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Ambitions (One Ok Rock album)

Ambitions is the eighth full-length studio album by Japanese rock band One Ok Rock. It was released on January 11, 2017[8][9] for the Japanese version album under the Japanese label A-Sketch and on January 13, 2017 for the international version under the American label Fueled by Ramen.

Ambitions
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Studio album by One Ok Rock
Released January 11, 2017 (2017-01-11) (Japanese)
January 13, 2017 (2017-01-13) (International)
Genre
Length 49:30 (Japan)
49:17 (International)
Label
Producer
One Ok Rock chronology
35xxxv
(2015)
Ambitions
(2017)
Singles from Ambitions
  1. "Always Coming Back"
    Released: March 11, 2016 (JPN)
  2. "Taking Off"
    Released: September 16, 2016
  3. "Bedroom Warfare"
    Released: November 18, 2016
  4. "I Was King"
    Released: December 15, 2016
  5. "We Are"
    Released: January 9, 2017
  6. "American Girls"
    Released: February 3, 2017 (US)
International version
AMBITIONS (Eng ver).png
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Alternative Press3.5/5 stars[6]
Rock Sound4/5 stars[7]

The song "Always Coming Back" was featured in NTT Docomo's phone commercial series, "Kanjou no Subete / Nakama".[10] After signing with Fueled by Ramen on September 11, 2016, they released the lead single "Taking Off" on September 16, 2016 that was used as a theme song for the Japanese movie "Museum", which starred Shun Oguri,[11] and the second single "Bedroom Warfare" on November 18, 2016. The song "I was King" was released on December 15, 2016. On January 9, 2017, they released their single "We Are".

Sold in both Limited and Regular editions, the album was available for pre-order on iTunes starting November 18, 2016. The Japanese Limited edition album features bonus tracks and a DVD of studio acoustic sessions,[12] while the Ambitions international version CD comes with a T-shirt bundle for ONE OK ROCK's new album “Ambitions".[13]

Contents

BackgroundEdit

In an interview with UK rock magazine Kerrang! issue number 1649 dated December 10, 2016, ONE OK ROCK vocalist Taka explained the three themes on this album: Hope, Ambition, and Singing together. He said that they're at a point in their career where they're trying to break a new market and go worldwide. It was the ambition that was inside of them that pushed them to do all this new stuff and to be successful, which became a prevailing theme in the new record. The album artwork is yellow, which is the colour of hope. The overall themes of the album are: "Ambition", the title, yellow is the hope, and the songs are anthemic in quality especially in the choruses. In another interview, Taka said, "We wanted to make an album where we can all sing along together. By singing strongly in unison about hope, we wish to reinforce the importance of not giving up.”[14]

ThemesEdit

Most of the album themes are more personal topics compared to their previous album 35xxxv. It focuses mostly about achieving dreams, life, family, and struggles of depression. Their second track, "Bombs Away" tells about fighting the inner demons or "you versus yourself". "We Are" and "Jaded", are encouraging tracks for the people who lost their hopes and symbolizes empowerment for achieving their goals. "Hard To Love" and "Always Coming Back" are more personal tracks in Ambitions, Taka wrote those songs dedicated to his father. "I Was King" tells the band's ambition to reach some bigger dreams. In Japanese edition, "20/20" are breakup songs, it tells about lover being cheated by their own beloved ones. "Listen" is about people's struggles with suicide and depression, the band wanted to wake them up and not giving up their life. "Lost in Tonight" is merely a party song. Meanwhile, their first single "Taking Off" tells about "passions for doing what you love". "Start Again" and their last track along 5 Seconds of Summer, "Take What You Want" are the band's notes and commitment to leaving their past and being ready to overcome what's ahead on their future.

PromotionEdit

Fueled by Ramen released ONE OK ROCK's music videos of "Taking Off" on October 25, 2016 and "Bedroom Warfare" on November 17, 2016 which were both directed by Sitcom Soldiers. Then on December 16, 2016, they released the band's visualizer video of "I was King" which was directed and animated by Ruth Barrett along with two assistant animators Eva Wagner and Sam Thompson.

On November 13, 2016, ONE OK ROCK released a compilation of footage from ONE OK ROCK 2016 Special Live in Nagisaen and mixed with the song "Taking Off" then on November 30, 2016, they released a Studio Jam Session video of "Taking Off" which were both directed by Naoto Amazutsumi.

