Don't Cry Anymore

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"Don't Cry Anymore"
Miwa dontcry.jpg
Single by miwa
from the album Guitarissimo
B-side "Meguro-gawa", "Wake Up, Break Out!"
Released March 3, 2010 (2010-03-03)
Format CD Single, digital download
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:40
Label Sony
Songwriter(s) miwa
Producer(s) Naoki-T
miwa singles chronology
"Soba ni Itai Kara"
(2008)
"Don't Cry Anymore"
(2010)
"Little Girl"
(2010)

"Soba ni Itai Kara"
(2008)
"Don't Cry Anymore"
(2010)
"Little Girl"
(2010)

"Don't Cry Anymore" (stylized as "don't cry anymore") is Japanese singer-songwriter miwa's debut major label single, released on March 3, 2010.[1] It was used as the Nana Eikura starring drama Nakanai to Kimeta Hi's theme song.[1] It was certified gold by the RIAJ for full-length cellphone downloads.[2]

Writing[edit]

The song is an upbeat pop rock song. The lyrics describe somebody instructing themself to stop crying and to be strong, no matter what. References are made to an end of a relationship, such as the song's protagonist "thinking that the happiness of feeling warmth while (she) slept would go on forever" (ぬくもり感じ眠ると幸せだった それが永遠に続くと思ってた なのに, nukumori kanjinemuru to shiawase datta, sora ga eien ni tsuzuku to omotteita nano ni). She feels that she wants to hear that person's voice again and to see them again, but knows that she must walk forward instead.[3]

miwa felt that "Don't Cry Anymore" was less indicative of her personality than the B-sides of the single.[4] miwa describes the B-side "Megurogawa" as a "comfortable and tender" song, that feels like her starting point from where she started to make music. It describes somebody yearning to tell a boy about her feelings for him, as she stands beside Meguro River in Tokyo, in spring with cherry blossoms lining the river.[5][6] "Wake Up, Break Out!" was written in her first year at high school, and she performed this often at live houses. She believes the song has the feeling of a live performance, since she recorded it with the same band as she did for "Don't Cry Anymore."[5]

Promotion[edit]

The song was used as the Fuji Television drama Nakanai to Kimeta Hi's theme song.[1] It was written specifically for the drama, after miwa was told about concept of the drama after the initial offer.[4] The song was briefly used in commercials for Recochoku from late January 2010 onwards.[7]

miwa participated in a high profile episode of the Fuji Television music show Music Fair, a month before the single's release. On it, she performed the song, as well as a cover of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" with Alan, Leona Lewis and Kana Nishino.[8] Miwa also performed "Don't Cry Anymore" on NHK's Music Japan on the 7th of March.[9] She also performed at the special 300th anniversary episode of Bokura no Ongaku a month after the single's release, performing a cover of Yumi Matsutoya's "Hello, My Friend" with Hiroshi Kamayatsu.[10]

Music video[edit]

Miwa in the music video.

The music video was shot by director Yuri Kanchiku.[4] It depicts miwa in a dark room with several free-standing doorways. Whenever miwa travels through one of the doorways, she comes into the same room set up differently. The first time, it is set up for a frivolous banquet, with many different people dressed formally. The second time she enters it, the room is set up as if it were a busy park sidewalk, with many people dressed in work clothes ignoring her. She decides to sit down at a park bench. miwa later finds a birdcage, and the scene switches to depicting her trapped inside the birdcage, with the floor littered with sheet music.

Interspersed between these scenes are shots of miwa performing the song in the same room, backed with a guitarist, bassist, drummer, keyboardist and four member string section.

Reception[edit]

The single received low level airplay for two weeks before its release, before becoming the second most played song in Japan for a week, under Adam Lambert's "For Your Entertainment."[11] It charted in the top ten airplay songs for three weeks. In the same time period, the song had poor reception on Adult Contemporary radio stations, only peaking at #52.[12] Two weeks later, the song reached a higher ranking of #31 among the adult contemporary stations, though never reaching the success of "Don't Cry Anymore" on the overall airplay charts.[13]

On the physical charts, the single charted in the top 30 for three weeks, and the top 100 for six.[14] It was a gradual seller - only selling 9,000 copies in its first week, but eventually selling 22,000 copies.[14]

The song performed well in the digital market. It debuted at #14 on RIAJ's Chaku-uta Full charts, but the next week reached #3.[15] It charted for a further two more weeks in the top 10.[16] Its final week in the top 100 was 7 weeks after its debut, where it reached #56.[17] It was certified gold for 100,000 Chaku-uta Full downloads for the March 2010 period.[2]

Critically, CDJournal praised the song as being dynamic with "earnest lyrics." They noted an influence from Avril Lavigne and Carole King in the song.[18] The song won the award for best drama theme song at the 64th The Television Drama Academy Awards, beating out songs such as Arashi's "Troublemaker" and Mr. Children's "Hanabi."[19]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by miwa.

