For You (Utada Hikaru song)

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"For You"
A drawing of cars with lips.
Single by Utada Hikaru
from the album Distance
Released June 30, 2000 (2000-06-30)
Recorded 2000
Length 5:22
Label Toshiba EMI
Songwriter(s) Utada Hikaru
Utada Hikaru singles chronology
"Wait & See (Risk)"
"For You"
"Can You Keep a Secret?"
"Wait & See (Risk)"
"For You"
"Time Limit"
"Can You Keep a Secret?"

"For You" is a song by Japanese musician Utada Hikaru. It was released as a double A-side single with the song "Time Limit" on June 30, 2000.[1]

Background and development[edit]

In 1999, Utada released her debut album First Love, which was the most commercially successful album of all time in Japan.[2] After this success, she released two follow-up singles, "Addicted to You" (1999) and "Wait & See (Risk)" (2000), which were both produced by American production team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.[3][4] "For You" was continuation of Utada's collaboration with arranger Kei Kawano, who had previously worked with Utada on First Love (1999) (including the single "First Love") and the coupling tracks on her single "Wait & See (Risk)". The song was recorded at Toshiba EMI's Studio Terra in Tokyo.[5]

The "For You" / "Time Limit" single was released right before Bohemian Summer 2000, her first wide-scale tour of Japan,[6] and on the same day as the DVD single release of her previous single, "Wait & See (Risk)".

Promotion and release[edit]

The song was first unveiled on June 19, 2000, when a 60-second preview of "For You" was previewed on Japan FM Network radio stations, a week after "Time Limit" was previewed. To promote the single, Utada appeared in magazines released in June and July, such as Pati Pati, What's In?, Pia, Tokyo Walker and Popteen.[7] On June 23, 2000, Utada performed the song live at Music Station,[8] and on the June 29 episode of Utaban performed both "For You" and "Time Limit".[9]

Music video[edit]

A music video was created for the song, featuring footage from her secret live performed at the Shibuya On Air East on June 26, 2000, just before the start of her Bohemian Summer 2000 tour.[10][11]


In 2014, singer Miliyah Kato recorded "For You" for Utada Hikaru no Uta, a tribute album celebrating 15 years since Utada's debut.[12] The cover sampled the original recording of the song by Utada, and also incorporated "Give Me a Reason" from Utada's debut album First Love (1999).

Critical reception[edit]

Sato of felt that "For You" explored solitude similar to Osamu Dazai's 1948 novel No Longer Human, however expressed this in the "direct words of a 17 year old" instead of "spitting out the words of an adult".[6] CDJournal reviewers felt that the song "[did not] have an instantly gripping sound and doesn't feel like something flat out, but her Japanese-style taste moves the bottom line with her heavy kicks and expert harmonies." The reviewers further remarked that the song had Utada's signature vocal sound and a high level of perfection.[13]

The "For You" / "Time Limit" single was successful enough to win a Song of the Year award at the 15th Japan Gold Disc Awards.[14]

Track listing[edit]

"For You" / "Time Limit" single
No. Title Writer(s) {{{extra_column}}} Length
1. "For You" Hikaru Utada Kei Kawano 5:22
2. "Time Limit" Utada, Takuro Kubo Rodney Jerkins, Utada 4:55
3. "For You (Original Karaoke)" Utada Kawano 5:22
4. "Time Limit (Original Karaoke)" Utada, Kubo Jerkins, Utada 4:55
Total length: 20:34


Personnel details were sourced from "For You/Time Limit"'s liner notes booklet.[5]

  • Goh Hotoda – mixing
  • Takahiro Iida – synthesizer programming
  • Kei Kawano – arrangement, all keyboards, electric guitar, programming
  • Akira Miyake – production
  • Hidenobu Okita – talking modulator
  • Masaaki Ugajin – recording, tape scratch
  • Hikaru Utada – all vocals, writing
  • Teruzane "Sking" Utada – production

Chart rankings[edit]

Charts (2000) Peak
Japan Oricon weekly singles[15]
  • "For You/Time Limit"

Sales and certifications[edit]

Chart Amount
Oricon physical sales[16]
  • "For You/Time Limit"
RIAJ physical certification[17]
  • "For You/Time Limit"
3× Platinum (1,200,000)

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Distributing Label Catalog codes
Japan June 30, 2000 (2000-06-30)[1] CD Single Toshiba EMI TOCT-4230
April 1, 2004 (2004-04-01)[18] Digital download
South Korea September 30, 2005 (2005-09-30)[19] Digital download Universal Music Korea


  1. ^ a b "For You/タイム・リミット". Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "『First Love』発売から15年、宇多田ヒカルの色あせない輝き" [15 years since the release of First Love, Hikaru Utada's unfaded radiance]. Oricon. March 7, 2014. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ "4th Single Addicted To You" (in Japanese). Universal. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ 宇多田ヒカル / Wait&See~リスク~ (in Japanese). CDJournal. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b For You/Time Limit (Media notes) (in Japanese). Hikaru Utada. Tokyo, Japan: Toshiba EMI. 2000. 
  6. ^ a b Sato of For You/タイム・リミット (in Japanese). Yahoo! Japan. Archived from the original on September 21, 2004. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ "News" (in Japanese). Toshiba EMI. June 13, 2000. Archived from the original on June 18, 2000. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ 主演者ライナップ 2000/06/23 (in Japanese). TV Asahi. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Utaban". (in Japanese). June 29, 2000. Tokyo Broadcasting System.  Missing or empty |series= (help)
  10. ^ EMI Music Japan. "宇多田ヒカル - For You" (in Japanese). Youtube. Archived from the original on December 19, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  11. ^ EMI Music Japan. "Biography 2000" (in Japanese). Universal. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  12. ^ 『宇多田ヒカルのうた』全貌明らかに。井上陽水、椎名林檎、浜崎あゆみ、吉井和哉ら参加アーティストコメント [All details revealed for Utada Hikar no Uta, comments from contributing artists such as Yosui Inoue, Ringo Sheena, Ayumi Hamasaki and Kazuya Yoshii.] (in Japanese). Barks. December 3, 2014. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  13. ^ 宇多田ヒカル / Utada Hikaru SINGLE COLLECTION VOL.1 (in Japanese). CDJournal. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  14. ^ 第15回日本ゴールドディスク大賞 / Gold Disc Hall of Fame 15th (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  15. ^ 宇多田ヒカルのシングル売り上げランキング [Hikaru Utada single sales ranking] (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" [Oricon Ranking Information Service 'You Big Tree']. Oricon. Retrieved December 18, 2014. (Subscription required (help)). 
  17. ^ "GOLD ALBUM 他認定作品 2000年7月度" [Gold Albums, and other certified works. September 2000 Edition] (PDF). The Record (Bulletin) (in Japanese). Chūō, Tokyo: Recording Industry Association of Japan. 490: 8. September 10, 2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 22, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  18. ^ "For You/タイム・リミット". Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  19. ^ "タイムㆍリミット/For You" (in Korean). Bugs. Retrieved December 18, 2014.