"Startin'/Born to Be...
" is the 39th single released by Ayumi Hamasaki
. It was released on March 8, 2006. "Startin'" is used as the opening theme of video game Dawn of Dreams
, while "rainy day" (featured on her understood
album) is the ending theme. The 2nd track on the single, "Born To Be..." is the official theme song of Nittele
's coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics
. "Born To Be..." is a happy, inspirational pop tune. The single debuted at #1 on the Oricon
Charts beating off competition from Zard
. This is Hamasaki's 14th consecutive number one single and 26th #1 single in total. The release of "Startin'/Born To Be..." makes Hamasaki the female singer with the most #1 singles in Japan, surpassing Seiko Matsuda
. Lastly, the third track on the single, "teens ~acoustic version~" (a TRF
cover) is also included.
The PVs for Startin'
and Born to Be...
were both directed by Takahide Ishii
. The video for Startin'
has a lighter and comical tone than the other PVs of the album which have a consistently deeper tone. It starts off with two young male friends in a video store. They are conversing when suddenly, Hamasaki drills a hole through the brick wall and comes in. She dances and rejects one of them who makes an advance on her, and points a finger at the other man which shocks him. In the next scene, she is riding a motorcycle in a sports suit, and initiates a little "race"... Read More