For You/Time Limit

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"For You / Time Limit"
"For You / タイム・リミット"
Single by Hikaru Utada
from the album Distance
Released 30 June 2000
Format CD, Double A-side Single
Genre Pop, urban contemporary, R&B, electropop, dance
Length 5:22 (For You)
4:55 (Time Limit)
Label EMI Music Japan
Writer(s) Hikaru Utada
Producer(s) Sking U & Akira Miyake (For You)
Darkchild (Time Limit)
Hikaru Utada singles chronology
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"For You/Time Limit"
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"For You/Time Limit" (For You/タイム・リミット For You / Taimu Rimitto?) was Hikaru Utada's 6th Japanese-language single (8th overall) released in 30 June 2000. "For You" was a soft, R&B/J-Urban ballad, while Time Limit was a more upbeat, synthesized R&B/J-Urban track. The uniting theme of the two was their mid-tempo style, quite unlike any of Utada's other Distance tracks. This may be a remnant of the American production on this single.

"For You/Time Limit" debuted at #1 on the Oricon charts, and became her second single to accomplish two consecutive weeks at the position, selling 451,640 in its first week and went on to distribute 909,000 copies. This single was the only double A-side of Utada Hikaru's Distance era. This was also her second double A-side single, after Automatic / time will tell in 1998. Time Limit was arranged and produced by Rodney Jerkins aka Darkchild, making this Utada's second involvement with a famous American R&B/Hip-Hop arranger (Two previous singles, Addicted To You and Wait & See ~Risk~ were arranged by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis). Because this single is a double A-sided one, each side of the single has a cover artwork relevant to it. This single reached #1 on Oricon charts, charting for 13 weeks. This single became the #18 single of 2000 in Japan. It reached #32 on World Charts for single airplay, and reached #28 for sales. The most recent figures (26 May 2006) show that the single sold 888,650 units in total.

Track listing[edit]

Track 1 was written and composed by Hikaru Utada. Track 2 was written by Hikaru Utada and composed by Hikaru Utada and Takuro Kubo.

No. Title Arranger Length
1. "For You"   Kei Kawano 5:22
2. "Time Limit (タイム・リミット)"   Darkchild, Hikaru Utada 4:55
3. "For You (Original Karaoke)"     5:25
4. "Time Limit (Original Karaoke)"     5:54


"For You / Time Limit" - Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak Position Sales Total Chart Run
30 June 2000 Oricon Daily Singles Chart 1
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 1 909,000 copies 13
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart 18