Lovebox

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Lovebox
Studio album by Beni
Released June 2, 2010 (2010-06-02)
Recorded 2009-2010
Genre R&B
Length 58:56
Language Japanese
Label Nayutawave Records
Producer Akira Terabayashi (exec), 3rd Productions, Daisuke "D.I" Imai, STY for Digz, Inc., Yanagiman
Beni chronology
Bitter & Sweet Release Tour Final
(2010)
Lovebox
(2010)
Jewel
(2010)
Limited CD+DVD cover
Singles from Lovebox
  1. "Sign"
    Released: January 20, 2010 (2010-01-20)
  2. "Bye Bye"
    Released: March 10, 2010 (2010-03-10)
  3. "Yurayura/Gimme Gimme"
    Released: May 5, 2010 (2010-05-05)

Lovebox is Beni's fifth studio album, and second original album under the mononym Beni released through Nayutawave Records. It was released on June 2, 2010.[1] Natuyawave describes the album as "fully loaded with different feelings of love: happy love, painful love..."[1]

Background[edit]

The album was released only nine months after her debut album with Nayutawave, Bitter & Sweet. Bitter & Sweet is the most successful of Beni's career, it being certified gold by the RIAJ (her only album to receive a certification).[2]

Singles[edit]

"Sign", released January 20, 2010, was the first single from the album. "Sign" samples Yumi Matsutoya's number-one hit, "Haru yo, Koi" (春よ、来い "Come, Spring"?).[3] The single charted at number 50 on the Oricon single chart.[4] On the Billboard Japan Hot 100 the single peaked at number 96.[5]

The second single released was "Bye Bye", on March 10, 2010. "Bye Bye" peaked at number 57 on the Oricon charts and is the lowest ranking single from the album.[6]

The third single, "Yurayura/Gimme Gimme" was released May 5, 2010. "Yurayura/Gimme Gimme" saw more success than the other two singles. The single peaked at number 20 on the Oricon charts, becoming her first Top 20 single since "Mō Nido to...".[7] "Yurayura" was also her highest charting single on the Japan Hot 100, ranking in at #25.[8]

Promotion[edit]

Beni created a limited edition frozen yogurt for frozen yogurt chain RazzleBerry, called The Okinawan. She appeared at the Shibuya store on May the 15th for half an hour, acting as the store manager and selling the frozen yogurt to customers. The promotion was documented over three episodes on the late night TV show Future Tracks R.[9][10][11]

One of the songs from the album, "Kimi ja Nakya," was released as a ringtone two weeks before the album's release date.[12]

Track listing[edit]

CD
No. Title Lyrics Music Producer(s) Length
1. "Lovebox Intro"   Daisuke "D.I" Imai Imai   1:09
2. "Yurayura"   Beni Imai Imai,
Strings arranged by Ittetsu Gen
3:59
3. "Sign" (Samples Yumi Matsutoya's "Haru yo, Koi.") Beni, Masataka Yoshino Beni, Yoshino, Yumi Matsutoya (sampling) Strings arranged by Ittetsu Gen 4:25
4. "Hitomi Tojite" (瞳とじて "Close Your Eyes") Beni Imai Imai 4:14
5. "Gimme Gimme"   Shoko Fujibayashi, Imai Imai Imai 3:42
6. "Girl's Night" (featuring Jamosa) Beni, Jamosa Lan Imai Imai 3:43
7. "A Million Jewels"   Beni, Yo Taira, Lil' Showy Lil' Showy STY for Digz, Inc. 4:02
8. "Kimi ja Nakya" (君じゃなきゃ "Got to Be You") Yoko Kuzuya,
Strings arranged by Ittetsu Gen
Kuzuya Imai 4:45
9. "Bye Bye"   Fujibayashi Imai Imai 3:52
10. "Move"   Beni Imai Imai 3:58
11. "Break the Rules"   Beni Imai Imai 3:03
12. "He Is Mine"   Beni Imai Imai 3:57
13. "My Friend" (マイ・フレンド Mai Furendo) Beni Beni, Yanagiman Yanagiman 4:44
14. "Message"   Beni 3rd Productions 3rd Productions 4:03
15. "Zutto Futari de (Unplugged Version)" (Bonus track) Beni, Yoshino Beni, Yoshino Strings arranged by Ittetsu Gen,
Strings arranged by Hiroyuki Matsugashita
5:20
Total length:
58:56
DVD: Music videos
No. Title Director Length
1. "Yurayura"   Masaki Ohkita  
2. "Gimme Gimme"   Tatsuya Murakami  
3. "Bye Bye"   Takuya Tada  
4. "Sign"   Tada  
5. "Kira Kira"   Akihisa Takagi  
6. "Zutto Futari de (Unplugged Version)"   Seiji Kitahara  

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Reported
sales
Oricon Daily Chart[13] 1
Oricon Weekly Chart[14] 1 1,018,410

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
Boku no Sundeita Machi by Quruli
Oricon weekly number-one album
June 14, 2010
Succeeded by
Fantasy by Exile

Personnel[edit]

Recording personnel[edit]

Other personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "『Lovebox』" (in Japanese). Nayutawave Records. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ "ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2009年9月" (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved October 14, 2009. 
  3. ^ "ナタリー - BENIがニューシングルで松任谷由実「春よ、来い」を引用". Natasha Inc. (in Japanese). Natalie. December 24, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」 Sign". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Billboard Issue Date January 25, 2010". Billboard (in Japanese). WebCite. January 25, 2010. Archived from the original on June 4, 2010. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」 Bye Bye". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」 Yurayura/Gimme Gimme". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Japan Hot 100 Issue date May 17, 2010". Japan Hot 100 (in Japanese). Billboard. May 17, 2010. Archived from the original on May 22, 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  9. ^ "BENI、フローズンヨーグルトショップで店長体験" (in Japanese). Barks. May 15, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ "BENIがRazzle Berryとコラボ!" (in Japanese). Natuyawave Records. May 13, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Future Tracks→R" (in Japanese). RazzleBerry. May 11, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  12. ^ "ニューアルバム『Lovebox』リリース決定!!" (in Japanese). Natuyawave Records. May 12, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Album Daily Ranking" (in Japanese). Oricon. June 3, 2009. Archived from the original on June 3, 2010. Retrieved June 3, 2010. 
  14. ^ "木村カエラ、結婚効果でベストアルバムがランクアップ" (in Japanese). Nippon Television. June 8, 2010. Retrieved June 7, 2010. 

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