Ponytail to Shushu

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"Ponytail to Shushu"
Single by AKB48
from the album Koko ni Ita Koto
B-side "Nusumareta Kuchibiru"
"Boku no Yell"
"Majijo Teppen Blues"
Released May 26, 2010 (2010-05-26)
Format CD Single, digital download
Genre J-pop
Length 4:29
Label You, Be Cool! / King
Writer(s) Yasushi Akimoto, Shin'ya Tada
Producer(s) Mashin Ikuta
Certification Triple Platinum (RIAJ)
AKB48 singles chronology
"Sakura no Shiori"
(2010)
"Ponytail to Shushu"
(2010)
"Heavy Rotation"
(2010)
Music videos
"Ponytail to Shushu" on YouTube
"Nusumareta Kuchibiru" / Under Girls
"Boku no YELL" / Theater Girls
"Majijo Teppen Blues"
Theatre edition cover, featuring Tomomi Itano, Tomomi Kasai, Yuki Kashiwagi, Rie Kitahara, Haruna Kojima, Atsuko Maeda, Jurina Matsui (SKE48), Minami Minegishi, Miho Miyazaki, Sae Miyazawa, Erena Ono, Yuko Oshima, Mariko Shinoda, Minami Takahashi, Aki Takajō and Mayu Watanabe.

"Ponytail to Shushu" (ポニーテールとシュシュ Ponītēru to Shushu?, "Ponytail and Scrunchie")[note 1] is the 16th single by Japanese idol group AKB48, released on May 26, 2010.[1][2]

Promotion[edit]

The covers and music videos of the single were shot in Guam.[3]

The first editions of the single came with a ticket to vote for the featuring members of AKB48's 17th single, "Heavy Rotation", released in August 2010.[4][5]

Chart performance[edit]

The single sold 354,000 copies on its first day of release.[6] It sold 513,000 copies on its first week of sale, making it the biggest first week for a female idol group since Morning Musume's "Ren'ai Revolution 21" in 2000, and the biggest first week sales for a female artist since Hikaru Utada's "Can You Keep a Secret?" in 2001.[4] It also became the biggest selling AKB48 single on the week it was released, beating the group's previous single "Sakura no Shiori"'s first week sales of 318,000 copies (and its total sales of 404,000).[4][7]

Track listing[edit]

Type A tracklist
No. Title Writer(s) Arranger Length
1. "Ponytail to Shushu"   Yasushi Akimoto, Shinya Tada Mashin Ikuta 4:29
2. "Nusumareta Kuchibiru" (盗まれた唇 "Stolen Kiss" performed by Under Girls) Akimoto, Yoshimasa Inoue Inoue 4:00
3. "Boku no Yell" (僕のYELL "My Yell" performed by Theater Girls) Akimoto, Takafumi Fujino Ikuta 5:03
4. "Ponytail to Shushu (Off Vocal Ver.)"   Akimoto, Tada Ikuta 4:29
5. "Nusumareta Kuchibiru (Off Vocal Ver.)"   Akimoto, Inoue Inoue 4:00
6. "Boku no Yell (Off Vocal Ver.)"   Akimoto, Fujino Ikuta 5:05
Total length:
27:17
Type B tracklist
No. Title Writer(s) Arranger Length
1. "Ponytail to Shushu"   Akimoto, Tada Ikuta 4:29
2. "Nusumareta Kuchibiru" (Under Girls) Akimoto, Inoue Inoue 4:00
3. "Majijo Teppen Blues" (マジジョテッペンブルース) Akimoto, Yūichi Ichikawa Ichikawa 3:46
4. "Ponytail to Shushu (Off Vocal Ver.)"   Akimoto, Tada Ikuta 4:29
5. "Nusumareta Kuchibiru (Off Vocal Ver.)"   Akimoto, Inoue Inoue 4:00
6. "Majijo Teppen Blues (Off Vocal Ver.)"   Akimoto, Ichikawa Ichikawa 3:46
Total length:
24:38
Theatre version tracklist
No. Title Writer(s) Arranger Length
1. "Ponytail to Shushu"   Akimoto, Tada Ikuta 4:29
2. "Nusumareta Kuchibiru" (Under Girls) Akimoto, Inoue Inoue 4:00
3. "Boku no Yell" (Theater Girls) Akimoto, Fujino Ikuta 5:03
4. "Majijo Teppen Blues"   Akimoto, Ichikawa Ichikawa 3:46

