Guilty (Ayumi Hamasaki album)

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Guilty
Ayumi Hamasaki show from top to bottom, looking outward, wearing a long leopard print dress, and with her right hand over her head. Behind her is what looks to be a view of the Grand Canyon. On the bottom is written slanted slightly in small lowercase white text "ayumi hamasaki" and next to it in large uppercase black text "Guilty".
Studio album by Ayumi Hamasaki
Released January 1, 2008 (2008-01-01)
(see release history)
Recorded 2007 Japan, Los Angeles
Genre Pop, dance-pop, pop rock
Length 56:00
Label Avex Trax
Producer Max Matsuura
Ayumi Hamasaki chronology
A Best 2 (White/Black)
(2007)
Guilty
(2008)
A Complete: All Singles
(2008)
Singles from Guilty
  1. "Glitter/Fated"
    Released: July 18, 2007
  2. "Talkin' 2 Myself"
    Released: September 19, 2007
  3. "Together When..."
    Released: December 5, 2007
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Guilty is the ninth studio album by Japanese singer-songwriter Ayumi Hamasaki, released January 1, 2008 by Avex Trax. Hamasaki wrote all of the lyrics on Guilty, but did not compose any of its songs; instead, she enlisted frequent collaborators Tetsuya Yukumi and Kazuhiro Hara, among others, to handle the album's composition. Two weeks after its release Avex announced over 750,000 copies of Guilty had been shipped to stores, though the album is only certified 2x Platinum in Japan.[1]

Guilty was preceded by the release of three singles. The lead single, "Glitter"/"Fated" was released July 18, 2007. It debuted at number one on the Oricon singles chart, with first-week sales of 110,165 copies. However, it sold less copies than her previous single, "Bold & Delicious"/"Pride", becoming her poorest performing single since "Depend on You". Second single "Talkin' 2 Myself" topped the charts in Japan as well, but barely sold more than 100,000 copies in its nine-week chart run. The third single from Guilty was Hamasaki's first digital single, "Together When...". As it was not a physical single, it was ineligible to chart in Japan, but it became the highest selling single from Guilty: it was downloaded over 750,000 times as a ringtone, receiving a triple-platinum certification, and downloaded in full over 250,000 times, receiving a platinum certification. Combined, the singles from Guilty sold 276,831 copies.

Though released on January 1, 2008, Guilty had begun appearing in stores the preceding December. Avex had employed this marketing strategy with Hamasaki's albums before, as Oricon has only 51 weeks rather than 52; therefore, the first-week sales of Guilty were actually accumulated in two weeks. Nonetheless, Guilty had her poorest first-week sales at the time, selling 432,113 copies in its first week. It became her first album to miss the number one position, debuting at number two and peaking there. Guilty was, however, a strong international seller, debuting at number one on the International charts in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. It was the second highest-selling Japanese album in Taiwan and China in 2008, only after Hamasaki's own A Complete: All Singles. Guilty became her lowest seller at that time, selling 568,288 copies in its 16-week chart run. It was the 17th best selling album in Japan of 2008, and the sixth-highest selling by a female artist.

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Guilty sold more than 202,000 copies within its first initial week of release, and the combined totals for the first and second weeks put it at the number-two spot with 432,113 copies sold, with Kobukuro's 5296 outselling it by 22,488 copies. This album debut at #1 in other Asian countries such as China and the islands of Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan, with 39.78% of total J-pop sales and 6.7% of total music sales for its first week for the latter. Eight days after its release it dropped to number three on the Oricon Daily Charts.[2]

The album was released in two versions in Taiwan, a CD+DVD and a CD-only version. The first initial copies on sale came with a limited edition photo book. The CD+DVD version included all the music videos from the single "glitter" to the digital single "Together When...", including making-ofs. Though the official release date was January 1, 2008, the album was released in stores a week early. The album debuted at number two on the G-Music Combo Chart behind boy band Fahrenheit's second album Two-Sided Fahrenheit but topped the charts on the G-Music J-Pop Chart having 39.78% of all Japanese albums sold in Taiwan. On February 28, Guilty took the #1 position on HMVV HK Chart after 56 days on the chart.[3]

Hamasaki's official website announced on March 17, 2008 that Guilty will be released digitally in over 26 countries worldwide, a first for any Japanese artist. The album will be digitally released in North America, Oceania, Europe as well as Asian countries where the physical version of the album is already released in Apple iTunes stores. "My all" was covered by Anthony Martinez, a French pop singer under the name of "Mon tout" in French. This is officially Hamasaki's first release outside Asia.

