The Secret Code (album)

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The Secret Code
The Secret Code.jpg
Studio album by Tohoshinki
Released March 25, 2009
Recorded 2008–09
Genre J-pop, dance-pop, R&B
Language Japanese
Label Rhythm Zone
Producer Masato "Max" Matsuura (Exec), Ryuhei Chiba (exec) , Lee Soo Man (exec), Beatardz, The Conglomerate, Robert Habolin, Yoo Young Jin
Tohoshinki chronology
Mirotic
(2008)
The Secret Code
(2009)
Best Selection 2010
(2010)
Singles from The Secret Code
  1. "Beautiful You/Sennen Koi Uta"
    Released: April 23, 2008
  2. "Dōshite Kimi o Suki ni Natte Shimattandarō?"
    Released: July 16, 2008
  3. "Jumon: Mirotic"
    Released: October 15, 2008
  4. "Bolero/Kiss the Baby Sky/Wasurenaide"
    Released: January 21, 2009
  5. "Survivor"
    Released: March 17, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

The Secret Code is the fourth Japanese studio album (eighth overall) by South Korean pop group Tohoshinki, released on March 25, 2009 by Rhythm Zone. The album debuted at number two on the Oricon weekly chart. This is the last album with the group's original line-up.

Chart performance[edit]

In Japan, The Secret Code debuted at number two on the Oricon daily charts selling nearly 83,000 copies.[2] On the weekly chart the album took the number two spot selling over 157,900 copies, behind pop singer Ayumi Hamasaki's Next Level.[3] The album seemed even more successful in Taiwan. On the J-Pop and Combo charts the album debuted at number-one, bringing in 51.1% and 12.09% of sales on their respective charts.[4][5]

Singles[edit]

The first single that was released from the album was the double A-side, "Beautiful You/Sennen Koi Uta", on April 23, 2008. The single debuted at number-one on the Oricon singles charts.[6] The second single was "Dōshite Kimi o Suki ni Natte Shimattandarō?", which was released on July 16, 2008. The third single was "Jumon: Mirotic", which was a Japanese language cover of their lead single from their fourth Korean studio album with the same name. Two singles were released in 2009: the triple A-side "Bolero/Kiss the Baby Sky/Wasurenaide" and the last single from the album, "Survivor". All of the singles were number-ones for the group except "Survivor", which came in at number three on the Oricon chart.[7][8][9][10]

Formats and track listings[edit]

CD track listing
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Secret Game" H.u.b. Akira 2:04
2. "Force" H.u.b. Adam Royce, Adolphus, Jason Gill 3:45
3. "Why Did I Have to End Up Falling Completely in Love with You?" (どうして君を好きになってしまったんだろう? Dōshite Kimi o Suki ni Natte Shimattandarō?) Lambsey Fredrik "Fredro" Odesjo, Sylvia Bennett-Smith, Mats Berntoft 3:18
4. "Nobody Knows" H.u.b. Nao Tanaka 3:58
5. "Beautiful You" H.u.b. Steve Smith, Anthony Anderson, Joleen Belle 4:37
6. "Don't Forget" (忘れないで Wasurenaide) Jejung Jejung, Young-hu Kim 5:19
7. "9095" H.u.b Jejung 3:43
8. "Magic Spell (Mirotic)" (呪文 -MIROTIC- Jumon -Mirotic-) Yoo Young Jin, Ryoji Sonoda Mikkel Remee Sigvardt, Lucas Secon, Thomas Troelsen 3:28
9. "Taxi" Shinjiroh Inoue Nao Tanaka 5:31
10. "Stand Up!" H.u.b. Jan Kask, Luciano Peirone, Peter Mansson 3:59
11. "Survivor" H.u.b. Iain James, Robert Habolin, Adam Powers 3:13
12. "Kiss the Baby Sky" Yuchun Yuchun 3:50
13. "Bolero" Ramuji (ラムジ?) Daisuke Suzuki (鈴木大輔 Suzuki Daisuke?), Keiichi Tomita (冨田恵一 Tomita Keiichi?) 6:04

Bonus Tracks and Editions[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Certification
(threshold)
Japan Oricon Weekly Chart[3] 2 Platinum[11]
Taiwan Combo Chart[5] 1
Taiwan J-Pop Chart[4] 1

Chart precession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
Butterfly by Jolin Tsai
Taiwan Combo number-one album
April 10, 2009
Succeeded by
Butterfly by Jolin Tsai
Preceded by
Best & USA by BoA
Taiwan J-Pop number-one album
April 10, 2009
Succeeded by
Sorry, Sorry by Super Junior

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "東方神起、4thアルバムが初登場2位にランクイン" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  3. ^ a b 前人未到!浜崎あゆみ、デビューから11年連続首位 (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  4. ^ a b (Chinese) Select Week 15 "G-Music 風雲榜 (綜合榜)". G-Music. Archived from the original on July 6, 2012. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  5. ^ a b (Chinese) Select Week 15 "G-Music 風雲榜 (東洋榜)". G-Music. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  6. ^ 東方神起、約24年ぶりに欧陽菲菲のアジア記録に並ぶ (in Japanese). 2008-04-02. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  7. ^ 東方神起が欧陽菲菲を上回り外国人アーティスト歴代1位に! (in Japanese). Oricon. 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  8. ^ 東方神起、2008年トップとなる4作目のシングル首位! (in Japanese). Oricon. 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  9. ^ 東方神起、シングル4作連続で首位獲得 (in Japanese). Oricon. 2009-01-27. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  10. ^ "KAT-TUN、1stシングルから10作連続1位" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2009-03-17. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  11. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2009年4月 (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 2009-07-05.