Its been an interesting week for Oricon, with , L’Arc~en~Ciel, and Utada Hiakru releasing their latest single all at the same week. Mika Nakashima debuted on number 3 last week, before dropping to number 5.
Coming at number 1 is L’Arc~en~Ciel, with My Heart Draws A Dream. I managed to preview it and it sounds interesting, but it takes some time for me to really like it. I dont find any interesting tunes or melodies coming out from the latest single, but as always, Hyde’s voice is certainly the trademark that makes L’Arc~en~Ciel so unique. Blast the music out loud and you might find their music appealing.
The single sold about 112 000 physical albums on its first week.
You can preview the song here.
Coming up Next is my all time favourite, Utada Hikaru. However, taking a step back, i think Utada Hikaru would be my all time favourite female artiste while L’Arc~en~Ciel would be my all time favourite male artiste, or band for that matter. So thank god for that, or I would be so pissed as to why Utada’s latest single did not reach number 1 on the Oricon Charts.
Selling at a healthy 94 000 copies, im still quite puzzled as to why it sold lower than expected though. Maybe it did better through online music sales? Given the hype that Utada’s latest song, Beautiful World happened to be one of the theme song to one of the greatest anime remake, Neon Genesis Evangelion, it still fails to hit the top of the charts.
Ive posted the music sample in my previous post. Just look up under Utada Hikaru under the categories section.
Trailing at number 5 on its second week of release is Mika Nakashima’s latest, LIFE. Though im not a big fan of Mika Nakashima, but some of her songs are exceptional, and no doubt her smoky, blues, jazz voice really adds flavour to her songs. This one is an example of that. LIFE was release in the normal and ballad version. I prefer the ballad version. Its slower, more vocal and more soulful.
You can preview the normal version here.