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"Passion" is Utada Hikaru's 15th single. Passion was used as the theme song for the game [[Kingdom Hearts II]], and is the follow-up to [[Simple and Clean|Simple And Clean]]/[[Hikari (Utada Hikaru)|Hikari]], which Utada also sang for [[Kingdom Hearts]] in 2002. The exact version of Passion that is used for the opening theme song is not on the single, though Passion ~after the battle~ is used as the ending theme song. There is an English version of this song, much like Simple And Clean was to Hikari, and is titled [[Sanctuary (Utada Hikaru)|Sanctuary]]. Passion also appears on the [[Kingdom Hearts II Original Soundtrack]] three times; with two new versions (Passion ~opening version~ and Passion (Orchestral Ver.)) as well as Passion ~after the battle~. Despite this single reaching #11 on the World Charts for single sales, this single did not even chart on the airplay chart. This single charted for 16 weeks. As this single sold 112,345 copies in 2006, it was the #91 single of the year.
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"Passion" is [[Utada Hikaru]]'s 15th Japanese single, and the second to be released with a CD+DVD format. "Passion" was used as the theme song for the game ''[[Wikipedia:Kingdom Hearts II|Kingdom Hearts II]]'', and is the follow-up to "[[Hikari (Utada Hikaru)|Hikari]]", which Utada also sang for ''[[Wikipedia:Kingdom Hearts (video game)|Kingdom Hearts]]'' in 2002. Rather than the single version, "Passion ~opening version~" was used in the game, though "Passion ~after the battle~" is used as the ending theme song. An English version of this song was also released, titled "[[Sanctuary (Utada Hikaru)|Sanctuary]]". This was used for the English-language releases of ''Kingdom Hearts II'' (much like "Simple And Clean" was for "Hikari"). "Passion" only managed to peak at #4 on the Weekly [[Oricon]] charts. Despite the single reaching #11 on the World Charts for single sales, it did not chart on the airplay chart. The single charted for 16 weeks, selling 112,345 copies in 2006 and becoming the #91 single of the year.
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"Passion" appears on the ''[[Kingdom Hearts II Original Soundtrack]]'' three times with two new versions (the opening version and "Passion - KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version") as well as "Passion ~after the battle~".
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For her ''In The Flesh'' performances, Utada combined both "Passion" and "Sanctuary", also including both bridges found in the "~single version~" and "~opening version~".
  
 
==Song Information==
 
==Song Information==
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: Pro-Tools Operation: Glenn Erwin
 
: Pro-Tools Operation: Glenn Erwin
 
: Mastering: [[Tom Coyne]] at Sterling Sound, NYC
 
: Mastering: [[Tom Coyne]] at Sterling Sound, NYC
: Art Direction and Photography: [[Kiriya Kazuaki]]
 
  
 
==Music Video==
 
==Music Video==
Passion was directed by [[Kiriya Kazuaki]], and filmed at [http://www.gunghofilms.com/ Gung-Ho Films] studios in Beijing, China. Throughout this music video, there are many scenes which include CGI-imagery (which was produced by [[N-Design]]), and the opening even included an [[anime]]-style animation sequence. The anime sequence was produced by [[Morimoto Koji]] and his company [[STUDIO 4°C]]. These are the same people who created the [[:Category:Flux|Fluximation]]-style animations for cellphone services using songs from Utada's [[Exodus|EXODUS]] album. In fact, the same character shown at the start of the music video for Passion is shown in the Fluximation for Utada's song [[Opening]]. There is also an English song, entitled [[Sanctuary (Utada Hikaru)|Sanctuary]] which has the same music. Sanctuary was written and recorded before Passion.
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The [[PV]] for "Passion" was directed by [[Kiriya Kazuaki]], and filmed at [http://www.gunghofilms.com/ Gung-Ho Films] studios in Beijing, China. Throughout the music video, there are many scenes which include CGI-imagery (which was produced by [[N-Design]]), and the opening even included an [[anime]]-style animation sequence. The anime sequence was produced by [[Morimoto Koji]] and his company [[STUDIO 4°C]] (the same people who created the [[:Category:Flux|Fluximation]]-style animations for cellphone services using songs from Utada's ''[[Exodus|EXODUS]]'' album). In fact, the same character shown at the start of the music video for "Passion" is shown in the Fluximation for Utada's song "[[Opening]]".
  
