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H (Hamasaki Ayumi)

CD Art
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Single
H
Released
2002.07.24
2002.11.07 (re-release)
Catalog Number
AVCD-30380
AVCD-30427 (re-release)
Price
¥1,260
Tracklist
  1. independent
  2. July 1st
  3. HANABI
  4. independent -instrumental-
  5. July 1st -instrumental-
  6. HANABI -instrumental-


Information

"H" is Hamasaki Ayumi's 27th single. "independent" was used as the image song for Nippon Television Network's "THE BASEBALL 2002", "July 1st" was used in a KOSÉ VISEÉ commercials promoting cosmetics, and "HANABI" was used by TU-KA in a commercial for promoting "funstyle" model cellphones. This single reached #1 on the Oricon charts and sold 1,000,260 copies in 2002, becoming the #1 single of the year. It charted for 25 weeks and sold a total of 1,012,544 copies.

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

Cover variants

There are five variations of this single: white, pink, blue, green and a re-released edition that comes in a digipack limited edition with the four covers and gold disc. The pink, blue and green editions feature model Kubota Atsuko (also known as Minori).

White
Pink
Blue
Green

Credits

Hamasaki promoting the single.


  • A&R + Directed by Yasuyuki Tomita
  • Mastered by Shigeo Miyamoto at FLAIR
  • A&R Coordination chief: Nobuhito Ikehata (avex trax)
  • A&R Supervisor: Hidemi Arasaki (avex trax)
  • Executive Supervisor: Katsuro Oshita (avex trax)
  • Artist Management: Yuka Kikuchi, Junichi Kamitoku, Kouji Hashimoto (avex inc.)
  • Artist Promotion: Kentaro Furusawa & avex Domestic Repertoire Promotion Dept.3, Akira Akutsu & avex inc. Advertisement Division
  • Sales Promotion: Tomotsugu Ota, Kazuo Kosugi, Yasuhiro Yamamoto & All avex distribution Staff
  • Advisory Producers: Ryuhei Chiba, Motohiro Abe (avex inc.), Ryuzo Shoji (to max), Yoshihisa Nagata (prime direction inc.)
  • General Producer: Shinji Hayashi (avex trax)
  • Specially Coordinated by Tom Yoda (avex group)


  • Art Direction: Shinichi Hara
  • Design: Takuma Noriage (RICE)
  • Creative Coordination: Naoki Ueda (avex trax)
  • Photographer: Keita Haginiwa
  • Fashion Director: Koji Matsumoto
  • Stylist: Fumiharu Minoshima (OFFICE án'gel)
  • Hair & Make up: Keizo Kuroda (NEST + Allure)
  • Assistant Hair & Make up: Takahiro Yamashita
  • Nail Artist: Kanako 'Bancho' Miura
  • Stand In: Atsuko 'Minori' Kubota
  • Location Transport: Katsukasa Numakura (Nala, Inc.)
  • Props Tanks: Minoru Onozato (EAST RIGHTS co, inc.), Masanobu Amemiya (Super Drivers)

United World Charts Positions

Week 1 Week 2
Position - 39

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