Be My Last

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"Be My Last"
Single by Hikaru Utada
from the album Ultra Blue
Released September 28, 2005 (2005-09-28)
Format CD, paid download
Genre J-pop, pop rock
Length 4:30
Label Toshiba-EMI
Writer(s) Hikaru Utada
Producer(s) Akira Miyake, Hikaru Utada and Teruzane Utada
Hikaru Utada singles chronology
"Exodus '04"
(2005)
"Be My Last"
(2005)
"You Make Me Want to Be a Man"
(2005)

"Be My Last" is Hikaru Utada's 14th Japanese single, released on September 28, 2005. It was used for the 2005 film Spring Snow, an adaptation of the 1966 Yukio Mishima novel of the same name.[citation needed]

The cover art was taken in Prague, Czech Republic.[citation needed] The large, dark building shown to the left is Prague Castle.

Promotion[edit]

Utada had five TV performances a month after it had been released, due to her promotional work in Europe for the last Exodus album single, "You Make Me Want to Be a Man", which delayed her performances.[citation needed] The timing of these lives has also fit in with the release of Spring Snow. Also planned with these live performances is an internet streaming of "Be My Last" available from Utada's Toshiba-EMI website.[citation needed] The streaming includes a performance as well as Utada answering a few questions from fans. It was available from the 11th until the 20th of November. On the television program performance at Music Station, Utada was accompanied with a cello as background music for "Be My Last" instead of the CD version which she had used for the other performances.[citation needed] Aya Matsuura had also covered "Be My Last" on 30 October 2005.[citation needed]

Chart reception[edit]

"Be My Last" reached #1 on the first day of its release on the Oricon chart, and stayed the number one single of the week post that day. To date, "Be My Last" has sold at least 150,000 physical copies. In 2005, this single sold 143,916 units, making it the #70 single of 2005.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Hikaru Utada. 

CD Version
No. Title Length
1. "Be My Last"   4:30
DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Be My Last (Music Video)"   4:30

Chart rankings[edit]

Charts (2005) Peak
position
Oricon weekly singles[1] 1
Oricon yearly singles[2] 70

Certifications and sales[edit]

Chart Amount
Oricon physical sales[3] 151,000
RIAJ physical shipping certification[4] 500,000+
RIAJ full-length cellphone downloads[5] 500,000+
RIAJ PC downloads[6] 100,000+

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Planetarium" by Ai Otsuka
Oricon Weekly number-one single
October 10, 2005
Succeeded by
"Countdown" by Hyde

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Be My Last - 宇多田ヒカル/ オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  2. ^ "シングル 年間ランキング" (in Japanese). Oricon. December 2005. Archived from the original on January 6, 2006. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  3. ^ "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved 2010-09-19.  (subscription only)
  4. ^ "ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2005年9月". RIAJ (in Japanese). 2005-10-10. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  5. ^ "レコード協会調べ 8月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:8月度認定>". RIAJ (in Japanese). 2006-09-20. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  6. ^ "レコード協会調べ 6月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:6月度認定>". RIAJ (in Japanese). 2007-07-20. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 

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