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Rule / Sparkle

CD+DVD Cover
CD Only Type A Cover
CD Only Type B Cover
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Single
Rule / Sparkle
Released
2009.02.25
Catalog Number
AVCD-31605/B (CD+DVD)
AVCD-31606 (CD Only Type A)
AVCD-31607 (CD Only Type B)
Price
¥1,890 (CD+DVD)
¥1,050 (CD Only)
CD+DVD Edition Tracklist
  1. Rule (Original mix)
  2. Sparkle (Original mix)
  3. Rule (80kidz's "No More Rule" mix)
  4. Rule (Remo-con "tech dance" remix)
  5. Rule (Original mix -Instrumental-)
  6. Sparkle (Original mix -Instrumental-)
CD Type A Tracklist
  1. Rule (Original mix)
  2. Sparkle (Original mix)
  3. Days (8-bits of tears YMCK remix)
  4. Days (Acoustic Orchestra version)
  5. Rule (80kidz's "No More Rule" mix)
  6. Rule (Remo-con "tech dance" remix)
  7. Rule (Original mix -Instrumental-)
  8. Sparkle (Original mix -Instrumental-)
CD Type B Tracklist
  1. Rule (Original mix)
  2. Sparkle (Original mix)
  3. GREEN (CMJK Spring Storm mix)
  4. GREEN (Acoustic Orchestra version)
  5. Rule (80kidz's "No More Rule" mix)
  6. Rule (Remo-con "tech dance" remix)
  7. Rule (Original mix -Instrumental-)
  8. Sparkle (Original mix -Instrumental-)
DVD Tracklist
  1. Rule <video clip>
  2. Rule <making clip>


Information

"Rule/Sparkle" is the 45th single released by Hamasaki Ayumi. The single was released in 3 different editions. "Rule" was used as the international theme song for the movie Dragonball Evolution while "Sparkle" was used as a CM song for the Honda Zest Spark. This is her first single since "No way to say" to feature more than two alternate versions or remixes of any tracks.

Toriyama Akira, the manga artist behind Dragonball, was commissioned by avex trax to draw an illustration of Hamasaki. The first pressing of the singles feature this illustration on the actual CD and the DVD itself.

The single is certified Gold for shipment of 100,000 copies.

Credits

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  • Produced by max matsuura


  • Directed & Recorded by Koji Morimoto
  • Mastered by Shigeo Miyamoto at form THE MASTER
  • Recorded & Mixed at prime sound studio form, avex honolulu studios
  • A&R + Direction: Hidetomo Yoneda (avex trax)
  • A&R Chief: Kentaro Furusawa (avex trax)
  • Artist Management: Kouji Hashimoto, Tadashi Urakami, Masaaki Gyobu (avex management inc.)
  • Artist Management Supervisor: Yasuto Hoyamatsu (avex management inc.)
  • Artist Brand Management: Hideki Endo (avex management inc.)
  • Visual Producer: Kiyoshi 'Utsumizm' Utsumi (avex group)
  • Media Promotion: All Promotion Division Media Room & Publicity Room Staff (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Sales Promotion: Tomohiro Miyauchi, Jun Yogi, Takashi Saigo, Miyuki Ono & All AMI Staff (avex marketing inc.)
  • Tie-up Coordination: All Promotion Division Tie-up Room Staff (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Casting Coordination: All Promotion Division Casting Room Staff (avex management inc.)
  • A&R Supervisor: Hiroshi Ishimori (avex trax)
  • A&R Executive Supervisor: Jun Harada (avex trax)
  • General Producers: Shinji Hayashi, Takashi Araki, Ryuhei Chiba (avex group)


  • Art Direction: Shinichi Hara
  • Design: Takuma Noriage (momoya)
  • Photographer: Kazuyoshi Shimomura (AVGVST)
  • Assistant Photographer: Masayuki Kamo
  • Hair: Kazuyoshi Takahashi (ZACC)
  • Assistant Hair: Hiroyuki Kuramoto (ZACC)
  • Stylist: Kei 'Okei' Ito (ab fab)
  • Assistant Stylist: Yuko 'DJ' Honda (ab fab)
  • Costume Director: Akira Noda (Workaholik)
  • Nail Artist: Kanako 'Bancho' Miura (Three Peace)
  • Assistant Nail Artist: Shingo 'Minazo' Sano
  • Make up: Jin 'Gori' Kiyota (Rond.)
  • Trainer: So Nagashima (tune:up)
  • Creative Coordination: Naoki Ueda (avex marketing inc.)
  • CG Treatment: Makoto Harikae, Hiroko Tanaka, Toru Sakuma (amana)
  • Quality Control: Masashi Shinabe, Toshiyuki Suzuki (avex marketing inc.)
  • DVD Authoring: Yohei Sato (avex marketing inc.)
  • Team Ayu: Kazuki 'Mr' Okabe (avex management inc.)


"Rule" video clip
Directed by Takahide Ishii

Oricon Chart Positions

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week Rank Sales
- 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 95,309
1 11 11 11 10 9 7 10 17,930
5 16 17 14 13 11 11 14 8,886
12 23 24 18 18 20 21 20 3,885
14 37 36 35 44 28 32 34 2,222
32 39 37 - 40 45 42 50 1,302
42 - - - - - - 88 628
- - - - - - - 124 378
- - - - - - - 199 276

Total Reported Sales: 130,816

Total Reported Downloads: 100,000 (Rule)

Total Reported Downloads by RIAJ: 250,000 (Rule)

Billboard Japan Hot Single Sales Chart Positions

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7
Position 1 9 13 19 28 43 73

G-Music Japanese Chart Positions

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Position 10 1 3 7 7 14
Percentage 1.43% 24.49% 4.53% 3.18% 1.36% 0.74%

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