L (Ayumi Hamasaki EP)

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"L"
Ayumi Hamasaki LDVDA.jpg
Single by Ayumi Hamasaki
from the album Love Songs
A-side Virgin Road"
"Sweet Season"
"Last Angel
B-side "Crossroad"
"Seven Days War"
(from "Crossroad")
Released September 29, 2010 (2010-09-29)
Format CD, maxi single, CD + DVD, Digital
Genre Last Angel Dance-pop, electronica, trance
Virgin Road J-pop
Sweet Season Pop rock, country pop
Label Avex Trax
Songwriter(s) Ayumi Hamasaki
Producer(s) Max Matsuura
Ayumi Hamasaki singles chronology
"Crossroad"
(2010)
"L"
(2010)
"Dream On"
(2010)
"Crossroad"
(2010)
"L"
(2010)
"Dream On"
(2010)

L is the 50th single (51st overall) by Japanese singer-songwriter Ayumi Hamasaki, released on 29 September 2010. It is Hamasaki's last release from the three-part project to celebrate fifty singles. Its title, L, is the Roman numeral for fifty. All of the songs from the single EP were recorded in Los Angeles.

The single reached number 1, her 38th overall and 25th consecutive overall since "Free & Easy" on April 24, 2002. "L" has received an album certification for more than 100,000 copies shipped by the RIAJ,[1] and the song "Virgin Road" has received a gold digital certification for paid downloads to cellphones.[2]

Music videos[edit]

The videos for Sweet Season and Virgin Road premiered September 27, 2010.

The music video for Sweet Season starts with Hamasaki picking up her kids with her car, and driving back home. It shows Hamasaki and her kids having fun at the swimming pool outside their house. Near the end of the video, Hamasaki falls in the swimming pool slowly, with flashbacks of her and her kids. Then, she wakes up at the same place on her sofa, realizing that it was only a dream. She is dressed differently from before, changing from a sweet-looking mother into a weird looking woman, with heavy makeup (Looks like she woke up after fell asleep from crying for quite a while with a tear tracks messing up her make-up). The second version of the video features new scenes of Hamasaki and her children in the living room singing, and scenes could be seen rewound. This version was not part of her Love Songs's music videos.

The music video for Virgin Road features Austrian actor and model Manuel Schwarz (later to become Hamasaki's real-life husband). Virgin Road was Hamasaki's fifth-most expensive music videos, behind Jewel, Green, Fairyland and My Name's Women. The video's production reportedly cost $1,000,000.[citation needed] The music video was shot in Los Angeles and features Hamasaki and Schwarz getting married. After that, they are seen robbing a bank and gas station. The video represents was Hamasaki's first encounter with large guns. A police chase ensues, and Hamasaki throws the stolen money out of the car. Resting somewhere on the hill, helicopter throw grenades at the couple, but they escape.

Overview[edit]

Hamasaki's 25th consecutive single breaks the record for the most consecutive number 1 singles by any female artist as well as any soloist since Seiko Matsuda in the 1980s; Matsuda's streak of 24 consecutive number-one singles was broken in 1989 when "Precious Heart" reached number 2, only lagging behind "Gravity of Love" by Tetsuya Komuro, who is also a major contributor to Hamasaki's 49th ("Crossroad") and 50th singles.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Ayumi Hamasaki, except for "Seven Days War", which is a cover version of TM Network's song written by Mitsuko Komuro.

Jacket A[edit]

Disc1: CD[4]
No. Title Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Virgin Road (Original Mix)" (Used for a Music.jp television commercial) Tetsuya Komuro Yuta Nakano (Strings arrangement) 5:55
2. "Sweet Season (Original Mix)" (Used for a Sweet magazine television commercial) Noriyuki Makihara Shingo Kobayashi 5:05
3. "Last Angel (Original Mix)" Komuro CMJK 5:44
4. "Virgin Road (Original Mix - Instrumental)" Komuro Nakano (Strings arrangement) 5:54
5. "Sweet Season (Original Mix - Instrumental)" Makihara Kobayashi 5:05
6. "Last Angel (Original Mix - Instrumental)" Komuro CMJK 5:41
Disc2: DVD[4]
No. Title Length
1. "Virgin Road" (Video Clip) 5:52
2. "Sweet Season" (Video Clip) 5:22
3. "Virgin Road" (Making Clip) 7:06
Total length: 33:24

