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Hamasaki takes the ‘NEXT LEVEL’ in sales

by trinka on March 3, 2009 · 6 comments · AddThis

Ayumi Hamasaki 'NEXT LEVEL' USB ver.

J-pop queen Ayumi Hamasaki steps into a new era of marketing, offering a limited USB mass storage version of her new album NEXT LEVEL. Hamasaki has always been up to date, setting the latest trends and offering cutting edge releases so it is no surprise she has decided to take this bold step.

CD sales are in a steep decline, so steep that the rising digital sales are not enough to make up for the loss. Many Japanese artists have suffered a decline in overall sales, Hamasaki included. NEXT LEVEL’s USB’s mix of physical presence and digital versatility however, may be a turning point into the market. Could you imagine, having a specially designed flash drive for each album you own?

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by Rinoa on December 17, 2008 · 5 comments · AddThis

GREEN/Days photoshoot
Ayumi on SCawaii, January 2009 Issue
Artist: Ayumi Hamasaki
Product Code: AVCD-31580/81/82/83
Release Date: 2008.12.17
Highest Ranking: #1
Genre: Pop/Ballad
Label: avex trax
Format: CD or CD+DVD
First Press: Vertically long cardboard slipcase and poster

Yet another year is almost over and the festive Christmas season is back. Despite of the current world economical situation, the whole J-Pop industry is once again booming with winter releases. The plethora of releases by the end of the year, create a rather exciting atmosphere at the end-of-year variety shows, especially since many artists perform and unveil their winter releases for the very first time. Pop-diva, Ayumi Hamasaki has also returned after eight months of absence to release her 44th single, just in time for the festive season.

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Hamasaki goes global with Dragonball

by Rinoa on December 13, 2008 · 6 comments · AddThis

Hamasaki in Popteen 2002

Despite the fact that this year is not yet over, Ayumi Hamasaki has already got huge plans for 2009. The popular diva has landed her biggest gig in her musical career. She been given the honor to create and sing the theme song for the upcoming Dragonball live-action movie, “Dragonball: Evolution“.

The Hollwood movie is based on the popular manga “Dragonball“, which was created by Akira Toriyama. The manga series has sold around 350 million copies worldwide. It was reported that the production costs for the movie were over US$100,000,000. The movie will be screened in Japan on March 13th and shall be released in America in April.

The theme song, which is already completed, is called “Rule“. This song is described to be a powerful rock number and it was sung in Japanese. Until now, no release date has been revealed. The movie shall be screened in over 60 countries and therefore the song shall be distributed worldwide. Therefore this shall be Hamasaki’s first international break.

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Ayu’s 10th Anniversary Tour conclusion

by Rinoa on November 9, 2008 · 2 comments · AddThis

Ayumi Hamasaki performing in Shanghai

Ayumi Hamasaki’s spectacular “Asia Tour 2008 ~10th Anniversary~” has finally arrived to a conclusion after six months of touring in Asia. Hamasaki and her staff spent three months in the preparation of her tour, with a total production fee of 8 million NT.

The tour officially kicked off on the 5th of April in Yoyogi Stadium and was concluded in Japan on the 29th June in the same venue. After a three month break, she resumed her tour performing in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei.

In Japan, Hamasaki performed 27 concerts in 10 cities. It was reported that 230,000 fans attended her concerts in Japan. She had 5 additional performances in three other cities in Asia. In total Hamasaki had 32 concerts with a grand total of 280,000 fans attending her concerts.

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Ayu’s anniversary

by Rinoa on May 25, 2008 · 5 comments · AddThis

Mirrorcle World photoshoot
Ayumi on Cawaii, May 2008 Issue
Artist: Ayumi Hamasaki
Product Code: AVCD-31429/30/31/32
Release Date: 2008.04.08
Highest Ranking: #1
Genre: Pop/Rock
Label: avex trax
Format: CD or CD+DVD
Limited Edition: Deluxe long sleeve case
First Press: Poster

Ayumi Hamasaki has become a living legend throughout Asia. Since her debut in 1998, Hamasaki has inspired countless people throughout the globe with her powerful lyrics and her emotional vocals. Ten years have passed since then and Hamasaki is still working hard to maintain her successful career. With the advent of her 10th anniversary, avex was smart enough to schedule a plethora of releases in order to celebrate her anniversary with style and garner more profit from Hamasaki’s career. Her 43rd single, “Mirrorcle World” was released on the 8th of April, specifically ten years after her first single, “Poker Face”.

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