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"You were.../Ballad"
Single by Ayumi Hamasaki
from the album Rock 'n' Roll Circus
Released December 29, 2009
Format CD Only, CD+DVD
Recorded 2009
Genre J-pop
Label Avex Trax
Writer(s) Ayumi Hamasaki
Ayumi Hamasaki singles chronology
"Sunrise/Sunset (Love Is All)"
(2009)
"You were.../Ballad"
(2009)
CD+ DVD version A
CD+DVD version B

You Were.../Ballad is Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki's forty-seventh (forty-eighth overall) single, released on December 29, 2009.[1] The single was intended to be released on December 16, but Avex Trax pushed the release date two weeks back.[1] The first song on the single "You were..." is the theme song for the Japanese version of the Disney movie Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure,[2] while the second song "Ballad" is tied up with NHK's serial Soukyuu no Subaru, a fictional historical drama based on Jiro Asada's book[3]. The single became Hamasaki's 22th 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 22 consecutive singles to debut at number-one position. It is also her 34th number-one single on the Oricon weekly charts

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Promotion

During December 2009, Hamasaki performed live on Japanese TV shows seven times.[4] Hamasaki was featured on the cover of four Japanese magazines during the promotion of the single.[5] These magazines were "Sweet", "Bea's Up", "Vivi" and "S Cawaii". As of early December, there have been many promotional pictures posted around Shibuya, Shinagawa and Harajuku in Tokyo.[6][7]

Tracklisting

All lyrics written by Ayumi Hamasaki.

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CD only

# Title Length
1. "You were... (Original mix)"   4:48
2. "Ballad (Original mix)"   5:21
3. "Red Line -for TA- (Original mix)"   4:29
4. "You were... (Music Box mix -retake version-)"   5:10
5. "Sunset -Love Is All- (Orchestra version)"   6:04
6. "You were... (Original mix -Instrumental-)"   4:48
7. "Ballad (Original mix -Instrumental-)"   5:22
8. "Red Line -for TA- (Original mix -Instrumental-)"   4:27

CD+DVD 1

CD
# Title Length
1. "You were... (Original mix)"   4:48
2. "Ballad (Original mix)"   5:21
3. "Red Line -for TA- (Original mix)"   4:29
4. "You were... (Music Box mix -retake version-)"   5:10
5. "You were... (Original mix -Instrumental-)"   4:48
6. "Ballad (Original mix -Instrumental-)"   5:22
7. "Red Line -for TA- (Original mix -Instrumental-)"   4:27
DVD
# Title Length
1. "You were... (video clip)"   5:11
2. "Ballad (video clip)"   5:50
3. "You were... (making clip)"   3:02

CD+DVD 2

CD
# Title Length
1. "Ballad (Original mix)"   5:21
2. "You were... (Original mix)"   4:48
3. "Red Line -for TA- (Original mix)"   4:29
4. "Sunset -Love Is All- (Orchestra version)"   6:04
5. "Ballad (Original mix -Instrumental-)"   5:22
6. "You were... (Original mix -Instrumental-)"   4:48
7. "Red Line -for TA- (Original mix -Instrumental-)"   4:27
DVD
# Title Length
1. "Ballad (video clip)"   5:50
2. "You were... (video clip)"   5:11
3. "Ballad (making clip)"   3:12

Charts

Oricon Sales Chart

Release Chart Peak Position Debut Sales Sales Total Chart Run
December 29, 2009 Oricon Daily Singles Chart 1
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 1 103,351 117,292 10 weeks
Oricon Monthly Singles Chart 2
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart

Billboard Japan

Release Chart Peak Position
December 29, 2009 Billboard Japan Hot 100 14
Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales 4

References

  1. ^ a b (Japanese) http://www.avexnet.or.jp/ayu/jp/news/091022a.html | 【リリース情報】2009/12/16(水)発売「You were.../BALLAD」発売決定!
  2. ^ (Japanese) http://www.sanspo.com/geino/news/091119/gnj0911190506008-n1.htm | あゆ、映画「ティンカーベル」イメージソング
  3. ^ (Japanese) http://mainichi.jp/enta/geinou/news/20091118mog00m200063000c.html | 浜崎あゆみ:新曲「BALLAD」 NHKドラマ「蒼穹の昴」主題歌に
  4. ^ Schedule updated - TV Performances & Magazines! - Ayumi Hamasaki Sekai
  5. ^ Schedule updated - TV Performances & Magazines! Ayumi Hamasaki Sekai
  6. ^ On buses, Lorries and Promotional billboards
  7. ^ ayu.no - Norwegian Ayumi Hamasaki Forum
Preceded by
"Gift: White" by Kanjani Eight
Oricon Weekly number one single
January 18, 2010
Succeeded by
"Phantom Minds" by Nana Mizuki

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