Best Fiction (album)

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Best Fiction
Greatest hits album by Namie Amuro
Released 30 July 2008
Recorded 2002–2008
Genre Pop, R&B, hip hop
Label Avex Trax
Producer Dallas Austin, Giant Swing, Nao'ymt, Tiny Voice, T.Kura & Michico
Namie Amuro chronology
Best Fiction
Alternative cover
Singles from Best Fiction
  1. "60s 70s 80s"
    Released: March 12, 2008
Digital singles from Best Fiction
  1. "Sexy Girl"
  2. "Do Me More"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Best Fiction is Namie Amuro's third best-of compilation under the Avex Trax label. The album includes 15 tracks selected from singles released between 2002 and 2008, in addition to two new songs: "Sexy Girl" and "Do Me More", which were both be used to promote the album. The album was also release in two formats, a CD-only version and a CD+DVD combination on 30 July 2008.

Best Fiction has been certified 'Million' by RIAJ for shipment of one million copies. It had the highest first week album sales in 2008,[2] until it was surpassed by Exile's Ballad Best. It was the second highest selling album of 2008 Oricon Yearly Album Chart, behind Exile's Exile Love. Oricon counts those sales from December of last year. This is Amuro's highest selling release since 181920. She is also the first female solo singer since 1979 to have an album occupy the number-one spot on the Oricon Chart for 6 weeks in a row. Best Fiction is the 149th Best-selling album of all time in Japan. It was also the 38th best selling album in the world in 2008.[3]

Album title[edit]

The title for the best-of compilation was first revealed on the website for NHK series "Otome no Punch" on its FAQ.[4]

Album artwork[edit]

Best Fiction's front cover depicts a stylized, heavily airbrushed Amuro on top of a classic automobile.[5] Amuro commented that the image was chosen because it reflected the album's title.[6]


Two new original songs included on the album have been released for promotion. Unlike all previous songs included on the album neither has gotten a separate physical release. The first of the two new songs, "Sexy Girl" was used as the theme song for NHK six-part series, "Otome no Punch." [7] The second new song, "Do Me More", was used in a second series of commercials for Vidal Sassoon following the first campaign with Amuro's single "60s 70s 80s".[8] "Do Me More" features an interpolation of "Thunder and Blazes." Both songs leaked in full onto the internet on July 1.

Track listing[edit]


# Title Songwriters Time
1. "Do Me More" Nao'ymt 5:16
2. "Wishing On The Same Star" Diane Warren, kenko-p 4:55
3. "shine more" Paul Taylor, Scott Nickoley, Sandra Pires, H.U.B 3:38
4. "Put 'Em Up" Dallas Austin, Jasper Cameron, Michico 4:04
5. "SO CRAZY" Full Force, Jennifer "JJ" Johnson, Michico, Tiger 4:33
6. "ALARM" Jusme, Monk 4:10
7. "ALL FOR YOU" Natsumi Watanabe, Ryoki Matsumoto 5:58
8. "GIRL TALK" T.Kura, Michico 4:22
9. "WANT ME, WANT ME" Michico, Sugi-V 3:11
10. "White Light" Nao'ymt 5:17
11. "CAN'T SLEEP, CAN'T EAT, I'M SICK" T.Kura, Michico 3:48
12. "Baby Don't Cry" Nao'ymt 5:20
13. "FUNKY TOWN" T.Kura, Michico, L.L. Brothers 3:49
14. "NEW LOOK" Michico, T.Kura, Brian Holland, Eddie Holland 3:58
15. "ROCK STEADY" Michico, Muro, Aretha Franklin 3:29
16. "WHAT A FEELING" Michico, Shinichi Osawa, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara, Giorgio Moroder 3:48
17. "Sexy Girl" Ryosuke Imai, Usk Trak 4:39

DVD: Music Videos[edit]

# Title Director Time
1. "Do Me More" Yusuke Tanaka
2. "Wishing On The Same Star" Masashi Muto
3. "shine more" Ugichin
4. "Put 'Em Up" Ugichin
5. "SO CRAZY" Masashi Muto
6. "ALARM" Ugichin
7. "ALL FOR YOU" Masashi Muto
8. "GIRL TALK" Ugichin
9. "WANT ME, WANT ME" Masashi Muto
10. "White Light" Masashi Muto
11. "CAN'T SLEEP, CAN'T EAT, I'M SICK" Masashi Muto
12. "Baby Don't Cry" Masashi Muto
13. "FUNKY TOWN" Hidekazu Sato
14. "NEW LOOK" Yuichi Kodama
15. "ROCK STEADY" Yusuke Tanaka
16. "WHAT A FEELING" Hidekazu Sato
17. "Sexy Girl" Kensuke Kawamura[9]



Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak Position Debut Sales Sales Total Chart Run
July 30, 2008 Oricon Daily Albums Chart 1 - 1,540,088 83 weeks
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 1 681,187
Oricon Monthly Albums Chart 1 -
Oricon Yearly Albums Chart (2008) 2 1,447,149
Oricon Yearly Albums Chart (2009) 95 92,939

Physical Sales and rank[edit]

Singles - Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)[edit]

Release Single Chart Peak Position
12 March 2008 "60s 70s 80s" Oricon Daily Singles Chart 1
12 March 2008 "60s 70s 80s" Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 1

Single Chart[edit]

Chart Peak Position
Billboard Japan Hot 100 1 (New Look)
Billboard Japan Hot 100 Airplay 14 (New Look) / 19 (What a Feeling)
Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales 1 (60s 70s 80s)
Billboard Japan Hot 100 14 (Do Me More)
Billboard Japan Hot 100 Airplay 9 (Do Me More)
iTunes Top Song Sales 6 (Do Me More)
iTunes Top Song Sales 18 (Sexy Girl)
Tokio Hot 100 Chart 3 (Do Me More)
Tokio Hot 100 Chart 3 (New Look) / 25 (What a Feeling) / 32 (Rock Steady)


Preceded by
Exile Entertainment Best by Exile
Oricon Weekly number-one album
Best Fiction by Namie Amuro

July 28, 2008 - September 7, 2008 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
A Complete: All Singles by Ayumi Hamasaki