Alive/Physical Thing

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"Alive/Physical Thing"
Physical Thing CD only cover.jpg
Single by Koda Kumi
from the album Universe
Released September 16, 2009
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Physical Thing J-Pop, synthpop, dance-pop
Alive J-pop, R&B
Label Rhythm Zone
Koda Kumi singles chronology
"3 Splash"
(2009)
"Alive/Physical Thing"
(2009)
"Can We Go Back"
(2010)

"Alive/Physical Thing" is Japanese singer/songwriter Koda Kumi's forty-fifth single and was released on September 16, 2009. It debuted at #1 on Oricon, making it her eighth number-one single, and charted for seven weeks.[1]

Information[edit]

Alive/Physical Thing is Japanese singer-songwriter Kumi Koda's forty-fifth single. It was released on September 16, 2009 and debuted at #1 on the Oricon charts, making it her eighth single to reach number-one. It remained on the charts for seven weeks.

It was released in CD and CD+DVD, with both songs garnering their own music video, though only the video for Physical Thing was placed on the corresponding album, Universe.[2]

While Alive was a slow ballad, Physical Thing was a fast dance-pop track. Physical Thing was a cover of the song of the same name by Britpop singer, Nosheen, which had been released a year prior on April 16, 2008.[3]

Alive's instrumental was based on that of famous 1700s German baroque composer George Frederic Handel's aria Lascia ch'io pianga. Lascia ch'io pianga was from his most well-known opera Rinaldo.[4] The original melody for the aria is first found in Act III of Handel's 1705 opera Almira as a Sarabande.[5] Handel spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos.

Promotional Advertisements[edit]

Alive was used as the theme song for the film adaptation of Kamui the Ninja: Kamui Gaiden.[6]

Physical Thing was used in a commercial for music.jp.[7]

Music Video[edit]

Both songs received music videos on the CD+DVD edition of the single; however, only the music video of Physical Thing made it to the corresponding album, Best ~third universe~ & 8th Al "UNIVERSE".

Alive carried a simple visual of an aurora in the sky above a deserted wasteland, symbolizing rebirth. Along with the aurora, Kumi was also seen in a forest against a backdrop of the sunrise. The overall theme was how sadness could bring about rebirth, whereas the song was about moving on after losing a loved one.

Physical Thing held a party theme, showing Kumi smoking and drinking red wine. These were themes Kumi had not previously performed and was the last music video showing her smoking until her 2012 music video Boom Boom Boys. The visuals for Physical Thing were heavily influenced by American pop singer/songwriter Lady Gaga's music video for her 2008 song Just Dance.

Live Performances[edit]

  1. 2009.09.12: Music Station - Alive[8]

Track listing[edit]

CD Only
No. Title Lyrics Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Alive" Koda Kumi George Frideric Handel • Taro Iwashiro Taro Iwashiro 3:42
2. "Physical Thing" Koda Kumi • Hugo Lira • Ian-Paolo Lira • Negin • Nosheen • Thomas Gustafsson Hugo Lira • Ian-Palo Lira • Thomas Gustafsson   2:59
3. "Alive" (Instrumental)   G.F. Handel • Taro Iwashiro Taro Iwashiro 3:41
4. "Physical Thing" (Instrumental) Koda Kumi • Hugo Lira • Ian-Paolo Lira • Negin • Nosheen • Thomas Gustafsson Hugo Lira • Ian-Palo Lira • Thomas Gustafsson   2:56
5. "TRICK" (Live Version from Trick Tour 2009)       3:06
6. "Joyful" (Live Version from Trick Tour 2009)       5:34
CD+DVD
No. Title Lyrics Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Alive" Koda Kumi George Frideric Handel • Taro Iwashiro Taro Iwashiro 3:42
2. "Physical Thing" Koda Kumi • Hugo Lira • Ian-Paolo Lira • Negin • Nosheen • Thomas Gustafsson Hugo Lira • Ian-Palo Lira • Thomas Gustafsson   2:59
3. "Alive" (Instrumental)   G.F. Handel • Taro Iwashiro Taro Iwashiro 3:41
4. "Physical Thing" (Instrumental) Koda Kumi • Hugo Lira • Ian-Paolo Lira • Negin • Nosheen • Thomas Gustafsson Hugo Lira    
DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Alive" (Music Video)  
2. "Physical Thing" (Music Video)  
3. "TRICK TOUR 2009 Live Trailer"  

Charts[edit]

Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)[edit]

Release Chart Peak Position First Day/Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
September 16, 2009 Oricon Daily Charts 1 16,246
Oricon Weekly Charts 1 32,468 44,745 3 weeks
Oricon Monthly Charts 11
Oricon Yearly Charts

Billboard Japan Sales Chart[edit]

Release Chart Peak Position
September 16, 2009 Billboard Japan Hot 100 4
Billboard Japan Hot Top Airplay 12
Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales 1

Alternate Versions[edit]

Alive

  1. Alive: Found on the single (2009) and corresponding album Universe (2010)
  2. Alive [Instrumental]: Found on the single (2009)

Physical Thing

  1. Physical Thing: Found on the single (2009) and corresponding album Universe (2010)
  2. Physical Thing [Instrumental]: Found on the single (2009)
  3. Physical Thing [FUTURE HOUSE UNITED Remix]: Found on Koda Kumi Driving Hit's 3 (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alive/Physical Thing(with DVD) / KODA KUMI / ORICON STYLE". Oricon. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ "BEST -third universe- & 8th AL "UNIVERSE" (Jacket A)(ALBUM+DVD)". YesAsia. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  3. ^ "NOSHEEN's Albums". MySpace. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ "George Frederic Handel - Lascia ch'io pianga". YouTube. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ Dean and Knapp, pp. 176–78
  6. ^ "Koda Kumi, a challenge of Handel's opera composition to perform the "Kamui Gaiden" theme song". Oricon News. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Alive/Physical Thing (album)". Hikari TV. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Koda Kumi - Alive [Live - 12.09.2009]". DailyMotion. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Rain" by Tsuyoshi Domoto
Japanese Oricon Chart number one single
September 28, 2009
Succeeded by
"Hikari Hitotsu" by Hideaki Takizawa