"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. The 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 the same date, it was announced that like last year's summer song Blue Bird, glitter would be used as a tie-up to promote Zespri's golden kiwi once again. On May 18, the single was announced on Hamasaki's official website, it was stated that this single would be the opening of her "third chapter." Upon availability for preorder on May 19, "Glitter"/"Fated" topped the CD sales chart on Japanese music vendor "Neowing" and its English counterpart "CDJapan" because of the amount of pre-orders that it received.
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 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 a short movie that runs 18 minutes. She would share her first onscreen kiss in this video. On June 12, the songs "Glitter" and "Fated" were both leaked in their entirety. 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 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 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 weather and several rain showers, Hamasaki continued filming relentlessly. Distance Love depicts Hamasaki as herself, on a tour of Hong Kong, with Yue as her bodyguard, whom Hamasaki falls in love with. In the half of Distance Love, Yue is injured while riding his motorcycle, leaving behind a ring, which Hamasaki finds. CD Maxi Single "Glitter" "Fated" "Secret" "Glitter" "Fated" The single contains the track "Secret", the title track of her most recent studio album.
This marks the first time she released a track on a single in its original form after it was featured on an album. DVD Kyo Ai ～Distance Love～ Ayumi promoted Glitter/Fated by live performances on the following networks: July 13, 2007 – Music Station – "Glitter" July 13, 2007 – Music Fighter – "Fated" July 14, 2007 – CDTV – "Glitter" July 16, 2007 – Hey! Hey! Hey! – "Glitter" July 20, 2007 – Music Japan – "Glitter" July 20, 2007 – Music Station – "Fated" "Glitter"/"Fated" debuted in Oricon as #1, where it remained until the end of the week and reached #1 weekly chart with sales of 110,000 copies. This is Hamasaki's 16th consecutive number one 28th # 1 single in total. Beginning in the second week, the single fell down to #6 and climbed back to #4 on the weekly chart with sales around 22,000 copies. By the end of 2007 Avex reported that "Glitter"/"Fated" had sold 244,000 copies
Depend on You
"Depend on You" is the fifth single released by Ayumi Hamasaki on December 9, 1998. The single reached number nine on the weekly Oricon chart, becoming her third consecutive top-ten single in Japan; the single contains a B-side, "Two of Us", never released on an album. Both songs were featured in the PlayStation RPG Thousand Arms. "Depend on You" "Two of Us" "Depend on You" This single was re-released on February 28, 2001, featuring five new tracks. The single was re-released for the fact that it was released in 1998 only in the 3" CD format, which by this time had been replaced by the new standard "maxi" CD format. In this case, the single was re-released in 2001 for a wider compatibility. "Depend on You" "Two of Us "Depend on You" "Depend on You" "Depend on You" "Two of Us" "Two of Us" "Depend on You" Depend on You was remixed and released in Mirrorcle World for her 10th anniversary of chart-topping singles. The music video for "Depend on you" was directed by Muto Masashi, it depicts Hamasaki singing while on a "journey" of sorts – a road is shown, she sings at various natural locales, including a mountain and a pond.
Assistant Producer: Naohito Watanabe Director: Masashi Muto Assistant Director: Takahide Ishii Production Manager: Asako Tsutsumi, Hiroyuki Sawada Production Assistant: Shinobu Fukuda, Akiko Nishimura Director of Photography: Kenichi Kawabata Light: Takahiro Tatara Stylist: Koji Matsumoto Hair: Tamotsu Make Up: Chu Disambiguation December 8, 1998 – Utaban – Depend on You December 10, 1998 – Hit MMM – Depend on You December 11, 1998 – Music Station – Depend on You December 16, 1998 – Pocket Music – Depend on You December 19, 1998 – Countdown TV – Depend on You December 21, 1998 – Hey! Hey! Hey! – Depend on You December 24, 1998 – Happy Christmas Special – Depend on You December 25, 1998 – Music Station – Depend on You December 30, 1998 – Super Live – Depend on You December 31, 1998 – Countdown TV – Depend on You January 23, 1999 – Pop Jam – Depend on You March 3, 1999 – Japan Gold Disc Awards – Depend on You December 22, 1999 – Fresh Live – Depend on You 1Original version ²Re-release version Oricon sales: 131,460 In 2004, "Depend on You" was released in Europe as a trance single.
