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Play (Amuro Namie)

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CD+DVD Cover
CD Cover
Artist
Amuro Namie
Album
PLAY
Released
2007.06.27 (Japan)
2007.06.29 (South Korea)
2007.07.06 (Taiwan)
2007.07.07 (Hong Kong)
2012.06.27 (Playbutton Edition)
Catalog Number
AVCD-23342/B (CD+DVD)
AVCD-23343 (CD)
Price
¥3,990 (CD+DVD)
¥3,059 (CD)
CD Tracklist
  1. Hide & Seek
  2. Full Moon
  3. CAN'T SLEEP, CAN'T EAT, I'M SICK
  4. It's all about you
  5. FUNKY TOWN
  6. Step With It!
  7. Hello
  8. Should I Love Him?
  9. Top Secret
  10. Violet Sauce (Spicy)
  11. Baby Don't Cry
  12. Pink Key
DVD Tracklist
  1. Hide & Seek (PV)
  2. CAN'T SLEEP, CAN'T EAT, I'M SICK (PV)
  3. FUNKY TOWN (PV)
  4. Hello (PV)
  5. Baby Don't Cry (PV)
  6. AMURO NAMIE x The World of GOLDEN EGGS SPECIAL MOVIE


Information

PLAY is seventh studio album recorded by Amuro Namie. This is her third full length Urban contemporary record. Similar to Queen of Hip-Pop the album's production is was split between Nao'ymt and MICHICO & T-KURA for GIANT SWING PRODUCTIONS. It is her first album to be released in both a CD+DVD format as well as the standard CD. The first press of the CD features a PLAY original police badge sticker. The album is described as having an "adult" style. Like her previous album Queen of Hip-Pop, some single A-sides were not included on the album. The A-sides "White Light" and "Ningyo" were not used for the album. "Hide & Seek" was used as the promotional single for the album, and received a music video along with "Hello". The song "Top Secret" was used as the theme song for the second series of Prison Break in Japan, while "Pink Key" was featured in Liptons Chiffon Milk Tea commercials.

The album was extremely successful for Amuro and became her first #1 record in over seven years since GENIUS 2000, as well as her first to sell over 400,000 copies. This album is credited as the first part of her career comeback; the following best album BEST FICTION would go on to sell over a million copies. This was just beginning and all of her albums since have also reached #1 on the weekly Oricon chart. The record received a Double Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of Japan for shipping over 500,000 copies.

The album was also well received. The album received three and a half stars from AllMusic's Adam Greenberg (their first Amuro review since 2000's break the rules).[1] PLAY really "pick[s] up her presence", and Greenberg noted that compared to the rest of the record "Baby Don't Cry" finally gives a peek at Amuro's vocals with less electronic additions, and the album-ending "Pink Key" heads into fairly standard territory but does so with a nice focus on Amuro's vocals and a simpler, more stripped-down bit of pop that serves her skills well."

Oricon Chart Positions

Amuro promoting the album

The album reached #1 on the daily, weekly, and monthly Oricon chart, and continued to rank for a total of 53 weeks. It was Amuro's first #1 album in over seven years. The record sold 540,952 copies in 2007, becoming the #9 best selling album of the year.

In 2012, Amuro re-released her albums in the "Playbutton Edition". This version of the album charted at #119 and stayed on the chart for two weeks.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week Rank Sales
- 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 250,619
1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 90,506
1 3 2 3 2 2 3 3 57,876
2 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 39,070
4 13 11 9 11 11 11 10 21,519
9 15 13 13 13 14 13 13 12,308
12 16 16 17 17 19 20 16 9,424
17 26 27 27 27 28 27 26 7,561
27 - - 42 45 34 36 44 4,526
34 50 41 37 36 39 36 38 3,822
34 - - - - - - 67 2,486
34 - - - - - - 75 2,020
- - - - - - - 97 1,820
- - - - - - - 138 1,571
- - - - - - - 154 1,221
- - - - - - - 128 1,359
- - - - - - - 123 1,216
- - - - - - - 187 1,089
- - - - - - - 166 977
- - - - - - - 189 833
- - - - - - - 218 687
- - - - - - - 294 683
- - - - - - - 286 645
- - - - - - - 291 722
- - - - - - - out for two weeks
- - - - - - - 267 1,759
- - - - - - -
- - - - - - - 231 689
- - - - - - - 227 700
- - - - - - - 235 791
- - - - - - - 199 829
- - - - - - - 206 783
- - - - - - - 178 855
- - - - - - - 163 918
- - - - - - - 127 1,404
- - - - - - - 136 1,344
- - - - - - - 118 1,593
- - - - - - - 113 1,652
- - - - - - - 134 1,638
- - - - - - - 131 1,343
- - - - - - - 156 971
- - - - - - - 153 965
- - - - - - - 210 842
- - - - - - - 216 866
- - - - - - - 195 799
- - - - - - - 209 619
- - - - - - - 269 590
- - - - - - - 245 608
- - - - - - - 236 622
- - - - - - - 249 591
- - - - - - - 285 502
- - - - - - - out for three weeks
- - - - - - - 246 593
- - - - - - - 264 749
- - - - - - - 225 777
- - - - - - - out for 474 weeks
- - - - - - - 276 262
- - - - - - - 287 203
- - - - - - - out for ? weeks
- - - - - - - 227 229
- - - - - - - 115 520
- - - - - - - 183 369
- - - - - - - 287 190
  • Total Reported Sales: 542,725

Playbutton Edition

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week Rank Sales
- - - - - - - 119 1,093
- - - - - - - 169 606

Total Reported Sales: 1,699

Other Charts

Country Chart Weeks

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14

All Global Chart 4 17 26 36 - - - - - - - - - -
Hong
Kong
Global Chart - 39 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Asian Chart 25 10 13 24 11 36 25 - - - - - - -
Japanese Chart 4 3 3 3 4 11 6 11 13 18 14 - 13 18
Taiwan Global chart 2 8 13 11 20 - - - - - - - - -
Japanese chart 1 1 1 2 3 3 4 4 2 6 9 14 - 17

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