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Guilty (Hamasaki Ayumi album)

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CD+DVD Cover
CD Only Cover
"GUILTY" Photobook Cover
PLAYBUTTON
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Album
GUILTY
Released
2008.01.01 (Japan)
2008.01.09 (Taiwan)
2008.01.11 (South Korea)
2012.03.21 (PLAYBUTTON)
Catalog Number
AVCD-23503/B (CD+DVD)
AVCD-23504 (CD Only)
AQZD-50676 (PLAYBUTTON)
Price
¥3,990 (CD+DVD)
¥3,150 (CD Only)
¥2,800 (PLAYBUTTON)
CD Tracklist
  1. Mirror
  2. (don't) Leave me alone
  3. talkin' 2 myself
  4. decision
  5. GUILTY
  6. fated
  7. Together When...
  8. Marionette -prelude-
  9. Marionette
  10. The Judgement Day
  11. glitter
  12. MY ALL
  13. reBiRTH
  14. untitled ~for her~
DVD Tracklist
  1. Kyo Ai ~Distance Love~ (glitter / fated) (距愛) <short film>
  2. talkin' 2 myself <video clip>
  3. decision <video clip>
  4. Together When... <video clip>
  5. Marionette <video clip>
  6. (don't) Leave me alone <video clip>
  7. Kyo Ai ~Distance Love~ (glitter) (距愛) <making clip>
  8. Kyo Ai ~Distance Love~ (fated) (距愛) <making clip>
  9. talkin' 2 myself myself <making clip>
  10. decision <making clip>
  11. Together When... <making clip>
  12. Marionette <making clip>
  13. (don't) Leave me alone <making clip>


Information

GUILTY is the ninth full-length studio album released by Hamasaki Ayumi. The album was released in two versions, CD+DVD and CD Only. First press copies came with a limited edition photobook. The CD+DVD version included all the music videos from the single "glitter / fated" to the digital single "Together When...", including making-of's.

It follows in the footsteps of the rock-influenced Secret, with a similar balance of rock and pop sounds. The album features four interlude tracks - highly unusual at the time when compared to her past releases. This was met with some contention from fans.

Hamasaki's official website announced on March 17, 2008 that GUILTY will be released digitally in over 26 countries worldwide, a first for any Japanese artist. The album would be digitally released through the Apple iTunes stores in North America, Oceania, Europe, and Asian countries where the physical version of the album was already released. This is officially Hamasaki's first release outside Asia.

The opening track Mirror was later released as "Mirrorcle World", which was used to promote and commemorate her 10th Anniversary. A limited PLAYBUTTON edition of the album was released on March 21st, 2012.

This album reached #2 on the Oricon charts and charted for 17 weeks. It sold 568,288 copies, becoming the #17 album of 2008. GUILTY is Hamasaki's first studio album to not have reached #1 on the Oricon weekly album charts.

The album is certified Double Platinum for shipment of 500,000 copies.

The song " MY ALL" was certified Gold in June of 2012 for overselling 100,000 legal downloads by Recochoku.

Credits

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  • Produced by max matsuura


  • Directed & Recorded by Koji Morimoto
  • A&R: Kentaro Furusawa (avex trax)
  • A&R Direction: Hidetomo Yoneda (avex trax)
  • Recordist: Koji Morimoto (prime sound studio form), Yasuo Matsumoto (ZeeQ), Satoshi Kumasaka, Yuichi Nagayama, Hiroshi Sato, Yoshinori Kumamoto (prime sound studio form), Steve Churchyard, Bradley Cook, Troy Halverson
  • 2nd Engineer: Kohei Hatakeyama (prime sound studio form), Makoto Yamadoi (avex studio azabu), Nate Hertweck, Anthony Caruso (Record Plant Recording Studios, L.A.), Sam Holland (Conway Recording Studios, LA)
  • Recorded & Mixed at prime sound studio form, Record Plant Recording Studio, LA, ZeeQ studio, Conway Recording Studios, LA, Clinton Recording Studios, NY, avex studio azabu, Hitokuchizaka Studio, Bunkamura Studio, Sound City
  • Composers Management: Hidemi Ino, Tadayoshi Matsuzaka, Shigeru Kajita, Tomonori Takeda, Chika Souma, Yuki Iwabuchi (tearbridge production), Morihiko Aoyagi (SCOOP MUSIC)
  • Players Coordination: Yoji Sugiyama (Witchcraft)
  • Players & Studio Coordination in LA: Mai Takamizawa (Plenty)
  • Studio Setup Assist: Tomoki Kunihara, Noriko Yajima (prime sound studio form)
  • Artist Management: Kouji Hashimoto, Tadashi Urakami, Masaaki Gyobu (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Artist Brand Management: Motohiro Abe (HEARTSAVER inc.), Hideki Endo (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Visual Producer: Kiyoshi 'Utsumizm' Utsumi (avex group)
  • Team Ayu: Kazuki 'Mr' Okabe (avex entertaintment inc.), Takashi Saigo (avex marketing inc.)
  • Media Promotion: All Media Division Promotion Room Staff (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Media Promotion Supervisor: Akira Akutsu (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Sales Promotion: Jun Yogi & All AMI Staff (avex marketing inc.)
  • Tie-up Coordination: Daisuke Ogi (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Casting Coordination: Tatsuo Kodama, Shingo Kitagawa, Kazunari Ishii (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Contents Coordination: Shunsuke Abe (avex marketing inc.)
  • Digital Release Promotion: Tomohiro Miyauchi, Keiko Konma (avex marketing inc.)
  • Web Designer: Yukiko Ito, Daisuke Kikuchi (avex network inc.)
  • DVD Authoring: Yohei Sato (avex marketing inc.)
  • A&R Desk: Kumiko Yoshida (avex entertainment inc.)
  • A&R Supervisor: Hiroshi Ishimori, Takashi Okuda (avex trax)
  • A&R Executive Supervisor: Jun Harada (avex trax)
  • General Producers: Shinji Hayashi, Takashi Araki, Ryuhei Chiba (avex group)