Jacket B[edit]

Disc1: CD[4]
No. Title Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Sweet Season (Original Mix)" (Used for a Sweet magazine television commercial) Makihara Kobayashi 5:04
2. "Virgin Road (Original Mix)" (Used for a Music.jp television commercial) Komuro Nakano (Strings arrangement) 5:55
3. "Last Angel (Original Mix)" Komuro CMJK 5:44
4. "Sweet Season (Original Mix - Instrumental)" Makihara Kobayashi 5:04
5. "Virgin Road (Original Mix - Instrumental)" Komuro Nakano (Strings arrangement) 5:54
6. "Last Angel (Original Mix - Instrumental)" Komuro CMJK 5:41
Disc2: DVD[4]
No. Title Length
1. "Sweet Season" (Video Clip) 5:22
2. "Virgin Road" (Video Clip) 5:52
3. "Sweet Season" (Making Clip) 4:19
Total length: 33:22

Jacket C[edit]

CD-Only[4]
No. Title Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Last Angel (Original Mix)" Tetsuya Komuro CMJK 5:43
2. "Virgin Road (Original Mix)" (Used for a Music.jp television commercial) Komuro Nakano (Strings arrangement) 5:55
3. "Sweet Season (Original Mix)" (Used for a Sweet magazine television commercial) Makihara Kobayashi 5:05
4. "Crossroad (Orchestra Version)" Komuro Nakano 5:42
5. "Seven Days War (Orchestra Version)" Komuro Nakano 5:27
6. "Last Angel (Original Mix - Instrumental)" Komuro CMJK 5:43
7. "Virgin Road (Original Mix - Instrumental)" Komuro Nakano (Strings arrangement) 5:54
8. "Sweet Season (Original Mix - Instrumental)" Makihara Kobayashi 5:02
Total length: 44:31

Jacket D[edit]

CD-Only[4]
No. Title Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Seven Days War (TK Acoustic Piano Version)" Tetsuya Komuro Komuro 5:17
2. "Virgin Road (Original Mix)" (Used for a Music.jp television commercial) Komuro Nakano (Strings arrangement) 5:55
3. "Sweet Season (Original Mix)" (Used for a Sweet magazine television commercial) Makihara Kobayashi 5:05
4. "Last Angel (Original Mix)" Komuro CMJK 5:44
5. "Virgin Road (Original Mix - Instrumental)" Komuro Nakano (Strings arrangement) 5:54
6. "Sweet Season (Original Mix - Instrumental)" Makihara Kobayashi 5:05
7. "Last Angel (Original Mix - Instrumental)" Komuro CMJK 5:41
Total length: 38:41

Charts[edit]

Oricon Sales Chart[edit]

Release Chart Peak position Debut Sales Sales total Chart run
September 29, 2010 Oricon Daily Singles Chart 1 34,796
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 1 70,715 94,573 8 weeks
Oricon Monthly Singles Chart 6 92,478
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart 71

Chart precession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Crossroad" by Ayumi Hamasaki
Oricon weekly number-one single
October 11, 2010
Succeeded by
"Dear Snow" by Arashi

References[edit]

  1. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2010年9月. RIAJ (in Japanese). 2010-10-10. Retrieved 2010-11-10. 
  2. ^ レコード協会調べ 2月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:2月度認定> [Record Association report: February digital music download certifications (Abbreviation: February Certifications)]. RIAJ (in Japanese). March 25, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ 浜崎あゆみ、シングル25作連続首位で歴代単独1位 松田聖子の記録22年ぶり更新 (in Japanese). Oricon. 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f http://www.avexnet.or.jp/ayu/jp/discography/