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FIVE was Ayumi Hamasaki’s 2nd mini-album. It was released on August 31, 2011 and debuted at no. 1 on the Oricon Weekly Charts with 127,024 copies sold. In all this mini-album has sold over 213,495 copies. It was released in three editions : a CD+DVD edition, a CD-Only edition, and a limited CD-Only edition containing an access card to download a character costume for the PS3 game Tales of Xillia. First pressings of the CD+DVD edition included a serial number to access a special website broadcasting the making-of movie of “ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2010-2011 A ~do it again~” in streaming. This is Hamasaki first album not to have any singles. The song “progress” was used as the theme song of Tales of Xillia. This is her 18th overall album to debut in #1 position at Oricon charts. FIVE is also her first album to top the Oricon charts for two consecutive weeks since (miss)understood released in 2006. A Blu-ray (BDM) version containing all five tracks, videos clips and as well the making clips was released on November 9th.

Tracklist:

1. progress
2. ANother song feat. URATA NAOYA
3. Why… feat. JUNO
4. beloved
5. BRILLANTE
6. Why… feat. URATA NAOYA (CD+DVD hidden track)
7. beloved (Orchestra version) (CD-Only bonus track)

Overall Rating

5 stars

A wonderful mini-album that has made me remember why I listened to Ayu all those years ago.