Ashita no Kioku/Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)

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"Ashita no Kioku/Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)"
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Single by Arashi
from the album All the Best! 1999–2009
Released May 27, 2009 (2009-05-27)
Format CD single, CD+DVD
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop
Label J Storm
Songwriter(s) Ashita no Kioku: Yoshitaka Taira
Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki): Soluna, Hyper Slipper
Arashi singles chronology
"Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei"
(2009)
"Ashita no Kioku/Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)"
(2009)
"Everything"
(2009)
"Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei"
(2009)
"Ashita no Kioku/Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)"
(2009)
"Everything"
(2009)
Audio sample
"Ashita no Kioku" (2009)
Audio sample
"Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)" (2009)

"Ashita no Kioku/Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)" (明日の記憶/Crazy Moon~キミ・ハ・ムテキ~, Memories of Tomorrow/Crazy Moon (You Are Invincible)) is a single release by Japanese boy band Arashi. "Ashita no Kioku" was used as the theme song for the drama The Quiz Show 2 starring Arashi member Sho Sakurai, and "Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)" was used as the theme song for Kose's Esprique Precious cosmetics line commercial. The single was released in three editions: a regular edition containing a bonus track and instrumental versions of all the songs released in the single, and two limited edition both containing a DVD with a music video of one of the A-side tracks.[1]

Single information[edit]

"Ashita no Kioku" is a mid-tempo and dramatic number, with lyrics about an "indelible past" and a hope for a better future.[2] The full song was first heard on Ohno's radio program Arashi Discovery on May 1, 2009, and first shots of the promotional video premiered on NTV's news program Zoom-in Super! on May 13, 2009. A longer, two-minute preview of the song's music video premiered on Space Shower TV on May 22, 2009. The song was named Best Theme Song in the 61st Television Drama Academy Awards.[3]

"Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)" was described a fast-paced 80's themed dance number.[2] About one month before the single's release, the group performed the song on the Japanese music show Utaban on April 26, 2009.

Track listing[edit]

Regular Edition
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Ashita no Kioku" Yoshitaka Taira (平 義隆, Taira Yoshitaka) Taira 4:58
2. "Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)" Soluna Hyper Slipper 4:02
3. "Ashita no Kioku" (Instrumental) Taira Taira 4:58
4. "Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)" (Instrumental) Soluna Hyper Slipper 4:02
Limited Edition A
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Ashita no Kioku" Taira Taira 4:58
2. "Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)" Soluna Hyper Slipper 4:02
Limited Edition A DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Ashita no Kioku"  
Limited Edition B
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)" Soluna Hyper Slipper 4:02
2. "Ashita no Kioku" Taira Taira 4:58
Limited Edition B DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)"  

Chart performance[edit]

The single debuted at the number-one position on Oricon Daily Singles Ranking, selling over 230,000 copies in the first one day.[4] By the end of its first week, it sold 502,487 copies, the group's second best debut week sales figures since their 1999 debut single, "Arashi".[5] With its first week sales of over 502,000, the single has the best first week sales of 2009.[6] Also, with their previous single "Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei," the single makes Arashi the first artist in seven years and seven months to have achieved two consecutive singles that exceeds the 500,000 mark in first week sales. The last time an artist has achieved two consecutive was Keisuke Kuwata with his singles "Naminori Johnny" (波乗りジョニー, "Surfing Johnny") (July 2001) and "Shiroi Koibito Tachi" (白い恋人たち, "White Lovers") (October 2001).[7]

The single is the second single to cross the 600,000 mark in 2009, after the group's first 2009 single release, "Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei." It was certified Double Platinum by Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ).[8] By selling a total of 620,557 copies by the end of the year, "Ashita no Kioku/Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)" is the second best-selling single of 2009 in Japan, right after "Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei".[9]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"Keshin" by Masaharu Fukuyama
Oricon Weekly number one single
June 8, 2009
Succeeded by
"Again" by Yui
Billboard Japan Hot 100 number-one single
June 8, 2009

