- Hamasaki Ayumi
- Catalog Number
- starting over
- End of the World
- Far away
- teddy bear
- Key ~eternal tie ver.~
Duty is Hamasaki Ayumi's third full-length album. The title of the album comes from Hamasaki seeing fans on TV, and realizing it was her duty to set a good example. The cover depicts Hamasaki as a wild cat trying to break out of her cage. This album displays a much more mature sound than her past efforts, and has Hamasaki branching out into rock styles (with "End of the World", "Key", and "girlish") more than she had in the past. The sound was a departure from the dance-pop of "LOVEppears" while still maintaining a strong pop sensibility.
"girlish" is a studio live track (which means the recording is done over one take - not always the first take, but there's no editing done to splice anything together) and features Hamasaki's live band members. The lyrics for "girlish" were not included in the album booklet upon Hamasaki's request.
Duty charted at #1 for 4 consecutive weeks on the Oricon charts. It sold 2,603,550 copies in 2000, becoming the #2 album of the year. It also sold 300,870 copies in 2001, becoming the #77 album of the year. This album charted for 27 weeks and sold a total of 2,904,420 copies.
There was an interview and a review of all the tracks in avex beatfreak magazine (issue #153).
Oricon Chart Positions
- Total Sales Reported: 2,904,420