, and somewhere in there division heads and presidents might come as well as a show of respect to the artist. its basically their way of saying to everyone “this artist is valued by the label” even though EVERYBODY hates going to so many of those things.

          • But why do a gimmick that makes you look bad?

            • AoZora

              It was probably done to good look but went horribly wrong…

            • ProllyWild

              there is no benefit to having that many staff on hand appearance-wise and i don’t think many artists actually like having that many people around, unless they’re really close to the staff like friends, because people forget that most times artists want privacy more than an army of staff.

              This all just japanese business practices gone stupid as usual. If its a high priority client, you go overboard with accommodations. I noticed that the staff picture from the day of the tv recording in the broadcast, so i imagine the producers of the show likely thought that’d be funny to push as a point to edit into the show and requested a copy of the picture after recording was done, and was put in before the show aired.

              if you ever want an artist to look bad, NTV is your go-to network. They are fucking TACKY all the time. Thats why they have more variety than music these days, because they focus on lowbrow entertainment and always make requests that make celebs look pretty ridiculous. regardless though they get good ass ratings for many of their variety shows so people bite their lips and go.

        • hasawa

          *gasps* Do you mean..she doesn’t tour only ‘for the love of her fans’???

    • Bubi.

      Interesting to see the contrast in responses to this and Gackt’s shirtless selfie on the same day

      • Guest

        Those reactions are from Girls Channel, which are always like this, while Gactk’s reactions were from his Instagram comments which are always positive.

    • The Dark Dudette

      “1 Eyelash Extension Specialist”
      Of course. What do you need 7 managers for exactly? 😓
      The staff aren’t exactly doing their job well ahem

    • Rob Whetzel

      UGH I feel so bad for ayu, she’s trying her best. But those Japanese commenters are right, her makeup and hair looked wrecked. What was she and her 20 people team thinking???? lol

      • ProllyWild

        “Look human”

    • H

      That Utada Hikaru comment really does come to mind when you see Ayu nowadays. She made her big break when she was 21, just a year after she debuted and has been a superstar since. I remember her being lifted around in a sleeping bag to get around when she was filming the M music video. It makes me worried for when she can’t have all that staff.

      • really? is there footage about her being lifted around in a sleeping bag online?? I need to see this to believe it…

      • starlightshimmers

        Ayu actually debuted in 1995, people forget that, she had no success until 1998.

    • Sakura Storm

      Dang, people are mean.

    • 2manyppl

      How does having so many managers acually work? Wouldn’t it just make things more confusing?

      And 4 stylists? Did they pick clothes by majority votes?

      Wtf are trainers even for?? especially just before the show?

      • AoZora

        Trainers should have been in the gym to train and not on sets.. I was wondering if she does workout on sets…

        • ProllyWild

          Actually recording times for tv shows are very long. They can last from morning until evening. So filling her time with some training is not unthinkable. Likely rare, but not unthinkable.

          As for 7 managers, I’ll assume that’s 2-3 chief managers and 4 assistant managers. Likely tasks are divided between a chief manager checking with the show staff, one manager to handle whatever ayu wants and another manager to manage the other staff onsite. The assistants likely handle things like running out to pick things up, assist in transporting wardrobe and various gear, makeup, etc.

          As for multiple stylists, the stylists may specialize in different styles, or if the outfits she was wearing were directly provided by a brand, the brand may have sent their staff to directly assist her on the day.

          As for the label staff, it’s ayu, and also likely because the label ended up requesting and facilitating the appearance, I imagine a lot of people from the label wanted to be onsite for the sake of appearances to show their support to ayumi and also project how important her appearance was to the label itself.

          Generally I think you’d find these setups to be common for Japanese shows and events. Particularly because it’s a name like ayu, it seems like overkill, but a lot may be due to Japanese business practices more than her diva-ness.

          • ProllyWild

            Really the most likely problem is that because it’s ayu, most staff likely had assistants as well to make things go smooth and quickly. I wouldn’t blame her, knowing Japanese business practices.

