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Keep Tryin'

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Single Cover
Artist
Utada Hikaru
Single
Keep Tryin'
Released
2006.02.22
Catalog Number
TOCT-5005
Price
¥1,100
Tracklist
  1. Keep Tryin'
  2. WINGS
  3. Keep Tryin' (Original Karaoke)


Information

"Keep Tryin'" is Utada Hikaru's 16th Japanese single. "Keep Tryin'" was used as the au LISMO! "au LISTEN MOBILE SERVICE" CM song. The song takes it's title from the Groove Theory song, although they share nothing else in common. This is Utada's first single since "COLORS" in 2003 to have a B-side, and the first since "Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro" in 2004 to have a karaoke backing track.

"Keep Tryin'" reached #2 on Oricon charts (being beaten by HYDE's "SEASON'S CALL"). The single sold 125,077 copies in 2006, becoming the #82 single of the year. Despite such low physical sales, it reached 2,500,000 digital downloads, ranking at number one on OnGen's Weekly Download Chart for seven weeks and setting a record. On iTunes, it was the most downloaded song for 2006.

Song Information

PV Shots
Lyrics
Utada Hikaru
Music
Utada Hikaru
Other Information
Arrangement: Utada Hikaru
Keyboards and Programming: Utada Hikaru, Matt Rohde
Additional Programming: Alexis Smith
Bass: David Carpenter
Mixing: Goetz B. for 365 Artists at Bunkamura Studio, Tokyo
Recording: Daniel Burns and Matsui Atsushi at Conway Recording Studios, L.A., and Bunkamura Studio, Tokyo

Music Video

The PV for "Keep Tryin'" was directed by Kiriya Kazuaki, and was the last work that he had contributed as Utada Hikaru's PV director. The PV makes several references to Utada's past PVs, including "FINAL DISTANCE" and "traveling". The two dresses worn in "SAKURA Drops" can be seen in a store window during the video.

Disambiguation

There are three versions of "Keep Tryin'" to be found in Utada's discography. These include:

Keep Tryin'
Found on the "Keep Tryin'" single as track #1 and on ULTRA BLUE album as track #2.
Keep Tryin' (Original Karaoke)
Found on the "Keep Tryin'" single as track #3. This is the standard version except without Utada's main vocals.
Keep Tryin' (Utada United Live)
Found on UTADA UNITED 2006 as track #19. This was one of the three songs used from the DVD to promote it on music video channels. The arrangement is similar to the standard version of the song.

Oricon Chart Positions

Utada Hikaru promoting the single
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week Rank Sales
- 3 2 1 1 1 1 2 70,147
1 10 10 8 6 6 6 5 24,096
6 15 16 13 9 11 11 13 13,373
11 - - 20 19 20 20 7,013
- - - - - - - 34 4,016
- - - - - - - 45 2,431
- - - - - - - 57 1,592
- - - - - - - 77 936
- - - - - - - 129 619
- - - - - - - 180 454
- - - - - - - 176 400

Total Reported Sales: 135,077

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