Loveppears

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Loveppears
Ayumi Hamasaki shown topless from the upper waist up, looking into the camera, with flowing brown hair covering her chest.
Studio album by Ayumi Hamasaki
Released November 10, 1999 (1999-11-10)
Recorded 1999
Genre Pop, rock, dance, house, electronic
Length 70:47 (Disc 1)
34:06 (Disc 2)
Label Avex Trax
Producer Max Matsuura
Ayumi Hamasaki chronology
A Song for ××
(1999)
Loveppears
(1999)
Duty
(2000)
Singles from Loveppears
  1. "Whatever"
    Released: February 10, 1999
  2. "To Be"
    Released: May 12, 1999
  3. "Boys & Girls"
    Released: July 14, 1999
  4. "A"
    Released: August 11, 1999
  5. "Appears"
    Released: November 10, 1999
  6. "Kanariya"
    Released: December 8, 1999
  7. "Fly High"
    Released: February 9, 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
HMV 5/5 stars[1]

Loveppears (stylized as LOVEppears; sometimes written Love appears) is Ayumi Hamasaki's second studio album. Following the trend of the time, remixes of the songs from Loveppears were released on a second disc.

"Loveppears" sold 1,201,870 copies in its debut week. Like Hamasaki's debut album, Loveppears also topped the Oricon and stayed on the charts for 64 weeks. Loveppears is the 39th best selling album in Japan of all time.[2]

Information[edit]

Loveppears was released less than a year after her debut album A Song for ××. Between February and August 1999, she released 5 singles of which two were million-sellers. Then 3 others singles (which were limited) were released due to the high demand of the public. The song "P.S II" is a follow-up to "Powder Snow" from Hamasaki's previous album A Song for ××. The song features a new arrangement and new lyrics. The remix of "Whatever" is an extended version of the "M" version of the song, which originally appeared on the "Whatever" CD single. This album marked the beginning of the collaboration between Hamasaki, Dai and Hal.

Songs[edit]

Although not billed as such, some of the singles on Loveppears were somehow edited for the album. "Love: Refrain" takes its melody from Hamasaki's single "Love:Destiny," but has different lyrics, whereas the song "Whatever" is an extended version of the "M" version of "Whatever" from the eponymous single. A hidden track, "Kanariya," is found at the end of the first disc. It is her first recut single (single released after its appearance on an album) to reach the number-one position on the Oricon charts.

Loveppears was characterized by dance tracks such as "Boys & Girls".

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The song "Who..." is a concert staple for Hamasaki, who ends most of her concerts with it. It was also featured in her first compilation album A Best, it was re-recorded and re-arranged for her second compilation album A Ballads and it was re-recorded again for her A Complete compilation album celebrating Hamasaki's 10th anniversary since her debut.

Commercial tie-ups and theme songs[edit]

"To Be", "Immature", "Trauma" and "Monochrome" were used in four commercials featuring Ayu herself for the JT Peach Water drinks.

"Boys & Girls", "And then..." and "appears" were images songs in three commercials for AUBE cosmetics.

"Too Late" was the musical theme for a commercial for HONDA Giorno CREA scooters.

"Fly High" was used in TV ad for Lycos Japan.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Ayumi Hamasaki. 

CD1
No. Title Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Introduction"   HΛL HΛL 1:09
2. "Fly High"   D.A.I HΛL 4:07
3. "Trauma"   D.A.I Naoto Suzuki,
D.A.I
4:17
4. "And Then"   Yasuhiko Hoshino Keisuke Kikuchi 4:14
5. "Immature" (Album Version) Kazuhito Kikuchi HΛL 4:44
6. "Boys & Girls"   D.A.I Naoto Suzuki,
D.A.I
3:54
7. "To Be"   D.A.I Naoto Suzuki,
D.A.I
5:18
8. "End Roll"   D.A.I Naoto Suzuki,
D.A.I
4:49
9. "P.S II"   Hideaki Kuwabara Akimitsu Honma 4:48
10. "Whatever" ("Dub's 1999 Remix") Kazuhito Kikuchi Izumi "DMX" Miyazaki 7:20
11. "Too Late"   D.A.I Naoto Suzuki,
D.A.I
4:25
12. "Appears" (Album Version) Kazuhito Kikuchi HΛL 5:38
13. "Monochrome"   HΛL Naoto Suzuki,
D.A.I
4:21
14. "Interlude"   Naoto Suzuki Naoto Suzuki 0:55
15. "Love: Refrain" (reincarnation of the song Love: Destiny) Tsunku Naoto Suzuki 5:21
16. "Who..."   Kazuhito Kikuchi Naoto Suzuki 5:35
17. "Kanariya" (secret track) Yasuhiko Hoshino CPM-Marvin 3:52
CD2
No. Title Length
1. "Ayu's Euro Mega-Mix" (Y&Co. Mix) 9:48
2. "Ayu's House Mega-Mix" (N.S House Mix) 9:58
3. "A Song for ××" (Millennium Mix) 4:46
4. "Powder Snow" (Acoustic Orchestra Version) 5:03
5. "Friend II" (Make My Mad Mix) 4:31

