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M (Hamasaki Ayumi)

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CD Art
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Single
M
Released
2000.12.13
Catalog Number
AVCD-30197
Price
¥1,260
Tracklist
  1. M "Original Mix"
  2. M "Dub's Hard Pop Remix"
  3. SEASONS "Yuta's weather report mix"
  4. M "nicely nice winter parade remix"
  5. Far away "Laugh & Peace MIX"
  6. M "REWIRED MIX"
  7. M "SMOKERS MIX"
  8. M "RANK-M Mix"
  9. M "NEUROTIC EYE'S Mix"
  10. M "Original Mix -Instrumental-"



DVD Art
VHS Art
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
DVD Single
M
Released
2001.02.07
Catalog Number
AVBD-91049
Price
¥1,575
Tracklist
  1. M (PV)
  2. M (TV-CM)
  3. making of M

Single Cover
Artist
AYU
Single
M
Released
2003.10.27 (Germany)
Catalog Number
DRIZ3002-CD
Tracklist
  1. M "Above&Beyond edit"
  2. M "van Eyden vs M.o.r.p.h. remix edit"
  3. M "Tectonic Shift vs. André Visior remix edit"
  4. M "Above&Beyond Vocal Dub mix"
  5. M "Above&Beyond Typhoon Club mix"
  6. M "Above&Beyond Vocal mix"

Vinyl Cover
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Vinyl
M
Released
2001.07.14
Catalog Number
RR12-88219
Price
¥1,575
Tracklist
  1. M "Dub's Hard Pop Remix"
  2. M "nicely nice winter parade remix"
  3. M "Original Mix"

Vinyl Art
Artist
AYU
Vinyl
M e.p.
Released
2001.11.11 (Japan)
2002.01.15 (UK)
Catalog Number
AVJK-3040/1
Tracklist
  1. M (Above & Beyond Typhoon dub mix)
  2. Boys & Girls (Push Instrumental dub)
  3. UNITE! (Airwave dub)
  4. UNITE! (Airwave remix)
  5. appears (Armin van Buuren's Sunset dub)
  6. UNITE! (Moogwai dub)
  7. AUDIENCE (Darren Tate Instrumental)

Vinyl Cover
Artist
AYU
Vinyl
M
Released
2003.09.06 (Germany)
Catalog Number
DRIZ3002-1
Tracklist
  1. M (Above & Beyond Typhoon Dub)
  2. M (Above & Beyond Vocal Mix)

Vinyl Cover
Artist
AYU
Vinyl
M Part 2
Released
2003.09.26 (Germany)
Catalog Number
DRIZ3002-2
Tracklist
  1. M (Van Eyden vs. M.O.R.P.H. Remix)
  2. M (Tectonic Shift vs. André Visior Remix)
  3. M (Above & Beyond Instrumental Mix)

Vinyl Cover
Artist
AYU
Vinyl
M limited edition
Released
2003.11.02 (Germany; limited edition)
Catalog Number
DRIZ3002-LTD
Tracklist
  1. M (Above & Beyond Vocal Dub Mix)
  2. M (Tectonic Shift vs. André Visior Instrumental Mix)

Vinyl Cover
Artist
AYU
Vinyl
M
Released
2004.05.05 (Spain)
Catalog Number
VLMX 1607-3
Tracklist
  1. M (Above & Beyond Vocal Dub Mix)
  2. M (Above & Beyond Vocal Mix)
  3. M (Van Eyden vs. M.O.R.P.H. Remix)
  4. M (Tectonic Shift vs. André Visior Remix)


Information

"M" is Hamasaki Ayumi's 19th single. The lyrics of "M" are about Hamasaki talking to Maria (the Japanese reference to The Virgin Mary), or also possibly to Mary Magdalene, hence the title "M". This is the first song composed by Hamasaki, under her pen name CREA. The original and a remix of the song were both used in ad campaigns for the TU-KA mobile phones. The first CM ad features the original song and promotes the "TT03Z A Model", with a limited cell phone designed by Hamasaki herself. The other CM features the remix and promotes the TU-KA funstyle mobile phone. This is the first song with music written by Hamasaki under her pen name CREA. This single reached #1 on Oricon charts and charted for 18 weeks. It sold 1,319,070 copies, becoming the #2 single of 2001.

