Beginner (song)

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"Beginner"
Type A regular edition cover, featuring Tomomi Itano, Minami Takahashi, Atsuko Maeda, and Yuko Oshima.
Single by AKB48
from the album Koko ni Ita Koto
B-side "Boku Dake no Value"
"Kimi ni Tsuite"
"Nakeru Basho"
Released October 27, 2010 (2010-10-27)
Format CD Single, digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre J-pop, Electropop
Length 03:57
Label You, Be Cool! / King
Writer(s) Yasushi Akimoto
Producer(s) Yasushi Akimoto
Certification Million (RIAJ)
AKB48 singles chronology
"Heavy Rotation"
(2010)
"Beginner"
(2010)
"Chance no Junban"
(2010)
Music video
"Beginner" on YouTube

"Beginner" is Japanese idol girl group AKB48's 18th single, released on October 27, 2010.

Release Information[edit]

Much like AKB48's previous singles such as "Heavy Rotation", "Beginner" was released in three different versions with five cover variations, with the theater version being exclusively sold in the AKB48 theater in Akihabara, Tokyo. Each version contained a different set list aside from the title track and "Boku Dake no Value". The third track on type A, "Kimi ni Tsuite" performed by Mint, was selected via a fan vote held on Ameba Pigg. In addition, the DVDs attached to all versions except for the theater version each contains three out of the possible six different music videos made for the single: Type A contained formations led by Yuko Oshima, Mariko Shinoda, and the duo of Mayu Watanabe and Jurina Matsui (SKE48), while type B featured formations led by Atsuko Maeda, Tomomi Itano, and Minami Takahashi. The original music video, directed by Tetsuya Nakashima, was found to be too violent to be included with the actual single; and that version was later decided to be released exclusively as a digital download from the day of the single's release.

All non-theater versions of "Beginner" also contain a ballot code that can be used to vote for one's favorite AKB48/SKE48/SDN48 song from all previous singles and theater shows, and the top 100 of that list will become the set list of the four day marathon concert, AKB48 Request Hour Best 100 2011, which was later held in Shibuya-AX from January 20th to 23rd, 2011. In addition, all first press limited editions of "Beginner" contain a national handshaking event ticket, and can be used during the later handshaking tour to meet AKB48 members up close and in person. The theater version, on the other hand, contains a ticket to a special handshaking event commemorating the release of the theater version, as well as one photo card of a random member of AKB48.

"Beginner" managed to have 1.03 million copies shipped to retailers before its release, and sold 568,095 copies on its first day. By the end of its first week of release, "Beginner" has sold 826,989 copies and reach top spot on the Oricon weekly singles chart.[1] This meant that Beginner became AKB48's 5th consecutive number 1 single, and has surpassed Speed's 1998 single, "All My True Love", as the best selling girl group single in its opening week on the Oricon.[1] The sale figures also placed "Beginner" as the third best selling single in its debut week by a female artist of all time on the Oricon, behind Hikaru Utada's "Addicted to You", and Namie Amuro's "Can You Celebrate?", which sold 1.06 million and 828,000 copies in their opening week respectively.[1] By selling almost 1 million copies by the end of the year, "Beginner" was the best-selling single of 2010 in Japan.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Yasushi Akimoto. 

Type A
No. Title Music Length
1. "Beginner"   Yoshimasa Inoue 3:57
2. "Boku Dake no Value" (僕だけのvalue "Our Unique Value", performed by Undergirls) Jun Koami 4:32
3. "Kimi ni Tsuite" (君について "About You", performed by Mint) Yukari Aono 5:39
4. "Beginner" (Off Vocal Ver.) Y. Inoue 3:54
5. "Boku Dake no Value" (Off Vocal Ver.) J. Koami 4:32
6. "Kimi ni Tsuite" (Off Vocal Ver.) Y. Aono 5:41

Contributing members[edit]

Beginner[edit]

(Bold indicates front members who appears on regular and limited covers of the single)

Center: Atsuko Maeda

All senbatsu members who appear in this single have appeared in the last single, Heavy Rotation. Notable omissions from the last single include Erena Ono, who has graduated from AKB48 in September and Sayaka Akimoto, captain of Team K. Other senbatsu members from Heavy Rotation who did not make it are Amina Satō, Haruka Nakagawa, and Miho Miyazaki, who placed 18th, 20th, and 21st respectively at the general election.

