Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei

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"Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei"
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Single by Arashi
from the album All the Best! 1999–2009
B-side "Tobira"
Released March 4, 2009 (2009-03-04)
Format CD, CD+DVD
Genre Pop
Label J Storm
Songwriter(s) Believe: 100+, Sho Sakurai
Kumorinochi, Kaisei: Shinya Tada, QQ
Arashi singles chronology
"Beautiful Days"
(2008)
"Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei"
(2009)
"Ashita no Kioku/Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)"
(2009)
"Beautiful Days"
(2008)
"Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei"
(2009)
"Ashita no Kioku/Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)"
(2009)
Audio sample
"Believe" (2009)
Audio sample
"Kumorinochi, Kaisei" (2009)

"Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei" (Believe/曇りのち、快晴?, Believe/Cloudy to Nice Weather) is a single released by Japanese boy band Arashi. It was released on March 4, 2009 by their record label J Storm. "Believe" was used as the theme song for the Takashi Miike movie Yatterman starring Arashi member Sho Sakurai, and "Kumorinochi Kaisei" was used as the theme song for the drama Uta no Oniisan (歌のおにいさん?, Brother of Songs) starring member Satoshi Ohno. 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.

Single information[edit]

"Believe" is the group's first single to have two music videos: a live action and an animated version. The animated video was released on Dwango by animation studio Tatsunoko and the group's record label J Storm. It was later re-released as a bonus in the group's 10th anniversary DVD 5x10 All the Best! Clips 1999-2009 on October 28, 2009.[1] In the animated video, the members transformed into characters from Tatsunoko's Time Bokan anime series.[2] The live action is included in one of the limited editions of the single.

For "Kumorinochi, Kaisei", Ohno sang the track solo and released it under his drama character's name, Kenta Yano (矢野健太?, Yano Kenta).[3] The song was also named Best Theme Song in the 60th Television Drama Academy Awards.[4]

Track list[edit]

Regular Edition
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Believe" 100+, Sho Sakurai 100+ 4:48
2. "Kumorinochi, Kaisei" Shinya Tada (多田慎也?) QQ 4:16
3. "Tobira" (トビラ "Door") Makoto Atozi Tada 4:22
4. "Believe" (Instrumental) 100+, Sakurai 100+ 4:48
5. "Kumorinochi, Kaisei" (Instrumental) Tada QQ 4:16
6. "Tobira" (Instrumental) Makoto Atozi Tada 4:22
Limited Edition A
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Believe" 100+, Sakurai 100+ 4:48
2. "Kumorinochi, Kaisei" Tada QQ 4:16
Limited Edition A DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Believe"  
Limited Edition B
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Kumorinochi, Kaisei" Tada QQ 4:16
2. "Believe" 100+, Sakurai 100+ 4:48
Limited Edition B DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Kumorinochi, Kaisei"  

Chart performance[edit]

In the first half of the year Oricon ranking, "Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei" had sold more than 646,000 copies, surpassing the final sales numbers of "Truth/Kaze no Mukō e" in 2008.[5] It sold 501,988 copies during its first week, making it the first single to break half a million in its opening week since KAT-TUN's debut release, "Real Face", of 754,000 in April 2006.[6] The single had the highest first week sales of 2009 until it was topped by the group's next single, "Ashita no Kioku/Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)".

The single is certified Double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.[7] On December 18, 2009, Oricon declared "Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei" to be the best-selling single of 2009 in Japan by selling a total of 656,676 copies.[8]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"Rule/Sparkle" by Ayumi Hamasaki
Oricon Weekly number one single
March 16, 2009
Succeeded by
"Rescue" by KAT-TUN
Preceded by
"Truth/Kaze no Mukō e" by Arashi
Oricon Yearly number one single
2009
Succeeded by
"Beginner" by AKB48
Preceded by
"Rule" by Ayumi Hamasaki
Billboard Japan Hot 100 number-one single
March 16, 2009
Succeeded by
"Rescue" by KAT-TUN