"M" is also Hamasaki Ayumi's second DVD single. It was released two months after the CD single and contains the music video, the CM promoting the CD and the making of.

The Japanese vinyl was released under Rythm REPUBLIC label, the German ones under the Drizzly label, and the Spanish vinyl was released under the Electropolis label. All international vinyls were released under the nickname of AYU.

In 2020, "M" was used as the title song for the drama series about her life, M Aisubeki Hito ga Ite.


Live Performances

Song Information

Lyrics
Hamasaki Ayumi
Music
CREA
Other Information
Original Mix
Arrangement: HΛL
Programming: HΛL
Keyboards: HΛL
Guitar: Akimoto Naoya
Mixed by Morimoto Koji
Acoustic Orchestra Version
Arrangement: Kobayashi Shingo
Programming: Kobayashi Shingo
Piano: Kobayashi Shingo
Percussion: Tanaka Michiaki
Strings: Gen Ittetsu Strings
Mixed by Okawa Masayoshi
"HΛL's Progress" ver.
Arrangement: HΛL (Umesaki Toshiharu, Shimizu Takehito, Nakano Yuta)
Programming: HΛL
All Instrument: HΛL
Mixed by Morimoto Koji

Music Video

PV Shot

The music video for "M" was directed by Takeishi Wataru. The video features Hamasaki standing inside of a church, and after the snow creeps in, another Hamasaki appears in a wedding dress wearing blue contacts. The video then switches to an outside view of the church were Hamasaki and her band are playing. After the song ends the wedding gown image of Hamasaki leaves the church just how it entered.

  • Cast: ENRIQUE, Yoshio Nomura, Toshihiko Nakamura, POP
  • Director: Wataru Takeishi (Dee DRIVE inc.)
  • Producer: Ryuzo Shoji (to max inc.)
  • Assistant Producer: Kiyoshi Utsumi (to max inc.)
  • P.Producer: Yoshiko Ishibashi (Dee DRIVE inc.)
  • Production Manager: Shinichiro Sato (Dee DRIVE inc.)
  • Assistant Production Manager: Toshihiko Takenaka (Dee DRIVE inc.)
  • Director of Photography: Tetsuya Kamoto (JPN Production), Kouji Kiyokawa
  • Light: Kimiyasu Kimura (Doing), Seigoro Nakajima
  • Stylist: Koji Matsumoto
  • Haute Couture: Takuya Nishida
  • Assistant Stylist: Hiroyuki 'Ushiko' Ishii, Midori 'Okami' Ogyu (OFFICE an'gel)
  • Hair & Make up: CHIKA (artifata)
  • Assistant Hair & Make up: Junpei 'Inocchi' Tanaka (artifata)
  • Nail Artist: Kanako 'Bancho' Miura

Oricon Chart Positions

Week Date Position Weekly Sales Total Sales
Week 1 2000.12.25 1 541,350 541,350
Week 2 2001.01.01 1 185,290 726,640
Week 3 2001.01.15 2 246,150 972,790
Week 4 2001.02.22 2 95,770 1,068,560
Week 5 2001.02.29 5 58,770 1,127,330
Week 6 2001.02.05 6 57,490 1,184,820
Week 7 2001.02.12 7 47,370 1,232,190
Week 8 2001.02.19 12 28,320 1,260,510
Week 9 2001.02.23 23 19,320 1,279,830
Week 10 2001.03.05 33 11,550 1,291,380
Week 11 2001.03.12 51 6,650 1,298,030
Week 12 2001.03.19 46 5,770 1,303,800
Week 13 2001.03.26 62 3,840 1,307,640
Week 14 2001.04.02 56 3,660 1,311,300
Week 15 2001.04.09 66 2,840 1,314,140
Week 16 2001.04.19 71 2,830 1,316,970
Week 17 2001.04.23 91 2,100 1,319,070

