Endless Sorrow

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"Endless Sorrow"
Endless Sorrow (Ayumi Hamasaki single - cover art).png
Single by Ayumi Hamasaki
from the album I am...
Released May 16, 2001
Format JPN CD Single
United States Digital Single [1]
Genre
Length 54:45
Label Avex Trax
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Max Matsuura
Ayumi Hamasaki singles chronology
"Never Ever"
(2001)
"Endless Sorrow"
(2001)
"Unite!"
(2001)

"Endless Sorrow" is a song recorded by Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki, released as her 22nd single on May 16, 2001.

Background[edit]

This was Hamasaki's fourth single to be composed by herself using the pseudonym Crea. Its original single version, which features strings, piano, and rock leanings, was arranged by CMJK and Junichi Matsuda. For Hamasaki's fourth studio album I am... the song re-arranged by CMJK in a version entitled "Gone With Whe Wind ver.", which has a calmer soft-rock oriented sound. "Endless Sorrow" was used as theme song of TBS's drama Mukashi no Otoko, which aired from April to late June 2001. One of the b-sides of the single, "Vogue (Kirari Natsu Ayu Mix)" was used in TV commercials for Kose Visee mascara, starring Hamasaki herself.

Music video[edit]

The music video of "Endless Sorrow" depicts a young boy living in a society in which speaking was prohibited by law. The boy, however, climbs a tower, meeting a man (presumably a priest because of his clothing) and a one-winged angel who looks exactly like the boy. Apart from shots of the cover of the Endless Sorrow single, Hamasaki does not appear in the original version of the PV, but in a later version, Hamasaki appears at the end of the video in a trench coat and fedora, and picks up the feather dropped by the boy.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Lyrics: Ayumi Hamasaki - Music: Ayumi Hamasaki

  1. "Endless Sorrow"
  2. "Vogue" (Kirari Natsu Ayu Mix)
  3. "Endless Sorrow" (Natural Green Dub Mix)
  4. "Endless Sorrow" (Nicely Nice Skyblue remix)
  5. "Never Ever" (Dub's Uncategorized Mix 001)
  6. "Endless Sorrow" (Ram's Advance Mix)
  7. "Endless Sorrow" (Brent Mini's gothic mix)
  8. "Endless Sorrow" (Liquid Heart Mix)
  9. "Endless Sorrow" (Juicy Ariyama Mix)
  10. "Endless Sorrow" (Instrumental)

Live performances[edit]

  • July 1, 2001 - CountDown TV - Endless sorrow and Unite!
  • December 2, 2001 - Digital Dream Live - Endless sorrow and Evolution

Charts[edit]

Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak position First week sales Sales total
16 May 2001 Oricon Daily Singles Chart 1
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 1 430,220 768,510
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart 14
  • RIAJ certification: 3x Platinum
Preceded by
Zero Landmine by N.M.L.
Oricon weekly number-one single
May 28, 2001 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
Jōnetsu by KinKi Kids

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