Best of KAT-TUN

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Best of KAT-TUN
Studio album by KAT-TUN
Released March 22, 2006 (Japan)
Recorded 2006
Genre Pop, rock
Length 01:08:15 (Regular Edition)[1]
Label J-One Records
JACA-5038 (Regular Edition)
KAT-TUN chronology
Best of KAT-TUN
(2006)
Cartoon KAT-TUN II You
(2007)
Singles from Best of KAT-TUN
  1. "Real Face"
    Released: March 22, 2006

"Best of KAT-TUN" is the debut album by Japanese boy band KAT-TUN, released in Japan on March 22, 2006 by J-One Records. Despite the title, it is not a greatest hits compilation album. Seven songs on the record, however, were part of KAT-TUN's live tour set list prior to their debut and were already familiar with longtime fans.[2]

The album was part of a tripartite release also consisting of the group's debut single and its tie-in DVD. All three releases were immensely successful on the Oricon albums, singles and DVD charts with "Real Face" and "Real Face Film" being certified as the best-selling single and domestic music DVD of the year respectively. The album itself was the eleventh best-selling album of the year.

Album information[edit]

Most of the songs on the album were written for KAT-TUN either by in-house Johnny's Entertainment songwriters or lyricists with a track record of successful hit records for other artists. KAT-TUN members, with the exception of Junnosuke Taguchi, co-wrote 3 songs for the album which were sung as duets. All rap lyrics were also written by Koki Tanaka himself.

Chart performance and reception[edit]

In its first week of release, Best of KAT-TUN sold 556,548 copies in Japan, the highest first-week sales for the group to date.[2] The album actually debuted at number 1 on the Oricon daily album charts the day before its release since its official release date fell on a national holiday. Therefore, it didn't officially chart for the week. KAT-TUN were awarded six awards at the 21st Japan Gold Disc Awards (the Japanese equivalent of the Grammy Awards) with Best of KAT-TUN named on the "The Best 10 Albums (Domestic)" list. Soon after the home success, Best of KAT-TUN was then released in Taiwan and Thailand in 2006 by EMI Taiwan and EMI Thailand, respectively.[2]

It stayed on the Oricon Top 30 Albums chart for 7 weeks with a total of 743,359 copies sold at the end of its chart-run.[2] Oricon certified the album as the 11th best-selling record of the year and was later certified Triple Platinum by RIAJ denoting over 750,000 shipments.[3][4][5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "She Said..." (Ryo Taguchi, Axel G, Katsumi Ohnishi, FLYING GRIND, JOKER) – 3:43
  2. "Never Again" (SPIN, Steven Lee, Joey Carbone FLYING GRIND, JOKER) – 3:49
  3. "I Like It" (Sean Thomas, SPIN, FLYING GRIND) – 4:26
  4. "Miracle" (hamai, Minoru Kumorita, Seikou Nagaoka) - 4:22
  5. "Blue Tuesday" (Yoji Kubota, Arata Tanimoto, Tomoki Ishizuka) – 4:33
  6. "Rhodesia" (CHOKKAKU) - 5:06
  7. "Gold" (Stefan Aberg, Stefan Engblom, SPIN, FLYING GRIND, JOKER) - 4:53
  8. "Wilds of My Heart" (SPIN, zero-rock, Gyo Kitagawa, JOKER) – 3:59
  9. "Special Happiness"1 (, Gajin, Yoshihiko Chino) – 5:02
  10. "One on One"2 (JOKER, Yuichi Nakamaru, mo'doo-, Izutsu "Growth" Shintaro, Takahito Eguchi) – 4:58
  11. "Butterfly"3 (Jin Akanishi, Tatsuya Ueda, velvetronica) – 4:52
  12. "Rush of Light" (ma-saya, Watermelon 6, CHOKKAKU) - 4:26
  13. "Harukana Yakusoku (ハルカナ約束?)" (SPIN, Kousuke Morimoto, ha-j, JOKER) - 3:53
  14. "Precious One" (Kaori Niimi, Yuuki Shirai, Yoshinao Mikami, ha-j) - 5:15
  15. "Real Face #1" (Shikao Suga, Tak Matsumoto, Akihito Tokunaga, JOKER) - 4:58

1 Kazuya Kamenashi and Junnosuke Taguchi duet.
2 Koki Tanaka and Yuichi Nakamaru duet.
3 Jin Akanishi and Tatsuya Ueda duet.

Sales and certifications[edit]

Country Provider Sales Certification
Japan RIAJ 743,359 Triple Platinum

Chart positions[edit]

Country Peak Position
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart (Japan) 1[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Album Details - Best of KAT-TUN (Regular Edition), JBOOKS. Retrieved on August 2, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e Best of KAT-TUN: music profile, Wiki.theppn; retrieved on August 2, 2008.
  3. ^ 2006 Oricon Top 100 Albums, Wiki.theppn; retrieved on August 2, 2008.
  4. ^ March 2006 and certified work list
  5. ^ Recording Industry of Japan: Japan Gold Disc Awards; retrieved on August 2, 2008.