ICYMI (and because ayu-vogue.net is down again), m-flo posted a preview of “MY WAY” featuring ayumi hamasaki—including her rap! The preview also includes the chorus we originally heard in the news clip. 

The song is touted as Ayu’s rap debut, though fans will remember she rapped for Nippon Columbia before signing with Avex in the mid-90s. Even after joining her current record and talent group, she did some rapping for their 10th anniversary album before she was a household name.

ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2013-2014 A coming to Blu-ray and DVD

ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2013-2014 A coming to Blu-ray and DVD

Ayumi Hamasaki’s latest COUNTDOWN LIVE concert is finally headed to Blu-ray and DVD this April! The concert capped off her 15th Anniversary and included surprise appearances by collaborators DJ Hello Kitty and m-flo. You can view the official setlist included on the discs after the jump. (more…)

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Another pre-Avex track featuring Ayu’s rapping, “paper doll.” ICYMI, Ayu will rap again with m-flo on their new album FUTURE IS WOW. The new song will be called “My Way.”

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Pray - Single by Ayumi Hamasaki

Ayu’s newest digital single, “Pray” is available on US iTunes! It was released on digital music services in Japan yesterday. Where else is it available?

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A Clip Box 1998-2011, Vol. 1 by Ayumi Hamasaki

A CLIP BOX 1998-2011 is on US iTunes! Mostly! The five volume set includes all of her PVs up through FIVE and select CMs previously unavailable for individual purchase. One caveat for the US release is that it appears someone forgot to hit the switch for vol. 4, so we have 1-3, then 5 available for purchase. Beggars can’t be choosers, I guess. Each volume well set you back $15.99, a much friendlier price tag than the  $200+ it cost to import the physical box set.

Gackt covering “SEASONS.” Sixteen-year-old me has waited over a decade for this. (via Facebook)

(also, hey, remember when Gackt produced a song for Jia Jia with a chorus that sounded like SEASONS’s verses?)

Look who made an appearance at CDL!

Look who made an appearance at CDL!

a compilation of CMs featuring Ayu from 1999.