Union (Chara album)

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Union
Chara Union.jpg
Studio album by Chara
Released February 28, 2007
Recorded 2006-2007
Genre ambiental music, electronica, rock, dream pop, dance
Length 48:56
Label Universal Music
Chara chronology
Something Blue
(2005)Something Blue2005
Union
(2007)
Sugar Hunter: The Best Love Songs of Chara
(2007)'Sugar Hunter: The Best Love Songs of Chara'2007
Alternative Cover
limited CD+DVD cover
limited CD+DVD cover
Singles from Union
  1. "Sekai"
    Released: September 13, 2006
  2. "Crazy for You"
    Released: November 15, 2006
  3. "Fantasy"
    Released: January 17, 2007

Union (ユニオン?, Yunion) is the 11th studio album by Chara, which was released on February 28, 2007.[1] It debuted at #4 on the Japanese Oricon album charts, and charted in the top 300 for 8 weeks.[2]

Union was her first album with Universal Music, after releasing music with Sony since 1991. It was released in two versions: a limited edition CD+DVD version, as well as a regular CD Only version. The DVD featured the music videos for the three singles, "Sekai", Crazy for You and Fantasy.

Sekai, released five and 1/2 months before the album, was Chara's first release under Universal. It was used in commercials for the NTT docomo service "NEC N702is" cellphone. The second single, Crazy for You, was created in collaboration with Shibuya-kei DJ Tomoyuki Tanaka (i.e. Fantastic Plastic Machine) and The Brilliant Green guitarist Ryo Matsui. Tanaka produced the song, while Matsui wrote the music.

Fantasy, the third single preceding the album's release by a month, was a minor hit for Chara. It was used in Kanebo cosmetics commercials for their T'estimo eye-makeup range, featuring Chara as a spokesperson in the commercials. It was a collaboration between Chara and music producer Seiji Kameda, bassist for the band Tokyo Jihen. It managed to reach #13 on Oricon's single charts.

The final track of the album, Niji o Wataru Heiwa ga Kita (虹をわたる平和がきた?, The Rainbow-Crossing Peace Has Come), was used as the theme song for the Japanese film Freesia (フリージア?).

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Chara.

CD
No. Title Lyrics Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Watashi o Mitsumete (私を見つめて?, Stare at Me)" Chara Tatsuki Hashimoto, Chara Tatsuki Hashimoto, Chara 3:50
2. "Fantasy" Chara Jun Sasaki, Chara Seiji Kameda 5:52
3. "Crazy for You" Chara Ryo Matsui Tomoyuki Tanaka, Tatsuki Hashimoto 3:19
4. "Tear Drop" Chara Shinichi Osawa, Chara Shinichi Osawa 4:47
5. "Boy" Chara Chara Chara 3:12
6. "Amai Amai (甘い甘い?, Sweet Sweet)" Chara Chara Chara 4:30
7. "O-ri-on" Chara Chara Seiji Kameda 4:43
8. "Back" Chara Chara Zentarō Watanabe 4:47
9. "This Is My Car" Chara Chara Chara 2:04
10. "Sekai (世界?, World)" Chara Chara Tatsuki Hashimoto, Chara 3:11
11. "Union" Chara Low Jack Three, Chara Low Jack Three, Chara 4:23
12. "Niji o Wataru Heiwa ga Kita (虹をわたる平和がきた?, The Rainbow-Crossing Peace Has Come)" Chara Chara Chara 3:58

Singles[edit]

Date Title Peak position Weeks Sales
September 13, 2006 "Sekai" 24 (Oricon) 5 9,607
November 15, 2006 "Crazy for You" 46 (Oricon) 3 3,680
January 17, 2007 "Fantasy" 13 (Oricon) 5 12,710

Japan Sales Rankings[edit]

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
February 28, 2007 Oricon Daily Albums Chart 3
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 4 26,485 50,963 8 weeks
Oricon Yearly Albums Chart

Various charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
First Week Sales
Soundscan Album Top 20[3] (CD+DVD version only) 7 23,645

References[edit]