Best (Mika Nakashima album)

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Greatest hits album by Mika Nakashima
Released 2005-12-07
Genre J-pop, Jazz, Pop music, Adult Contemporary, Easy Listening, Rock music
Length 1:14:22
Label Sony Music Associated Records
Mika Nakashima chronology
The End

Best is the first Japanese compilation album and sixth overall album release by Mika Nakashima. It contains 14 songs. Two new re-recordings were made: one of her first single, 'Stars,' and the other of 'Amazing Grace (05),' the latter of which was included in a Suntory commercial for Freixnet Champagne and made as a radio-only single to promote the album in Japan.

A music video compilation, also called 'BEST,' was released in Japan and Southeast Asia in December 2005. It contains the music videos for all of Mika's first 18 singles – from 'Stars' to 'Glamorous Sky' – and the promotional videos for 'Amazing Grace (05)' and a previously unreleased live recording of the song 'Blood.'

Best debuted at #1 in the Japan Oricon 200 Album Chart when it was released, selling 480,097 copies in its first week – bettering the first-week sales of her first album, True. It was the #5 album of 2006.

Since its release, BEST has sold 1,204,996 copies. Therefore, BEST is the second best-selling album in Mika's career only to Love, outselling True by over 30,000 copies.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Amazing Grace" ('05) John Newton John Newton Chie Ayado  
2. "Stars" (new vocal '05) Yasushi Akimoto Daisuke Kawaguchi Keiichi Tomita  
3. "Crescent Moon" Takashi Matsumoto Hiroaki Ōno Yoshito Tanaka  
4. "Will" Yasushi Akimoto Daisuke Kawaguchi Keiichi Tomita  
5. "Resistance" Yasushi Akimoto, Mika Nakashima Seikou Nagaoka Coldfeet  
6. "Aishiteru" (愛してる; I Love You) H (three tight b) H (three tight b) shinya (three tight b)  
7. "Love Addict" Mika Nakashima Shinichi Osawa (Mondo Grosso) Shinichi Osawa  
8. "Find the Way" Mika Nakashima Lori Fine (Coldfeet) Ken Shima  
9. "Yuki no Hana" (雪の華; Snow flower) Satomi Ryouki Matsumoto Ryouki Matsumoto  
10. "Seven" Mika Nakashima Lori Fine (Coldfeet) Coldfeet  
11. "Oborozukiyo: Inori" (朧月夜~祈り; Night With a Hazy Moon ~Prayer) Oborozukiyo Tatsuyuki Takano
Inori Mika Nakashima
Oborozukiyo Teiichi Okano
Inori Taro Hakase
Oborozukiyo Taro Hakase
Inori Taro Hakase
12. "Legend" Mika Nakashima Yasunari Okano Coldfeet  
13. "Sakurairo Mau Koro" (桜色舞うころ; When We Dance In the Cherryblossom's Color) Minako Kawae Minako Kawae Satoshi Takebe  
14. "Glamorous Sky" Ai Yazawa Hyde Hyde, K.A.Z  

Charts and sales[edit]

Oricon sales charts (Japan)[edit]

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
December 7, 2005 Oricon Daily Albums Chart 1
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 1 480,097 1,204,996 186 weeks
Oricon Monthly Albums Chart 1
Oricon Yearly Albums Chart 6[1]