Chara discography

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Chara discography
A woman singing on a blue stage.
Chara performing live at Countdown Japan (2011)
Releases
Studio albums 15
Live albums 2
Compilation albums 4
EPs 3
Singles 50
Video albums 8
Soundtracks 1
Self-cover albums 2

The discography of Japanese musician Chara consists of fifteen studio albums, four compilation albums, two live albums, three extended plays one soundtrack, eight video albums and fifty singles. Chara debuted as a musician in 1991 with Sony Music Entertainment Japan, and saw great success with the singles "Swallowtail Butterfly (Ai no Uta)" (1996), the theme song for the film Swallowtail, and "Yasashii Kimochi" (1997). After releasing ten albums with the label, Chara left Sony in 2004 to become an independent musician, releasing the album Something Blue (2005). The next year, Chara signed her second major label contract with Universal Music Japan, releasing four albums between 2007 and 2011.

After a second brief period where she worked independently, releasing the extended play Utakata (2011), Chara signed a contract with Sony sublabel Ki/oon Music, releasing the albums Cocoon (2012), Jewel (2013) and Secret Garden (2015).

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales (JPN)[1][A] Certifications
JPN
[2]
Sweet
  • Released: November 1, 1991 (JPN)
  • Label: Sony Music Japan
  • Formats: CD, digital download
64 11,000
Soul Kiss
  • Released: September 1, 1992 (JPN)
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: CD, digital download
14 65,000
Violet Blue
  • Released: September 9, 1993 (JPN)
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4 123,000
Happy Toy
  • Released: October 10, 1994 (JPN)
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4 145,000
Junior Sweet
  • Released: September 21, 1997 (JPN)
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: CD, MiniDisc, digital download
1 1,055,000
Strange Fruits
  • Released: March 17, 1999 (JPN)
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: CD, MD, digital download
3 317,000
  • RIAJ: Platinum[5]
Madrigal (マドリガル Madorigaru?)
  • Released: July 18, 2001 (JPN)
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: CD, digital download
8 117,000
  • RIAJ: Gold[6]
Yoake Mae (夜明けまえ?, "Before the Dawn")
  • Released: March 19, 2003 (JPN)
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: CD, digital download
17 47,000
Something Blue
  • Released: August 31, 2005 (JPN)
  • Label: independent
  • Formats: CD
Union
  • Released: February 28, 2007 (JPN)
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download
4 51,000
Honey
  • Released: June 25, 2008 (JPN)
  • Label: Universal
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download
12 38,000
Carol
  • Released: December 9, 2009 (JPN)
  • Label: Universal
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download
20 16,000
Dark Candy
  • Released: April 13, 2011 (JPN)
  • Label: Universal
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download
27 5,000
Cocoon
  • Released: October 31, 2012 (JPN)
  • Label: Ki/oon Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
20 6,000
Secret Garden
  • Released: March 4, 2015 (JPN)
  • Label: Ki/oon
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download
39 5,000
"—" denotes items that did not chart.

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales (JPN)[1] Certifications
JPN
[2]
Chara the Best Baby Baby Baby XXX
  • Released: December 17, 1999 (JPN)
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5 190,000
  • RIAJ: Gold[7]
Caramel Milk: The Best of Chara
  • Released: November 1, 2000 (JPN)
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: CD, MD, digital download
2 520,000
  • RIAJ: Platinum[8]
Sugar Hunter: The Best Love Songs of Chara
  • Released: September 18, 2007 (JPN)
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: 2CD, digital download
14 65,000
Very Special
  • Released: January 26, 2011 (JPN)
  • Label: Universal
  • Formats: CD, digital download
24 7,000

Self-cover albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales (JPN)[1]
JPN
[2]
TWN East Asian
[9]
A Scenery Like Me
  • Released: February 18, 2004 (JPN)
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: CD, digital download
27 19,000
Jewel
  • Released: November 13, 2013 (JPN)
  • Label: Ki/oon
  • Formats: CD, digital download
24 12 5,000

