& (Ayumi Hamasaki EP)

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"&"
Single by Ayumi Hamasaki
from the album Memorial Address
B-side Theme of A-Nation '03
Released July 9, 2003
Format JPN CD Single
USA Digital Single [1]
Genre J-Pop
Length 34:34
Label Avex Trax
Writer(s) Ayumi Hamasaki (lyrics)
Bounceback (music)
CREA + D.A.I. (music)
Producer(s) Max Matsuura
Ayumi Hamasaki singles chronology
"Voyage"
(2002)
"&"
(2003)
"Forgiveness"
(2003)

& is the 29th single of Japanese entertainer Ayumi Hamasaki. It was released on July 9, 2003, by Avex Trax.

Background[edit]

& was a triple A-side single consisting of "Ourselves", "Greatful Days" and "Hanabi (Episode II)". The first two songs were composed by Bounceback, this being the first time that Hamasaki worked with them. "Hanabi (Episode II)" was composed by Hamasaki (under the pen name CREA) along with Dai Nagao, as the second part of "Hanabi", song included on her previous triple A-side summer single, H. "Ourselves" was used in TV commercials for cosmetics brand Kose, and "Greatful Days" was used as theme song of Hamasaki's talk show Ayuready?. The b-side of the single was "Theme for a Nation-03", being as its title says, the theme song of Avex's 2003 festival A-Nation.

The single debuted at the number one spot for the daily, weekly and monthly Japanese Oricon charts and went on to sell almost 600,000 copies.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ourselves" – 4:33
  2. "Greatful days" – 4:39
  3. "Hanabi (Episode II)" – 4:54
  4. "Theme of A-Nation '03" – 6:15
  5. "Ourselves" (Instrumental) – 4:33
  6. "Greatful days" (Instrumental) – 4:39
  7. "Hanabi (Episode II) (Instrumental) – 4:54

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak position First week Sales total Chart run
Oricon Daily Singles Chart 1
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 1 287,002 592,000 16
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart 8
  • Total Sales : 592,000 (Japan)
  • Total Sales : 690,000 (Avex)
  • RIAJ certification: 2x Platinum

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ayumi hamasaki - Download ayumi hamasaki Music on iTunes". Phobos.apple.com. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-16. 

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