Funky Town (Namie Amuro song)

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"Funky Town"
Single by Namie Amuro
from the album Play
B-side Darling
Released April 4, 2007
Format CD Single, CD&DVD
Genre J-Pop/R&B
Length 17:38
Label Avex Trax
Producer(s) T.Kura & Michico, L.L. Brothers
Namie Amuro singles chronology
"Baby Don't Cry"
(2007)
"Funky Town"
(2007)
"60s 70s 80s"
(2008)

"Funky Town" is Namie Amuro's 32nd solo single under the Avex Trax label. It was released in CD and CD&DVD formats on April 4, 2007, three months after the release of her previous single "Baby Don't Cry".

"Funky Town" was ranked #44 on Recochoko's Download Chart and the video was ranked #4 on the PV Download Chart.[1]

Overview[edit]

For the release of "Funky Town", Amuro returned to work with frequent married producers Michico and T. Kura. The song is described as being a dancey new number, produced by frequent collaborators T. Kura & Michico along with the L.L. Brothers.[2] The b-side, entitled "Darling," is said to be an adult and stylish dance tune produced by Coldfeet.[3] Also, uncommon for Amuro, first pressing editions of the "Funky Town" single came with a disco ball keychain - the CD&DVD version came with a gold disco ball keychain, and the CD only came with a silver disco ball keychain.[4]

Commercial endorsements[edit]

"Funky Town" will be used in a new commercial campaign for a redesigned version of the lemon tea Lipton Limone. The new commercial featured Amuro herself[5] and began broadcast on March 20, 2007.

Music video[edit]

The promotional video for "Funky Town" found Namie working with director Masāki Uchino (內野政明?), instead of long-time director Muto Masashi (武藤真志?).

The video begins with the words "Funky Town" on the screen,in the same font seen on the single's cover.The video featured scenes of Namie performing choreography with a group of dancers all wearing black in a black room in featuring a car; dancing against a large screen featuring footage of her face on it; and towards the end singing amid a pile of golden disco balls.

Track listing[edit]

CD
No. Title Lyrics Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Funky Town"   Michico T.Kura, L.L. Brothers, Michico T.Kura 3:47
2. "Darling"   H.U.B. Lori Fine Coldfeet 5:03
3. "Funky Town" (Instrumental) michico T.Kura, L.L. Brothers, michico T.Kura 3:47
4. "Darling" (Instrumental) H.U.B. Lori Fine Coldfeet 4:55
Total length:
17:38
DVD
No. Title Director(s) Length
1. "Funky Town" (Music video) Masaaki Uchino  

Personnel[edit]

  • "Funky Town"
    • Namie Amuro – vocals
    • L.L Brothers, Warner, michico - additional vocals
    • GIANTSWING PRODUCTION (T.Kura, Michico, L.L Brothers) - productions
  • "Darling"
    • Namie Amuro – vocals
    • COLDFEET - productions
    • Lori Fine - keyboards
    • Watusi - programming & instruments
    • Terrassy - guitars

Production[edit]

  • "Funky Town"
    • Producers – T.Kura, michico, L.L. Brothers
    • Choreographer - Hirotsugu Kurosu
    • Director - Masaaki Uchino
  • "Darling"
    • Producer - Coldfeet

TV performances[edit]

  • March 16, 2007 - PopJam Reprise
  • April 5, 2007 - Sakigake! Ongaku Banzuke SP
  • April 6, 2007 - Music Fighter
  • April 7, 2007 - CDTV

Charts[edit]

Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
April 4, 2007 Oricon Daily Singles Chart 2
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 3 34,292 54,030* 7 weeks
Oricon Monthly Singles Chart 14

RIAJ certification[edit]

"Funky Town" has been certified gold for shipments of over 100,000 by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.[6] In 2011 as a ringtone, it has received a double platinum certification, for being downloaded more than 500,000 times.[7]

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