Prisoner of Love (Utada Hikaru song)

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"Prisoner of Love"
Single by Utada Hikaru
from the album Heart Station
Released May 21, 2008
Format CD, DVD
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 4:46
Label EMI Music Japan
Writer(s) Utada Hikaru
Producer(s) Utada Hikaru
Utada Hikaru singles chronology
"Heart Station"
"Prisoner of Love"
"Come Back to Me"

"Prisoner of Love" is Utada Hikaru's 21st Japanese single and 30th single overall, and was released on May 21, 2008. This was her first Japanese recut single in nine years, after the first one "First Love" in 1999. It is also her first single to be released only in CD+DVD format. "Prisoner of Love" (Quiet Version) serves as the insert song for the Japanese television drama, Last Friends, while the original version is used in the opening theme.[1] It won the Best Theme Song Award in the 57th Drama Academy Awards.[2] "Prisoner of Love" was the 3rd most downloaded song in Japan during 2008.[3]

Prisoner of Love is Utada's current last Japanese single in physical format.

The song was performed during Utada's two date concert series Wild Life in December 2010.[4]

Music video[edit]

The video for "Prisoner of Love", directed by Takeishi Wataru, features Utada writing, arranging, and composing the song. She is seen doing push-ups and punching the air, while the scene switches back to her crafting the song and having writer's block.

The video is very interesting in that it is her first to use various references to her U3 blog. She is seen peeling and eating an orange-like fruit called a mikan, and in her blog she mentioned having a surplus of them. She is also seen drawing her inventive superhero, Super-Kuman, based on Kuma Chang, her stuffed bear, which is the subject for her song "Boku wa Kuma".

Track listing[edit]

CD+DVD Version

No. Title Length
1. "Prisoner of Love"   4:46
2. "Prisoner of Love ~Quiet Version~"   4:34
3. "Prisoner of Love (Original Karaoke)"   4:44
4. "Prisoner of Love ~Quiet Version~ (Original Karaoke)"   4:34
No. Title Length
1. "Prisoner of Love (Music Video)"   -:--

Digital sales information[edit]

On May 13, reported "Prisoner of Love" had sold over 1.5 million downloads across all formats,[5] and on July 7, Yahoo!Japan reported it had sold over 2.9 million downloads,[6] it has been certified by the RIAJ on September 2 for reaching the 1 million mark for Chaku-Uta Full downloads in Japan.[7][8]

Chart rankings[edit]

Charts (2008) Peak
Billboard Japan Hot 100[9] 2
Oricon weekly singles[10] 2
Oricon yearly singles[11] 95
RIAJ Reco-kyō ringtones Top 100[12] 2
RIAJ Reco-kyō ringtones Top 100[12]
  • Quiet Version
Charts (2010) Peak
RIAJ Digital Track Chart Top 100[13] 83

Certifications and sales[edit]

Chart Amount
Oricon physical sales[14] 82,000
RIAJ physical certification[15] 100,000
RIAJ ringtone downloads[16] 1,000,000+
RIAJ full-length cellphone downloads[17] 1,000,000+
RIAJ PC downloads[16] 100,000+


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  13. ^ "レコード協会調べ 2010年06月09日~2010年06月15日 <略称:レコ協チャート(「着うたフル(R)」)>" (in Japanese). RIAJ. 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
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