==Utada Quotes==
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==Lyrics==
* "Passion is probably one of my favorite songs that I've written; I especially like my lyrics. It's not really like anything I've done in the past." --Utada Hikaru
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In "Passion", there are several layers of English lyrics. Near the end, "My fears, my lies" is audible. There are also many parts of the song with reversed lyrics. A magazine interview confirmed that the lyrics were "I need more affection than you know". In the "~opening version~", another set of reversed lyrics can be heard, which read "I need true emotions". A blog entry posted by Utada on June 10th, 2006 infers to some lyrics she wrote to "Passion" but were never used, such as "Shizuka na tabibito no utau uta ni wa, Mada kotoba ga nai" which tranlates to "The song sung by a quiet traveler has no words yet", and "Hisoyaka na jounetsu ga itsumo, Zidai wo ugokasu" which translates to "A secret passion is the one that makes time move".
  
* "Passion is like, straight after from where Hikari left off. it has a feeling that connects together the end of the last game and the sequel. Like, how it showed the characters and how they met and so forth. It was pretty easy to think up an image. It's like... as if Hikari was the dawn, and Passion has a concluding or 'dusk' feeling to it. I wanted this song to communicate so many various ideas. While you can see some very ordinary imagery in the song, when you listen the imagery can become very dramatic." --Utada Hikaru
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"Passion"'s lyrics were written after "[[Sanctuary (Utada Hikaru)|Sanctuary]]", because she had difficulty matching the timing of the melody to the lyrics she wanted.
 
 
* "The lyrics of Passion show how phases of the past, present and future of the character in my song relate to each other, and the arrangement builds a peculiar, almost floating feeling. People who have listened to Passion have wanted to daydream; to really see the places and times that I wanted to portray to them. While they listened to Passion, they were like, 'What? How old is this person in the song? What day and month is this set in? What? Where is this taking place!?'" --Utada Hikaru
 
 
 
* "Originally I wanted to put various vocal styles in the middle of the song. I really respect artists like Freddie Mercury and Kate Bush, who themselves have lots of different voices they can use for singing. Because of that, they can change character all by themselves. I really like that idea, and I was aiming at practicing this idea in Passion. However, I can't really do it very well. In Passion, you can hear in parts that my voice differs from my usual voice. It was really fun to change my voice by doing things like using different effects on my voice, speaking a different way or changing my singing style." --Utada Hikaru
 
  
 
==Disambiguation==
 
==Disambiguation==
There are six known versions of Passion to be included in Utada's discography. These include:
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There are four versions of "Passion" to be found in Utada's discography. These include:
 
 
 
; Passion ~single version~
 
; Passion ~single version~
: Found on Passion single as track one, and on the [[Ultra Blue|ULTRA BLUE]] album as track #13. The "~single version~" subtitle is only used on this release; it is not used in the PV or on ULTRA BLUE.
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: Found on the "Passion" single as track #1, and on the ''[[Ultra Blue|ULTRA BLUE]]'' album as track #13. The single version includes a bridge after the third chorus (where the "~opening version~" has a different bridge after teh second chorus, and has the same arrangement at "[[Sanctuary (Utada Hikaru)|Sanctuary]]"). For the PV and for the album, the subtitle "~single version~" is not used.
 
; Passion ~after the battle~
 
; Passion ~after the battle~
: Found on Passion single as track two. This is the ending theme for Kingdom Hearts II. This version differs from the single version by being longer, slower and having more of a piano base to it. 'After the Battle' is also found on the [[Kingdom Hearts II Original Soundtrack]] as disc two, track 33. The last stanza of Passion ("''Zutto mae ni suki...''" onwards) is not included in the 'After the Battle' version.
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: Found on the "Passion" single as track #2. This version was used as the ending theme for ''[[Wikipedia:Kingdom Hearts II|Kingdom Hearts II]]''. The arrangement is much slower than the "~single version~" and is more focused on the piano. Neither the bridge found in the "~single version~" or the "~opening version~" is included.
 