Boku Dake no Value[edit]

Credited as Undergirls

Kimi ni Tsuite[edit]

Credited as Mint
  • Team A: Haruka Katayama, Atsuko Maeda
  • Team K: Moeno Nitō, Sakiko Matsui
  • Team B: Tomomi Kasai

Nakeru Basho[edit]

Credited as Diva

(Bold indicates front members)

  • Team A: Shizuka Ōya, Asuka Kuramochi, Chisato Nakata, Sayaka Nakaya, Natsumi Matsubara,
  • Team K: Sayaka Akimoto, Mayumi Uchida, Ayaka Umeda, Miku Tanabe, Tomomi Nakatsuka, Misato Nonaka
  • Team B: Kana Kobayashi, Amina Satō, Natsuki Sato, Mariya Suzuki, Rina Chikano, Yuka Masuda
  • SKE48 team S: Masana Ōya

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Billboard Adult Contemporary Airplay[2] 19
Billboard Japan Hot 100[3] 1
Billboard yearly Japan Hot 100[4] 11
Oricon daily singles[5] 1
Oricon weekly singles[1] 1
Oricon monthly singles 2
Oricon yearly singles[6] 1
RIAJ Digital Track Chart weekly top 100[7] 2
RIAJ Digital Track Chart yearly top 100[8] 29

Sales and certifications[edit]

Chart Amount
Oricon physical sales[9][10] 1,010,000
RIAJ physical shipping certification[11] Million (1,000,000+)
RIAJ full-length cellphone/PC downloads[12] Million (1,000,000+)

Chart precession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Yoku Asobi Yoku Manabe" by NYC
Oricon weekly number-one single
November 8, 2010
Succeeded by
"Fighting Man" by NEWS
Billboard Japan Hot 100 number-one single
November 8, 2010
Preceded by
"Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei" by Arashi
Oricon Yearly number one single
2010
Succeeded by
"Flying Get" by AKB48

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "AKB48、女性グループ歴代最高の初週売上82.7万枚 5作連続シングル首位". Oricon (in Japanese). 2 November 2010. Archived from the original on 3 November 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Adult Contemporary Airplay|Japan Charts|Billboard Japan". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). 25 October 2010. Archived from the original on 28 October 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Hot 100|Japan Charts|Billboard Japan". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). 1 November 2010. Archived from the original on 28 October 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. December 10, 2010. Archived from the original on December 11, 2010. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ "オリコン調べ:AKB48ニューシングル『Beginner』が2位に55万枚差をつけての首位獲り". Searchina (in Japanese). 28 October 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "【オリコン年間】AKB48がシングル1、2位独占…TOP10はAKB48と嵐の2組のみ" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  7. ^ "レコード協会調べ 2010年10月13日~2010年10月19日 <略称:レコ協チャート(「着うたフル(R)」)>" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Archived from the original on 22 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-20. 
  8. ^ "レコード協会調べ 2009年12月16日~2010年12月14日「着うたフル(R)」 2010年有料音楽配信「年間チャート」(通称:レコ協チャート)" [Record Association Analysis: December 16, 2009—December 14, 2010 Full-length Cellphone Download 2010 paid digital sales "Yearly Chart" (Abbreviated: RIAJ Chart)]. RIAJ. December 20, 2010. Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  9. ^ "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved February 9, 2011.  (subscription only)
  10. ^ "AKB48、デビュー5年目で初ミリオン! シングルでは3年5ヶ月ぶり快挙" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2011-01-25. 
  11. ^ "ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2010年10月". RIAJ (in Japanese). 2010-11-10. Archived from the original on 28 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  12. ^ "レコード協会調べ 1月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:1月度認定>" [Record Association report: February 2014 digital music download certifications (Abbreviation: 2013 Certifications)]. RIAJ (in Japanese). February 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2014.