Movin' On Without You
|"Movin' On Without You"|
|Single by Hikaru Utada|
|from the album First Love|
|Released||February 17, 1999|
|Label||EMI Music Japan|
|Hikaru Utada singles chronology|
"Movin' On Without You" is a song recorded by Japanese American recording artist and producer Hikaru Utada taken from her debut studio album First Love (1999). The song was written, composed and produced by Utada herself, and became her first ever single to have been done by her. "Movin' On Without You" was written, produced and composed while Utada was attending college in Tokyo, Japan, during 1997. Utada, who received a record contract by Toshiba-EMI, had written an English-language version of the song, but the song remains unreleased.
Musically, the song utilizes dance-oriented music from the mid-1990s and also incorporates the use of R&B music from the parent album and house music. Lyrically, the song talks about an independent woman who can deal outside off a relationship. The song received favorable reception from most music critics, who praised the musical arrangement and praised Utada's vocals and songwriting. Some have even dubbed the song as a "J-Pop classic" and view it as a memorable song in Japanese music. An accompanying music video was shot for the single, which featured Utada on a chair in a computer lab and dancing to the song.
Commercially, the song was successful in her native Japan. Both released as an 8 cm and normal compact disc, the song peaked at number five and number one on the Oricon Singles Chart, which the latter format became her first number one single in Japan. To date, the song is her fifth-best selling physical single with over 1.22 million units sold in the country. "Movin' On Without You" has been played live on several occasions including international tours Utada United 2006, Utada: In the Flesh 2010 and Wild Life.
Born and raised in Manhattan, New York City, Hikaru Utada had started singing at a very young age; she was a member of U3, a musical act with her mother Keiko Fuji and her father Teruzane. U3 released their debut album Star in 1993, with the hope to debut in America; the album failed to gain any recognition or chart positions. Utada's mother was a Japanese enka singer and actress, who released several albums with some topping the Oricon charts during the 1960s and 1970s period, while her father was a Japanese record producer who had contributed to some of Fuji's work. In 1996, the group was rebranded as Cubic U, an R&B project that focused primarily on Hikaru, resulting in the English language album Precious in 1998 with record label Toshiba EMI.
Utada had moved to her fathers native Tokyo in 1997 to attend Seisen International School and later American School in Japan. During this time, Utada had signed solely with Toshiba EMI and started recording her singles and eventually her then-forthcoming album First Love. Utada, who was fluent in English, was asked if she could write Japanese songs by her record company, Toshiba EMI rather than English language lyrics. This led to the recording sessions for her debut Japanese album, First Love. (1999) During the process of the tracks and album, Utada desired to become a singer-songwriter and occasionally practiced producing and composing her music rather than become a Japanese idol. For this, Utada released her first A-side single "Automatic/Time will tell", which peaked at number two on the Oricon chart and sold over two million units, becoming her best selling single to date.
"Movin' On Without You" was written, composed and produced by Utada herself, which became her first ever single to have been done by her. Her father, Teruzane, had co-produced and co-composed a lot of songs from Utada's first album First Love, but this song was the only track on the album to have not been produced by her father or Akira Miyake. The song was programmed, arranged, engineered and organized by Shinichiro Murayama, who also played keyboard and the synthesizer on the track while the intro and chorus guitar notes are played and written by Yoshiaki Kusaka. The song's recording demos and programming were in Tokyo, Japan with Utada recordings all from her, and Utada was assisted by Motoyama Seiji and Ugajin Masaaki.
Musically, "Movin' On Without You" is a disco and house track that was influenced by the early 1990s dance music throughout the Western part of the world and lasts a duration total off four minutes and forty-one seconds. The song also incorporates dance-oriented R&B rhythms that were present on her previous single and the parent album and contains more "fresh" and "comfortable" vocal abilities that are delivered by Utada. According to CDJournal, they felt that the song being as one off the introduction tracks fitted perfectly to make it more "mellow".
"Movin' On Without You" received critical acclaim from most contemporary music critics. David Jeffries from Allmusic, who had written the extended biography off the singer, had highlighted the song (viewed as [Untranslated song]) as one of Utada's career and parent album standouts. A reviewer from the online publication CDJournal was positive towards the song, calling it a "speedy dance beat" and praised her lyrical content and vocal delivery for being quite "persuasive" and challenging for a fifteen-year-old. the song had a tie-in as the Japanese CM song for the Nissan Terrano. At the 2000 Japan Gold Disc awards, they awarded the song along with "Time Will Tell" and "Automatic" for their own special Songs of the Year award.
