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Heaven (Hamasaki Ayumi)

CD+DVD
CD only
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Single
HEAVEN
Released
2005.09.14
Catalog Number
AVCD-30842/B (CD+DVD)
AVCD-30843 (CD Only)
Price
¥1,890 (CD+DVD)
¥1,050 (CD Only)
CD Tracklist
  1. HEAVEN "original mix"
  2. Will "original mix"
  3. alterna "Orchestra Version"
  4. HEAVEN "Piano Version"
  5. HEAVEN "original mix -Instrumental-"
  6. Will "original mix -Instrumental-"
DVD Tracklist
  1. HEAVEN <video clip>
  2. HEAVEN <photo gallery>
  3. HEAVEN <TV-CM>


Information

"HEAVEN" is Hamasaki Ayumi's 37th single. "HEAVEN" was used as the main theme for the 2005 movie Shinobi. The single was released in two formats; a CD+DVD version and a CD only version. This single reached #1 on the Oricon charts and sold 320,591 copies in 2005, becoming the #23 single of the year. It charted for 18 weeks and sold a total of 327,111 copies.


Live Performances

Song Information

Lyrics
Hamasaki Ayumi
Music
Kikuchi Kazuhito
Other Information
Original mix
Arrangement: Nakano Yuta & KZB
Programming: Nakano Yuta & KZB
Guitar: Kikuchi Kazuhito
Piano: Kobayashi Shingo
Strings Arrangement: Nakano Yuta
Strings: Gen Ittetsu Strings
Additional B.G. Vocal Arrangement: Kobayashi Shingo
B.G. Vocal: Hirotani Junko, Nishina Kaori
Mixed by Morimoto Koji
Arranged by Akimitsu Honma ver.
Arrangement: Honma Akimitsu
Strings Arrangement: Teho
Strings: Hitoshi Konno
Mixed by Hattori Atsushi

Music Video

PV Shot

The music video for "HEAVEN" was directed by Takeishi Wataru. It was done entirely in one shot and in black and white.

It features Hamasaki singing alone in a subway. As she does, ghosts frequently pass by her. Near the end of the video, the spirits leave her and board on a train (implying their departure to heaven).

Credits

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  • produced by max matsuura


  • Directed and Recorded by Koji Morimoto
  • Mastered by Shigeo Miyamoto at FLAIR


  • tr.3 Arrangement: Tatsuya Murayama
  • tr.4 Arrangement: Shingo Kobayashi


  • A&R: Kentaro Furusawa (avex entertainment inc.)
  • A&R Direction: Hidetomo Yoneda (avex entertainment inc.)
  • A&R Creative Assist: Hidemi Ino (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Head of A&R: Hiroaki Ito (avex entertainment inc.)


  • Artist Management: Yuka Kikuchi, Kouji Hashimoto, Tadashi Urakami (avex entertainment inc.)


  • Media Promotion: Koki Sato & All Media Division Promotion Room staff
  • Sales Promotion: Hideo Yamamoto & All avex marketing communications inc. Sstaff
  • Visual Producer: Kiyoshi 'Utsumizm' Utsumi (to max inc.)


  • Artist Brand Management: Motohiro Abe (avex entertainment inc.)
  • General Producer: Shinji Hayashi, Ryuhei Chiba (avex group)


  • Art Direction: Shinichi Hara
  • Design: Tomokazu Suzuki (momoya)
  • Photographer: ND CHOW (Angle)
  • Assistant Photographer: Takuo Arai, Kei Onaka
  • Fashion Director: Kei Ito (ab fab)
  • Stylist: Hideo 'Kokomi' Suzue (H)
  • Hair & Make up: Keizo Kuroda (THREE PEACE)
  • Assistant Hair & Make up: Kazuhisa Kurumizawa
  • Nail Artist: Kanako 'Bancho' Miura
  • Stand in: Takami 'Poroko' Desaki


  • 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 Photographer: Kuzuki 'Mr' Okabe (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Photo gallery direction: Yukako Tanaka (to max inc.)
  • Photo gallery engineer: Minoru Tooriyama, Yusuke Suda


  • HEAVEN video clip directed by Wataru Takeishi

Oricon Chart Positions

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week Rank Sales
- 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 168,540
1 3 4 3 2 2 2 2 63,260
1 2 2 2 2 4 4 2 33,101
4 13 11 9 6 6 7 9 20,215
8 13 14 12 9 11 9 11 12,716
7 15 17 15 11 9 11 11 7,689
10 - - - 20 19 16 22 5,445
9 - - - - - - 26 5,326
- - - - - - - 42 2,558
- - - - - - - 52 1,741
- - - - - - - 85 1,422
- - - - - - - 77 1,213
- - - - - - - 116 881
- - - - - - - 118 687
- - - - - - - 131 732
- - - - - - - 135 1,168
- - - - - - -
- - - - - - - 178 417
  • Total Reported Sales: 327,111

Disambiguation

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

HEAVEN
Found on the (miss)understood album as track #12. This is the standard version of the song and often referred to as "Original Mix".
HEAVEN "Piano Version"
Found on the "HEAVEN" single as track #4. This is a piano version arranged by Kobayashi Shingo and mixed by Morimoto Koji.
HEAVEN "original mix -Instrumental-"
Found on the "HEAVEN" single as track #5. This is the standard version without its main vocals.
HEAVEN "House Mix"
Found on the "Bold & Delicious / Pride" single as track #3. This is a remixed version by M.O.R.
HEAVEN × DAISHI DANCE
Found on the ayu-mi-x 6 -SILVER- remix album as track #5. This is a remix by DAISHI DANCE.
HEAVEN (DAISHI DANCE Remix with Chieko Kinbara)
Found on the "HEAVEN / talkin' 2 myself" vinyl as track #1. This is a remix by DAISHI DANCE with Kinbara Chieko
HEAVEN (DAISHI DANCE DJ Exclusive Edit)
Found on the "HEAVEN / talkin' 2 myself" vinyl as track #2. This is another remixed version by DAISHI DANCE.
HEAVEN (Arranged by Akimitsu Homma)
Found on the ayu-mi-x 7 -version Acoustic Orchestra- remix album as track #5. It has an orchestral arrangement by Honma Akimitsu.
HEAVEN - ayumi hamasaki 15th Anniversary TOUR ~A BEST LIVE~
Found on the ayumi hamasaki 15th Anniversary TOUR ~A BEST LIVE~ live album as track #9. This is the live recording of her performance on the ayumi hamasaki 15th Anniversary TOUR ~A BEST LIVE~ tour.

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