Five (EP)

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EP by Ayumi Hamasaki
Released August 31, 2011 (2011-08-31)
Recorded 2011
Genre Pop, R&B, pop rock
Length 29:49 (CD+DVD)
31:53 (CD Only)
25:36 (CD Only - Limited edition)
Label Avex Trax
Producer Max Matsuura
Ayumi Hamasaki chronology
Love Songs
Party Queen

Five is the second mini-album by Japanese recording artist Ayumi Hamasaki. It was released on 31 August 2011, in three editions: CD+DVD, CD-Only and a limited CD-Only edition. A Blu-ray version of the mini-album was released on 9 November 2011, making Five the world's first album to be released in Blu-Ray. Hamasaki was the only lyricist on Five, and the songs were composed by multiple composers. The EP gets it title from its track listing, which consists of five tracks.

No physical singles were released from Five, making it Hamasaki's first album without any singles. However, all five songs were used as commercial tie-ins prior to the album's release. Therefore, Five really contained no previously unheard material. Five debuted atop the Oricon charts with first week sales of over 125,000 copies, becoming her eighteenth album to do so.[1] It topped the charts for two consecutive weeks, her first album to do so[2] since (Miss)Understood in 2006, and was her first album to top the Oricon Monthly Chart since Next Level in 2009. Five was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan, but it became Hamasaki's first album to fail to be certified platinum since her career began. Five sold around 213,000 copies.


Five is Hamasaki's first mini-album since Memorial address, which was released in 2003. This is Hamasaki first album not to have any singles. Its five songs had commercial endorsements prior to the release of the album: "Progress" was used as theme song of the PlayStation 3 videogame Tales of Xillia; "Another Song" was used as theme song of the TV show SweetTV of channel BeeTV; "Why..." was used in TV commercials of Taiwan campaigns of travel agency H.I.S., as well as in commercials for RecoChoku; "Beloved" was used as the theme song of August of NTV show Sukkiri!!; and "Brillante" was used in TV commercials of

The limited edition of the CD includes an access card to download a character costume for the PlayStation 3 game Tales of Xillia. Also, first pressings of the CD+DVD edition included a serial number to access a special website broadcasting making-of material of Ayumi Hamasaki Countdown Live 2010-2011 A: Do It Again.

Many netizens have wondered why this mini-album was named Five, if it was just because the album has only 5 tracks. On the Sweet interview, Hamasaki hinted that there is a hidden word in the title of the mini-album,[3] 'H♡PE', which was figured out by her fans. They predicted that Five was released not only because it has 5 songs, it was also 5 months after the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March. For the first time, Hamasaki undertook the artwork of the font design herself.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Ayumi Hamasaki.

No. Title Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Progress" Yuta Nakano Yuta Nakano 5:06
2. "Another Song" (featuring Naoya Urata) Yuta Nakano Yuta Nakano 5:21
3. "Why..." (featuring Juno) Kazuhiro Hara Yuta Nakano 3:57
4. "Beloved" Yasuhiko Hoshino Yuta Nakano 5:19
5. "Brillante" Timothy Wellard Yuta Nakano 5:58/10:05 (CD+DVD)
No. Title Length
1. "Progress" (Video Clip)  
2. "Another Song" (featuring Naoya Urata) (Video Clip)  
3. "Why..." (featuring Juno) (Video Clip)  
4. "Beloved" (Video Clip)  
5. "Brillante" (Video Clip)  
6. "Progress" (Making Clip)  
7. "Another Song" (Making Clip)  
8. "Why..." (Making Clip)  
9. "Beloved" (Making Clip)  
10. "Brillante" (Making Clip)  


Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak position First Week Sales Sales total Chart run
August 31, 2011 Oricon Daily Albums Chart 1 56,258
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 1 127,024 213,495 20 weeks
Oricon Monthly Albums Chart 1 189,551
Oricon Yearly Albums Chart 30 210,652

G-Music Chart (Taiwan)

Release Chart Peak Position Percentage Sales Chart Run
September 2, 2011
Combo Chart 7 1.58% 2 Weeks
Japanese Chart 2 17.73% 6 Weeks


Country Provider Certification
Japan RIAJ Gold[4]


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