Ayumi Hamasaki releases “Melody” PV

"Melody" was released on Ayu’s mini album "LOVE" on November 8th and the song was originally supposed to be released with a music video, but was cancelled before making its way to viewers.

Now Ayumi Hamasaki has revealed a short version PV preview for the song, which is the only new music video off of the singer’s upcoming album "LOVE again".

The music video is like a kaleidoscope, using multiple mirrors to create awesome kaleidoscopic effects. This also has a deeper meaning and mirrors the singer reflecting about her love life.

"LOVE again" is the 4th release of 5 monthly releases leading up to Hamasaki’s 15th anniversary. The album is her 14th full-length album.

Ayumi Hamasaki’s 2nd Classical Album is a Hit

Ayumi Hamasaki’s latest compilation album “A Classical” has topped the Oricon weekly album chart, selling 25,049 copies in its first week of sales.

The new compilation album featured many of the singer’s biggest hits, remixing them with a classical, orchestra instrumental. “A Classical” marks the first time a classical album has topped the Oricon album charts.

Ayu’s latest album is the 2nd classical album released by the singer. Her first, “My Story Classical”, only placed 4th on the Oricon album chart, selling 82,000 copies so far.

Hamasaki’s latest chart-topping album is her 19th career #1 album. She now ties with Seiko Matsuda as having the 2nd most #1 albums for a female artist. Yumi Matsutoya currently holds the record for female artists with the most #1 albums, amassing 22 throughout her career.

“A Classical” is the 3rd release in a series of 5 in celebration of Hamasaki’s 15th anniversary in April. The singer’s next release will be a new studio album titled “LOVE again”.

Previews of Ayumi Hamasaki’s “LOVE” Mini Album Leaked by Fan

A fan-recording of previews from Ayumi Hamasaki’s upcoming mini album “LOVE” have been revealed, giving people a preview of what the singer has in store for her latest project.

Short snippets of the mini album’s new tracks, “Song 4 U”, “Melody” and “Missing”, can all be heard in low quality. The new mini album seems completely stylistically different from the more experimental style of her last album, “Party Queen”, returning to a more traditional Ayu sound.

The new mini album is the 1st in a series of releases for the artist as part of her 15th anniversary celebration. The singer will be having a new music release every month starting in November, leading up to the 15th anniversary of her first single release.

“LOVE” will be released on November 8th.

Ayumi Hamasaki’s New Compilation Album “A SUMMER BEST” Coming in August

Ayumi Hamasaki will be releasing a compilation album titled “A SUMMER BEST” filled with her best summer hits on August 8th. The new album will contain 26 of Ayumi’s summer singles.

The compilation album will come in 2 CDs, both containing 13 songs each. Disc N will contain her more upbeat summer songs, such as “BLUE BIRD” and “Boys & Girls”. Disc A will contain more laid back, mellow hits such as “fairyland” and “SEASONS”.

The compilation album will include a DVD containing performances of the album’s songs from various a-nation performances.

In addition, a new song titled “You & Me” will be included on CD N. The new song’s music video will be included on the album’s DVD.

Ayumi Hamasaki divorcing Manuel Schwarz

Japanese pop princess Ayumi Hamasaki is to divorce her Austrian actor husband Manuel Schwarz after just a year of marriage, local media reported Tuesday.

Hamasaki, 33, and Schwarz, 31, married on January 1 last year, and she had planned to move to the United States to live with her husband, according to news reports.

But Hamasaki, better known as “Ayu” by her large fanbase in Asia, began to have second thoughts about leaving Japan after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Kyodo News reported.

Read the rest of the story: Diva – Japan’s pop princess Ayumi to divorce Austrian hubby.

Ayumi Hamasaki to marry Austrian actor Manuel Schwarz

Singer Ayumi Hamasaki (32) has announced that she will soon get married. According to statements she made on her Twitter account and on her fan club website just after the start of the new year, she will be tying the knot with Austrian actor Manuel Schwarz (30).

Hamasaki met Schwarz in August of last year. At that time, Schwarz (who is also known as Mannie) played her husband in the music video for her song "Virgin Road." Then in October, he appeared in two more of her music videos, for the songs "Love Song" and "Last angel." Within those two months, the two became very close, frequently exchanging e-mails and phone calls.

On December 31, Hamasaki performed "Virgin Road" as the opening act of NHK’s Kouhaku Uta Gassen, wearing a white wedding dress. After that, she headed to Yoyogi National Gymnasium for her own countdown concert. However, she decided to wait until after those performances before announcing the news of her marriage online.

Hamasaki’s management has acknowledged her announcement. Although she does not have any upcoming work in her schedule at the moment, it is said that she does not plan on retiring. It is also reported that she is not pregnant.

Ayumi Hamasaki’s “Rock’n’Roll Circus” led the album rankings this week

Ayumi Hamasaki’s “Rock’n’Roll Circus” led the album rankings this week with over 205,000 copies sold. This is her tenth original album to top the charts, a feat last accomplished by Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi in 2003. The last female solo artist to do it was Yumi Matsutoya in 1988.

UVERworld ranked #2, while new releases from school food punishment and Kuranosuke Shiraishi occupied #9 and #10, respectively.

On the singles chart, Perfume failed to get another #1 single, as their double A-side “Fushizen na Girl / Natural ni Koishite” fell short against BUMP OF CHICKEN’s “HAPPY,” which sold 97,000 copies. Others in the top ten were Garnet Crow (#4), Angela Aki (#6), Kou Shibasaki (#8), and Tatsuro Yamashita (#9).

One single, Fuyumi Sakamoto’s “Mata Kimi ni Koishiteru / Asia no Kaizoku,” climbed the charts to #3, becoming her first song ever in the top three. The single was actually released in January 2009, but it took a commercial tie-in to finally launch the song high enough in the rankings.

Singer Ayumi Hamasaki implicated in drug scandal?

Japanese pop princess Ayumi Hamasaki’s record label Avex Trax, a subsidiary of Avex Entertainment, has reportedly been trying to transfer her management rights for one billion yen ($15 million) after the singer became embroiled in a drug scandal involving colleague Manabu Oshio.

According to Japanese media reports, Avex arrived at this decision to prevent her drug scandal from affecting the record label’s stock prices, though industry observers say the figure is simply too low to be true.

Oshio was arrested in December last year on suspicion of giving the recreation drug Ecstacy to a hostess who later died of an overdose.

Source: Live journal