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Blue Bird (Hamasaki Ayumi)

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CD+DVD A
CD+DVD B
CD only
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Single
BLUE BIRD
Released
2006.06.21
Catalog Number
AVCD-31051/B (CD+DVD A)
AVCD-31052/B (CD+DVD B)
AVCD-31053 (CD Only)
Price
¥1,890 (CD+DVD)
¥1,050 (CD Only)
Tracklist
  1. BLUE BIRD "Original mix"
  2. Beautiful Fighters "Original mix"
  3. Ladies Night ~another night~
  4. BLUE BIRD "Harderground remix"
  5. BLUE BIRD "Original mix -Instrumental-"
  6. Beautiful Fighters "Original mix -Instrumental-"
DVD A Tracklist
  1. BLUE BIRD (PV)
  2. Beautiful Fighters <video clip>
  3. BLUE BIRD <making clip>
DVD B Tracklist
  1. BLUE BIRD <video clip>
  2. Beautiful Fighters <video clip>
  3. Beautiful Fighters <making clip>


Information

"BLUE BIRD" is Hamasaki Ayumi's 40th single. It includes two songs, "BLUE BIRD" and "Beautiful Fighters", and two remixes "Ladies Night ~another night~" and "BLUE BIRD "Hardground remix"". "Beautiful Fighters" and "Ladies Night ~another night~" were both used in Panasonic commercials while "BLUE BIRD" was used in a Zespri Kiwi commercial. The covers for each version of the single are slightly altered in different angles. Those who ordered early received a poster as a first press bonus. "BLUE BIRD" was the #32 best-selling single of 2006. This was the only song from Hamasaki that charted in the "iTunes BEST of 2006", charting at #16.


Live Performances

Song Information

Lyrics
Hamasaki Ayumi
Music
D・A・I
Other Information
Arrangement: HΛL
Programming: HΛL (Umesaki Toshiharu, Shimizu Takehito)
Additional Programming: Maruyama Mayuko
Guitar: Shimizu Takehito
Strings Arrangement: Gen Ittetsu
Strings: Gen Ittetsu Strings
Drums: Kawano Michio
Additional B.G. Vocal: Hirotani Junko
Mixed by Morimoto Koji

Music Video

PV Shot

The music video for "BLUE BIRD" was directed by Ishii Takahide. It was shot in Guam, and features many of her background dancers.

In the first scene, she is singing on an empty beach. She is then seen on a boat with friends. Throughout the video, it switches between the first setting, the second setting, and a third setting in which she is feasting and having fun with the same friends. There is also a fourth setting where she sings on a cliff.

Credits

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Hamasaki Ayumi promoting the single.


  • Produced by max matsuura


  • Directed and Recorded by Koji Morimoto
  • Mastered by Hiroshi Kawasaki at FLAIR
  • trk.3 Mixed by Satoshi Kumasaka
  • A&R: Kentaro Furusawa (avex entertainment inc.)
  • A&R Direction: Hidetomo Yoneda (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Artist Management: Kouji Hashimoto, Junko Shimamura, Tadashi Urakami (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Artist Brand Management: Motohiro Abe (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Visual Producer: Kiyoshi 'Utsumizm' Utsumi (avex group)
  • Media Promotion: Koki Sato & All Media Division Promotion Room staff (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Media Promotion Supervisor: Akira Akutsu (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Sales Promotion: Taishi Nomura, Jun Yogi & All AMC Staff (avex marketing communications inc.)
  • A&R Creative Assist: Hidemi Ino (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Head of A&R: Hiroaki Ito (avex entertainment inc.)
  • General Producer: Shinji Hayashi, Takashi Araki, Ryuhei Chiba (avex group)
  • Recorded & Mixed at prime sound studio form


  • Art Direction: Shinichi Hara
  • Design: Takuma Noriage (momoya)
  • Photographer: ND CHOW (angle)
  • Assistant Photographer: Takuo Arai
  • Stylist: Kei Ito (ab fab)
  • Hair & Make up: Keizo Kuroda (Three Peace)
  • Assistant Hair & Make up: Kazuhisa Kurumizawa
  • Nail Artist: Kanako 'Bancho' Miura (Three Peace)
  • Assistant Nail Artist: Shingo 'Minazo' Sano
  • Stand in: Takami 'Poroko' Desaki
  • Location Coordinate: Day O Productions, inc.
  • Location Coordinate Support: Mitsu Hagiwara (hideoki productions ltd.), Stanly Izumi Kim (s.i.k.e)
  • Creative Coordination: Naoki Ueda (avex marketing communications inc.)
  • CG Treatment: Makoto Harikae, Hiroko Tanaka (amana)
  • Quality Control: Shuichi Takahashi (avex marketing communications inc.)
  • DVD Authoring: Naoya Munemura, Noriko Sakakihara (avex network inc.)
  • Team Ayu & Off Shot Movie: Kazuki 'Mr' Okabe (avex entertainment inc.)


"BLUE BIRD" video clip
Directed by Takahide Ishii

"Beautiful Fighters" video clip
Directed by Luis Hernandez
Direction Planning by Takahide Ishii

Oricon Chart Positions

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week Rank Sales
- 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 160,572
1 5 5 3 3 2 3 3 48,390
3 14 13 12 8 7 7 12 20,004
6 - - 18 16 20 17 18 10,513
17 - - - - - - 31 6,291
- - - - - - - 37 4,288
- - - - - - - 56 2,389
- - - - - - - 61 1,919
- - - - - - - 61 1,587
- - - - - - - 101 1,129
- - - - - - - 123 928
- - - - - - - 181 556
  • Total Reported Sales: 258,566

Disambiguation

The following are the different versions of this song released throughout Hamasaki Ayumi's discography, listed chronologically.

BLUE BIRD
Found on the Secret album as track #12. This is the standard version of the song, often referred to as "Original mix"
BLUE BIRD "Harderground remix"
Found on the "BLUE BIRD" single as track #4. This is a remix version by NISH.
BLUE BIRD "Original mix -Instrumental-"
Found on the "BLUE BIRD" single as track #5. This is the standard version without its main vocals.

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