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Love (Arashi album)

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Love
Regular Edition Cover
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 23, 2013 (2013-10-23)
Studio
  • Victor Studio, Japan[1]
  • Bunkamura Studio, Japan[1]
GenrePop, R&B
LanguageJapanese, English
LabelJ Storm
Arashi chronology
Popcorn
(2012)
Love
(2013)
THE DIGITALIAN
(2014)
Singles from Love
  1. "Calling/Breathless"
    Released: March 18, 2013
  2. "Endless Game"
    Released: May 29, 2013

Love (stylized as LOVE) is the twelfth studio album of the Japanese boy band Arashi. The album was released on October 23, 2013 under their record label J Storm in two editions: a limited edition and a regular edition. The regular edition comes with a 32-page photo lyrics booklet, while the limited edition comes with a 60-page photo lyrics booklet and a bonus DVD with a music video for "P・A・R・A・D・O・X". The album sold over 670,000 copies in its first week and became the best-selling album of 2013 in Japan.[2]

Album information

Both the regular edition and the limited edition contain 16 songs. The regular edition comes with a 32-page photo lyrics booklet, while the limited edition comes with a 60-page photo lyrics booklet and a bonus DVD with a music video for "P・A・R・A・D・O・X". The album jacket cover for both versions are different.

Songs

"Love" includes two of the group's previously released singles: "Calling/Breathless" and "Endless Game". This album also includes eight new songs plus five of each member's solo songs.

The limited edition comes with a bonus music video for one of the new songs on the album, "P・A・R・A・D・O・X". The members of Arashi travelled to New York City to learn the choreography for this song, which was choreographed by JaQuel Knight. Arashi has not released a music video for an album song since 2011, when they released a video for "Mada Minu Sekai e" from the album Beautiful World.

Promotion

To support their new album, Arashi performed a live tour "Arashi LIVE TOUR Love" hitting all the major dome stadiums in Japan. They had 16 performances beginning on Nagoya Dome on November 8, followed by Sapporo Dome on November 15, Osaka Dome on November 22, Tokyo Dome on December 12, and Fukuoka Dome on December 20, 2013.[3]

A video explaining the steps for the dance to their new song, "FUNKY", was uploaded onto their agency's official website. Arashi encouraged fans to learn the steps so that they could all dance together during the concert.

Track listing

CD
No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."Ai o Utaō"
Benny JanssonHirofumi Sasaki4:07
2."Sayonara no Ato de"R.P.P.
  • MiNE
  • Atsushi Shimada
  • Fredrik Samsson
Taku Yoshioka4:03
3."Confusion"
  • Shigeo
  • Macoto56
  • Joe Killington
  • Katerina Bramley
  • Tim Worthington
  • Michael Conn
Tomoki Ishizuka3:20
4."Hit the Floor" (Satoshi Ohno solo)Alleztune
  • Susumu Kawaguchi
  • Bert
  • Rolf
Ishizuka4:54
5."P・A・R・A・D・O・X"
  • Akira
  • H&Co.
  • Squaref
  • S-Tnk
  • Sakurai
  • James Bird
  • Olly Goodman
  • Michael Duke
  • Emma Rohan
  • A.K.Janeway
  • Yoshioka
  • Bird
  • Goodman
  • Duke
  • Rohan
3:20
6."Sugar and Salt" (Sho Sakurai solo)
  • 100+
  • Sakurai
InsistInsist4:31
7."Breathless"Hydrant
Sasaki4:59
8."20825-Nichi-me no Kyoku" (Kazunari Ninomiya solo)Kazunari NinomiyaNinomiya
  • Ha-j
  • Ninomiya
4:19
9."Rock Tonight"100+100+BJ Khan 
10."Endless Game"100+
  • Chris Janey
  • Dyce Taylor
  • 2H
  • Janey
3:58
11."Calling"
  • S-Tnk
  • Eltvo
  • Andreas Johansson
  • Youwhich
Ishizuka4:01
12."Yozora e no Tegami" (Masaki Aiba solo)Yuya AbeNihonjinBigshooter Boys4:48
13."Dance in the Dark" (Jun Matsumoto solo)Hydrant
  • Harada
  • SkyLine
  • Erixon
Pieni Tonttu3:49
14."Starlight Kiss"
  • Akira
  • S-Tnk
  • Sakurai
Kawaguchi3:59
15."Funky"
  • MfmsiQ
  • S-Tnk
  • BJ Khan
  • Björnberg
  • Erixon
BJ Khan4:02
16."Tears"
  • Takashi Ogawa
  • Squaref
Yūsuke KatōBJ Khan4:34
Total length:67:01