The CD single was only released in Germany but the digital single was released worldwide. "Depend on You" "Depend on You" "Depend on You" "Depend on You" "Depend on You" "Depend on You" information at Avex Network. "Depend on You" re-release information at Avex Network. "Depend on You" information at Oricon. "Depend on You" re-release information at Oricon. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Guam is an unincorporated and organized territory of the United States in Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean. It is the easternmost point and territory of the United States, along with the Northern Mariana Islands; the capital city of Guam is Hagåtña and the most populous city is Dededo. The inhabitants of Guam are called Guamanians, they are American citizens by birth. Indigenous Guamanians are the Chamorros, who are related to other Austronesian natives of Eastern Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan. Guam has been a member of the Pacific Community since 1983. In 2016, 162,742 people resided on Guam. Guam has a population density of 775 per square mile. In Oceania, it is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands and the largest island in Micronesia. Among its municipalities, Mongmong-Toto-Maite has the highest population density at 3,691 per square mile, whereas Inarajan and Umatac have the lowest density at 119 per square mile; the highest point is Mount Lamlam at 1,332 feet above sea level.
Since the 1960s, the economy has been supported by two industries: tourism and the United States Armed Forces. The indigenous Chamorros settled the island 4,000 years ago. Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, while in the service of Spain, was the first European to visit the island, on March 6, 1521. Guam was colonized by Spain in 1668 with settlers, including Diego Luis de San Vitores, a Catholic Jesuit missionary. Between the 16th century and the 18th century, Guam was an important stopover for the Spanish Manila Galleons. During the Spanish–American War, the United States captured Guam on June 21, 1898. Under the Treaty of Paris, Spain ceded Guam to the United States on December 10, 1898. Guam is among the 17 non-self-governing territories listed by the United Nations. Before World War II, there were five American jurisdictions in the Pacific Ocean: Guam and Wake Island in Micronesia, American Samoa and Hawaii in Polynesia, the Philippines. On December 7, 1941, hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Guam was captured by the Japanese, who occupied the island for two and a half years.
During the occupation, Guamanians were subjected to beheadings, forced labor and torture. American forces recaptured the island on July 21, 1944. An unofficial but used territorial motto is "Where America's Day Begins", which refers to the island's close proximity to the international date line; the original inhabitants of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands were the Chamorro people, who are believed to be descendants of Austronesian people originating from Southeast Asia as early as 2000 BC. The ancient Chamorro society had four classes: chamorri, matua and mana'chang; the matua were located in the coastal villages, which meant they had the best access to fishing grounds, whereas the mana'chang were located in the interior of the island. Matua and mana'chang communicated with each other, matua used achaot as intermediaries. There were "makåhna" or "kakahna", shamans with magical powers and "Suruhånu" or "Suruhåna" healers who use different kinds of plants and natural materials to make medicine.
Belief in spirits of ancient Chamorros called "Taotao mo'na" still persists as a remnant of pre-European culture. It is believed that "Suruhånu" or "Suruhåna" are the only ones who can safely harvest plants and other natural materials from their homes or "hålomtåno" without incurring the wrath of the "Taotao mo'na", their society was organized along matrilineal clans. Latte stones are stone pillars; the latte-stone was used as a foundation. Latte stones consist of a base shaped from limestone called the haligi and with a capstone, or tåsa, made either from a large brain coral or limestone, placed on top. A possible source for these stones, the Rota Latte Stone Quarry, was discovered in 1925 on Rota; the first European to travel to Guam was Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan, sailing for the King of Spain, when he sighted the island on March 6, 1521, during his fleet's circumnavigation of the globe. When Magellan arrived on Guam, he was greeted by hundreds of small outrigger canoes that appeared to be flying over the water, due to their considerable speed.