Commercially, the song proved to be another consecutive success. Because the single was released on the 8 cm format, it served it as the primary charting format. The song debuted at number five on the Oricon Weekly Chart with estimated 473,530 sales in its first week. This charted lower than her previous single "Automatic" which peaked at number four in its first week. The song lowered in its positioning and eventually stayed on the charts for twelve weeks in total which was lower than her previous single's chart duration. Then, not long after, the song was re-released by Toshiba-EMI and was released as a standard compact disc. In its first week, the song debuted at number one, which became her first number one single on Oricon and her second single to peak inside the top three. The song stayed in the chart for thirteen weeks and sold over 800,000 units in its re-release.
In April 1999, the song was certified million by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for shipments of a million units in Japan, which became her second consecutive million selling single there. To date, "Movin' On Without You" has sold over 1.22 million units in Japan, which became her second best selling single off all time, just behind her debut single and was listed as one of the best selling singles in Japan. Following the success off her million selling singles, this effort was followed by "Addicted to You", "Wait & See (Risk)", "For You", "Time Limit", "Can You Keep a Secret?" from Distance, "Travelling" from Deep River and "Colors" from Ultra Blue. [A]
It had a tie-in as the Japanese CM song for the Nissan Terrano. An accompanying music video was shot for the single, which featured Utada on a chair in a computer lab seeing images including flowers, waves and other digitally enhanced images. It also intercuts to her dancing to the song in a laboratory. It was later included in her Utada Hikaru Single Clip Collection Vol. 1 (1999) music clip collection.
The song has been a constant feature of her live concert set lists. She performed the song during her Luv Live concerts in April 1999, as well as her Bohemian Summer 2000 concert tour and at the Utada Hikaru Unplugged event on August 10, 2001. The song was a part of her Hikaru no 5 residency concerts at the Nippon Budokan in February 2004, her Japan-wide tour Utada United 2006, her overseas tour Utada: In the Flesh 2010 and her December 2010 Wild Life concert series.
Ayumi Hamasaki version
In November 2014, Universal Music Japan had announced that there would be a tribute album towards Utada's musical works and would be covered by a variety of musicians. During the time off the announcement, however, no specific artists were mentioned and this left public speculation. It was then announced through AramaJapan.com that the artists had been unveiled for the project which included Hamasaki. When the track list was announced, it was revealed that Hamasaki had covered "Movin' on Without You" and the song was uploaded to iTunes.
Hamasaki's version was produced by American producer and his team RedOne, who had collaborated with Hamasaki on her track "XOXO" from her 2014 album Colours. The song's composition removes the traditional dance house music from Utada's versions and creates a more modern electronic dance music "twist". Villa commented "She's no stranger to the dance floor and easily finds her footing among the beats. The queens of J-Pop collide on this sleek remake." Eventually, the song was released as a promotional single from the compilation album on 9 December 2014 by Universal Japan.
The cover version received favorable reception from most music critics. Bradley Stern from MuuMuse was particularly positive off the collaboration, stating "Happily, the result sounds exactly like something you might expect to hear on one of Ayu’s Ayu-mi-x Euro-dance compilations. It’s surging, non-stop nostalgic throwback — for both artists involved, really." Because Hamasaki's version was released only as a digital download, it was made ineligible to chart on the Oricon Singles Chart, but it charted on the Japan Billboard Charts. The song peaked at number thirty-six on the Japan Hot 100 chart.
Commercials and other versions
During the release off the single, it had a tie-in as the Japanese CM song for the Nissan Terrano, which became her first commercial singles for the advert. A demo version off the single was featured on Utada's 15th anniversary album First Love; "Automatic" still remains unreleased.
|1.||"Movin' On Without You"||Shin'ichiro Murayama||4:38|
Taka & Speedy(rhythm track arrangement)
|3.||"Movin' On Without You (Original Karaoke)"||4:41|
|12 cm version|
|1.||"Movin' On Without You"||4:38|
|3.||"Movin' On Without You (Tribal Mix)"||4:46|
"Movin' On Without You" - Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)
|Release||Chart||Peak Position||Sales Total||Chart Run|
|8 cm||February 17, 1999||Oricon Daily Singles Chart|
|Oricon Weekly Singles Chart||5||346,820||12|
|Oricon Yearly Singles Chart|
|12 cm||Oricon Daily Singles Chart|
|Oricon Weekly Singles Chart||1||879,760||13|
|Oricon Yearly Singles Chart|
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