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Love songs (ラブ・ソングス) is Ayumi Hamasaki's twelfth full studio album on avex trax. The album was worked on concurrently with Hamasaki's 49th and 50th singles in late 2010. Recording was finished at Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, California, between October and November 2010.

The album is released in three versions. A CD+DVD version (which included a live version of "SEVEN DAYS WAR" as a bonus track in its first pressing edition), a CD-only version, and a special limited USB + microSD + DVD version. This version also includes an LP-size (30cm x 30cm) 12-page photobook.

DataEdit

Release Date
  • 22 December 2010 (Japan)
  • 24 December 2010 (Hong Kong, Taiwan)
Stock Numbers
  • AVCD-38217/B (Japan CD+DVD)
  • AVCD-38218 (Japan CD Only)
  • AVZD-38219/B~C (Japan microSD+USB+DVD+Photobook)
  • AAJCD20075 (HK CD Only)
  • AAJCD20074D (HK CD+DVD)
  • AVJCD10450/A (TW CD+DVD)
  • AVJCD10450 (TW CD Only)

TracklistEdit

CDEdit

  1. Love song
  2. crossroad
  3. MOON
  4. sending mail
  5. Last angel
  6. insomnia
  7. Like a doll
  8. Aria
  9. blossom
  10. Thank U
  11. Sweet Season
  12. overture
  13. do it again
  14. November
  15. Virgin Road
  16. [bonus track] SEVEN DAYS WAR

Track 16 on first-press CD+DVD edition:

  • SEVEN DAYS WAR (Live at Yoyogi on Oct.11.2010)

DVDEdit

  1. MOON (video clip)
  2. blossom (video clip -director's cut-)
  3. crossroad (video clip)
  4. Sweet Season (video clip)
  5. Virgin Road (video clip)
  6. Last angel (video clip)
  7. Love song (video clip)
  8. do it again (video clip)
  9. MOON (making clip)
  10. crossroad (making clip)
  11. Sweet Season (making clip)
  12. Virgin Road (making clip)
  13. Last angel & Love song (making clip #1)
  14. Last angel & Love song (making clip #2)
  15. do it again (making clip)

USB (48KHz, 24bit, WAV.FILE)Edit

  • Love song
  • crossroad
  • MOON
  • sending mail
  • Last angel
  • insomnia
  • Like a doll
  • Aria
  • blossom
  • Thank U
  • Sweet Season
  • overture
  • do it again
  • November
  • Virgin Road
  • [bonus track] SEVEN DAYS WAR (Live at Yoyogi on Oct.11.2010)

microSD (for Japanese cell phones)Edit

  • Love song
  • crossroad
  • MOON
  • sending mail
  • Last angel
  • insomnia
  • Like a doll
  • Aria
  • blossom
  • Thank U
  • Sweet Season
  • overture
  • do it again
  • November
  • Virgin Road
  • [bonus track] SEVEN DAYS WAR (Live at Yoyogi on Oct.11.2010)
  • MOON (video clip)
  • blossom (video clip -director's cut-)
  • crossroad (video clip)
  • Sweet Season (video clip)
  • Virgin Road (video clip)
  • Last angel (video clip)
  • Love song (video clip)
  • do it again (video clip)

CreditsEdit

Produced by max matsuura

A&R + Director: Hidetomo 'KOME' Yoneda (avex trax)

Mastered by Shigeo Miyamoto at form THE MASTER

Recordist: Koji Morimoto (prime sound studio form), Yuichi Nagayama, David Reitzas, Jaycen Joshua, Steve Churchyard, Wesley Seidman, Toshiro Ito
2nd Engeineer: Seiji Itabashi, Kouhei Hatakeyama (prime sound studio form), Mike Houge, Ian Findley (Record Plant Recording Studios, LA), Alejandro Barajas (Westlake Recording Studios, LA), Jesus Garnica (Larrabee Sound Studio, LA)
Recorded & Mixed at Record Plant Recording Studios, LA, prime sound studio form, Westlake Recording Studios, LA, Larrabee Sound Studio, LA, Bunkamura Studio, Aobadai Studio, Warner Music Recording Studio, Tom-Tom Studio

Composer Management: Jun Sasaki (avex management inc.), Tadayoshi Matsuzaka, Yuki Iwabuchi (tearbridge production), Tomonori Takeda (Ryuken)
Players & Studio Coordination in LA: Mai Takamizawa (Plenty)
Players Coordination: Yoji Sugiyama (Witchcraft)
Studio Setup Assist: Noriko Yajima (prime sound studio form)


Artist Management Chief: Kouji 'Ouji' Hashimoto (avex management inc.)
Artist Management: Tadashi Urakami, Shingo 'Minazo' Sano, Takahiro 'SUGI' Sugiue (avex management inc.)
Artist Management Supervisor: Hitoshi Itagaki (avex management inc.)
Artist Management Executive Supervisor: Yasuto Hoyamatsu (avex management inc.)
Artist Brand Management: Hideki 'Jackie' Endo (avex management inc.)

