First Love (Hikaru Utada song)

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"First Love"
Cover of the 12cm version of the single
Single by Hikaru Utada
from the album First Love
Released April 28, 1999 (1999-04-28)
Format CD Single, digital download
Genre J-pop, R&B
Length 4:18
Label Toshiba-EMI
Writer(s) Hikaru Utada
Producer(s) Kei Kawano
Hikaru Utada singles chronology
"Movin' on Without You"
(1999)
"First Love"
(1999)
"Addicted to You"
(1999)
8cm version cover

"First Love" is a song by Japanese singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada. It was released as her third Japanese language single on April 28, 1999, a month after the release of her debut album, First Love.

In a 2009 survey by Oricon, asking applicants what song they want to hear with a broken heart, "First Love" was voted in the top 10.[1]

"First Love" was performed during Utada's 2010 tour, Utada: In the Flesh 2010.

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

Promotion[edit]

The song was used as the theme song for the Japanese drama Majo no Jōken, starring Hideaki Takizawa and Nanako Matsushima.[citation needed] "First Love" is featured in the PlayStation 2 rhythm game Unison, released in 2001.

Track listing[edit]

8cm version
No. Title Arranger Length
1. "First Love"   Kei Kawano 4:18
2. "First Love (Strings Mix)"   Kawano 4:22
3. "First Love (Original Karaoke)"   Kawano 4:21
4. "First Love (John Luongo Mix)"   John Luongo 4:08
Total length:
17:09
12cm version
No. Title Arranger Length
1. "First Love"   Kawano 4:18
2. "First Love (featuring David Sanborn)"   Kawano 4:17
3. "First Love (Strings Mix)"   Kawano 4:20
4. "First Love (John Luongo Mix)"   Luongo 4:08
Total length:
17:13

Chart rankings[edit]

Charts (1999) Peak
position
Oricon weekly singles[3]
  • 12 cm version
2
Oricon weekly singles[4]
  • 8 cm version
6
Charts (2009) Peak
position
RIAJ Digital Track Chart Top 100[5] 89

Certifications and sales[edit]

Chart Amount
Oricon physical sales[6]
  • 12 cm version
501,000
Oricon physical sales[6]
  • 8 cm version
303,000
RIAJ full-length cellphone downloads[7] 250,000+

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Japan April 21, 1999 (1999-04-21)[3][4] 12 cm single, 8 cm single
Taiwan August 2000 (2000-08)[8] 8 cm single
Japan November 19, 2004 (2004-11-19)[7] Cellphone full-length digital download

Personnel[edit]

  • Hironori Akiyama - guitar
  • Yuichiro Goto - strings
  • Takahiro Iida - synthesizer programming
  • Kei Kawano - arrangement, string arrangement, keyboards, programming
  • Masayuki Momo - synthesizer programming
  • Hikaru Utada - lyrics, music, vocals

Juju version[edit]

"First Love"
Song by Juju from the album Request
Released September 15, 2010 (2010-09-15)
(see release history)
Format Digital download
Genre J-pop, R&B
Length 4:27
Label Sony
Producer Akihisa Matsuura
Request track listing
"Last Kiss"
(11)
"First Love"
(12)

First Love was covered by Japanese R&B singer Juju in 2010, on her cover album Request. The song was the main promotional single, and released as a digital download to cellphones on the 15th of September, 2010.[9] Juju performed the song at Hey! Hey! Hey! on September 20.[10]

Chart rankings[edit]

Chart Peak
position
RIAJ Digital Track Chart Top 100[11] 5

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Japan September 8, 2010 (2010-09-08)[9] Ringtone
September 15, 2010 (2010-09-15)[9] Cellphone download

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 失恋した時に聴きたい曲、男性はミスチル 女性はプリプリ. Oricon (in Japanese). 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  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. 
  3. ^ a b "First Love - 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 2010-09-24. 
  4. ^ a b "First Love - 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 2010-09-24. 
  5. ^ "レコード協会調べ 2009年09月02日~2009年09月08日 <略称:レコ協チャート(「着うたフル(R)」)>" (in Japanese). RIAJ. 2009-09-11. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  6. ^ a b "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved 2010-09-24.  (subscription only)
  7. ^ a b 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). 2009-09-20. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  8. ^ "First Love (Overseas Ver.)". Yesasia. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  9. ^ a b c "JUJU インフォメーション" (in Japanese). Sony. Archived from the original on September 24, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  10. ^ "今聴きたい!名曲HEY!HEY!HEY!伝説的アイドルの祭典!史上最多30人大集結スペシャル!!" (in Japanese). Fuji TV. September 20, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  11. ^ "レコード協会調べ 2010年09月15日~2010年09月21日 <略称:レコ協チャート(「着うたフル(R)」)>" (in Japanese). RIAJ. 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 

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