World Domination (Band-Maid album)

World Domination is the fifth studio album by Japanese all-female rock band Band-Maid. It was released on February 14, 2018, and was supported with the World Domination Tour 2018.[1] Music videos were made for the single "Daydreaming",[2] the lead track "Domination"[3] and the last track "Dice".[4] The album debuted at number nine on the Japanese Oricon Albums Chart,[5] selling 8,140 copies in its first week.[6]

World Domination
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 14, 2018 (2018-02-14) (Japan)
StudioNasoundra Palace, Tokyo, Japan
Length53:56
LanguageJapanese
LabelCrown Stones (Japan), JPU Records (International)
ProducerBand-Maid
Band-Maid chronology
Just Bring It
(2017)
World Domination
(2018)
Band-Maiko
(2019)
Singles from World Domination
  1. "Daydreaming"
    Released: July 19, 2017
Music videos
"Domination" on YouTube
"Daydreaming" on YouTube
"Dice" on YouTube

The international version of the album from JPU Records includes English lyric translations, Romaji transliterations and bonus track "Honey".[7] The song "Carry On Living" was used on the anime Quiz Tokiko-san.[8]

CompositionEdit

"I Can't Live Without You." and "Dice" were both considered to released as the lead song, but ultimately "Domination" was chosen instead.[9] The working title for "Domination" was "World Domination" which was then used as the album title.[10] Lead vocalist Saiki Atsumi, told lead guitarist Kanami Tōno, to write a song based on the image of world domination.[11] Tōno was inspired by Street Fighter II.[12]

"Play" was originally an instrumental. Tōno was asked to make a song that would be popular at festivals. Kobato made the lyrics with a strong sense of a scene where everyone is having a good time.[13] It was previously released on the Daydreaming/Choose Me single.

"One and Only" was the first song written for the album.[10] The lyrics for "Carry On Living" were inspired by the Japanese film March Comes in Like a Lion.[14] The lyrics for "Alive-or-Dead" are about cryptocurrency.[14]

Tōno composed "Daydreaming", after Atsumi requested a ballad. She was told to incorporate elements of tropical house and EDM and make it more like Band-Maid. Tōno wrote it on piano. It took about a month to arrange the music. Atsumi told rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist Miku Kobato, she wanted a song where the audience could take a break she could sing calmly. Atsumi told Tōno she wanted a rock version of a Hikaru Utada song and she asked her not to include too many English words.[13]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by Miku Kobato, except where indicated.

No.TitleLyricsMusicArrangementLength
1."I Can't Live Without You." Band-MaidBand-Maid3:49
2."Play" Band-MaidBand-Maid3:19
3."One and Only" Band-MaidBand-Maid3:22
4."Domination" Band-MaidBand-Maid3:51
5."Fate" 
  • Kentaro Akutsu
  • Band-Maid
  • Akutsu
  • Band-Maid
4:31
6."Spirit!!" Band-MaidBand-Maid3:41
7."Rock in Me" 
  • Tienowa
  • Band-Maid
  • Tienowa
  • Band-Maid
3:21
8."Clang" Band-MaidBand-Maid4:10
9."Turn Me On" 
  • Akutsu
  • Band-Maid
  • Akutsu
  • Band-Maid
4:15
10."Carry On Living" Band-MaidBand-Maid3:32
11."Daydreaming"
  • Miku Kobato
  • Saiki Atsumi
Band-MaidBand-Maid3:57
12."Anemone" Band-MaidBand-Maid4:22
13."Alive-or-Dead" Band-MaidBand-Maid3:44
14."Dice" Band-MaidBand-Maid4:02
Total length:53:56
Standard edition bonus track
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
15."Honey" (ハニー) (Mucc cover)MiyaMiya3:24
Total length:57:20

PersonnelEdit

Band-Maid
  • Saiki Atsumi – lead vocals (except track 7)
  • Miku Kobato – rhythm guitar, vocals, lead vocals on track 7
  • Kanami Tōno – lead guitar
  • Misa – bass
  • Akane Hirose – drums
Production
  • Band-Maid – sound producer
  • Tienowa – sound design (except tracks 5 and 9)
  • Kentaro Akutsu – sound design and vocal director on tracks 5 and 9
  • Ayako Nakanomori – vocal director (except tracks 5 and 9)
  • Masahiko Fukui – mixing and Mastering at Mix Forest, Tokyo
  • Masayoshi Yamamoto – recording engineer
  • Satoshi Kohno – art direction
  • Satoshi Kuno – art producer

ChartsEdit

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Japan Top Albums (Billboard)[6] 7
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[5] 9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "【インタビュー】Band-Maidが世界征服を目論みアルバム『World Domination』をリリース !". Utaten (in Japanese). February 18, 2018. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "Band-Maid release loosened up music video that leave us "Daydreaming"". JRock News. May 27, 2017. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "Japanese Rockers BAND-MAID Release New 'Domination' Video: Watch". Billboard. February 2, 2018. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Band-Maid、臨場感あふれる「Dice」MV公開". Barks (in Japanese). March 4, 2018. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "World Domination(初回生産限定盤A) | Band-Maid" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Billboard Japan Top Albums Sales | Charts". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). February 2, 2018. Retrieved August 10, 2021.
  7. ^ "World Domination [CD + Lyrics Translation]". JPU Records. Retrieved August 1, 2020.
  8. ^ "Top 20 anime opening and ending songs 2018". JRock News. December 31, 2018. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  9. ^ "【インタビュー】Band-Maid小鳩ミク&彩姫、フロント2人は「絶対に交わらない」" (in Japanese). barks.jp. February 14, 2018. p. 1. Retrieved November 9, 2021.
  10. ^ a b "【インタビュー】Band-Maid小鳩ミク&彩姫、フロント2人は「絶対に交わらない」" (in Japanese). barks.jp. February 14, 2018. p. 2. Retrieved November 9, 2021.
  11. ^ "Band-Maid Vanitymix 2018 Spring Pick Up Interview" (in Japanese). Vanitymix. p. 1. Retrieved November 9, 2021.
  12. ^ "Band-Maid Web Limited Interview" (in Japanese). Vanitymix. Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  13. ^ a b "Band-Maid | インタビュー 10/15に名古屋ダイアモンドホールでお給仕(ライブ)!!Band-Maidの小鳩ミク(G&Vo)とKanami(G)にインタビュー!" (in Japanese). Sunday Folk. August 16, 2017. Archived from the original on February 12, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2021.
  14. ^ a b "Band-Maid Vanitymix 2018 Spring Pick Up Interview" (in Japanese). Vanitymix. p. 2. Retrieved November 9, 2021.

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