            • AoZora

              You are justifying the ridiculously large entourage.. I got it, you are her fan.

              I know about Japanese business practices and its not the way they handle.. I looks more of show of strength to me…

              • ProllyWild

                lol you’re assuming I’m a fan. I’m talking from experience. Most common artists of decent name come with at least 2-3 managers. Female artists can easily go over a 4 person headcount on stylists if you have brand specific stylists and their assistants. For ayu, people would bring assistants. For any of the OG idol divas, they bring assistants.

                Bring trainers? That’s pretty diva, but if she’s on tour and she’s onsite for a tv recording from morning to evening and they prepared a large changing room for her, i can see that diva play being a thing.

                Ayu could be a diva brat for all I care, but fact is fact. If ayu comes out to do a rare variety appearance, most likely her staff was large in number. I’ll even top that and say I bet there were more staff from the TV network on hand as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if top heads from the tv network and producers were on hand to do the typical greetings because it’s customary to treat big names who rarely appear in tv with baby gloves.

                Unless you have experience dealing with entertainment business, it sounds like you’re denying common entertainment practices because you’re bitter about some shit.

                What will give this more context is how many other shows from the same network she appears on. It’s most likely that she didn’t record just one show that day, but rather the studio blocked out a day for her to appear on various shows and record them in the same day. Again, in which case various styles, make up styles and outfits are required.

                You’ll see this is often common with tv comments and interviews. Instead of being done at studios, many times they’ll rent a hotel suite and have media come to them and every interview for various networks is done in the same room.

                For ayu, coming back to do rare appearances, I anticipate there was a valid reason for most of the staff.

                But yeah, she’s probably still a diva. Fuck if I care.

                • ProllyWild

                  It should be noted, that based on the two shows ARAMA covered, both were on NTV. Most likely they were recorded on the same day.

                • ProllyWild

                  Since i have a few minutes, and i like when people like to pop off at the mouth about shit they don’t know anything about.

                  1. I’m not an ayu fan, but its fun to correct people who think they know shit.

                  Now i wont say this is 100% fact, but its easy to tell how this likely played out. A quick check of ayu’s instagram makes it pretty clear the likely flow of things.

                  Last time she was pictured with red hair like on her shabekuri 007 appearance was apparently June 12th. On June 14th, she has a picture of her getting her hair and make up done. On June 15th she has a picture of her and 18 staff members in the same room from the the picture on the 14th. Many of the female staff members appear to be in the same clothes.

                  So most likely, Ayu recorded at least 2 shows for NTV on June 14th which involved having her hair changed mid day and that recording day most likely did not end until late at night or early morning on June 15th. 25 staff members were reported, which included 5 label reps, and 2 trainers. Neither of those parties are likely to stay the entire day, and likely would have left because they have other clients. 25 minus 7.

                  Your claim that trainers should be at the gym makes the assumption that Ayu would have had time to go to the gym, but in the event of a full day of tv recordings, that wouldn’t happen. Touring artists often have trainers, massage therapists and other people that either come to their venues or help keep them in shape in between tour dates. So again, not unreasonable for someone of her status, and I’m sure many other artists do the same.

                  Anyways, it was nice shooting the shit, but seriously folks should think a bit more before they run their mouths. Ayu is probably ridiculous, but this ain’t the proof you’re looking for.

                • Bubi.

                  I work in styling for magazine and TV and have never heard of “brand specific stylists”. If you’re shooting multiple people for multiple shoots, sure it’s common to have 4 stylists (one main stylist + assistants to do clerical stuff) but I don’t really see ANY reason for her to have 4 stylists even if she has multiple activities for the day. Granted I don’t work in Japan, but in my experience working with brands from all over the world, they don’t provide their own stylists and stylists are rarely loyal to one brand. As a stylist you pull items from multiple brands and have to follow their guidelines (not mixing one brand with another, having to use a specific season, etc). 4 is kind of unheard of tbh. Too many cooks.

