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A Best 2 -White-

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CD+2DVD
CD only
CD only (2nd Press)
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Album
A BEST 2 -WHITE-
Released
2007.02.28 (Japan)
2007.03.09 (Taiwan)
2007.03.13 (Hong Kong)
2007.03.14 (Singapore)
2007.03.12 (Overseas version)
2007.03.15 (Korea)
2007.04.?? (Malaysia)
Catalog Number
AVCD-23265 (CD+2DVD)
AVCD-23266 (CD only)
Price
¥4,700 (CD+2DVD)
¥3,059 (CD only)
CD Tracklist
  1. evolution
  2. Greatful days
  3. independent
  4. Humming 7/4
  5. UNITE!
  6. Real me
  7. my name's WOMEN
  8. ourselves
  9. INSPIRE
  10. STEP you
  11. July 1st
  12. fairyland
  13. Voyage
  14. Moments
  15. A Song is born
DVD1 "A BEST Clips -WHITE-" Tracklist
  1. evolution
  2. Greatful days
  3. Humming 7/4
  4. UNITE! (promotional clip)
  5. Real me
  6. my name's WOMEN
  7. ourselves
  8. INSPIRE
  9. STEP you
  10. fairyland
  11. Voyage
  12. Moments
  13. H (TV-CM)
DVD2 "ayumi hamasaki BEST of COUNTDOWN LIVE 2006-2007 A" Tracklist
  1. Not yet
  2. ourselves
  3. Fly high
  4. Beautiful Fighters
  5. NEVER EVER
  6. A Song for XX
  7. No way to say
  8. Free & Easy
  9. evolution
  10. flower garden
  11. until that Day...
  12. AUDIENCE
  13. Boys & Girls
    encore
  14. Trauma
  15. independent
  16. Humming 7/4
  17. BLUE BIRD


Information

"A BEST 2" is the third "best of" compilation by Hamasaki Ayumi. It was released in two versions; BLACK and WHITE. The WHITE version contains upbeat and happy songs selected from everything since her 20th single "evolution" (2001) up to her 38th single "Bold & Delicious / Pride" (2005). The second DVD replaced the release of the COUNTDOWN LIVE DVD of the year (as it was usual). The first press of the album included a special white case. "A BEST 2 -WHITE-" topped the pre-order charts at the first week it got announced followed by "A BEST 2 -BLACK-". The first press on the album had some mistakes in the credits area, the second press is corrected, that's why the second press of the album has a different cover. All tracks were re-mastered by Bernie Grundman Mastering in L.A. in order to give a better sound quality to the album. Because the album sold a total 716,582 copies in 2007, it became the #5 album of the year. To date, A BEST 2 sold a combine total of 1,423,317 copies.

Credits

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Hamasaki Ayumi promoting the album.


  • Produced by max matsuura


  • Mastered by Brian "Big Bass" Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, CA
  • A&R: Kentaro Furusawa (avex trax)
  • A&R Direction: Hidetomo Yoneda (avex trax)
  • Artist Management: Kouji Hashimoto, Tadashi Urakami (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Artist Brand Management: Hideki Endo (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Visual Producer: Kiyoshi 'Utsumizm' Utsumi (avex group)
  • Making Off-shot Producer: Kazuki 'Mr' Okabe (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Media Promotion: Takeshi Mori & All Media Division Promotion Room Staff (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Media Promotion Supervisor: Akira Akutsu (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Sales Promotion: Jun Yogi, Taishi Nomura & All AMC Staff (avex marketing communications inc.)
  • DVD Authoring: Yohei Sato (avex network inc.)
  • Contents Coordination: Shunsuke Abe (avex network inc.)
  • Web Designer: Yukiko Ito (avex network inc.)
  • A&R Desk: Miki Endo (avex entertainment inc.)
  • A&R Supervisor: Hiroshi Ishimori, Takashi Okuda (avex trax)
  • A&R Executive Supervisor: Jun Harada (avex trax)
  • Advisory Producers: Motohiro Abe (avex entertainment inc.), Yoshihisa Nagata (avex live creative inc.)
  • General Producers: Shinji Hayashi, Takashi Araki, Ryuhei Chiba (avex group)