Extended plays[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales (JPN)[1]
JPN
[2]
The Singles Re-Mixed
  • Released: September 21, 1995 (JPN)
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: 8cm single
95 3,000
Kiss
  • Released: September 24, 2008 (JPN)
  • Label: Universal
  • Formats: CD, digital download
30 12,000
Utakata (うたかた?, "Bubble")
  • Released: November 2, 2011 (JPN)
  • Label: Happy Toy
  • Formats: CD, digital download
56 3,000

Soundtrack[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales (JPN)[1] Certifications
JPN
[2]
Montage
  • Among Yen Town Band for the film Swallowtail Butterfly
  • Released: September 16, 1996 (JPN)
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: CD, MiniDisc, digital download
1 784,000
  • RIAJ: 2× Platinum[10]

Live albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales (JPN)[1]
JPN
[2]
Live 97–99 Mood
  • Released: March 8, 2000 (JPN)
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: 2CD, digital download
20 45,000
MTV Unplugged Chara
  • Released: February 27, 2013 (JPN)
  • Label: Ki/oon
  • Formats: CD, digital download
254 400

Singles[edit]

As a lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales (JPN)[1] Certifications Album
Oricon Singles Charts
[2]
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[11][C]
"Heaven" 1991 Sweet
"Sweet" 1992
"No Toy"
"Ōki na Jishin ga Kitatte" (大きな地震がきたって?, "Even If the Earth Shakes") Soul Kiss
"Ai no Jibaku Sōchi" (愛の自爆装置?, "Love's Suicide Machine")
"Mujintō ni Watashi o Motte Itte..." (無人島に私をもっていって・・・?, "Take Me to a Deserted Island...") 1993 66 14,000 Violet Blue
"Charlotte no Okurimono" (シャーロットの贈り物?, "Charlotte's Web") 70 10,000
"Private Beach"
"Koi o Shita" (恋をした?, "I'm in Love") 87 7,000
"Gifted Child"
"Tsumibukaku Aishite yo" (罪深く愛してよ?, "Love Me Sinfully") 1994 55 15,000 Happy Toy
"Atashi Nande Dakishimetai n Darō?" (あたしなんで抱きしめたいんだろう??, "Why Do I Wanna Hug Him?") 41 38,000
"Tiny Tiny Tiny" 1995 62 13,000 Chara the Best
"Swallowtail Butterfly (Ai no Uta)" (あいのうた?, "Love Song")
(with Yen Town Band)
1996 1 878,000
  • RIAJ (physical): Platinum[21]
Montage
"Yasashii Kimochi" (やさしい気持ち?, "Kind Feelings") 1997 7 76[D] 521,000
  • RIAJ (physical): Platinum[7]
  • RIAJ (cellphone): Gold[22]
Junior Sweet
"Time Machine" (タイムマシーン Taimu Mashīn?) 12 204,000
  • RIAJ (physical): Gold[23]
"Milk" (ミルク Miruku?) 48 17,000
"Duca" 1998 25 44,000 Strange Fruits
"Hikari to Watashi" (光と私?, "The Light and Me") 17 54,000
"70% (Yūgure no Uta)" (70%—夕暮れのうた?, "70% (Evening Song)") 1999 36 22,000
"Ai no Hi Mittsu Orange" (愛の火 3つ オレンジ?, "Fire of Love, Three, Orange")
(Chara+Yuki)
6 230,000
  • RIAJ (physical): Gold[24]
Non-album single
"Tsuki to Amai Namida" (月と甘い涙?, "The Moon and Sweet Tears") 2000 12 59,000 Caramel Milk
"Taisetsu o Kizuku Mono" (大切をきずくもの?, Things That Make You Mean More to Me") 14 51,000
"Lemon Candy" (レモンキャンディ Remon Kyandi?) 2001 32 26,000 Madrigal
"Skirt" (スカート Sukāto?) 37 13,000
"Boku ni Utsushite" (ボクにうつして?, "Reflecting in Me") 78 2,000
"Hatsukoi" (初恋?, "First Love") 2002 16 12,000 Yoake Mae
"Mieru wa" (みえるわ?, "I Can See!") 2003 71 3,000
"Sekai" (世界?, "World") 2006 24 9,000 Union
"Crazy for You" 24 4,000
"Fantasy" 2007 13 13,000
"Cherry Cherry" 44 6,000 Honey
"Boku no Koto o Shitte" (ボクのことを知って?, "Know Me") 44 7,000
"Trophy" 2008 37 57 3,000
"Breaking Hearts" 2009 28 78 4,000 Carol
"Kataomoi" (片想い?, "Unrequited Love") 47 69 4,000
"Alterna Girlfriend" (オルタナ・ガールフレンド Orutana Gārufurendo?) 2012 102 48 700 Cocoon
"Planet" (プラネット Puranetto?) 105 600
"Chōchō Musubi" (蝶々結び?, "Ribbon Bow") 87 96 1,000
"Hug" 2013 148 [E] 400 Secret Garden
"Koibumi" (恋文?, "Love Letter") 118 45 600
"Lucky Girl" (ラッキーガール Rakkī Gāru?)[27] 2014 [F]
"Rainbow"[29]
"Setsunakute Gomen ne" (せつなくてごめんね?, "Sorry It's So Sad")[29]
"—" denotes items that did not chart, or were released before the creation of the Billboard Japan Hot 100 in 2008.

