Just Ballade

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Just Ballade
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Studio album by Misia
Released December 16, 2009 (2009-12-16)
Recorded 2008-2009
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 61:54
Label Ariola Japan
Producer Misia
Misia chronology
Decimo X Anniversario de Misia: The Tour of Misia 2008 Eighth World + The Best DJ Remixes
(2008)Decimo X Anniversario de Misia: The Tour of Misia 2008 Eighth World + The Best DJ Remixes2008
Just Ballade
(2009)
Soul Quest
(2011)Soul Quest2011
Alternative covers
Limited edition type A sleeve case cover
Limited edition type A sleeve case cover
Limited edition type B deluxe "winter gift package" cover
Limited edition type B deluxe "winter gift package" cover
Singles from Just Ballade
  1. "Yes Forever"
    Released: April 30, 2008
  2. "Yakusoku no Tsubasa"
    Released: May 28, 2008
  3. "Sukoshi Zutsu, Taisetsu ni"
    Released: February 4, 2009
  4. "Ginga/Itsumademo"
    Released: June 10, 2009
  5. "Aitakute Ima"
    Released: November 18, 2009
  6. "Hoshi no Yō ni..."
    Released: December 16, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Just Ballade is the ninth studio album by Japanese R&B singer Misia, released December 16, 2009.[2] It is her first album released under Ariola Japan.[2] Just Ballade comes close two years after her last studio album, Eighth World, and is her first to include solely ballads.[2] It was released simultaneously with Misia's twenty-fourth single, "Hoshi no Yō ni...".[3] The album was released in three editions: two limited and the regular CD only edition.[4] The limited edition type A includes the album in Blu-spec CD format, a cardboard sleeve casing, and a bonus DVD containing 6 music videos.[4] The limited edition type B comes with a 28-page color booklet in a deluxe packaging.[4]

The album has yielded 6 singles, each of which have had a commercial tie-in. Several album tracks were also used in promotional campaigns leading up to their release. "Chiheisen no Mukōgawa e" served as ending theme for the TV Tokyo program World Business Satellite,[5] "Boku no Kimochi" as ending theme to the NTV program Himitsu no Kenmin Show,[6] and "Work It Out" as ending theme for the NTV program Jōhō Live Miyaneya.[6]

Just Ballade debuted at #3 on the daily Oricon albums chart with 17,846 copies sold[7] and at #4 on the weekly chart, selling 57,469 copies in its first week.[8] It has been certified Gold by the RIAJ.[9]

Track listing[edit]

CD
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Sukoshi Zutsu, Taisetsu ni" Misia Sinkiroh 5:08
2. "Aitakute Ima" Misia Jun Sasaki 5:58
3. "Work It Out" Misia, Hinata, JP JP 2:48
4. "Chiheisen no Mukougawa e" (地平線の向こう側へ "To the Other Side of the Horizon") Misia Sinkiroh 4:53
5. "Call Me Love Me" Misia Sinkiroh 4:08
6. "So Beautiful" Misia Toshiaki Matsumoto 4:58
7. "Kuchibiru to Kuchibiru" (唇と唇 "Lip and Lip") Hinata Sinkiroh 4:53
8. "Baobab no Ki no Shita de" (バオバヴの木の下で "Under the Baobab Tree") Misia Misia 3:36
9. "Yakusoku no Tsubasa" Misia Sasaki 5:19
10. "Boku no Kimochi" (僕のきもち "How I Feel") Misia, Hinata Sinkiroh 4:16
11. "Yes Forever (Piano Version)" Misia Sinkiroh 4:55
12. "Hoshi no Yō ni..." Misia Sinkiroh 4:58
13. "Ginga" Misia Shusui, Fredrik Hult, Carl Utbult, Tebey 4:36
14. "Itsumademo" Misia Sinkiroh 1:28
Total length: 61:54
DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Baobab no Ki no Shita de" (Music Video)  
2. "Hoshi no Yō ni..." (Music Video)  
3. "Aitakute Ima" (Music Video)  
4. "Ginga" (Music Video)  
5. "Yakusoku no Tsubasa" (Music Video)  
6. "Yes Forever" (Music Video)  

