My Story (Ayumi Hamasaki album)

My Story (Ayumi Hamasaki album)
My Story
Studio album by Ayumi Hamasaki
Released December 15, 2004 (2004-12-15)
(see Release history)
Recorded 2004
Genre Pop rock, soft rock
Length 74:18 (CD)
56:58 (DVD)
Label Avex Trax
Producer Max Matsuura
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Ayumi Hamasaki chronology
Memorial Address
My Story
Singles from My Story
  1. "Moments"
    Released: March 31, 2004
  2. "Inspire"
    Released: July 28, 2004
  3. "Carols"
    Released: September 29, 2004

My Story is Ayumi Hamasaki's sixth full-length studio album produced by Max Matsuura. It was released on December 15, 2004.



The album includes the three singles: "Moments", "Inspire", and "Carols". During its first release, four different limited edition covers were released for fans to choose from. There were also two versions released, the first that included the CD only and a second that included a DVD that contained music videos to some (including the singles) of the tracks from the album. For promotional purposes, Ayumi Hamasaki Arena Tour 2005 A: My Story was scheduled from January to April. During the concert tour, My Story was released again in two more formats, SACD and in DVD Audio. All of the lyrics on the album were written by Hamasaki and three of the tracks, "Wonderland", "Winding Road" and "Humming 7/4", were composed by her under the pen name "CREA". It topped the Oricon charts for several weeks (the Japanese equivalent of Billboard). It is currently certified four times platinum in Japan, and triple platinum worldwide. My Story is Hamasaki's last album to sell over a million units. My Story is also the 222nd best selling album in Japan to date.[1]

Since the single "Moments", her singles have been released in at least two versions, CD and CD+DVD format. "Carols" featured four versions of the single: CD, CD+DVD, SACD, and DVD Audio.


All lyrics written by Ayumi Hamasaki. 

No. Title Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Catcher in the Light"   CMJK CMJK 2:44
2. "About You"   Kazuhito Kikuchi tasuku 3:58
3. "Game"   Bounceback HΛL 4:11
4. "My Name's Women"   Bounceback HΛL 5:38
5. "Wonderland" (instrumental) Crea Crea 1:34
6. "Liar"   Raita Ikemoto CMJK+Takahiro Izutani 4:58
7. "Hope or Pain"   Tetsuya Yukumi CMJK 4:19
8. "Happy Ending"   Tetsuya Yukumi CMJK 4:42
9. "Moments"   Tetsuya Yukumi Hikari 5:29
10. "Walking Proud"   Tetsuya Yukumi Hikari 5:14
11. "Carols"   Tomoya Kinoshita CMJK 5:29
12. "Kaleidoscope" (instrumental) HΛL HΛL 1:49
13. "Inspire"   Tetsuya Yukumi HΛL 4:31
14. "Honey"   Tetsuya Yukumi HΛL 5:10
15. "Replace"   Kazuhito Kikuchi HΛL 5:05
16. "Winding Road"   Crea Hikari 5:02
17. "Humming 7/4"   Crea Kotaro Kubota 4:25
No. Title Director Length
1. "Moments" (Video Clip) Tetsuo Inoue 5:38
2. "Inspire" (Video Clip) Tetsuo Inoue 5:37
3. "Game" (Video Clip) Hideaki Sunaga 4:23
4. "Carols" (Video Clip) Masashi Muto 6:15
5. "About You" (Video Clip) Hideaki Sunaga 4:02
6. "Walking Proud" (Video Clip) Ken Sueda 5:41
7. "Humming 7/4" (Video Clip) Wataru Takeishi 4:40
8. "Moments" (Making Off-Shot) Tetsuo Inoue 5:33
9. "Inspire" (Making Off-Shot) Tetsuo Inoue 5:01
10. "Game" (Making Off-Shot) Hideaki Sunaga 4:19
11. "Carols" (Making Off-Shot) Masashi Muto 5:49
Total length:

My Story Classical

My Story Classical is a compilation with classical versions of the songs from Ayumi Hamasaki's album My Story. My Story Classical was released on March 24, 2005. Most of the tracks were recorded with the Lamoureux Orchestra of France.

Release history

Region Date Format Catalogue Number
Japan December 15, 2004 (2004-12-15) CD+DVD AVCD-17610/B
CD AVCD-17611
DVD Audio AVAD-91300
Taiwan December 17, 2004 (2004-12-17)
Hong Kong December 30, 2004 (2004-12-30)
China February 6, 2005 (2005-02-06) CD+DVD
  • AVJCD-10220C
  • SCD-771
South Korea August 4, 2005 (2005-08-04)

Oricon charts


Release Chart Peak position First Week sales Sales total Chart run
December 15, 2004 Oricon Daily Albums Chart 1 574,321 1,132,444 43 weeks
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 1
Oricon Monthly Albums Chart 1
Oricon Yearly Albums Chart 7
  • Total Sales : 1,132,444 (Japan)


Date Title Peak position Weeks Sales
March 21, 2004 "Moments" 1 21 weeks 302,923
July 8, 2004 "Inspire" 1 15 weeks 329,145
September 29, 2004 "Carols" 1 14 weeks 309,128
  • Total Single Sales: 941,196
  • Total Album and Single Sales: 2,073,640


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