As a featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales (JPN)[1] Certifications Album
Oricon Singles Charts
[2]
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[11][C]
"Parachute Girl" (パラシュート★ガール Parashūto Gāru?)
(Yasuyuki Okamura featuring Chara)
1992 25 29,000 Kinjirareta Ikigai
"Chara no Boogie Shoes" (チャラのブギー・シューズ?, "Chara's Boogie Shoes")
(Chara with The 99 1/2)
1996 37 40,000 More (Than 100)
"Let Me Know"
(Towa Tei featuring Chara)
1999 34 20,000 Last Century Modern
"Atari" ("Hit")
(Satoshi Tomiie featuring Chara)
2000 68 11,000 Non-album single
"Zero Landmine"
(among N.M.L.)
2001 1 556,000
  • RIAJ (physical): Platinum[30]
Non-album single
"Sapphire no Hoshi" (サファイアの星?, "The Sapphire Star")
(Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra featuring Chara)
2006 16 20,000 Wild Peace
"I Don't Know"
(Chara x Insist)
2014 30 64 4,000 Non-album single

Promotional singles[edit]

List of promotional singles with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[11][C]
"Junior Sweet" 1997 Junior Sweet
"Hikari no Niwa" (光の庭?, "Garden of Light")[31] 2005 Non-album single
"Labrador" (ラブラドール Raburadōru?) 2008 67 Honey
"Time After Time"
(Chara x Hanaregumi)
[G] Kiss
"Dengon" (伝言?, "Rumor")[33] 2011 Non-album single
"Koi wa Me o Tojite" (恋は目を閉じて?, "Love Is Closing Your Eyes") 2015 [H] Secret Garden
"—" denotes items that did not chart, or were released before the creation of the Billboard Japan Hot 100 in 2008.

Other appearances[edit]

