Soba ni Iru ne

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"Soba ni Iru ne"
Single by Thelma Aoyama feat. SoulJa
from the album DIARY
Released January 23, 2008 (JP)
Format CD single
Genre J-pop, R&B
Label Universal
Writer(s) SoulJa
Thelma Aoyama feat. SoulJa singles chronology
"ONE WAY"
(2007)
"Soba ni Iru ne"
(2008)
"Nando Mo"
(2008)

Soba ni Iru ne (そばにいるね I'm by Your Side?) is Thelma Aoyama's second official single, released on January 23, 2008, featuring SoulJa. It is an answer song to her previous collaboration with SoulJa, "Koko ni Iru yo." B-side "My dear friend" was used as the ending theme to anime Shion no Ō, and the opening theme to television show Ryuuha-R.

The single reached the number 1 position on Japan's Oricon charts in its second week and sold over 450,000 compact discs. In addition, it sold over 7 million downloads, including 2 million complete downloads, by July 2008.[1] In September 2008, the Guinness World Records certified the song as "the best selling download single in Japan" for the number of full-track downloads.[2][3] On May 28, 2009, however, it was announced that the record was replaced by Greeeen's song "Kiseki".[4] It was later admitted by the Guinness World Records.[5]

It was also the best-selling download single on the iTunes Store 2008 yearly charts in Japan.[6]

Taiwanese band Da Mouth sang their cover version of "Koko ni Iru yo" on their album Wang Yuan Kou Li Kou.[7]

"Soba ni Iru ne" was also covered by Sly and Robbie on their album Amazing.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Soba ni Iru ne feat. SoulJa"
  2. "My dear friend"
  3. "This Day feat. Dohzi-T"

Charts[edit]

Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak
position
First week
sales
Total
sales
Chart run
January 23, 2008 Oricon Daily Singles Chart #1
January 23, 2008 Oricon Weekly Singles Chart #1 50,158 464,835 46 weeks
January 23, 2008 Oricon Monthly Singles Chart #2
January 23, 2008 Oricon Yearly Singles Chart #7 456,479

Total sales as of 11th Feb '09 - 464,835 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Sobaniirune' hits 2 mil download mark". AllBusiness.com. 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  2. ^ "Certificate". natalie. 2008-09-12. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  3. ^ (Japanese) "青山テルマ、ギネス認定…そばにいるね「日本で最も売れた着うたフル楽曲」". Sports Hochi. 2008-09-12. Retrieved 2008-12-09. [dead link]
  4. ^ (Japanese) "「キセキ」着うたフルDLでギネス申請". Sports Nippon. 2009-05-29. Retrieved 2009-07-03. [dead link]
  5. ^ (Japanese) "GReeeeN、「キセキ」がギネス認定". Barks. 2009-07-02. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  6. ^ (Japanese) "2008年、「iTunes Store」で最もダウンロードされた楽曲が発表". Barks. 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  7. ^ (Chinese) "大嘴巴發新專輯 「王元口力口」耍神秘". NOW news. 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  8. ^ "Amazing American Version". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Order Made" by Radwimps
Japanese Oricon Chart number one single
February 11, 2008
Succeeded by
"Lips" by KAT-TUN
Preceded by
"Deai no Chikara" by Ketsumeishi
Billboard Japan Hot 100 number-one single
February 11, 2008
Preceded by
"Together When..." by Ayumi Hamasaki
Japanese RIAJ monthly number-one ringtone
January–March 2008 (three months)
Succeeded by
"Kiseki" by Greeeen