First Love (Utada Hikaru song)

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"First Love"
Utada Hikaru - First Love.jpg
Cover of the 12cm version of the single
Single by Utada Hikaru
from the album First Love
Released April 28, 1999 (1999-04-28)
Format
Genre
Length 4:18
Label Toshiba-EMI
Songwriter(s) Utada Hikaru
Producer(s) Kei Kawano
Utada Hikaru singles chronology
"Movin' on Without You"
(1999)
"First Love"
(1999)
"Addicted to You"
(1999)
"Movin' on Without You"
(1999)
"First Love"
(1999)
"Addicted to You"
(1999)
8cm version cover
8cm version cover

"First Love" is a song by Japanese singer-songwriter Utada Hikaru. It was released as her third Japanese language single on April 28, 1999, a month after the release of her debut album, First Love. It was certified double platinum for 800,000 copies shipped to stores across Japan.[1]

In a 2009 survey by Oricon, asking respondents what song they want to hear with a broken heart, "First Love" was voted in the top 10.[2]

"First Love" was performed during Utada's 2010 tour, Utada: In the Flesh 2010.

It was also performed during Utada's two date concert series Wild Life in December 2010.[3]

Promotion[edit]

The song was used as the theme song for the Japanese drama Majo no Jōken, starring Hideaki Takizawa and Nanako Matsushima.[citation needed] "First Love" is featured in the PlayStation 2 rhythm game Unison, released in 2001.

Track listing[edit]

8cm version
No. Title Arranger Length
1. "First Love" Kei Kawano 4:18
2. "First Love (Strings Mix)" Kawano 4:22
3. "First Love (Original Karaoke)" Kawano 4:21
4. "First Love (John Luongo Mix)" John Luongo 4:08
Total length: 17:09
12cm version
No. Title Arranger Length
1. "First Love" Kawano 4:18
2. "First Love (featuring David Sanborn)" Kawano 4:17
3. "First Love (Strings Mix)" Kawano 4:20
4. "First Love (John Luongo Mix)" Luongo 4:08
Total length: 17:13

Chart rankings[edit]

Charts (1999) Peak
position
Oricon weekly singles[4]
  • 12 cm version
2
Oricon weekly singles[5]
  • 8 cm version
6
Charts (2009) Peak
position
RIAJ Digital Track Chart Top 100[6] 89

Certifications and sales[edit]

Chart Amount
Oricon physical sales[7]
  • 12 cm version
501,000
Oricon physical sales[7]
  • 8 cm version
303,000
RIAJ full-length cellphone downloads[8] 250,000+

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Japan April 28, 1999 (1999-04-28)[4][5] 12 cm single, 8 cm single
Taiwan August 2000 (2000-08)[9] 8 cm single
Japan November 19, 2004 (2004-11-19)[8] Cellphone full-length digital download

Personnel[edit]

  • Hironori Akiyama - guitar
  • Yuichiro Goto - strings
  • Takahiro Iida - synthesizer programming
  • Kei Kawano - arrangement, string arrangement, keyboards, programming
  • Masayuki Momo - synthesizer programming
  • Hikaru Utada - lyrics, music, vocals

Juju version[edit]

"First Love"
Song by Juju
from the album Request
Released September 15, 2010 (2010-09-15)
Format Digital download
Genre J-pop, R&B
Length 4:27
Label Sony
Songwriter(s) Utada Hikaru
Producer(s) Akihisa Matsuura
Request track listing
"Last Kiss"
(11)
"First Love"
(12)

"First Love" was covered by Japanese R&B singer Juju in 2010, on her cover album Request. The song was the main promotional single, and released as a digital download to cellphones on September 15, 2010.[10] Juju performed the song at Hey! Hey! Hey! on September 20.[11]

Chart rankings[edit]

Chart Peak
position
RIAJ Digital Track Chart Top 100[12] 5

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Japan September 8, 2010 (2010-09-08)[10] Ringtone
September 15, 2010 (2010-09-15)[10] Cellphone download

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GOLD ALBUM 他認定作品 1999年5月度" [Gold Albums, and other certified works. May 1999 Edition] (PDF). The Record (Bulletin) (in Japanese). Chūō, Tokyo: Recording Industry Association of Japan. 476: 9. July 10, 1999. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 9, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ 失恋した時に聴きたい曲、男性はミスチル 女性はプリプリ. Oricon (in Japanese). 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  3. ^ "宇多田ヒカル一時休止前ラスト公演で感涙&Ust新記録樹立" (in Japanese). Natalie. December 13, 2010. Retrieved December 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "First Love - 宇多田ヒカル/ オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  5. ^ a b "First Love - 宇多田ヒカル/ オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  6. ^ "レコード協会調べ 2009年09月02日~2009年09月08日 <略称:レコ協チャート(「着うたフル(R)」)>" (in Japanese). RIAJ. 2009-09-11. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  7. ^ a b "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved 2010-09-24.  (subscription only)
  8. ^ a b レコード協会調べ 8月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:8月度認定>. RIAJ (in Japanese). 2009-09-20. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  9. ^ "First Love (Overseas Ver.)". Yesasia. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  10. ^ a b c "JUJU インフォメーション" (in Japanese). Sony. Archived from the original on September 24, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  11. ^ "今聴きたい!名曲HEY!HEY!HEY!伝説的アイドルの祭典!史上最多30人大集結スペシャル!!" (in Japanese). Fuji TV. September 20, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2010. 
  12. ^ "レコード協会調べ 2010年09月15日~2010年09月21日 <略称:レコ協チャート(「着うたフル(R)」)>" (in Japanese). RIAJ. 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 

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