Fine Collection: Begin Again

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Fine Collection 〜Begin Again〜
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Compilation album by
ReleasedOctober 25, 2017 (2017-10-25)
Recorded2011 – 2017
GenreJ-pop, dance-pop
LabelAvex Trax
Tohoshinki chronology
Two of Us
Fine Collection 〜Begin Again〜
New Chapter No. 1: The Chance of Love

Fine Collection: Begin Again (stylized FINE COLLECTION 〜Begin Again〜) is a Japanese compilation album by South Korean pop duo Tohoshinki. It was released on October 25, 2017 through Avex Trax as a complimentary album for their comeback Japanese concert the Begin Again Tour, the duo's first tour since completing their military service. The album mainly contains singles released by Tohoshinki since 2011, including tracks from the albums Tone (2011), Time (2013), Tree (2014), and With (2015). The album also includes three re-recorded versions of earlier singles.

Begin Again was first announced by Avex Trax in August 2017 and was released in four physical versions: Version A, a CD+Blu-ray version which includes 23 music video clips; Version B, a CD+DVD version which also includes 23 music video clips; Version C, a CD-only version; and Version B, a fan club limited edition that includes exclusive footage from the concert.

The album was a commercial success, debuting at number one on the Billboard Japan Top Albums Chart and the Oricon Albums Chart, selling 130,000 copies on the first week of release.[1] In doing so, Tohoshinki became the foreign act with the most number one albums in Japan.[2] Begin Again has earned a gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for shipments of over 100,000 copies.[3]

Background and release[edit]

The album was put in production soon after Tohoshinki's discharges from the Republic of Korea Armed Forces in late 2017. The songs "Rising Sun" (2006), "Dōshite Kimi o Suki ni Natte Shimattandarō?" (2008), and "Bolero" (2009), numbers the duo performed in their last concert tour With Tour (2015), were re-recorded for the album. Begin Again, a title inspired by Tohoshinki's 2006 single "Begin" (Five in the Black), was announced on August 22, 2017 through their official Avex Trax website.[4] The album was marked as a commemorative and complementary release for the duo's comeback concert tour, Begin Again. To promote the album, Meet & Greet tickets were attached to each album, and buyers had to register their serial numbers through Tohoshinki's official website to be chosen. 220 fans were chosen for the Meet & Greet events, which were held at each Begin Again tour venue.

Commercial performance[edit]

According to statistics compiled by Japan's Oricon, Begin Again topped the daily Oricon Albums Chart on its first day of release, selling 81,791 copies.[5] It stayed on top of the daily Oricon Albums Chart the next three days, selling an additional 40,449 copies. By the end of the week, Begin Again sold 134,447 copies and was the number one album of the week. Begin Again also debuted atop the Billboard Japan Top Albums Chart[6] and Japan Hot Albums chart.[7] It ranked third on the Billboard Japan Albums Download Chart.[8]

Begin Again is the duo's sixth consecutive record to top the Oricon Albums Chart, breaking Simon & Garfunkel and Bon Jovi's record as the foreign male music act with the most consecutive number-one albums in Japan.[9] Tohoshinki are also the first foreign music act in Japan to top the weekly Oricon Albums Chart six times.

Track listing[edit]

