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"4 Times"
4 Times.jpg
Single by Koda Kumi
from the album Japonesque
Released August 17, 2011
Format
Recorded 2011
Genre
Label Rhythm Zone
Writer(s) Koda Kumi
Koda Kumi singles chronology
"Pop Diva"
(2011)
"4 Times"
(2011)
"Ai o Tomenaide"
(2011)

"4 Times" (stylized as "4 TIMES") is the 50th single by pop/R&B singer Koda Kumi. It was released on August 17, 2011 and debuted at #6, remaining on the Oricon charts for nine consecutive weeks. In commemoration of it being the fiftieth single since her debut, the single contained four a-sides, making it her first since 4 hot wave (2006).

The single came in four editions: CD, CD+DVD, CD+QLIX Digital Camera and CD+50 Postcards BOX Set. The latter two only carried the song "Poppin' love cocktail feat. TEEDA."

Background information[edit]

4 Times is a single by Japanese singer-songwriter Koda Kumi under the Avex sub-label Rhythm Zone, and was a limited release done to celebrate her 50th single.[1] The single charted at #6 on the Oricon Singles Charts and stayed on the charts for over two months.[2] The single's name came from the single being a quadruple a-side, something which she had not done since her 2006 single 4 hot wave.[3][4]

The main track from the single, "V.I.P," contained a short sample of American group Fort Minor's song "Believe Me".[5] "KO-SO-KO-SO" was the more erotic song on the single, in both lyrics and video.[6] The track was a sensual song with elements both in R&B and pop. The videos for the two songs intertwined with the end of "V.I.P" leading into the opening of "KO-SO-KO-SO." "In The Air" was a more light-hearted pop song, with romantic lyrics, as opposed to sensual. The song was composed by Swedish songwriter and music producer Erik Lidbom, who has also worked with the likes of Ayumi Hamasaki and Namie Amuro.[7]

The song "Poppin' love cocktail" featured Tokyo-based rock band Back-On with only rapper TEEDA performing vocals alongside Kumi. The group collaborated with Kumi upon her request. After noting their work with her younger sister misono, Kumi approached the group and asked if they would help her compose a summer song that was different than her past songs "girls" and "Lady Go!."[8][9]

Although 4 Times was a quadruple a-side like 4 hot wave, not all of the music videos were intertwined. Instead, only two of the videos were connected: "V.I.P" and "KO-SO-KO-SO." The other two videos, "In The Air" and "Poppin' love cocktail," were stand-alone. Prior to its release, it was said the music video for "KO-SO-KO-SO" would be Koda Kumi's first video to be banned from airing on television broadcasting stations, whereas the video was promoted as being her "most sexual PV."[10][11][12][13] However, upon its release, while the video was not banned, it could only be played after 22:00.

A short audio teaser of "KO-SO-KO-SO" was leaked online on June 28, 2011 and the full song premiered on July 10. The making videos were uploaded to Avex's YouTube as a way to assist in promoting the single prior to its release.[14] The music video for "V.I.P" was released August first and the rest of the videos were released on the thirteenth.

"Poppin' love cocktail" was the only song on the single to be certified gold for 100,000 downloads, as of January 2014.[15]

Packaging[edit]

To help celebrate her fiftieth single, 4 Times was released in two promotional editions along with its standard CD and CD+DVD editions.

The CD and CD+DVD editions contained all four tracks with interludes and the four music videos corresponding to the a-sides. The CD+Qlix Digital Camera and CD+50 Postcards Box Set editions only came with "Poppin' love cocktail" on the CD.[16] The Qlix digital camera contained a unique cover design, with red polka dots on a black background, along with "Koda Kumi Summer 2011" written in white.[17] The fifty postcards included in the box set were promotional photos from all fifty singles she had released up to 4 Times.

Music videos[edit]

Unlike 4 hot wave, only two of the four music videos are interconnected: "V.I.P" and "KO-SO-KO-SO."

"V.I.P" centers around Kumi going to a night club and pursued by two male suitors; however, while she flirts with them, she fails to be interested. At the end of the video, she sends them away and is approached by a young woman. The lead into "KO-SO-KO-SO" shows Kumi with the same woman, simulating sexual acts in a dimly lit bedroom. Due to the promiscuity in the video, it was rumored that it would be her first music video to be banned from being aired on television stations in Japan. These rumors ultimately turned out to be untrue.

"Poppin' love cocktail" features TEEDA from Back-On and is an upbeat rock track. Kumi said how, after hearing and seeing her younger sister, misono, work with the band, she enjoyed their musical style and asked them for help to write a new summer song that was different than her previous popular summer tracks. The music video features both her and TEEDA constantly fighting to be the center of attention and sabotaging each other's attempts at the limelight.

