Code Name Blue

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Code Name Blue
CodeNameBlue-Regularcover.jpeg
Regular edition cover
Studio album by CN Blue
Released August 29, 2012 (2012-08-29)
Recorded 2011–2012
Genre Rock
Length 46:58
Language Japanese
Label Warner Music Japan
CN Blue chronology
Ear Fun
(2012)
Code Name Blue
(2012)
Re:Blue
(2013)
Singles from Code Name Blue
  1. "In My Head"
    Released: October 19, 2011
  2. "Where You Are"
    Released: February 1, 2012
  3. "Come On"
    Released: August 1, 2012

Code Name Blue is a Japanese album by the South Korean rock band CNBlue. It was released in August 29, 2012 as the group's third Japanese album and their first major album under Warner Music Japan.[1]

Background[edit]

The album was announced in June 25, along with the details of the group's sixth Japanese single "Come On".[2] The album will be released in three editions: CD+DVD limited,[3] Regular edition[4] and a CD+DVD Lawson limited edition.[5] Every edition comes with a different jacket cover and a different features: the CD+DVD edition includes the CD, a DVD including a music video of the song "Time is Over" and a special feature from this music video, an English version of the song "Where You Are" as bonus track, five calendar cards and a serial code type D. The CD+DVD Lawson edition includes the CD, a special DVD including the special showcase ""Where You Are" Release live at Tokyo Dome City Hall 2012.2.5" and a serial code type E. This version will only be sold on Lawson. The regular edition comes with the CD only itself and a serial code type E, only available in first press editions.

Composition[edit]

The album comes with 13 songs, 3 singles, 3 songs already released on the singles and 7 new songs. Most of the songs on the album were composed and written by the members Jung Yong-hwa and Lee Jong-hyun. Yong-hwa wrote the songs "In My Head", "Where You Are" (both Japanese and English versions), "Time is Over", "Have a Good Night", "Wake Up", "No More", "Mr. KIA (Know It All)" and "Come On". Jong-hyun composed the songs "No More", "These Days", "Get Away" and "Come On".

Singles[edit]

Three songs from the album were released as singles:

The first single, "In My Head", was released on October 19, 2011 as the group's first major single and fourth single overall.[6] The song was written by Kenji Tamai and Yoshifumi Kanamaru and composed by Jung Yong-hwa. The song was chosen to be the ending theme song of Supernatural: The Animation, an animated version of the TV series Supernatural.[7] The song ranked number 4 in Oricon's Weekly chart with around 85,000 copies sold in total at the date.[8] The single was certified Gold by RIAJ for the shipment of 100,000 copies.[9] The song "Mr. KIA (Know It All)", one of the b-sides from the single, will be included on the album.

The second single, "Where You Are", was released on February 1, 2012 as the group's second major single and fifth single overall.[10] It was written by Kenji Tamai and both written and composed by Jung Yong-hwa. The song ranked number 1 in Oricon's Weekly chart with around 72,000 copies sold at the date. It is the first #1 single of the group on the country and first for a foreign band since 1971.[11] The b-side "Get Away", used as ending theme song for Japanese broadcast of American TV series Gossip Girl, will be included on the album. An English version of the song will be included as a bonus track of the limited CD+DVD version of the album.

The third and final single, "Come On", was released on August 1, 2012 as the group's third major single and sixth single overall.[12][13] The song was originally written by Jung Yong-hwa and translated in Japanese by Kenji Tamai and composed by Lee Jong-hyun. It ranked number 5 in Oricon's Weekly singles chart with around 38,000 copies sold at the date.[14] The b-side "Wake Up", one of the b-sides included on the single, will be included on the album.

Track listing[edit]