Contributing members[edit]

Ponytail to Shushu[edit]

Centers: Atsuko Maeda and Minami Takahashi

Nusumareta Kuchibiru[edit]

Performed by Under Girls.

Centers: Ami Maeda and Rena Matsui

Boku no Yell[edit]

  • Team A: Natsumi Matsubara, Haruka Nakagawa, Chisato Nakata, Sayaka Nakaya, Shizuka Ōya
  • Team K: Sakiko Matsui, Tomomi Nakatsuka, Misato Nonaka, Miku Tanabe, Mayumi Uchida, Ayaka Umeda, Rumi Yonezawa
  • Team B: Rina Chikano, Natsumi Hirajima, Haruka Ishida, Kana Kobayashi, Yuka Masuda, Natsuki Sato, Mariya Suzuki
  • Team Research Students: Sara Fujimoto, Atsuki Ishiguro, Momoko Kinumoto, Anna Mori, Mariya Nagao, Mariko Nakamura, Mina Ōba, Yuriko Sano, Haruka Shimazaki, Haruka Shimada, Eri Takamatsu, Miyu Takeuchi, Asaka Ueki, Suzuran Yamauchi, Yui Yokoyama

Majijo Teppen Blues[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Billboard Adult Contemporary Airplay[8] 24
Billboard Japan Hot 100[9] 1
Billboard yearly Japan Hot 100[10] 13
Oricon Daily Singles[6] 1
Oricon Weekly Singles[7] 1
Oricon Monthly Singles 2
Oricon Yearly singles[11] 5
RIAJ Digital Track Chart weekly top 100[12] 11
RIAJ Digital Track Chart yearly top 100[13] 16

Sales and certifications[edit]

Chart Amount
Oricon physical sales[7] 720,000
RIAJ physical shipping certification[14] Triple platinum (750,000+)
RIAJ full-length cellphone/PC downloads[15] Million (1,000,000+)

Chart precession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Monster" by Arashi
Oricon weekly number-one single
June 7, 2010
Succeeded by
"To Mother" by Yui
Billboard Japan Hot 100 number-one single
June 7, 2010
Succeeded by
"Rain" by Sid

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Shushu is Japanese for scrunchie.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "5月26日 16thマキシシングル『ポニーテールとシュシュ』発売!!" (in Japanese). King Records. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  2. ^ http://supermerlion.com/ponytail-to-shushu/
  3. ^ "AKB48新曲初回出荷50万枚…「ポニーテールとシュシュ」". Sports Hochi. May 21, 2010. Archived from the original on June 1, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  4. ^ a b c "AKB48が初週50万枚超で首位 モー娘。以来9年半ぶり快挙" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  5. ^ "[CD] 未定 [CD+DVD/Type-A] / AKB48" (in Japanese). Neowing. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  6. ^ a b "デイリーランキング". Oricon. May 25, 2010. Archived from the original on May 31, 2010. Retrieved June 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c "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)
  8. ^ "Adult Contemporary Airplay". Billboard (in Japanese). 2010-05-31. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  9. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard Japan. May 24, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  10. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. December 10, 2010. Archived from the original on December 11, 2010. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  11. ^ "2010年オリコン年間ランキング シングル" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  12. ^ "RIAJ Digital Track Chart: Chart issue May 25, 2010" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  13. ^ "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. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  14. ^ "ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2011年2月" [Works Receiving Certifications List (Gold, etc) (February 2011)]. RIAJ (in Japanese). March 10, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  15. ^ "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.