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Carols

CD Art
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Single
CAROLS
Released
2004.09.29
Catalog Number
AVCD-30650/B (CD+DVD)
AVCD-30651 (CD Only)
AVGD-30652 (SACD)
AVAD-91208 (DVD-Audio)
Price
¥1,890 (CD+DVD)
¥1,050 (CD Only)
CD Tracklist
  1. CAROLS "Original Mix"
  2. CAROLS "Criminal Tribal Mix"
  3. CAROLS "Hammond B-3 Whisper"
  4. CAROLS "Original Mix" -Instrumental-
DVD Tracklist
  1. CAROLS (Video clip)


Information

"CAROLS" is Hamasaki Ayumi's 34th single. It was released on the same day as her ARENA TOUR 2003~2004 A DVD. "CAROLS" was used as the Panasonic Digital Camera "LUMIX FX7" CM song. This single reached #1 on the Oricon charts and sold 301,275 copies in 2004, becoming the #20 single of the year. It charted for 15 weeks and sold a total of 309,128 copies.


Live Performances

Song Information

Lyrics
Hamasaki Ayumi
Music
Kinoshita Tomoya
Other Information
Original Mix
Arrangement: CMJK
Programming: CMJK
Guitar: CMJK
Drums: Konishi Shojiri
Bass: Mikuzuki Chiharu
Acoustic Piano: Saito Yuta
Strings: Gen Ittetsu Strings
Additional Guitar: Aida Shigekazu
B.G. Vocal: Hamasaki Ayumi
Mixed by Morimoto Koji
CLASSICAL VERSION
Arrangement: Takezawa Yutaka
English Horn: Shoji Satoshi
Flute: Soma Mitsuru
Piano: Nakanishi Yasuharu
Strings: Masatsugu Shinozaki Group
Trombone: Sano Satoshi
Trumpet: Sasaki Shiro
Mixed by Morimoto Koji

Music Video

PV Shot

The music video for "CAROLS" was directed by Muto Masashi. It was filmed in black and white. It shows Hamasaki singing in an empty theatre.

Credits

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  • produced by max matsuura


  • A&R + Directed by Yasuyuki Tomita (avex trax)
  • Mastered by Kazushige Yamazaki at FLAIR
  • A&R Coordination: Kentaro Furusawa (avex trax)
  • A&R Chief: Nobuhito Ikehata (avex trax)
  • Executive Supervisor: Daisuke Shimokawa, Ketsuro Oshita (avex inc.)
  • Artist Management: Yuka Kikuchi, Kouji Hashimoto, Makoto Noto (avex inc.)
  • Media Operation: avex Media room & Promotion room, 2nd A&R/Promotion Dept. Akira Akutsu, Koki Sato & avex inc. Advertisement Division
  • Sales Promotion: Hideo Yamamoto, Masatoshi Furukawa, Atsushi Shiraishi & All avex distribution Staff
  • Visual Producer: Kiyoshi 'Utsumizm' Utsumi (to max inc.)
  • Advisory Producers: Motohiro Abe (avex inc.), Ryuzo Shoji (to max inc.), Yoshihisa Nagata (prime direction, inc.)
  • General Producer: Shinji Hayashi (avex inc.), Ryuhei Chiba (avex inc.)
  • Specially Coordinated by Tom Yoda (avex group)


  • Art Direction: Shinichi Hara
  • Design: Tomokazu Suzuki (RICE)
  • Creative Coordination: Naoki Ueda (avex inc.)
  • CG Treatment: Makoto Harikae, Hiroko Tanaka (amana)
  • Quality Control: Shuichi Takahashi (avex inc.)
  • Photographer: Takashi Miezaki (FEMME)
  • Digital Work: Jerico Aqualla
  • Fashion Director: Kei Ito
  • Fashion Designer: Akira Noda (Workaholic)
  • Stylist: Hideo 'Kokomi' Suzue (H)
  • Assistant Stylist: Hirosuke 'Darling' Terada
  • Hair & Make up: Keizo Kuroda (THREE PEACE)
  • Assistant Hair & Make up: Kazuhisa Kurumizawa
  • Nail Artist: Kanako 'Bancho' Miura


  • DVD Audio/Video Authoring: Yuka Matsuki, Naoya Munemura (avex network)
  • SACD Operation: Shigeru Inoue (Sony Corporation), Atsuo Fujita, Masashi, Sakashita (F Inc.)

Oricon Chart Positions

Week # Week Rank Sales Total Sales
1 1 177,778 177,778
2 3 47,876 225,654
3 3 29,890 255,544
4 9 18,447 273,991
5 18 12,498 286,489
6 x x x
7 x x x
8 x x x
9 x x 303,284
10 x x 304,907
11 101 1,623 304,907
12 101 1,310 306,217
13 122 1,064 307,281
14 173 742 308,023
15 175 1,105 309,128

Total Reported Sales: 309,128

Total Reported Downloads: 1,000,000

Disambiguation

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

CAROLS
Found on the MY STORY album as track #11. This is the standard version of the song, often referred to as "Original Mix".
CAROLS "Criminal Tribal Mix"
Found on the "CAROLS" single as track #2. This is a remixed version of the song by CMJK.
CAROLS "Hammond B-3 Whisper"
Found on the "CAROLS" single as track #3. This is a remix with Hammond Organ performed by Kawai Daisuke.
CAROLS "Original Mix" -Instrumental-
Found on the "CAROLS" single as track #4. This is the standard version without its main vocals.
CAROLS - CLASSICAL VERSION
Found on the MY STORY Classical album as track #7. This is a classical version conducted by Sado Yutaka.
CAROLS × PLAYGROUP
Found on the ayu-mi-x 6 -SILVER- remix album as track #10. This is a remix by Playgroup.
CAROLS (PLAYGROUP Dub)
Found on the "INSPIRE / CAROLS" vinyl as track #3. This is a reviewed version of the remix by Playgroup.
CAROLS (PLAYGROUP Inst)
Found on the "INSPIRE / CAROLS" vinyl as track #4. This is a non-vocal remix by Playgroup.
CAROLS (Push remix)
Found on the ayu-mi-x 7 presents ayu trance 4 remix album as track #12. This is a remix by Push.

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