; Passion ~after the battle~ (HOLIDAY LIVE SPECIAL)
 
; Passion ~after the battle~ (HOLIDAY LIVE SPECIAL)
: Found on [[Utada Hikaru Single Clip Collection Vol.4]] music video DVD as track #11. This was originally available for download from Utada's Toshiba-EMI website from December 22, 2005 until Janurary 10, 2006. This version was recorded live in one of Toshiba-EMI's offices, and Utada firstly introduced herself and gave everyone a Christmas message. The performance was a live acoustic version of Passion ~after the battle~, much like the [[Be My Last#Disambiguation|Be My Last (Internet Live Version)]]. However, differing from the Be My last live, this version is backed with someone else playing the piano and another person on the guitar; instead of just Utada herself playing the guitar. Also included before the Passion performance was a cover of [[Wikipedia:Green Day|Green Day]]'s song ''Boulevard of Broken Dreams''.
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: Found on the bonus DVD included with the first press of ''[[Utada Hikaru Single Clip Collection Vol.4|UTADA HIKARU SINGLE CLIP COLLECTION VOL.4]]'' as track #2. This was originally available for download from Utada's Toshiba-EMI website from December 22, 2005 until January 10, 2006. This version was recorded live in one of Toshiba-EMI's offices. Utada first introduces herself and gives everyone a Christmas message before starting the performance. The performance was a live acoustic version of "Passion ~after the battle~", much like the "[[Be My Last#Disambiguation|Be My Last (Internet Live Version)]]". Also included before the "Passion" performance was a cover of [[Wikipedia:Green Day|Green Day]]'s song "Wikipedia:Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Green Day song)|Boulevard of Broken Dreams]]".
; Passion - KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version
 
: Found on the [[Kingdom Hearts II Original Soundtrack]] as disc one, track two. This version is vocalless, as per the former [[Hikari (Utada Hikaru)|Hikari]] Kingdom Hearts Orchestral version. It was performed by the [[Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra]], and composed/arranged by [[Wada Kaoru]]. The orchestral piece was recorded at the [[Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall]]. The recording/mixing engineer on this piece was [[Yamada Masahiro]].
 
; Passion ~opening version~
 
: Found on the [[Kingdom Hearts II Original Soundtrack]] as disc one, track three. This is the opening theme for Kingdom Hearts II. In place of the bridge in the ~single version~, there is a new bridge for the song that sounds more rocked up, which has different lyrics from the standard, namedly 'Hitoshirezu, My heart's a battleground' (Hitoshirezu (人知れず); meaning 'unseen') as well as another reversed English sentence which may be heard as "I need true emotions" backwards.  
 
 
; Passion (Utada United Live)
 
; Passion (Utada United Live)
: Found on [[Utada United 2006]] DVD as track #2.
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: Found on ''[[Utada United 2006|UTADA UNITED 2006]]'' as track #2. The arrangement is mostly similar to the "~single version~", with an extra pause before the bridge.
  
==Lyrics==
 
In Passion, there are several layers of English lyrics. At one point, "My fears, my lies" is audible. There are also many parts of the song with reversed lyrics. A magazine interview confirmed that the lyrics were, "I need more affection than you know"; though there was much dispute over this. A blog entry posted by Utada herself on June 10th, 2006 infers to some lyrics she wrote to Passion but were never used such as "Shizuka na tabibito no utau uta ni wa, Mada kotoba ga nai" which tranlates to "The song sung by a quiet traveler has no words yet" and "Hisoyaka na jounetsu ga itsumo, Zidai wo ugokasu" which translates to "A secret passion is the one that makes time move".
 