Kumi said the four songs were to show "one summer day.".[8]

Track list[edit]

(iTunes[18])

CD
No. Title Lyrics Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Introduction ~Sunny Time~"   UTA   0:41
2. "Poppin' love cocktail feat. TEEDA" Koda Kumi • TEEDA Back-On Back-On • Jin 5:00
3. "Interlude ~Sunset Time~"   UTA   0:37
4. "In The Air" Koda Kumi Erik Lidbom • Fast Lane Erik Lidbom 4:08
5. "Interlude ~Midnight Time~"   UTA   0:28
6. "V.I.P." Koda Kumi • Toby Gad • Jessie J Koda Kumi • Toby Gad • Jessie J Toby Gad 3:05
7. "Interlude ~time to...love~"   UTA   0:36
8. "KO-SO-KO-SO" Koda Kumi • Allan P. Grigg • Kenichi Takemoto Koda Kumi • Allan P. Grigg • Kenichi Takemoto   3:19
Total length: 17:52
DVD: Music Video
No. Title Length
1. "Poppin' love cocktail feat. TEEDA" (Music Video)  
2. "V.I.P." (Music Video)  
3. "KO-SO-KO-SO" (Music Video)  
4. "In The Air" (Music Video)  
CD+QLIX Digital Camera / CD+50 Postcard BOX Set
No. Title Lyrics Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Poppin' love cocktail feat. TEEDA" Kumi Koda • TEEDA BACK-ON BACK-ON • Jin 5:00

Chart rankings[edit]

Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)[edit]

Release Chart Peak Position First Day/Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
August 17, 2011 Oricon Daily Charts 4 28,789
Oricon Weekly Charts 6 54,773 74,300 5 week
Oricon Monthly Charts 12 64,310
Oricon Yearly Charts 102

Alternate Versions[edit]

Poppin' love cocktail feat. TEEDA

  1. Poppin' love cocktail feat. TEEDA: Released on the single (2011) and corresponding album Japonesque (2012)
  2. Poppin' love cocktail feat. TEEDA [TeddyLoid Remix]: Found on Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 4 (2012)

V.I.P

  1. V.I.P: Found on the single (2011)
  2. V.I.P feat. T-PAIN: Found on Japonesque (2012)
  3. V.I.P feat. T-PAIN [Sunset In Ibiza Remix]: Found on Beach Mix (2012)

KO-SO-KO-SO

  1. KO-SO-KO-SO: Found on the single (2011) and corresponding album Japonesque (2012)
  2. KO-SO-KO-SO [Prog5 Remix]: Found on Beach Mix (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "[CD] 4 Times [CD+DVD] (news) / 倖田來未". Rhythm Zone (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 23 June 2011. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ "4TIMES (Limited Edition) / KODA KUMI / ORICON STYLE". Oricon. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ "[CD] 4 TIMES / 倖田來未". Rhythm Zone (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "4 hot wave(CD+DVD)". Rhythm Zone. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Believe Me - For Minor (Official Video)". Fort Minor on YouTube. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ "[Koda Kumi]KO-SO-KO-SO English Translation". Shinji Suru Lyrics. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Erik Lidbom". Erik Lidbom Official. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Smart Music 2011.09". Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  9. ^ "BACK-ON / with you feat. Me". avex on YouTube. January 26, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Koda Kumi's Upcoming PV For KO-SO-KO-SO Banned?". JPop Asia. June 23, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Koda Kumi reveals the super sexy PV for "KO-SO-KO-SO"". Tokyo Hive. August 15, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  12. ^ "In the history of Koda Kumi, the most extreme sensual and sexual! Men forbidden, out of this world to air on NG". EMTG Music (in Japanese). August 21, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  13. ^ "倖田來未、50作目は過激すぎるMVで放送禁止か!?". Oricon New (in Japanese). June 22, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Koda Kumi / V.I.P (Making)". avex on YouTube. August 7, 2011. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 
  15. ^ レコード協会調べ 1月度有料音楽配信認定 [Record Association Investigation: January Digital Music Download Certifications]. RIAJ (in Japanese). February 28, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  16. ^ "4 TIMES CD+GOODS / Koda Kumi / avex portal". avex portal (in Japanese). August 17, 2011. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  17. ^ "倖田來未×Qlixコラボデジタルカメラのデザインをアップしました♪". I Love Kumiko on JUGEM (in Japanese). July 13, 2011. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  18. ^ "iTunes - ミュージック - 倖田來未「4 TIMES」". iTunes Store Japan, Apple Inc. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 

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