The Face (album)

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The Face
Studio album by BoA
Released 27 February 2008
Recorded 2007/2008
Genre J-pop
Length 62:32
Language Japanese
Label avex trax
BoA chronology
Made in Twenty (20)
(2007)
The Face
(2008)
BoA
(2009)
Singles from The Face
  1. "Sweet Impact"
    Released: April 25, 2007
  2. "Love Letter"
    Released: September 26, 2007
  3. "Lose Your Mind"
    Released: December 12, 2007
  4. "Be with You."
    Released: February 20, 2008
CD+DVD cover
CD+2DVD cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

The Face is BoA's sixth studio Japanese album which was released on 27 February 2008.[2] The album was released a week after her single, "Be with You." The full album is known to have total of fifteen tracks along with 3 different types of packaging: regular CD, CD+DVD, and first press. This is also BoA's third consecutive Japanese studio album released.

Production[edit]

The production of The Face started with her "Sweet Impact" single, released in mid-2007. Three months after the release of her 5th studio album, "Made in Twenty (20). "Sweet Impact" was first featured in a Fasico CM in January 2007. "Sweet Impact" also features a b-side "Bad Drive" and it sold 42,789 in Japan and 5,000 in South Korea.

Approximately five months later, she released another single, entitled "Love Letter". It became her second single to be featured on her sixth studio album. "Love Letter" contains two B-sides: "Diamond Heart" and "Beautiful Flowers." At first "Beautiful Flowers" was chosen by the Yokohama BayStars, (a baseball team in Japan's Central League) as the team's official theme song during their 2007 season. "Diamond Heart" was used to promote Toshiba's W53T, featuring BoA herself.

Three months after the release of "Love Letter", BoA once again released another single entitled: "Lose Your Mind", which was released on 12 December 2007. It is currently charting on Oricon's Weekly Chart, and hit its peak position at #6 and sold total of 22,961 copies as of 26 December 2007.

Shortly after "Lose Your Mind", BoA announced another single, "Be with You.", which will be released along with her sixth Japanese studio album. But due to competition on 20 February 2008 with other major artists, the album was pushed backwards a week to 27 February 2008 to avoid conflicts.

Music videos[edit]

Currently it is confirmed that 4 possible music videos (or PVs) will be on the album: "Sweet Impact", "Love Letter", "Lose Your Mind" (feat.Yutaka Furukawa from Doping Panda), and "Be with You.". (Listed in order of release)

Sweet Impact[edit]

The "Sweet Impact" PV (music video) was inspired by Michael Jackson's Moonwalker.

Love Letter[edit]

The "Love Letter" PV officially aired on early September before the single's release.

Lose Your Mind[edit]

The PV for "Lose Your Mind" features BoA as a supermodel on the catwalk. She and two other female backup dancers start dancing on the catwalk and are joined by three male dancers. The music video also shows BoA in a short black wig. Yutaka Furukawa from the Doping panda also makes an appearance in the music video playing the electric guitar. BoA's three outfits in the music video are a huge contrast to each other. She and her backup dancers are featured wearing black clothes. Later in the music video they are all wearing more casual Japanese style clothes.

Be with You.[edit]

This ballad was featured in the Japanese film, "10 promises with my dog". The PV shows scenes of BoA in a canoe, on a couch, and spending time with a Golden Retriever. Also expressing how much she remembers being with you or in her case her lover. Also that she wants to live the promises that she made with him and to forget all the troubles so long as they are together.

Tracklisting[edit]

CD Only[edit]

  1. "Aggressive"
  2. "Sweet Impact"
  3. "My Way, Your way feat. Wise"
  4. "Be with You."
  5. "Lose Your Mind feat. Yutaka Furukawa from Doping Panda"
  6. "Girl in the Mirror"
  7. "Happy Birthday"
  8. "Diamond Heart"
  9. "Love Letter"
  10. "Brave"
  11. "ギャップにやられた! (Gyappu ni Yarareta!) (Hit by the Gap!)"
  12. "Style"
  13. "Smile Again"
  14. "Beautiful Flowers"
  15. "Best Friend"

※ Only the limited edition CD+DVD+DVD will contain Hey Boy, Hey Girl feat. BoA by Seamo

DVD Disc #1[edit]

  1. Sweet Impact PV
  2. Love Letter PV
  3. Lose Your Mind PV
  4. Be with You. PV

※ Only the limited edition CD+DVD+DVD will contain special content listed below:

  1. BoA TV-The Face of BoA- Be with You.
  2. Special Live Performance – 65 minutes worth of clips

DVD Disc #2[edit]

BoA '07 Live Works

  1. BoA the Live "X'mas" – (8 performances)
  2. BoA Arena Tour 2007 Made in Twenty(20)(4 Performances)
  3. M-flo Tour 2007 Cosmicolor @ Yokohama Arena-the Love Bug Performance
  4. Rhythm Nation 2007 (3 Performances)

Charts and sales[edit]

Oricon sales charts (Japan)[edit]

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
27 February 2008 Oricon Daily Albums Chart 1
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 1 110,653 185,388 16 weeks
Oricon Monthly Albums Chart 5
Oricon Yearly Albums Chart 59

Singles[edit]

Date Title Peak Position Sales
25-04-2007 Sweet Impact 5 42,789
26-09-2007 Love Letter 3 43,526
12-12-2007 Lose Your Mind 6 28,128
20-02-2008 Be with You. 13 15,636

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