These outrigger canoes were called Proas, resulted in Magellan naming Guam Islas de las Velas Latinas. Antonio Pigafetta said that the name was "Island of Sails", but he writes that the inhabitants "entered the ships and stole whatever they could lay their hands on", including "the small boat, fastened to the poop of the flagship." "Those people are poor, but ingenious and thievish, on account of which we called those three islands Islas de los Ladrones." Despite Magellan's visit, Guam was not claimed by Spain until January 26, 1565, by General Miguel López de Legazpi. From 1565 to 1815, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, the only Spanish outposts in the Pacific Ocean east of the Philippines, were an important resting stop for the Manila galleons, a fleet that covered the Pacific trade route between Acapulco and Manila. To protect these Pacific fleets, Spain built several defensive structures that still stand today, such as Fort Nuestra Señora de la Soledad in Umatac. Guam is the biggest single segment of Micronesia, the largest islands between the island of Kyushu, New Guinea, the Philippines, the Hawaiian Islands.
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Secret (Ayumi Hamasaki album)
Secret is the eighth studio album by Japanese singer-songwriter Ayumi Hamasaki, released November 29, 2006 by Avex Trax. As with all of her previous works, Hamasaki wrote all of the lyrics on Secret; the album's composition was handled by Dai Nagao and Tetsuya Yukumi, both of whom were frequent collaborators with Hamasaki. A rock-pop influenced album, Hamasaki said that the meaning of the album was itself a secret, that it incorporated secrets she was keeping about herself that the public did not know. Secret had been announced as a seven-track EP. "Startin'/Born to Be..." was released as the lead single from Secret on March 8, 2006. It debuted at the number-one position in Japan. However, it would sell poorly thereafter, charting for fifteen weeks and selling under 200,000 copies. "Blue Bird" would have more success: it topped the charts in Japan and was certified Platinum for shipments of 250,000 copies. With "Blue Bird", which sold around 300,000 copies, Hamasaki became the first solo artist in Japan to sell over 20 million singles.
Secret received positive reviews from critics, who praised its rock influences and thought that every song stood well enough on its own, but felt that it "failed to leave a clear impression" as a cohesive record. The album won Album of the Year at the Japan Gold Disc Awards. Secret debuted at number one in Japan with first week sales of 386,280 copies, it would go on to become the 22nd best selling album of 2006 in Japan, the 73rd best seller of 2007, selling 675,400 copies in its 15-week chart run and receiving a triple-platinum certification for having 750,000 copies shipped to stores. Despite this success, Secret would become her lowest-selling album at that point and her first to not to be certified Million. According to Avex, Secret has sold 900,000 copies worldwide. Hamasaki on an interview stated that the reason behind naming the album'Secret' was that the album was a secret, she said it was named so that people might think "That's one of her secrets". She said she wanted to feel when they hear a song, they should think they knew her secret.
The album's lyrics reinforce the understanding others, rather than just yourself, as she states: But it's not a secret in the sense that "I'm about to disclose something you didn't know!" Instead, it could be about "me" in my daily life, or it could be about you… Everyone keeps secrets. When you try to understand others, there is always a "you" that only you know about. I have aspects that everyone knows about. That's, and in this sense, there are secrets incorporated into this album. Secret was announced to be a seven-track mini-album. After announcing that Secret was to become a full album on her official website, a message from Hamasaki on her TeamAyu fanclub website stated that she was doing overtime in the studio in order to complete the album on time. Hamasaki stated that "Until that Day..." was intended to be an instrumental track composed by CMJK. She loved the sound of the guitar and the b-melody and thus asked him to compose it into a full-length track. From the beginning, she knew, she admitted to having difficulty matching her emotions with the complex melody of the song so she sat down at home and compiled a list of synonyms of key words and finished the song.
Although she tried to keep the song positive, it sparked feelings of heartbrokenness upon revealing it to her staff. The third track, "Startin'", was recorded in New York City. According to Hamasaki, the sound in the studio made it easy for her to sing despite the challenge in vocals that she gave herself by choosing to sing in this particular style. Hamasaki stated that though the song is perceived as a song for dancing on stage with dancers, it was intended to be a band-only song, she enjoyed her recording session, commenting that what brought out the new vocal style was doing the recording in the New York studio with its great sound and atmosphere."Momentum", the eighth track on the album, took Hamasaki a total of four days to record. This is the longest amount of time she has taken to record a song in her whole career, she goes into the booth and records a song quickly, but with "Momentum" she had been spending so much time in the recording booth that she felt like she might as well have slept there.
