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Prisoner of Love is Utada Hikaru's 21st Japanese single and 30th single overall, and was released on May 21, 2008. This was her first Japanese recut single in 9 years, after the first one First Love in 1999. It is also her first single to be released exclusively in CD+DVD format. Prisoner of Love (Quiet Version) serves as the insert song for the Japanese television drama, "Last Friends," while the original version is used in the opening theme. It won the Best Theme Song Award in the 57th Drama Academy Awards. Prisoner of Love is the 3rd most downloaded song in Japan during 2008.


Music Video

The video for Prisoner of Love features Utada writing, arranging, and composing the song. She is seen doing push-ups and punching the air, while the scene switches back to her crafting the song and having writer's block. The video is very interesting in that its her first to use various references to her U3 blog. She is seen peeling and eating an orange-like fruit called a mikan, and in her blog she mentioned having a surplus of them. She is also seen drawing her inventive superhero, Super-Kuman, based on Kuma Chang, her stuffed bear, which is the subject for her song Boku Wa Kuma.


Track listing

  • CD+DVD Version

CD Tracklist

  1. Prisoner Of Love
  2. Prisoner Of Love -Quiet Version-
  3. Prisoner Of Love (Original Karaoke)
  4. Prisoner Of Love -Quiet Version- (Original Karaoke)

DVD Tracklist

  1. Prisoner Of Love (Video Clip)

Digital sales information

On May 13th, Barks.jp reported "Prisoner of Love" had sold over 1.5 million downloads across all formats[1], and on July 7th, Yahoo!Japan reported it had sold over 2.9 million downloads [2], it has been certified by the RIAJ on September 2nd for reaching the 1 million mark for Chaku-Uta full downloads in Japan[3][4].


Charts

Oricon sales chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak Position Sales Total Chart Run
May 21, 2008 Oricon Daily Singles Chart #2
May 21, 2008 Oricon Weekly Singles Chart #2 81,626* 12 weeks (*still charting)
May 21, 2008 Oricon Monthly Singles Chart #11
May 21, 2008 Oricon Yearly Singles Chart #95

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