* 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 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]].
** And if you donít have an international DVD player, buying her [=DVDs=] is relatively pointless.