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Whatever (Hamasaki Ayumi)

8cm CD Art
Re-Released CD Art
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Single
WHATEVER
Released
1999.02.10
Catalog Number
AVDD-20291
Price
¥1,020
Tracklist
  1. WHATEVER Version M
  2. WHATEVER Version J
  3. WHATEVER Version M (Instrumental)
  4. WHATEVER Version J (Instrumental)



Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Single
WHATEVER
Released
2001.02.28
Catalog Number
AVCD-30216
Price
¥1,050
Tracklist
  1. WHATEVER "version M"
  2. WHATEVER "version J"
  3. WHATEVER "Ferry 'System F' Corsten vocal extended mix"
  4. appears "JP's SoundFactory Mix"
  5. immature "D-Z DUAL LUCIFER MIX"
  6. WHATEVER "version M -Instrumental-"
  7. WHATEVER "version J -Instrumental-"

Vinyl Art
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Vinyl
WHATEVER
Released
1999.xx.xx
Catalog Number
AVJT-2365
Tracklist
  1. WHATEVER "version M" ~Dub's 1999 Club Remix~
  2. WHATEVER "version M"
  3. WHATEVER "version M" ~Instrumental~


Information

WHATEVER is Hamasaki Ayumi's sixth single. WHATEVER "Version J" was used in Valentine's Day commercials for 7-Eleven, and WHATEVER "Version M" was the ending theme for the TV show ASAYAN. This single reached #5 on the Oricon charts, charted for nine weeks and sold a total of 189,610 copies.

This was Hamasaki's first single to have a techno/dance approach, quite a change from the rock-pop style of "A Song for XX" and its singles.

Version M, the "dance" version, is actually a remix produced by Izumi 'D.M.X' Miyazaki. Version J, the "original" mix of the song, has an arrangement by Keisuke Kikuchi, who also arranged "And then" on the LOVEppears album.

The single was re-released in 2001 on a 12cm format with extra remix songs. This time around the single reached #28 and charted for three weeks.


Live Performances
Version M
Version J

Song Information

Lyrics
Hamasaki Ayumi
Music
Kazuhito Kikuchi
Other Information
"M version
Arrangement: Izumi "D・M・X" Miyazaki
Programming: Izumi "D・M・X" Miyazaki
Mixed by Izumi "D・M・X" Miyazaki
"J version"
Arrangement: Kikuchi Keisuke
Mixed by Hattori Atsushi
"Arranged by CMJK" ver.
Arrangement: CMJK
Strings: Gen Ittetsu Strings
Mixed by Nagayama Yuichi

Music Video

PV Shot

The music video for WHATEVER was directed by Takeishi Wataru. Hamasaki is singing in a metallic room full of waterfalls while elsewhere, an angel is digging through the remnants of a burned building for any forms of life. The angel is ultimately caught in barbed wire while reaching for a flower, and the video ends with Hamasaki, as an angel, in a cage wrapped in barbed wire.

Assistant Producer: Kiyoshi Utsumi (prime direction)
Director: Wataru Takeishi
Production Manager: Yoshiko Ishibashi (Dee DRIVE)
Assistant Director: Tetsuji Nakamichi (Dee DRIVE)
Director Of Photography: Tetsuya Kamoto (JPN)
Light: Masuto Noguchi
Stylist: Koji Matsumoto
Hair & Make Up: Chu, Tamotsu (Too-RUSTIC)

Disambiguation

Alternative Cover

The following are the different versions of "WHATEVER" released throughout Hamasaki Ayumi's discography.

WHATEVER "version M"
Found on the "WHATEVER" single as track #1. It has a dance arrangement by Izumi "D·M·X" Miyazaki. It is considered to be the standard version of the song as it's the one used on the released music video.
WHATEVER "version J"
Found on the "WHATEVER" single as track #2. It was to be the standard version of this song, but was later decided for the "version M" arrangement.
WHATEVER "version M" ~Dub's 1999 Club Remix~
Found on the "WHATEVER" vinyl as track #1. This is a dub remix by Izumi "D·M·X" Miyazaki.
WHATEVER (EURO POWER MIX)
Found on the ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL SUPER EUROBEAT REQUEST COUNT DOWN 100!! compilation album as track #4 on Disc 3. This is a remix by Laurent Newfield.
WHATEVER (SUPER RADIO MIX)
Found on the "SUPER EUROBEAT J-EURO 1" vinyl as track #7. This is a remixed version by Laurent Newfield.
WHATEVER "Ferry 'System F' Corsten vocal extended mix"
Found on the "appears / WHATEVER" vinyl as track #3 and on the "WHATEVER" re-released single as track #3. This is a remixed version of the song by Ferry Corsten for Dance Therapy Productions.
WHATEVER "Sentimental mix"
Found on the SUPER EUROBEAT PRESENTS ayu-ro-mix as track #9. Remixed by Laurent Newfield.
WHATEVER "Ferry 'System F' Corsten Vocal Edit Mix"
Found on the ayu-mi-x II version US&EU remix album as track #8. This is an edited version of the original 'System F' remix by Ferry Corsten.
WHATEVER "FPM's WINTER BOSSA"
Found on the ayu-mi-x II version JPN remix album as track #6 and on the "vogue" single as track #7. This is a remix by Tanaka Tomoyuki [Fantastic Plastic Machine].
WHATEVER "Ferry 'System F' Corsten Vocal Edit Mix" (NON-STOP)
Found on the ayu-mi-x II Version Non-Stop Mega Mix remix album as track #3 on Disc 1. This is a new mix of "Ferry 'System F' Corsten Vocal Edit Mix" by Ueda Shoji.
WHATEVER "FPM's WINTER BOSSA" (NON-STOP)
Found on the ayu-mi-x II Version Non-Stop Mega Mix remix album as track #15 on Disc 1. This is a new mix of "FPM's WINTER BOSSA" by Ueda Shoji.
WHATEVER "Vocal extended mix"
Found on the "the other side FOUR ~previously unreleased version~" remix single as track #1. This is an edited version of the "Ferry 'System F' Corsten vocal extended mix" by Ferry Corsten.
WHATEVER "Dub mix"
Found on the "the other side FOUR ~previously unreleased version~" remix single as track #2. It was remixed by Ferry Corsten.
WHATEVER "Non-vox extended Mix"
Found on the "the other side FOUR ~previously unreleased version~" remix single as track #3. This is a remix of the original song with no vocals, by Ferry Corsten.
WHATEVER Version M (Instrumental)
Found on the "WHATEVER" re-released single as track #3. This is the instrumental version of the "version M" song.
WHATEVER Version J (Instrumental)
Found on the "WHATEVER" re-released single as track #4. This is the instrumental version of the "version J" song.
WHATEVER "Ferry 'System F' Corsten dub mix"
Found on the "appears" re-released single as track #4. This is a shorter version of the "Ferry 'System F' Corsten vocal extended mix" by Ferry Corsten.
WHATEVER (Arranged by CMJK)
Found on the ayu-mi-x 7 -version Acoustic Orchestra- remix album as track #1. This is an orchestral version arranged by CMJK.

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