Seasons

Ayumi Hamasaki

About Seasons

"Seasons" (capitalized as "SEASONS") is a song recorded by Japanese recording artist Ayumi Hamasaki for her third studio album, Duty (2000). It was written by Hamasaki, while production was handled by Max Matsuura. It premiered on June 7, 2000 as the third single from the album. The song is the final part of a trilogy from Duty; the other two singles being "Vogue" and "Far Away". Musically, "Seasons" is a Japanese pop song. The lyrics highlights theme of the hopelessness, describing Hamasaki's future. Upon its release, the track garnered rave reviews from music critics, who praised Hamasaki's songwriting, the songs composition and selected it as an album and career stand out track. It also achieved success in Japan, peaking at number one on the Oricon Singles Chart and on the TBS Count Down TV chart. "Seasons" has sold over 1.367 million units in Japan, making it Hamasaki's best selling single. The accompanying music video for "Seasons" was directed by Wataru Takeishi, and leads on from the videos of "Vogue" and "Far Away"; it features Hamasaki in a black gown in the middle of a post-apocalypse city. Both the music video and the song has appeared on several compilations by Hamasaki, including A Best (2001) and A Complete: All Singles (2008). For additional promotion, the song was featured on several concert tours by Hamasaki. 


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2000
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Kotoshi mo hitotsu kisetsu ga megutte
Omoide ha mata tooku natta
Aimai datta yume to genjitsu no
Kyoukaisen ha koku natta

soredemo itsuka kimi ni hanashita
Yume ni uso ha hitotsu mo nakatta
La La-I

kyou ga totemo tanoshii to
Asu mo kitto tanoshikute
Sonna hibi ga tsudzuite ku
Sou omotte ita ano koro

kurikaeshite ku mainichi ni sukoshi
Monotarinasa wo kanji nagara

fushizen na jidai no sei da yo to
Sakimawari shite akiramete ita
La La-I

kyou ga totemo kanashikute
Asu moshimo naite ite mo
Sonna hibi ga atta ne to
Waraeru hi ga kuru darou

ikudo meguri meguri yuku
Kagiri aru toki no naka ni
Bokura ha ima ikite ite
Soshite nani wo mitsukeru darou

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Ayumi Hamasaki

Ayumi Hamasaki (浜崎あゆみ, Hamasaki Ayumi?, also 濱崎歩; born October 2, 1978) is a Japanese recording artist, lyricist, model, and actress. Also called "Ayu" by her fans, Hamasaki has been dubbed the "Empress of Pop" because of her popularity and widespread influence in Japan and throughout Asia. Born and raised in Fukuoka, she moved to Tokyo at fourteen to pursue a career in entertainment. In 1998, under the tutelage of Avex CEO Max Matsuura, she released a string of modestly selling singles that concluded with her 1999 debut album A Song for ××. The album debuted atop the Oricon charts and stayed there for four weeks, establishing her popularity in Japan.[fn 1] more »

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Written by: あゆみ 浜崎

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15 facts about this song

Song Release
"Seasons" is a song by Japanese recording artist Ayumi Hamasaki from her third studio album, "Duty."
Artist & Composer
Ayumi Hamasaki wrote the lyrics for the song, and it was composed by Dai Nagao by label Avex Trax.
Song Reception
The song generally received positive reviews from music critics and listeners.
Accolades
"Seasons" was nominated for the "Song of the Year" award at the 15th Japan Gold Disc Awards.
Commercial Success
It quickly became a commercial success in Japan, peaking at the number-one spot on the Oricon Singles Chart.
Sales Records
The song was reportedly sold over a million copies, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time in Japan.
Video Depiction
The music video for "Seasons" is noteworthy for showing the transformations of Ayumi's career, from her beginnings as an underappreciated idol to her status as a pop icon.
Cultural Impact
In many ways, "Seasons" symbolizes the turning point in Hamasaki's career and is important in the culture of J-pop.
Song Meaning
The song's lyrics depict the theme of change and personal growth, mirroring the varied stages of her career.
Unique Release Strategy
The single was released digitally, marking one of the first instances of Hamasaki embracing digital music distribution.
Album Success
"Seasons," along with other singles from the "Duty" album, contributed significantly to the album's chart-topping success.
Personnel
In addition to Hamasaki and Nagao, the song involved important collaborators like mix engineer Koji Morimoto, who has worked with other accomplished artists in the J-Pop genre.
Track Listing
The song's single track listing includes multiple remixed versions of "Seasons," showcasing Hamasaki's adaptability and dynamic soundscape.
Cover Art
The cover artwork for the "Seasons" single features a hauntingly beautiful image of Hamasaki, reflecting the emotional depth of the song.
Legacy
Even years after its release, "Seasons" continues to be one of Hamasaki's most iconic songs and is often performed at her live concerts.

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