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Rainbow (Hamasaki Ayumi album)

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Album Cover
PLAYBUTTON
DVD Audio
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Album
RAINBOW
Released
2002.12.18 (Japan)
2002.12.20 (Oversea)
2012.03.21 (PLAYBUTTON)
Catalog Number
AVCD-17239
AQZD-50669 (PLAYBUTTON)
Price
¥3,059
¥2,800 (PLAYBUTTON)
Tracklist
  1. RAINBOW - Instrumental (via website only - not on the CD)
  2. everlasting dream
  3. WE WISH
  4. Real me
  5. Free & Easy
  6. Heartplace
  7. Over
  8. HANABI
  9. taskinillusion
  10. everywhere nowhere
  11. July 1st
  12. Dolls
  13. neverending dream
  14. Voyage
  15. Close to you
  16. independent⁺


Information

RAINBOW is Hamasaki Ayumi's fifth full-length album. The first pressing of this album came with a passcode to enter a special website that allowed the listening of a 45-second instrumental sample of the song "RAINBOW", which was not yet completed. Fans were asked to send keywords and thoughts on the clip, which Hamasaki used as inspiration for the song lyrics. The completed song was released on the A BALLADS compilation several months later. The song was also later released in 5.1 Surround on the DVD-Audio version of the "RAINBOW" album.

Up until this point, Hamasaki had only written lyrics in Japanese, which was highly unusual for a pop singer to do. This album marked the first time Hamasaki used English phrases in her lyrics.

"independent", originally on the H single, is presented here with an abrupt ending, the song having been interrupted for a whole new full song to play, before the original "independent" ending is resumed at the very end. The full "suite" is listed here as independent+. The second song is referred to as "+" on subsequent releases.

RAINBOW charted at #1 on the Oricon charts on its first week seliing 1,016,482 copies. It sold 1,856,919 copies in 2003, becoming the #2 album of the year. It charted for 22 weeks and sold a total of 1,857,870 copies.

A limited PLAYBUTTON edition of the album was later released on March 21st, 2012.

The song HANABI was certified Gold by RIAJ on January 2015 for selling over 100,000 legal downloads.

Oricon Chart Positions

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week Rank Sales
- - - - - - - 1 1,016,482
- - - - - - - 1 571,027
- - - - - - -
- - - - - - - 3 96,368
- - - - - - - 3 57,028
- - - - - - - 7 32,780
- - - - - - - 16 21,207
- - - - - - - 22 15,748
- - - - - - - 26 11,171
- - - - - - - 37 6,991
- - - - - - - 59 5,894
- - - - - - - 74 4,364
- - - - - - - 56 4,384
- - - - - - - 110 2,951
- - - - - - - 147 2,318
- - - - - - - 136 1,789
- - - - - - - 162 1,270
- - - - - - - 166 1,092
- - - - - - - 207 1,117
- - - - - - - 189 1,314
- - - - - - - 223 907
- - - - - - - 256 717
  • Total Reported Sales: 1,857,870

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