H (EP)

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Ayumi Hamasaki wearing a swim top and jeans posing on a motorcycle on a beach.
Single by Ayumi Hamasaki
from the album Rainbow
Released July 24, 2002
Format JPN CD Single
USA Digital Single [1]
Genre Pop
Length 28:29
Label Avex Trax
Writer(s) Ayumi Hamasaki (lyrics)
CREA + DAI (music)
Producer(s) Max Matsuura
Certification Million (JP)[2]
Ayumi Hamasaki singles chronology
"Free & Easy"

H is the twenty-seventh single released by Ayumi Hamasaki on July 24, 2002. The single included three A-sides, and was the top-selling single of 2002 in Japan and the only one to sell over a million copies that year.[2] To commemorate hitting the million mark in sales, this single was re-released as a special limited edition on November 7, 2002.


Ayumi co-composed the three tracks with D.A.I under her pseudonym Crea. No music videos were shot to promote the single.

Commercial endorsments[edit]

"Hanabi" was used in a TV ad for a mobile phone and "July 1st" was the image song for a lipstick commercial. Ayumi appeared in both commercial campaigns. "Independent" was used as a Baseball Cheer.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Independent" – 5:01
  2. "July 1st" – 4:20
  3. "Hanabi" (lit. Fireworks) – 4:53
  4. "Independent" (Instrumental) – 5:01
  5. "July 1st" (Instrumental) – 4:20
  6. "Hanabi" (Instrumental) – 4:53


Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
Oricon Daily Singles Chart 1
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 1 417,870 1,016,000 24
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart 1
  • RIAJ certification: Million


  1. ^ "H - EP by ayumi hamasaki". US iTunes Store. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "RIAJ List of Million Selling Releases of 2002" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-07-01. 

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