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Distributor
Japan March 4, 2009 (2009-03-04)[10] CD single (JACA-5136)[10]
CD+DVD (JACA-5132)[11]
CD+DVD (JACA-5134)[12]
J Storm
South Korea March 18, 2009 (2009-03-18)[13] CD single (SMJTCD290)[13]
CD+DVD (SMJTCD288B)[14]
CD+DVD (SMJTCD289B)[15]
SM Entertainment
Taiwan March 20, 2009 (2009-03-20)[16] CD single (JAJSG27020)[16]
CD+DVD (JAJSG27020/A)[17]
Avex Taiwan
Hong Kong March 26, 2009 (2009-03-26)[18] CD single[18]
CD+DVD[19]
CD+DVD[20]
Avex Asia

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ This ranking pertains only to the song "Believe".
  2. ^ This ranking pertains only to the song "Kumorinochi, Kaisei".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "5x10 All the Best! Clips 1999-2009" (in Japanese). Johnny's net. Archived from the original on 6 December 2009. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Video to 'Transform' Arashi Boy Band into Tatsunoko Anime Heroes - Anime News Network". Anime News Network. January 28, 2009. Archived from the original on 3 March 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2009. 
  3. ^ 嵐・大野が独り立ち!初のソロシングル…28歳歌のおにいさん役、矢野健太で歌う [Arashi's Ohno Satoshi goes solo! In his first solo single... The 28-year-old will sing as his character, the Uta no Onii-san Yano Kenta] (in Japanese). Yomiuri.co.jp. January 16, 2009. Archived from the original on 21 January 2009. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  4. ^ "ザテレビジョン ドラマアカデミー賞: 【第60回 ドラマソング賞】「曇りのち、快晴」矢野健太starring Satoshi Ohno" (in Japanese). Television Drama Academy Awards. April 22, 2009. Archived from the original on 10 October 2009. Retrieved September 25, 2009. 
  5. ^ "EXILE tops sales ranking for first half '09". Tokyograph. Archived from the original on 21 June 2009. Retrieved June 21, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Charts: Arashi sells half a million". Tokyograph. Archived from the original on 14 March 2009. Retrieved March 11, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2009年3月 (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  8. ^ a b c "2009 Oricon Yearly Singles Ranking" (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on 2 January 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  9. ^ a b "Week of March 13, 2009". Billboard. Archived from the original on 14 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  10. ^ a b "Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei (Regular Edition)". CDJapan. Archived from the original on 27 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  11. ^ "Believe/Kumori Nochi, Kaisei (w/ DVD, Limited Edition A)". CDJapan. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  12. ^ "Believe/Kumori Nochi, Kaisei (w/ DVD, Limited Edition B)". CDJapan. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  13. ^ a b "Arashi - 嵐/Believe 矢野健太 starring Satoshi Ohno/曇りのち、快晴 (통상판)" (in Korean). Aladdin. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  14. ^ "Arashi - 嵐/Believe 矢野健太 starring Satoshi Ohno/曇りのち、快晴 초회한정판1 (CD+DVD)" (in Korean). CDJapan. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  15. ^ "Arashi - 矢野健太 Starring Satoshi Ohno/ 曇りのち、快晴 l 嵐/Believe 초회한정판2 (CD+DVD)" (in Korean). CDJapan. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  16. ^ a b "Believe/烏雲散去、天氣晴(普通版)" (in Chinese). Avex Taiwan. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  17. ^ "烏雲散去、天氣晴/Believe(初回版2)" (in Chinese). Avex Taiwan. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  18. ^ a b "Believe / Kumori Nochi, Kaisei (Normal Edition) (Hong Kong Version)" (in Chinese). YesAsia. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  19. ^ "Believe / Kumori Nochi, Kaisei (SINGLE+DVD)(First Press Limited Edition A) (Hong Kong Version)" (in Chinese). YesAsia. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  20. ^ "Kumori Nochi, Kaisei / Believe (SINGLE+DVD)(First Press Limited Edition B) (Hong Kong Version)" (in Chinese). YesAsia. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 

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