My Girl (Arashi song)

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"My Girl
マイガール"
CD cover
Single by Arashi
from the album Boku no Miteiru Fūkei
B-side "Tokei Jikake no Umbrella"
"Super Fresh"
Released November 11, 2009 (2009-11-11)
(see release history)
Format CD single, CD+DVD
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop
Label J Storm
Writer(s) Wonderland
Arashi singles chronology
"Everything"
(2009)
"My Girl"
(2009)
"Troublemaker"
(2010)
Music sample

"My Girl" (マイガール Mai Gāru?) is a song recorded by Japanese pop boy band Arashi. It was released on November 11, 2009 by their record label J Storm. "My Girl" was used as the opening theme song to the drama of the same name which stars Arashi member, Masaki Aiba. "My Girl" was released as a CD single in two formats: a regular edition and a limited edition. The former comes with two B-sides and the instrumental of all the songs, while the latter comes with the B-side "Tokei Jikake no Umbrella" (時計じかけのアンブレラ Clockwork Umbrella?) and a DVD.

Single information[edit]

On October 6, 2009, it was announced that Arashi would be singing the opening theme song to the drama My Girl, which stars Masaki Aiba.[1] Release in two formats: a regular and limited edition. Included in the regular edition was the title track and two B-sides, "Tokei Jikake no Umbrella" (時計じかけのアンブレラ Clockwork Umbrella?) and "Super Fresh" (スーパーフレッシュ Sūpā Furesshu?). Instrumentals for all three tracks were also included.[2] The limited edition included "My Girl" and "Tokei Jikake no Umbrella" and came packaged with a DVD, which contains the promotional video for "My Girl" and the making-of the promotional video.[2] The b-side "Tokei Jikake no Umbrella" is being used as the theme song for the mini drama 0 Gōshitsu no Kyaku (0号室の客 Guest in Room 0?), which stars various talents from Johnny & Associates.[3][4]

Music video[edit]

Shot by Yasuyuki Yamaguchi (山口 保幸 Yamaguchi Yasuyuki?) in a drama-like setting,[5][6] the music video opens up to the front of the Maiga (舞駕?) family household and Saburō (三郎 lit. Third Son?) (Masaki Aiba) removing the family nameplate from its place next to the front door while the bickering of his brothers can be heard from the inside.

At the dining table, Jirō (二郎 lit. Second Son?) (Sho Sakurai) and Gorō (五郎 lit. Fifth Son?) (Jun Matsumoto) are looking at a floor plan. Jirō writes his name in the space of the biggest room, but Gorō crosses Jirō's name out and puts his name instead. They continue to fight for the room until Shirō (四郎 lit. Fourth Son?) (Kazunari Ninomiya) takes the marker from them and writes his name in the space of the smallest room, puzzling the both of them.

While everyone else continues to pack, Ichirō (一郎 lit. First Son?) (Satoshi Ohno) picks up a picture frame with their mother's photo and carefully puts it into a box. Saburō looks through a photo album and finds a letter from their mother addressed to her sons at the very back, saying that she will be watching over them from the house no matter where they go in the future. He shows the letter to his brothers; Ichirō then takes the floor plan and rips it up.

The scene shifts from a living room full of boxes to a clean living room with everything back in its place. Gorō sends text message to their father, telling him that they will not be moving out of the house in order to stay with their mother. Shirō puts the picture frame of their mother back, and Saburō reattaches the family nameplate, now including the name Hanako (花子?) next to theirs.

Track list[edit]

Regular Edition
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "My Girl"   Wonderland Shinya Tada (多田 慎也 Tada Shinya?) 4:47
2. "Tokei Jikake no Umbrella" (時計じかけのアンブレラ "Clockwork Umbrella") Sean-D, Sho Sakurai Fredrik Hult, Robin Fredriksson, Mattias Larsson 3:54
3. "Super Fresh" (スーパーフレッシュ "Sūpā Furesshu") Shigeo, Shun Shigeo 4:01
4. "My Girl" (Instrumental)     4:47
5. "Tokei Jikake no Umbrella" (Instrumental)     3:54
6. "Super Fresh" (Instrumental)     4:01
Limited Edition
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "My Girl"   Wonderland Tada 4:47
2. "Tokei Jikake no Umbrella"   Sean-D, Sho Sakurai Fredrik Hult, Robin Fredriksson, Mattias Larsson 3:54
Limited Edition DVD
No. Title Length
1. "My Girl" (PV)  
2. "My Girl" (Making of)  

