A Classical

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A Classical
A black and white sketch of Ayumi Hamasaki up close. On the lower left side is written "ayumi hamasaki", and under it "A Classical".
Compilation album by Ayumi Hamasaki
Released January 8, 2013 (2013-01-08)
Recorded 2000-2012 (vocals), 2012 (instrumentals)[citation needed]
Genre Classical
Label Avex Trax
Ayumi Hamasaki chronology
A Classical
Love Again
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A Classical (stylized as Classical) is a orchestral compilation album by Ayumi Hamasaki, released January 8, 2013 by Avex Trax. The album consists of classical arrangements of her past works, rearranged by Kousuke Yamashita. It was released on January 8, 2013.[1]

The album was the third of five releases by Hamasaki in commemoration of the fifteenth anniversary of her music career. Its cover is a hand-drawn illustration of Hamasaki's Love EP cover made by a fan from Pixiv and Kaikai Kiki.[citation needed] No singles or new tracks were released to promote A Classical.

A Classical entered the Oricon album chart at number one with first-week sales of over 25,000 copies, becoming the first classical album to do so;[2] however, it went on to sell only 30,000 copies in Japan.

15th Anniversary[edit]

A Classical is the third of five releases by Hamasaki in celebration of her 15th anniversary in music industry. It contains 10 rearranged tracks, out of which 7 were chosen by Team Ayu members in November 2012.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Ayumi Hamasaki.

No. Title Music Original version from the album Length
1. "M" Ayumi Hamasaki I Am... 4:27
2. "Love Song" Tetsuya Komuro Love Songs 4:17
3. "Seasons" D.A.I Duty 4:15
4. "You & Me" Tetsuya Komuro A Summer Best / Love Again 5:27
5. "Blue Bird" D.A.I Secret 4:24
6. "Days" Kunio Tago Next Level 5:07
7. "Voyage" Ayumi Hamasaki + D.A.I Rainbow 5:08
8. "Song 4 U" HINATAspring, Yuta Nakano Love / Love Again 3:48
9. "Missing" Kazuhiro Hara Love / Love Again 4:58
10. "Dearest" Ayumi Hamasaki, D.A.I I Am... 5:26

Oricon sales chart[edit]

Release Chart Peak position First week sales Sales total
January 8, 2013 Oricon Daily Albums Chart 1 10,825 33,017
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 1[3] 25,049
Oricon Monthly Albums Chart 20 31,099