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"Beautiful World / Kiss & Cry " is Utada Hikaru's 19th Japanese single (26th single overall). The single was released on August 29, 2007 as her second single for 2007.[1]

Beautiful World / Kiss & Cry includes 3 new songs. The title track, "Beautiful World," is being used as the theme song for the first installment of the Rebuild of Evangelion movies, and a new 2007 remix of Fly Me To The Moon, also included on the single, will be featured in the trailers of the movie. "Kiss & Cry," the second A-side of the single, was featured as the new "Freedom Cup Noodles" commercial tie-in song.[2]

On July 14, 2007 Utada released a preview of Beautiful World along with the single's cover. There is now a PV available for public interest for Kiss & Cry, made up of screenshots of characters from the Freedom Project anime lip-synching to the song. So far, it has received negative reactions from her fans, most likely and reportedly since the PV doesn't feature Utada indefinitely in any fashion. Her Japanese site did publish a magazine schedule that would be posting advertisements promoting this new single throughout August and September on July 30, and a TV schedule of performances on August 1. On August 7, a radio promotion schedule for the single, mainly of prerecorded clips that will air throughout Japan, was also added to her Japanese website.

As a follow-up to Flavor of Life's blog, EMI has created another website with clips of the PVs of Beautiful World and Kiss & Cry that can be pasted onto blogs. These clips will last until mid-September.[3]

The single debuted at #3 with first week sales of 94,000, making this single a relatively strong success for Hikaru on the Oricon Singles chart. On the World Charts, the single garnered 75,000 points and topping out at position 27.

Beautiful World

Beautiful World debuted on the radio and was released as a ringtone July 23, 2007.[4] The song is now available on CD and Digital download from the iTunes Music Store Japan. The song was originally planned to have a June/July release, however, early feedback for it had been quite positive. Sanspo.com describes the song as an "upbeat yet sad song" that fits Eva quite well.[5] Another earlier listener, the writer of the official Eva blog, was also quite impressed with the song. A preview of the song was released on her official webpage.[6] It has had a very positive reaction by most all of her fans, and has an extremely experimental and up-tempo tone in the vein of many tracks from her than-latest Japanese studio release "Ultra Blue". Beautiful World has been immensely successful in the Japanese download market for ringtones and full songs, reaching #1 on virtually every chart it appeared on, and has outplaced "Kiss & Cry" on every Airplay chart that either have charted on, as well. It hit #1 on the prestigious MTV Japanese chart and the CDTV Top 100 chart. According to the Best Top Sellers 2007 iTunes Japan, Beautiful World was the third most downloaded song in Japan.

The PV for Beautiful World is a montage of its Evangelion tie-in. For many, this PV has been a point of contention since Utada does not appear in the PV.[7]

Beautiful World is played during the ending credits of the film, preceding the preview for the upcoming second Rebuild of Evangelion film, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance. It also features on preview clips of the first film.

Kiss & Cry

The second A-side, Kiss & Cry was revealed when the 'Freedom' Anime and Nissin Cup Noodle TV commercials featuring it as its theme was released on April 20. The ringtone was released the same day and quickly rose to a top five ranking of Chaku-Uta download charts, and soon the song was downloaded over 300,000 times within the span of a month. It was not until a month later, on May 21, that "Kiss & Cry" debuted on the radio in Japan. "Kiss & Cry" became a digital single on June 30 and her second digital single to be released in Japan. It reached a peak #1 position on iTunes Japan rankings thus far. Photo shooting for the single's promotion began on June 26, 2007, as Utada stated in her blog. The full download version of Kiss & Cry went on to be certified gold by the end of June for at least 100,000+ units downloaded.[8] While it didn't quite achieve substantial sales in comparison with the phenomenal success of "Flavor of Life," Kiss & Cry, which is her second airplay single (third if the two "Flavor of Life" versions are counted separately) in Japan for 2007, has become a Top 20 smash in several Japanese radio airplay rankings, and achieved its highest peak at FM Osaka 851 ('#8').[9] Digital Sales for the track would rebound its rankings back into the Top 10, 5, or 3 of several Japanese online download stores and services with the first week of the physical single release.

"Kiss & Cry" was originally temporarily named 'Dancing Leah' by Hikaru, due to her fascination with the rising songstress, Leah Dizon. Kiss & Cry features a strong beat in the verses that melds into synthetic elements in the bridge and chorus. The bridge of the song samples the melody from the verse of "Hotel Lobby," the seventh track off her 2004 English-language debut, Exodus.

Airplay for Kiss & Cry was strong on a few stations, but failed to chart on many others. Apparently, there was an inability for some stations to air the song because of the mention of Nissin Cup Noodles in the lyrics, which has also limited the television performances of Kiss & Cry to one on Music Station August 31.

Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) -2007 MIX-

On June 27 “Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) -2007 MIX-” became available for purchase on select digital download outlets such as iTunes Japan. This is also Hikaru's third Japanese digital single. It will not be released for any sort of airplay, except for TV commercial trailers promoting the upcoming first installment of the Rebuild of Evangelion movies. The B-side song, off of Utada’s upcoming “Beautiful World/Kiss & Cry” single, was used during the trailer for the Rebuild of Evangelion film released on September 1, 2007.

Magazine Appearances

  1. 08/01 - Gyao Magazine
  2. 08/02 - R&R NEWSMAKER
  3. 08/14 - Template:nihongo
  4. 08/14 - WHAT’s IN
  5. 08/15 - Template:nihongo
  6. 08/17 - BARFOUT!
  7. 08/20 - VA(TSUATYA FP)
  8. 08/23 - Template:nihongo
  9. 08/24 - Template:nihongo
  10. 08/24 - TV navi
  11. 08/25 - the music master(HMV FP)
  12. 08/28 - MORE
  13. 08/29 - Template:nihongo
  14. 08/30 - MSN(WEB)
  15. 08/31 - Template:nihongo
  16. 09/01 - Template:nihongo
  17. 09/05 - Template:nihongo
  18. 09/09 - PATIPATI
  19. 09/12 - TV LIFE

TV Promotional Performances

  1. 08/31 - tv asahi, Music Station-Kiss & Cry
  2. 09/01 - TBS, CDTV-Beautiful World
  3. 09/03 - Fuji TV, HEY!HEY!HEY!-Beautiful World
  4. 09/06 - TBS, Utaban-Beautiful World
  5. 09/07 - tv asahi, MUSIC STATION-Beautiful World
  6. 09/07 - Nihon TV, Music Fighter-Beautiful World

Tracklist

  1. Beautiful World
  2. Kiss & Cry
  3. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) -2007 Mix-
  4. Beautiful World (Original Karaoke)
  5. Kiss & Cry (Original Karaoke)
  6. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) -2007 Mix- (Original Karaoke)

Charts

Digital Sales Charts

Chart Peak
position
iTunes Japan Top Songs '#1'(Beautiful World), '#1'(Kiss & Cry), & '#10'(Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)-2007 Mix-)
iTunes Japan Plus '#4'(Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)-2007 Mix-)
iTunes Japan Top Albums* '#1'
Recochoku Chaku-Uta Downloads[10] '#2'(Beautiful World), '#3'(Kiss & Cry), & '#26'(Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)-2007 Mix-)
Recochoku Chaku-Uta Full[11] '#1'(Beautiful World), '#17'(Kiss & Cry), & '#6'(Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)-2007 Mix-)
Recochoku Chaku-Uta Melody[12] '#1'(Beautiful World), '#5'(Kiss & Cry), & '#9'(Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)-2007 Mix-)
Recochoku Chaku-Uta All[13] '#1'(Beautiful World), '#1'(Kiss & Cry), & '#38'(Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)-2007 Mix-)
Oricon Mobile Full-Song[14] '#1'(Beautiful World)
Mu-mo Song Download Chart[14] '#5'(Beautiful World)
Dwango Truetone Ringtones (Chaku Uta)[15] '#2'(Beautiful World)
Dwango Polyphonic Ringtones (Chaku Mero)[15] '#1'(Beautiful World)

*Note: As iTunes does not have a chart specifically for singles and EPs, they are sent to chart on the albums chart.

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Physical Sales Charts

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Chart Peak
position
ORICON Chart #2
Soundscan Singles Chart[16] #2

Oricon sales chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak Position Debut Sales Sales Total Chart Run
August 29, 2007 Oricon Daily Singles Chart #1
August 29, 2007 Oricon Weekly Singles Chart #2 93,518 235,050* 26*
August 29, 2007 Oricon Monthly Singles Chart #3
August 29, 2007 Oricon Yearly Singles Chart #20

Airplay Charts

Chart Peak
position
Tokio Hot 100[17] '#2'(Beautiful World), '#19'(Kiss & Cry)
MTV Japanese Chart Express[18] '#1'(Beautiful World)
CDTV Top 100[19] '#2'
ZIP FM Hot 100 (Nagoya)[20] '#3'(Beautiful World), '#11'(Kiss & Cry)
Osakan Hot 100 (Osaka)[21] '#5'(Beautiful World), '#15'(Kiss & Cry)
Kiss FM Kobe Hot 40[22] '#2'(Beautiful World), '#16'(Kiss & Cry)
FM Osaka 851[23] '#1'(Beautiful World), '#8'(Kiss & Cry)
Toyama Countdown Top 50[24] '#2'(Beautiful World)


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