Face Yourself

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Face Yourself
Faceyourself.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 4, 2018 (2018-04-04)
Genre
Length44:19
LanguageJapanese
Label
BTS chronology
Love Yourself: Her
(2017)
Face Yourself
(2018)
Love Yourself: Tear
(2018)
Singles from Face Yourself
  1. "Blood, Sweat, & Tears (Japanese Ver.)"
    Released: May 10, 2017
  2. "Mic Drop/DNA/Crystal Snow"
    Released: December 6, 2017
  3. "Don't Leave Me"
    Released: April 4, 2018

Face Yourself is the third Japanese studio album (fifth overall) by South Korean boy band BTS, which was released on April 4, 2018. It contains Japanese versions of songs previously released on their 2016 Wings album and 2017 Love Yourself: Her EP, as well as three brand new, original Japanese-language tracks: "Don't Leave Me", "Let Go", and "Crystal Snow". Its debut at number 43 on the Billboard 200 made it the third-highest-charting Japanese album in the history of the chart.[1]

Background and release[edit]

The album was announced on February 1, 2018, along with an April 4 release date and details for three limited editions. A tentative tracklist revealed new Japanese recordings of the songs "Go Go" and "Best of Me" from the band's 2017 Korean EP Love Yourself: Her,[2] as well as the inclusion of "Crystal Snow", originally released back in December 2017 as part of a triple A-side single album with the Japanese versions of "Mic Drop" and "DNA".[3] The completed tracklist was later released on March 8.[4]

On the same day, "Don't Leave Me" was announced as the opening theme song for Japanese drama Signal, a remake of the 2016 South Korean television series of the same name.[5] A preview of the song aired on March 15, causing it to chart on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 prior to its official release, peaking at number 25.[6][7]

The Japanese translation for the songs "Blood Sweat & Tears", "DNA", "Not Today", "MIC Drop", "Go Go" and "Crystal Snow" were done by Japanese rapper and arranger KM-MARKIT.[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 1 on Oricon's Daily CD Album chart.[9] It remained in the top spot for seven consecutive days, which resulted in its coming in at number 1 on the Weekly Album chart with over 282,000 accumulated units sold,[10] breaking a six-year-five-month-long record, previously held by KARA, for the highest first-week sales by a Korean artist on the Oricon chart, and making it the highest-grossing album by a male artist on the Oricon chart for 2018 so far.[11][12] The album dropped down from its spot atop the Daily chart to number 12 on its eighth day of charting,[13] but surged back up over the course of the following weeks, reaching as high as number 2.[14] It spent thirteen successive weeks on the Oricon chart,[9] with 324,381 accumulated units sold,[9][15] and became their first Japanese album to receive Platinum certification by the RIAJ on May 10.[16]

In June 2018, Oricon revealed that Face Yourself and BTS had made the top ten of their "Album Ranking" and "Artist Sales Ranking" charts for the first half of 2018, coming in at fourth and sixth respectively. They were the only Korean artist to rank on both charts, and the highest ranking international artist as well.[17] Tower Records Japan reported the album was the second best selling album by a Korean artist in Japan for 2018.[18]

On January 14, 2019, the album was certified Double Platinum by the RIAJ, becoming the first "Double Platinum" certified album by a Korean act since KARA's Super Girl in December 2011.[16]

Editions[edit]

There are four versions of this album available: Type A, Type B, Type C, and the regular version. All albums share the same track listing, while only Type A and B feature viewable content on Blu-ray or DVD.[19]

  • Limited Edition Type A (UICV-9277): This edition comes with a Blu-ray Disc and a 32-page booklet.
  • Limited Edition Type B (UICV-9278): This edition comes with a DVD and a 32-page booklet.
  • Limited Edition Type C (UICV-9279): This edition comes with a 68-page booklet.
  • Regular Edition (UICV-1095): This edition includes the CD only and a 24-page booklet.

Track listing[edit]

Original[edit]

Type A·B·C and Regular CD
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro: Ringwanderung"
  • UTA
1:26
2."Best of Me" (Japanese ver.)
  • "hitman" bang
  • ADORA
  • j-hope
  • Pdogg
  • Ray Michael Djan Jr.
  • RM
  • SUGA
  • Ashton Foster
  • Andrew Taggart
  • Sam Klempner
  • Andrew Taggart
  • Pdogg
3:47
3."Blood Sweat & Tears" (Japanese ver.)
  • "hitman" bang
  • j-hope
  • Pdogg
  • Kim Do Hoon
  • RM
  • SUGA
  • Pdogg
3:36
4."DNA" (Japanese ver.)
  • "hitman" bang
  • KASS
  • Pdogg
  • RM
  • SUGA
  • Supreme Boi
  • Pdogg
3:43
5."Not Today" (Japanese ver.)
  • "hitman" bang
  • ADORA
  • JUNE
  • Pdogg
  • RM
  • Supreme Boi
  • Pdogg
3:53
6."MIC Drop" (Japanese ver.)
  • "hitman" bang
  • j-hope
  • Pdogg
  • RM
  • Supreme Boi
  • Pdogg
3:58
7."Don't Leave Me"
  • "hitman" bang
  • Hiro
  • Pdogg
  • SUNNY BOY
  • UTA
  • UTA
3:47
8."Go Go" (Japanese ver.)
  • "hitman" bang
  • Pdogg
  • Supreme Boi
  • Pdogg
3:57
9."Crystal Snow"
  • SOMA GENDA
5:23
10."Spring Day" (Japanese ver.)
  • Pdogg
4:36
11."Let Go"
  • Hiro
  • Jun
  • SUNNY BOY
  • UTA
  • UTA
4:59
12."Outro: Crack"
  • UTA
  • UTA
1:14
Total length:44:19

Limited Edition Type A·B[edit]

Charts[edit]

Sales[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Source
Japan April 4, 2018
  • CD
  • digital download
  • streaming
[52]
Worldwide
  • Digital download
  • streaming
United States November 16, 2018
  • CD
  • digital download
  • streaming
[53]

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