Mars (Gackt album)

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Mars
Gacktmars.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 26, 2000
Recorded2000
(Recording Studio)
Burnish Stone Recording Studio
One Voice Komazawa
Peninsula
Sound Sky Studio
Tower Side Studio
GenrePop rock, progressive rock, alternative rock
Length50:02
LabelNippon Crown
ProducerGackt
Gackt chronology
Mizérable
(1999)
Mars
(2000)
Rebirth
(2001)
Singles from Mars
  1. "Vanilla"
    Released: August 11, 1999
  2. "Mirror"
    Released: February 9, 2000
  3. "Oasis"
    Released: February 16, 2000
Alternative cover
Live tour video
Live tour video

Mars is the first full-length studio album released by Japanese solo artist Gackt on April 26, 2000.

Release[edit]

The album was released on April 26, 2000, by Nippon Crown. In the second counting week of May it reached number three on the Oricon charts, with sales of 153,500 copies. In the upcoming week, it was at the number sixteen, with sales of 23,540 copies. It charted for only 5 weeks.[1] Since its release the album has sold more than 200,000 copies.[citation needed] It was certified gold by RIAJ in 2000.[2]

Preceding the album release, were released three singles, "Vanilla", "Mirror" and "Oasis". The first single "Vanilla" is one of his most popular and commercially successful. It reached number four on the fourth counting week of August 1999, with sales of 104,650 copies. In the upcoming three weeks, it was at number thirteen two times, and fifteen, with sales of 40,990, and 31,810, and 22,440 copies. It charted for 10 weeks,[3] and with 248,360 copies sold was the 89th best-selling single of the year, and was certified Gold by RIAJ.[4] The single was later in 2002 re-released, it reached number twelve with sales of 19,220 copies, and charted for 6 weeks.[3]

The second single "Mirror" reached number nine on the third counting week of February 2000, with sales of 76,690 copies. It charted for 6 weeks,[3] and sold over 116,770 copies. The third single "Oasis" reached number seven on the fourth counting week of February 2000, with sales of 84,690 copies. It charted for 6 weeks,[3] and sold over 126,280 copies.

Promotion[edit]

Mars Sora Kara no Homonsha ~Kaisō~ (Mars 空からの訪問者, Mars A Visitor from the Sky ~Flashbacks~) was the first live tour of Gackt, and it was released on VHS on October 4, 2000, and DVD on November 11, 2000. Lawson sold a special backstage report titled Mars Sora Kara no Homonsha ~Kiseki~ on November 27, 2000. The VHS contained making videos for all special screens used in the show. The video recording of the final concert was filmed on June 1, 2000 at the Yokohama Arena.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Gackt C.

No.TitleLength
1."Ares"1:35
2."Asrun Dream"4:28
3."Emu ~for my dear~" (絵夢〜for my dear〜; "Dreamscapes ~for my dear~")6:05
4."U+K"4:21
5."Vanilla (Mars Ver.)"4:10
6."Freesia ~op.1~"2:39
7."Freesia ~op.2~"1:57
8."Illness Illusion"3:12
9."Mirror (Mars Ver.)"5:25
10."Dears"4:18
11."Oasis (Mars Ver.)"4:38
12."Kono Daremo Inai Heya de" (この誰もいない部屋で; "In This Empty Room")7:13

Notes[edit]

  • "Emu ~for my dear~" and "U+K" were written in memory of Malice Mizer ex-member and friend, Kami.[citation needed]
  • While not sung in any actual language, the album's booklet still provides lyrics for the song "Ares".
  • An acoustic re-recording of "Dears" later appeared on the album Love Letter.
  • "Dears" is used as the BGM in a "Gundam the Ride" commercial.
  • "Asrun Dream" was inspired by the Japanese manga Banana Fish by Akimi Yoshida, written in the perspective of Ash (his given name is Aslan, pronounced as Asrun in Japanese) watching his friend, Eiji, whilst he sleeps.[5]

Album credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gackt albums on Oricon" (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on 2013-06-05. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  2. ^ "月次認定作品 認定年月:2000年 4月" (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  3. ^ a b c d "Gackt singles on Oricon" (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on 2012-11-08. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  4. ^ "月次認定作品 認定年月:2000年 4月" (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  5. ^ "Asrun Dream". Senshigakuen. Retrieved 2018-09-17.