Purple Line (song)

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"Purple Line"
"Purple Line" CD cover
Single by Tohoshinki
from the album T
B-side Dead End - STY Gin n' Tonic mix , Zion - Zero G Remix
Released January 15, 2008
Format CD, CD+DVD
Recorded 2007
Genre J-pop, K-pop, R&B, Hip hop, Synthpop
Length 4:18
Label Avex Trax/Rhythm Zone
Writer(s) Japanese Lyrics: H.U.B, Korean lyrics: Yoo Han Jin, Composition: Yoo Han Jin, JJ650, Yoo Young Jin
Producer(s) Lee Soo Man
Tohoshinki singles chronology
"Together"
(2007)
"Purple Line"
(2008)
"Two Hearts"/"Wild Soul"
(2008)

"Purple Line" is Tohoshinki's 16th Japanese single, written by the Korean composer who made Tohoshinki's biggest hits in Korea such as "Rising Sun" and ""O"-Jung.Ban.Hap." It became Tohoshinki's first Japanese single to reach #1 on the Oricon Weekly sales chart in Japan, making the group the first foreign male group or boyband to top the Japanese charts and second Korean artist after BoA to do so.[1][2][3] "Purple Line" was Tohoshinki's first single that was originally released in Japanese and later released in Korean as a single. According to the members, the name "Purple Line" refers to the thin rays of light on horizon when the sun sets.[citation needed] Despite being the first #1 single from Tohoshinki, it is not their strongest single in terms of physical sales, with "Break Out!" having the biggest lead in Japan. It was released a week before their third Japanese album T which included the song in its tracks.

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot in South Korea, the first time for a Japanese single by the group. The producers used new strategies to market the song and the video. First, a shortened music video was released in Japan for the Japanese version of the song. On January 24, 2008, a Korean version of "Purple Line" was also released. On February 4, 2008, SM Entertainment surprised fans with the release of the full music video; however, with the Korean version of the song. A Japanese version of the full music video was also released a few days later.

Live performances[edit]

Japan[edit]

  • 2008.01.18 - NHK Music Japan
  • 2008.01.25 - Music Fighter
  • 2008.01.26 - Melodix!
  • 2008.01.28 - Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ
  • 2008.02.02 - Music Fair 21
  • 2008.02.08 - NHK Music Japan
  • 2008.02.11 - 月光音楽団 [4]
  • 2008 - a-nation 2008 (several dates)

South Korea[edit]

  • 2008.02.24 - SBS Inkigayo
  • 2008.02.29 - KBS Music Bank [5]
  • 2008.05.17 - 6th Annual Korean Music Festival (in USA)
  • 2008.06.07 - Dream concert
  • 2008.06.15 - Super Triple Concert
  • 2008.07.20 - KBS 60th Anniversary of Korean Constitution
  • 2008.08.15 - Summer SMTown Concert 2008

Tracklisting[edit]

Japan[edit]

CD[edit]

  1. "Purple Line"
  2. "Dead End" (STY Gin n' Tonic mix)
  3. "Zion" (Zero G Remix)
  4. "Purple Line" (Less Vocal)
  5. "Dead End" (STY Gin n' Tonic mix) (Less Vocal)

DVD[edit]

  1. Asia Tour Bangkok Show Off Shot Movie
  2. Asia Tour Bangkok Show Special Off Shot Movie

South Korea[edit]

CD[edit]

  1. "Purple Line"
  2. "Dead End" (STY Gin n' Tonic mix)
  3. "Zion" (Zero G Remix)
  4. "Purple Line" (Less Vocal)
  5. "Dead End" (STY Gin n' Tonic mix) (Less Vocal)
  6. Purple Line (Korean version)

DVD[edit]

  1. Asia Tour Bangkok Show Off Shot Movie
  2. Asia Tour Bangkok Show Special Off Shot Movie

Release history[edit]

Country Date
Japan January 15, 2008
South Korea January 23, 2008
Hong Kong January 27, 2008

Charts[edit]

Oricon sales chart (Japan)[edit]

Release Chart Peak Position Sales Total Chart Run
January 16, 2008 Oricon Daily Singles Chart 1 28,892
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 1 47,303 6 weeks
Oricon Monthly Singles Chart 4 44,158
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart 150 47,303

Korea Top 20 foreign albums & singles[edit]

Release Chart Peak Position Sales
January 23, 2008 January Monthly Chart [6] 2 12,726
February Monthly Chart [7] 12 2,784
March Monthly Chart [8] 16 1,806

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Mirage" by AAA
Oricon Weekly number one single
January 21, 2008
Succeeded by
"Order Made" by Radwimps

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. http://toho-jp.net/