Eien Pressure

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"Eien Pressure"
Single by AKB48
from the album Tsugi no Ashiato
B-side "Totteoki Christmas"
"Tsuyogari Tokei" (Type-A)
"Ha!" (Type-B)
"Hatsukoi Butterfly" (Type-C)
"Eien Yori Tsuzuku Yō ni" (Type-D)
"Watashitachi no Reason" (Theater Edition)
Released December 5, 2012 (2012-12-05) (Japan)
Format Maxi single
Genre J-pop
Label You, Be Cool! / King
Writer(s) Yasushi Akimoto (lyrics)
Producer(s) Yasushi Akimoto
AKB48 singles chronology
"Uza"
(2012)
"Eien Pressure"
(2012)
"So Long!"
(2013)
Music videos
AKB48 "Eien Pressure"
NMB48 - "Ha!" (preview)
HKT48 - "Hatsukoi Buttefly"

"Eien Pressure" (永遠プレッシャー Eien Puresshā?, "Eternal Pressure") is the 29th major single by the Japanese female idol group AKB48, released in Japan on December 5, 2012.[1]

Background[edit]

The sixteen members that were featured in the title track were decided in the AKB48 rock-paper-scissors tournament held in September along with their position at Nippon Budokan.[2] The overall winner of the tournament was Haruka Shimazaki, who sang the lead vocals for the song and took up the center position during its performances.

The single was released in five versions: Type-A, Type-B, Type-C, Type-D, and Theater Edition.

The third tracks of the DVDs that come with Types A, B, and C are music videos for the songs that placed, respectively, first, second, and third in the recently held Music Video Request, in which fans could vote for a song to get a music video.

Its music video was directed by Eiki Takahashi (also director of Keibetsu Shiteita Aijō). It premiered on MTV Japan.[3]

This is also the first single where Kojima Haruna does not participate in the single's A-side track.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Yasushi Akimoto, except "Eien Yori Tsuzuku Yō ni". "Eien Yori Tsuzuku Yō ni" is written by Hisaya Okada (Mecha-Mecha Iketeru!'s staff).

Type-A[edit]

CD
No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Eien Pressure" (永遠プレッシャー Eien Puresshā)    
2. "Totteoki Christmas" (とっておきクリスマス Totteoki Kurisumasu)    
3. "Tsuyogari Tokei" (強がり時計) SKE48  
4. "Eien Pressure off vocal ver." (永遠プレッシャー off vocal ver.)    
5. "Totteoki Christmas off vocal ver." (とっておきクリスマス off vocal ver.)    
6. "Tsuyogari Tokei off vocal ver." (強がり時計 off vocal ver.)    
DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Eien Pressure Music Video" (永遠プレッシャー Music Video)  
2. "Totteoki Christmas Music Video" (とっておきクリスマス Music Video)  
3. "Tsuyogari Tokei Music Video" (強がり時計 Music Video)  
4. "Team B Oshi" (チームB推し Music Video Chīmu Bī Oshi)  
5. "29th Single Senbatsu Janken Taikai Document (Zenpen)" (29thシングル選抜じゃんけん大会ドキュメント(前編))  

Type-B[edit]

CD
No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Eien Pressure" (永遠プレッシャー Eien Puresshā)    
2. "Totteoki Christmas" (とっておきクリスマス Totteoki Kurisumasu)    
3. "Ha!" (HA!) NMB48  
4. "Eien Pressure off vocal ver." (永遠プレッシャー off vocal ver.)    
5. "Totteoki Christmas off vocal ver." (とっておきクリスマス off vocal ver.)    
6. "Ha! off vocal ver." (HA! off vocal ver.)    
DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Eien Pressure Music Video" (永遠プレッシャー Music Video)  
2. "Totteoki Christmas Music Video" (とっておきクリスマス Music Video)  
3. "Ha! Music Video" (HA! Music Video)  
4. "First Rabbit Music Video" (ファースト・ラビット Music Video)  
5. "29th Single Senbatsu Janken Taikai Document (Chūhen)" (29thシングル選抜じゃんけん大会ドキュメント(中編))  

Type-C[edit]

CD
No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Eien Pressure" (永遠プレッシャー Eien Puresshā)    
2. "Totteoki Christmas" (とっておきクリスマス Totteoki Kurisumasu)    
3. "Hatsukoi Buttefly" (初恋バタフライ Hatsukoi Batefurai) HKT48  
4. "Eien Pressure off vocal ver." (永遠プレッシャー off vocal ver.)    
5. "Totteoki Christmas off vocal ver." (とっておきクリスマス off vocal ver.)    
6. "Hatsukoi Buttefly off vocal ver." (初恋バタフライ off vocal ver.)    
DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Eien Pressure Music Video" (永遠プレッシャー Music Video)  
2. "Totteoki Christmas Music Video" (とっておきクリスマス Music Video)  
3. "Hatsukoi Butterfly Music Video" (初恋バタフライ Music Video)  
4. "Sakura no Hanabiratachi (Maeda Atsuko solo ver.) Music Video" (桜の花びら〜前田敦子solo ver.〜 Music Video)  
5. "29th Single Senbatsu Janken Taikai Document (Kōhen)" (29thシングル選抜じゃんけん大会ドキュメント(後編))  

Type-D[edit]

