With (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 17, 2014 (2014-12-17)
LabelAvex Trax
Tohoshinki chronology
Live World Tour: Catch Me in Seoul
Rise as God
Singles from With
  1. "Sweat / Answer"
    Released: June 11, 2014
  2. "Time Works Wonders"
    Released: November 5, 2014

With (stylized as WITH) is the eighth Japanese studio album (fifteenth overall) by South Korean pop duo Tohoshinki, released by Avex Trax on December 17, 2014. The record was released in four physical versions – Version A, a CD+DVD version with music videos and live performances; Version B, another CD+DVD version with off-shot movies; Version C, a CD only version with two bonus tracks; and Version D, a fan club limited edition with a CD-Extra.[1] Recording and writing for the album roughly began in the summer of 2013. With is described to be an album composed of nostalgic dance-pop songs that are influenced by disco and jazz, accompanied by marching drumbeats. Its lyrical content explores the general concept of love and friendship.

With was a commercial success, debuting at number one on the Billboard Japan Top Albums Chart and the Oricon Albums Chart, selling 233,000 copies on the first week of release. In doing so, Tohoshinki became the first foreign artists in Japan to top the Oricon Albums Chart four times in a row. Tohoshinki are also the first foreign artists in Japan to have four consecutive albums sell 200,000 or more copies in a week. With the addition of With, Tohoshinki became the third international music act, after Simon & Garfunkel and Bon Jovi, to have released five number one albums in Japan.[2] By the end of the year, With earned a platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for shipments of over 250,000 copies.[3]

The album has two commercially successful singles – "Sweat / Answer" and "Time Works Wonders" – both which debuted at number two on the Oricon Singles Chart and achieved Gold certifications by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). To promote the album, Tohoshinki will embark on their second nationwide five-Dome tour, the With: Live Tour 2015, from February to March 2015.

Production and composition[edit]

With consists mostly of dance-pop songs and ballads. In an interview for B-Pass magazine,[4] Tohoshinki described With as an enduring and long-lasting album, with songs that can pass through time without seeming outdated. Unlike the electropop influences heard in their last few records, the dance-pop songs recorded in With adopted more retro sounds from disco, jazz, and soul. The laid-back feel of the album puts With as a significant musical departure from Tohoshinki's earlier works, which were described as "intense and aggressive dance music" by the duo.[4] The album's title represents Tohoshinki's wishes to stay together and form a closer connection with their fans.

The opening track "Refuse to Lose" introduces Tohoshinki as the "kings" of pop with an aggressive message of self-empowerment. It is a midtempo pop song with chanting, tuneful rapping and a pulsating brass arrangement. The second track "Spinning", one of the album's pre-release singles, follows "Refuse to Lose"'s brass sound and is an uptempo dance-pop song with disco and soul influences. Heavy marching percussions and horns are looped throughout the track, resembling Tohoshinki's previous single "Something", a swing jazz number with big band instrumentals. Similarly, the album's fourth track "Surisuri (Spellbound)", the Japanese version of Tohoshinki's Korean single "Spellbound"; and the twelfth track "Sweat", the first single off With, are also uptempo jazz pop numbers.

The fifth track "Time Works Wonders", the second and final single from With; and the bonus track "Christmas is Love", are adult contemporary soul ballads. The sixth track "Dirt" is a gritty acoustic pop song with a catchy hook, and the tenth track "Answer" is a midtempo electropop song. Light disco pop songs "I Just Can't Quit Myself" and "Special One" have humorous lyrics while the pop ballads "Believe in U" and "Baby, Don't Cry" have encouraging lyrics. The pre-release single "Chandelier" and the album's last track "With Love", a slow tempo march, are ballads with melancholic but heartwarming messages.