Hamasaki stated that listening to the song now makes her remember the strenuous recording and brings her to tears. The album's title track, "Secret", was the last song to be recorded for the album. Since she had so much strain with recording "Momentum", Ayumi vowed to complete the recording for "Secret" in one go. However, by doing this she made herself quite nervous, she had considered forgetting the song and leaving the studio several times due to the stress from her pressure and the extreme time limit to have the song recorded, but she decided to give it her all and do her best. By finishing this song, she had completed the recordings for the entire album. Hamasaki stated that she was in tears with the staff members because she managed to extend this album from a seven-track mini-album into a full length fourteen-track studi
A music video is a short film that integrates a song with imagery, is produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. There are cases where songs are used in tie-in marketing campaigns that allow them to become more than just a song. Tie-ins and merchandising can be used for food or other products. Although the origins of the music video date back to musical short films that first appeared in the 1920s, they again came into prominence in the 1980s when the channel MTV based their format around the medium. Prior to the 1980s, these kinds of videos were described by various terms including "illustrated song", "filmed insert", "promotional film", "promotional clip", "promotional video", "song video", "song clip" or "film clip". Music videos use a wide range of styles and contemporary video-making techniques, including animation, live action and non-narrative approaches such as abstract film.
Some music videos combine different styles with the music, such as animation and live action. Combining these styles and techniques has become more popular because of the variety for the audience. Many music videos interpret images and scenes from the song's lyrics, while others take a more thematic approach. Other music videos may not have any concept, being a filmed version of the song's live concert performance. In 1894, sheet music publishers Edward B. Marks Joe Stern hired electrician George Thomas and various performers to promote sales of their song "The Little Lost Child". Using a magic lantern, Thomas projected a series of still images on a screen simultaneous to live performances; this would become a popular form of entertainment known as the illustrated song, the first step toward music video. In 1926, with the arrival of "talkies" many musical short films were produced. Vitaphone shorts featured many bands and dancers. Animation artist Max Fleischer introduced a series of sing-along short cartoons called Screen Songs, which invited audiences to sing along to popular songs by "following the bouncing ball", similar to a modern karaoke machine.
Early 1930s cartoons featured popular musicians performing their hit songs on-camera in live-action segments during the cartoons. The early animated films by Walt Disney, such as the Silly Symphonies shorts and Fantasia, which featured several interpretations of classical pieces, were built around music; the Warner Bros. cartoons today billed as Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, were fashioned around specific songs from upcoming Warner Bros. musical films. Live action musical shorts, featuring such popular performers as Cab Calloway, were distributed to theaters. Blues singer Bessie Smith appeared in a two-reel short film called St. Louis Blues featuring a dramatized performance of the hit song. Numerous other musicians appeared in short musical subjects during this period. Soundies and released from 1940 to 1947, were musical films that included short dance sequences, similar to music videos. In the mid-1940s, musician Louis Jordan made short films for his songs, some of which were spliced together into a feature film, Lookout Sister.
These films were, according to music historian Donald Clarke, the "ancestors" of music video. Musical films were another important precursor to music video, several well-known music videos have imitated the style of classic Hollywood musicals from the 1930s to the 1950s. One of the best-known examples is Madonna's 1985 video for "Material Girl", modelled on Jack Cole's staging of "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" from the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Several of Michael Jackson's videos show the unmistakable influence of the dance sequences in classic Hollywood musicals, including the landmark "Thriller" and the Martin Scorsese-directed "Bad", influenced by the stylised dance "fights" in the film version of West Side Story. According to the Internet Accuracy Project, disc jockey–singer J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson was the first to coin the phrase "music video", in 1959. In his autobiography, Tony Bennett claims to have created "...the first music video" when he was filmed walking along the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London in 1956, with the resulting clip being set to his recording of the song "Stranger in Paradise".
The clip was sent to UK and US television stations and aired on shows including Dick Clark's American Bandstand. The oldest example of a promotional music video with similarities to more abstract, modern videos seems to be the Czech "Dáme si do bytu" created in 1958 and directed by Ladislav Rychman. In the late 1950s the Scopitone, a visual jukebox, was invented in France and short films were produced by many French artists, such as Serge Gainsbourg, Françoise Hardy, Jacques Dutronc, the Belgian Jacques Brel to accompany their songs, its use spread to other countries, similar machines such as the Cinebox in Italy and Color-Sonic in the USA were patented. In 1961, for the Canadian show Singalong Jubilee, Manny Pittson began pre-recording the music audio, went on-location and taped various visuals with the musicians lip-synching edited the audio and video together. Most music numbers were taped in-studio on stage, the location shoot "videos" were to add variety. In 1964, Kenneth Anger's experimental short film, Scorpio Rising used popular songs instead of dialog.