CD
No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Eien Pressure" (永遠プレッシャー Eien Puresshā)    
2. "Totteoki Christmas" (とっておきクリスマス Totteoki Kurisumasu)    
3. "Eien Yori Tsuzuku Yō ni" (永遠より続くように) OKL48  
4. "Eien Pressure off vocal ver." (永遠プレッシャー off vocal ver.)    
5. "Totteoki Christmas off vocal ver." (とっておきクリスマス off vocal ver.)    
6. "Eien Yori Tsuzuku Yō ni off vocal ver." (永遠より続くように off vocal ver.)    
DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Eien Pressure Music Video" (永遠プレッシャー Music Video)  
2. "Totteoki Christmas Music Video" (とっておきクリスマス Music Video)  
3. "Eien Yori Tsuzuku Yō ni Music Video" (永遠より続くように Music Video)  

Theater Version[edit]

CD
No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Eien Pressure" (永遠プレッシャー Eien Puresshā)    
2. "Totteoki Christmas" (とっておきクリスマス Totteoki Kurisumasu)    
3. "Watashitachi no Reason" (私たちのReason Watashitachi no Rīzon)    
4. "Eien Pressure off vocal ver." (永遠プレッシャー off vocal ver.)    
5. "Totteoki Christmas off vocal ver." (とっておきクリスマス off vocal ver.)    
6. "Watashitachi no Reason off vocal ver." (私たちのReason off vocal ver.)    

Members[edit]

"Eien Pressure"[edit]

Center: Haruka Shimazaki The rank of each member in the AKB48 29th single selection rock-paper-scissors tournament is in parentheses.[4]

"Totteoki Christmas"[edit]

"Tsuyogari Tokei"[edit]

The song is performed by SKE48.

"Ha!"[edit]

The song is performed by NMB48.

"Hatsukoi Buttefly"[edit]

The song is performed by HKT48.

"Eien Yori Tsuzuku Yō ni"[edit]

The song is performed by OKL48.[5]
(Center: Takashi Okamura as "Oka Lemon", which "OKL" is named after)

"Watashitachi no Reason"[edit]

  • Team A: Rina Izuta, Karen Iwata, Ryōko Ōshima, Ayaka Kikuchi, Marina Kobayashi, Sumire Satō, Natsuki Satō, Juri Takahashi, Yūka Tano, Tomomi Nakatsuka, Shiori Nakamata, Sakiko Matsui, Ayaka Morikawa
  • Team K: Sayaka Akimoto, Kana Kobayashi, Amina Satō, Haruka Shimada, Shihori Suzuki, Rina Chikano, Sayaka Nakaya, Nana Fujita, Yuka Masuda, Miho Miyazaki, Tomu Mutō, Jurina Matsui (SKE48 Team S)
  • Team B: Haruka Ishida, Misaki Iwasa, Mina Ōba, Haruka Katayama, Natsuki Kojima, Miku Tanabe, Wakana Natori, Misato Nonaka, Suzuran Yamauchi, Miyuki Watanabe (NMB48 Team N)
  • Team Kaigai: Aki Takajo (JKT48), Haruka Nakagawa (JKT48), Mariya Suzuki (SNH48), Sae Miyazawa (SNH48)
  • Team Kenkyūsei: Moe Aigasa, Saho Iwatate, Natsuki Uchiyama, Ayano Umeta, Miyū Ōmori, Ayaka Okada, Nana Okada, Saki Kitazawa, Mako Kojima, Yukari Sasaki, Ayana Shinozaki, Yurina Takashima, Miki Nishino, Hikari Hashimoto, Rina Hirata, Mitsuki Maeda, Yuiri Murayama, Shinobu Mogi

Charts[edit]

Oricon charts[edit]

Release Oricon Singles Chart Peak position Debut sales (copies) Sales total (copies)
December 5, 2012 Daily Chart 1[6] 840,043 1,197,373
Weekly Chart 1[7] 1,073,499
Monthly Chart 1 1,165,527
Yearly Chart 5[8] 1,073,499

Year-end charts[edit]

"Eien Pressure" was grouped with the 2013 year for Billboard Japan.

Chart (2013) Position
Billboard Japan Hot 100[9] 5
Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales[10] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AKB48ぱるるセンター「永遠プレッシャー」に48グループ曲" (in Japanese). Natalie. 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  2. ^ "島崎初センター曲AKB姉妹で盛り上げる" (in Japanese). Daily Sports Online. 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  3. ^ Paruru under Pressure!
  4. ^ "[AKB48 29th single selection rock-paper-scissors tournament bracket]" (PNG). AKB48 Official Website. Retrieved 2013-11-07.  - shows rankings for positions 1-8
  5. ^ "ナイナイ岡村&AKBで"OKL48"結成! 大島、まゆゆらが全身白タイツで新曲披露" (in Japanese). Oricon Style. 2012-11-22. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  6. ^ ORICON STYLE編集長のTwitter 2012年12月6日の発言 on Twitter. December 6, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2012.
  7. ^ "【オリコン】AKB、女性初の10作連続ミリオン B’z以来16年半ぶり史上2組目快挙" (in Japanese). Oricon. December 11, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  8. ^ "年間ランキング特集『ミリオン8作!AKB48とMr.Childrenが2012年音楽シーンを牽引』-ORICON STYLE ミュージック" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  9. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100 Year End - Charts - Japan". Billboard-Japan.com. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales Year End - Charts - Japan". Billboard-Japan.com. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 

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