 
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==TV Performances==
 
==TV Performances==
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* [2005.12.08] [[Utaban]]
 
* [2005.12.08] [[Utaban]]
 
* [2005.12.09] [[Music Fighter]]
 
* [2005.12.09] [[Music Fighter]]
* [2005.12.10] [[CDTV]] (Repeat performance of the Utaban one but at different angles)
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* [2005.12.10] [[CDTV]] (Repeat performance of the Utaban performance but at different angles)
  
 
==Oricon Chart Positions==
 
==Oricon Chart Positions==
[[Image:Passionpromo2.jpg|thumb|250px|[[Hikaru Utada]] promoting the single]]
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''Note: Sales were combined for weeks three and four due to Oricon holidays.''
 
  
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| 2006.01.02
 
 
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||12 ||16 ||15||17 ||16 ||17 ||17 ||16     ||6,061
| 16
 
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| 17
 
| 16
 
| 17
 
| 17
 
| 16
 
| 6,061
 
| 97,048
 
| 2006.01.23
 
 
|- align="center"
 
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| 15
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||15 ||- ||- ||- ||- ||- ||- ||-      ||4,117
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| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
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| 31
 
| 4,117
 
| 101,165
 
| 2006.01.30
 
 
|- align="center"
 
|- align="center"
| -
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| -
 
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| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| 55
 
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| 104,150
 
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| -
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| -
 
| -
 
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| -
 
| -
 
| 77
 
| 1,852
 
| 106,002
 
| 2006.02.13
 
 
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|- align="center"
| -
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| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| 101
 
| 1,198
 
| 107,200
 
| 2006.02.20
 
 
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|- align="center"
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| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| 91
 
| 1,235
 
| 108,435
 
| 2006.02.27
 
 
|- align="center"
 
|- align="center"
| -
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| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| 111
 
| 1,202
 
| 109,637
 
| 2006.03.06
 
 
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|- align="center"
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| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| 128
 
| 845
 
| 110,482
 
| 2006.03.13
 
 
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| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| 162
 
| 579
 
| 111,061
 
| 2006.03.20
 
 
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| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
| -
 
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| 529
 
| 111,590
 
| 2006.03.27
 
 
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| -
 
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| 417
 
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| 2006.04.03
 
 
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Revision as of 21:04, 23 March 2010

Single Cover
Artist
Utada Hikaru
Single
Passion
Released
2005.12.14
Catalog Number
TOCT-5004 (CD+DVD)
TOCT-5003 (CD Only)
Price
¥1,320 (CD+DVD)
¥660 (CD Only)
CD Tracklist
  1. Passion ~single version~
  2. Passion ~after the battle~
DVD Tracklist
  1. Passion (PV)


Information

"Passion" is Utada Hikaru's 15th Japanese single, and the second to be released with a CD+DVD format. "Passion" was used as the theme song for the game Kingdom Hearts II, and is the follow-up to "Hikari", which Utada also sang for Kingdom Hearts in 2002. Rather than the single version, "Passion ~opening version~" was used in the game, though "Passion ~after the battle~" is used as the ending theme song. An English version of this song was also released, titled "Sanctuary". This was used for the English-language releases of Kingdom Hearts II (much like "Simple And Clean" was for "Hikari"). "Passion" only managed to peak at #4 on the Weekly Oricon charts. Despite the single reaching #11 on the World Charts for single sales, it did not chart on the airplay chart. The single charted for 16 weeks, selling 112,345 copies in 2006 and becoming the #91 single of the year.

"Passion" appears on the Kingdom Hearts II Original Soundtrack three times with two new versions (the opening version and "Passion - KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version") as well as "Passion ~after the battle~".

For her In The Flesh performances, Utada combined both "Passion" and "Sanctuary", also including both bridges found in the "~single version~" and "~opening version~".

