Bootleg (Kenshi Yonezu album)

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ReleasedNovember 1, 2017 (2017-11-01)
Kenshi Yonezu chronology
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Bootleg is the fourth album by Kenshi Yonezu, released on November 1, 2017. It is his first album with Sony Music and won the Album of the Year award at the 60th Japan Record Awards.


August 30, 2017 is the ten year anniversary of Hatsune Miku, while Magical Mirai is the large Vocaloid concert held by Crypton Future Media. Crypton Future Media invited Kenshi write the "Dune" as the birthday song for Miku and also as the theme song of Magical Mirai 2017. Miku's version is included in "Hatsune Miku "Magical Mirai 2017" OFFICIAL ALBUM ", which peaked No.13 in Oricon.[1] While Kenshi self-cover the song in "Bootleg". The song review the history of Vocaloid and metaphorize it as the expedition in the desert, soonly became viral in Vocaloid fandom.[2][3] Besides, Crypton Future Media also invited some notable Vocaloid producers, such as Wowaka and N-buna, to write song and collected as birthday celebrating album "Re:Start" which peaked No.6 on Oricon.[4]

Yonezu considered titling the album Dune as he was confident that he could make beautiful music, and want to prove it to people. He later decided to use Bootleg as the title.[5]

Single usage[edit]

"Dune" is the theme song of Magical Mirai 2017. The song "Peace Sign" was used as an opening theme for the second season of the anime My Hero Academia[6] and also the song "orion" was used as a second ending theme of the anime March Comes in Like a Lion. Uchiage Hanabi is served as theme song of Fireworks.

Track listing[edit]

1."Hien" (飛燕 "A Swallow in Flight")4:03
3."Peace Sign" (ピースサイン, Pīsu Sain)3:58
4."Dune" (砂の惑星 "Dune" (lit. "Planet of Sand"), featuring Hatsune Miku)4:00
6."Kaijū no Māchi" (かいじゅうのマーチ "Monster March")4:55
8."Shunrai" (春雷 "Spring Thunder")4:48
9."Fogbound" (featuring Ikeda Elaiza)4:15
10."Number Nine" (ナンバーナイン; Nanbā Nain)4:21
11."Alice" (爱丽丝)3:09
13."Uchiage Hanabi" (打上花火 "Fireworks", rearrangement)4:19
14."Hai-iro to Ao" (灰色と青 "Gray and Blue", with Masaki Suda)5:32
Total length:60:08


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[7] 1
Japanese Hot Albums (Billboard Japan)[8] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Position
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[9] 41


  1. ^ "初音ミク「マジカルミライ 2017 」OFFICIAL ALBUM". oricon.
  2. ^ "米津玄師、ハチ名義曲"砂の惑星"がミリオン再生突破。歴代の最速記録を大幅更新". rockinon.
  3. ^ "ハチ(米津玄師)新曲「砂の惑星」南方研究所が手がけたMV公開". liverdoor.
  4. ^ "HATSUNE MIKU 10th Anniversary Album「Re:Start」". oricon.
  5. ^ "Kenshi Yonezu/Hachi Interview: BOOTLEG - vgperson's Interview Translations". Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  6. ^ "Kenshi Yonezu looks back at his boyhood in the new music video for his latest single "Peace Sign"".
  7. ^ "BOOTLEG | 米津玄師". Oricon. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  8. ^ "BOOTLEG / 米津玄師 | CHART insight". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  9. ^ "年間 アルバムランキング 2019年度". Oricon. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
Preceded by
The Kids
Japan Record Award for the Best Album
Succeeded by