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Automatic / Time Will Tell

12cm CD Cover
Vinyl Cover
8cm CD Cover
Utada Hikaru
Automatic / time will tell
1999.02.17 (Vinyl)
Catalog Number
TODT-5242 (8cm CD)
TOCT-4127 (12cm CD)
TOJT-4140 (Vinyl)
¥1,020 (CDs)
¥1,260 Vinyl
  • 8cm CD
  1. Automatic
  2. time will tell
  3. Automatic (Original Karaoke)
  • 12cm CD
  1. Automatic
  2. time will tell
  3. time will tell -DUB MIX-
  • Vinyl "Side A"
  1. Automatic
  • Vinyl "Side B"
  1. time will tell
  2. time will tell -DUB MIX-


"Automatic / time will tell" is the debut Japanese single released by Utada Hikaru. The single was her break into the Japanese music market after previously recording music as unit with her parents: producer Utada Teruzane and enka singer Fuji Keiko as Cubic U (also written as U3). The single was originally slated to feature "Time Will Tell" as a B-side. The song "Automatic" was used as the ending theme for the Fuji TV show Warau Inu no Seikatsu -YARANEVA!!-. "time will tell" was used as the ending theme for the Fuji TV show Gokigenyou; The "Dub Mix" is an English language remix. All of the tracks were written and co-produced by Utada. The songs were later included on the Untitled EP along with her next single "Movin' on without you".

The single was released in three editions: first as a mini-8cm CD and a 12cm CD, both featuring a different remix, and later in February 1999 with a vinyl release all of which ranked separately on the Oricon chart. Both CD releases fared well, with the 12cm version at #2 and the 8cm CD at #4 on the weekly Oricon chart. The 12cm version sold went on the sell a total of 1,290,700 units making it #5 single of 1999, while the 8cm version sold 772,080 copies making it the #22 single of the year. Both versions stayed on the chart for over 23 weeks. However, combining the sales the single gained 2,062,780 sales and ranked as the #2 single for the year of 1999. It reached #20 on World Charts for single airplay, and reached #4 for sales.

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