In 1964, The Moody Blues producer, Alex Murray, wanted to promote his version of "Go Now". The short film clip he produced and directed to promote the single has a striking visual style that predates Queen's similar "Bohemian Rhapsody" vid
A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways; the artistic nature of music means that these classifications are subjective and controversial, some genres may overlap. There are varying academic definitions of the term genre itself. In his book Form in Tonal Music, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between form, he lists madrigal, canzona and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of genre, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op. 64 are identical in genre – both are violin concertos – but different in form. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. 511, the Agnus Dei from his Mass, K. 317 are quite different in genre but happen to be similar in form."
Some, like Peter van der Merwe, treat the terms genre and style as the same, saying that genre should be defined as pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language." Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can differentiate between genres. A music genre or subgenre may be defined by the musical techniques, the style, the cultural context, the content and spirit of the themes. Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will include a wide variety of subgenres. Timothy Laurie argues that since the early 1980s, "genre has graduated from being a subset of popular music studies to being an ubiquitous framework for constituting and evaluating musical research objects". Among the criteria used to classify musical genres are the trichotomy of art and traditional musics. Alternatively, music can be divided on three variables: arousal and depth.
Arousal reflects the energy level of the music. These three variables help explain why many people like similar songs from different traditionally segregated genres. Musicologists have sometimes classified music according to a trichotomic distinction such as Philip Tagg's "axiomatic triangle consisting of'folk','art' and'popular' musics", he explains that each of these three is distinguishable from the others according to certain criteria. The term art music refers to classical traditions, including both contemporary and historical classical music forms. Art music exists in many parts of the world, it emphasizes formal styles that invite technical and detailed deconstruction and criticism, demand focused attention from the listener. In Western practice, art music is considered a written musical tradition, preserved in some form of music notation rather than being transmitted orally, by rote, or in recordings, as popular and traditional music are. Most western art music has been written down using the standard forms of music notation that evolved in Europe, beginning well before the Renaissance and reaching its maturity in the Romantic period.
The identity of a "work" or "piece" of art music is defined by the notated version rather than by a particular performance, is associated with the composer rather than the performer. This is so in the case of western classical music. Art music may include certain forms of jazz, though some feel that jazz is a form of popular music. Sacred Christian music forms an important part of the classical music tradition and repertoire, but can be considered to have an identity of its own; the term popular music refers to any musical style accessible to the general public and disseminated by the mass media. Musicologist and popular music specialist Philip Tagg defined the notion in the light of sociocultural and economical aspects: Popular music, unlike art music, is conceived for mass distribution to large and socioculturally heterogeneous groups of listeners and distributed in non-written form, only possible in an industrial monetary economy where it becomes a commodity and in capitalist societies, subject to the laws of'free' enterprise... it should ideally sell as much as possible.
Popular music is found on most commercial and public service radio stations, in most commercial music retailers and department stores, in movie and television soundtracks. It is noted on the Billboard charts and, in addition to singer-songwriters and composers, it involves music producers more than other genres do; the distinction between classical and popular music has sometimes been blurred in marginal areas such as minimalist music and light classics. Background music for films/movies draws on both traditions. In this respect, music is like fiction, which draws a distinction between literary fiction and popular fiction, not always precise. Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s; the polka is a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particular
Fly High (Ayumi Hamasaki song)
"Fly High" is a song recorded by Japanese recording artist Ayumi Hamasaki. It was released by Avex Trax in Japan on February 9, 2000, through Avex Entertainment Inc. worldwide in September 2008. The recording served as Hamasaki's third and final limited edition single from her second studio album, limiting physical units to 300,000 copies; the track was written by the singer herself, while production was handled by long-time collaborator Max Matsuura. Two versions of "Fly High" were made available for consumption—a radio edit composed by HΛL, the album version produced by Dai Nagao. Lyrically, the song was written in third person perspective. Upon its release, "Fly High" received mixed reviews from music critics; some praised the original and radio edit, while criticizing the amount of remixes. Commercially, the single experienced success in Japan, peaking at number three on the Oricon Singles Chart and TBS' Count Down TV chart, it sold just below its restricted 300,000 units, was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan for shipments of 200,000 copies.
