After Love (First Boyfriend) / Girlfriend

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"After Love (First Boyfriend)/Girlfriend"
Single by Crystal Kay
featuring Kaname (Chemistry) and BoA
from the album Spin the Music
B-side Deaeta Kiseki
Released August 12, 2009 (2009-08-12)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 18:54
Label Epic
Crystal Kay singles chronology
"Eien/Universe/Believe in Love"
(2009)
"After Love (First Boyfriend)/Girlfriend"
(2009)
"Journey (Kimi to Futari de)"
(2010)
BoA singles chronology
"I Did It for Love"
(2009)
"After Love (First Boyfriend)/Girlfriend"
(2009)
"Bump Bump!"
(2009)

"After Love (First Boyfriend)/Girlfriend" is Crystal Kay's 25th single. It was released on August 12, 2009.

Background[edit]

"After Love (First Boyfriend)" features Kaname Kawabata.

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It is Kay's second double A-side single, and her first since "Kirakuni/Together" in 2006. The single was announced on Kay's official website on July 1 which marks the tenth anniversary since the release of Kay's début single in 1999.

"After Love (First Boyfriend)" features Kaname from the J-Pop duo Chemistry. "After Love (First Boyfriend)" is a follow up to Kay's 2003 single "Boyfriend: Part II" and used as the CM song for Itoen Tully's Coffee commercials throughout July. The song was written by Craig McConnell and Canadian artist Shobha, with Japanese lyrics by Crystal Kay.

"Girlfriend" features the South Korean artist BoA, with whom Kay is close friends with. It was being used as the image song for the Japanese dub of He's Just Not That Into You starring Jennifer Aniston and Ben Affleck.[1] "Deaeta Kiseki" was also a used as the CM song for Tully's Coffee commercials in December 2008 and was released digitally that month.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the opening A-side, "After Love (First Boyfriend)" first aired on August 3 on Space Shower TV.

The video begins by switching between Kaname walking in the streets and Kay in a bedroom. As the music begins to play, Kay sings in the bedroom in places such as her bed, into the mirror, between various scenes of her in this room. She is then seen leaving the room and begins to walk down the streets, whilst Kaname continues to do the same. The two of them eventually meet at a bridge, and lean against the wall on either side.

However, the two of them seem oblivious to each other. Kaname turns around to see another woman and waves and walks over to her. The woman turns out to be Kay herself. As the two disappear, it is revealed that Kaname was just a memory of when her and Kaname were together. She then walks away smiling and the video comes to an end.

A special music video was released exclusively for Space Shower TV, entitled "After Love × Girlfriend Mix".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "After Love (First Boyfriend)" (featuring Kaname) Craig Robert McConnell, Naomi Shobha Lee, Saeko Nishio Craig Robert McConnell, Naomi Shobha Lee, Saeko Nishio 3:32
2. "Girlfriend" (featuring BoA) STY STY 3:44
3. "Deaeta Kiseki" (出会えた奇跡 "Miracle Encounter") Crystal Kay, Kiyo Tsurumi Lisa Huang, Joey Carbone 4:22
4. "After Love (First Boyfriend) (Instrumental)"       3:32
5. "Girlfriend (Instrumental)"       3:44

Live performances[edit]

Date Performance Show
August 14, 2009
After Love (First Boyfriend)
Music Japan
August 14, 2009
Girlfriend
Music Station
August 15, 2009
After Love (First Boyfriend)
Music Fighter

Charting and release[edit]

After spending the week inside the top ten, "Girlfriend" entered at number 10 on the Recochoku Chaku Uta Full Weekly Chart.[2] The single became Kay's fifteenth top forty single when it charted at number 31 for the Oricon Weekly Chart, selling 2,298 copies that week. The following week the single dropped to number 76, bringing the total to 3,461.[citation needed]

Charts[edit]

"Girlfriend" is about friendship and features pop singer BoA.

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Charts (2009) Peak
position
Oricon Daily Chart 21
Oricon Weekly Chart 31
Japan Hot 100 20
Japan Hot Top Airplay 17
Japan Hot Singles Sales 35

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crystal Kay collaborates with "girlfriend" BoA - Tokyograph". Tokyograph.com. May 21, 2009. Retrieved August 6, 2009. 
  2. ^ "「着うたフル®」・「着うた®」なら「レコチョク」 - 「着うたフル®」ダウンロードランキング". Recochoku.jp. July 29 – August 4, 2009. Retrieved August 7, 2009.