Play (Namie Amuro album)

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Play
Studio album by Namie Amuro
Released June 27, 2007 (Japan)
Genre R&B, hip hop, dance-pop
Length 50:45
Label Avex Trax
Producer Nao'ymt, Michico, T.Kura, Namie Amuro
Namie Amuro chronology
Queen of Hip-Pop
(2005)
Play
(2007)
Best Fiction
(2008)
Alternative Cover
CD + DVD Cover
Singles from Play
  1. "White Light/Violet Sauce"
    Released: November 16, 2005 (2005-11-16)
  2. "Can't Sleep, Can't Eat, I'm Sick"
    Released: May 17, 2006 (2006-05-17)
  3. "Baby Don't Cry"
    Released: January 24, 2007 (2007-01-24)
  4. "Funky Town"
    Released: April 4, 2007 (2007-04-04)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link

Play is the eighth studio album by Japanese pop singer Namie Amuro, released on June 27, 2007 in Japan. The follow-up to her successful 2005 album Queen of Hip-Pop, Play showcases her new hip-pop genre. It marks her first album to be released in both the CD and CD+DVD formats. Play is her highest selling album since 2000's Genius 2000. The album was ranked 9th on CDJapan's list of top 100 CDs of 2007.[1]

Overview[edit]

Upon its release, Play debuted at #1 and stayed at the top spot for two weeks on the Oricon Charts. When its first week was over, Play became Namie's first weekly number one album since her 2000 album Genius 2000 with a gap of 120,258 copies sold. In its first week, the album sold 250,619 copies — Namie's highest first week sales since Genius 2000.[2] In Taiwan, Play reached #1 on the G-Music J-Pop chart for the week and debuted at #2 on the overall chart.

Tie-ins/theme songs[edit]

Track listing[edit]

CD
No. Title Lyrics Music Producer(s) Length
1. "Hide and Seek"   Nao'ymt Nao'ymt Nao'ymt 4:36
2. "Full Moon"   Nao'ymt Nao'ymt Nao'ymt 3:57
3. "Can't Sleep, Can't Eat, I'm Sick"   Michico T.Kura, Michico T.Kura 3:46
4. "It's all about you"   Michico T.Kura, Michico T.Kura 4:12
5. "Funky Town"   Michico T.Kura, Michico, L.L. Brothers T.Kura 3:48
6. "Step With It"   Michico, L.L. Brothers T.Kura, Michico, L.L. Brothers T.Kura 3:47
7. "Hello"   Angie Irons, Michico Angie Irons, T.Kura T.Kura 3:42
8. "Should I Love Him?"   Michico T.Kura, Michico T.Kura 4:25
9. "Top Secret"   Nao'ymt Nao'ymt Nao'ymt 4:30
10. "Violet Sauce (Spicy)"   Nao'ymt Nao'ymt Nao'ymt 4:01
11. "Baby Don't Cry"   Nao'ymt Nao'ymt Nao'ymt 5:21
12. "Pink Key"   Nao'ymt Nao'ymt Nao'ymt 4:40
DVD
No. Title Director(s) Length
1. "Hide and Seek" (Music video) Kensuke Kawamura 4:36
2. "Can't Sleep, Can't Eat, I'm Sick" (Music video) Shinji Muto 3:49
3. "Funky Town" (Music video) Masaaki Uchino 3:44
4. "Hello" (Music video) Kensuke Kawamura 3:40
5. "Baby Don't Cry" (Music video) Shinji Muto 5:26
DVD: Special Movie
No. Title Length
6. "Amuro Namie x The World of Golden Eggs Special Collaboration Movie" (Gushi-Ken Band feat. Namie Amuro) 7:18

Personnel[edit]

  • Namie Amuro - vocals, background vocals
  • Hiromi - additional vocals
  • Nao'ymt - additional vocals, multiple instruments
  • Michico - additional vocals
  • Sam Salter - additional vocals
  • T.Kura - multiple instruments
  • Orito - additional vocals
  • Tiger - additional vocals
  • LL Brothers - additional vocals
  • Warner - additional vocals
  • Jun - additional vocals
  • Ring - additional vocals
  • Tomoyasu Takeuchi - guitars

Production[edit]

  • Producers - Nao'ymt, T.Kura, Namie Amuro
  • Vocal Producers - Michico, Angie Irons
  • Mixing - D.O.I., T.Kura, Yoshiaki Onishi
  • Creative Direction - Hidekazu Sato
  • Art Direction - Hidekazu Sato, Katsuhiro Shimizu
  • Design - Katsuhiro Shimizu
  • Photography - Shoji Uchida
  • Stylist - Noriko Goto

Charts[edit]

Sales total[edit]

Oricon[edit]

Released Oricon Chart Peak Debut Sales Sales Total Chart Run
June 27, 2007 Daily Albums Chart 1 250,619 540,952+ 53 weeks
Weekly Albums Chart 1
Monthly Albums Chart 1
Yearly Albums Chart 15
  • re-charting on Christmas week

Physical sales charts[edit]