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Distributor
Japan May 27, 2009 (2009-05-27)[11] CD single (JACA-5173)[11]
CD+DVD (JACA-5169)[12]
CD+DVD (JACA-5171)[13]
J Storm
South Korea June 10, 2009 (2009-06-10)[14] CD single (SMJTCD306)[14][15]
CD+DVD (SMJTCD306B)[16]
CD+DVD (SMJTCD307B)[17]
SM Entertainment
Taiwan June 12, 2009 (2009-06-12)[18] CD single (JAJSG27022)[18]
CD+DVD (JAJSG27022/A)[19]
CD+DVD (JAJSG27022/B)[20]
Avex Taiwan
Hong Kong June 18, 2009 (2009-06-18)[21] CD single[21]
CD+DVD[22]
CD+DVD[23]
Avex Asia

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ This ranking pertains only to the song "Ashita no Kioku".
  2. ^ This ranking pertains only to the song "Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "明日の記憶/Crazy Moon~キミ・ハ・ムテキ~" (in Japanese). J Storm. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Ashita no Kioku / Crazy Moon ~Kimi wa Muteki~ Catalogue entry". YesAsia. Archived from the original on 10 April 2009. Retrieved May 23, 2009. 
  3. ^ ザテレビジョン ドラマアカデミー賞: 第61回ドラマソング賞「明日の記憶」嵐 (in Japanese). Television Drama Academy Awards. July 22, 2009. Archived from the original on August 3, 2009. Retrieved September 25, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b 嵐、櫻井主演ドラマ主題歌含む最新シングルが初日23万枚 (in Japanese). Oricon. May 28, 2009. Archived from the original on 31 May 2009. Retrieved May 29, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b 2009年06月第2週の邦楽シングルランキング情報 (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  6. ^ 嵐、09年シングル初動売上で1位~4位を独占 (in Japanese). Oricon. 2009-11-17. Archived from the original on 20 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  7. ^ 嵐が2作連続初動50万超、7年7か月ぶりの快挙 (in Japanese). Oricon. June 2, 2009. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved June 2, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2009年10月 (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved November 10, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b c "2009 Oricon Yearly Singles Ranking" (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on 2 January 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  10. ^ a b "Week of June 6, 2009". Billboard. Archived from the original on 14 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  11. ^ a b "Ashita no Kioku / Crazy Moon - Kimi wa Muteki - (Regular Edition)". CDJapan. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  12. ^ "Ashita no Kioku / Crazy Moon - Kimi wa Muteki - (w/ DVD, Limited Edition Type A)". CDJapan. Archived from the original on 21 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  13. ^ "Crazy Moon - Kimi wa Muteki - / Ashita no Kioku (w/ DVD, Limited Edition Type B)". CDJapan. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  14. ^ a b "Arashi - 明日の記憶 / Crazy Moon(내일의 기억 / 당신은 무적) (통상판) (초도한정 스티커 쟈켓 동봉)" (in Korean). Aladdin. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  15. ^ "Arashi (아라시) - 明日の記憶 / Crazy Moon (Single) (번호: SMJTCD306)" (in Korean). Wawmusic. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  16. ^ "Arashi - 明日の記憶 / Crazy Moon(내일의 기억 / 당신은 무적) (초회한정판 1) (CD+DVD)" (in Korean). Aladdin. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  17. ^ "Arashi - Crazy Moon / 明日の記憶(내일의 기억 / 당신은 무적) (초회한정판 2) (CD+DVD)" (in Korean). Aladdin. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  18. ^ a b "明日的記憶/Crazy Moon~妳‧是‧無敵的~(普通版)" (in Chinese). Avex Taiwan. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  19. ^ "明日的記憶/Crazy Moon~妳‧是‧無敵的~(初回版1)" (in Chinese). Avex Taiwan. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  20. ^ "明日的記憶/Crazy Moon~妳‧是‧無敵的~(初回版2)" (in Chinese). Avex Taiwan. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  21. ^ a b "Ashita no Kioku / Crazy Moon - Kimi wa Muteki - (Normal Edition)(Hong Kong Version)" (in Chinese). YesAsia. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  22. ^ "Ashita no Kioku / Crazy Moon - Kimi wa Muteki - (SINGLE+DVD)(First Press Limited Edition A)(Hong Kong Version)" (in Chinese). YesAsia. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  23. ^ "Crazy Moon - Kimi wa Muteki - / Ashita no Kioku (SINGLE+DVD)(First Press Limited Edition B)(Hong Kong Version)" (in Chinese). YesAsia. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 

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