The duo debuted their first single off the record, "Sweat" at the first show of their Tree: Live Tour 2014 in April 2014. The single, which was released as a double A-side single with "Answer", was released on June 11. It debuted at number two on the Oricon Singles Chart and sold over 140,000 copies,[5] The album's second single, the soul ballad "Time Works Wonders", was announced in August and released on November 5.[6] The single debuted at number two on the Oricon and sold 107,000 copies the first week.[7] Having shipped over 100,000 copies to retail stores, both singles were certified Gold by the RIAJ.[8]

Release and promotion[edit]

On August 30, 2014, Tohoshinki announced at Avex's a-nation music festival that they would hold their second five-Dome concert tour in early 2015, raising speculation that the duo would release a new studio album in the next few months.[9] With was officially announced on October 23 via Tohoshinki's official website, with December 17, 2014 as the album's official release date.[1] On November 4, Avex released the names of two pop ballad tracks from the album, "Believe in U" and "Chandelier." Both were announced to be used as ending songs for two Japanese variety programs.[10]

The tracklist and the four official covers for With were unveiled on November 17 on Tohoshinki's official website.[11] The cover of Version A, a CD+DVD version with music videos and live performances, features Tohoshinki posing with two taxidermied wolves inside an abandoned house overgrown with plants. Version B, a CD+DVD version with off-shot movies, has the duo smartly dressed in green suits and surrounded by disco balls, sitting against a neon background. Version C, a CD-only version with two bonus tracks, is a shot of the duo sitting on a bench. Version D, a limited edition exclusive for registered members of Tohoshinki's Japanese fanclub Bigeast, is a simple cover of Tohoshinki dressed in wool sweaters, with Yunho raising his right arm in the air and Changmin with his arms crossed. First press limited editions also came with a collectible photo card.

The PV for "Chandelier" was released on the Yahoo! Japan video streaming site, GyaO!, on November 20, and was ranked number one for three days.[12] On November 25, Avex opened the album's special website, where it revealed forty-second snippets of all fourteen tracks from the record.[13] A preview of the PV for "Spinning" was released on November 28. The album was promoted extensively at the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza shopping center in Odaiba. To commemorate the launch of With, the duo collaborated with the cruise ship Hotaluna for an exclusive Tohoshinki-themed cruise. The cruise had an exclusive one-day trip around Tokyo Bay on December 16.[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

According to statistics compiled by Japan's Oricon, With topped the daily Oricon Albums Chart on its first day of release, selling 162,790 copies.[15] With stayed on top of the daily Oricon Albums Chart for the next six days, and the album ultimately sold 233,000 copies in its opening week, debuting atop the Billboard Japan Top Albums Chart[16] and the weekly Oricon Albums Chart.[17] With is the duo's fourth consecutive studio album and fifth overall record to sell over 200,000 copies on its first week of release, breaking their own sales record. With was also the duo's fourth consecutive album to debut at number one on the Oricon, making Tohoshinki the first foreign music act in Japan to top the weekly Oricon Albums Chart four times in a row.[17]

Track listing[edit]

With (All versions) – Disc 1 (CD)
1."Refuse to Lose -Introduction-"H.U.B.
  • Philippe-Marc Anquetil
  • Christopher Lee-Joe
  • Danny Lattouf
  • Martin Scott Carre
  • Lubo Slavicek
  • Katerina Bramley
  • Ninos Hanna
3."Believe in U"Shinjiroh InoueShinjiroh Inoue4:39
4."Surisuri (Spellbound)" (Japanese version)H.U.B.Yoo Young-jin4:31
5."Time Works Wonders"Inoue
  • Peter Gordeno
  • Jamie Hartman
  • Chris Wahle
  • Andreas Ohrn
7."I Just Can't Quit Myself"Inoue
  • Simon Westbrook
  • Jamie Sellers
  • James Winchester
9."Baby, Don't Cry"H.U.B.
  • Fredrik Jernberg
  • Erik Lidbom
  • Hide Nakamura
  • UTA
  • Hiro
  • Sunny Bo
11."Calling"InoueTakashi Iioka4:23
  • Hanif Sabzevar
  • Kevin Borg
  • Nicklas Eklun
13."Special One"H.U.B
  • Andreas Oberg
  • Caesar & Loui
  • Olof Lindskog
14."With Love"InoueInoue5:56
Total length:55:15
  • Version D is only available on the Bigeast Official Shop, which requires Bigeast membership.