Personnel

Credits adapted from liner notes.[1]

Musicians

  • Arashi
    • Aiba Masaki – lead vocals
    • Jun Matsumoto – lead vocals
    • Kazunari Ninomiya – lead vocals
    • Satoshi Ohno – lead vocals
    • Sho Sakurai – lead vocals
  • Kumi Sasaki – chorus arrangement (tracks 1, 6), chorus (track 1)
  • ko-saku – chorus arrangement (tracks 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16)
  • Shotaro – chorus arrangement (tracks 4, 11)
  • Akira – chorus arrangement (track 5)
  • ha-j – chorus arrangement (track 8)
  • Taeko Saito – chorus (track 1)
  • Saeko Suzuki – chorus (track 1)
  • Naoki Takao – chorus (track 1)
  • Yoshito Fuchigami – chorus (track 1)
  • Yutaka Odawara – drums (track 3)
  • TARROW-ONE – drums (track 6)
  • Toru Kawamura – drums (track 8)
  • Chiharu Mikuzuki – bass guitar (track 3)
  • SHIYOU a.k.a. Pit Bulldog – bass guitar (track 6)
  • Takeshi Taneda – bass guitar (tracks 8, 9, 15, 16)
  • Yuzo Shibata – bass guitar (track 11)
  • Hiroomi Shitara – electric guitar (tracks 1, 7, 8), acoustic guitar (track 8), electric mandolin (track 8), mandolin (track 8)
  • Sho Horisaki – electric guitar (track 3)
  • TAKU a.k.a. K-CITY PRINCE – electric guitar (track 6), programming (track 6)
  • Horikazu Ogura – electric guitar (track 10), acoustic guitar (track 10)
  • Genta Fukue – electric guitar (track 11)
  • Akitoshi Kuroda – electric guitar (track 13), acoustic guitar (track 13), mandolin (track 13), ukelele (track 13)
  • Gen ittetsu Strings – strings (tracks 1, 7, 10, 11, 15, 16)
  • the Gaya-xy – gaya (tracks 5, 9)
  • MITCH – trumpet (track 6)
  • KenT – tenor saxophone (track 6)
  • DJ O.H.B.A – turntable (track 6)

Production

  • Johnny H. Kitagawa – executive producer
  • Julie K. – producer
  • Jin Kano – musician co-ordinator
  • Shigeru Tanida – recording, mixing
  • Mikiro Yamda – recording
  • Akitomu Takakuwa – recording
  • Yohei Takita – recording
  • Hideyuki Matsuhashi – recording
  • Masahito Komori – recording
  • Shohei Kojima – 2nd engineer
  • Hiroaki Notoya – 2nd engineer
  • Masayuki Tsuruta – 2nd engineer
  • Ryota Hattanda – 2nd engineer
  • Hiroshi Kawasaki – mastering
  • Takayuki Nakazawa – art direction & design
  • Hiroshi Manaka – photography
  • Takafumi Kawasaki – wardrobe stylist
  • MAKE-UP ROOM – hair & make-up
  • Masato Kawai – props
  • JaQuel Knight – choreographer (DVD)

Charts and certifications

Release history

Country Release date Label Format Catalog
Japan October 21, 2013 J Storm CD+DVD JACA-5373-5374
CD JACA-5482-5483[4]
Taiwan November 8, 2013 Avex Asia CD+DVD JAJCD26018/A[5]
CD JAJCD26018[6]
South Korea November 11, 2013 S.M. Entertainment CD+DVD SMKJT0302/B[7]
CD SMKJT0303[7]

References

  1. ^ a b c LOVE (booklet). Arashi. J Storm. 2013. pp. 57–58. JACA-5373-5374.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ "アルバムTOP100". Oricon. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  3. ^ "ARASHI Live Tour 2013 "LOVE"". Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  4. ^ "LOVE" (in Japanese). J Storm. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  5. ^ "LOVE (初回版)" (in Chinese). Avex Taiwan. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  6. ^ "LOVE (普通版)" (in Chinese). Avex Taiwan. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  7. ^ a b "SMTOWN" (in Korean). S.M. Entertainment. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
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