A Song for XX

Avex Entertainment Corporation
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16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Prologue 1:24 7,408
2 A Song for XX 4:47 15,663
3 Hana 4:06 8,640
4 FRIEND 4:10 7,172
5 FRIEND II 3:58 6,529
6 poker face 4:45 12,503
7 Wishing 4:28 9,078
8 YOU 4:48 14,469
9 As if... 5:35 7,065
10 POWDER SNOW 5:26 9,527
11 Trust 4:48 17,724
12 Depend on you 4:18 21,997
13 SIGNAL 4:24 7,025
14 from your letter 4:37 5,993
15 For My Dear... 4:35 8,327
16 Present 4:30 5,799

About this album

release date: 01.01.1999
genre: Pop
label: Avex Trax
producer: Max Matsuura
lyrics: Ayumi Hamasaki

A Song for ×× 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 critics’ surprise, 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 due to the fact that “A Song for ××” 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 a more than a million copies. As of 2008, A Song for ×× is the 139th best selling album of all time.
* Total Sales : 1,451,910 (Japan)
* Total Sales : 2,000,000 (Asia)

Please realize that the correct name for this album as well as the song it was named for is ‘A Song for ××’. Note that ×× is not the same as xx or XX, these are multiplication symbols meant to be read as ‘the times’. Now as the title is read, it is ‘A Song for the times’.

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  • Darkstealls

    Her second best album

    29 Jun 4:58am Reply
  • Taishaku

    People who don't appreciate this album should read this interview. Ayu is being asked the meaning behind every song, I highly recommend it!

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TheRedFlower

    This and Rock N' Roll Circus are my most favourite albums by her. A song for xx was the first from her I ever bought.

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • NadinOHsaurus

    v Oh you silly :)

    31 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Taishaku

    v oh god what a silly idea, I can already hear the vibrato in my heaaAaAaAaAaAaAaAaAaAaad

    6 Sep 2012 Reply
  • NadinOHsaurus

    Or in 2008... ;)

    24 Jun 2012 Reply
  • NadinOHsaurus

    She should have resung this album sometime. Preferaly in 2003. Her voice would have suited it perfectly, just like a song for xx on A BALLADS.

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • tensotensoq

    vv well, I don't know if they're the most famous or not, but people generally like them way more than this masterpiece.

    25 Jan 2012 Reply
  • minstrelka

    definitely my favourite. compared to her later work, "A Song for XX" seems to be so innocent and you can hear that these are her first steps in the business. and it's from 1999, which makes is even more precious. the Japanese really made some good music in the 90's

    19 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Chiharo

    v I serously don't think GUILTY and MY STORY are her most famous albums. Especially not GUILTY.

    2 Sep 2011 Reply
  • tensotensoq

    I guess i'm the only one but I love this album more than most of her most famous albums like MY STORY and GUILTY..

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Chiharo

    So damn good <3

    25 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Anthony_c123

    Such a cute album, I really need to scrobble it more

    24 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Shorty5

    This album has grown on me SO much lately, it truly has some amazing songs on it, especially POWDER SNOW, from your letter, poker face, For My Dear... and Hana ♥

    19 Sep 2010 Reply
  • JTLyfe

    This album is sweet.

    24 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Lord_Bumblebee

    her sweetest album [2]

    26 Feb 2010 Reply
  • lovesayu

    I fucking love this album. (2)

    12 Oct 2009 Reply
  • pablo774

    one of my all-time-favorite albums...

    22 Sep 2009 Reply
  • GaLv_

    Her voice in this album isn't great as now but still this album has lovely songs: Wishing, YOU, Hana, A Song for XX, Trust, FRIEND...

    22 Jun 2009 Reply
  • rollerthing

    love this album

    17 Jun 2009 Reply
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