Visual Producer: Kiyoshi 'Mizumo' Utsumi (avex group)
Media Promotion: All Promotion Division Media Room & Publicity Room Staff (avex entertainment inc.)
Sales Promotion: Shinsuke Kato, Takashi Saigo & All AMI Staff (avex marketing inc.)
Tie-up Coordination: All Tie-up Room Staff (avex management inc.)
Casting Coordination: All Casting Room Staff (avex management inc.)
Merchandising Director: Naomi Mayuzumi (avex management inc.)
Team Ayu Operation: Yosuke Hojo (avex marketing inc.)
Web Designer: Yukiko Ito, Daisuke Kikuchi (avex marketing inc.)

A&R Assistant: Jiro Nakagiri (avex trax)
A&R Desk: Hanako Kimura (avex trax)
Management Desk: Kyoko Yoshioka (avex management inc.)

A&R Chief: Kentaro Furusawa (avex trax)
A&R Supervisor: Masatoshi Uchida (avex entertainment inc.)
A&R Executive Supervisor: Yoshihiro Seki (avex entertainment inc.)
Executive Supervisor: Hiroshi Inagaki (avex entertainment inc.)

General Producers: Shinji Hayashi, Shigekazu Takeuchi, Ryuhei Chiba (avex group)

<Video Clip & Making Clip>
MOON Directed by Hideaki Sunaga
blossom Directed by Takahide Ishii
crossroad Directed by Masashi Muto
Sweet Season Directed by Luis Hernandez
Virgin Road Directed by Masashi Muto
Last angel Directed by Masashi Muto
Love song Directed by Masashi Muto
do it again Directed by Masashi Muto
Making Clips Directed by Keisuke Onodera


Photographer: Kazutaka Nakamura
Art Direction & Design: Takuma Noriage (brg)

A Hair: Kazuyoshi Takahashi (ZACC)
Keisuke 'Rassya-' Omori (ZACC)
A Assistant Hair: Takashi 'PIGG' Miyamori (ZACC)
A Stylist: Kei 'Okei' Ito (ab fab)
A Assistant Stylist: Yuko 'Dj' Honda (ab fab)
A Nail Artist: Shingo 'Minazo' Sano
A Make Up: Jin 'Gori' Kiyota (Rond.)
A Assistant Make Up: Tomonori 'Kanie' Nagai
A Trainer: So 'kurisuteru' Nagashima (tune:up)
A Assistant Trainer: Hideto 'AOKING' Aoki (tune:up)

Location Support: Luis Hernandez, Stanly Izumi Kim (s.i.k.e.)
Costume Support: TADASHI SHOJI

Creative Coordination: Naoki Ueda (avex marketing inc.)
Quality Control: Seiko Tanaka, Hiroki Ishikawa (avex marketing inc.)
Quality Control Support: Shinichi Yamada (avex marketing inc.)
DVD Authoring & Menu Design: Yohei Sato, Akihito Horikoshi (avex marketing inc.)


A Special Thanks:
Junichi 'nonchan' Kamitoku / Mika 'mama <3' Noguchi / Tetsuya 'Hige' Hirakawa / Takako 'Turico' Tsuriya / Akiko Sato / Yuki Takano / Jun Yoshida (ISM) / Ward Sexton / Katsutaka 'Numacchi' Numakura (Office Lift) / ANEKI, Bacchi ...and You!!

ChartsEdit

  • Total Sales: 268,580
Chart Peak Position Sales Total Chart Run
Oricon Daily Chart 1 70,609 11 weeks
Oricon Weekly Chart 1 180,048
Oricon Monthly Chart 3 267,824
Oricon Yearly Chart

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Promotional MaterialsEdit

Lucky Draw PrizesEdit

For several of Ayumi Hamasaki's albums, record stores gave out special prizes to reward early purchasers on release day. People who purchased the album would recieve a random ticket from a box, each with a letter printed on it. The purchaser would then be given the corresponding prize for that letter.