                  • ProllyWild

                    in Japan it is not uncommon at all for certain brands/designers to offer their clothing (mostly for female artists though) for events, tv photo shoots to an artist, and then send a representative of the company to assist with the setup. they do it in part to provide “service” but also to relieve burden on the artists and staff in regards to transporting, maintaining and returning the clothing.

                    • Bubi.

                      Sounds dreadful from an industry standpoint tbh

                      • ProllyWild

                        total nightmare….

          • Brett

            I totally agree with you. Plus there is so much pressure on someone like Ayu to always be perfect. She kind of reminds me of MATSUDA SEIKO because they both take a lot of crap for no reason. I think Seiko is still so beautiful to this day I don’t know how people can say she is a plastic monster.

            • ProllyWild

              They are likely similar types divided by a generation or two. From most people I talk to, actually meeting matsuda seiko is REALLY rare and even many people who are now tops of radio stations and tv stations have still never met her. From friends who attend her dinner shows, they say her beauty seems to be more the product of constant care rather than plastic. I think that amount of care creates a diva image. Though I’m sure there is likely diva behavior in many stars.

              I think the reality is ayu, utada and amuro are the last of a generation of artists that can be divas in they way they want. They can avoid media if they want. they can make their own schedules, and they can travel the world when they want to. Most artists post 2000 are nowhere near as established with hit records and the money to live that same life.

              In the end what can we say though? Artists of that level are multi-million dollar investments for labels and brands. They’re gonna do weird shit the average person can’t understand. Having a lot of staff and working out isn’t diva….maybe reserving a first class seat in a plane for your teddy bear, or being carried from place to place is….or maybe having a meltdown and throwing a cellphone at your assistant…there are many ways to go crazy diva, but this article ain’t proof of any of that.

              Also one thing people need to remember, however grand the situation becomes, almost none of it is free. Artists pay for their staff, and trainers and transportation and hotel stays (unless an event provides it). If anything the only thing they don’t pay for are like gifts. Services are almost always charged to an artist, so it’s not like they sit around with free trainers and makeup artists tending to them.

              • Brett

                Tea! Matsuda Seiko is an actual living legend and she can do what she wants! And she STILL puts out yearly albums that chart in the top 5 and has successful tours.

                Ayu is the richest entertainer in Asia according to Forbes, and her behavior at it’s worst is NOTHING compared to the divas we have over here like Mariah.

                • ProllyWild

                  Realistically CD sales for the divas aren’t what they used to be, but it really doesn’t matter with all of their commercials, endorsements and live shows. Hell seeing what seiko charges for a dinner show ticket, she probably makes more in one song than a lot of people make in 2 years of straight work.

                  Seiko is apparently on tour right now, arena level with regular seats pricing of over $80 and premium seats at over $200 each. She could do just that and nothing else and likely be set for the next few years financially even if she decided to go diva crazy.

                  I won’t say these legends are relevant to the current scene, but reality is no one in this generation can even touch their market value.

                  • Isn’t $80 for regular seats and $200 for premium seats is a normal concert ticket price?

                    • ProllyWild

                      For a concert tour yes. Her prices are on the normal end of a arena level artist. Throw in that she’s doing 2-3 days for some of those arenas and the fact that she’s not a “current” artist and it’s very impressive. As I said though, her dinner shows are the real bank. Tickets are at least $400 flat.

            • Guest

              She is beautiful but she is definitely scarily plastic.

    • deebosco

      I honestly don’t know what is she trying to achieve by appearing in variety show. Because it’s definitely not a good way to promote her tour..

      • ProllyWild

        It’s the only other way to promote anything these days. Music shows are fewer in number and pull less ratings. Variety pulls in more ratings so if you’re gonna promote, promote where the numbers are. Plus it’s easier on the artists because they don’t have to sing or dance and you can fit more in day.

        • Guest

          It is not very prestigious though. You could never imagine an A-list act like Mr Children or Utada Hikaru doing variety. Just go on Music Station. It is still super popular and it has prestige.

          • Music Station is still popular nowadays?

