Infinity (Charice album)

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Infinity
Charice - Infinity Album cover.jpg
Japan digital/CD edition cover
Studio album by Charice
Released October 5, 2011 (2011-10-05)
Recorded 2010–2011
Genre
Length 44:09
Label Warner Bros.
Producer
Charice chronology
Grown-Up Christmas List
(2010)
Infinity
(2011)
Chapter 10
(2013)
Singles from Infinity
  1. "Before It Explodes"
    Released: April 18, 2011[1]
  2. "One Day"
    Released: April 19, 2011[2]
  3. "Louder"
    Released: May 20, 2011[3]
  4. "Far As the Sky"
    Released: August 3, 2011[4]
  5. "New World"
    Released: September 21, 2011[5]

Infinity (stylized as ∞) is the second international studio album (fifth overall release) by Filipino pop and R&B singer Jake Zyrus (former Charice). The album was released exclusively early in Japan on October 5, 2011 by Warner Bros. Records.[6] The album was credited under the name Charice, Zyrus' name prior to his gender transition.

Zyrus launched a seven-city tour across Asia in order to promote the official Asian release of the album in Summer 2012. The tour began on March 2, 2012.[7]

The album's release in America was planned, but eventually cancelled.[8][9]

Background[edit]

On August 16, 2011, Zyrus's record label, Warner Bros. Records, announced their plans to release his second studio album early in Japan on October 5, 2011.[6] On August 30 it was announced that the album would be titled Infinity.[10]

On March 28, 2012, Zyrus said that he had been working on the American release of the album and that its track listing would differ from the Asian version. No release date had been decided at the time.[8]

On July 27, 2013, he revealed the main reason why the album was never released in America: "Some of the songs didn't pass their standards. They're more about upbeat, danceable songs over there," he said in a statement.[9]

Composition[edit]

"Before It Explodes" was released as the album's lead single on April 18, 2011.[1] "Louder" was released as the album's second single.[11] Bundled with another track titled "Lost the Best Thing", the song was released on May 20, 2011.[12] "One Day" was released as promotional single as a part of Acuvue's "ACUVUE® 1•DAY Contest".

"Far as the Sky" was served as single in Japan on July 27, 2011[13] for the Japanese drama series, Bull Doctor.[14] "New World" was then released as single in Japan[15] and is featured in Square Enix's role-playing video game Final Fantasy XIII-2.[16]

Release and promotion[edit]

To promote the early exclusive release of the album in Japan, Zyrus held a free concert titled "Special 'One Day' Free Live" at Shinjuku Square Garden in Tokyo. Around 1,000 fans reportedly turned up to watch Zyrus perform five songs from the second album despite the bad weather and he also thanked them for coming. He also chose four dancers from the audience to accompany him on one of his stage performances.[17][18]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Louder" Dreamlab 3:01
2. "New World" Koichi Tabo (多保孝一 of Superfly)   6:11
3. "Bounce Back" Lars Halvor Jensen, Kasia Livingston, Johannes "Josh" Joergensen & Daniel "Obi" Klein DEEKAY 3:39
4. "Far as the Sky" Yusuke Tanaka (田中ユウスケ)   5:26
5. "Lost the Best Thing" Carsten Schack, Sean Hurley, Cathy Dennis   3:37
6. "Heartbreak Survivor" Rico Love, Wayne Wilkins, Joanna "JoJo" Levesque   4:04
7. "Before It Explodes" Bruno Mars, Ari Levine, Phillip Lawrence The Smeezingtons 4:00
8. "Lesson for Life" Jason Derulo, Kara DioGuardi, Alex Francis, Dinavon Bythwood, Jordan Kyle, J Angel The Ghostwriters 2:58
9. "Never Always" Frankie Storm, Warren "Oak" Felder Oak 4:05
10. "One Day" Nick Jonas, Dan Muckala, Jason Ingram Nick Jonas, Dan Muckala 3:13
11. "Lighthouse" Natasha Bedingfield, Mike Elizondo, Danielle Brisebois The Y's 3:59
Total length: 44:09

Charts and certification[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Japan Billboard Top Albums 8

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Japan[19] October 5, 2011 CD WEA International

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Before It Explodes - Single by Charice". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-04-18. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  2. ^ "iTunes - Music - One Day - Single by Charice". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  3. ^ "iTunes - Music - Louder - Single by Charice". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  4. ^ "iTunes - Music - Far As the Sky - Single by Charice". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-04-18. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  5. ^ "iTunes - Music - New World - Single by Charice". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-04-18. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  6. ^ a b "Amazon.co.jp: ∞(インフィニティ)(初回限定スペシャル・プライス盤): シャリース: 音楽". Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  7. ^ "CHARICE LAUNCHES 7-CITY ASIAN TOUR IN MARCH". 18 January 2012. Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Charice wants to return to Glee". 28 March 2012. ABS-CBN, ClevverNews. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Charice takes next crucial steps: Forward and up". 27 July 2013. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Charice's 2nd Japan Album is Titled "Infinity"". 30 August 2011. Charice Mania. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  11. ^ May 24th 2011 4:25PM by Contessa Gayles (2011-05-24). "Charice Gets 'Louder' With New Single Before Her Return on 'Glee' - AOL Music Blog". Blog.music.aol.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  12. ^ "iTunes - Music - Louder - Single by Charice". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  13. ^ "iTunes - ミュージック - Charice「Far As the Sky - Single」". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  14. ^ "Charice, 'Far as the Sky' – Song Review". Popcrush.com. 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  15. ^ "iTunes - ミュージック - Charice「New World - Single」". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-09-21. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  16. ^ "Charice Pempengco Talks 'New World' on Album:... | Gather". Celebs.gather.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  17. ^ "Charice to promote 'Infinity' album in North Korea". http://www.abs-cbnnews.com. ABS-CBN. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2012.  External link in |work= (help)
  18. ^ "Charice holds a free live with 1,000 fans in the rain". 6 October 2012. tokyohive. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  19. ^ "Amazon.co.jp: ∞(インフィニティ)(初回限定スペシャル・プライス盤): シャリース: 音楽". Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-01-08.