A Ballads (stylized as BALLADS) is the second greatest hits compilation by Japanese recording artist Ayumi Hamasaki. It was released physically on March 12, 2003 through Avex Trax, and digitally distributed worldwide on September 14, 2006 by Avex Entertainment Inc. It is her first compilation release in two years since A Best; it premiered three months after her sixth studio album Rainbow. The compilation compiles ballad-inspired singles released by Hamasaki between 1998 and 2003, whilst the material is divided into new-arrangement remixes and the original versions. With all the tracks written by Hamasaki, it includes two new songs— "Rainbow", which served as the album's promotional single, and a cover version of Japanese singer Yumi Matsutoya's 1975 track "Sotsugyō Shashin".

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  • A BALLADS es la segunda compilación BEST de la cantante japonesa Ayumi Hamasaki, lanzado originalmente el 12 de marzo del año 2003. El título pronunciado por la misma Ayumi en comerciales del álbum fue A BALLAD (エー・バラード Ei Baraddo?), pero el álbum escrito en caracteres romanos es BALLADS. (es)
  • A Ballads (stylized as BALLADS) is the second greatest hits compilation by Japanese recording artist Ayumi Hamasaki. It was released physically on March 12, 2003 through Avex Trax, and digitally distributed worldwide on September 14, 2006 by Avex Entertainment Inc. It is her first compilation release in two years since A Best; it premiered three months after her sixth studio album Rainbow. The compilation compiles ballad-inspired singles released by Hamasaki between 1998 and 2003, whilst the material is divided into new-arrangement remixes and the original versions. With all the tracks written by Hamasaki, it includes two new songs— "Rainbow", which served as the album's promotional single, and a cover version of Japanese singer Yumi Matsutoya's 1975 track "Sotsugyō Shashin". Released in six formats featuring a photograph by JFKK, A Ballads received favorable reviews from music critics. Many praised the collection for including some of Hamasaki's best vocal work, and commended the songwriting. Minor criticism was aimed on the newer renditions of the original songs. Commercially, the album was a success in Japan, reaching number one on the Oricon Albums Chart, making it Hamasaki's second compilation and eighth album to reach the top spot. It was certified Million by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for shipments of one million units. The album experienced limited promotion during its release, with some of the tracks appearing during Japanese commercial endorsements. (en)
  • A Ballads (stylisé A BALLADS) est la 2e compilation de Ayumi Hamasaki. (fr)
  • 『A BALLADS』(エー・バラーズ)は、日本の歌手・浜崎あゆみの1作目のバラード・ベスト・アルバム(「A BALLADS」の「A」はロゴ表記)。2003年3月12日にavex traxより発売。 (ja)
  • A Ballads è una raccolta di ballad pubblicata dalla cantante giapponese Ayumi Hamasaki pubblicato il 2 marzo 2003. La prima tiratura dell'album aveva quattro differenti copertine. Al 2007, A Ballads ha sorpassato un milione di copie, con circa 1.041.000 di unità vendute. (it)
  • A Ballads é o segundo álbum de compilação da cantora Japonesa Ayumi Hamasaki, ele veio 1 ano após o A Best (Março de 2001), seu primeiro álbum de compilação. Diferente do antecessor, o álbum consiste em reunir as melhores baladas de Ayumi. O lançamento ocorreu em 12 de março de 2003. (pt)
  • A BALLADS – druga kompilacja piosenkarki Ayumi Hamasaki. Płyta została wydana 12 marca 2003 roku. W Japonii kosztowała ¥ 3 150. Sprzedano 1 040 998 kopii. Album znalazł się na #1 miejscu w rankingu Oricon. (pl)
  • 《A BALLADS》(A 抒情精選)是日本歌手濱崎步於2003年3月12日發行的抒情歌曲合集。 (zh)
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  • Ayumi Hamasaki with the exception of Yumi Matsutoya's contribution on track 14.
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  • Two women, that are both Ayumi Hamasaki, are shown lying down together from the upper chest up, closely facing each other with their eyes closed, each with a hand on the other. In the bottom right is written in lowercase "ayumi hamasaki" and below it is written in uppercase "A BALLADS".
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  • Across the Universe Mix
  • Eternal Tie Ver.
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  • "I really wanted to hear all of the messages that were sent in , because if 100,000 people come together, they will see things in 100,000 different ways. Some of the messages I received were very sad, while others conjured up happy images and colors. But I thought that a professional writer would do a better job of tying these words together in a piecemeal manner than I. That's why... I read all of the messages and then wrote lyrics based on what I felt afterward."
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  • —Hamasaki talking about "Rainbow".
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  • A BALLADS es la segunda compilación BEST de la cantante japonesa Ayumi Hamasaki, lanzado originalmente el 12 de marzo del año 2003. El título pronunciado por la misma Ayumi en comerciales del álbum fue A BALLAD (エー・バラード Ei Baraddo?), pero el álbum escrito en caracteres romanos es BALLADS. (es)
  • A Ballads (stylisé A BALLADS) est la 2e compilation de Ayumi Hamasaki. (fr)
  • 『A BALLADS』(エー・バラーズ)は、日本の歌手・浜崎あゆみの1作目のバラード・ベスト・アルバム(「A BALLADS」の「A」はロゴ表記)。2003年3月12日にavex traxより発売。 (ja)
  • A Ballads è una raccolta di ballad pubblicata dalla cantante giapponese Ayumi Hamasaki pubblicato il 2 marzo 2003. La prima tiratura dell'album aveva quattro differenti copertine. Al 2007, A Ballads ha sorpassato un milione di copie, con circa 1.041.000 di unità vendute. (it)
  • A Ballads é o segundo álbum de compilação da cantora Japonesa Ayumi Hamasaki, ele veio 1 ano após o A Best (Março de 2001), seu primeiro álbum de compilação. Diferente do antecessor, o álbum consiste em reunir as melhores baladas de Ayumi. O lançamento ocorreu em 12 de março de 2003. (pt)
  • A BALLADS – druga kompilacja piosenkarki Ayumi Hamasaki. Płyta została wydana 12 marca 2003 roku. W Japonii kosztowała ¥ 3 150. Sprzedano 1 040 998 kopii. Album znalazł się na #1 miejscu w rankingu Oricon. (pl)
  • 《A BALLADS》(A 抒情精選)是日本歌手濱崎步於2003年3月12日發行的抒情歌曲合集。 (zh)
  • A Ballads (stylized as BALLADS) is the second greatest hits compilation by Japanese recording artist Ayumi Hamasaki. It was released physically on March 12, 2003 through Avex Trax, and digitally distributed worldwide on September 14, 2006 by Avex Entertainment Inc. It is her first compilation release in two years since A Best; it premiered three months after her sixth studio album Rainbow. The compilation compiles ballad-inspired singles released by Hamasaki between 1998 and 2003, whilst the material is divided into new-arrangement remixes and the original versions. With all the tracks written by Hamasaki, it includes two new songs— "Rainbow", which served as the album's promotional single, and a cover version of Japanese singer Yumi Matsutoya's 1975 track "Sotsugyō Shashin". (en)
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