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A Best 2: Black
Greatest hits by Ayumi Hamasaki
Released February 28, 2007 (2007-02-28)
(see Release history)
Recorded 2001-2007
Genre J-pop
Length 77:27
Label Avex Trax
Producer Max Matsuura
Professional reviews
Ayumi Hamasaki chronology
Secret
(2006)
A Best 2 (White/Black)
(2007)
Guilty (2008)

A Best 2: Black is one of two CDs in the greatest hits anthology A Best 2 by Japanese pop singer-songwriter Ayumi Hamasaki. It was released on February 28, 2007 in Japan along with its counterpart A Best 2: White. The album debuted at #1 in Japan on its first day and took #2 in the weekly chart as well as in several countries throughout Asia. A BEST 2 -BLACK- was ranked #4 on CDJapan's Top 100 album of 2007.[1]

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Album information

A Best 2: Black is one of two greatest hits albums by Ayumi Hamasaki known collectively as A Best 2. It was released on February 28, 2007 along with its counterpart A Best 2: White. Both sets were released in 1CD+2DVD versions with limited version covers for each album's color. Both albums feature songs released between the singles "Evolution" and "Bold & Delicious/Pride." No songs off her album Secret are featured on either album. A Best 2: Black includes "dark" songs with "painful/heartbroken" lyrics while A Best 2: White is the opposite, containing "light" songs with "bright/cheerful/upbeat" lyrics. A Best 2: Black includes a previously unreleased track, "part of Me" (featured in a new Panasonic CM) and its accompanying music video. The song was certified gold for 100,000 legal downloads.[2] The 1st DVD includes all PVs for the songs off the album while the 2nd DVD includes a documentary which chronicles her concert, "Best of Countdown Live 2006-2007 A".

Secret track

There is a secret track at the end of the last track, "Part of Me". The song is the previously-released "Memorial Address", which is from her 2003 mini-album of the same name.

CD track listing

  1. Dearest (from I am...)
  2. Carols (from My Story)
  3. No Way to Say (from Memorial Address)
  4. Hanabi (Fireworks ?) (from Rainbow))
  5. Walking Proud (from My Story)
  6. Free & Easy (from Rainbow))
  7. Endless Sorrow (from I am...)
  8. Because of You (from Memorial Address)
  9. About You (from My Story)
  10. Game (from My Story)
  11. Is This Love? (from (Miss)understood)
  12. Hanabi: Episode II (Fireworks: Episode II ?) (from Memorial Address)
  13. Never Ever (from I am...)
  14. Heaven (from (Miss)understood)
  15. Part of Me (previously unreleased)
  16. Memorial Address: Take 2 version~ [Secret Track] (from Memorial Address)

DVD track listing

1st DVD - Promotional Videos

  1. "Dearest"
  2. "Carols"
  3. "No Way to Say"
  4. "Walking Proud"
  5. "Free & Easy"
  6. "Endless Sorrow"
  7. "Because of You"
  8. "About You"
  9. "Game"
  10. "Is This Love?"
  11. "Hanabi: Episode II"
  12. "Never Ever" [promotional clip]
  13. "Heaven"
  14. "Part of Me"
  15. "H" [TV-CM]

2nd DVD - Best of CountDown Live 2006-2007

  1. Best of CountDown Live 2006-2007 (Behind the Scenes) (90 minutes)

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)

Charts

Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
28 February 2007 Oricon Daily Albums Chart 1
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 2 470,057 702,900 52
Oricon Monthly Albums Chart 3
Oricon Yearly Albums Chart 7
  • Total Sales : 702,900 (Japan)
  • Total Sales : 1,000,000 (Avex)
  • Total Sales : 2,000,000 (Asia)
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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

Total Single Sales : 6,051,389

References

  1. ^ 2007 TOP100 Charts
  2. ^ http://www.riaj.or.jp/data/others/chart/w080220_3.html

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