Promotion[edit]

In the month of December in 2007, Hamasaki performed live on Japanese TV shows ten times for promotions,[4] mainly with the song "Together When" (its main promotional track). Hamasaki was also featured on the cover of eight different Japanese magazines during the promoting of Guilty,[5] such as Sweet, Voce, Bea's Up, Vivi, Popteen, Cawaii!, S Cawaii, and Tokyo Headline. As of late December in Shibuya, Tokyo, there have been many promotional pictures posted around Shibuya.[6][7]

Music videos[edit]

Aside from her main singles Glitter/Fated, Talkin' 2 Myself and Together When..., Hamasaki also released music videos for Decision, Marionette and (Don't) Leave Me Alone.

See Talkin' 2 Myself for the music video of Decision.

The PV for Marionette had an aristocratic European setting. In the video, Ayumi portrays a marionette doll tied to a moving music box. She and the other marionettes (her male dancers) who are all wearing white contact lenses, dance and begin to break freely from their restraints. The owner (also portrayed by Ayumi) who is sleeping, later sees the Marionettes alive and their white contact lenses then break of and the owner turns away and leaves the room.

The video for (Don't) Leave Me Alone features Ayumi in a blue outfit while walking around a blue set, as she walks her female back up dancers then dance with her.

Track list[edit]

All lyrics written by Ayumi Hamasaki. 

CD
No. Title Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Mirror"   Yuta Nakano Yuta Nakano 1:56
2. "(Don't) Leave Me Alone"   Tetsuya Yukumi HΛL 4:16
3. "Talkin' 2 Myself"   Yuta Nakano HΛL 4:54
4. "Decision"   Yuta Nakano Yuta Nakano 4:20
5. "Guilty"   Tetsuya Yukumi CMJK 4:33
6. "Fated"   Shintaro Hagiwara, Akihisa Matsuura CMJK 5:34
7. "Together When..."   Kunio Tago CMJK 5:13
8. "Marionette -prelude-" (instrumental) Yuta Nakano Yuta Nakano 1:13
9. "Marionette"   Kazuhiro Hara Kazuhiro Hara 4:35
10. "The Judgement Day" (instrumental) CMJK CMJK 1:40
11. "Glitter"   Kazuhiro Hara HΛL 4:53
12. "My All"   Tetsuya Yukumi HΛL 5:26
13. "Rebirth"   Hal HΛL 1:38
14. "Untitled: For Her"   Kunio Tago Shingo Kobayashi 5:33
DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Distance Love (距愛 ~Distance Love~ Kyo Ai: Distance Love)"    
2. "Talkin' 2 Myself (Video Clip)"    
3. "Decision (Video Clip)"    
4. "Together When... (Video Clip)"    
5. "Marionette (Video Clip)"    
6. "(Don't) Leave Me Alone (Video Clip)"    
7. "Glitter (Making Clip)"    
8. "Fated (Making Clip)"    
9. "Talkin' 2 Myself (Making Clip)"    
10. "Decision (Making Clip)"    
11. "Together When... (Making Clip)"    
12. "Marionette (Making Clip)"    
13. "(Don't) Leave Me Alone (Making Clip)"    

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Catalogue Number
Japan January 1, 2008 CD+DVD
  • Initial pressing limited edition:

SPECIAL PHOTOBOOK (32P)

AVCD-23503/B
CD AVCD-23504
Hong Kong
Taiwan January 4, 2008
China June, 2008 CD+DVD
  • Initial pressing:

SPECIAL PHOTOBOOK (32P)

CD
South Korea January 8, 2008
Singapore

Charts[edit]

Oricon Overall Sales Chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak Position Debut Sales Sales Total Chart Run
January 1, 2008 Oricon Daily Charts 1 66,796
Oricon Weekly Charts 2 432,113 568,288 16 weeks
Oricon Monthly Charts 2
Oricon Yearly Charts 17

Physical sales & rank[edit]

Singles[edit]

Date Title Peak position Weeks Sales in Japan
July 18, 2007 "Glitter/Fated" 1 11 weeks 166,203
September 19, 2007 "Talkin' 2 Myself" 1 10 weeks 110,628
December 5, 2007 "Together When..." 1 13 weeks

Total single sales: 276,831

Total album and single sales: 845,119

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