An accompanying music video for "Fly High" was directed by Wataru Takeishi, portrayed Hamasaki in a nightclub, with a clone of her standing in the distance. To promote the single, it appeared on several remix and greatest hits compilation albums released by Hamasaki. "Fly High" was written by Hamasaki herself, while production was handled by long-time collaborator Max Matsuura. Two versions of "Fly High" were made available for consumption—a radio edit composed by HΛL, the album version produced by Dai Nagao. Both compositions are inspired by dance music, a genre that influences Hamasaki's second studio album and includes musical elements of house and techno; the song's instrumentation consists of synthesizers and keyboards managed by HΛL, while incorporating an electric guitar provided by Naoya Akimoto. "Fly High" was mastered and co-produced by Japanese musician Naoto Suzuki and Nagao. The album version is used as a lead-on for the titular opening song of Lovepperars. Lyrically, "Fly High" was written in third person perspective, a trait, shared with the rest of the album's tracks.
It was released by Avex Trax in Japan on February 9, 2000, marking her first single in the 2000s decade, through Avex Entertainment Inc. worldwide in September 2008. It served as Hamasaki's third and final limited edition single from Loveppears, limiting physical units to 300,000 copies. Subsequently, in mid 2000, a limited 12" vinyl was issued through Avex Trax in Japan to promote her second part of her 2000 concert tour. A picture disc that featured a shot of Hamasaki in a leather pink jacket included HΛL's 2000 remix on side one, an orchestral version of the recording on side two; the artwork was photographed by Japanese photographer Toru Kumazawa, featured Hamasaki sitting in a beige–colored circular pod with fabric around her. The physical version of "Fly High" failed to include a booklet, which resulted in the cover sleeve being immolated as a picture disc, featuring an emphasised plastic sheet with information on the single. Upon its release, "Fly High" received mixed reviews from music critics.
A reviewer from CD Journal was negative towards the amount of remixes on the maxi single and the lack of recognisable disc jockeys on the tracks. AllMusic's Alexey Eremenko, who contributed in writing Hamasaki's biography on the website, selected the track as one of her best works. Commercially, the single experienced success in Japan, it debuted at number three on the Oricon Singles Chart, selling 260,460 units in its first week of availability. "Fly High" lasted four weeks within the top 200, marking one of the singer's lowest-spanning singles in that chart. It debuted at number three on the Count Down TV chart hosted by Tokyo Broadcasting System, being present for six editions within the top 100 positions. By the end of 2000, the recording had sold over 299,540 units in Japan, was ranked at number 89 on Oricon's Annual 2000 chart, behind four other songs by Hamasaki, it charted at number 94 on TBS' Year-End Chart. In April 2000, "Fly High" was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan for shipments of 200,000 copies.
As of July 2016, the track is her 26th highest-selling single based on Oricon Style's database. An accompanying music video for the single was directed by Wataru Takeishi, uses HΛL's remix version; the video opens with Hamasaki signing the track in front of an audience, whilst dancing around a large black platform accompanied by her background band. Several scenes portray the video being projected on a large television screen, with the ending chorus having a clone of Hamasaki walking into the club and observing herself performing on stage; the music video was included on several DVD compilations released by Hamasaki: A Clips, A Complete Box Set, the digital release of A Clips Complete, the DVD and Blu-Ray re-release edition of her 2001 compilation album, A Best."Fly High" has been promoted through compilation albums conducted by Hamasaki. The single has been featured on two of Hamasaki's greatest hits albums,A Best and A Complete: All Singles. Additionally, it was specially remixed by Vincent De Moor for being added to the track list of her remix extended play, The Other Side Four: System F, Vincent De Moor.
Credits adapted from the liner notes of the single's physical release. Recording Recorded at Prime Sound Studio, Studio Sound Dali, Onkio Haus, Japan in 1999. Credits Ayumi Hamasaki – vocals, backg