            • Guest

              i think it’s super stale but yea, it’s still super popular and actually has big repercussion in japan.

              • ProllyWild

                Popular and effective are very different. The common problem with music station is that it’s become more of a assemble live show than a power player. Being on music station does not guarantee new artists will break big, not does it gurantee a major increase in sales. Perhaps the fault of the idol boom, but what generally happens is core fans of an artist tune i for their artist, but basically tune out for the rest.

                Amongst all the current music shows it’s the most accurately aimed at younger audiences, but doesn’t really speak to the overall state of the music industry.

                If ayu went on, ayu fans would watch, but very few people who aren’t fans would be inspired to buy her music or see her live.

                Variety gives better access to people who are not fans yet.

                • Guest

                  “Variety gives better access to people who are not fans yet”

                  maybe but, as I said, it has absolutely no prestige whatsoever and it actually cheapens her image. then again, maybe at this point, she probably has nothing to lose.

                  • ProllyWild

                    I wouldn’t say she has nothing to lose, but what show do you think has prestige that she hasn’t already done recently? Appearing on tv isn’t rare for her, but appearing on variety is. I don’t think there are any prestigious shows for her to go on at this time.

                    We could compare her to the show utada did last year but much of that had to do with her coming back and becoming a mother and the loss of her own. Without this topics even utada would have likely had to choose variety shows or just nothing.

                    I’ll agree, it’s not prestigious and it doesn’t really make her look good particulate because NTV rarely makes people look good. Still despite that, the common issue for most artists is that there are no prestigious shows to appear on anymore.

          • ProllyWild

            For the longest time no one imagined ayu doing it, but when people need promo they break the rules. Mr children doesn’t need promo and for the time being neither does utada. If utada’s new sony releases underperformed and she and the label wanted to boost them, she’d go the similar route either to variety or to more shows that do documentary style coverage. It all depends on the tone of the brand.

            Ayu wants to be seen as fun and interesting, so she’s pandering on variety.

    • hizurisama

      Jfc, she’s so extra these days, I loved her but idk why she be living her life like this, like gurl, take a break, rest your ears, what you gon do when your ears go deaf? sing? even your voice has deteriorated :/

      • hasawa

        Something tells me her ego is way too big to grasp the idea of retiring and be -inevitably- forgotten

        • Bubi.

          I don’t think she’s the type of person to not live out her passion for the rest of her life, like Miyazaki.

          • hasawa

            But is it really “passion” or a desperate headlong rush to perpetuate her legacy and avoid downgrading being a ‘commoner’ and being forgotten by general public? Ayumi Hamasaki has been a star for so long, I could easily understand the idea of having a ‘normal’ life comes off pretty scary for her.
            As for Miyazaki, he came off lately as a grumpy old man who can’t let younger generation have their moment and come back as an attempt to overshadow them, not really for The Passion itself…

          • yamakita

            It’s a sense of self-importance that no one else understands.

        • hizurisama

          at this point she ain’t gonna retire soon, worst scenario, she’ll end up deaf and have to depends on hearing aids

    • Sakura Storm

      I know ayu is a hot mess, but I think she looked stunning. Does it really matter whether she had so many staff? That is what makes her different. And I think people should respect that rather than throw shade just because they are so judgemental on things.

    • ProllyWild

      These threads remind me of the ones that had ed sheeran quitting twitter. All that shit about backing tracks because people don’t know shit about a loop station and make assumptions.

      Ayu is most likely a diva, and maybe even a pain in the ass but 23 staff members is not the sign of that.

    • lwavesurfer

      this sounds a bit sad, no?

    • nothingsover

      I love Ayu but that whole look is a no-no. I think she needs to fire the 4 stylists and 4 hair/makeup staff and get herself like ONE good stylist. The outfit combined with the hair and makeup are horrible. She was fun on the episode, but she definitely needs to go for a different look.

      • yacchaitai

        It definitely looks like way too many people trying to style one person, like a strange mix of grandma and trendy.

