Kobukuro

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Kobukuro
コブクロ
Origin Osaka, Japan
Genres Folk rock, pop, ambient rock
Years active 1998 (1998)–present
Labels Minosuke Records
(1999—2000)
Warner Music Japan
(2001—current)
Associated acts Ayaka
Website www.kobukuro.com
Members Kentarō Kobuchi
Shunsuke Kuroda

Kobukuro (コブクロ?), a Japanese band, formed in 1998 and made its major label debut in 2001. The name is a portmanteau of the two family names, Kentarō Kobuchi and Shunsuke Kuroda.[1]

Members[edit]

  • Kentarō Kobuchi (小渕健太郎 Kobuchi Kentarō?, b. March 13, 1977); guitar, vocals, various other instruments)
  • Shunsuke Kuroda (黒田俊介 Kuroda Shunsuke?, b. March 18, 1977); main vocals)

The band's visual appearance is unusual; there are only two people, and Kuroda stands over 193 cm (6'4") tall.

History[edit]

In May 1998, Kobuchi and Kuroda met each other in Sakai near Osaka. Kobuchi was a salesman who held street concerts every Saturday for relaxation and Kuroda was a physical education teacher and a street musician. In September the same year, Kobuchi offered Kuroda a song and seeing that Kuroda was not a skilled guitar player, Kobuchi became the guitar player of the group. Thus, Kobukuro was formed.

Kobukuro received moderately successful ratings for their first three indie albums—Saturday 8:PM (July 1999), ANSWER (December 2000) and Root of My Mind (March 2001). Kobukuro signed with Warner Music Japan in 2001, and made their debut with the hit single, "Yell" which reached number 4 on the Oricon Charts.

Kobukuro released the studio album Nameless World on December 21, 2005. Nameless World became their first number-one album on the Oricon weekly charts. On September 27, 2006, they released their greatest hits album All Singles Best, which topped the Oricon weekly charts for four consecutive weeks.

On March 21, 2007, Kobukuro released the single "Tsubomi." When the song "Tsubomi" was released, Marty Friedman pointed out that the song's arrangement was very simple and did away with the influence of the music of the Western culture.[2] The song "Tsubomi" became their first number-one single on the Oricon weekly charts. "Tsubomi" won the coveted "Grand Prix" awards in December 2007 at the 49th Japan Record Awards. The song was included in their 2007 studio album 5296, which also topped the Oricon weekly charts.

On their 2009 album Calling, Kobuchi wrote "Sayonara Hero" as a memorial song for Kiyoshiro Imawano, who had died earlier that year. On March 3, 2010, they released their cover version of "Layla" (used in a Pepsi Nex commercial they starred in) as a digital single of iTunes Store without the release of the CD single.[3]

When the Oricon weekly charts dated May 17, 2010 was released, the sales of All Singles Best passed 3,000,000 copies on the Oricon charts, becoming the first album to do so in 7 years 10 months since the 2002 achievement of Southern All Stars' Umi no Yeah!!, released on June 25, 1998.[4]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Release Date Peak chart positions Sales[5]
Oricon[6] Japan Hot 100[7]
YELL~yell~/Bell (YELL〜エール〜/Bell) March 21, 2001 4 × 245,390
Rut (轍-わだち-) June 20, 2001 15 × 53,430
YOU/miss you Nov 11, 1998 30 × 22,360
Wind (風) February 13, 2002 25 × 120,000
Poetry of a Wish/Sun (願いの詩/太陽) July 10, 2002 14 × 37,620
Town Without Snow (雪の降らない街) November 13, 2002 16 × 27,988
Treasure Island (宝島) April 9, 2003 11 × 24,482
blue blue August 27, 2003 20 × 16,134
DOOR May 12, 2004 15 × 20,083
Together Forever/Million Films (永遠にともに/Million Films) October 14, 2004 6 × 146,265
A Flower That Only Blooms Here (ここにしか咲かない花) May 11, 2005 2 × 407,200
Cherry Blossom (桜) November 2, 2005 3 × 434,389
Name of Your Wings (君という名の翼) July 26, 2006 5 × 106,957
Flower Bud (蕾 (つぼみ)) March 21, 2007 1 × 506,093
Bluer, Gentler (蒼く 優しく) November 7, 2007 2 × 213,961
Footsteps of Time (時の足音) October 29, 2008 2 2 255,485
Rainbow (虹) April 15, 2009 2 1 102,577
STAY July 15, 2009 3 1 86,290
Meteor (流星) November 17, 2010 3 2 113,503
Blue Bird February 16, 2011 3 2 78,224
My Hope, The Sun Will Continue to Light up the World (あの太陽が、この世界を照らし続けるように。) April 27, 2011 3 2 48,093
Paper Plane (紙飛行機) November 28, 2012 2 2 /
One Song From Two Hearts/Diamond (One Song From Two Hearts/ダイヤモンド) July 24, 2013 3 7 /
Now, The Flowers Bloom in Full Glory (今、咲き誇る花たちよ) February 19, 2014 7 4 19,277
Sunny Road (陽だまりの道) June 4, 2014 6 5 40,028
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

"×" denotes periods where charts did not exist or were not archived.

Albums[edit]

Released Title Peak Sales
July 21, 1999 Saturday 8PM #294 -
March 4, 2000 Root of My Mind #197 -
December 19, 2000 Answer - -
August 29, 2001 Roadmade #6 105,000
August 28, 2002 Grapefruits #4 100,000
November 6, 2003 Straight #10 46,000
November 3, 2004 Music Man Ship #3 250,000
December 21, 2005 Nameless World #1 898,000
September 27, 2006 All Singles Best #1 3,038,000
December 19, 2007 5296 #1 1,429,000
August 5, 2009 Calling #1 477,000
August 25, 2010 All Covers Best #1 387,000
September 5, 2012 All Singles Best 2 #1 731,217

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