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Duty
Studio album by Ayumi Hamasaki
Released September 27, 2000
Genre J-pop
Length 51:45
Label AVEX Trax
Producer Max Matsuura
Professional reviews
Ayumi Hamasaki chronology
Loveppears
(1999)
Duty
(2000)
A Best
(2001)
Singles from Duty
  1. "Vogue"
    Released:
    April 26, 2000
  2. "Far Away"
    Released:
    May 17, 2000
  3. "Seasons"
    Released:
    June 7, 2000
  4. "Surreal"
    Released:
    September 27, 2000
  5. "Audience"
    Released:
    November 1, 2000

Duty is the third full-length studio album by Ayumi Hamasaki, as well as being her best-selling studio album to date, with over 2.9 million copies sold. The single "Surreal," an initial pressing-only single, was released simultaneously along with the album and the DVD Ayumi Hamasaki Concert Tour 2000 Vol.1. All three claimed the top position on the Oricon Weekly charts, making Ayumi Hamasaki the first person to hold the top position on all three charts. Prior to this, the most number of charts that a single artist or musical act topped was two. Duty is also Ayumi Hamasaki's highest selling studio album with sales of 2,904,420 in Japan. It debuted at the number-one position and held that position for four weeks, the album also stayed in the Top 30 for 20 weeks, making Hamasaki's only studio album to stay on the Top 30 for that long. Duty is the 22nd best-selling album in Japan of all times.[1]

Contents

Singles

This album features five singles, two of which were able to reach the number-one position on the Oricon charts.

The first three singles, "vogue," "Far away," and "SEASONS" were released from April to June of 2000. Vogue and Far away sold over 700,000 and 500,000 copies, respectively. "SEASONS" is the most successful single of the album and one of Ayumi's best-selling singles, with over 1.3 million units sold.

"SURREAL," the fourth single, was released on the same day as Duty, and the final single, Audience, was released as a recut single a month after the album. It debuted at the number-two position and sold over 290,000 units. Unlike Hamasaki's previous singles, no music video was shot for the song.

Commercials tie-ups and themes songs

Duty was used in a commercial promoting the Takano Yuri beauty clinics.[2]

vogue was used as background music in a tv commercial promoting a lipstick for Kose Visee.[3][4]

The original version of Far away featured in three ad campaigns for the Tu-Ka cellphones.[5] The song End of the world was also used in a commercial for the brand.[6]

SEASONS was the theme song of a popular Japanese drama broadcast on Fuji TV called Tenki Yoho No Koibito (Weather Reporter Lover).[7]

Track listing

  1. "Starting Over" – 1:36
  2. "Duty" – 5:15
  3. "Vogue" – 4:27
  4. "End of the World" – 4:40
  5. "Scar" – 4:17
  6. "Far Away" – 5:34
  7. "Surreal" – 4:42
  8. "Audience" – 4:06
  9. "Seasons" – 4:15
  10. "Teddy Bear" – 4:18
  11. "Key ~Eternal Tie Version~" – 3:14
  12. "Girlish" – 4:55

Credits

  1. "Starting Over" – 1:36
    Music: Ken Harada
    Arrangement: Ken Harada
    Programming: Masayuki Kumahara
  2. "Duty" – 5:15
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: Ken Harada
    Arrangement: Naoto Suzuki & Ken Harada
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Naoki Hayashibe
    B.G. Vocal: Junko Hirotani
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
  3. "Vogue" – 4:27
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: Kazuhito Kikuchi
    Arrangement: Naoto Suzuki & Kazuhito Kikuchi
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Naoki Hayashibe
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
  4. "End of the World" – 4:40
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: Yasuhiko Hishino
    Arrangement: Naoto Suzuki
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Naoki Hayashibe
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
  5. "Scar" – 4:17
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: Kunio Tago
    Arrangement: Naoto Suzuki
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Naoki Hayashibe
    B.G. Vocal: Junko Hirotani
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
  6. "Far Away" – 5:34
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: Kazuhito Kikuchi & DAI
    Arrangement: HAL
    Keyboards: HAL
    Guitar: Naoya Akimoto
    B.G. Vocal: Junko Hirotani
    Programming: HAL
    Mixed by Atsushi Hattori
  7. "Surreal" – 4:42
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: Kazuhito Kikuchi
    Arrangement: HAL
    Keyboards: HAL
    Guitar: Naoya Akimoto
    Programming: HAL
  8. "Audience" – 4:06
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: DAI
    Arrangement: HAL
    Keyboards: HAL
    Guitar: Naoya Akimoto
    Programming: HAL
  9. "Seasons" – 4:15
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: DAI
    Arrangement: Naoto Suzuki
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Naoki Hayashibe
    B.G. Vocal: Junko Hirotani
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
  10. "Teddy Bear" – 4:18
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: DAI
    Arrangement: Shingo Kobayashi
    Acoustic Piano: Shingo Kobayashi
    Keyboards: Shingo Kobayashi
    Synthesizer Operator: Keishi Urata
  11. "Key ~eternal tie ver.~" – 3:14
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: Kunio Tago
    Arrangement: Naoto Suzuki
    Keyboards: Naoto Suzuki
    Guitar: Naoki Hayashibe
    B.G. Vocal: Junko Hirotani
    Programming: Takahiro Iida
  12. "Girlish" – 4:55
    Words: Ayumi Hamasaki
    Music: Yasuhiko Hoshino
    Arrangement: Shingo Kobayashi
    Keyboards: Shingo Kobayashi
    Wurlitzer: Yoshihiro Tomonari
    Drums: Kaoru Abe
    Electric Guitar: Nozomi Furukawa
    Acoustic Guitar: Nozomi Furukawa
    Bass: Enrique
    Guitar: Yoshio Nomura
    Synthesizer Operator: Keishi Urata

Charts

Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)
Release Chart Peak position First Week Sales Sales total Chart run
September 27, 2000 Oricon Daily Album Chart 1
Oricon Weekly Album Chart 1 1,682,760 2,904,420 27 weeks
Oricon Monthly Album Chart 1
Oricon Yearly Album Chart 2
  • Total Sales: 2,904,420 (Japan)
  • Total Sales: 3,000,000 (Avex)
  • Total Sales: 3,750,000 (Asia)
  • "Duty" is Hamasaki's highest selling studio album in Japan.
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Singles

Date Title Peak position Weeks Sales
April 26, 2000 "Vogue" 3 17 weeks 767,660
May 17, 2000 "Far Away" 2 13 weeks 510,460
June 7, 2000 "Seasons" 1 21 weeks 1,367,400
September 27, 2000 "Surreal (500,000 Limited Copies)" 1 7 weeks 417,210
November 1, 2000 "Audience (300,000 Limited Copies) & (re-cut single)" 2 8 weeks 292,950

Total Single Sales: 3,355,680

Total Album and Single Sales: 6,260,100

References


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