Heaven (Ayumi Hamasaki song)

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"Heaven"
Single by Ayumi Hamasaki
from the album (Miss)understood
B-side Will
Released September 14, 2005
Format JPN CD Single
USA Digital Single [1]
Genre J-pop, pop
Length 27:35
Label Avex Trax
Writer(s) Ayumi Hamasaki (lyrics)
Kazuhito Kikuchi (music)
Producer(s) Max Matsuura
Ayumi Hamasaki singles chronology
"Fairyland"
(2005)
"Heaven"
(2005)
"Bold & Delicious/Pride"
(2005)
CD and DVD cover

"Heaven" is the thirty-seventh single released by Ayumi Hamasaki, released on September 14, 2005. "Heaven" ended up selling over 325,000 copies, making it Hamasaki's second highest-selling single of 2005 as well as her last single to date that has sold over 300,000 physical copies. "Heaven" was used as the theme of the Japanese film Shinobi Heart Under Blade, while "Will" was used in a television commercial for Panasonic.[2] Heaven has been downloaded over 1,580,000 times to date.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Heaven" features Ayumi singing alone in a subway. As she does, ghosts frequently pass by her. Near the end of the video, the spirits leave Ayumi and board on a train (implying their departure to heaven). The video is done entirely in one shot and in black and white.

Track listing[edit]

CD
  1. "Heaven" – 4:18
  2. "Will" – 4:07
  3. "Alterna" (orchestra version)
  4. "Heaven" (piano version) – 4:18
  5. "Heaven" (instrumental) – 4:18
  6. "Will" (instrumental) – 4:07
DVD
  1. "Heaven" (PV)
  2. "Heaven" (photo gallery)
  3. "Heaven" (TV-CM)

Live performances[edit]

  • September 9, 2005 – Music Station
  • September 16, 2005 – Music Station
  • September 16, 2005 – Music Fighter
  • September 17, 2005 – CDTV
  • September 23, 200] – PopJam
  • October 7, 2005 – Music Station
  • December 23, 2005 – Music Station Super Live – "Heaven" and "Bold & Delicious"

Chart performance[edit]

On the day of its release it reached the number-two position on the Oricon chart; the second day it was at number three. It reached stayed at the top position for the rest of the week, however. At the end of the week, the physical sales of "Heaven" was over 169,000 units, topping the weekly Oricon chart. Overall, it lasted for forty-six days in the top twenty of the Oricon daily charts over a forty-nine day period; forty-two of them being consecutive.

Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)
Release Chart Peak position First Week Sales Sales total Chart run
14 September 2005 Oricon Daily Singles Chart 1
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 1 168,540 327,111 14 weeks
Oricon Monthly Singles Chart 3
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart 23
  • Total Sales : 327,111 (Japan)
  • RIAJ certification: Platinum

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iTunes - Music - 浜崎あゆみ". Phobos.apple.com. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  2. ^ "浜崎あゆみ"舞妓姿"!! デジカメ新作CM完成" (in Japanese). 2005-08-24. Retrieved 2008-03-13. [dead link]

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