Credits adapted from the liner notes of With.[18]

Performers and musicians
Technical personnel


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2014, 2015) Peak
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[19] 1
Billboard Japan Top Albums[16] 1
South Korean Albums Chart (Gaon)[20] 7
South Korean International Albums Chart (Gaon)[21] 1
Taiwanese East Asian Albums Chart (G-Music) 7


Released Oricon chart Peak Debut sales Sales total Chart run
December 17, 2014 Daily Albums Chart 1 162,790 266,824 18 weeks
Weekly Albums Chart 1 233,216
Monthly Albums Chart 1 244,116
Yearly Albums Chart 15 266,824


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Japan (RIAJ)[3] Platinum 250,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Japan[1] December 17, 2014 Avex Trax
South Korea January 7, 2015 Digital download S.M. Entertainment
Taiwan[22] January 30, 2015 Avex Taiwan
South Korea February 12, 2015 S.M. Entertainment

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Tohoshinki's Official Website" (in Japanese). Avex Group. Retrieved 2014-10-23.
  2. ^ "TVXQ Rewrites Japanese Oricon Charts History with Success of New Album "WITH"". Soompi. 2014-12-22. Retrieved 2014-12-24.
  3. ^ a b "Certifications for December 2014". Recording Industry Association of Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 2015-01-19.
  4. ^ a b "『B-PASS』最新号でアルバムリリース間近のSCANDAL、超特急を大特集" [B-PASS latest issue to feature SCANDAL]. Billboard article Japan (in Japanese). 2014-11-25. Retrieved 2014-11-29.
  5. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  6. ^ "New single 'Time Works Wonders' to be released 2014/11/5". TOHOSHINKI Official Website. 2014-08-22. Retrieved 2014-08-22.
  7. ^ "Time Works Wonders at Oricon". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-11-17.
  8. ^ "Gold certifications of June 2014". Recording Industry Association of Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-07-10.
  9. ^ Sun, Mi-kyung (2014-08-30). "TVXQ to hold their second 5-Dome tour in Japan to commemorate their 10th Japanese debut anniversary". Osen (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-08-30.
  10. ^ "Tohoshinki's Official Website" (in Japanese). Avex Group. Retrieved 2014-11-05.
  11. ^ a b c d e "Tohoshinki's With tracklist and covers revealed". Avex Group (in Japanese). 2014-11-17. Retrieved 2014-11-17.
  12. ^ "Tohoshinki - Chandelier". GyaO! (in Japanese). 2014-11-20. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  13. ^ "Tohoshinki 'WITH' Special Website". Avex Group (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-11-25.
  14. ^ "Tohoshinki to collaborate with Hotaluna". Tohoshinki at Avex (in Japanese). 2014-12-08. Retrieved 2014-12-11.
  15. ^ "Oricon Albums Chart, 2014-12-16". Oricon Style (in Japanese). 2014-12-16. Retrieved 2014-12-22.
  16. ^ a b "Billboard Japan Top Albums, Week of December 29, 2014". Billboard (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-12-24.
  17. ^ a b "Tohoshinki's fourth studio album debutes at number one, rewriting history for foreign artists". Oricon Style (in Japanese). 2014-12-23. Retrieved 2014-12-23.
  18. ^ With (CD liner notes). Tohoshinki. Avex Trax. 2014. AVCK-79238.
  19. ^ "Oricon Top 50 Albums: YYYY-MM-DD" (in Japanese). Oricon.
  20. ^ "Gaon Albums Chart, February 8–14, 2015". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved 2015-02-23.
  21. ^ "Gaon International Albums Chart, February 8–14, 2015". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved 2015-02-23.
  22. ^ Tohoshinki – WITH, Avex Taiwan

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