Total Reported Sales: 1,319,070

Total Reported Downloads by RIAJ: 250,000

Disambiguation

I am... Cover

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

M
Found on the I am... album as track #11. This is the standard version of the song, and often referred to as "Original Mix".
M "Dub's Hard Pop Remix"
Found on the "M" single as track #2 and on the "M" vinyl as track #1. This is a remixed version by Izumi "D·M·X" Miyazaki.
M "nicely nice winter parade remix"
Found on the "M" single as track #4 and on the "M" vinyl as track #2. This is a remix by Sato Seiki.
M "REWIRED MIX"
Found on the "M" single as track #6. This is a remixed version by REWIRED.
M "SMOKERS MIX"
Found on the "M" single as track #7. Remixed by IKEBUCHI / MOMO / TAKADA-MP.
M "RANK-M Mix"
Found on the "M" single as track #8. This is a remix version by Beatwave.
M "NEUROTIC EYE'S Mix"
Found on the "M" single as track #9. It was remixed by KO-I.
M "Original Mix -Instrumental-"
Found on the "M" single as track #10. This is the vocal-less version of the original mix.
M "Johnny Vicious RADIO VOX"
Found on the "Dearest" single as track #9. This was remixed by Johnny Vicious.
M "Above & Beyond remix"
Found on the Cyber TRANCE presents ayu trance remix album as track #2 and on the Cyber TRANCE presents ayu trance 2 remix album as track #3. This is a remix by Above & Beyond.
M (Sweet Heart Mix)
Found on the SUPER EUROBEAT presents ayu-ro mix 2 remix album as track #6. This is remixed by Laurent Newfield.
M (Above & Beyond Typhoon dub mix)
Found on the "M e.p." vinyl as track #1. Remixed by Above & Beyond.
M "Non-Stop Mega Mix Version"
Found on the ayu-mi-x 4 + selection Non-Stop Mega Mix Version remix album as track #5. This is a mixed version between "Johnny Vicious remix" by Johnny Vicious, "RANK-M Mix" by Beatwave and "Dub's Hard Pop Remix" by Izumi "D·M·X" Miyazaki.
M (Acoustic Orchestra Version)
Found on the ayu-mi-x 4 + selection Acoustic Orchestra Version remix album as track #7. This version has an orchestral arrangement by Kobayashi Shingo.
M (Above & Beyond Typhoon Dub)
Found on the "M" first German vinyl as track #1. This is a remix by Above & Beyond.
M (Above & Beyond Vocal Mix)
Found on the "M" first German vinyl as track #2, on the "M" German single as track #6 and on the "M" Spanish vinyl as track #2.. This is another remix by DJ band Above & Beyond.
M (Van Eyden vs. M.O.R.P.H. Remix)
Found on the "M" second German vinyl as track #1. This is a remixed version by Van Eyden and M.O.R.P.H..
M (Tectonic Shift vs. André Visior Remix)
Found on the "M" second German vinyl as track #2. This is a Tectonic Shift & André Visior remix.
M (Above & Beyond Instrumental Mix)
Found on the "M" second German vinyl as track #3. This is a vocal-less remix by Above & Beyond.
M "Above&Beyond edit"
Found on the "M" German single as track #1. This is remixed by Above & Beyond.
M "van Eyden vs M.o.r.p.h. remix edit"
Found on the "M" German single as track #2. This is a shorter version of "Van Eyden vs. M.O.R.P.H. Remix".
M "Tectonic Shift vs. André Visior remix edit"
Found on the "M" German single as track #3. This is a edited shorter version of "Tectonic Shift vs. André Visior Remix".
M "Above&Beyond Vocal Dub mix"
Found on the "M" German single as track #4 and on the "M" third German vinyl as track #1. Remixed by Above & Beyond.
M "Above&Beyond Typhoon Club mix"
Found on the "M" German single as track #5. This is a club mix by Above & Beyond.
M (Tectonic Shift vs. André Visior Instrumental Mix)
Found on the "M" third German vinyl as track #2. This is an instrumental remix by Tectonic Shift & André Visior.
M "HΛL's Progress"
Found on the A BALLADS best album as track #7. This version of the song has new arrangement and mixing.

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