Chart performance[edit]

On the issue date of October 26, 2009, the song, "My Girl" debuted on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart at number fifty-one.[7] On its fifth week on the chart, the song jumped from number forty-one to number-one during the week of November 28, 2009.[8] On the day of its release the single debuted at number one on the Oricon daily singles chart by selling about 178,000 copies on the first day.[9] On the November 23 issue date, the single debuted atop the Oricon weekly chart selling an estimate of 432,000 copies in its first week, becoming their fourth number-one single of the year.[4] "My Girl" is also the third single of 2009 to open with high sales in its first week, after Arashi's "Ashita no Kioku/Crazy Moon: Kimi wa Muteki" and "Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei" respectively.[4]

The single is certified Double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for shipment of 500,000 copies.[10]

Charts, peaks and certifications[edit]

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Kyū Jō Show!!" by Kanjani Eight
Oricon Weekly number one single
November 23, 2009
Succeeded by
"Loveless" by Tomohisa Yamashita
Preceded by
"Kyū Jō Show!!" by Kanjani Eight
Billboard Japan Hot 100 number-one single
November 23, 2009
Succeeded by
"Loveless" by Tomohisa Yamashita

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Distributor
Japan November 11, 2009 (2009-11-11)[2] CD single (JACA-5188)[13]
CD+DVD (JACA-5186)[14]
J Storm
Taiwan November 27, 2009 (2009-11-27)[15] CD single (JAJSG27024)[15]
CD+DVD (JAJSG27024/A)[16]
Avex Taiwan
South Korea November 30, 2009 (2009-11-30)[17] CD single (SMJTCD325)[17]
CD+DVD (SMJTCD324B)[18]
SM Entertainment
Hong Kong December 4, 2009 (2009-12-04)[19] CD single[19]
CD+DVD[20]
Avex Asia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ドラマ「マイガール」の主題歌は嵐! 主演の相葉雅紀が「ドラマの世界観にピッタリ」" (in Japanese). Livedoor. 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  2. ^ a b c "My Girl" (in Japanese). J Storm. Retrieved 2009-11-13. 
  3. ^ "月替わりジャニーズドラマが10月スタート!". Sanspo (in Japanese). 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2009-11-16. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d "嵐、09年シングル初動売上で1位~4位を独占". Oricon (in Japanese). 2009-11-17. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  5. ^ "My Girl director" (in Japanese). jp:スペースシャワーTV. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  6. ^ Arashi (2009-11-11). Making of "My Girl" (DVD) (in Japanese). J Storm. Event occurs at 00:12. 
  7. ^ "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard Japan". Billboard (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  8. ^ a b "Week of November 28, 2009". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  9. ^ a b "嵐の新曲「マイガール」、デイリーランキング首位獲得で好スタート" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2009-11-12. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  10. ^ a b "ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2009年11月" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  11. ^ "2009 Oricon Yearly Singles Ranking". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  12. ^ "嵐、昨年発売のベスト盤を上回る初日27.5万枚でデイリー1位" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  13. ^ "My Girl [Regular Edition]". CD Japan. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  14. ^ "My Girl [w/ DVD, Limited Edition]". CD Japan. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  15. ^ a b "My Girl (普通版)" (in Chinese). Avex Taiwan. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  16. ^ "My Girl (初回版)" (in Chinese). Avex Taiwan. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  17. ^ a b "Arashi - My Girl [통상판]" (in Korean). Aladdin. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Arashi - My Girl [CD+DVD 초회한정판]" (in Korean). Aladdin. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  19. ^ a b "My Girl (Normal Edition)(Hong Kong Version)" (in Chinese). YesAsia. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  20. ^ "My Girl (SINGLE+DVD)(First Press Limited Edition)(Hong Kong Version)" (in Chinese). YesAsia. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 

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