On January 1, 2017, ONE OK ROCK opened a special site called "WORLD AMBITIONS". This is a celebration of the album "Ambitions" which will be released on January 11, 2017. "WORLD AMBITIONS" is a website that visually represents images of "hope" being shared and spread from users around the world through the website and Twitter/Instagram.[15] People from all over the world can upload pictures with yellow in it that symbolize hope and connecting them all. The user shares the desired image by SNS (Twitter, Instagram). It is also possible to upload simultaneously with multiple names.[16]

On January 9, 2017, the band released the music video of "We Are" (Japanese version) while Fueled by Ramen released their music video of the international version of "We Are". Both videos were directed by Mark Staubach.

In January 2017, the band will go on their North American tour for 6 concerts,[17] and from February till May 2017, they will hold 32 concerts in some Japanese arenas.[18]

Commercial performanceEdit

In Japan, Ambitions debuted at number one on the Daily Oricon Albums Chart, selling 102,408 units.[19] For its first week on the Weekly Oricon Albums Chart, it entered atop the chart with over 232,710 copies sold; It sold more copies than its competitor of the week, SMAP's greatest hits album Smap 25 Years (2016).[20] Ambitions became the band's second number one album, and also resulted in becoming their highest first week sales for one of their albums.

Track listingEdit

Ambitions – Japanese version
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Ambitions" (Introduction)1:23
2."Bombs away"
4:23
3."Taking Off"
  • Taka
  • Dan Lancaster
  • Nick Long
3:39
4."We are"
  • Taka
  • Toru
  • Brittain
  • Long
4:15
5."20/20"
  • Taka
  • Brittain
  • Long
3:19
6."Always coming back"3:33
7."Bedroom Warfare"3:23
8."Lost in Tonight"
  • Taka
  • Kane Churko
2:52
9."I was King"
  • Taka
  • Feldmann
  • Brittain
  • Simon Wilcox
3:58
10."Listen" (featuring Avril Lavigne)
  • Taka
  • Brittain
  • Long
3:39
11."One Way Ticket"
3:37
12."Bon Voyage"
  • Taka
  • Toru
  • Brittain
4:06
13."Start Again"
  • Taka
  • Brittain
  • Long
3:14
14."Take what you want" (featuring 5 Seconds of Summer)
  • Taka
  • Brittain
  • Long
4:04
Total length:49:30
AMBITIONS – International version
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Ambitions" (Introduction)Brittain1:23
2."Bombs Away"
  • Brittain
  • Jonathan Gerring
4:24
3."Taking Off"
  • Taka
  • Dan Lancaster
  • Nick Long
Lancaster3:38
4."We Are"
  • Taka
  • Toru
  • Brittain
  • Long
  • Brittain
  • Gerring
4:15
5."Jaded" (featuring Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low)
  • Taka
  • Brittain
  • Long
Brittain3:36
6."Hard to Love"
  • Taka
  • Brittain
  • Long
Brittain3:16
7."Bedroom Warfare"
  • Sipe
  • Goldstein
3:22
8."American Girls"Stevens2:48
9."I Was King"
  • Taka
  • Feldmann
  • Brittain
  • Wilcox
Brittain3:58
10."Listen"
  • Taka
  • Brittain
  • Long
Brittain3:39
11."One Way Ticket"
  • Taka
  • Long
  • CJ Baran
3:36
12."Bon Voyage"
  • Taka
  • Toru
  • Brittain
Brittain4:05
13."Start Again"
  • Taka
  • Brittain
  • Long
Brittain3:14
14."Take What You Want" (featuring 5 Seconds of Summer)
  • Taka
  • Brittain
  • Long
Brittain4:03
Total length:49:17

NotesEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[21] 57
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[22] 72
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[23] 195
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[24] 61
Japanese Weekly Albums Chart (Oricon)[20] 1
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[25] 2
South Korean Albums (Gaon)[26] 76
US Billboard 200[27] 106
Digital Albums (Billboard)[28] 19
Top Album Sales (Billboard)[29] 35
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[30] 9
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[31] 12
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[32] 2

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak positions
JPN
Billboard
"Always Coming Back" 2016 9[33]
"Taking Off" 4[34]
"Bedroom Warfare" 20[35]
"I Was King" 26[36]
"We Are" 2017 4[37]

Other charted songsEdit

Title Year Peak positions
JPN
Billboard
US
Hot Rock
Spotify
Viral 50
"Listen"
(feat. Avril Lavigne)
2017 93[38]
"Take What You Want"
(feat. 5 Seconds of Summer)
57[39] 44[40] 13[41]

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Japan (RIAJ)[42] Platinum 250,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

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