TXT, short for Tomorrow by Together, has taken the number one spot on Oricon’s weekly album chart with ‘Still Dreaming’ – their first full album entirely in Japanese. The album has been dominating the chart consecutively for more than a week now since its release on January 20. Oricon released data for the week of February, which shows the top spot taken by TXT’s album. According to the chart, ‘Still Dreaming’ sold 3,000 copies on Monday, with an estimated overall number of sales totaling around an impressive 86,892 copies.
This marks the longest time TXT has held the crown on the Oricon chart, which is Japan’s mainstream music ranking platform. The Oricon Albums Chart is the Japanese music industry’s standard popularity chart for albums, which is published in different versions in the form of daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly charts by Oricon.
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‘Still Dreaming’ features 10 tracks by the boy group, which includes the Japanese version of ‘Blue Hour’, which is the title track from their Korean mini-album ‘minisode1: Blue Hour.’ ‘CROWN’, ‘Can’t You See Me?’, ‘Angel Or Devil’ are also the few Japanese iterations from their Korean discography featured on the album.
Meanwhile, ‘Force’ is an original Japanese track that was also selected as the OP for the second season of the World Trigger anime series which premiered on January 10, 2021. Since it was already out as a pre-release track as part of the anime’s soundtrack, it already saw premature success on the charts. It topped the Line Music Song Top 100 Daily Chart at the number one spot in Japan for 7 successive days, as well as on the weekly variant of the chart from January 13 to 19.
The group’s agency Big Hit Entertainment said that the boys intend to deliver the message that they are always dreaming of achieving with their album. TXT member Taehyun talked about the inspiration behind ‘Still Dreaming’, saying that their first Japanese studio album hopes to send the message that they have accumulated under one dream to build a new future. Taehyun added, saying that he hopes that their fans will be able to relate to the messages presented in the album as well as find comfort and warmth within the positive and hopeful lyrics of the tracks, according to Pinkvilla.
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Of course, TXT fans – also known as MOA – celebrated their idols’ success and congratulated the group for the achievement. ‘Still Dreaming’ comes a year after TXT made their Japanese debut with the album ‘Magic Hour’ back in January 2020. After which, TXT made their return in August with ‘Drama’. This mini-album featured the original Japanese song ‘Everlasting Shine’, which, like ‘Force’, was also selected for an anime series – Black Clover in this case. It also included Japanese re-imaginings of ‘Can’t You See Me?’ and ‘Drama’.
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The physical album of Still Dreaming comes in five versions, namely: the standard version, two variants ‘A’ and ‘B’ of the limited edition version, and Weverse and Universal Music Store versions. The standard edition features a CD, lyrics booklet, and sunset themed photo cards of the TXT members.
Meanwhile, the limited edition ‘A’ comes in a deluxe slipcase with a 24-page photo book featuring daytime and sunset concept photos of the members and a lyric paper. The limited-edition ‘B’ includes the photo book but with only 12 pages, but with the addition of a DVD along with the original music CD.
Speaking about the special online store versions, the Universal Music Store version contains a CD, 5 Universal Music Store version photo cards, poster, and lyric book. The Weverse edition also brings a CD, 5 Weverse Shop Japan versions of the photo cards, poster, and lyric book.
The music video of the Japanese version of ‘Blue Hour’ has received a lot of praise for being visually pleasing. The music video transforms fans into a dream-like world that features different locations full of magic – a theme that is often seen in TXT’s releases. The TXT members are seen flying around on alien spaceships, playing with toy guns, and exploding colored smoke bombs. However, all of this turns around when night falls as the land once full of dreamscape is now turned into a desolate mess – signifying both the good and bad parts of life.