Are You Happy?

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Are You Happy?
Are You Happy album cover.png
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 26, 2016 (2016-10-26)
Recorded2015–2016
Genre
Length73:03 (Regular Edition)[1]
69:35 (Limited Edition)[2]
Language
  • Japanese
  • English
LabelJ Storm
ProducerJulie K.
Arashi chronology
Japonism
(2015)
Are You Happy?
(2016)
Untitled
(2017)
Singles from Are You Happy?
  1. "Ai o Sakebe"
    Released: September 2, 2015
  2. "Fukkatsu Love"
    Released: February 24, 2016
  3. "I Seek/Daylight"
    Released: May 18, 2016

Are You Happy? is the fifteenth studio album of the Japanese idol group Arashi. The album was released on October 26, 2016 under their record label J Storm in two editions: a first press/limited edition and a regular edition.[3] The regular edition comes with a 36-page lyrics booklet and the limited edition comes with an 80-page photo lyrics and a bonus DVD with the music video and making-of for "Don't You Get It?". The album sold over 636,000 copies in its first week and topped the Oricon charts.[4][5] With more than 720,000 copies sold, the album was certified for Triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ).[6]

Album information[edit]

The limited edition contains a CD with sixteen tracks and the regular edition contains a CD with seventeen tracks. The limited edition comes with an 80-page photo lyrics booklet and a bonus DVD with the music video and making of for "Don't You Get It?", while the regular edition comes with a 36-page lyrics booklet and a bonus track. The album jacket cover for both editions are different.

Songs[edit]

"Are You Happy?" includes three of the group's previously released singles: "Ai o Sakebe", "Fukkatsu Love", and "I Seek/Daylight". This album also includes nine new songs plus five of each member's solo songs. In addition to their solo songs, each of the members were in charge of an original Arashi song using the "Happy" theme.[7]

"Ai o Sakebe" was used as the background song for the Recruit Zexy commercial and "Fukkatsu Love" was used as the background song for the NTT DoCoMo d hits commercial. "I seek" was used as the theme song for the drama Sekai Ichi Muzukashii Koi starring Arashi member Satoshi Ohno, and "Daylight" was used as the theme song for the drama 99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi starring Arashi member Jun Matsumoto. "Don't You Get It?" was used as the background song for Hitachi's robot cleaner commercial, "Minimaru".[8]

Promotion[edit]

To support their new album, Arashi performed a live tour, ARASHI LIVE TOUR 2016-2017 Are You Happy?, performing at all the major dome stadiums in Japan. They had 18 performances beginning on November 11 at the Sapporo Dome, followed by Tokyo Dome on November 19, Kyocera Osaka Dome on December 2, Nagoya Dome on December 16, Tokyo Dome on December 26, 2016, and Fukuoka Dome on January 6, 2017.[9]

On November 9, the band announced an Album x 5-Dome Tour Collaboration Project, the "ARASHI Are You Happy? campaign", to commemorate the release of the album and the start of their dome tour. A smartphone only promotion site opened on November 11, 9:00 (JST) where eighteen original "Are You Happy?" wallpapers were made available to download for customers who purchased the regular edition of their album. A user code can be found on the cover strip of the regular edition. To access the wallpapers, customers entered the user code into the promotion site where they could pick up to three wallpapers to download.[10]

Track listing[edit]

CD
No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."DRIVE" (Supervised by Jun Matsumoto)Macoto56Jeremy HammondHammond4:23
2."I seek"ASILAKJ & ASILTomoki Ishizuka4:45
3."Ups and Downs"Yoshiyasu Ichikawa
  • Joe Lawrence
  • Trevor Ingram
pieni tonttu4:29
4."Seishun Boogie" (青春ブギ, supervised by Masaki Aiba)paddySoul-273ha-j4:08
5."Sunshine" (Sho Sakurai solo)
  • kosuke
  • AKIRA
  • Sho Sakurai
Tommy ClintIshizuka3:28
6."Fukkatsu Love" (復活LOVE)Mariya TakeuchiTatsuro YamashitaYamashita4:54
7."Amore" (Masaki Aiba solo)eltvoeltvoeltvo4:01
8."Bad boy" (Satoshi Ohno solo)Harajuku KidzHarajuku KidzHarajuku Kidz4:09
9."WONDER-LOVE" (Supervised by Kazunari Ninomiya)KOU&
  • Erik Lidbom
  • Jon Hällgren
  • Lidbom
  • Hällgren
3:35
10."Mata Kyou to Onaji Asu ga Kuru" (また今日と同じ明日が来る, Kazunari Ninomiya solo)
  • Fox.i.e
  • Kazunari Ninomiya
Fox.i.e
  • Fox.i.e
  • A-bee
3:50
11."Daylight"
  • stereograph
  • Sakurai
  • Simon Janlov
  • wonder note
Hirofumi Sasaki4:51
12."Ai o Sakebe" (愛を叫べ)100+100+Sasaki4:41
13."Baby blue" (Jun Matsumoto solo)100+100+Sasaki4:16
14."Miles away" (Supervised by Satoshi Ohno)100+R.P.Pmetropolitan digital clique5:02
15."To my homies" (Supervised by Sakurai Sho)
  • BASI
  • Sakurai
InsistInsist4:55
16."Don't You Get It"KOU&
  • Didrik Thott
  • Christian Fast
  • Henrik Nordenback
  • Taku Yoshioka
  • Sasaki
4:05
17."TWO TO TANGO" (Bonus track, regular edition only)
  • Harajuku Kidz
  • Sakurai
metropolitan digital clique3:23
Total length:1:13:03
DVD
No.TitleLength
1."Don't You Get It (video clip + making)" (「Don't You Get It」ビデオ・クリップ+メイキング) 

Chart performance[edit]

"Are You Happy?" debuted at number one on the Oricon daily album chart selling 315,741 copies upon its release and selling 636,619 copies by the end of the week, topping the Oricon weekly album chart.[5][11] The album sold 56,214 copies in its second week and ranked second on the weekly album chart.[12] The album stayed in the top ten for four consecutive weeks.[13][14] With more than 720,000 copies sold, "Are You Happy?" was certified for Triple Platinum by RIAJ.[6]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Awards[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Label Format Catalog
Japan October 26, 2016 J Storm CD+DVD JACA-5625-5626
CD JACA-5627
South Korea November 16, 2016 S.M. Entertainment CD+DVD SMKJT0718/B
CD SMKJT0719
Taiwan November 18, 2016 Avex Asia CD+DVD JAJCD26030/A
CD JAJCD26030

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Position was taken from 2017 week 1.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ 楽天ブックス: Are You Happy? (初回限定盤 CD+DVD) (in Japanese). Rakuten. Retrieved 2016-11-25.
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  4. ^ a b 週間 CDアルバムランキング2016年11月07日付 (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2016-11-25.
  5. ^ a b 【オリコン】嵐、今年度最高初動でアルバム1位 通算15作目&13年連続 (in Japanese). Oricon. 2016-11-01. Retrieved 2016-11-25.
  6. ^ a b c 一般社団法人 日本レコード協会 (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved 2016-11-25.
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  25. ^ 【ビルボード年間アルバムセールス】嵐が2年連続アルバムセールスで首位を獲得 宇多田、RADなど今年話題を集めた作品が上位にランクイン (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. 2016-12-08. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
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