Song Information

Lyrics
Utada Hikaru
Music
Utada Hikaru
Other Information
Arrangement: Utada Hikaru
All Vocals: Utada Hikaru
Keyboards and Programming: Utada Hikaru and Matt Rohde
Additional Programming: Alexis Smith
Guitar: Ben Mauro
Acoustic Piano: Matt Rohde
Drums: Forrest Robinson
Mixing: Goetz B. for 365 Artists at Bunkamura Studio, Tokyo
Recording: Pat Woodward and Matsui Atsushi at Westlake Audio, L.A., and Bunkamura Studio, Tokyo
Pro-Tools Operation: Glenn Erwin
Mastering: Tom Coyne at Sterling Sound, NYC

Music Video

The PV for "Passion" was directed by Kiriya Kazuaki, and filmed at Gung-Ho Films studios in Beijing, China. Throughout the music video, there are many scenes which include CGI-imagery (which was produced by N-Design), and the opening even included an anime-style animation sequence. The anime sequence was produced by Morimoto Koji and his company STUDIO 4°C (the same people who created the Fluximation-style animations for cellphone services using songs from Utada's EXODUS album). In fact, the same character shown at the start of the music video for "Passion" is shown in the Fluximation for Utada's song "Opening".

Lyrics

In "Passion", there are several layers of English lyrics. Near the end, "My fears, my lies" is audible. There are also many parts of the song with reversed lyrics. A magazine interview confirmed that the lyrics were "I need more affection than you know". In the "~opening version~", another set of reversed lyrics can be heard, which read "I need true emotions". A blog entry posted by Utada on June 10th, 2006 infers to some lyrics she wrote to "Passion" but were never used, such as "Shizuka na tabibito no utau uta ni wa, Mada kotoba ga nai" which tranlates to "The song sung by a quiet traveler has no words yet", and "Hisoyaka na jounetsu ga itsumo, Zidai wo ugokasu" which translates to "A secret passion is the one that makes time move".

"Passion"'s lyrics were written after "Sanctuary", because she had difficulty matching the timing of the melody to the lyrics she wanted.

Disambiguation

There are four versions of "Passion" to be found in Utada's discography. These include:

Passion ~single version~
Found on the "Passion" single as track #1, and on the ULTRA BLUE album as track #13. The single version includes a bridge after the third chorus (where the "~opening version~" has a different bridge after teh second chorus, and has the same arrangement at "Sanctuary"). For the PV and for the album, the subtitle "~single version~" is not used.
Passion ~after the battle~
Found on the "Passion" single as track #2. This version was used as the ending theme for Kingdom Hearts II. The arrangement is much slower than the "~single version~" and is more focused on the piano. Neither the bridge found in the "~single version~" or the "~opening version~" is included.
Passion ~after the battle~ (HOLIDAY LIVE SPECIAL)
Found on the bonus DVD included with the first press of UTADA HIKARU SINGLE CLIP COLLECTION VOL.4 as track #2. This was originally available for download from Utada's Toshiba-EMI website from December 22, 2005 until January 10, 2006. This version was recorded live in one of Toshiba-EMI's offices. Utada first introduces herself and gives everyone a Christmas message before starting the performance. The performance was a live acoustic version of "Passion ~after the battle~", much like the "Be My Last (Internet Live Version)". Also included before the "Passion" performance was a cover of Green Day's song "Wikipedia:Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Green Day song)|Boulevard of Broken Dreams]]".
Passion (Utada United Live)
Found on UTADA UNITED 2006 as track #2. The arrangement is mostly similar to the "~single version~", with an extra pause before the bridge.

TV Performances

Oricon Chart Positions

Utada Hikaru promoting the single
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week Rank Sales
- 3 4 4 6 5 6 4 49,242
6 9 10 9 7 9 8 10 18,868
7 10 10 9 9 7 12 12 22,877
12 14 13 12 11 14 14
12 16 15 17 16 17 17 16 6,061
15 - - - - - - - 4,117
- - - - - - - 55 2,985
- - - - - - - 77 1,852
- - - - - - - 101 1,198
- - - - - - - 91 1,235
- - - - - - - 111 1,202
- - - - - - - 128 845
- - - - - - - 162 579
- - - - - - - 148 529
- - - - - - - 183 417
- - - - - - - 194 338

Total Reported Sales: 112,345

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