A Best

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A Best
A dark, black-and-white up-close shot of Ayumi Hamasaki looking into the camera, with a teardrop trickling down one cheek.
Greatest hits album by Ayumi Hamasaki
Released March 28, 2001 (2001-03-28)
Recorded 1998–2000
Genre Pop
Length 01:76:00
Label Avex Trax
Producer Max Matsuura
Ayumi Hamasaki chronology
Duty
(2000)
A Best
(2001)
I Am...
(2002)

A Best is a greatest hits album released by Ayumi Hamasaki on March 28, 2001. It had the second highest one week worldwide sales of all time in Japan, making it the second fastest selling album of all time, the first being Utada Hikaru's Distance, released the same day.

Album information[edit]

This album also features two tracks that were never released as singles ("A Song for ××" and "Who..."). Due to the large number of Ayumi Hamasaki singles, the songs on the album are fan favorites. Songs from her debut album such as "A Song for ××", "Trust", and "Depend on You" were re-recorded, showing the changes in Hamasaki's vocal qualities. The initial pressings had six different variations that each came with its own "gift".

A Best was released in a very competitive week simultaneously with Utada Hikaru's Distance, which topped the charts on the initial week of release with record-breaking 3,002,720 copies in its first week; A Best debuted at number two moving 2,874,870 units.[1][2] The following, however, Hamasaki's compilation reached number one selling 510,160 copies.[3]

By the end of the year, A Best had sold 4,248,640 copies and became the second best-selling album of 2001, only surpassed by Hikaru's Distance.[4] Additionally, it is the second best-selling album of the noughties,[5] and the sixth highest-selling album of all time in Japan.

Despite becoming her highest selling album in the country, Hamasaki opposed it publicly stating:

It was too early for release. My 'best album' was something I dreamt of doing my way, but one day the company (Avex) came to me and said "your best album has to be released on this month and on this day"

Track listing[edit]

Japanese version[edit]

All lyrics written by Ayumi Hamasaki. 

No. Title Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "A Song for ××" (new vocal and mix) Yasuhiko Hoshino Akimitsu Honma  
2. "Trust" (new vocal and mix) Takashi Kimura Akimitsu Honma, Takashi Kimura  
3. "Depend on You" (new vocal & mix) Kazuhito Kikuchi Akamitsu Honma, Takashi Morio  
4. "Love: Destiny"   Tsunku Shingo Kobayashi, Yasuaki Maejima  
5. "To Be"   D.A.I Naoto Suzuki, D.A.I  
6. "Boys & Girls"   D.A.I Naoto Suzuki, D.A.I  
7. "Trauma"   D.A.I Naoto Suzuki, D.A.I  
8. "End Roll"   D.A.I Naoto Suzuki, D.A.I  
9. "Appears"   Kazuhito Kikuchi HΛL  
10. "Fly High"   D.A.I HΛL  
11. "Vogue"   Kazuhito Kikuchi Naoto Suzuki, Kazuhito Kikuchi  
12. "Far Away"   Kazuhito Kikuchi, D.A.I HΛL  
13. "Seasons"   D.A.I Naoto Suzuki  
14. "Surreal"   Kazuhito Kikuchi HΛL  
15. "M"   Crea[Note 1] Crea  
16. "Who..."   Kazuhito Kikuchi Naoto Suzuki  

International version[edit]

A Best was later re-released in other countries outside Japan, including Singapore, the Philippines and Korea. The international version did not have new vocal mixes and had a slightly different cover art to the standard Japanese version.

All lyrics written by Ayumi Hamasaki. 

No. Title Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "A Song for ××"   Yasuhiko Hoshino Yasuhiko Hoshino  
2. "Trust"   Takashi Kimura Akimitsu Honma, Takashi Kimura  
3. "Depend on You"   Kazuhito Kikuchi Akamitsu Honma, Takashi Morio  
4. "Love: Destiny"   Tsunku Shingo Kobayashi, Yasuaki Maejima  
5. "To Be"   D.A.I Naoto Suzuki, D.A.I  
6. "Boys & Girls"   D.A.I Naoto Suzuki, D.A.I  
7. "Trauma"   D.A.I Naoto Suzuki, D.A.I  
8. "End roll"   D.A.I Naoto Suzuki, D.A.I  
9. "Appears"   Kazuhito Kikuchi HΛL  
10. "Fly High"   D.A.I HΛL  
11. "Vogue"   Kazuhito Kikuchi Naoto Suzuki, Kazuhito Kikuchi  
12. "Far Away"   Kazuhito Kikuchi, D.A.I HΛL  
13. "Seasons"   D.A.I Naoto Suzuki  
14. "Surreal"   Kazuhito Kikuchi HΛL  
15. "M"     Crea[Note 1]  
16. "Who..."   Kazuhito Kikuchi Naoto Suzuki  

Credits and personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Catalogue Number
Japan March 28, 2001 (2001-03-28) CD AVCD-11950
Taiwan
Hong Kong
China 2001
  • Initial pressing
CD AVTCD-95461
  • SCD-555
Cassette
December 25, 2005 (2005-12-25)
  • Second Press
CD

Charts[edit]

Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)
Release Chart Peak position First Week Sales Sales total Chart run
March 28, 2001 Oricon Daily Albums Chart 1
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 1 2,874,870 4,301,353 52
Oricon Yearly Albums Chart 2
  • Total Sales: 4,301,353 (Japan)

Featured singles[edit]

Date Title Peak position Chart Run Sales
August 5, 1998 "Trust" 9 10 weeks 181,820
December 9, 1998 "Depend on You" 6 8 weeks 131,460
April 14, 1999 Love: Destiny" 1 26 weeks 650,790
May 12, 1999 "To Be" 4 15 weeks 571,110
July 17, 1999 "Boys & Girls" 1 16 weeks 1,037,950
August 11, 1999 "A" 1 17 weeks 1,670,000
November 10, 1999 "Appears" 2 3 weeks 290,550
February 9, 2000 "Fly High" 3 4 weeks 299,540
April 26, 2000 "Vogue" 3 17 weeks 767,660
May 17, 2000 "Far Away"" 2 13 weeks 510,460
June 7, 2000 "Seasons"" 1 20 weeks 1,367,400
September 27, 2000 "Surreal" 1 10 weeks 417,210
December 13, 2000 "M" 1 17 weeks 1,319,070

Total Single Sales: 9,215,020

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Crea is the pseudonym of Ayumi Hamasaki.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oricon (9 April 2001). "Top Selling Albums". Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Oricon (April 2001). "Oricon Weekly Albums Chart". Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Oricon (16 April 2001). "Top Selling Albums". Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Oricon (2001). "Top Selling Albums". Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Brasor, Philip (18 December 2009). "The noughties played it nice". The Japan Times. Retrieved 28 October 2012.