Best Ayumi Hamasaki Studio Albums

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For those of you who already know by now, Ayumi Hamasaki has been in the Japanese music industry for more than a decade and with every year she releases an album that is both commercially successful and artistically heartfelt. In anticipation of her 11th studio album aptly titled "Rock 'N' Roll Circus", I have decided to create a poll in which you will decide as to which among her 10 studio albums prior to "Rock 'N' Roll Circus" is her most beautiful piece of musical work.

I have also taken the liberty of putting some extra detail for each album for your sake. Enjoy!

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The Top TenXW

2I Am...

I am... is the fourth full-length studio album by J-pop singer Ayumi Hamasaki, released on January 1, 2002 in Japan. The album marked an evolution in Hamasaki's lyrical and musical style: Hamasaki began to move away from the themes of "loneliness and confusion" that had marked her previous albums and began to incorporate elements of rock music in her songs. I am... was a commercial success, both in Japan (selling over 2 million copies) and in other Asian countries. In Singapore, I am... sold over 10,000 copies, unusual for a Japanese album. -

3A Song for XX

A Song for XX was Ayumi Hamasaki's debut album on a major label. Though the official release date was January 1, 1999, the album was sold in the record stores since mid-December. To the surprise of many critics, the album debuted at the top position of the Oricon Charts and topped the chart for five weeks, a remarkable feat for a debut album. The album debuted at #1 with more than 548,210 copies sold. This was mainly because A Song for XX debut sales was the first and second week sales combined (Oricon only has 51 weeks instead of 52). The album stayed on the charts for 63 weeks and eventually went on to sell more than a million copies. As of 2008, A Song for XX is the Japan's 139th best selling album of all time. The title A Song for XX refers to Hamasaki's estranged father, whom she never knew. The title track refers to Hamasaki's move from Fukuoka to Tokyo. -

See the lyrics of a song for xx yourself it's great and the orchestra version is great...

4Rainbow

Rainbow is the fifth studio album by Ayumi Hamasaki. It was released on December 18, 2002, less than a year after I am... To date Rainbow has sold over 1,858,000 copies and is the 89th best selling album in Japan. Initial pressings of the album had an extra track, "Rainbow", listed for track 00 and contained a password to a website. As a promotion for the album, the track was not included on the CD, but part of the instrumental version was released to the password-only website that was open for a limited time where fans could submit their own lyrics. -

5Secret

Secret is the eighth studio album by Japanese pop singer-songwriter Ayumi Hamasaki, released by Avex Trax on November 29, 2006 in Japan. Hamasaki herself wrote all of the album's lyrics. The album has debuted high on charts across Asia and has gone triple platinum in Japan alone. Secret received an "Album of the Year Award" at the Japan Gold Disc Awards and its title track received the award for "Japanese Song of the Year" at the RTHK international awards in Hong Kong. It was also the 22nd best selling album of 2006 according to the Oricon. The meaning behind the title 'Secret' is that the album is literally a secret. Hamasaki has named it 'Secret', so that people might think "That's one of my secrets" or "When I hear this song, I think I know her secret. " People are able to relate to Hamasaki's 'Secret' to see if they are similar or the same, and this is how Hamasaki wants people to listen to her album -

6(Miss) Understood

(miss) understood is my favorite, with A Song for Xx and LOVEappears trailing close behind. A great mix of rock and mid-tempo ballads. Rainy day and Heaven are the best songs from this one, in my opinion.

7My Story

My Story is Ayumi Hamasaki's sixth full-length studio album produced by Max Matsuura. It was released on December 15, 2004. For promotional purposes, Ayumi Hamasaki Arena Tour 2005 A: My Story was scheduled from January to April. During the concert tour, My Story was released again in two more formats, SACD and in DVD Audio. All of the lyrics on the album were written by Hamasaki and three of the tracks, "Wonderland", "Winding Road" and "Humming 7/4", were composed by her under the pen name "CREA". It topped the Oricon charts for several weeks (the Japanese equivalent of Billboard). It is currently certified four times platinum in Japan, and triple platinum worldwide. My Story is Hamasaki's last album to sell over a million units. My Story is also the 222nd best selling album in Japan to date. -

8LOVEeppears

Loveppears (sometimes labeled Love appears) is Ayumi Hamasaki's second studio album. Following the trend of the time, remixes of the songs from Loveppears were released on a second disc. "Loveppears" sold 1,201,870 copies in its debut week. Like Hamasaki's debut album, Loveppears also topped the Oricon and stayed on the charts for 64 weeks. Loveppears is the 39th best selling album in Japan of all time. -

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10Guilty

Guilty is the ninth studio album (tenth overall) by Japanese pop singer-songwriter Ayumi Hamasaki, released by Avex Trax on January 1, 2008 in Japan. Hamasaki herself wrote all lyrics of the album, which went to sell over 400,000 copies its first two weeks of release. Two weeks after its release Avex announced over 750,000 copies of Guilty have been shipped to stores. According to Oricon's 2008 album chart, Guilty is the 17th highest selling album by far and the sixth highest selling album by a female artist. Guilty is the third highest selling Japanese album in Taiwan of 2008. Hamasaki's official website announced on March 17, 2008 that Guilty would be released digitally in over 26 countries worldwide, a first for any Japanese artist. The album will be digitally released in North America, Oceania, Europe as well as Asian countries where the physical version of the album is already released in Apple iTunes stores. This is officially Hamasaki's first release outside Asia. -

The Contenders

11Rock 'N' Roll Circus

My favourite ayu album. Ayu is the best singer in the Japan. L love you my queen

12Love Songs
13Love Again
14Colours
15Party Queen
16A One
17M(A)de in Japan
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