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"Rule/Sparkle"
Single by Ayumi Hamasaki
from the album Next Level
Released February 25, 2009
Format Maxi Single, digital single
Recorded 2009
Genre Electropop, Electronica, Synthrock
Label Avex Trax
Writer(s) Ayumi Hamasaki
Ayumi Hamasaki singles chronology
"Days/Green"
(2008)
"Rule/Sparkle"
(2009)
"Sunrise/Sunset (Love Is All)"
(2009)
Rule/Sparkle Jacket B (CD Only)
[[Image:|Rule/Sparkle Jacket B (CD Only)|200px]]
Rule/Sparkle Jacket C (CD Only)
[[Image:|Rule/Sparkle Jacket C (CD Only)|200px]]

"Rule/Sparkle" is Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki's forty-fifth single (forty-sixth overall) and it was released on February 25, 2009. The song "Rule" was used as the international theme song for Dragonball Evolution.[1] "Sparkle" is used in advertisements for the Honda Zest Spark.[2] The single became Hamasaki's 20th consecutive single to debut at number-one position since her 2002 single "Free & Easy" on the Oricon weekly charts, making her the first solo artist and the female artist to have 20 consecutive singles to debut at number-one position.[3] It is also her 32nd number-one single on the Oricon weekly charts.[4]

The single is certified Gold for shipment of 100,000 copies.

Contents

Release and covers

Rule/Sparkle is released with 3 different covers, one for the CD+DVD version of the single and two others to be used for the CD only versions. Akira Toriyama, the manga artist behind Dragon Ball, was commissioned by Avex Trax to draw an illustration of Hamasaki. The first pressing of the single will feature an illustration of Ayumi as the character Son Goku, and will be printed on the CD and the DVD.[5] This is her first single since "No Way to Say" to feature more than two alternate versions or remixes of any tracks.

Track listing

CD+DVD (Version A)
# Title Length
1. "Rule"   4:08
2. "Sparkle"   4:35
3. "Rule (80kidz's "No More Rule" mix)"   4:49
4. "Rule (Remo-con "tech dance" remix)"   6:42
5. "Rule (Instrumental)"   4:07
6. "Sparkle (Instrumental)"   4:30
DVD (Version A Only)
# Title Length
1. "Rule (Music clip)"    
2. "Rule (Making clip)"    

All lyrics written by Ayumi Hamasaki. "Rule" music by Miki Watanabe. "Sparkle" music by Kazuhiro Hara. "Days" music by Kunio Tago. 

CD (Version B)
# Title Length
1. "Rule"   4:08
2. "Sparkle"   4:35
3. "Days (8-bits of tears YMCK remix)"   4:22
4. "Days (Acoustic Orchestra version)"   5:18
5. "Rule (80kidz's "No More Rule" mix)"   4:49
6. "Rule (Remo-con "tech dance" remix)"   6:42
7. "Rule (Instrumental)"   4:07
8. "Sparkle (Instrumental)"   4:30

All lyrics written by Ayumi Hamasaki. "Rule" music by Miki Watanabe. "Sparkle" music by Kazuhiro Hara. "Green" music by Tetsuya Yukumi. 

CD (Version C)
# Title Length
1. "Rule"   4:08
2. "Sparkle"   4:35
3. "Green (CMJK Spring Storm mix)"   5:46
4. "Green (Acoustic Orchestra version)"   4:57
5. "Rule (80kidz's "No More Rule" mix)"   4:52
6. "Rule (Remo-con "tech dance" remix)"   6:45
7. "Rule (Instrumental)"   4:08
8. "Sparkle (Instrumental)"   4:35

Live performances

  1. 03/27 - Music Station Haru Special (Rule)
  2. 12/31 - 60th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen (Rule)

Charts

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Oricon sales chart

Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
Oricon Daily Singles Chart 1 9 Weeks
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 1 95,309 130,816
Oricon Monthly Singles Chart 4
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart 43 130,816

Billboard Japan / worldwide sales chart

Release Chart Peak Position
February 25, 2009 Billboard Japan Hot 100 1
Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales 1

Digital sales charts

Chart Peak
position
Recochoku Chaku-Uta 2
Recochoku Chaku-Uta Melody[6] 1
Recochoku Chaku-Uta Movies[7] 1
Recochoku Chaku-Uta Video Clip[8] 1
Recochoku Chaku-Uta - Ranking all 1
Mu-mo Song Download Chart 1
Dwango Truetone Ringtones (Chaku Uta) 1
Dwango Polyphonic Ringtones (Chaku Mero) 1
USEN 1

References

  1. ^ http://www.sanspo.com/geino/news/081210/gnj0812100505015-n1.htm
  2. ^ "Honda Zest Spark CM Gallery". Honda. http://www.honda.co.jp/ZESTSPARK/cmgallery/. Retrieved December 25 2008.  
  3. ^ (Japanese) "浜崎、史上初の女性歌手20作連続初登場首位記録". Oricon. 2009-03-03. http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/confidence/63693/full/. Retrieved 2010-01-04.  
  4. ^ (Japanese) "浜崎あゆみ、史上初の20作連続初登場1位". Sankei Shimbun. 2009-03-03. http://sankei.jp.msn.com/entertainments/music/090303/msc0903031418003-n1.htm. Retrieved 2010-01-04.  
  5. ^ "Japan Zone - Entertainment News from Japan: Ayu Goku to Grace New Single". Japan Zone. http://www.japan-zone.com/news/2009/02/03/index.shtml. Retrieved February 4 2008.  
  6. ^ http://recochoku.jp/recochoku_ranking/index.html
  7. ^ http://recochoku.jp/recochoku_ranking/movie.html
  8. ^ http://recochoku.jp/recochoku_ranking/videoclip.html
Preceded by
"Milk/Nageki no Kiss" by Aiko
Japanese Oricon Chart number one single
March 9, 2009
Succeeded by
"Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei" by Arashi

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