<VIDEO CLIP>
  • Kyo Ai ~Distance Love~ (glitter / fated) Directed by Wong hui
  • talkin' 2 myself Directed by Tetsuo Inoue
  • decision Directed by Wataru Takeishi
  • Together When... / (don't) Leave me alone Directed by Takahide Ishii
  • 'Marionette' Choreographer: Yusaku Jin
  • '(don't) Leave me alone' Choreographer: Kayano 'Kayanocchi' Nomura


  • Art Direction & Design: Shinichi Hara
  • Art Design: Hirotomi Suzumoto (momoya)
  • Photographer: HIJIKA
  • Assistant Photographer: Hiroaki 'Bobby' Jinbo
  • Stylist: Kei 'Okei' Ito (ab fab)
  • Assistant Stylist: Yuko 'DJ' Honda (ab fab)
  • Costume Creator: Akira Noda (Workaholik)
  • Nail Artist: Kanako 'Bancho' Miura (Three Peace)
  • Assistant Nail Artist: Shingo 'Minazo' Sano
  • Hair & Make Up: Jin 'Gori' Kiyota (Rond.)
  • Assistant Hair & Make Up: Shoichi 'Sho' Nakamura (Rond.)
  • Stand In: Takami 'Poroko' Desaki
  • Location Coordinator: Luis Hernandez (Day O Productions, Inc.)
  • Location Support: Stanly Izumi Kim (s.i.k.e)
  • Creative Coordination: Naoki Ueda (avex marketing inc.)
  • CG Treatment: Makoto Harikae, Hiroko Tanaka (amana)
  • Quality Control: Masashi Shinabe, Toshiyuki Suzuki (avex marketing inc.)
  • Costume Support: D&G / DOLCE & GABBANA JAPAN, PAULE KA
  • Support: Junichi 'nonchan' Kamitoku, Mikajohn, Tetsuya 'Hige' Hirakawa, Keizo Kuroda, Kazuhisa Kurumizawa (Three Peace), Kazuyoshi Takahashi, Hiroyuki Kuramoto, Satomi Masubuchi, Shouko Miki (ZACC), Koji Matsumoto, Stanly Izumi Kim, Luis Hernandez, Ward Sexton, Katsutaka 'Numacchi' Numakura (Office Lift), So Nagashima (Three Line Trainers), Jun Yoshida (ISM)


This album is dedicated to a dearest person. May she rest in peace... 1976~2007

Oricon Chart Positions

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week Rank Sales
- 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 432,113
2 2 2 2 2 3 3
1 3 3 3 3 4 3 2 72,027
4 7 8 7 7 11 7 7 24,715
7 22 23 17 19 23 16 19 12,340
14 28 24 - - - - 23 8,826
- - - - - - - 40 4,371
- - - - - - - 43 3,392
- - - - - - - 79 2,004
- - - - - - - 91 1,886
- - - - - - - 134 1,371
- - - - - - - 145 1,245
- - - - - - - 188 1,024
- - - - - - - 262 800
- - - - - - - 229 755
- - - - - - - 185 800
- - - - - - - 242 619

Total Reported Sales: 568,288

Billboard Japan Top Album Chart Positions

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Position 3 5 16 20 34 40 60 80

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
Position 1 1 1 1 2 2 3 4 6 9 11 15
Percentage 39.78% 17.27% 13.28% 9.64% 5.23% 6.46% 3.12% 2.45% 1.74% 1.08% 0.62% 0.73%

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