Evolution (Ayumi Hamasaki song)

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Single by Ayumi Hamasaki
from the album I Am...
Released January 31, 2001
Format JPN CD Single
USA Digital Single [1]
Genre Pop rock, power pop, electronic dance
Length 1:02:02
Label Avex Trax
Writer(s) Ayumi Hamasaki (lyrics)
Crea (music)
Producer(s) Max Matsuura
Ayumi Hamasaki singles chronology
"Never Ever"

"Evolution" is the 20th single released by Ayumi Hamasaki. It was released January 31, 2001. Her second single to be composed by herself (under the name Crea), it sold over 500,000 copies in its first week at debuted at #1 on the charts. "Evolution" is Hamasaki's highest selling single until 2002's "H" in the 21st century. Overall, "Evolution" sold over 950,000 copies and is certified Million by the RIAJ.

Commercial tie-in[edit]

Evolution was used in a TV ad for a Kose Visee mascara featuring Ayumi herself.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video starts off with Ayu being driven to the music video shoot for "Evolution". Upon arrival, she is helped out of the limo by her body guard. Throughout the video, both filming and music production equipment can be seen. In various points, Ayu can been seen dancing while singing into a wireless microphone; there are also points in the video where she is seen as a hologram. There are also places in the video where she is seen being directed by the on-set director and given touch-ups throughout filming. There are also parts in the video where various staff members, such as film crew, other staff members—including a band used for the video.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Evolution "Original Mix" - 4:42
  2. Evolution "Dub's Floor Remix Transport 004" - 7:38
  3. Evolution "DJ Remo-Con Remix" - 8:44
  4. End of the World "Laugh & Peace Mix" - 6:54
  5. Evolution "Boom Bass Ayumix" - 4:06
  6. Evolution "Oriental Hot Spa" - 7:18
  7. Surreal "Nicely Nice Electron '00 remix" - 5:02
  8. Evolution "Huge Terrestrial Birth Mix" - 5:22
  9. Evolution "Law Is Q mix" - 7:33
  10. Evolution "Original Mix: Instrumental" - 4:41

Live performances[edit]

  • February 2, 2001 - Music Station
  • February 3, 2001 - Count Down TV
  • February 5, 2001 - Hey! Hey! Hey!
  • October 6, 2001 - Pop Jam
  • November 17, 2001 - All Japan Request Awards
  • December 2, 2001 - Digital Dream Live
  • December 23, 2008 - Happy Xmas Show!! (with Days)


Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
31 January 2001 Oricon Daily Singles Chart 1
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 1 503,020 955,250 17
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart 7
  • RIAJ certification: 3x Platinum (sold), Million (shipped)


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