Sakura no Ki ni Narō

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"Sakura no Ki ni Narō"
Single by AKB48
from the album 1830m
B-side "Gūzen no Jūjiro"
"Kiss Made 100 Mile"
"Area K"
"Ōgon no Center"
Released February 16, 2011 (2011-02-16)
Format CD Single, digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre J-pop
Label You, Be Cool! / King
Writer(s) Yasushi Akimoto
Producer(s) Akimoto
Certification Million (RIAJ)
AKB48 singles chronology
"Chance no Junban"
(2010)
"Sakura no Ki ni Narō"
(2011)
"Everyday, Katyusha"
(2011)

"Dareka no Tame ni (What Can I Do for Someone?)"
(2011)
Music video
"Sakura no Ki ni Narō" on YouTube

"Sakura no Ki ni Narō" (桜の木になろう "Let's Become Cherry Blossom Trees"?) is a 20th single by Japanese idol girl group AKB48, released on February 16, 2011. It's a school graduation song.

Release information[edit]

It is the 20th major-label single (22nd overall) released by AKB48. It was released in five versions: a limited type-A CD+DVD edition, a regular type-A CD+DVD edition, a limited type-B CD+DVD edition, a regular type-B CD+DVD edition, and a limited CD-only theater edition. The limited type-A and type-B editions came with a national handshaking event ticket, while the theater edition came with a "Sakura no Ki ni Narō" handshaking event ticket and one member picture at random. The title track was used as the theme song for the drama Sakura Kara no Tegami: AKB48 Sorezore no Sotsugyō Monogatari, which starred all AKB48 members. The single sold 655,344 copies on its first day of release, which is at the time, the most that any artist has sold in a single day since Oricon started reporting daily sales in March 2009.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Type-A CD tracklist[edit]

  1. Sakura no Ki ni Narō (桜の木になろう)
  2. Gūzen no Jūjiro (偶然の十字路) (Undergirls)
  3. Kiss Made 100 Mile (キスまで100マイル) (MINT)
  4. Sakura no Ki ni Narō off vocal ver.
  5. Gūzen no Jūjiro off vocal ver.
  6. Kiss Made 100 Mile off vocal ver.

Type-A DVD tracklist[edit]

  1. Sakura no Ki ni Narō Music Clip
  2. Gūzen no Jūjiro Music Clip
  3. Kiss Made 100 Mile Music Clip
  4. Members' Personal Clothes Fashion Show (Type-A) (ガチ私服ファッションショー(Type-A))

Type-B CD tracklist[edit]

  1. Sakura no Ki ni Narō (桜の木になろう)
  2. Gūzen no Jūjiro (偶然の十字路) (Undergirls)
  3. Area K (エリアK) (DIVA)
  4. Sakura no Ki ni Narō off vocal ver.
  5. Gūzen no Jūjiro off vocal ver.
  6. Area K off vocal ver.

Type-B DVD tracklist[edit]

  1. Sakura no Ki ni Narō Music Clip <Complete Version> (桜の木になろう Music Clip<完全版>)
  2. Gūzen no Jūjiro Music Clip
  3. Area K Music Clip
  4. Members' Personal Clothes Fashion Show (Type-B) (ガチ私服ファッションショー(Type-B))

Theatre CD tracklist[edit]

  1. Sakura no Ki ni Narō (桜の木になろう)
  2. Gūzen no Jūjiro (偶然の十字路) (Undergirls)
  3. Ōgon Center (黄金センター) (team Kenkyuusei)
  4. Sakura no Ki ni Narō off vocal ver.
  5. Gūzen no Jūjiro off vocal ver.
  6. Ōgon Center off vocal ver.

Contributing members[edit]

"Sakura no Ki ni Narō"[edit]

Center: Atsuko Maeda

"Gūzen no Jūjiro"[edit]

Credited as "Undergirls"

Center: Yokoyama Yui, Kimoto Kanon.

  • Team A: Oota Aika, Nakagawa Haruka, Maeda Ami
  • Team K: Uchida Mayumi, Kikuchi Ayaka, Nito Moeno, Fujie Reina, Yokoyama Yui
  • Team B: Ishida Haruka, Oku Manami (last single), Komori Mika, Sato Sumire, Miyazaki Miho
  • Team S (SKE48): Oya Masana, Yagami Kumi
  • Team KII (SKE48): Takayanagi Akane, Mukaida Manatsu
  • Team E (SKE48): Kimoto Kanon

"Kiss Made 100 Mile"[edit]

Credited as "Mint"

"Area K"[edit]

Credited as "Diva"
  • Team A: Iwasa Misaki, Ooya Shizuka, Kuramochi Asuka, Nakata Chisato, Nakaya Sayaka, Matsubara Natsumi
  • Team K: Sayaka Akimoto, Umeda Ayaka, Tanabe Miku, Nakatsuka Tomomi, Nonaka Misato, Yonezawa Rumi
  • Team B: Kobayashi Kana, Amina Sato, Sato Natsuki, Suzuki Mariya, Chikano Rina, Hirajima Natsumi, Masuda Yuka

"Ōgon Center"[edit]

Credited as "Team Kenkyūsei"
  • 9th Generation: Mina Oba, Haruka Shimazaki, Haruka Shimada, Miyu Takeuchi, Mariya Nagao, Mariko Nakamura, Anna Mori, Suzuran Yamauchi
  • 10th Generation: Maria Abe, Rina Izuta, Miori Ichikawa, Anna Iriyama, Rena Kato, Yuki Kanazawa, Marina Kobayashi, Shiori Nakamata, Nana Fujita
  • 11th Generation: Sara Ushikuba, Rina Kawaei, Natsuki Kojima, Shihori Suzuki, Wakana Natori, Ayaka Morikawa, Nau Yamaguchi

Oricon Charts (Japan)[edit]

Release Oricon Singles Chart Peak position Debut sales (copies) Sales total (copies)
16 February 2011 Daily Chart 1 655,344
Weekly Chart 1[2][3] 942,479 1,079,460
Monthly Chart 1 997,963

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AKB48新曲「桜の木になろう」"初日"だけで実売65.5万枚" (in Japanese). Oricon. February 17, 2011. Retrieved February 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ "AKB48新曲、初週売上歴代6位94.2万枚" (in Japanese). Oricon. February 22, 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ "AKB48、女性グループ"最速"ミリオン SPEED&モー娘。上回る3週目" (in Japanese). Oricon. March 8, 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2011.