Track list[15]
No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. "Intro 02"   Jung Yong-hwa Jung Yong-hwa 1:29
2. "In My Head" Kenji Tamai, Yoshifumi Kanamaru Jung Yong-hwa Kenji Tamai, Rui Momota 4:15
3. "Where You Are" Jung Yong-hwa, Kenji Tamai Jung Yong-hwa Kenji Tamai, Rui Momota 3:44
4. "Time is Over" Jung Yong-hwa, Kosuke Oba (Japanese lyrics translator) Jung Yong-hwa, Kosuke Oba Suzuki "Daichi" Hideyuki 3:48
5. "Have a Good Night" Jung Yong-hwa Jung Yong-hwa Kenji Tamai, Kousuke Noma 3:32
6. "Wake Up" Jung Yong-hwa Ryo, Jung Yong-hwa Kenji Tamai, Kousuke Noma 2:57
7. "No More" Jung Yong-hwa Lee Jong-hyun, Jung Yong-hwa Kenji Tamai, Masahiro Tobinai 3:42
8. "These Days" Kosuke Oba Lee Jong-hyun Suzuki "Daichi" Hideyuki 4:34
9. "Blue Sky" Kosuke Oba Shusui, Seiji Motoyama Yuichiro Horiuchi 4:17
10. "Mr. KIA (Know It All)" Jung Yong-hwa Ryo, Jung Yong-hwa Kenji Tamai, Kousuke Noma 3:32
11. "With Me" Daichi, Miyakei Daichi Suzuki "Daichi" Hideyuki 4:07
12. "Get Away" Nozomi Maezawa & Agehasprings Ryo, Lee Jong-hyun Kenji Tamai, Shunsuke Tsuri 3:32
13. "Come On" Jung Yong-hwa, Kenji Tamai (Japanese lyrics translator) Lee Jong-hyun Kenji Tamai, Rui Momota 3:36
Total length: 46:58

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 1 in Oricon's albums daily chart with 21,982 copies sold on the first day[17] and also first in Oricon's weekly album chart with 45,151 copies sold in the first week. It is the first number one album of the group in Japan (second overall counting with "Where You Are"), first from a South Korean artist that debuted first in Japan and third from a Korean rock artist/band, along with F.T. Island's Five Treasure Island and Jang Keun-suk's Just Crazy.[18]

Charts[edit]

Oricon[edit]

Oricon Chart Peak Debut Sales Sales Total Chart Run
Daily Singles Chart[17] 1 21,982 57,744 9 weeks
Weekly Singles Chart[18] 1 45,151
Monthly Singles Chart 7
Yearly Singles Chart

Other charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Billboard Japan Top Albums[19] 2

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Japan August 29, 2012 CD,[3] Digital download[16] Warner Music Japan
Taiwan September 17, 2012 CD Warner Music Taiwan

References[edit]

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  2. ^ 8月29日発売;ファーストアルバムのリリースの詳細発表!! (in Japanese). FNC Media / AI Entertainment. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  3. ^ a b c "CNBLUE 「CODE NAME BLUE (初回限定盤)」 / Warner Music Japan" (in Japanese). Warner Music Japan. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  4. ^ "CNBLUE 「CODE NAME BLUE (通常盤)」 / Warner Music Japan" (in Japanese). Warner Music Japan. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  5. ^ a b "CNBLUE 「CODE NAME BLUE (ローソン限定盤)」 / Warner Music Japan" (in Japanese). Warner Music Japan. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  6. ^ "CNBLUE 「In My Head (初回限定盤)」 / Warner Music Japan" (in Japanese). Warner Music Group. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  7. ^ 정용화 자작곡, 日애니메이션 엔딩 테마곡 삽입 (in Korean). Nate. 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  8. ^ "2011年10月17日~2011年10月23日のCDシングル週間ランキング (Oricon Weekly chart for October 31st)" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2011-10-26. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  9. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2011年10月 [Record Association report: October 2011 Gold List and other approved work]. RIAJ (in Japanese). November 22, 2011. Retrieved November 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ "CNBLUE 「Where you are (初回限定盤)」 / Warner Music Japan" (in Japanese). Warner Music Group. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  11. ^ "【オリコン】CNBLUE、海外バンド41年ぶりのシングル首位" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  12. ^ "CNBLUE 「Come on (通常盤)」 / Warner Music Japan" (in Japanese). Warner Music Group. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  13. ^ "Come on CNBLUEのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  14. ^ "2012年07月30日~2012年08月05日のCDシングル週間ランキング (Oricon Weekly chart for August 13th)" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2012-08-07. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  15. ^ a b "8月29日発売;メジャー1stアルバムタイトル&収録曲決定!!" (in Japanese). FNC Music. 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  16. ^ a b "iTunes - ミュージック - CNBLUE「CODE NAME BLUE」" (in Japanese). iTunes. 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2012-08-28. 
  17. ^ a b 씨엔블루, 日 정규 1집 발표…'메자마시 라이브'에서 열창 (in Korean). Nate. 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  18. ^ a b "【オリコン】CNBLUE、メジャー初アルバムが首位" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  19. ^ "Billboard Japan Top Albums / Charts / Billboard JAPAN (Billboard Japan Top Albums chart for September 10th)". Billboard Japan. Retrieved 2012-09-14.