Beautiful Days (song)

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"Beautiful Days"
Single by Arashi
from the album All the Best! 1999–2009
A-side Beautiful Days
Released November 5, 2008 (Japan)
Format CD
Genre Pop
Label J Storm
JACA-5122 (Limited Edition)
JACA-5124 (Normal Edition)
Arashi singles chronology
"Truth/Kaze no Mukō e"
(2008)
"Beautiful Days"
(2008)
"Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei"
(2009)
Music sample

"Beautiful Days" is the twenty-fourth single from the Japanese boy band Arashi. It was used as the theme song for the drama Ryūsei no Kizuna, starring Arashi member Kazunari Ninomiya.[1]

According to Oricon, the single ranked the tenth best-selling single in Japan for the year 2008.[2]

Single information[edit]

The single was released in two editions: a regular edition containing six tracks which includes the instrumental versions, and a limited edition containing the title track and a DVD of the music video. "Beautiful Days" was the group's fourth single to be released in 2008, the most number of singles released in a year for the group. The release date and announcement of the single was first confirmed on the online version of the Japanese Yomiuri news on September 21, 2008 and was first heard on the TBS television program Mino Monta no Asa Zuba (みのもんたの朝ズバッ!?), a day later, as promotion for Ryūsei no Kizuna.[1] The single was available for pre-order on online shopping sites on September 27, and the full song was heard for the first time on October 5 on Ninomiya's radio program, Baystorm. A short version of the music video was also aired on M-On before live promotions of the song, which started on the music program Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ on the November 3rd, which was the only television promotion before the single's release.

The single was listed on Japan Gold Disc Award's list of The Best 10 Singles of 2009.[3] It was also named Best Theme Song in the 59th Television Drama Academy Awards.[4]

Track list[edit]

Regular Edition
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Beautiful Days"   Takuya Harada Takuya Harada 4:55
2. "Boku ga Boku no Subete"   100+ Yūsuke Katō (加藤裕介?) 4:31
3. "Wasurerarenai"   Akira Hikari 4:13
4. "Beautiful Days" (Karaoke) Harada Harada 4:55
5. "Boku ga Boku no Subete" (Karaoke) 100+ Katō 4:31
6. "Wasurerarenai" (Karaoke + Hidden track of Secret Talk) Akira Hikari 38:35
Limited Edition
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Beautiful Days"   Harada Harada 4:55
2. "Boku ga Boku no Subete"   100+ Katō 4:31
Limited Edition DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Beautiful Days"    

Chart performance[edit]

The single debuted at the top spot on the Oricon daily singles chart with total index sales figure of 83,052 (an estimated 145,341 copies sold on the first day), making it the group's 13th straight number one release and their 21st number one overall with a total of 351,860 copies sold in the first week.[5][6] "Beautiful Days" also topped the ranking for music program Music Station's Ringtone Ranking.

By selling a total of 421,876 copies by the end of 2008, the single emerged as the tenth best-selling single of the year in Japan.[2] The single is certified Double Platinum by the RIAJ for shipment of 500,000 copies.[7]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"Musekinin Hero" by Kanjani Eight
Oricon weekly number-one single
November 17, 2008
Succeeded by
"Tsuretette Tsuretette" by Dreams Come True
Billboard Japan Hot 100 number-one single
November 17, 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d (Japanese) "Oricon Yearly Singles Ranking". Oricon. December 11, 2008. Archived from the original on 12 December 2008. Retrieved December 11, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "The 23rd Japan Gold Disc Award 2009". Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved September 25, 2009. 
  4. ^ "ザテレビジョン ドラマアカデミー賞: 第59回ドラマソング賞「Beautiful days」嵐". Television Drama Academy Awards. February 18, 2009. Retrieved September 25, 2009.  (Japanese)
  5. ^ (Japanese) "Arashi's 13th consecutive number 1 hit single after their 20 top hit singles released". Oricon. November 11, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b (Japanese) "2008年11月第3週の邦楽シングルランキング情報". Oricon. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  7. ^ (Japanese) "Certifications for January 2009". Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 

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