Colors (Hikaru Utada song)

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"Colors"
Single by Hikaru Utada
from the album Utada Hikaru Single Collection Vol.1 and Ultra Blue
B-side Simple and Clean
Released January 29, 2003 (2003-01-29)
Format CD, DVD, Maxi Single
Recorded 2002
Genre Pop, electronica
Length 3:59
Label EMI Music Japan
Writer(s) Hikaru Utada
Producer(s) Akira Miyake, Hikaru Utada and Teruzane Utada (1, 2)
Russell McNamara (3)
Hikaru Utada singles chronology
"Sakura Drops/Letters"
(2002)
"Colors"
(2003)
"Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro"
(2004)
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"Colors" (stylized as COLORS) is Hikaru Utada's 12th Japanese-language single (14th overall), and is the only single she released in 2003. It was released on January 29, 2003 and debuted at #1 on the Oricon charts with 437,903 copies sold in the first week, and became her fifth single to perform the rare two-consecutive weeks at the #1 slot feat. Two versions were released, CD and DVD.

Included as CD-Extras on this single was a multimedia section containing 13 exclusive screensavers and 13 exclusive wallpapers. A special feature on the "Colors" DVD Single is the Kanzou-sensei Report, which is a mini-documentary showing the production that went into the DVD, as well as behind-the-scenes shots of Utada working. This single reached #1 on Oricon charts and charted for 45 weeks, her longest charting single ever. Though Kazuaki Kiriya was behind the art direction for the single, he did not take an active part as usual, with the single photography going to Kaoru Izima and the PV directing going to Donald Cameron. On the cover and the inside covers, there are drawings done by Utada herself (some designs include musical notation, the word 'yes' and a drawing of the Vatican). This single became the #3 single of 2003 in Japan. "Colors" had an extremely long performance season, which included 11 performances spanning over two months (except for the last performance, which was a special). This single reached #27 on World Charts for single airplay, and reached #6 for sales. The most recent figures (May 25, 2006) show that the single sold 893,790 units in total.[1] The song featured heavy ethereal and experimental tones for the first time in Utada's discography. It became her longest charting single ever with a 45 week trajectory on the Oricon Singles chart, selling 881,000 copies, and was #3 on the Yearly Singles chart.

"Colors" was performed during Utada's two date concert series Wild Life in December 2010.[2]

Commercial Tie-Ins[edit]

A special remix of "Colors", titled Colors (Godson Mix) was produced to promote the Toyota WISH in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Malaysia. The remix is not included on this single or any of her releases.

"Simple and Clean" was the theme song for the US releases of Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories instead of Hikari.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Hikaru Utada. 

CD Version
No. Title Arranger Length
1. "Colors"   Hikaru Utada, Kei Kawano 3:59
2. "Simple and Clean"   Kei Kawano, Hikaru Utada 5:03
3. "Simple and Clean -PLANITb Remix-"   Russell McNamara 5:46
4. "Colors -Original Karaoke-"     4:02
DVD Version
No. Title Length
1. "Making of Colors"   -:--
2. "Colors"   -:--
3. "Kanzou-sensei Report (Bonus Track)"   -:--

TV Performances[edit]

Charts[edit]

"Colors" - Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak Position Sales Total Chart Run
January 29, 2003 Oricon Daily Singles Chart 1
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 1 800,790 45
Oricon Monthly Singles Chart 1
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colors - Wiki.theppn
  2. ^ "宇多田ヒカル一時休止前ラスト公演で感涙&Ust新記録樹立" (in Japanese). Natalie. December 13, 2010. Retrieved December 17, 2010. 

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