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Untitled (Arashi album)

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Untitled
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 18, 2017 (2017-10-18)
Recorded2016–2017
Length61:27[1][2]
Language
  • Japanese
  • English
LabelJ Storm
Arashi chronology
Are You Happy?
(2016)
Untitled
(2017)
5x20 All the Best!! 1999–2019
(2019)
Alternative cover
Limited edition cover
Singles from Untitled
  1. "Power of the Paradise"
    Released: September 14, 2016
  2. "I'll Be There"
    Released: April 19, 2017
  3. "Tsunagu"
    Released: June 28, 2017

Untitled (stylized as 「untitled」) is the sixteenth studio album by the Japanese idol group Arashi. The album was released on October 18, 2017 under their record label J Storm in two editions: a first press/limited edition and a regular edition.[3] With more than 750,000 copies sold, the album was certified for Triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ).[4]

Album information

The album was purposely titled to suggest that it is "unfinished".[5] Besides a CD of 13 tracks, the first-run limited edition also contains DVD of the music video and making-of for the album's lead song "Mikan" and 80-page lyrics photo booklet with a special packaging specs. The regular edition also includes 4 unit songs, a bonus track, and a 36-page lyrics booklet.[5]

Songs

Untitled includes three of the group's previously released singles: "Power of the Paradise", "I'll Be There", and "Tsunagu".

"Power of the Paradise" was used as the theme song for NTV's news coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics, where Sho Sakurai served as the main newscaster.[6] "I'll be there" was used as the theme song for the television drama Kizoku Tantei starring Masaki Aiba.[7] "Tsunagu" was used as the theme song for the film Mumon: The Land of Stealth starring Satoshi Ohno.[8]

Arashi also made their first suite with "Song for you". It was created by incorporating melodies from various genres into a song of over ten minutes. It is said to represent the group's past, present, and future. The song "Mikan" (「未完」, lit. "Incomplete") was also said to epitomize the album title and contain elements of wa, digital, classical, and hip hop music.[5] Unlike the group's previous albums, Untitled does not contain solo songs, but unit songs sung by either duos or trios.

The music video uses "duality", as in "light and shadow" and "virtual images and real images" as the theme. Unlike previously released music videos, the scenes of them appear together are only a few and mostly are solo shots.[9]

Promotion

To support their new album, Arashi performed a live tour called Arashi Live Tour 2017-2018 Untitled. They performed at all the major dome stadiums in Japan: November 11 to 13 at the Sapporo Dome, followed by Tokyo Dome on December 1 to 3 and December 24 to 26, Fukuoka Dome from December 8 to 10, Nagoya Dome for December 15 to 17, and Osaka City Dome from January 12 to 14.[10]

Track listing

CD 1
No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."Green Light"
  • Akira
  • June
Tomoki Ishizuka4:16
2."Tsunagu" (つなぐ "Connect")Paddy
  • Nord
  • Hirofumi Sasaki
4:08
3."Mikan" (「未完」 "Incomplete")MelinSasaki3:26
4."Sugar"Hikari
  • IiSAK
  • Hikari
IiSAK3:52
5."Power of the Paradise"PaddyNobbyHa-j4:38
6."Ari no Mama de" (ありのままで "As It Is")
  • Atsushi Shimada
  • MiNE
  • Erixon
  • Joakim Björnberg
  • Shimada
Shimada3:28
7."Fūun" (風雲 "Winds and Clouds")Iroco-Star
  • Erik Lidbom
  • Simon Janlöv
Metropolitan Digital Clique3:29
8."I'll Be There"Goro.T
  • Sahara
  • Metropolitan Digital Clique
4:11
9."Hōyō" (抱擁 "Hug")
  • Ori
  • Sakurai
  • Victor Sågfors
  • Peter Boyes
  • Caroline Gustavsson
Taku Yoshioka3:45
10."Pray"
  • Iroco-Star
  • Yūko Muramatsu
  • Lidbom
  • Wonder Note
Lidbom5:03
11."Hikari" ( "Light")
  • Komei Kobayashi
  • Sakurai
Kubota5:00
12."Kanata e" (彼方へ "To the Other Side")Rucca
  • Takarot
  • IiSAK
  • Takarot
  • Eiji Kawai
4:36
13."Song for You"Yoshiyasu Ichikawa
Yamashita11:29
Total length:61:27

Chart performance

Untitled debuted at number one on the Oricon daily albums chart selling 352,302 copies upon its release and 165,248 copies on its second day.[11][12] Billboard Japan recorded 522,813 copies sold from October 16–18, 2017.[13] The album sold over 668,000 copies in its first week and topped the Oricon weekly albums chart.[14] The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Japan's top single sales chart selling 690,617 copies in its first week.[15] It debuted at number one on Billboard Japan's Hot Albums chart.[16][17] The album sold 49,343 copies in its second week.[18]

In October 2017, Untitled was certified Triple Platinum by the RIAJ.[4]

Charts and certifications

Awards

Release history

Country Release date Label Format Catalog
Japan October 18, 2017 J Storm CD+DVD JACA-5683-5684[3]
2CD JACA-5685-5686[3]
South Korea November 8, 2017[25] SM Entertainment CD+DVD
2CD
Taiwan November 24, 2017 Avex Taiwan CD+DVD JAJCD26033/A[26]
2CD JAJCD26033/4[27]

References

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  6. ^ 嵐、スポーツ応援の新境地へ? 新曲「Power of the Paradise」でリオ五輪盛り上げる. Real Sound (in Japanese). Retrieved 4 October 2017.
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  16. ^ 【ビルボード】嵐『「untitled」』が大差で総合アルバム首位 三浦大知『HIT』30週ぶりにトップ10返り咲き. Billboard Japan (in Japanese). 25 October 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
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