Sakura no Shiori

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"Sakura no Shiori"
Type A cover, featuring Atsuko Maeda.
Single by AKB48
from the album Kamikyokutachi
B-side "Choose Me!"
"Enkyori Poster"
"Majisuka Rock 'n Roll"
Released February 17, 2010 (2010-02-17)
Format CD Single, digital download
Genre J-pop, choir
Length 3:58
Label You, Be Cool! / King
Writer(s) Yasushi Akimoto, Hiroshi Uesugi
Producer(s) Kenichi Mitsuda
Certification Platinum (RIAJ)
AKB48 singles chronology
"River"
(2009)
"Sakura no Shiori"
(2010)
"Ponytail to Shushu"
(2010)



Music videos
"Sakura no Shiori" on YouTube
"Majisuka Rock 'n' Roll"
"Enkyori Poster" / Team PB
"Choose me!" / Team YJ

"Sakura no Shiori" (桜の栞?, "Cherry Blossom Bookmark") is the 15th single by Japanese idol girl group AKB48; it was released on February 17, 2010.[1] The title track is a school graduation song. The song was used as the theme song to the AKB48-related drama Majisuka Gakuen, which stars Atsuko Maeda and many members from AKB48 and its sister groups.

In its first week, the song sold 318,000 copies - the biggest opening sales for a female group single since Morning Musume's "Mr. Moonlight (Ai no Big Band)" in July 2001. The song has been certified platinum for physical sales by the RIAJ.[2]

Composition[edit]

The song is composed by Hiroshi Uesugi and written by Yasushi Akimoto.[3] It is sung with AKB48 members singing together in a school choir.[4] The song is a graduation song, with a theme of cherry blossoms.[4]

Tie-in[edit]

"Sakura no Shiori" was used not only as the theme song for the drama Majisuka Gakuen, but also in commercials for Aoki and Recochoku.[5] The B-side "Majisuka Rock 'n Roll" was used as the opening theme song for the same drama.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Yasushi Akimoto

Type A tracklist
No. Title Music Arranger Length
1. "Sakura no Shiori (桜の栞 Cherry Blossom Bookmark?)"   Hiroshi Uesugi Kenichi Mitsuda 3:58
2. "Majisuka Rock 'n Roll (マジスカロックンロール Majisuka Rokkun Rōru?)"   Candy&Megane Yuichi "Masa" Nonaka 3:37
3. "Enkyori Poster (遠距離ポスター Long Distance Poster?)" (Team Play-Boy) Kōta Ogawa Nonaka 3:18
4. "Sakura no Shiori (Off Vocal Ver.)"   Uesugi Mitsuda 3:58
5. "Majisuka Rock 'n Roll (Off Vocal Ver.)"   Candy&Megane Nonaka 3:37
Total length:
18:42

All lyrics written by Yasushi Akimoto

Type B tracklist
No. Title Music Arranger Length
1. "Sakura no Shiori"   Uesugi Mitsuda 3:58
2. "Majisuka Rock 'n Roll"   Candy&Megane Nonaka 3:37
3. "Choose Me!" (Team Young Jump) Yusuke Yamamoto Yūichi Ichikawa 4:04
4. "Sakura no Shiori (Off Vocal Ver.)"   Uesugi Mitsuda 3:58
5. "Majisuka Rock 'n Roll (Off Vocal Ver.)"   Candy&Megane Nonaka 3:37
Total length:
19:27

All lyrics written by Yasushi Akimoto

Theatre version tracklist
No. Title Music Arranger Length
1. "Sakura no Shiori"   Uesugi Mitsuda 3:58
2. "Majisuka Rock 'n Roll"   Candy&Megane Nonaka 3:37
3. "Enkyori Poster" (Team Play-Boy) Ogawa Nonaka 3:18
4. "Choose Me!" (Team Young Jump) Yamamoto Ichikawa 4:04
Total length:
14:57

Personnel[edit]

Sakura no Shiori[edit]

"Sakura no Shiori" was performed by the following members:[6]

The center for the track was Atsuko Maeda.[6]

Majisuka Rock 'n Roll[edit]

The song centred on Atsuko Maeda.[importance?]

Enkyori Poster[edit]

The unit of girls who sung this song performed under the name "Team Play-Boy." The song centred on Yuki Kashiwagi.[importance?]

  • Team A: Aki Takajō, Aika Oota, Ami Maeda
  • Team K: Sae Miyazawa, Moeno Nito
  • Team B: Yuki Kashiwagi, Miho Miyazaki

Choose Me![edit]

The unit of girls who sung this song performed under the name "Team Young Jump." The song centred on Rie Kitahara.[importance?]

Chart rankings[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Billboard Adult Contemporary Airplay[7] 13
Billboard Japan Hot 100[8] 1
Billboard yearly Japan Hot 100[9] 43
Oricon weekly singles[10] 1
Oricon yearly singles[11] 12
RIAJ Digital Track Chart weekly top 100[12] 15
RIAJ Digital Track Chart yearly top 100[13] 96

Reported sales[edit]

Chart Amount
Oricon physical sales[10] 398,000

Chart precession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Love Yourself (Kimi ga Kirai na Kimi ga Suki)" by KAT-TUN
Oricon weekly number-one single
March 1, 2010
Succeeded by
"Hitomi no Screen" by Hey! Say! JUMP
Billboard Japan Hot 100 number-one single
March 1, 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2010.2.17(水)発売 「桜の栞<Type-A>」" (in Japanese). King Records. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  2. ^ "ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2010年2月". RIAJ (in Japanese). 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  3. ^ "J!-ENT Dennis A. Amith interviews Hiroshi Uesugi". J!-ENT 20th Anniversary Annual (2013). J!-ENTaccessdate=October 16, 2013. October 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "AKB48が2作連続首位、女性アーティスト初動売上30万枚突破は宇多田以来7年ぶり". Oricon (in Japanese). Oricon Style. February 23, 2010. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "桜の栞(Type-A):AKB48:CD". JBook (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  6. ^ a b "AKB48 歴代シングル選抜メンバー(2006年~2013年)" [(2006-2013) AKB48 successive single member selection]. entamedata.web.fc2.com. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  7. ^ "Japan Billboard Adult Contemporary Airplay". Billboard Japan. March 1, 2010. Retrieved May 9, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard Japan. March 1, 2010. Retrieved May 9, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. December 10, 2010. Archived from the original on December 11, 2010. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "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)
  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 February 16, 2010" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. March 23, 2010. Retrieved May 9, 2010. 
  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.