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M (Hamasaki Ayumi)

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CD Art
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Single
M
Released
2000.12.13
Catalog Number
AVCD-30197
Price
¥1,260
Tracklist
  1. M "Original Mix"
  2. M "Dub's Hard Pop Remix"
  3. SEASONS "Yuta's weather report mix"
  4. M "nicely nice winter parade remix"
  5. Far away "Laugh & Peace MIX"
  6. M "REWIRED MIX"
  7. M "SMOKERS MIX"
  8. M "RANK-M Mix"
  9. M "NEUROTIC EYE'S Mix"
  10. M "Original Mix -Instrumental-"



DVD Art
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
DVD Single
M
Released
2001.02.07
Catalog Number
AVBD-91049
Price
¥1,575
Tracklist
  1. M (PV)
  2. M (TV-CM)
  3. making of M

Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Vinyl
M
Released
2001.07.14
Catalog Number
RR12-88219
Price
¥1,575
Tracklist
  1. M "Dub's Hard Pop Remix"
  2. M "nicely nice winter parade remix"
  3. M "Original Mix"

Vinyl Cover
Artist
AYU
Vinyl
M (Part 1)
Released
2003.09.06 (Germany)
Catalog Number
DRIZ3002-1
Tracklist
  1. M (Above & Beyond Typhoon Dub)
  2. M (Above & Beyond Vocal Mix)

Vinyl Cover
Artist
AYU
Vinyl
M (Part 2)
Released
2003.09.26 (Germany)
Catalog Number
DRIZ3002-2
Tracklist
  1. M (Van Eyden vs. M.O.R.P.H. Remix)
  2. M (Tectonic Shift vs. André Visior Remix)
  3. M (Above & Beyond Instrumental Mix)

Vinyl Cover
Artist
AYU
Vinyl
M (Part 3)
Released
2003.11.02 (Germany; limited edition)
Catalog Number
DRIZ3002-LTD
Tracklist
  1. M (Above & Beyond Vocal Dub Mix)
  2. M (Tectonic Shift vs. André Visior Instrumental Mix)

Vinyl Cover
Artist
AYU
Vinyl
M
Released
2004.05.05 (Spain)
Catalog Number
VLMX 1607-3
Tracklist
  1. M (Above & Beyond Vocal Dub Mix)
  2. M (Above & Beyond Vocal Mix)
  3. M (Van Eyden vs. M.O.R.P.H. Remix)
  4. M (Tectonic Shift vs. André Visior Remix)


Information

M is Hamasaki Ayumi's 19th single. The lyrics of M are about Hamasaki talking to Maria (the Japanese reference to The Virgin Mary), or also possibly to Mary Magdalene, hence the title "M". The original and a remix of the song were both used in ad campaigns for the TU-KA mobile phones. The first CM ad features the original song and promotes the "TT03Z A Model", with a limited cell phone designed by Hamasaki herself. The other CM features the remix and promotes the TU-KA funstyle mobile phone. This is the first song with music written by Hamasaki under her pen name CREA. This single reached #1 on Oricon charts and charted for 18 weeks. It sold 1,319,070 copies, becoming the #2 single of 2001.

M is also Hamasaki Ayumi's second DVD single. It was released two months after the CD single and contains the music video, the CM promoting the CD and the making of.

The Japanese vinyl was released under Rythm REPUBLIC label, the German ones under the Drizzly label, and the Spanish vinyl was released under the Electropolis label. All international vinyls were released under the nickname of AYU.

Live Performances

Song Information

Lyrics
Hamasaki Ayumi
Music
CREA
Other Information
Arrangement: HΛL
Programming: HΛL
Keyboards: HΛL
Guitar: Akimoto Naoya
Mixing: Morimoto Koji

Music Video

The music video for M was directed by Takeishi Wataru. The video features Hamasaki standing inside of a church, and after the snow creeps in, another Hamasaki appears in a wedding dress wearing blue contacts. The video then switches to an outside view of the church were Hamasaki and her band are playing. After the song ends the wedding gown image of Hamasaki leaves the church just how it entered.

Oricon Chart Positions

Week Date Position Weekly Sales Total Sales
Week 1 2000.12.25 1 541,350 541,350
Week 2 2001.01.01 1 185,290 726,640
Week 3 2001.01.15 2 246,150 972,790
Week 4 2001.02.22 2 95,770 1,068,560
Week 5 2001.02.29 5 58,770 1,127,330
Week 6 2001.02.05 6 57,490 1,184,820
Week 7 2001.02.12 7 47,370 1,232,190
Week 8 2001.02.19 12 28,320 1,260,510
Week 9 2001.02.23 23 19,320 1,279,830
Week 10 2001.03.05 33 11,550 1,291,380
Week 11 2001.03.12 51 6,650 1,298,030
Week 12 2001.03.19 46 5,770 1,303,800
Week 13 2001.03.26 62 3,840 1,307,640
Week 14 2001.04.02 56 3,660 1,311,300
Week 15 2001.04.09 66 2,840 1,314,140
Week 16 2001.04.19 71 2,830 1,316,970
Week 17 2001.04.23 91 2,100 1,319,070

Total Reported Sales: 1,319,070

Total Reported Downloads by RIAJ: 250,000

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