Baby Don't Cry (Namie Amuro song)

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"Baby Don't Cry"
Single by Namie Amuro
from the album Play
B-side "Nobody"
Released January 24, 2007
Format CD Single, CD&DVD
Recorded On Air Azabu Studio
Genre J-Pop/R&B
Length 20:06 (CD Single)
25:32 (CD&DVD)
Label Avex Trax
Writer(s) Nao'ymt
Producer(s) Nao'ymt
Namie Amuro singles chronology
"Can't Sleep, Can't Eat, I'm Sick/Ningyo"
(2006)
"Baby Don't Cry"
(2007)
"Funky Town"
(2007)

"Baby Don't Cry" is a song by Japanese recording artist Namie Amuro, released on January 24, 2007 under Avex Trax, eight months after her last single "Can't Sleep, Can't Eat, I'm Sick/Ningyo".

Overview[edit]

The title track is a midtempo pop song produced by recent collaborator, Nao'ymt. The b-side track, "Nobody", was originally supposed to be included on the "White Light/Violet Sauce" single, but was removed before the single's release. "Nobody" is described as a direct sequel to "White Light" with which it shares an almost identical composition. The melody is altered in the verses but is identical in the prechorus and the chorus.

Upon release, the single became her best selling single for its first week on the Oricon Charts since "Say the word" in 2001. After two weeks, it had already outsold her last single of 2005, "White Light/Violet Sauce", and her last single, "Can't Sleep, Can't Eat, I'm Sick/Ningyo". It sold 108,562 copies after four weeks on the charts and outsold "Want Me, Want Me" and "Girl Talk/The Speed Star". "Baby Don't Cry" eventually sold 144,081 copies during its fourteen-week chart run, making this her best selling single since "Say the Word".

Commercial endorsements[edit]

"Baby Don't Cry" was used as the theme song to the drama Himitsu no Hanazono. It was also used for JoySound CMs.

Music video[edit]

The "Baby Don't Cry" PV premiered on January 10, 2007. It features her walking in several uncrowded places in Japan including streets, and parks.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Nao'ymt. 

Disc1: CD
No. Title Length
1. "Baby Don't Cry" (Nao'ymt) 5:21
2. "Nobody"   4:46
3. "Baby Don't Cry" (TV Mix) 5:21
4. "Nobody" (TV Mix) 4:43
Total length:
20:06
Disc2: DVD
No. Title Director(s) Length
1. "Baby Don't Cry" (Music video)   5:26

Personnel[edit]

  • "Baby Don't Cry"
    • Namie Amuro – vocals
    • Hiromi – additional chorus
  • "Nobody"
    • Namie Amuro – vocals

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Nao'ymt
  • Mixing – Yoshiaki Onishi
  • Creative Direction – Hidekazu Sato
  • Art Direction – Hidekazu Sato & Yuhei Takeyama
  • Photographer – YASUNARI KIKUMA
  • Photo Graphic Operator – MAKOTO
  • Hair & Make Up – Akemi Nakano
  • Stylist – Noriko Goto

TV performances[edit]

  • January 26, 2007 – Music Fighter
  • February 3, 2007 – CDTV
  • February 5, 2007 – Hey! Hey! Hey!
  • March 16, 2007 - PopJam Reprise

Charts[edit]

Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
January 24, 2007 Oricon Daily Singles Chart 3
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 3 52,168 144,081 14 weeks
Oricon Monthly Singles Chart 5
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart 48

RIAJ certification[edit]

"Baby Don't Cry" has been certified gold for shipments of over 100,000 by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.[1]

"Baby Don't Cry" has also been certified million for ringtone downloads of over 1,000,000,[2] double platinum for cellphone downloads of more than 500,000,[3] and gold for PC downloads of over 100,000 by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.[4]

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