* CashCowFranchise: Many would argue that this is what Hamasaki's 15 year-long career has become. It's rather difficult to argue it too, seeing as this is the music industry we're talking about.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Avex, her record company, tried to force her to release a greatest hits album, which she felt was premature. They also played up the supposed rivalry between Ayu and Music/UtadaHikaru, in the interest of sales, which Ayu denied vehemently. She was none too pleased with the entire situation, as evidenced by her iconic choice of album art for ''[[http://eneabba.net/ayu/disco/albums/04.A_Best.htm A BEST]]''.
* HitlessHitAlbum: The five singles from ''A Song for XX'' were average/mediocre sellers... and then the album itself sold almost 1.5 million.
** Want to join the fanclub (Team Ayu)? If you donít live in Japan and canít afford a Tenso box, [[http://nonexistentplace.tumblr.com/post/6016221332 tough cookies for you]].
*** Good news! As of 2014, Team Ayu is now Global
** And if you donít have an international DVD player, buying her [=DVDs=] is relatively pointless.