Real (Mika Nakashima album)

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Album cover
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 30, 2013 (2013-01-30)
Genre J-pop
Length52:57
Label Sony Music Associated
Mika Nakashima chronology
Star
(2010)
Real
(2013)
Zutto Suki Datta ~All My Covers~
(2014)
Singles from Real
  1. "Dear"
    Released: April 27, 2011
  2. "Love is Ecstasy"
    Released: September 14, 2011
  3. "Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Nara"
    Released: September 19, 2012
  4. "Hatsukoi"
    Released: November 28, 2012

Real is a studio album by the Japanese singer Mika Nakashima. The album was first released in Japan on January 30, 2013 (for the Valentine's Day season), in Regular and Limited editions. [1]

Mika Nakashima is a Japanese singer and actress. Five of her studio albums, one of her mini-albums and one of her compilation albums have reached number one in Japan's Oricon album chart. She also embarked on an acting career, most notably as Nana Osaki in the live action film adaptations of Nana. She sold 10 million records in Japan.

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It has also been released in Taiwan and South Korea.

Some presses of the album come with a bookmark denoting the artist and album name on one side, and a picture of a flower with the words "Be Real...Be Mine" on the other side of the bookmark.

Tie-ins

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Track listing

CD [4] [6]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hatsukoi (初恋; First Love)"Takayuki Mitsuhashi6:02
2."Dear"Katsuhiko Sugiyama5:12
3."Ashita Sekai ga Owaru Nara (明日世界が終わるなら; If the World Ends Tomorrow)"Katsuhiko Sugiyama4:29
4."Passion" 3:58
5."You Knocked Me Out" 3:15
6."Love Is Ecstasy"Mika Nakashima, Nickii3:46
7."Be Real" 4:36
8."Super Woman" 3:27
9."Supreme" 3:57
10."Pierce (ピアス)" 4:46
11."Kioku (記憶; Memory)" 5:25
12."Epilogue (エピローグ)" 4:29
13."Letter" 3:35

Oricon sales charts (Japan)

ReleaseChartPeak positionDebut salesSales total
January 30, 2013Oricon Daily Albums Chart1
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart149,09889,295
Oricon Monthly Albums Chart (January 2013)10

Certifications

Region Certification
Japan Gold [8]

Release History

CountryDateFormatLabel
JapanJanuary 30, 2013CD (AICL-2499), [4] CD+DVD (AICL-2497) [7] Sony Music Associated
TaiwanFebruary 1, 2013CD+DVD (#88765467852) [9] Sony Music Taiwan
South Korea [10] February 5, 2013CD Sony Music Korea

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