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Final Distance

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Artist
Utada Hikaru
Single
FINAL DISTANCE
Released
2001.07.25
Catalog Number
TOCT-4311
Price
¥1,100
Tracklist
  1. FINAL DISTANCE
  2. DISTANCE -PLANITb Remix-
  3. DISTANCE -m-flo remix- (produced by TAKU of m-flo)
  4. DISTANCE
  5. DISTANCE -Original Karaoke-
  6. FINAL DISTANCE -Instrumental-


Information

"FINAL DISTANCE" is Utada Hikaru's eighth single. "DISTANCE" was originally scheduled to be released as a single, however it was held back after a shooting occured at an Osaka high school. One of the deceased, Yamashita Rena, had previously won an essay competition writing about Utada being her role model in life, and so Utada re-arranged the song into a ballad to commemorate her, and titled it "FINAL DISTANCE". It was also the "DoCoMo M-stage" CM song. The single reached #2 on the weekly Oricon charts (under Morning Musume's "The Peace!") and charted for 13 weeks. The single became the #24 single of 2001 in Japan. This single, as well as "Hikari" and "SAKURA Drops / Letters", strangely did not chart in the world charts airplay charts or sales charts. In total the single sold over 580,000 units.

Song Information

Lyrics
Utada Hikaru
Music
Utada Hikaru
Other Information
Production: Miyake Akira, Utada Hikaru and Utada Sking Teruzane
Arrangement: Kawano Kei and Utada Hikaru
String Arrangement: Saito Neko
Keyboards and Programming: Kawano Kei
Synthesizer Programming: Tsunemi Kazuhide
Acoustic Piano: Kawano Kei
Strings: Great Eida Strings
All Vocals: Utada Hikaru
Recording: Ugajin Masaaki at Studio Terra and Bunkamura Studio (FINAL DISTANCE)
Mixing: Goh Hotoda at Bunkamura Studio

Disambiguation

There are four versions of "FINAL DISTANCE" to be found in Utada's discography. These different versions are:

FINAL DISTANCE
Found on the "FINAL DISTANCE" single as track #1, DEEP RIVER as track #10 and Utada Hikaru SINGLE COLLECTION VOL.1 as track #10.
FINAL DISTANCE (Instrumental)
Found on the "FINAL DISTANCE" single as track #6. This is the standard version, but without any vocals.
FINAL DISTANCE (Unplugged Live)
Found on the Utada Hikaru Unplugged DVD as track #9. The arrangement is similar to the standard version.
FINAL DISTANCE (Utada United Live)
Found on the UTADA UNITED 2006 DVD as track #3. The arrangement is similar to the standard version.
FINAL DISTANCE [13 years distance mix] / AI + Utada Hikaru (2016 - UH vox.2001 & AI vox.2014)
Found on the AI's compilation albumThe Feat. Best as track #1. There's a new arrangement that mixes Utada vocals from original song recorde in 2001 and AI's vocals form her cover recorded in 2014, for the tribute album Utada Hikaru no Uta.

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