Honey (Chara album)

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Honey
Chara Honey.jpg
Studio album by Chara
Released June 25, 2008
Recorded 2007-2008
Genre 60's pop, ballad, rock, ambiental music, ska
Length 52:16
Label Universal Music
Chara chronology
Sugar Hunter: The Best Love Songs of Chara
(2007)Sugar Hunter: The Best Love Songs of Chara2007
Honey
(2008)
Kiss
(2008)Kiss2008
Alternative Cover
limited CD+DVD cover
limited CD+DVD cover
Singles from Honey
  1. "Cherry Cherry"
    Released: August 29, 2007
  2. "Boku no Koto o Shitte"
    Released: November 14, 2007
  3. "Trophy"
    Released: January 16, 2008
  4. "Labrador"
    Released: May 13, 2008 (digital download)
  5. "Call Me"
    Released: July, 2008 (promo single)

Honey (ハニー?, Hanī) is the 12th studio album by Chara, which was released on June 25, 2008.[1] It debuted at #12 on the Japanese Oricon album charts, and charted in the top 300 for 10 weeks.[2]

Honey was released in two versions: a limited edition CD+DVD version as well as a regular CD Only version. The DVD featured the music videos for the three physical singles, Cherry Cherry, Boku no Koto o Shitte and Trophy, along with the music video for the digital download song Labrador. Missing are the videos for X'mas Spirit!, the B-side of Boku no Koto o Shitte, and Call Me.

The album is filled with tie-up songs. The single Trophy was used in commercials for the Toyota bB car, and Cherry Cherry was used in childrearing information kit Kodomo Challenge commercials. Ai o Oboeru was used in Kodomo Challenge commercials promoting the birthday anniversary release of the kit. Call Me was used as the theme song for the news show News Zero, and Aoi Kakera was used as the opening theme song for the anime Telepathy Shōjo Ran.

Labrador was written for Chara by rock band Radwimps' vocalist Yōjirō Noda. It was released as a radio single from Honey and reached #67 on the Billboard Japan Singles Top 100 chart.[3]

Chara's daughter Sumire is featured on the cover of the album.

Track listing[edit]

CD
No. Title Lyrics Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Sumire" (Intro)   Chara Chara 0:52
2. "Trophy" (album version) Chara Rui Momota Kōichi Tsutaya 4:48
3. "Labrador (ラブラドール?)" Yōjirō Noda Yōjirō Noda Yōjirō Noda 3:46
4. "Cherry Cherry" Chara Chara Seiji Kameda 3:57
5. "Ai o Oboeru (愛を憶える?, Remember Love)" Chara Chara Chara 3:18
6. "Marmalade (マーマレード?)" Chara Chara Chara 3:35
7. "Boku no Koto o Shitte (ボクのことを知って?, Know Me)" Chara Ken'ichi Shirane Masanori Shimada 5:03
8. "Aoi Kakera (青いかけら?, Blue Pieces)" Chara Chara Tatsuki Hashimoto 5:25
9. "Soshite, Boku ga Todokanai (そして、僕が届かない?, Then I Can't Reach It)" Chara Kōichi Tsutaya Kōichi Tsutaya 4:35
10. "Amai Karai (甘い辛い?, Sweet Spicy)" Chara Chara Chara 5:05
11. "Nakidashisō. (泣き出しそう。?, Burst Into Tears)" Chara Chara Chara 3:31
12. "Maha" Chara Chara Chara 3:21
13. "Call Me" Chara Chara Chara 5:00

Singles[edit]

Date Title Peak position Weeks Sales
August 29, 2007 "Cherry Cherry" 44 (Oricon) 4 5,675
November 14, 2007 "Boku no Koto o Shitte" 44 (Oricon) 6 6,504
January 16, 2008 "Trophy" 37 (Oricon) 3 3,468

Japan Sales Rankings[edit]

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
June 25, 2008 Oricon Daily Albums Chart 7
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 12 19,104 38,108 10 weeks
Oricon Yearly Albums Chart 248

References[edit]

  1. ^ "「honey」". Archived from the original on 2008-05-20. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  2. ^ "honey/Chara". Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  3. ^ Chara - Labrador - Music Charts