To Be Free (Arashi song)

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"To Be Free"
Arashi-ToBeFree.jpg
Single by Arashi
from the album Beautiful World
Released July 7, 2010 (2010-07-07)
Format CD single, CD+DVD
Recorded 2010
Genre Pop
Length 7:28 (Regular edition)[1]
Label J Storm
Writer(s) Soluna, Samuel Waermo, October
Arashi singles chronology
"Monster"
(2010)
"To Be Free"
(2010)
"Love Rainbow"
(2010)
Music sample

"To Be Free" is a song recorded by Japanese boy band Arashi. It was released on July 7, 2010 by their record label J Storm. The song was used as a theme song for the commercials for Mitsuya Cider which starred Arashi member Sho Sakurai.[2] Only one version of the physical single was released, containing the song's instrumental track and a DVD.

Track list[edit]

Regular Edition
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "To Be Free" Soluna Samuel Waermo, October 3:45
2. "To Be Free" (Instrumental) Soluna Waermo, October 3:43
DVD
No. Title Length
1. "To Be Free" (Making of)  
2. "To Be Free" (PV)  

Chart performance[edit]

The single sold around 180,000 copies on the first day of its release on July 7, 2010, debuting at number one on the Oricon daily singles chart.[3] On July 13, 2010, "To Be Free" placed at number-one on the Oricon weekly singles chart, becoming the group's twentieth consecutive number-one single since their 2004 single "Pikanchi Double".[4] Together with member Satoshi Ohno's solo single "Yukai Tsukai Kaibutsu-kun" (ユカイツーカイ怪物くん?), which was released on the same day as "To Be Free" and placed at number-two, Arashi and Ohno accomplished the rare feat of a group and a solo artist from the group simultaneously taking the top two spots for the first time in nearly ten years.[5]

"To Be Free" remained number-one on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart for two consecutive weeks.[6][7] According to Oricon, "To Be Free" is the tenth best-selling single of 2010 in Japan.[8]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"Wonderful World!!" by Kanjani Eight
Oricon Weekly number one single
July 19, 2010
Succeeded by
"Moon/Blossom" by Ayumi Hamasaki
Preceded by
"Wonderful World!!" by Kanjani Eight
Billboard Japan Hot 100 number-one single
July 19, 2010 – July 26, 2010
Succeeded by
"This Is Love" by SMAP

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Distributor
Japan July 7, 2010 (2010-07-07)[11] CD+DVD (JACA-5227)[11] J Storm
South Korea July 21, 2010 (2010-07-21)[12] CD+DVD (SMJTCD357B)[12] SM Entertainment
Taiwan July 23, 2010 (2010-07-23)[13] CD+DVD (JAJSG27030/A)[13] Avex Taiwan
Hong Kong July 31, 2010 (2010-07-31)[14] CD+DVD[14] Avex Asia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "To be free" (in Japanese). Utasuki Music Store. 1. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  2. ^ "To Be Free 嵐のプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-Oricon Style" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  3. ^ a b 嵐&大野・怪物くんがデイリーシングル1・2位 (in Japanese). Oricon. 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  4. ^ a b 嵐が約10年ぶり快挙 グループ&ソロで1・2位独占 (in Japanese). Oricon. 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  5. ^ "Charts: Arashi, Hey! Say! JUMP". Tokyograph. 2010-07-14. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  6. ^ a b "Week of July 24, 2010". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  7. ^ a b "Week of July 31, 2010". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  8. ^ a b c 年間ランキング特集 シングル (in Japanese). Oricon. 2010-12-20. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  9. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100 Year End 2010". Billboard. 2010-12-10. Archived from the original on 2010-12-11. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  10. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2010年07月 (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  11. ^ a b "To Be Free [CD+DVD]". CDJapan. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  12. ^ a b "Arashi - 31st Single 'To be free' [통상판 CD+DVD]" (in Korean). Aladdin. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  13. ^ a b "To be free (初回式樣)" (in Chinese). Avex Taiwan. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  14. ^ a b "To be free (SINGLE+DVD) (Hong Kong Version)" (in Chinese). YesAsia. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 

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