Precious (Cubic U album)

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Precious
Studio album by Cubic U (Utada Hikaru)
Released January 28, 1998
Recorded August 5–20, 1996
Genre R&B, pop
Length 54:42
Label Toshiba EMI
Producer
Cubic U (Utada Hikaru) chronology
Precious
(1998)
First Love
(1999)
Singles from Precious
  1. "Close to You"
    Released: January 28, 1997

Precious is the debut English album by Cubic U (Hikaru Utada's stage name before her debut in Japan), which was recorded at Sony Music Studio in New York in 1996. The album was released in both the United States and Japan on January 28, 1998; the album failed to chart on the Oricon weekly charts and US Billboard 200. After the huge success of Utada's First Love, the album was re-released in Japan on March 31, 1999 and peaked at #2 on the Oricon charts with 702,060 copies sold.

Track listing[edit]

American track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Utada Hikaru and Charlene Harrison, except for "Close to You", which is a cover version of the Burt BacharachHal David composition "(They Long to Be) Close to You" made famous by the Carpenters

No. Title Length
1. "My Little Lover Boy"   4:28
2. "Lullaby"   4:38
3. "How Ya Doin'"   3:05
4. "I Don't Love You"   4:51
5. "Here and There and Back Again" (on promo copies only) 4:47
6. "Promise"   5:24
7. "Ticket 4 Two"   5:23
8. "Take a Little While"   3:52
9. "100 Reasons Why"   4:31
10. "Work Things Out"   4:31
11. "Close to You"   4:39
12. "Precious Love"   5:20
13. "How Ya Doin' (Rap Version)" (bonus track) 3:46

Note: Several US-promo copies of the album have the track "Here and There and Back Again" as track 5. This was not on the re-released Japanese version.

Release history[edit]

Country Date Version
Japan January 28, 1998 Original
United States
Japan March 31, 1999 Re-release

Single[edit]

Date Title Peak position Weeks Sales
January 28, 1997 "Close to You" --- --- ---

Charts[edit]

Precious - Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak Position Sales Total Chart Run
March 31, 1999

(Re-release)

Oricon Daily Albums Chart
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 2 702,060 17 weeks
Oricon Yearly Albums Chart 35 702,060