BREAK THROUGH

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BREAK THROUGH
Studio album by B'z
Released February 21st, 1990
Genre Hard rock
Length 48:17
Producer Tak Matsumoto
B'z chronology
2nd Album
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OFF THE LOCK
(1989)
3rd Album
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BREAK THROUGH
(1990)
4th Album
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RISKY
(1990)

BREAK THROUGH is the third studio album by B'z, released on February 21st, 1990.

Almost no tracks on the album have been collected on future compilations due to a legal entanglement stemming from the band leaving their original record label BMG, who retained the master recording rights to the band's first three albums and first mini album. However, seven tracks were collected on the unofficial 1997 compilation Flash Back -B'z Early Special Titles- without the band's express consent. Additionally, "LADY-GO-ROUND" would finally be collected within the official catalogue with the 2013 release B'z The Best XXV 1988-1998 after a deal between B'z and BMG was reached.

At the time of its release, BREAK THROUGH proved to be aptly-titled with 41,700+ copies sold in its first week—ten times more than previous effort OFF THE LOCK. This would see the band debut at number three on the Weekly Oricon Album chart, their first to reach the top ten. For the year-end chart, it would rank at number 49, behind fellow studio album RISKY released later in the year. With the band's surge in popularity, BREAK THROUGH would reach rank 58 for the year of 1991 as well. In time, the album has sold 724,640 copies, allowing it to be certified Triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. Later, in 2018, the album was reissued as a two vinyl set made available to visitors of their thirtieth anniversary public exhibition entitled "SCENES" alongside all other studio albums to that point.

Track listing

All music and guitar by Tak Matsumoto. All lyrics and lead vocals by Koshi Inaba.

  1. LADY-GO-ROUND
    .
  2. B.U.M
    .
  3. BREAK THROUGH
    .
  4. BOYS IN TOWN
    .
  5. GUITAR wa NaiteiruThe GUITAR is Crying, GUITARは泣いている
    .
  6. LOVE & CHAIN
    .
  7. Tonari de NemuraseteSleeping Next to You, となりでねむらせて
    .
  8. HEY BROTHER
    .
  9. Ima de wa... Ima Nara... Ima mo...Right Now... If Now... And Now..., 今では・・・今なら・・・今も・・・
    .
  10. SAVE ME!?
    .
  11. STARDUST TRAIN
    .

Reversion history

Original Song Reversion History
LADY-GO-ROUND
SINGLE & ALBUM SONG (1989)

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ENGLISH: Lady-Go-Round "W-40" Style (1990)
One of the band's earliest English songs, found only on 1990 mini album WICKED BEAT.

Love & Chain
B-SIDE & ALBUM SONG (1990)

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ENGLISH: Love & Chain ~Godzilla Style~ (1991)
One of the band's earliest English songs, found only on 1991 mini album MARS.

Tonari de Nemurasete
ALBUM SONG (1990)

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KARAOKE: Tonari de Nemurasete [Karaoke Version] (1992)
Karaoke version found only on B'z TV Style SONGLESS VERSION.

Ima de wa... Ima Nara... Ima mo...
ALBUM SONG (1990)

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RE-RECORDING: Ima de wa... Ima Nara... Ima mo... -Mixture style- (2000)
Hard rock reversion of the original track found only on B'z The "Mixture".

STARDUST TRAIN
ALBUM SONG (1990)

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REMIX: STARDUST TRAIN [Introless Version] (1997)
Unauthorized remix released only on the unofficial compilation Flash Back -B'z Early Special Titles- with the keyboard intro omitted.

Live appearances

Live Performances

LADY-GO-ROUND [41 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM "BREAK THROUGH" [22/22 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE 2008 -Kiyotake ACTION- [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2008 "ACTION" [18/53 SHOWS]
B.U.M [22 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM "BREAK THROUGH" [22/22 SHOWS]
BREAK THROUGH [22 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM "BREAK THROUGH" [22/22 SHOWS]
BOYS IN TOWN [20 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM "BREAK THROUGH" [20/22 SHOWS]
GUITAR wa Naiteiru [22 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM "BREAK THROUGH" [22/22 SHOWS]
LOVE & CHAIN [22 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM "BREAK THROUGH" [22/22 SHOWS]
Tonari de Nemurasete [71 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM "BREAK THROUGH" [22/22 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '90~'91 "RISKY" [49/49 SHOWS]
HEY BROTHER [71 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM "BREAK THROUGH" [22/22 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '90~'91 "RISKY" [49/49 SHOWS]
Ima de wa... Ima Nara... Ima mo... [22 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM "BREAK THROUGH" [22/22 SHOWS]
SAVE ME!? [104 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM "BREAK THROUGH" [22/22 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '90~'91 "RISKY" [49/49 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '94 "THE 9TH BLUES -Part2-" [32/32 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png Merry X'Mas ~ Mary Had a Little Lamb/Silent Night [1/1 SHOWS]
STARDUST TRAIN [42 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM "Pleasure'91" [41/41 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z PARTY Presents B’z Pleasure in Hawaii [1/1 SHOWS]

Home Videos

LADY-GO-ROUND
crossbracket.png COMPLETE SINGLE BOX: LIVE-GYM "BREAK THROUGH"
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BREAK THROUGH novid.png
BOYS IN TOWN novid.png
GUITAR wa Naiteiru novid.png
LOVE & CHAIN novid.png
Tonari de Nemurasete novid.png
HEY BROTHER novid.png
Ima de wa... Ima Nara... Ima mo... novid.png
SAVE ME!? novid.png
STARDUST TRAIN novid.png

Sales data

No. Cover Album Physical Copies Sold Chart Positions Certification
FIRST WEEK LIFETIME WEEK MONTH YEAR
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BREAK THROUGH
1990.02.21

41,700+

724,640+

3

49 (1990)
58 (1991)

3x Platinum

Personnel

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