fated adj : (usually followed by `to') determined by tragic fate; "doomed to unhappiness"; "fated to be the scene of Kennedy's assassination" [syn: doomed]
- Foreordained, predetermined, established in advance by fate.
"Glitter / Fated'''" is the forty-first single by Japanese pop singer Ayumi Hamasaki, released on July 18, 2007. "Glitter/fated" was Hamasaki's first single of 2007 and first single in over a year, since the release of BLUE BIRD in June 2006.
HistoryThe first signs of a new single emerged when Hamasaki stated on her Team Ayu fanclub blog on April 26, 2007 that she had just finished writing a new song and was preparing to go record it. On May 17 2007 the title was revealed on Tower Records' website. On May 18, the single was announced officially on Hamasaki's official website. It was stated that this single would be the opening of her "third chapter." On May 22, several Japanese news websites and vendors reported that Fated would be the theme song of the Japanese film Kaidan. It was reported that the theme song would not only be used for the film's release in Japan, but it would also accompany the film's release in over 50 countries. On May 30 2007, Hamasaki reported on her Team Ayu fanclub blog that she would be flying to Hong Kong after her Asia tour performances in Osaka to film a new short film alongside actor Shawn Yue. The film will feature both glitter and fated and is actually a short movie that runs approximately 18 minutes. She would also share her first onscreen kiss in this video. On June 12th the songs Glitter and Fated were both leaked in their entirety.
Short Film "Distance Love"Rather than having two conventional music videos, both songs are featured in one short film starring Hamasaki herself alongside Hong Kong actor Shawn Yue. Hamasaki flew to Hong Kong on June 1, 2007 to begin filming the short film which took a total of eight days of filming to complete. This was the first time Hamasaki had ever worked with a Chinese actor. Hamasaki had three translators with her at all times and Shawn Yue had two. Despite the large number of translators present, Yue stated that it was hard to get close to Hamasaki on a personal level because of the number of people constantly around them as well as the language barrier. Although this was difficult for Yue, he stated in phone interview with On.cc that he and Hamasaki are now, in fact, friends. During the filming one scene towards the ending of the film, Hamasaki wore a beautiful yet heavy wedding dress and ran around frantically for at least ten takes. Despite the 30°C (86°F) weather and several rain showers, Hamasaki continued filming relentlessly.
Plot summaryDistance Love depicts Hamasaki as herself, on a tour of Hong Kong, with Yue as her bodyguard, whom Hamasaki later falls in love with. In the latter half of Distance Love, Yue is injured while riding his motorcycle, leaving behind a ring, which Hamasaki later finds.
TracklistsCD Maxi Single
- glitter (Instrumental)
- fated (Instrumental)
- (Short film)
Televised performancesAyumi promoted Glitter/Fated by live performances on the following networks:
Charts"Glitter / Fated" debuted in Oricon as #1, where it remained until the end of the week and reached #1 weekly chart with sales of approximately 110,000 copies.This is Hamasaki's 16th consecutive number one single and 28th #1 single in total.Beginning in the second week, the single fell down to #6 and eventually climbed back to #4 on the weekly chart with sales around 22,000 copies. The single also peaked at #30 on the United World Chart and charted high on various sales and airplay charts around Japan. It topped MTV Japan's Japanese music chart as well as CDTV's. By the end of 2007 Avex reported that glitter / fated had sold 244,000 copies.
Physical Sales Charts
Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)
- Total Sales : 166,203 (Japan)
- Total Sales : 244,000 (Avex)
Digital Sales Charts
Notes & References
fated in Japanese: glitter/fated
fated in Norwegian: Glitter / fated
fated in Thai: Glitter / fated
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