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Guilty
Studio album by Ayumi Hamasaki
Released January 1, 2008 (2008-01-01)
(see release history)
Recorded 2007 Japan, Los Angeles
Genre J-pop, J-Rock
Length 56:00
Label Avex Trax
Producer Max Matsuura
Ayumi Hamasaki chronology
A Best 2 (White/Black)
(2007)
Guilty
(2008)
A Complete: All Singles
(2008)
Alternate covers
CD+DVD Cover
Singles from Guilty
  1. "Glitter / Fated"
    Released: July 18, 2007
  2. "Talkin' 2 Myself"
    Released: September 19, 2007
  3. "Together When..."
    Released: December 5, 2007

Guilty is the ninth studio album (tenth overall) by Japanese pop singer-songwriter Ayumi Hamasaki, released by Avex Trax on January 1, 2008 in Japan. Hamasaki herself wrote all lyrics of the album, which went to sell over 400,000 copies its first two weeks of release. Two weeks after its release Avex announced over 750,000 copies of Guilty have been shipped to stores.[1] According to Oricon's 2008 album chart, Guilty is the 17th highest selling album by far and the sixth highest selling album by a female artist. Guilty is the third highest selling Japanese album in Taiwan of 2008.

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Guilty sold more than 202,000 copies within its first initial week of release, and the combined totals for the first and second weeks put it at the number-two spot with 432,113 copies sold, with Kobukuro's 5296 outselling it by 22,488 copies. Even though this is not Hamasaki's lowest first week sale for an original studio album, it is the first original studio album from Hamasaki to not debut at the #1 position in Japan. However, it did debut at #1 in other Asian countries such as China and the islands of Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan, with 39.78% of total J-pop sales and 6.7% of total music sales for its first week for the latter. Eight days after its release it dropped to number three on the Oricon Daily Charts.[2]

The album was released in two versions in Taiwan, a CD+DVD and a CD-only version. The first initial copies on sale came with a limited edition photo book. The CD+DVD version included all the music videos from the single "glitter" to the digital single "Together When...", including making-ofs. Though the official release date was January 1, 2008, the album was released in stores a week early. The album debuted at number two on the G-Music Combo Chart behind boy band Fahrenheit's second album Two-Sided Fahrenheit but topped the charts on the G-Music J-Pop Chart having 39.78% of all Japanese albums sold in Taiwan. On February 28, Guilty took the #1 position on HMVV HK Chart after 56 days on the chart.[3]

Hamasaki's official website announced on March 17, 2008 that Guilty will be released digitally in over 26 countries worldwide, a first for any Japanese artist. The album will be digitally released in North America, Oceania, Europe as well as Asian countries where the physical version of the album is already released in Apple iTunes stores. This is officially Hamasaki's first release outside Asia.

Promotion

In the month of December in 2007, Hamasaki performed live on Japanese TV shows ten times for promotions,[4] mainly with the song "Together When" (its main promotional track). Hamasaki was also featured on the cover of eight different Japanese magazines during the promoting of Guilty,[5] such as Sweet, Voce, Bea's Up, Vivi, Popteen, Cawaii, S Cawaii, and Tokyo Headline. As of late December in Shibuya, Tokyo, there have been many promotional pictures posted around Shibuya.[6][7]

Track list

All lyrics written by Ayumi Hamasaki. 

CD
# Title Music Length
1. "Mirror"   Yuta Nakano 1:56
2. "(Don't) Leave Me Alone"   Tetsuya Yukumi 4:16
3. "Talkin' 2 Myself"   Yuta Nakano 4:54
4. "Decision"   Yuta Nakano 4:20
5. "Guilty"   Tetsuya Yukumi 4:33
6. "Fated"   Shintaro Hagiwara, Akihisa Matsuura 5:34
7. "Together When..."   Kunio Tago 5:13
8. "Marionette (Prelude)"   Yuta Nakano 1:13
9. "Marionette"   Kazuhiro Hara 4:35
10. "The Judgement Day"   CMJK 1:40
11. "Glitter"   Kazuhiro Hara 4:53
12. "My All"   Tetsuya Yukumi 5:26
13. "Rebirth"   Hal 1:38
14. "Untitled: For Her"   Kunio Tago 5:33
DVD
# Title Length
1. "Distance Love (距愛 ~Distance Love~ Kyo Ai: Distance Love)"    
2. "Talkin' 2 Myself (Video Clip)"    
3. "Decision (Video Clip)"    
4. "Together When... (Video Clip)"    
5. "Marionette (Video Clip)"    
6. "(Don't) Leave Me Alone (Video Clip)"    
7. "Glitter (Making Clip)"    
8. "Fated (Making Clip)"    
9. "Talkin' 2 Myself (Making Clip)"    
10. "Decision (Making Clip)"    
11. "Together When... (Making Clip)"    
12. "Marionette (Making Clip)"    
13. "(Don't) Leave Me Alone (Making Clip)"    

Release history

Region Date
Japan January 1, 2008
China
Hong Kong
Taiwan January 4, 2008
South Korea January 8, 2008
Singapore

Charts

Oricon Overall Sales Chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak Position Debut Sales Sales Total Chart Run
January 1, 2008 Oricon Daily Charts 1 66,796
Oricon Weekly Charts 2 432,113 568,288 16 weeks
Oricon Monthly Charts 2
Oricon Yearly Charts 17
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Physical Sales & Rank

Chart Peak
position
Oricon Daily Albums Chart 1
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 2
Oricon Monthly Albums Chart 2
Oricon Yearly Albums Chart 2008 17
Billboard Japan 2
HMV J-POP Chart (Japan) 1
HMV Asian Chart (Japan) 1
G-Music J-POP Chart[8] (Taiwan) 1
J-POP/K-POP Five Music Records (Taiwan)[9] 1
HMV Hong Kong Album Chart (Japanese)[10] 1
Country Certification Sales
Japan 2x Platinum 568,288

Singles

Date Title Peak position Weeks Sales in Japan
July 18, 2007 "Glitter/Fated" 1 11 weeks 166,203
September 19, 2007 "Talkin' 2 Myself" 1 10 weeks 110,628
December 5, 2007 "Together When..." 1 13 weeks

Total Single Sales: 276,831

Total Album and Single Sales: 845,119

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