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A Best 2
Greatest hits by Ayumi Hamasaki
Released February 28, 2007 (2007-02-28)
(see Release history)
Genre J-Pop
Length 2h30 aprox.
Label Avex Trax
Producer Max Matsuura
Ayumi Hamasaki chronology
Secret
(2006)
A Best 2 (White/Black)
(2007)
Guilty
(2008)
Covers
A Best 2: Black (CD-Only)
A Best 2: Black (CD+DVD)
A Best 2: White (CD-Only)
A Best 2: White (CD+DVD)

A Best 2 is a series of Greatest Hits compilation albums recorded by Ayumi Hamasaki which were released simultaneously on 28 February 2007. The series consists of:

  • A Best 2: Black
  • A Best 2: White

A special website was opened in order to promote A Best 2 and can be found here.[1]

The tracks on A Best 2 were remastered in Los Angeles by Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, however they were not resung like the previous A Best.[1][2]

Contents

Release history

Region Date
Japan February 28, 2007 (2007-02-28)
Taiwan March 9, 2007 (2007-03-09)
Hong Kong March 13, 2007 (2007-03-13)
Singapore March 14, 2007 (2007-03-14)
South Korea March 15, 2007 (2007-03-15)

Sales and accomplishments

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Japan

After the first week sales of A Best 2: Black and White were announced, Hamasaki had already garnered sales of over 1 million copies. With the release of A Best 2, Hamasaki also broke many records.

As of August 2007, A Best 2 has charted in the top 5 of 2007 Oricon Half-Yearly Album 2007 Chart. A Best: White charted as #3 and Black charted as #4; the nearest competitor was Kobukuro with "All Singles Best" with sales around 640,000 copies. However, factoring in consistent sales of Kobukuro's "All Singles Best", it is predicted that A Best 2 will fall down to #4 and #5, respectively. According to avex, A Best 2 had sold over 2 million copies as of March 2007.[3]

Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak Position Oricon Sales Total Avex Sales Total Chart Run
28 February 2007 Oricon Daily Albums Chart 1 (Black & White) 170,000 200,000 1 day
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 1 (White)
2 (Black)
945,341 1,000,000 1 week
Oricon Monthly Albums Chart 2 (White)
3 (Black)
646,479 (White) ,632,999 (Black) 1,200,000 4 weeks
Oricon Yearly Albums Chart 4 (White)
5 (Black)
1,424,734 (as of 2008) 2,000,000 52 weeks
  • Total Sales: 1,424,734 (Japan)
  • Total Sales: 2,000,000 (Avex)
  • Total Sales: 4,000,000 (Asia)

Taiwan

A Best 2 as a whole performed very well on the Taiwan Charts. A Best 2: White topped the Taiwan Charts for 8 weeks, while A Best 2: Black has been following behind at #2 consistently, achieving peak at #1 on the second week of being released.

Featured singles

Date Title Peak position Chart Run Sales
September 27, 2001 "Dearest" 1 16 weeks 750,420
September 29, 2004 "Carols" 1 14 weeks 309,128
November 6, 2003 "No Way to Say" 1 12 weeks 371,171
July 24, 2002 "H" 1 24 weeks 1,016,000
April 24, 2002 "Free & Easy" 1 9 weeks 486,520
May 16, 2001 "Endless Sorrow" 1 11 weeks 768,510
July 28, 2005 "Inspire c/w Game" 1 15 weeks 329,145
April 20, 2005 "Step You / Is This Love?" 1 19 weeks 345,340
March 7, 2001 "Never Ever" 1 12 weeks 756,980
September 14, 2005 "Heaven" 1 14 weeks 326,694
July 9, 2003 "&" 1 16 weeks 591,481
January 31, 2001 "Evolution" 1 17 weeks 955,250
July 11, 2001 "Unite!" 1 10 weeks 571,110
August 3, 2005 "Fairyland c/w Alterna" 1 13 weeks 316,663
September 26, 2002 "Voyage" 1 28 weeks 679,463
March 31, 2004 "Moments" 1 21 weeks 302,923
December 12, 2001 "A Song is Born" 1 10 weeks 441,410

Total Single Sales: 9,318,208

Live Performances

  • February 23, 2007 – Music Station - "Evolution"
  • February 24, 2007 – Music Fair 21 - "Evolution", "Dearest", "Heaven"
  • February 26, 2007 – Hey! Hey! Hey! - "Dearest"
  • February 26, 2007 – SMAPxSMAP - "Voyage", "Unite!"
  • March 2, 2007 – Music Station - "Part of Me"
  • March 2, 2007 – Music Fighter - "Never Ever"
  • March 2, 2007 – PopJam - "Moments"
  • March 4, 2007 – Domoto Kyoudai - "Step You"
  • March 16, 2007 – Music Station - "Memorial Address"
  • March 16, 2007 – PopJam (final episode special) - "No Way to Say"

References


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