Personnel[edit]

CD1[edit]

  1. "Introduction" - 1:09
    Keyboards: HAL
    Guitar: Naoyo Akimoto
    Programming: HAL
    Mixed by Dave Way
  2. "Fly High" – 4:06
    Keyboards: HAL
    Guitar: Naoyo Akimoto
    Programming: HAL
    Mixed by Dave Way
  3. "Trauma" – 4:17
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Jun Kajiwara
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
    Additional Programming: Tatsuhiko Fuyuno
    Mixed by Steve Churchyard
  4. "And Then" – 4:12
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Hidetoshi suzuki
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
    Additional Programming: Tatsuhiko Fuyuno
    Mixed by Dave Way
  5. "Immature [Album Version]" – 4:44
    Keyboards: HAL
    Guitar: Naoya Akimoto
    Programming: HAL
    Mixed by Dave Way
  6. "Boys & Girls" – 3:54
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Hidetoshi Suzuki
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
    Mixed by Dave Ford
  7. "To Be" – 5:18
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Masayoshi Furukawa
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
    Mixed by Dave Ford
  8. "End Roll" – 4:49
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Naoki Hayashibe
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
    Mixed by Steve Churchyard
  9. "P.S II" – 4:48
    Keyboards: HAL
    Programming: HAL
    Mixed by Dave Way
  10. "Whatever" (Dub's 1999 Remix) – 7:20
    Programming: Izumi "DMX" Miyazaki
    Mixed by Izumi "DMX" Miyazaki
  11. "Too Late" – 4:24
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Hidetoshi Suzuki
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
    Additional Programming: Tatsuhiko Fuyuno
    Mixed by Dave Way
  12. "Appears [Album Version]" – 5:27
    Keyboards: HAL
    Guitar: Naoya Akimoto
    Programming: HAL
    Mixed by Dave Way
  13. "Monochrome" – 4:21
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Naoki Hayashibe
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
    Mixed by Dave Way
  14. "Interlude" – 0:55
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Programming: Naoto Suzuki
    Mixed by Dave Way
  15. "Love: Refrain" – 5:20
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Naoki Hayashibe
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
    Mixed by Dave Way
  16. "Who..." – 5:35
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Naoki Hayashibe
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
    Mixed by Dave Way
  17. "Kanariya" - 3.52

CD2[edit]

  1. Ayu's Euro Mega-Mix (Y&Co. Mix) – 9:48
    Remixed by Akira "BOSS" Yokota & Tetsuya "REMOCON" Tamura
  2. Ayu's House Mega-Mix (N.S House Mix) – 9:58
    Remixed by Shoji Ueda
  3. A Song for ×× (Millennium Mix) – 4:46
    Piano: Akimitsu Honma
    Keyboards: Akimitsu Honma
    Guitar: Naoki Hayashibe
    Programming: Hiroshi Kitashiro
    Mixed by Dave Way
  4. Powder Snow (Acoustic Orchestra Version) – 5:03
    Keyboards: Akimitsu Honma
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
    Mixed by Atsushi Hattori
  5. Friend II (Make My Mad Mix) – 4:31
    Remixed by HAL

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Catalogue Number
Japan November 10, 1999 (1999-11-10) 2CD AVCD-11740
Taiwan
Hong Kong
China 2000
  • Initial pressing
CD AVTCD-95292
  • SCD-515
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
November 10, 1999 Oricon Daily Albums Chart 1
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 1 1,201,870 2,562,130 64
Oricon Monthly Albums Chart 1
Oricon Yearly Albums Chart 15 (1999)
14 (2000)
  • Total Sales: 2,562,130 (Japan)

Singles[edit]

Date Title Peak Position Weeks Sales
1999-02-10 Whatever 5 9 weeks 189,610
1999-04-14 Love: Destiny 1 26 weeks 650,790
1999-05-12 To Be 4 15 weeks 324,500
1999-07-14 Boys & Girls 1 17 weeks 1,037,950
1999-08-11 A 1 18 weeks 1,670,000
1999-11-10 Appears (300,000 Limited Copies) 2 3 weeks 290,550
1999-12-08 Kanariya (300,000 Limited Copies) 1 6 weeks 289,200
2000-02-09 Fly High (300,000 limited Copies) 3 4 weeks 299,540
2001-02-28 Whatever (12 cm re-release) 28 3 weeks 28,430
Love: Destiny c/w Love: Since 1999 (duet with Tsunku) (12 cm re-release) 20 4 weeks 39,470
To Be (12 cm re-release) 26 3 weeks 29,070

Total Single Sales: 4,723,940

Total Album and Single Sales: 7,286,070

References[edit]