Poker Face (Ayumi Hamasaki song)

"Poker Face" (Japanese: ポーカー・フェイス; stylized as "poker face") is the debut single by Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki for her album A Song for ××. It was released under Avex Trax on 8 April 1998.[1] Hamasaki wrote the lyrics and Yasuhiko Hoshino composed the music.[2] The song peaked at number 20 on the Japanese Singles Chart and was certified as Gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). The song was re-released in 2001.

"Poker Face"
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Single by Ayumi Hamasaki
from the album A Song for ××
B-side"Friend"
ReleasedApril 8, 1998
GenreJ-pop
Length4:41
LabelAvex Trax
Composer(s)Yasuhiko Hoshino
Lyricist(s)Ayumi Hamasaki
Producer(s)Max Matsuura
Ayumi Hamasaki singles chronology
"Poker Face"
(1998)
"You"
(1998)
Official Music Video
"Poker Face" on YouTube

Chart performanceEdit

"Poker Face" entered at #20 on the charts with 11,520 units sold in its opening week and charted for six weeks.[2] The single sold a total of 43,140 copies. The single was certified Gold by the RIAJ.[3][better source needed]

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Poker Face" was directed by Takeishi Wataru. The video focuses on Hamasaki standing in front of a large tree filled with television monitors that show her in various locations. It also shows her playing with animals.

PromotionEdit

The song was used as the opening theme of a Japanese TV show called "Count Down TV".

Track listingEdit

  1. "Poker Face"
  2. "Friend"
  3. "Poker Face" (Instrumental)
  4. "Friend" (Instrumental)

Re-releaseEdit

"Poker Face"
Single by Ayumi Hamasaki
ReleasedFebruary 28, 2001
February 28, 2016
Length42:41
LabelAvex Trax
Composer(s)Yasuhiko Hoshino
Lyricist(s)Ayumi Hamasaki

This single was re-released on February 28, 2001, featuring four new songs. The song re-entered the Japanese Singles Chart and peaked at number 31.[4]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Poker Face"
  2. "Friend"
  3. "Poker Face" (KM Marble Life Remix)
  4. "Poker Face" (Nao'S Attitude Mix)
  5. "Poker Face" (D-Z Spiritual Delusion Mix)
  6. "Poker Face" (Orienta-Rhythm Club Mix)
  7. "Poker Face" (Instrumental)
  8. "Friend" (Instrumental)

Live performancesEdit

  • April 14, 1998 - Nikkan Hitto - Poker Face
  • April 20, 1998 - Hey! Hey! Hey! - Poker Face
  • April 21, 1998 - Utaban - Poker Face
  • April 24, 1998 - Rave - Poker Face
  • April 28, 1998 - Music Station - Poker Face

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Japanese Singles Chart (Oricon)[2] 20
Chart (2001) Peak
position
Japanese Singles Chart (Oricon)[4] 31
Chart (2008) Peak
position
Adult Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[5] 81

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 音楽CD検定公式ガイドブック(下): 下卷(J-pop/歌謡曲・邦楽/ワールド・ミュージックイージーリスニング・ミュージック/レコードの基礎知識) (in Japanese). Ongakushuppansha. 2007. p. 101.
  2. ^ a b c "poker face/浜崎あゆみ" (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on 7 September 2006. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Jpopmusic.com". Archived from the original on 2010-02-08.
  4. ^ a b "poker face/浜崎あゆみ" (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on 11 May 2006. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  5. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). March 17, 2008. Retrieved August 17, 2014.

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