|Released||November 21, 2010|
|Format||CD+Photobook (Mail order only)|
YOU & I is a photobook + CD single by Shibata Ayumi, and is her first release after the disbandenment of Melon Kinenbi. The photobook is sold exclusively at her agency’s site and is a mail order only photobook. The book contains photographies of Shibata and comes packaged with a CD recording of "YOU & I."
On November 21, 2010, Shibata Ayumi teamed up with another former Melon Kinenbi member, Otani Masae, to make the mail order only photobook, “YOU & I.” An event was held at Tokyo Shibuya’s duo music exchange. Though the event was restricted to purchasers of the photobook, roughly 1.000 people attended the three performances. It had been six months since her last fan meeting as part of Melon Kinenbi, and there weren’t enough seats for everyone, resulting in a venue packed full of people.
Shibata performed her new song "YOU & I" for the first time at this event. Passing questionnaires out into the audience, she engaged the fans in an interactive talk and shared stories from her photobook shoot while a making video, prepared in advance for the event, played in the background.
"In the past two weeks, I’ve been constantly thinking about today. Like if anyone would come, or if I’d just be performing on an empty stage, and to be honest, I was feeling insecure wondering how many people would come to see me,» she confessed. However, she went on, «I’m really glad I don’t have to worry about that anymore. From now on I’ll be positive and do my best, so everyone, please keep supporting me!"
- YOU & I
- YOU & I (Instrumental)
- Lyrics: Ayumi Shibata
- Music: OWL
- Arrangement: Seto Seiji, Misa Watanabe
- This track was supposed to be on Shibata's cancelled debut album.