Ayumi Hamasaki has updated the details for her new mini-album “again” – cover jackets are official. The new mini-album, the 2nd of her 5-consecutive months of releases, includes 4 new songs composed by Tetsuya Komura & Dai Nagao plus more for 12 total tracks. Lead track “Wake me up” has tie-in as the commercial message (CM) theme song for Sumeragi Jun Sports ~ Evergreen Life. Ayumi Hamasaki’s new mini-album “again” hits stores December 8th – updated details follow…
As part of celebrating her 15th anniversary Ayumi Hamasaki plans to have 5 consecutive releases starting with the first mini-album “LOVE” which released on November 8th. That mini-album includes “Song 4 u” which will be featured as the theme song for game “Tales of Xillia 2”. More details on this release – reported here.
The third of the consecutive release has just been announced – a new album tentatively titled “CLASSICAL” is planned to feature full orchestral arrangements of previously released songs. A similar album released in 2005, “My Story Classical”, featured re-arranged classical versions of songs from her “My Story” album. The new album is scheduled for release on January 8th 2013 – more details available here.
The releases lead up to the 15th anniversary of Ayu’s debut on April 8th 2013. The consecutive month releases are scheduled to drop on the 8th day of each month which makes for releases on days other than the traditional Wednesday. No announcement yet on what she has planned for her anniversary date in April.
Ayumi Hamasaki has announced a year end live events, “Ayumi Hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2012-2013” with 3 stadium performances scheduled – ticket information link below,
– Dec 29th 5:00pm Yoyogi First National Gymnasium Stadium
– Dec 30th 5:00pm Yoyogi First National Gymnasium Stadium
– Dec 31th 9:30pm Yoyogi First National Gymnasium Stadium
Ayumi Hamasaki’s 2nd special mini-album “again” comes in two editions,
– Limited with bonus DVD that includes three music videos.
– Regular CD-only.
Both editions come with a serial number card for special award when all 5 of her 15th anniversary 5-month consecutive releases (any edition) are purchased. Application period to submit all 5 codes will be March 8th-30th 2013 – no details on the possible bonuses.
Ayumi Hamasaki Live 2012-2013 (JCB Tickets)