List of non-studio album or guest appearances that feature Bonnie Pink
Title Year Album
"Sekaiichi Yōki na Otoko to Sekaiichi Inki na Onna" (世界一陽気な男と世界一陰気な女?, "The Cheeriest Boy and the Gloomiest Girl in the World")
(Titi Matsumura featuring Chara)
1993 Funa no Yō na Onna
"Everytime We Say Good-bye"
(Titi Matsumura featuring Chara)
"I Want You"
(Oh! Penelope featuring Chara)
1997 Milk & Cookies
"Jū Ni Gatsu" (12月?, "December")
(Tadanobu Asano featuring Chara)
1999 We Love Butchers
"Mind Expansions"
(Cosmic Village featuring Chara)
2004 Re:KJM
"Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta Nara" (やさしさに包まれたなら?, "If You're Wrapped Up in Kindness")
(Kumiko Yamashita featuring Chara & Mayumi Chiwaki & You)
2005 Duets
"Hitomi wa Diamond" (瞳はダイアモンド?, "Your Eyes are Diamonds") 2006 Jewel Songs: Seiko Matsuda Tribute & Covers
"Love to Live By"
(M-Flo loves Chara)
2007 Cosmicolor
"Magicsweets"
(Yoko Kanno featuring Chara)
CM Yoko
"Magicsweets (Masao Nisugi Remix)"
(Yoko Kanno featuring Chara)
"Love to Live By (FPM Eclectic Electric Mix)"
(M-Flo loves Chara)
ElectriColor
"Otanjōbi no Uta" (おたんじょうびのうた?, "Birthday Song")[I] 2008 Otanjōbi Kinengō (2008 anniversary kit issue)
"Crazy for You (Club Edit)" Sound Concierge JAPAN "Japanese Lyric Dance"
"Seven Nation Army"
(Afra & Incredible Beatbox Band featuring Chara)
World Class
"Soul Ryder"
(Kohey Tsuchiya featuring Chara)
"Music Flower" (single)
"Seven Nation Army (House Nation Sweet Monday Remix)"
(Afra & Incredible Beatbox Band featuring Chara)
House Nation Forth Gig
"Chaos"
(Curly Giraffe featuring Chara)
2009 Thank You for Being a Friend E.P. / Thank You for Being a Friend
"On Cloud Nine"
(Curly Giraffe featuring Chara)
Thank You for Being a Friend
"Wherever You Go"
(Basement Jaxx featuring Chara)
2014 Junto
"Shinkiro" ("Mirage")
(TK from Ling Tosite Sigure featuring Chara)
Fantastic Magic

Video albums[edit]

List of media, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions
JPN DVD
[2]
JPN Blu-ray
[2]
Kiss
  • Released: July 21, 1993 (JPN)
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: VHS, LaserDisc
Chara's Clips 1991–1997
  • Released: September 21, 1997 (JPN)
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: VHS
Chara's Clips 1997–2001
  • Released: October 11, 2001 (JPN)
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: VHS, DVD
Skirt: Short Film
  • Released: October 11, 2001 (JPN)
  • Label: Sony
  • Formats: DVD
Live Life: Chara's Union Live House Tour 2007
  • Released: August 29, 2007 (JPN)
  • Label: Universal
  • Formats: DVD
34
Live Life 2: Chara Tour 2008 Honey
  • Released: July 29, 2009 (JPN)
  • Label: Universal
  • Formats: DVD
56
Live Tour 2011 "Very Special"
  • Released: June 6, 2012 (JPN)
  • Label: Universal
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray
97
MTV Unplugged Chara
  • Released: February 27, 2013 (JPN)
  • Label: Ki/oon
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray
208 144

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sales provided by Oricon database and are rounded to the nearest thousand copies.
  2. ^ Junior Sweet later received a 3× Platinum certification for 1,200,000 copies, however the 3× Platinum threshold was changed to 750,000 copies in 2003.
  3. ^ a b c Sources for chart positions are as follows: "Yasashii Kimochi",[12] "Trophy",[13] "Labrador",[14] "Breaking Hearts",[15] "Kataomoi",[16] "Alterna Girlfriend",[17] "Chōchō Musubi",[18] "Koibumi",[19] "I Don't Know".[20]
  4. ^ Charted in 2013.
  5. ^ Charted at number 97 on the Billboard Hot Airplay chart and at number 95 on the Adult Contemporary Airplay chart.[25][26]
  6. ^ Charted at number 96 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Airplay chart.[28]
  7. ^ Charted at number 78 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Airplay chart.[32]
  8. ^ Charted at number 98 on the Hot Top Airplay chart.[34]
  9. ^ Special song for childrearing information kit Kodomo Challenge.

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