Beautiful (Mai Kuraki song)

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"Beautiful"
Maik beautiful reg.jpg
Single by Mai Kuraki
from the album All My Best
B-side Wana
Released June 10, 2009
Format Maxi Single, CD+DVD, Music download
Recorded 2009
Genre J-pop
Length 12:25
Label Northern Music
Writer(s) Mai Kuraki, Song Yang Ha(송양하).
Producer(s) Mai Kuraki, Hiroyuki Nagato
Mai Kuraki singles chronology
"Puzzle/Revive"
(2009)
"Beautiful"
(2009)
"Eien Yori Nagaku/Drive me crazy"
(2010)
Alternative cover
Limited edition cover

"Beautiful" is Mai Kuraki's thirty-second single, released on June 10, 2009. The single comes in two formats: limited CD+DVD edition and regular edition. It sold 29,446 copies in its first week and peaked at #2.

Content[edit]

The title song, "Beautiful", is being used in Kose Cosmeport's "Salon Style" commercials since early June 2009.[1]

To promote the single, Kuraki made her second appearance on TV Asahi's "Music Station" on June 12 as well as appearing on other TV programs such as NTV's "Music Fighter" and NHK's "Music Japan" on June 14.[2] She also held four in-store events at Shinjuku's "Flags" (6/10), Tressa Yokohama (6/13), LaLaport Tokyo-Bay (6/13) and Nagoya's "Asunal Kanayama", entitled "Mai Kuraki 10th Anniversary Event: Beautiful", where Kuraki gave away postcard sets to audience members.

"Beautiful" debuted on the daily Oricon charts at #1 and stayed at the top for four days, however it only managed to rank at #2 on the weekly charts due to the unexpected boost in sales of Girl Next Door's "Infinity" on the last eligible day, which resulted in their first #1 charting single. "Beautiful" is Kuraki's second Top 3 entry in a row and her first single to reach the second spot in six years, since "Make My Day". With "Beautiful", Kuraki updated her own record for being the only female artist to have all of her 32 singles enter the Top 10.[3]

Usage in media[edit]

  • Kose Cosmeport "Salon Style" CM song (#1)
  • NTV "Sukkiri!!" June theme song (#1)

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Mai Kuraki.

CD
No. Title Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Beautiful" Song Yang Ha (송양하) Daisuke Ikeda 4:31
2. "Wana" Silver Stream Silver Stream 3:24
3. "Beautiful" (Instrumental) Song Yang Ha Daisuke Ikeda 4:30

Charts[edit]

Oricon Sales Chart[edit]

Release Chart Peak Position First Day/Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
June 10, 2009 Oricon Daily Singles Chart 1 7,512
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 2 29,446 36,434 6 weeks
Oricon Monthly Singles Chart 17
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart

Billboard Japan Sales Chart[edit]

Release Chart Peak Position
June 10, 2009 Billboard Japan Hot 100 5
Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ 倉木麻衣、2009年第2弾はビューティフルなバラード. Natalie (in Japanese). 2009-04-24. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  2. ^ "倉木麻衣、新曲リリース&2回目のMステ出演決定". Oricon (in Japanese). 2009-05-25. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  3. ^ "GIRL NEXT DOORがデビュー以来初の首位獲得". Oricon (in Japanese). 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 

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