Fine Collection 〜Begin Again〜 (All versions) – Disc 1 (CD)
1."Why? (Keep Your Head Down)" (from Tone)Luna
2."B.U.T (Be-Au-Ty)" (from Tone)Luna
  • Yoo Young-jin*Ryan Jhun*Antwann Frost
3."Humanoids" (from Time)H.U.B.
  • Thomas Troelsen*Donald "hAZEL "Sales
4."Maximum" (from Tone)H.U.B.Yoo Young-jin 
5."Catch Me -If You Wanna-" (from Time)H.U.B.Yoo Young-jin 
6."Spinning" (from With)H.U.B.
  • Lubo Slavicek*Katerina Bramey*Ninos Hanna
7."Something" (from Tree)H.U.B.Yoo Young-jin 
8."Superstar" (from Tone)Luna
  • Lars Halvor Jensen*Johannes Joergensen*Drew Ryan Scott*Lindy Robbins
9."Ocean" (from Tree)Shinjiroh Inoue
  • Shinjiroh Inoue*White Jam
10."I Don't Know"Luna
  • Hitchhiker
11."Sweat" (from With)H.U.B.
  • Hanif Sabzevari*Kevin Borg*Nicklas Eklund
12."Android" (from Time)H.U.B.
  • Anders Grahn*Grace Tither*Emil Carlin
13."Scream" (from Tree)H.U.Bhitchhiker 
14."Rising Sun" (Re-recorded, from Heart, Mind and Soul)m.c.A・TYoo Young-jin 
Fine Collection 〜Begin Again〜 (All versions) – Disc 2 (CD)
1."Duet" (from Tone)InoueInoue 
2."One More Thing" (from Time)H.U.B.her0ism 
3."Weep" (from Tone)Inouesolaya 
5."Telephone" (from Tone)LunaYoo Young-jin 
6."Spinning" (from With)H.U.B.
  • Lubo Slavicek
  • Ninos Hanna
  • Katerina Bramley
7."Aitakute Aitakute Tamaranai (逢いたくて逢いたくてたまらない)" (from Time)InoueInoue 
8."Time Works Wonders" (from With)Inoue
  • Peter Gordeno
  • Jamie Hartman
9."Cheering" (from Tree)InoueInoue 
10."In Our Time" (from Time)InoueInoue 
11."Thank You My Girl" (from Tone)Luna
12."Believe in U" (from With)InoueInoue 
13."Dōshite Kimi o Suki ni Natte Shimattandarō? (どうして君を好きになってしまったんだろう?)" (Re-recorded from The Secret Code)Lambsey
  • Fredrik "Fredro" Odesjo
  • Sylvia Bennett-Smith
  • Mats Berntoft
Fine Collection 〜Begin Again〜 (All versions) – Disc 3 (CD)
1."Shiawase Iro no Hana (シアワセ色の花)" (from Tone)Katsuhiko YamamotoKatsuhiko Yamamoto 
2."Sakuramichi (サクラミチ)"YamamotoYamamoto 
3."Chandelier" (from With)H.U.B.
  • Matthew Tishler
  • Andrew Underberg
4."Kimi no Inai Yoru (君のいない夜)"YamamotoYamamoto 
5."I Love You" (from Tree)YamamotoYamamoto 
6."With Love" (from With)InoueInoue 
7."I Know" (from Time)Inoue
  • T-SK
  • Tesung Kim
  • Andrew Choi
8."Still" (from Time)InoueInoue 
9."Calling" (from Tree)InoueTakashi Iioka 
10."Ai o Motto (愛をもっと)" (from Tree)YamamotoYamamoto 
11."One and Only One" (from Time)Inoue
  • Peter Kvint
  • Jonas Myrin
12."Tree of Life" (from Tree)Inoue
13."Bolero" (Re-recorded, from The Secret Code)Lambsey  
  • Version D is only available on the Bigeast Official Shop, which requires Bigeast membership.

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Japan (RIAJ)[10] Gold 167,259[11]

*sales figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Oricon Albums Chart, Week of 2017-11-06". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "TVXQ Sets New Record For Most No. 1s On Oricon's Weekly Album Chart As Foreign Male Artist". Soompi. October 30, 2017. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "Certifications for October 2017". Recording Industry Association of Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "東方神起10月25日発売アルバム「FINE COLLECTION~Begin Again~」リリース記念Meet&Greet実施決定!!". Tohoshinki @ Avex Trax (in Japanese). Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "TVXQ tops Japan's Oricon 'Daily Album' chart with compilation album 'Begin Again'". Allkpop. October 25, 2017. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "Billboard Japan Top Albums, Week of November 6, 2017". Billboard (in Japanese). Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "東方神起の復帰作が総合アルバム首位 ダウンロード1位はハイスタ". Billboard (in Japanese). Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "Billboard Download Albums Chart, Week of November 6, 2017". Billboard (in Japanese). Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "東方神起、海外男性歴代単独1位のアルバム6作目首位「本当にうれしい」". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  10. ^ "Certifications of October 2017" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  11. ^ 月間 CDアルバムランキング 2017年10月度 [CD album monthly ranking of October 2017] (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017.

External links[edit]

  • [ Tohoshinki Begin Again special website]