Personnel[edit]

  • Misia – producer, arranger, vocals, background vocals, vocal producer
  • Herb Powers Jr. - mastering
  • Hiroto Tanigawa – executive producer
  • Shigenobu Karube – co-executive producer
  • Kazuyuki Kobayashi – co-executive producer
  • Yoshito Kawabata – A&R direction
  • Chise Kamimura – A&R
  • Yoshio Kawamoto – A&R
  • Hiraku Okumura – A&R
  • Chihiro Yoshioka – A&R
  • Masashi Watanabe – A&R
  • Keisuke Sato – management
  • Takayuki Ishida – management
  • Mayuko Hashimoto – management
  • Rui Nishikawa – management
  • Mitsuo Shindo - art direction, photography
  • Masami Hatta - artwork coordinator
  • Tetsuo Hirano - design
  • Kaori K - hair & make up
  • Sakae Kaneda - styling
  • Masahiro Matsuda - design
  • Hiroshi Sakuma – marketing
  • Chinatsu Kato – marketing

Charts, sales and certification[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
Japan December 16, 2009[2] Ariola Japan Blu-spec CD+DVD
CD
Taiwan December 18, 2009[18] Sony Music CD+DVD
South Korea December 23, 2009[19] CD
Hong Kong December 29, 2009[20] CD+DVD

References[edit]

  1. ^ allmusic review
  2. ^ a b c d "MISIAがバラードたっぷりのニュー・アルバム『Just Ballade』をリリース". Bounce (in Japanese). 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  3. ^ "MISIAがウルトラマンとコラボ!劇場映画主題歌を担当". Oricon (in Japanese). 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  4. ^ a b c "MISIA、「JIN‐仁‐」主題歌着うた(R)配信開始". Barks (in Japanese). 2009-10-18. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  5. ^ "MISIA、2年振りのフルアルバム!". HMV (in Japanese). 2009-09-30. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  6. ^ a b "MISIA、9週連続着うた配信で最新アルバムの世界観をチラリ". Natalie (in Japanese). 2009-10-16. Retrieved 2009-11-23. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b 安室奈美恵、初動40万枚も狙える快調スタート!. Oricon (in Japanese). 2009-12-17. Archived from the original on 2010-05-26. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  8. ^ a b 2009年12月第4週のアルバムランキング情報. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  9. ^ a b ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2009年12月 (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  10. ^ "Top Albums|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN". Billboard (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  11. ^ "2009・12月 月間アルバムTOP20". Oricon (in Japanese). 2010-02-03. Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  12. ^ "アルバム 年間ランキング-ORICON STYLE ランキング" (in Japanese). Oricon. December 20, 2010. Archived from the original on December 20, 2010. Retrieved December 20, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "週刊 CDソフト TOP20". SoundScan (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  14. ^ "Five Music - 五大唱片(5大唱片) -五大金榜". Five Music (in Chinese). Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  15. ^ (in Chinese) On the drop down Select 第51週 "G-Music 風雲榜 (東洋榜)". G-Music. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  16. ^ (in Chinese) On the drop down Select 第51週 "G-Music 風雲榜 (外語榜)". G-Music. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  17. ^ "2010年度アルバム年間売上ランキング - 売上スレ避難所@JBBS掲示板" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2010-05-05. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  18. ^ ":: 台灣索尼音樂 Sony Music Entertainment (Taiwan) ::" (in Chinese). Sony Music Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2010-12-05. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 
  19. ^ "MISIA : Just Ballade 소니뮤직" (in Korean). Sony Music Entertainment. Retrieved 2010-02-07. [permanent dead link]
  20. ^ "Sony Music" (in Chinese). Sony Music Entertainment. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 

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