No.TitleArrangerLength
1."Don't Cry Anymore"Quatre-M, Naoki-T4:40
2."Meguro-gawa" (めぐろ川 "Meguro River")Daishi Kataoka4:34
3."Wake Up, Break Out!"Quatre-M4:43
4."Don't Cry Anymore (Instrumental)"Quatre-M, Naoki-T4:40
Total length:18:45

Chart rankings[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Billboard Japan Hot 100[20] 2
Billboard Adult Contemporary Airplay[13] 31
Oricon Weekly singles[21] 11
RIAJ Digital Track Chart Top 100[15] 3
RIAJ Digital Track Chart yearly top 100[22] 77

Reported sales[edit]

Chart Amount
Oricon physical sales[14] 22,000
RIAJ Chaku-uta Full downloads[2] 100,000+

Personnel[23][edit]

  • Tatsuhiro "Tabokun" Endo - bass
  • Akitomo Fukushima - recording
  • Hideo Kojima - drums
  • Hiroyuki Matsugashita - electric guitar
  • Miwa - acoustic guitar, chorus, songwriting, vocals
  • Naoki-T - co-arranger, electric guitar, lead guitar, producer, programming, recording
  • Quatre-M - co-arranger
  • Toshio Uchida - electric guitar
  • Risa Yamamoto - violin
  • Takayoshi "Dr." Yamauchi - mixing

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c レコード協会調べ 3月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:3月度認定>. RIAJ (in Japanese). 2010-04-22. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  3. ^ "don't cry anymore miwa 歌詞情報 - goo 音楽" (in Japanese). Goo Ongaku. Archived from the original on 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  4. ^ a b c MUSICSHELF (2010-03-02). "miwa Special Interview" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  5. ^ a b c ORICON STYLE (2010-03-04). "『泣かないと決めた日』主題歌で話題のmiwaに迫る!". Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  6. ^ a b mFound entertainment (2010-03-24). "miwa スペシャル・インタビュー" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  7. ^ Miwa Official Web (2010-01-28). "レコ直TV-CMが見れます!". Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  8. ^ "「Mフェア」で西野カナ、alan、miwa、レオナ・ルイス競演". Natalie. Livedoor. February 10, 2010. Archived from the original on March 13, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2010. 
  9. ^ Tristone (2010-03-05). "NHK 「MUSIC JAPAN」出演!". Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  10. ^ "#300(10/04/02)僕らの音楽 300回記念コンサート 生放送". Bokura no Ongaku. Fuji Television. 2010-04-02. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  11. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard Japan. March 15, 2010. Archived from the original on September 2, 2011. Retrieved April 30, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Japan Billboard Adult Contemporary Airplay". Billboard Japan. March 15, 2010. Archived from the original on October 4, 2011. Retrieved April 30, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "Japan Billboard Adult Contemporary Airplay". Billboard Japan. March 29, 2010. Archived from the original on October 4, 2011. Retrieved April 30, 2010. 
  14. ^ a b c "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved 2010-04-30.  (subscription only)
  15. ^ a b "RIAJ Digital Track Chart: Chart issue March 9, 2010" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. March 12, 2010. Archived from the original on September 29, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2010. 
  16. ^ "RIAJ Digital Track Chart: Chart issue March 23, 2010" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Archived from the original on October 1, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2010. 
  17. ^ "RIAJ Digital Track Chart: Chart issue April 6, 2010" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Archived from the original on August 21, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2010. 
  18. ^ "miwa / don't cry anymore [CD] [シングル]". CDJournal (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  19. ^ Web The Television (2010-04-21). "ドラマアカデミー賞: 【第64回 ドラマソング賞】". Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  20. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard Japan. March 15, 2010. Archived from the original on September 2, 2011. Retrieved April 30, 2010. 
  21. ^ "don't cry anymore - miwa / オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved April 30, 2010. 
  22. ^ "レコード協会調べ 2009年12月16日~2010年12月14日「着うたフル(R)」 2010年有料音楽配信「年間チャート」(通称:レコ協チャート)" [Record Association Analysis: December 16, 2009—December 14, 2010 Full-length Cellphone Download 2010 paid digital sales "Yearly Chart" (Abbreviated: RIAJ Chart)] (PDF). RIAJ. December 20, 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  23. ^ Guitarissimo (Media notes) (in Japanese). Miwa. Tokyo: Sony Music Entertainment Japan. 2011. SRCL-7599. 

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