Ayumi Hamasaki performs “kanariya” for the first time

During Ayumi Hamasaki’s annual “Count Down Live” concert fans were stunned when the show was opened with a song that had never been performed before, Ayumi’s 12th single “kanariya” . Originally included as a secret track on Ayumis sophomore album “LOVEppears”, the song was later released as a re-cut single and made history by becoming the first re-cut single to achieve a weekly #1 rank on Oricon.

Over the years “kanariya” gained some notoriety among fans since it’s her only a-side, and one of the few songs in her entire catalogue that has never been performed live. Many fans came up with theories ranging from the high notes being too difficult to hit live, or simply Ayu herself not liking the song.

The version Ayu performed at “CDL” is comparable to the original arrangement found on LOVEppears, this version however has no mysterious male vocalist and the R&B flavor is considerably toned down in favour of a more classic piano ballad sound. At times the vocals sound like she’s singing through a walkie-talkie underwater, but during the entire performance Ayu performs an extremely impressive air acrobatic routine. P!nk who?

Check out the full performance below.

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  • Comments

    • Kyle

      it’s been a while since i watched one of ayu’s concerts and i legit thought my headphones or the file itself was corrupted after hearing her in some of the other songs

      LEGEND!!!!

      • Brett

        As soon as I saw this, I knew OOMF would be very pleased.

    • Ash

      Well this was much better than Utada’s shaky Kohaku performance. I’ll give her that

      • honey girl

        Chile stop

    • Thomas

      Should have taken some cues from Mariah and lipsynced tbh. The air acrobatics part was good but please no more “underwater walkie-talkie vocals”

    • Memorian

      I’m glad she’s finally performing it but I wish it was closer to the original mix. Also she’s REALLY off. The tone doesn’t work well for the song at all. Ah well *listens to Kanariya on Spotify*

    • yacchaitai

      I wanted to die 2 minutes in

    • circe154

      If it was mic problems I’m sure they’ll fix it for the DVD.

    • Midori

      I never thought I would see the day…!!! *_____*
      She is a LEGEND and even though I’m not fond of her music anymore (“LOVE again” was the last album I loved), her old songs will ALWAYS mean the world to me! They were my childhood and got me through a lot of bad times!
      “Kanariya” live was all I ever wanted and it was beautiful! Thank you, Ayu! <333

    • hasawa

      Meh.
      The original mix is so much better. The talking walkie voice is so messy and the air routine looks kinda sketchy… Also i don’t like the classic ballad turn out of this live version. The male vocalist+r&b’ish vibe of ther original one was what made this song so smooth&cool and now it looks like some any other boring ballad Ayu has made us used to hear so far since many years now…

    • Midna

      I love the Jonathan Peters mix of this song the best! Happy to see her perform this amazing tune. <3

    • Arron Hayre

      I can appreciate the music and I can appreciate that this woman is a legend. But damn i cannot appreciate that voice. Its deteriorated so much! She should have just lip-synched the song, like she did a couple years back with her song Terminal. That was a great performance!

      • nijiminto

        agreed

    • Zacek

      She’s incredible. Ayu can still amaze me.

    • Fadingstar

      Listening to the original vs this, I’m 95% sure she doesn’t sing this because it’s out of her range. The modulated voice is probably disguising the fact that she can’t hit those notes. Even back in the day, she sounded like a squeal-y anime girl when she didn’t hit them

    • kazu_no_ko

      I love this song and I was disappointed by the quality of the vocals. Her aerial performance was very good tho. It’s still cool that she performed this epic song. She’s a legend and no one can take that from her. :-)

    • starlightshimmers

      Ayumi Hamasaki was like the techno goddess back then… I miss those days.