  • Art Direction & Design: Shinichi Hara
  • Art Design: Takuma Noriage (momoya)
  • Creative Coordination: Naoki Ueda (avex marketing communications inc.)
  • CG Treatment: Makoto Harikae, Hiroko Tanaka, Hiroki Yura (amana)
  • Quality Control: Shuichi Takahashi, Toshiyuki Suzuki (avex marketing communications inc.)
  • Photographer: Kazuyoshi Shimomura (AVGVST)
  • Assistant Photographer: Satoko Mitomi
  • Stylist: Kei 'Okei' Ito (ab fab)
  • Assistant Stylist: Yuko Honda (ab fab)
  • Costume Creator: Akira Noda (Workaholik)
  • Nail Artist: Kanako 'Bancho' Miura (Three Peace)
  • Assistant Nail Artist: Shingo 'Minazo' Sano
  • Hair: Mika Momose (ISM)
  • Assistant Hair: So 'Otochan' Tsuchie (ISM)
  • Make Up: Jin 'Gori' Kiyota (Rond.)
  • Assistant Make Up: Shoichi 'Sho' Nakamura
  • Stand in: Takami 'Poroko' Desaki


  • Support: Keizo Kuroda, Kazuhisa Kurumizawa (Three Peace), Kazuyoshi Takahashi, Satomi Masubuchi, Kayoko Kishishita, Hiroyuki Kuramoto (ZACC), Takehide Fumimori, Miki Kakinuma, Koji Matsumoto, Stanly Izumi Kim, Luis Hernandez, Ward Sexton, Katsutaka 'Numacchi' Numakura (Office Lift), Jun Yoshida (ISM)


  • Special Thanks: Junichi 'nonchan' Kamitoku, Mikajohn, Tetsuya 'Hige' Hirakawa, Natsuki, Furu, Yossy, Ryuji, Naokun, Yusuke, Kotaro, Turico, Tomomi, Kyoko, Ai, Ryo, Keiko, Jin, Kumako, Keiichi, my family & my honey, all of you who participated this album... and you❤

Charts

A BEST 2 -WHITE- debuted at #2 in Oricon Charts (Japan) but it reached #1 in next days. This is the first time in 36 and a half years that a female artist occupied #1 and #2 in album charts. A BEST 2 -WHITE- reached #1 in Japan, #1 in Singapore, #2 in Taiwan and #28 in Hong Kong. In its first week in Taiwan Ayumi occupied a half of total J-Pop sales and 11% of total sales. Together, the A BEST 2 albums have shipped more than 2,000,000 copies in Japan alone.

Oricon Chart Positions
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week Rank Sales
- 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 475,284
1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 101,894
2 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 46,634
6 12 11 7 7 8 8 9 22,667
8 18 16 13 12 12 10 15 14,168
12 19 18 17 18 15 17 17 8,783
15 - 19 20 19 16 17 21 6,276
- - - - - - - 29 4,775
- - - - - - - 46 4,129
- - - - - - - 39 4,130
- - - - - - - 54 2,314
- - - - - - - 56 2,105
- - - - - - - 101 1,878
- - - - - - - 89 1,779
- - - - - - - 113 1,502
- - - - - - - 109 1,367
- - - - - - - 125 1,240
- - - - - - - 142 1,488
- - - - - - - 151 1,196
- - - - - - - 139 1,250
- - - - - - - 116 1,551
- - - - - - - 156 1,251
- - - - - - - 159 1,046
- - - - - - - 145 1,148
- - - - - - - 143 1,262
- - - - - - - 184 1,022
- - - - - - - 217 856
- - - - - - - 243 744
- - - - - - - 223 748
- - - - - - - 247 753
- - - - - - - 284 747
- - - - - - - out for one week
- - - - - - - 290 595
- - - - - - - out for ten weeks
- - - - - - - 232 919
- - - - - - - out for one week
- - - - - - - 164 2,619
- - - - - - -
- - - - - - - 150 1,023
- - - - - - - 229 696
  • Total Reported Sales: 721,839
  • Sales in 2007: 717,501 (#5 album of the year)
  • Sales in 2008: 4,338
Charts Positions
Country Chart Weeks

1

2

3

4

All Global Chart 1 12 - -
Hong
Kong
Japanese Chart 1 6 9 9
Asian Chart 7 18 29 27
Global Chart 28 - - -
Taiwan Global Chart 2 5 4 6
Japanese Chart 1 2 1 1

G-Music Japanese Chart Positions

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 Week 16 Week 17 Week 18
Position 1 2 1 1 1 3 5 6 7 6 11 8 12 16 13 - - 16
Percentage 24.66% 12.31% 13.15% 9.9% 7.43% 4.78% 1.98% 2.46% 1.3% 1.2% 1.09% 1.16% 0.86% 0.79% 0.57% - - 0.37%

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