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Pop
Studio album by Mao Abe
Released January 27, 2010 (2010-01-27)
Recorded 2009
Genre J-pop
Length 53:58
Label Pony Canyon
Mao Abe chronology
Free
(2009)
Pop
(2010)
Alternate Cover
limited CD+DVD cover
Singles from Pop
  1. "Tsutaetai Koto/I Wanna See You"
    Released: May 27, 2009 (2009-05-27)
  2. "Anata no Koibito ni Naritai no Desu"
    Released: August 5, 2009 (2009-08-05)
  3. "Itsu no Hi mo"
    Released: January 13, 2010 (2010-01-13)

Pop (ポっぷ Poppu?) is Mao Abe's second album, released on January 27, 2010 (2010-01-27).[1] The album was released in two versions: a limited edition CD+DVD version, and a regular version.

Contents

Recording

The album is comprised of songs Abe wrote in her second and third years of high school. There are three exceptions: "Salaryman no Uta," "Itsu no Hi mo" and "15 no Kotoba" (15の言葉 15 Words?).[2] "15 no Kotoba" was written just after Abe's debut in early 2009, and "Itsu no Hi mo" in September.[3][4] Abe has not written any songs since then, citing personal stress (though finding live performance easy in this time, due to its passive nature and the lack of a need to quietly concentrate).[4]

Abe started creating the album in June 2008.[4] Unlike her debut album, she made it without a specific theme or concept in mind.[3] Some songs Abe made a conscious effort to leave until her second album, such as "Monroe" (モンロー?) (which is influenced by the Yasutaka Nakata electro-pop sound of Perfume).[3] Abe found they clashed with the image she created of herself for the first album, instead wanting to focus on songs that would solidify her sound.[4]

Promotion

The album was preceded by three singles. "Tsutaetai Koto/I Wanna See You," Abe's first physically released single, featured tie-ups for both A-sides: "Tsutaetai Koto" was the music variety show Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ's ending theme song, while "I Wanna See You" was used in Calpis Water commercials. "I Wanna See You," along with her next single "Anata no Koibito ni Naritai no Desu," were originally released in 2008 on iTunes as acoustic demo. The third single, "Itsu no Hi mo," was used as the ending theme song for the Fuji TV documentary variety talk show Ethica no Kagami: Kokoro ni Kiku TV (エチカの鏡~ココロにキクTV~ Ethica's Mirror: TV that Listens to Your Heart?).

"Mada" was used as a radio single during the album's release. It reached #23 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100.[5]

An album track, "15 no Kotoba," was used as the theme song to the Sosuke Ikematsu-starring film "Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora."

Track listing

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CD Track list

All songs written by Mao Abe.

Track Title Arranger(s) Length
1. "Mada (未だ Still?)"   Masakazu Andō, Yūichi Komori 3:24
2. "I Wanna See You"   Andō 3:35
3. "Monroe (モンロー?)"   Komori 3:11
4. "Anata no Koibito ni Naritai no Desu (貴方の恋人になりたいのです I Wanna Be Your Lover?)"   Andō 5:08
5. "Tsutaetai Koto (伝えたいこと Thing I Wanna Tell You?)"   Komori 4:12
6. "Tsugō no Ii Onna no Uta (都合の良い女の唄 Lucky Girl Song?)"   Abe 4:56
7. "15 no Kotoba (15の言葉 15 Words?)"   Komori 4:07
8. "Mō Hitotsu no My Baby (もうひとつのMY BABY Another My Baby?)"   Abe 5:10
9. "Loving Darling"   Andō 3:02
10. "Wakaru no (わかるの I Get It?)"   Andō 5:00
11. "Poker Face (ポーカーフェイス?)"   Komori 3:47
12. "Itsu no Hi mo (いつの日も Someday?)"   Komori 5:19
13. "Salaryman no Uta (サラリーマンの唄 Salaryman Song?)"   Abe 3:02

DVD Track list

Track Title Length
1. "Mao Abe Works 2008-2009"    
2. "Mao Abe Live No. 0.7 Digest (2009/12/10 Shibuya Duo)"    

Singles[6]

Date Title Peak position Weeks Sales
May 27, 2009 (2009-05-27) "Tsutaetai Koto/I Wanna See You" 19 (Oricon) 10 13,290
August 5, 2009 (2009-08-05) "Anata no Koibito ni Naritai no Desu" 19 (Oricon) 5 8,768
January 13, 2010 (2010-01-13) "Itsu no Hi mo" 12 (Oricon) 5 9,216

Japan Sales Rankings[6]

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
January 27, 2010 (2010-01-27) Oricon Daily Albums Chart 3
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 5 22,777 48,981 7 weeks*
Oricon Yearly Albums Chart

*Currently still charting.

Various charts

Chart Peak
position
First Week Sales
Soundscan Album Top 20[7] 4 18,126

References


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