    • hasawa

      ““She would definitely be considered a legend if she married [Tomoya]
      Nagase and retired. Knowing her from her peak, I don’t want to see Ayu
      this way.””
      This comment resumes everything.

      • hasawa

        “I remember Utada Hikaru saying she didn’t want to become an ‘old woman who can’t do anything for herself‘ before going into her hiatus. Hamasaki today is the exact image of that.”
        That drag tho. But it’s true. While i’m very admirative by how Ayu is still pulling out a lot of effort into a work, to the point of endangering her health (dixit her hearing troubles). I feel like this whole behaviour come off as a bit ‘desperate’. I’m not not saying that in a derogatory manner, but more like from the stance considering that giving literally EVERYTHING into her career somehow feels like she doesn’t have anything else left in her life…
        While I can understand the fans may enjoy their fave is giving so much to them, I’m a bit concerned as a “human” how far she can go to fulfill her “ultimate singer” ambition to the point of destroying herself on stage.

      • Guest

        I don’t know, this whole marriage and retirement bullshit is sexist as fuck. If she only had slowed down and stopped being so overexposed for so long she’d be alright. No need to do the whole “supportive wife/former legendary singer” bullshit. It is not the 50s.

    • Matcha

      People on GirlsChannel are bitching about Ayu’s make-up!

    • Bubi.

      OK this is my new background. yall bitches can’t even SPELL Party Queen.

      https://i1.wp.com/up.gc-img.net/post_img/2017/07/94gFPjGzb7YVxq3_kXV6u_44.jpeg

      • ProllyWild

        i have no explanation for this….

      • surfboardt

        It would be amazing if someone uploaded a video of that moment with this song as background music.

      • Matcha

        She’s Mariah Carey level extra.

    • Dalooshe

      Surprisingly almost most of these comments from GC are actually spitting truths out of care and concern they have or had for Ayu..

      I will always support this woman but sometimes less is definitely more.

    • Lia

      “She would definitely be considered a legend if she married [Tomoya] Nagase and retired.”
      Funny how some ppl still drag Nagase into this 😂 Why tho

    • circe154

      I wonder if she still insists on bring her 5 dogs along too.

    • starlightshimmers

      Hamasaki’s outfit and behaviour is not Parisian chic, it is a Parisian catastrophe.

    • honey girl

      There should be a rule that bans all singers from wearing bobs until they are 55. With her recent weight gain and facial changes, why would she even want that type of visibility on her face? Even Hikki is wearing it and it’s awful. BOBS. DO. NOT. COMPLIMENT. FACIAL. FEATURES. EVER. STOP WEARING IT! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6cb741b73a06ccaf297a16e031ac6156fef6b775c4fd42d3b71e17130196cd57.gif

      • Matcha

        Kiko will soon be 27 and she has had short hair most of her life.

    • yamakita

      She got people talking about her. Mission accomplished.

    • ʕ→ᴥ←ʔ

      Damn, 25 staff… lmao.

    • Guest

      I was a HUGE Ayu fan back in the days and I usually am appalled by most Girls Channel comments but they are right on point on here. I agree with pretty much everything.

      • Yeah I tried not posting the one’s where they were just bashing her for her weight. Translating comments like that don’t bring much to the table.

    • Guest

      AVEX is sooo done. Without LDH and Kpop they’d be so done. It is shocking literally none of their acts is successful lately when they used to rule Japan for so long.

      • honey girl

        I have always said that the downfall of Kuu was what ended them. She was supposed to last until they could prop up their next big star like they did with Namie -> Ayu. With her abrupt ending and the shifting market, they didn’t have time to address the industry and its changes. Now they are stuck in the endless cycle of throwing things to see if it’ll stick.

    • Sabi

      I mean, yeah, okay, its extreme and a little ridiculous. But what else would you expect from Ayu? Love her, even if she’s being extra.

    • WorldGN18

      I think most of those comments are right, is a shame to see her like this, it makes me sad, she should have retired when she was up in the game and her ears were still working

    • lymli

      people who complains is jealous, it’s her money, she can do wtvr she wants. I want her bags