Hamasaki Ayumi
2000.09.27 (Japan)
Catalog Number
¥ 3,059
CD Tracklist
  1. starting over
  2. Duty
  3. vogue
  4. End of the World
  5. SCAR
  6. Far away
  10. teddy bear
  11. Key ~eternal tie ver.~
  12. girlish


Duty is the third full-length studio album by Ayumi Hamasaki, as well as being her best-selling studio album up to date, with over 2.9 million copies sold. The single "SURREAL", an initial pressing-only single, was released simultaneously along with the album and the DVD ayumi hamasaki concert tour 2000 A Part I. All three claimed the top position in the Oricon Weekly charts, making Ayumi Hamasaki the first person to hold the top position on all three charts. Prior to this, the most number of charts that a single artist or musical act topped was two. Duty is also Ayumi Hamasaki's highest selling studio album with sales of 2,904,420 in Japan. It debuted at the number-one position and held that position for four weeks, the album also stayed in the Top 30 for 20 weeks, making Hamasaki's only studion album to stay on the Top 30 for that long. Duty is the 22nd best selling album in Japan of all times.

Commercials tie-ups and themes songs

Duty was used in a commercial promoting the Takano Yuri beauty clinics. vogue was used as background musik in a tv commercial promoting a lipstick for Kosee Visee. The original version of Far away featured in three ad campaigns for the Tu-Ka cellphones. The song End of the World was also used in a commercial for the brand. SEASONS was the theme song of a popular Japanese drama broadcast on Fuji TV called Tenki Yoho No Koibito (Weather Reporter Lover).

Oricon Weekly Ranks & Sales

Week #Week RankSalesTotal Sales
1 1 1,682,7601,682,760
2 1 339,8102,022,570
3 1 205,1802,227,750
4 1 116,9702,344,720
5 5 76,7402,421,460
6 10 44,8002,466,260
7 9 42,6502,508,910
8 17 30,7602,539,670
9 20 20,2202,559,890
10 21 16,9902,576,880
11 18 19,7702,596,650
12 15 24,6302,621,280
13 12 80,7402,702,020
14 12 22,7102,724,730
15 13 13,4802,738,210
16 17 13,0102,751,220
17 29 10,0402,761,260
18 29 7,8902,769,150
  • Total Sales: 2,904,420 (Japan)
  • Total Sales: 3,000,000 (Avex)
  • Total Sales: 3,750,000 (Asia)

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