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Ayumi Hamasaki

Startin’ / Born To Be…

by Rinoa on March 19, 2006 · 9 comments · AddThis

WE MEN 2006
Ayumi on WE MEN, March 2006 Issue
Artist: Ayumi Hamasaki
Product Code: AVCD-30961/2
Release Date: 2006.03.08
Highest Ranking: #1
Genre: Pop
Label: avex trax
Format: CD or CD+DVD

Ayumi Hamasaki’s 39th single has hit the stores in March 2006. This single managed to top the charts once again, claiming the title of the most No.1 singles by a female Japanese artist. Instead of following the rules of a typical J-Pop artist, Hamasaki does her own thing and releases a powerful single and reinvents her image and music.

This time we see a mature and sexy side of her with dark straight hair in her covers, where she wears a short furred dress and silver accessories with a black background for contrast. It’s plain that Hamasaki wants to give off a message of confidence and attitude in this single.

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(miss)understood

by Rinoa on February 13, 2006 · 12 comments · AddThis

ViVi 2006
Ayumi on ViVi, January 2006 Issue
Artist: Ayumi Hamasaki
Product Code: AVCD-17837/8
Release Date: 2006.01.01
Highest Ranking: #1
Genre: Pop
Label: avex trax
Format: CD or CD+DVD
First Press: Photobook

J-Pop diva, Ayumi Hamasaki has walked into 2006 with a brand new album which has again topped the charts and has sold over 817,162 copies to date. avex trax released two versions of this album which were a CD-only and a CD+DVD version. Both had a different cover. The first press edition came with a coloured photobook for each version. The photobook of the CD Version was titled “off my day” and was based on Ayu’s daily life, while the CD+DVD edition photobook was titled “on my way” and was more artistic.

Unlike her previous albums, (miss)understood boasts of having a variety of genres ranging from eighties pop, techno, R&B and even rock which has shown a colourful side of Ayu. In this album we have definitely seen a bolder and more daring side of this singer who has experimented with different genres and broken down the stereotypes of music making this album sound so unusual and transgressive. This album focuses more onto her career, her take on feminism and life itself.

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Bold&Delicious/Pride

by Rinoa on December 30, 2005 · 11 comments · AddThis

Sweet 2006
Ayumi on Sweet, January 2006 Issue
Artist: Ayumi Hamasaki
Product Code:AVCD-30892/3
Release Date: 2005.11.30
Highest Ranking: #1
Genre: Pop/Gospel
Label: avex trax
Format: CD or CD+DVD

Around a little more than two months after the release of “HEAVEN”, Ayumi Hamasaki surprised her fans and released her 38th single which was recorded and filmed in New York. It was titled “Bold&Delicious” and was released only one month prior to her eighth studio album.

This single has created quite a lot of commotion amongst fans of Japanese Pop and Hamasaki alike. It has a very different feel from her previous releases, it sounds rather urban and daring. The music itself sounds rather “American” and this fact was emphasized especially since both of her promotional videos were filmed in New York. Ayu herself admitted in a magazine interview, GirlPop, that she herself did not know how her fans would react to the release of this single. In a way, she released this single as if to test the people’s reactions and to surprise the public with something unexpected.

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HEAVEN

by Rinoa on September 16, 2005 · 13 comments · AddThis

Popteen 2005
Ayumi on Popteen, September 2005 Issue
Artist: Ayumi Hamasaki
Product Code: AVCD-30842/43
Release Date: 2005.09.14
Highest Ranking: #1
Genre: Pop/Ballad
Label: avex trax
Format: CD or CD+DVD

Ayumi Hamasaki’s 37th single “HEAVEN” was released on the 14th September 2005. Apart from being Ayumi Hamasaki’s 3rd single for this year, it is also the theme song for the highly anticipated movie “SHINOBI -heart under blade-”. For this reason, Ayumi spent a lot of time and energy onto this single for months prior its release due to its importance, making it a highly anticipated release for her fans.

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