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To Be Free (Arashi song)

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"To Be Free"
Single by Arashi
from the album Beautiful World
Released7 July 2010 (2010-07-07)
FormatCD+DVD
Recorded2010
GenrePop
Length7:28[1]
LabelJ Storm
Songwriter(s)
Arashi singles chronology
"Monster"
(2010)
"To Be Free"
(2010)
"Love Rainbow"
(2010)

"To Be Free" is a song recorded by Japanese boy band Arashi. It was released on 7 July 2010 through their record label J Storm. "To Be Free" was the CM song for the Asahi Soft Drinks Mitsuya Cider commercials, which starred Arashi member Sho Sakurai.[2] Only one version of the physical single was released, containing the song's instrumental track and a DVD.

Track listing

CD
No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."To Be Free"Soluna
  • Waermö
  • Taku Yoshioka
3:45
2."To Be Free" (Instrumental)Soluna
  • Waermö
  • Octobar
  • Waermö
  • Yoshioka
3:43
Total length:7:23

Commercial performance

The single debuted at number one on the Oricon daily singles chart with initial sales of 180,000 copies.[3] On the week ending 13 July 2010, "To Be Free" placed number one on the weekly singles chart, selling 426,000 copies in its first week of release. It became the group's twentieth consecutive number-one single on the chart (since their 2004 single "Pikanchi Double").[4] Together with member Satoshi Ohno's solo single "Yukai Tsukai Kaibutsu-kun" (ユカイツーカイ怪物くん), which was released on the same day as "To Be Free", Arashi and Ohno accomplished the rare feat of a group and a solo artist from the group simultaneously taking the top two spots for the first time in nearly ten years.[5] "To Be Free" entered the Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart on the week ending 28 June 2010.[6] It peaked at number one on 19 July 2010, and remained number one for two consecutive weeks.[7][8][9]

According to Oricon, "To Be Free" was the tenth best-selling single of 2010 in Japan.[10] It placed ninth on the year-end Japan Hot 100 chart.[11] The single was certified Double Platinum for shipments of 500,000 units.[12]

Charts and certifications

Release history

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Japan 7 July 2010 (2010-07-07) CD single + DVD J Storm [17]
South Korea 21 July 2010 (2010-07-21) SM Entertainment [18]
Taiwan 23 July 2010 (2010-07-23) Avex Taiwan [19]
Hong Kong 31 July 2010 (2010-07-31) Avex Asia [20]

References

  1. ^ "To be free [CD+DVD]" (in Japanese). Tower Records Japan. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  2. ^ "To Be Free 嵐のプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-Oricon Style" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
  3. ^ 嵐&大野・怪物くんがデイリーシングル1・2位 (in Japanese). Oricon. 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
  4. ^ a b 嵐が約10年ぶり快挙 グループ&ソロで1・2位独占 (in Japanese). Oricon. 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
  5. ^ "Charts: Arashi, Hey! Say! JUMP". Tokyograph. 2010-07-14. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
  6. ^ "Billboard Japan 2010/06/28" (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  7. ^ a b "Billboard Japan 2010/07/19" (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  8. ^ "Week of July 24, 2010". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
  9. ^ a b "Week of July 31, 2010". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
  10. ^ a b c 年間ランキング特集 シングル (in Japanese). Oricon. 2010-12-20. Retrieved 2010-12-20.
  11. ^ a b "Billboard Japan Hot 100 Year End 2010". Billboard. 2010-12-10. Archived from the original on 2010-12-11. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  12. ^ a b ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2010年07月 (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
  13. ^ 2010, Week 34 "G-Music Combo Chart" (in Chinese). G-Music. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  14. ^ 2010, Week 34 "G-Music J-pop Chart" (in Chinese). G-Music. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  15. ^ "Gaon" (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  16. ^ "Gaon International" (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  17. ^ "To Be Free [CD+DVD]". CDJapan. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
  18. ^ "Arashi - 31st Single 'To be free' [통상판 CD+DVD]" (in Korean). Aladdin. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
  19. ^ "To be free (初回式樣)" (in Chinese). Avex Taiwan. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
  20. ^ "To be free (SINGLE+DVD) (Hong Kong Version)" (in Chinese). YesAsia. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
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