Skirt, Hirari

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"Skirt, Hirari"
Single by AKB48
from the album Set List: Greatest Songs 2006–2007
B-side "Aozora no Soba ni Ite" (青空のそばにいて?)
Released June 7, 2006 (2006-06-07) (Indies)
Format CD Single
Genre Pop, funk
Length 4:02:00
Label AKS, Avex Distribution
Writer(s) Yasushi Akimoto, Mio Okada, Yuichi Yaegaki
Producer(s) Yasushi Akimoto
AKB48 singles chronology
"Sakura no Hanabiratachi"
(2006)
"Skirt, Hirari"
(2006)
"Aitakatta"
(2006)

"Skirt, Hirari" (スカート、ひらり Sukāto, Hirari?) is Japanese idol group AKB48's second single, released independently through AKS on June 7, 2006.[1] The song was sung by 7 members of AKB48 Team A, Tomomi Itano, Haruna Kojima, Atsuko Maeda, Rina Nakanishi, Risa Narita, Mai Oshima, and Minami Takahashi, and other members of Team A were back dancers.[2] The center of the song is Minami Takahashi and Atsuko Maeda.

Promotion[edit]

Launching of "Skirt, Hirari" was held at the off-theater live promoting event at Akihabara UDX with some 1,500 attendees on June 4, 2006, 3 days prior the release date. During this event, all AKB48 members, 20 members of Team A and 17 members of Team K, performed on the stage together first time,[3] although "Skirt, Hirari" itself was recorded with Team A members only.

They made their first appearances on TV music programs to perform as a group of singers, such as "Music Station", "Music Fighter", etc. on June 9, two days after the release of CD.[2]

The song was used as the theme song of the "Odaiba Gakuen 2006 (Bunkasai)" (お台場学園2006〜文化祭〜 Odaiba School 2006 (School Festival)?), series of summer event held by Fuji Television. The B-side "Aozora no soba ni ite" was used as the ending theme song for the variety show Mitake Uranai.

Each "Shokai Genteiban" (初回限定版 The first edition?) CD included a postcard, which was for a lucky draw with following awards.[4]

  • Award A - Participation right for "AKB48 member to iku Hanayashiki Tour (AKB48メンバーと行く「花やしき」ツアー Tour to Hanayashiki Theme Park with AKB48 members?)[3]
  • Award K - Participation right for watching a rehearsal of "3rd Stage" with AKB48 staffs
  • Award B - AKB48 Team A "1st stage" DVD
  • Sticker with all AKB48 members
  • Sticker with self-portrait of members (1 out of 20 members)

Reception[edit]

The single charted 6 weeks in the top 200 with the highest rank at #13,[5] but sold 20,609 copies, which was about a half of their debut single, "Sakura no Hanabiratachi".[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Arranger Length
1. "Skirt, Hirari" (スカート、ひらり) Yasushi Akimoto, Mio Okada Atsushi Umebori 4:02
2. "Aozora no soba ni ite"   Akimoto, Yuichi Yaegashi Ichinen Yamazaki 5:08
3. "Skirt, Hirari (Karaoke Version)"   Akimoto, Okada Umebori 4:02
4. "Aozora no soba ni ite(Karaoke Version)"   Akimoto, Yaegashi Yamazaki 5:08
Total length:
18:19

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Skirt, Hirari
Oricon Weekly Chart[5] 13

Reported sales[edit]

Chart Amount
Oricon physical sales[2] 20,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AKB48公式サイト|ディスコグラフィー" (in Japanese). AKS. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 
  2. ^ a b c d "SKIRT, HIRARI AKB48's second indies release|". supermerlion. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 
  3. ^ a b "AKB48 History (path to major debut)" DVD, included in "Aitakatta" - First edition
  4. ^ "スカート、ひらり [Single, Maxi]" (in Japanese). amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 
  5. ^ a b "アーティスト&楽曲検索 スカート、ひらり" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2011-04-24.