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Memorial Address

Album Cover
Album Cover (CD+DVD)
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Mini-Album
Memorial address
Released
2003.12.17
Catalog Number
AVCD-17410/B (CD+DVD)
AVCD-17411 (CD Only)
Price
¥3,630 (CD+DVD)
¥2,200 (CD Only)
CD Tracklist
  1. ANGEL'S SONG
  2. Greatful days
  3. Because of You
  4. ourselves
  5. HANABI ~episode II~
  6. No way to say (Original Mix)
  7. forgiveness
  8. Memorial address (take 2 version) (Bonus Track)
DVD Tracklist
  1. ANGEL'S SONG (PV)
  2. Greatful days (PV)
  3. Because of You (PV)
  4. ourselves (PV)
  5. HANABI ~episode II~ (PV)
  6. No way to say (PV)
  7. forgiveness (PV)
  8. Special Digest from A museum ~30th collection live~


Information

Memorial address is Hamasaki Ayumi's first mini-album (2nd overall). It is available in two formats, CD or CD+DVD package, which was a first for Hamasaki at that time. Of the album's 8 tracks, only three of them are new material to the album: "ANGEL'S SONG", "Because of You" and "Memorial address".

Memorial address reached #1 on the Oricon charts selling 524,028 copies on its first week. It sold 1,059,534 copies in 2004, becoming the #4 album of the year. It charted for 48 weeks and sold a total of 1,062,288. It is currently the best-selling mini-album by a Japanese female singer, having sold over a million copies in Japan.

The melody of the title track, "Memorial address", was composed by Yukumi Tetsuya of the independent band LOVER SOUND TRACK, originally used in their song "kumo". Since this song, Hamasaki has used Yukumi's composing talents extensively; he composed a good portion of songs on Hamasaki's 2004 album, MY STORY. The song was certified Gold in 2013 by RIAJ for selling over 100,000 legal downloads.

Credits

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Hamasaki promoting the album
  • produced by max matsuura


  • A&R + Directed by Yasuyuki Tomita (avex trax)
  • Recordist: Koji Morimoto, Motohiro Tsuji, Satoshi Kumasaka (prime direction, inc.), Yasup Matsumoto, Yuichi Nagayama
  • 2nd Engineers: Satoshi Sasamoto, Toshihiro Watanabe, Mitsuru Shibamoto, Taiji Okuda (prime direction, inc.), Kazuo Saimoto (STUDIO SOUND DALI), Takahiro Mikami (avex studio), Yutaka Yamamoto (JVC Victor Studio)
  • Recorded & Mixed at prime sound studio form, avex studio azabu, JVC Victor Studio
  • Mastered by Shigeo Miyamoto at FLAIR


  • Composers Coordination: Hiroaki Ito, Tadayoshi Matsuzaka, Hidemi Ino, Shigeru Kajita (tearbridge production for avex inc.)
  • Players Coordination: Yoji Sugiyama (Witchcraft), Yumi Kobayashi (B:ZAR)


  • A&R Coordination: Kentaro Furusawa (avex trax)
  • A&R Chief: Nobuhito Ikehata (avex trax)
  • Executive Management: Daisuke Shimokawa (avex trax), Haji Taniguchi (avex inc.)
  • Artist Management: Yuka Kikuchi, Junichi Kamitoku, Kouji Hashimoto (avex inc.)
  • Media Operation: avex Media room & Promotion room, 2nd A&R / Promotion Dept. Akira Akutsu, Kouki Sato & avex inc. Advertisement Division
  • Sales Promotion: Taishi Nomura, Kazuo Kosugi, Tomoaki Sato & All avex distribution Staff
  • Tie-up Coordination: Masaomi Takagi (avex inc.), Tatsuo Kodama, Shingo Kitagawa (avex 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.)
  • Photographic Operation: Makoto Harikae, Hiroko Tanaka (amana)
  • Quality Control: Shuichi Takahashi (avex inc.)
  • Photographer: Leslie Kee (FEMME / TOKYO, JEDROOTS / NEW YORK)
  • Assistant Photographer: Seiji Fujimori, Yasuhiro Kurozu
  • Stylist: Hideo 'Kokomi' Suzue (H)
  • Assistant Stylist: Tomoko Takahashi
  • Costume Creator: Akira Noda (workaholic)
  • Hair & Make up: Keizo Kuroda (THREE PEACE)
  • Assistant Hair & Make up: Yoshinori 'Barber' Ito (THREE PEACE)
  • Nail Artist: Kanako 'Bancho' Miura
  • Stand in: Atsuko 'Minori' Kubota
  • Interior Styling: Yoshio Hakamada (Juicy)


  • Respect: Koji Matsumoto (OFFICE án·gel), Someko, Hakase Kosome, Joe, esp, monsieur, nobita, hanchin, red, CHU, TAMOTSU (Too-RUSTIC), CHIKA, Tamachan, Banbi, Taro, Junpei, macchi, Tamosan (artifata), Kazuyoshi Takahashi, Tomoyo Tokura, Shiho Katsumi, Reiko Mogi (ZACC), Koyo First INTERNATIONL, Kazuhiko Toyama, Junko Shimamura, Kiyoshi 'Utsumizm' Utsumi (to max inc.), Kazuki 'Mr.' Okabe (prime direction, inc.), Katsutaka 'Numatch' Numakura (Nai'a, Inc), Jesse Oba (avex usa), Kenji Otsuka, Tomoyuki 'Johnny' Murayama (avex trax), Ward Sexston, Stanley Izumi Kim, Kenichiro Hori, Shigeo Fujimoto

Oricon Chart Positions

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week Rank Sales
- - - - - - - 1 524,028
- - - - - - - 2 306,521
- - - - - - -
- - - - - - - 3 63,471
- - - - - - - 6 36,190
- - - - - - - 7 24,121
- - - - - - - 16 17,520
- - - - - - - 22 11,479
- - - - - - - 25 9,993
- - - - - - - 36 6,899
- - - - - - - 49 5,537
- - - - - - - 65 3,662
- - - - - - - 64 3,718
- - - - - - - 77 3,256
- - - - - - - 104 2,658
- - - - - - - 90 2,934
- - - - - - - 76 2,793
- - - - - - - 63 2,711
- - - - - - - 101 2,037
- - - - - - - 100 2,476
- - - - - - - 124 1,781
- - - - - - - 134 1,392
- - - - - - - 165 1,142
- - - - - - - 196 1,132
- - - - - - - 168 1,177
- - - - - - - 181 1,088
- - - - - - - 187 1,052
- - - - - - - 282 941
- - - - - - - 198 1,294
- - - - - - - 238 983
- - - - - - - 226 1,023
- - - - - - - 231 1,190
- - - - - - - 144 1,635
- - - - - - - 135 1,601
- - - - - - - 169 1,379
- - - - - - - 156 1,421
- - - - - - - 253 971
- - - - - - - 247 871
- - - - - - - 236 888
- - - - - - - 244 779
- - - - - - - out for one week
- - - - - - - 256 894
- - - - - - - 292 655
- - - - - - - 249 885
- - - - - - - 274 747
- - - - - - - out for two weeks
- - - - - - - 298 609
- - - - - - - out for four weeks
- - - - - - - 225 1,042
- - - - - - - 289 1,712
- - - - - - -
  • Total Sales Reported: 1,062,288

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