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You Were... / Ballad

CD+DVD Type A Cover
CD+DVD Type B Cover
CD Only Cover
SPECIAL LIMITED BOX
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Single
You were... / BALLAD
Released
2009.12.29
Catalog Number
AVCD-31799/B (CD+DVD A)
AVCD-31800/B (CD+DVD B)
AVCD-31801 (CD Only)
Price
¥1,890 (CD+DVDs)
¥1,050 (CD Only)
CD+DVD A CD Tracklist
  1. You were... (Original mix)
  2. BALLAD (Original mix)
  3. RED LINE ~for TA~ (Original mix)
  4. You were... (Music Box mix -retake version-)
  5. You were... (Original mix -Instrumental-)
  6. BALLAD (Original mix -Instrumental-)
  7. RED LINE ~for TA~ (Original mix -Instrumental-)
CD+DVD A DVD Tracklist
  1. You were... (video clip)
  2. BALLAD (video clip)
  3. You were... (making clip)
CD+DVD B CD Tracklist
  1. BALLAD (Original mix)
  2. You were... (Original mix)
  3. RED LINE ~for TA~ (Original mix)
  4. Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~ (Orchestra version)
  5. BALLAD (Original mix -Instrumental-)
  6. You were... (Original mix -Instrumental-)
  7. RED LINE ~for TA~ (Original mix -Instrumental-)
CD+DVD B DVD Tracklist
  1. BALLAD (video clip)
  2. You were... (video clip)
  3. BALLAD (making clip)
CD Only CD Tracklist
  1. You were... (Original mix)
  2. BALLAD (Original mix)
  3. RED LINE ~for TA~ (Original mix)
  4. You were... (Music Box mix -retake version-)
  5. Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~ (Orchestra version)
  6. You were... (Original mix -Instrumental-)
  7. BALLAD (Original mix -Instrumental-)
  8. RED LINE ~for TA~ (Original mix -Instrumental-)


Information

"You were... / BALLAD" is the 47th single released by Hamasaki Ayumi. "You were..." was used for the image song for the Japanese release of the Disney movie Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, and for the CM song for music.jp. "BALLAD" was used as the theme song for the NHK drama "Soukyuu no Subaru". The single also features a SPECIAL LIMITED BOX (limited to 2,010 copies) that contains all first press editions of the three versions available, this box wasn't available in retailers, just in the stands of COUNTDOWN LIVE 2009-2010 A ~Future Classics~. When Hamasaki was recording "You were..." video-clip she said she was making something that was never done before in her career.

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

The song "You were..." was certified Double Platinum for selling between 500,000 and 750,000 legal ringtone downloads.

Jacket Versions

The first press of each version comes with a limited jacket corresponding to CD+DVD A [Limited Jacket A], CD+DVD B [Limited Jacket B] and CD [Limited Jacket C].

Limited Jacket A
Limited Jacket B
Limited Jacket C

Credits

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Hamasaki Ayumi promoting the single


  • Produced by max matsuura


  • Mastered by Shigeo Miyamoto at form THE MASTER
  • Recorded & Mixed at prime sound studio form
  • A&R Director: Hidetomo 'KOME' Yoneda (avex trax)
  • Artist Management Chief: Kouji 'Ouji' Hashimoto (avex management inc.)
  • Artist Management: Tadashi Urakami, Masaaki Gyobu (avex management inc.)
  • Artist Management Supervisor: Yasuto Hoyamatsu (avex management inc.)
  • Artist Brand Management: Hideki 'Jackie' Endo (avex management inc.)
  • Team Ayu: Kazuki 'Mr.KAZ' Okabe (avex management inc.)
  • Visual Producer: Kiyoshi 'Mizumo' Utsumi (avex group)
  • Media Promotion: All Promotion Division Media Room & Publicity Room Staff (avex entertainment inc.)
  • Sales Promotion: Kazuo Kosugi, 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 Chief: Kentaro Furusawa (avex trax)
  • 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 & Design: Hiroyuki Tsuchiya, Yoshiaki Sugimoto (amanainteractive)
  • Design Coordination: Masahiro Onishi, Yuko Horie (amana)
  • Photographer: Kazuyoshi Shimomura (AVGVST)
  • Assistant Photographer: Masayuki Kamo
  • Hair: Kazuyoshi Takahashi (ZACC)
  • Assistant Hair: Keisuke 'Rassya-' Omori, Norimoto 'Doumo-kun' Wakabayashi (ZACC)
  • Stylist: Kei 'Okei' Ito (Two Culture Inc)
  • Assistant Stylist: Yuko 'Dj' Honda (Two Culture Inc)
  • 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 'kurisuteru' Nagashima (tune:up)
  • Props: Toshiki Aoyama
  • Creative Coordination: Naoki Ueda (avex marketing inc.)
  • CG Treatment: Makoto Harikae (amana), Kazuyo Ohi (SPOON)
  • Quality Control: Seiko Tanaka, Hiroki Ishikawa (avex marketing inc.)
  • DVD Authoring: Akihito Horikoshi (avex marketing inc.)


"You were..." video clip
Directed by Masashi Muto

"BALLAD" video clip
Directed by Takahide Ishii

Oricon Chart Positions

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week Rank Sales
1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 103,351
2 3 4 4 3 3 4
2 14 16 14 14 12 12 13 5,269
5 28 30 27 25 31 23 29 2,934
17 - - - - 33 46 54 1,992
26 - - - - - 48 67 1,179
- - - - - - - 106 759
- - - - - - - 113 627
- - - - - - - 121 639
- - - - - - - 133 542
- - - - - - - 162 366
- - - - - - - 163 315
- - - - - - - 194 276

Total Reported Sales: 118,249 (#56 single of 2010)

Total Reported Downloads by RIAJ: 250,000 (You were...)

Billboard Japan Hot Single Sales Chart Positions

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5
Position 4 15 32 59 73

G-Music Japanese Chart Positions

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Position 2 2 3 10 13 12
Percentage 11.85% - 5.57% 1.15% 1.4% 0.84%

United World Charts

Week Rank Sales
02 / 2010 29 92,000

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