Why (Miliyah Kato song)

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Single by Miliyah Kato
from the album Heaven
B-side Destiny
You Don't Know Me
Released November 18, 2009
Format Maxi single, digital download
Recorded Late 2009
Genre Pop, pop rock, urban
Length 17:01
Label Mastersix Foundation
Writer(s) Miliyah Kato
Producer(s) Shinichiro Murayama, Jeff Miyahara
Miliyah Kato singles chronology
"Love Forever"
"Forever Love"
Alternative cover
CD+DVD edition

"Why" (stylized as WHY) is Japanese singer-songwriter and composer Miliyah Kato's sixteenth single, and the first to be taken from her fifth studio album Heaven. It was released throughout Japan on November 18, 2009.

Background and promotion[edit]

The title track "Why" is lyrically the sequel song to "Sayonara Baby" from 2008. A music video for the song was released as promotion, directed by Shigeaki Kubo. The first b-side "Destiny" was used as the main theme song for The Twilight Saga: New Moon, released on November 28 throughout Japan. The song could be heard in the Japanese trailers for the film.[1] A music video, directed by Moocho, was also recorded for "Destiny".

Also featured on the single is the music video for "Aitai" from Kato's fourth studio album Ring, the video for "Aitai" later won the Best R&B Video award at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2010 on May 29, 2010.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Miliyah Kato.

No. Title Music Arrangement Length
1. "Why" Miliyah Kato Shinichiro Murayama
Ittetsu Gen (Strings arrangement)
2. "Destiny" Kato, Jeff Miyahara Jeff Miyahara 3:48
3. "You Don't Know Me" Kato Manaboon 4:43
4. "Why" (Instrumental) Kato Murayama 4:14
Total length: 17:01
No. Title Director Length
1. "Aitai" (Music Video) Shigeaki Kubo [3]  
2. "Aitai" (Making of Music Video)    

Charting and release[edit]

"Why" debuted at number ten on the Oricon weekly chart, a top 100 songs and artists chart, selling 15,189 copies that week.[4] The single charted for ten weeks and to date has sold approximately 29,000 copies.[5] That month the title track debuted and peaked at number two on the RIAJ Digital Track Chart behind "Futatsu no Kuchibiru" by Exile, before also being certified gold for full-length downloads.[6][7] On the Billboard Japan Hot 100, the title track peaked at number eight on the week November 24–30, 2009.[8]


Released Oricon Chart Weekly Peak Debut Sales Sales Total Chart Run
November 18, 2009 Daily Singles Chart 7 29,089 10 weeks
Weekly Singles Chart 10 15,189[4]
Monthly Singles Chart
Yearly Singles Chart
Charts (2009) Peak
Japan (Oricon Singles Chart)[4] 10
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[8] 8
Japan (RIAJ Digital Track Chart)[7] 2


  1. ^ "Miliyah Kato sings "Twilight" tie-in - Tokyograph". October 7, 2009. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2010 - Tokyograph". May 30, 2010. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ "SPACE SHOWER TV|スペースシャワーTV|MUSIC VIDEO SEARCH" (in Japanese). Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "検索結果-ORICON STYLE アーティスト/CD検索" (in Japanese). Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" (in Japanese). Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ 一般社団法人 日本レコード協会|各種統計 (in Japanese). November 2009. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b 一般社団法人 日本レコード協会|各種情報 (2009/11/18~2009/11/24) (in Japanese). Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). November 30, 2009. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 

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