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Hatsukoi (Utada Hikaru album)

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Album Cover
Artist
Utada Hikaru
Album
Hatsukoi (初恋; First Love)
Released
2018.06.27
2018.11.07 (Vinyl)
Catalog Number
ESCL-5076 (CD)
ESJL 3094-5 (Vinyl)
Price
¥3,240 (CD)
¥5,000 (Vinyl)
Tracklist
  1. Play A Love Song
  2. Anata (あなた; You)
  3. Hatsukoi (初恋; First Love)
  4. Chikai (誓い; Oath)
  5. Forevermore
  6. Too Proud featuring Jevon
  7. Good Night
  8. Pakuchii no Uta (パクチーの唄; Cilantro Song)
  9. Nokoriga (残り香; Lingering Scent)
  10. Oozora de Dakishimete (大空で抱きしめて; Embrace Me in the Sky)
  11. Yuunagi (夕凪; Evening Calm)
  12. Shittosarerubeki Jinsei (嫉妬されるべき人生; A Life to be Envied)


Information

Hatsukoi is the seventh Japanese studio album released by Utada Hikaru, and her first album with Sony Music's sub-label Epic Records Japan. The album's title is a reference to her 1999 best selling debut album First Love, written in Japanese. It was released in two physical editions: a regular CD and a limited edition Double Vinyl LP. First press editions of the album include a serial number code to be redeemed for a lottery to Utada's Hikaru Utada Laughter in the Dark Tour 2018, her first nationwide tour in over 12 years since UTADA UNITED 2006. The song "Chikai" serves as the ending theme song to the video game Kingdom Hearts III. Two album cuts were later announced as tie-ups to then-unreleased films; the track "Good Night" was used as the main theme to the animation film Penguin Highway, and "Shittosarerubeki Jinsei" was used as the main theme to the film "Parallel World Love Story".

Commercial performance

Utada Hikaru promoting the album

The album debuted at #1 on the Oricon Weekly chart for both physical and digital sales. It currently has the highest first week digital sales for a solo artist since the Digital chart began in November 2016. The album sold 367,720 physical copies in 2018, making it the #5 album of the year. The digital version also became the #3 Digital Album of 2018, with a total of 86,455 downloads. The song also reached #1 on iTunes Japan. The album is certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan for physical sales over 250,000 units.

Internationally, Hatsukoi peaked at #1 on iTunes in seven countries and charted within the top 10 in 27 countries, notably #2 in Brazil and Spain, #4 in the United States, and #5 in Canada and Australia, for a total of 34 countries. The album reached #3 on the US Billboard World chart for two consecutive weeks. It also peaked at #49 on France's download chart, and #2 on the World Albums chart.

Oricon Physical Album

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week Rank Sales
- 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 203,787
1 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 53,120
1 1 6 1 2 2 1 3 27,997
2 11 5 5 4 4 2 6 20,233
3 20 5 7 5 2 2 8 10,856
5 14 9 5 6 6 4 9 7,993
4 15 5 4 6 4 3 7 6,613
2 7 5 8 8 5 5 7 6,315
8 30 13 17 13 10 11 18 3,874
10 29 19 23 20 18 16 23 2,853
10 37 32 25 26 14 15 30 2,057
15 35 24 24 24 15 19 26 1,858
12 46 31 38 26 19 21 35 1,973
14 - - 45 39 36 21 39 1,722
28 - 31 48 42 23 17 37 1,699
20 - 22 36 31 40 45 35 1,527
26 - - - - - - 68 917
41 - - - - - - 91 827
44 - - - - - - 71 765
39 6 15 7 27 25 14 10 7,050
19 - 43 45 49 - 49 56 1,121
42 - - - - - - 85 815
41 - - - - - 42 83 823
40 - - - - - - 85 925
- - 45 - - - - 66 1,081
- - - - - - - 94 885
- - - - - - - 79 1,016
38 43 - - 49 42 - 59 1,046
- - - - - - - 97 554
- - - - - - - 86 614
- - - - - - - 107 651
43 - - - - - - 112 556
- - - - - - - 99 530
- - - - - - - 152 430
- - - - - - - 153 412
  • Total Reported Sales: 375,505

Oricon Digital Album

Week Rank Sales
1 38,185
1 12,691
1 6,375
2 7,788
1 3,464
1 2,197
2 2,428
4 1,944
6 1,229
15 964
9 719
10 685
5 1,221
8 758
12 749
12 619
14 485
17 419
17 477
12 852
18 511
27 441
22 574
19 680
18 657
  • Total Reported Sales: 87,112

Billboard Japan Hot Albums

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10
Position 1 1 1 4 2 4 5 5 - -

Billboard US World Albums

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Position 3 3 6 8 15 -

United World

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Position 2 6 - - - -

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